DreTheGuy: “The FALLow Up”

Happy Friday everybody, T.G.I.F., and here’s a dose of local hip hop for you to get ready for the weekend! This is a new new album from local artist DreTheGuy, who may have recently re-located for a job in Oklahoma involved with studio recording. This new album of his is entitled The FALLow Up, and it is the follow up to last year’s Lapis Effect. You can stream all of The FALLow Up on the player embedded below. Also find links to listen to the album on many many other online streaming services right here.

We have added this one to our Springfield album archive page as we are getting ready to launch our big end of the year music poll, this one bringing us to 67 local releases we have kept track up so far this year.

We Need Your Help Listing Local Releases of 2020!

It’s December! We’ve been fairly quiet on our site here because we have been so slammed getting out so many orders from a successful Black Friday / Record Store Day weekend here at Dumb Records. As soon as we’re done being busy with one thing, it’s on to the next! And now is time of the year to once again team up with Activator Magazine to present our annual Best of Springfield Music 2020 polls. Even though the show and live music aspect has been missing from much of this year, we are moving forward still highlighting the songs and local releases that came from local groups this year (which there were still a lot of, maybe even more-so than ever!).

The local hip hop scene continued to explode this year, so we are including the poll for best hip hop release as it’s own separate category. We will likely be featuring a top 10 list for local hip hop releases, and then a top 10 or 20 for everything else.

Before we dive into the polls, we need your help in making sure we have kept track of all local releases that came out this year! Currently we have a list of 69 releases – split into two categories (hip hop and everything else). If you know of anything we are missing, please let us know in the comments, or send us an email to dumbrecs@gmail.com! If you include links to the music as well, that would be super helpful! We are keeping this to Springfield releases only. Mayyybe some of Decatur, Taylorville, or Jacksonville as well.

We are planning on launching our poll to go from December 5th through the 15th. The results will be posted right at the start of January, as well as with the January issue of Activator Magazine along with write-ups of each release.

Attic Salt – Get Wise
Baby Ocho – Demo EP 
Blushe – MAD
Bonards – Mask To Protect
Bottom Bracket – I Don’t Care Enough To Stay
Demons on Wheels – Souvenirs
Demons on Wheels – Still Left Standing
Forest Saints – Backyard Twilight Symphony
Forest Saints – The Pensive Innocents 
Gargantuan – Upon The Golgothan Plains
Headbug – Pain Pill
Hospital Job – Covers
Imaginary Colours – HEAD_SPACE
Jeff Cowhick – Tempered
Kenyon DeShasier – My Dream Girl
Mark Schwartz – The Way It Falls Apart In Numbers
Mark Schwartz – Suite Adian
Mark Schwartz – The Atomic Trilogy
Mark Schwartz – Landscape Elements
Mark Schartz – Le Nuit Noire
Mark Schwartz – Mark Schwartz On Guitar
Mark Schwartz – The Boy/Girl/Woman Who
Mark Schwartz – Vesak EP
Marble Teeth – Park
Musical Realists – Go Bananas!!
Ricki Marvel – The Prisoner
Solar Chariot – II
Starter Jackets / Raging Nathans – Split 7″
Stick People – Mondoduke 
The Telephone Junkies – Dress It Up & Call It Living
Thabo – Places Are People Too
Tilt Shift – Game Over EP
Timothy Donavan Russell – Got 2 Rock
Timothy Donavan Russell – Rest
Timothy Donavan Russell – Steps
Timothy Donavan Russell – Storment Drome
Tin Ghost – Galleons of Time
Vector Noise – Spilling A White Claw…
Vector Noise – Vec Vec Vec

Chase Baby & Haze Carbajal – Call It A Day
Church The Voice – Social Distancing EP
Church The Voice – Cloud Mine EP
Cornbread – Negro’s & Jazz
Cornbread – Quarantine EP
Danny J – Young Dumb Idiot
Dirty Da Don – Project Legendary 5 Built 4 This
DreTheGuy – The “Fall”ow Up
JunioR Pasáre & Papa Luke – Birdie
JunioR Pasare / Meezy Killafield – Byrds In The Killafield
Kdoe2x – 2x
Meezy Killafield – Killafield Kronicles 2
Nykeyla Henderson / Keyng – Keyng The Tape
Offwhyte “Propel Exact”
Prince Cash – Heart 2 Froze
Satisfy – Anomaly EP
SaveYourSelf – Silent Suicide Chapter 1
Sensai Doog “Sincerely Yourz”
Spiff – Fall For You EP
Spiff – Fire 
Ty Witty – Embers
Vinal Luciano – Growing Pains 2
WeirdMarc 300 – Liz 2.0 500
Xtortion Da Don – The Eargasm
Zach Moad & Young Frost – High Definition
Zach Moad – High Definition 2
Zippir Collective – Zippir Vol. 1
36 N Brimstone – Anaxphobia Chapter 1: Roadshow
36 N Brimstone – Anaxphobia Chapter 2: War Zone

Jeff Cowhick: “Tempered”

Happy Thanksgiving! We hope you all sure are thankful for… things. We are thankful for you. We are thankful for music. And… we are thankful for… pinball. But back to the music, today we are bringing you a brand new album from local solo artist Jeff Cowhick. This is Jeff’s third musical album under his own name, called Tempered. You can stream it on Spotify right here, or also on Apple music right here. No streaming services that we are able to embed below, sorry.

We do still have physical copies of Jeff’s first album, Firebrand in our store! We are closed now, but will actually be open tomorrow just for Black Friday. We are also adding this one to our Springfield album archive page… bringing us to 58 local releases we have kept track of so far this year!

Bonards: “Mask To Protect”

Here’s a wild and wacky new local release – it’s actually been out for a while – we picked up copies on CD for our store somewhere around the 1st or 2nd wave of the pandemic even. Here we are in the third wave telling you about Mask To Protect by The Bonards. What a wonderful gift we have here. This is an 18-track album by this duo which features members of some other long running Springfield punk bands you may or may not be familiar with. Check out that album streaming on the youtube player below. Mask To Protect can be found on Apple Music, Deezer, or Youtube Music.

We have also added this one to our Springfield album archive page, bringing us to 57 local releases we have kept track of so far this year.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records

Hello! As you know, our store is still closed. But we are pushing our online stores – along with shipping, local delivery, and local pickup options harder than ever! Find our online stores below:



With those types of options that we offer, what more could you possibly need? Do you really need to even come to our physical store ever again? 🤷

So our store is closed right now (we’ll reopen some day), and we WILL be open for Black Friday this upcoming Friday. Our store WILL be open from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm all day for that day, limited to 5 customers in the store at a time. There will be many many Record Store Day exclusives available. We will be running some big sales on Dumb Records merch on our storenvy site as well for the whole weekend. Aside from all of those Black Friday exclusives, here is a pile of stuff that’s recently hit our shelves (most of which you can find online):

New LPs
Albert Ayler – The First Recordings, Vol. 1
Elvis Costello – Hey Clockface
Ghost Key – The Things I Am Not
La Dispute – Wildlife
Lights – Siberia Acoustic
Mary J Blige – My Life
Public Enemy – What You Gonna Do When The Grid Goes Down
Sleater-Kinney – Call The Doctor
Slipknot – We Are Not Your Kind
Sufjan Stevens – The Avalanche
Thin Lizzy – Fighting
Yusuf / Cat Stevens – Tea For The Tillerman 2

Used LPs
Depeche Mode – Some Great Reward
Desmond Dekker – Compas Point
The Isley Brothers – Go All The WayJackie Gleason – Love Embers And Flame
James Brown – Plays New Breed
Johnnie Bachemin Trio – Plays For You
Kid Stuff – Space Shuttle: A True Space Adventure
King Crimson – Lizard
The Living Strings & Living Voices – White Christmas
Lynn Anderson – Greatest Hits Vol. 1
Lynn Anderson – Top Of The World
Michael Franks – Burchfield Nines
Mike Oldfield – Hergest Ridge
Muddy Waters – Live
Neil Diamond – Beautiful Noise
Neil Diamond – The Best Years of Our Lives
Nina Simone – Pastel Blues
Peggy Lee – Then Was Then Now Is Now
REO Speedwagon – Nine Lives
RUSH – Caress of Steel
Skeeter Davis – I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know
T-Bone Walker – Funky Town
Tedd Smith – Time To Run (Soundtrack)
Tom Loncaric – I’m Crazy ‘Bout My Baby
Various – Country Classics
Various – The Kings of New Orleans

12” Singles
Count Bass-D – Sandwiches (I, Got A Feeling)
DJ Quik – Quik Is The Name
Herb Alpert – Rise
Milliat $ – Groove On
Twisted Black – Throw It Up

New / Used CDs
America – Silent Letter
Art Garfunkel – Watermark
Branford Marsalis Quartet – Crazy People Music
Echo And The Bunnymen – Flowers
Eels – Daisies of the Galaxy
Eminem – Encore
Eminem – The Slim Shady LP
Emmylou Harris – Profile
Emmylou Harris – Pieces of the Sky
Fine Young Cannibals – The Raw & The Cooked
Garbage – Beautiful Garbage
Guttermouth – Musical Monkey
(Hed) Pe – (Hed) Pe
Holly Dunn – Milestones
Holly Dunn – Getting It Dunn
Indigo Girls – All That We Let In
Information Society – Peace And Love, Inc
Jay Z / Linkin Park – Collision Course
Jay-Z – The Dynasty Roc La Familia
Joe Diffie – Third Rock From The Sun
Kathy Mattea – A Collection of Hits
Lonestar – Crazy Nights
Nanci Griffith – Flier
The Neville Brothers – Uptown Rulin’
NWA – Straight Outta Compton
Ol’ Dirty Bastard – N***a Please
Paul Anka – The Most of Paul Anka
Pleasure Forever – Pleasure Forever
PJ Harvey – Stories From The City
The Pogues – Pogue Mahone
Primus – Pork Soda
The Proclaimers – Persevere
The Romantics – Rhythm Romance
Roxy Music – Manifesto
Roy Orbison – In Dreams: The Greatest Hits
Sixer – Busted Knuckles & Heartbreak
Soul Asylum – And The Horse They Rode In On
Soulfly – Primitive
Various – Punk O Rama Vol. 2

Church The Voice: “Cloud Mine EP”

Here’s another local release that came out about a month or so ago! This is “Church The Voice,” local hip hop artist, and one of those featured in the recent “Freshman Class 2020 Cypher Series” put together by Reco Hill and his series “Reco On The Move” which was shot earlier this pandemic in our venue space. Church The Voice has released a new six-track EP entitled Cloud Mine, and you can check that out on the youtube player embedded below.

For more Church The Voice, check out his youtube channel. We have added this one to our Springfield Album Archive, bringing us to 56 local releases we have kept track of so far this year.

Mark Schwartz “Le Nuit Noire”

Okay, back to the music. Here is yet another album by local recording artist Mark Schwartz. The album is entitled Le Nuit Noire and it is a “soundtrack for an imaginary French film.” You can check out the 19-track instrumental release on the player embedded below. Head on over to Mark’s bandcamp page where you can find more music and also purchase the download of this album.

As far as we can tell this is Mark’s ninth release this year under his own name – not to count a few more by his other projects Demons on Wheels, Forest Saints, and Tin Ghost. We have also added this one to our Springfield album archive page, bringing us to 55 releases we have kept track of so far this year.

Dumb Records / Brian Galecki Awarded Springfield ICON’s “Good Neighbor Business Award” 2020

This past week we are honored to accept the Springfield ICON’s annual “good neighbor” award for 2020 in the business category. “The ICON Good Neighbor awards recognize individuals, organizations and businesses who make an objective, measurable positive impact on the quality of life for Springfield residents in inner city older neighborhoods.”

Lisa Stott, executive director of Downtown Springfield, Inc. nominated us / owner Brian Galecki for this award, and gave a nice speech in this acceptance video. Also from the Springfield ICON website:

“Dumb Records, led by owners Brian Galecki and Jeff Black, has been an amazing community force and partner during COVID. They are part of a young generation of business owners in the music and arts space who are leading by example to help us all embrace the societal changes taking place. Their all-ages music venue and record shop was an early, welcoming, safe space for the teenage organizers of one of the first and largest Black Lives Matter protests in downtown Springfield.

Dumb Records organized a later-summer, downtown-wide pinball tournament between business owners to help alleviate some of the stress of trying to operate small businesses during COVID and build up the sense of community. The tournament gave fellow business owners a different, fun way to express themselves, and it was a great way to show the benefits of locating a business in a neighborhood like ours.

Brian and Jeff’s willingness to create shenanigans, spread positive vibes, bring all ages together, and good-naturedly lift up everyone who needs lifting makes them a very Good Neighbor.”

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

Lookout! Yes, our store is closed this entire week, and who knows how long after that, but we are still putting out plenty of great new and used LPs, CDs, and more onto the shelves!! Today we tested out putting a few records onto our Storenvy page and it seemed to work out pretty well, so we will probably keep going with that! We have shipping, local delivery, and local pickup options all set up for that to cater to your needs and make sure you get your records during this third-wave of COVID! Also we have our Discogs page set up and rolling for the same! Moving forward we may start listing more new LPs on our storenvy, and continue listing used LPs and all CDs on Discogs. We will see how things go! Here’s what’s new!

New LPs
AC/DC – Power Up
Albert Ayler – The First Recordings, Vol. 1
Bad Religion – Christmas Songs
Ghost Key – The Things I Am Not
La Dispute – Wildlife
Lambchop – Trip
The Menzingers – From Exile
Oneohtrix Point Never – Magic
Soul Glo – Songs To Yeet At The Sun
Testament – Dark Roots of Earth
Wilco – The Whole Love

Used LPs
Al DiMeola – Land of the Midnight Sun
Alejandro Escovedo – Big Station
Andreas Vollenweider – Book of Roses
Arthur Fiedler – Encore (Fiedler’s Greatest Hits)
Bill Burkett – Law And Love
Burt Bacharach – Burt Bacharach
Bobby Vinton – My Elusive Dreams
Claudine Longet – Claudine
Crabby Appleton – Crabby Appleton
Danny Davis – America 200 Years Young
Defunkt – Thermo Nuclear Sweat
Desmond Dekker – Compas Point
Engelbert Humperdinck – A Man Without Love
The Four Lads – Breezin’ Along
Frank Sinatra – This Is Sinatra Volume Two
Frampton – Breaking All The Rules
Genesis – Spot The Pigeon
George Harrison – George Harrison
George Harrison – Somewhere In England
Gigi Gryce / Donald Byrd – Gigi Gryce, Donald Byrd
Grover Washington, Jr. – The Best Is Yet To Come
Jackson Browne – Downhill From Everywhere
J.B. Lenoir – Natural Man
Johnny Dankworth – Bundle From Britain
Johnny Mathis – When Will I See You Again
Judy Collins – Running For My Life
The Last Poets – Douglas 3
Lenny Dee – Golden Organ Favorites
Lightnin’ Hopkins – Blues Hoot
Little Milton – Sings Big Blues
Maynard Ferguson – Primal Scream
Melanie – Candles In The Rain
Michael Franks – Burchfield Nines
Michael Franks – One Bad Habit
Mickey Mouse Club – Mousekedances
Martha Davis – A Tribute To Fats Waller
Miles Davis – Seven Steps To Heaven
Nina Simone – Pastel Blues
Paul Williams – Classics
Perry Como – Saturday Night With Mr. C
Poco – Live
Poco – Under The Gun
Riot – Restless Breed
Roger Daltrey – Under A Raging Moon
Ruth Welcome – Zither Goes West
Sally Rogers And Howard Bursen – Satisfied Customers
REO Speedwagon – Nine Lives
Sidney Bechet – The Grand Master of the Soprano Saxophone
Slim Whitman – Just For You
Stan Getz / Charlie Byrd – Jazz Samba
T.G. Sheppard – 3/4 Lonely
T.I.M.E. – Time
Three Man Army – Three Man Army
Triumvirat – A La Carte
Various – Modern Jazz Hall of Fame Volume 1
Walt Disney – Bambi
Walter Carlos – The Well-Tempered Synthesizer
Woody Herman – Woody Herman
Yo-Yo Ma / Chris Thile – Bach Trios

12” Singles
2Pac – In His Own Words
E-40 – Big Ballin’ With My Homies
Heavy D & The Boys – Who’s The Man
HWA – All That
L.L. Cool J – Big Ole Butt
Scholly D. – Housing The Joint
The Traveling Circus – Set It Off N This Mutha
Wendy Wall – Real Love

New / Used CDs
Andrew Lloyd Webber – The Premier Collection
Andrew Lloyd Webber – Gold
The Charlie Daniels Band – Road Dogs
Eminem – The Eminem Show
Eminem – 8 Mile Soundtrack
Eurythmics – Sweet Dreams Are Made of This
Exile – Latest & Greatest
Fantastic Plastic Machine – Beautiful
Full Devil Jacket – Full Devil Jacket
Guttermouth – Friendly People
Information Society – Peace And Love, Inc.
The Internationals – Behind Bars
The Internationals – Busted!
Jan Peerce – Neapolitan Serenade
Khia – Thug Misses
Naughty By Nature – Iicons
No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom
Pennywise – Unknown Road
Pet Shop Boys – Behavior
Pet Shop Boys – Release
Pulp – We Love Life
Rancid – Rancid 1993
St. Lunatics – Free City
Three 6 Mafia – Choices The Album
Ty England – Two Ways To Fall
Yusef Lateef – The Last Savoy Sessions
311 – Evolver

Black Friday 2020 November 27th at Dumb Records (or Online)

We’ve been keeping quiet about Black Friday Record Store Day which is coming up in just ten days now, because we’ve been trying to figure out the best way to approach this day, which is a hard thing to do when the future is always so unpredictable during these times.

Black Friday RSD is happening on Friday, November 27th the day after Thanksgiving as it is every year. This is usually the second biggest day of the year for our store, next to Record Store Day which usually takes place in April. This RSD event is going to be a big one for us because it is the first that we have ordered absolutely every exclusive release on “the list”. This includes over 130 different exclusive titles, which is too many for us to even list out below this time!! For that complete list along with photos and more info on each one, you can head over to the Record Store Day website right here.

As of right now, here’s how we are approaching this day: we WILL have our store open and limit the occupancy inside to 5 customers at a time. This means there will likely be a line you will have to wait in outside. We will be open on this day from 8:00 am to 7:00 pm. Then, online we will be offering 25% discounts on our regular Dumb Records mech items on our storenvy page. If you are local and place an order online through our online store, we will also be waving our delivery fees for that day. We are unable to run a sale on our Discogs page unfortunately, but we will be waving usual local delivery fees on that page for that day as well. We will also be listing whatever exclusive releases that we can on our storenvy and Discogs page later on in the day. (Our RSD pledge states that we can not do this until 1:00 pm, and we probably won’t be able to until later). This all may seem a little hectic, but we will be working hard this day and doing our best to make sure we have all of our RSD exclusives available one way or another!

Again, here are links to our online stores: