Activator May 2021 Issue Available Now

Happy Monday! It’s May – and we are now very stocked up with the new issue of Activator Magazine here at Dumb Records.

This one is packed with content – this one features local musician / artist Kristin Walker on the cover. Kristin recently released a new solo EP called Etheric Bodies. In addition to the interview with Kristin – you can also find a list of new local releases and some reviews for those, also an interview with Tebe Zalango from Decatur, The Dry Look from Champaign, Tim Reynolds (of the bands Horrible Things, Hospital Job, and Time Thieves), Balki Bros, Vincent Sebastian, and another “sound-check” segment checking in with different local musicians. All of that and more! No “Dumb Perspective” segment this week, sorry Brian Galecki was way too busy record farming and putting together youtube videos.

You can pick up a copy of Activator Magazine here at Dumb Records for free and various other locations around town – we usually have a few back issues in stock as well. Also check out the Activator Patreon page for bonus exclusive content and consider donating!

Downtown Springfield Taking Applications For “Social Media Ambassadors” for “Rep The City” Program

Are you young? Like 25 years of age or younger young? Do you know someone who is – an particularly someone who knows how to use social media? Well, Downtown Springfield Inc. just may be looking for you for a new fun program they are doing this summer called “Rep The City”! They are searching for “social media ambassadors” 25 years of age or younger to come downtown and post about some of the cool things we have going on down here, – and discounts for different downtown businesses and special events are included.

That flier pictured above is in our store right now and as you can see has one of those scanny doo-dads on the bottom left hand corner – which is a link to the online application, which can be found right here. More information about the program for now can be found on the application – there will likely be more of an official announcement from Downtown Springfield Inc. once ambassadors are chosen on what the program is and what’s going on this summer.

April Fish Tales Pinball Contest Results!

This is just a post to let you know that our Fish Tales Pinball contest has happened, and it’s over, and we have winners! Congrats to Chris O, with the number one high score of 100,664,040. Cole J came in a close second with 100,337,690, and Greg from USPS was also close behind with 97,456,220. Brian G blew all of those scores out of the water in the “staff” section though with a score of 154,168,600 (good thing staff is not in the running for the real contest).

When will we do another arcade contest? Maybe next month in June. For this month, enjoy our brand new game – CROSSBOW (1983).

Now At The Dumb Arcade: CROSSBOW (Exidy, 1983)

Look at that, we can make pictures circles now. In case you haven’t heard, our Dumb Records arcade now has a new game. That game is CROSSBOW – manufactured by a company called Exidy and released in 1983. As you can see, this game has a built in crossbow. Here’s a description of what goes on from Wikepedia:

The player protects a band of adventurers from afar by shooting objects that threaten them. The adventurers enter from the left-hand side of the screen and attempt to cross the screen unharmed. If the player helps them reach the opposite side of the screen safely, the adventurers survive to the next scenario, and new adventurers are occasionally granted between scenarios.

In addition to the obstacles, the adventurers are vulnerable to the player’s shots. The first time the player shoots an adventurer, an on-screen message is shown: “DON’T SHOOT YOUR FRIENDS!” Thereafter, shooting an adventurer will cause him/her to emit a cry of pain, and to walk at a slower pace the rest of the way. A second shot will kill the adventurer.

Scenarios are chosen by shooting a destination on a map screen, which include: town, desert, volcano, cave, bridge, jungle, and castle. The goal is to reach the final scenario, past the castle, in which the player confronts the Master of Darkness, who presumably created the dangers in the game. Defeating the Master of Darkness requires shooting him in the eyes when they turn red (and deadly). The player is treated to a brief congratulation and a challenge to defeat the Master of Darkness again, “IF YOU DARE”. Following this screen the player starts over with however many adventurers survived the confrontation.

We are now up to 13 games in the arcade including six pinball machines, 1 racing game, now 2 shooting games, and 4 other standing arcade machines. Our arcade is open during store hours right now from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm. Don’t forget we are still doing a limited offer of renting out the space for private parties during after hours.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

Good morning! It’s another Tornado Drill Tuesday, AND there was an actual tornado drill that happened last night – what is going on here?? The amount of killer new and used vinyl we have coming in on the shelves at Dumb Records however is NOT a drill – this is the real deal. We got new and used LPs, 12″ singles, some 7″s, CD’s, cassettes, and all of that flying in all of the time. The list below is only a fraction of what’s new in this week. Our store is open from 11:00 am to 6:00 pm every day now, and open early at 10:00 am on Saturdays. Our online store is still at – where you can also get a heads up on some things as they are hitting the shelves of the store. Okay let’s dive into what’s new!

New LPs
Brenden Kelly & The Wandering Birds – I’d Rather Die Than Liver Forever
Bruce Lee Band – Rental! Eviction
Carrie Underwood – My Savior
Charles Mingus – Mingus Ah Um
The Copyrights – Learn The Hard Way
Dan P. And The Bricks – When We Were Fearless
The Dinosaurs – The Dinosaurs
Direct Hit – Brainless God
Dogbreth – Second Home
E-40 – Federal
Eddie Harris – Plug Me In
Funkadelic – Standing On The Verge: The Best of Funkadelic
Girl In Red – If I Could Make It Go Quiet
Glassjaw – Worship And Tribute
The Haskels – The Haskels
J Dilla – The Diary Of…
KISS – Kissworld: The Best of Kiss
Leadbelly – Where Did You Sleep Last Night?
Lightnin’ Rod – Hustlers Convention
Manchester Orchestra – The Million Masks of God
Medical Tourists – Medical Tourists
Melvins – Ozma
M.O.T.O. – Motoerectus
PJ Harvey – Uh Huh Her
Reagan Youth – Youth Anthems
Run D.M.C. – King of Rock
Saucers – Third Saucer From The Sun
Teenage Fanclub – Endless Arcade
Thing – Thing
Toots & The Maytals – Funky Kingston
Turnover – Altogether
Various – Saturday Night: South African Disco Pop Hits!
We Are The Union – Who We Are

Used LPs
Alan Price – Alan Price
Aretha Franklin – Aretha Now
Bob James – Foxy
The Booze Bros. Revue – Rockin’ Rhythm n’ Booze
Bruce Forman – 20/20
Buffy Sainte-Marie – Moonshot
The Butterfield Blues Band – Sometimes I Just Feel Like Smilin’
The Cadets – The Cadets Greatest Hits
Carly Simon – Coming Around Again
Cavallaro – Cavallaro With The Latin Beat
Champion Jack Dupree – The Women Blues of Champion Jack Dupree
Count Basie And His Orchestra – Echoes Of An Era
Cheap Trick – In Color
Dave Davies – Dave Davies
David Liebman Quintet – If They Only Knew
David Moreno – Spanish Guitars
Dionne Warwick – The Best Of
Don Gibson – The Very Best of Don Gibson
Donovan – Fairytale
Eddy Arnold – I Want To Go With You
Elmore James – Greatest Hits
Eric Burdon And The Animals – Eric Is Here
Floyd Cramer – The Piano Magic of Floyd Cramer
Genya Ravan – They Love Me
Glenn Miller – Pure Gold
Gloria Gaynor – Experience
George Shearing And The Montgomery Brothers
The Guess Who – Road Food
Isaac Hayes & Dionne Warwick – A Man And A Woman
Isaac Stern – None But The Lonely Heart
Jack DeJohnette’s Directions – New Rags
Jack Paar – The Best of What’s His Name
James & Bobby Purify – The Pure Sound of the Purifys
John Coltrane – Coltrane Plays The Blues
John Coltrane – Impressions
Johnny Cash – Story of a Broken Heart
Jon Anderson – Animation
Kitty Wells – Greatest Hits
Kohn Kay & Steppenwolf – Rock & Roll Rebels
Joni Mitchell – Blue
Linda Ronstadt & The Stoney Poneys – Stoney End
Lou Rawls – Let Me Be Good To You
Luther Vandross – Never Too Much
Maria Muldaur – Open Your Eyes
Maria Muldaur – Waitress In A Donut Shop
Martin Denny – A Taste of Honey
Mitchell Trio – The Slightly Irreverent Mitchell Trio
The Monkees – Greatest Hits
Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Rust Never Sleeps
New Riders Of The Purple Sage – Feelin’ Alright
Oregon – Winter Light
Paul Davis – Singer of Songs – Teller of Tales
Paul Revere And The Raiders – Goin’ To Memphis
Percy Faith – Great Moments of Percy Faith
Peter Warren – Solidarity
The Pointer Sisters – The Pointer Sisters
Ray Charles – The Ray Charles Story Volume Four
Rebel Heels – One By One By One
Renato Rossini – My Guitar
Rick Nelson – Million Sellers
Rick Nelson – Memphis Sessions
Robert Plant – The Principle of Moments
Robin Lane & The Chartbusters – s/t
Roxy Music – Country Life
Sam Rivers – Sizzle
Sandy Nelson – Rock N’ Roll Revival
The Statler Brothers – The Best of the Statler Brothers
Steve Martin – Comedy Is Not Pretty
Suzi Quatro – Suzi… And Other Four Letter Words
Teena Marie – Emerald City
Tennessee Ernie Ford – Bless Your Pea Pickin’ Heart
Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers – Southern Accents
Tony Mottola – The Tony Touch
Valerie Wellington – Million Dollar Secret
Various – The Best of Country Music
Wayne Raney – Real Hot Boogie
Wild Child Butler – Lickin’ Gravy

12” Singles
Cool Breeze – Cre-a-tine
Get Some Crew – Run Forrest Run
Ice-T I’m Your Pusher / Girls LGBNAF
Ms. Jade – Dream
Timbaland & Magoo – Roll Out
Xzibit – X
2Pac – Papa’z Song / Peep Game

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

There are a lot of records out there in the world. We have a lot of records in our store nowadays too – and they definitely don’t stop comin’! All different genres, new and used! Our store is located at 418 E Monroe St. downtown and we are open every day from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm. We open early on Saturdays at 10:00 am. The farmers market downtown is kicking off their 2021 season in just two weeks! Check out our online store at Below is a long list of just some of what records we have gotten in in the past week. We put out new and used records onto our shelves every single day.

New LPs
Against Empires – Thieves And Leeches
Autarch – Soothsayer
Bill Withers – His Ultimate Collection
Braid – The Age of Octeen
CaP’n Jazz – Analphabetapolothology
Chris Farren – Born Hot
Deftones – Gore
Great Plains – Born In A Barn
Great Plaines – The Mark, Don & Mel EP
J Dilla – Ruff Draft
M.O.T.O. – Ampeg Stud!
No Direction – No Direction
Oceanator – Things I Never Said
Of Montreal – The Early Four Track Recordings
Red City Radio – Skytigers
The Retros – Inner City Rockers
Sufjan Stevens – Enjoy Your Rabbit
T-Bone Walker – The Truth
The Upsetters – Super Ape

Used LPs
Allan Holdsworth – Velvet Darkness
Aretha Franklin – Soul ‘69
The Beach Boys – Stack O’ Tracks
Bob Crosby – In Disco Order, Volume 7
Bonnie Pointer – Bonnie Pointer
B.T. Express – Energy To Burn
Charlie Parker – History of Jazz
The Chipmunks – Around The World With The Chipmunk
Con Funk Shun – Loveshine
Culture Club – Colour By Numbers
Dave Loggins – Apprentice (In A Musical Workshop)
David Crosby / Graham Nash – Whistling Down The Wire
Dean Martin – This Time I’m Swingin’
Dean Martin – Winter Romance
Della Reese – Della
Dennis Wilson – Pacific Ocean Blue
Dexter Gordon – Sophisticated Giant
Diana Ross – Eaten Alive
Dinah Shore – Dinah, Yes Indeed
Dionne Warwick – Friends
Dionne Warwick – Finder of Lost Loves
Don Thompson Quartet – A Beautiful Friendship
Donna Summer – Walk Away: Collector’s Edition
Ed Ames – The Impossible Dream
Eiji Kitamura – Swing Eiji
Erroll Garner – Gemini
Fats Domino – Trouble In Mind
Gary Lewis – New Directions
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Everybody Needs Love
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Motown Legends
Glen Campbell – Hey Little One
Hank Williams Jr. – Greatest Hits
Hank Williams Jr. and Lois Johnson – Removing The Shadow
Henry Mancini – Mancini ‘67
High Sierra Jazz Band – Make A Joyful Noise
Hoyt Axton – Joy To The World
Hugo Winterhalter Orchestra – Midnight Cowboy
Jan Garbarek / Kjell Johnsen – Aftenland
Jean Kittrell With The St. Louis Rivermen – At The Vinegar Hill Mall
Jelly Roll Morton – Mr. Jelly Lord
John Fischer – New Covenant
Johnny Cash – Big River
Jose Greco – Flamenco Rhythms
Kevin Eubanks – Face To Face
Kevin Eubanks – Guitarist
Keith Green – Songs For The Shepherd
Lawrence Freeman – The Joy of Sax
Magic Key Records – Rumplestiltskin
Mantovani – Songs To Remember
Meco – The Wizard of Oz
The Merrill Station Voices – Sounds Broadway!
Miles Davis – E.S.P.
Milt Jackson & John Coltrane – Bags & Trane
Nat King Cole – You’re My Everything
Nat King Cole – Those Lazy-Hazy Crazy Days of Summer
Nino & April – Sing The Great Songs
Ohio Players – Mr. Mean
The Platters – Reflections
Pointer Sisters – Special Things
Randy Newman – Good Old Boys
Ray Anthony – Swim, Swim, C’mon Let’s Swim
The Rolling Stones – BLack And Blue
Sam Rivers – Contrasts
Saunders King – What’s Your Story Morning Glory
Sea Level – On The Edge
Seals & Crofts – Unborn Child
Steps – Paradox
The Supremes – Floy Joy
Tammy Wynette – D-I-V-O-R-C-E
Teresa Brewer – My Golden Favorites
Timbuk 3 – Greeting From Timbuk 3
Tom Jones – Help Yourself
Tom Jones – Live In Las Vegas
Val Cliburn – My Favorite Encores
Various – Golden Graffiti Greats
Various – Nashville Steel Guitar
Various – 20 Country Classics
Various – Pennies From Heaven
Vikki Carr – One Hell Of A Woman
The Waikiki Surfriders – The Waikiki Surfriders

12” Singles
Debelah Morgan – Yesterday R&B Remixes
Eminem – When I’m Gone
Fred Fowler – Times Are Changin’
Meechie – Bring Me Joy
M. Doc – Free
MC Rajah – Doin’ The House
The Organization – The Big Beats
Queen Pen – Party Ain’t A Party
Run-D.M.C. – The Beginning (No Further Delay)
Spice 1 – High Powered
Xzibit – Multiply Remix

Vincent Sebastian: “Free Skin” feat. Dexter (Music Video)

Local artist and musician Vincent Sebastian has released a new hit song and video for “Free Skin” which features another area musician Dexter Anodyne. You can stream the new song and check out the video on the player embedded below. And you can check it out on bandcamp along with the demo version and the “800% slower” version??!?

Vincent Sebastian released his hit album Interference a couple of years ago now in 2019. Also check out our vids/pics page for a long list of other local music videos from over the years.

Balki Bros: “Sex • Drugs • Taco Bell”

Happy Wednesday afternoon, we are diving back into a little more of the local music!! Here is a brand new release from the new Taylorville / Springfield garage punk project that arose from the ashes of Snuff Rider called “Balki Bros“! They performed in our space at one point earlier this year as we were trying to figure out how to do live streaming (it worked out fine, but we decided we couldn’t pull off continuing to do that). (Sorry). Balki Bros debut release is here. It is called Sex • Drugs • Taco Bell, and you can stream it on the player below! Also head on over to the Balki Bros bandcamp to purchase the download for yourself.

We have added this one to our Springfield albums archive page. It’s like number 8 for this year or something. We still probably have a lot of catching up to do. That’s okay.

Downtown Springfield Sidewalk Sales This Saturday

Good morning everyone – surely we hope that after yesterday we have seen all there is to see for snow for this winter and it’s just warmer nicer weather from here on out. We especially hope it will be nice out for this Saturday (4/24) because the Downtown Springfield annual Sidewalk Sales are supposed to be taking place! This is when a lot of downtown businesses offer special sales, put things out on the sidewalk, and it’s a great spring Saturday to go downtown! Here’s a full list of who is participating:

Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
Kiddos by Urban Sassafras
Springfield Vintage
Daisy Jane’s
Dumb Records
Corrine’s Closet
Studio on 6th, the Original Art Co-op
The Roost
Murphy’s Loft
Willow & Birch
Wild Rose
Abe’s Old Hat Antiques & Country Store
Merchant House
The Pharmacy Gallery & Art Space
Recycled Records 

How nice! For this sale we will be offering 50% off all dollar records and also 20% off all Dumb Records apparel! Cool! That’s pretty much it. Our store is also open 10:00 am to 6:00 pm on Saturdays. And our arcade is also open during those hours.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

Good morning and happy Tuesday! Is it supposed to snow today or something? What the heck is up with that? Anyways, this week we are still adding pile after pile of new and used records to our inventory. Our store is still open every day from 11:30am to 6:00pm, and we open at 10:00am on Saturdays. This Saturday there’s even a big “sidewalk sale” day happening throughout downtown. For that we are doing 50% off dollar records and 20% off all Dumb Records apparel! Our online store is still at Okay here is what’s new for this week:

New LPs
Against Me! – Shape Shift With Me
Alice Coltrane – Live At Carnegie Hall, 1971
Alkaline Trio – Is This Thing Cursed?
Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Reggay International
Grandaddy – Last Place
Greta Van Fleet – The Battle at Garden’s Gate
Herbie Hancock – Takin’ Off
Hüsker Dü – The Complete Spin Radio Concert, 1985
Jeff Russo – Star Trek Discovery
Jimmy Eat World – Surviving 
Jon Batiste – We Are
Knife Hits – Eris
Lucky Daye – Painted
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Leh-Nerd Skin-Nerd Live From Jacksonville
Nigel Godrich – Scott Pilgrim Vs. The World
The Modern Lovers – Live
Oiltanker – No Tomorrow
The Offspring – Let The Bad Times Roll
Parasol – Nowhere To Go
Pine Barrens – Kingmaker
Protestant – Reclamation
Ray Chalres – Modern Sounds In Country And Western
Robin Thicke – On Earth, And In Heaven
Selve – Eleo
Slayer – El Infierno Te Espera
Sturgill Simpson – Metamodern Sounds in Country Music
Tom Petty – Finding Wildflowers (Alternative Versions)
Tutti I Colori Del Buio – Initiation Into Nothingness
Various – Rush Dem: Room Jointz
Weak Teeth – What A Plague You Are

Used LPs
Amy Grant – In Concert
Arthur Sullivan – The Tempest
Bing Crosby – Bing Sings Whilst Bregman Swings
The Border Brass – Tijuana Christmas
Cameo – Single Life
Casey Anderson – More Pretty Girls Than One
Catfish Hodge – Bout With The Blues
Chicago – Chicago X
Connie Francis – Do The Twist With Connie Francis
Davey Dex – Bangin’ Beatz
Deerhoof – Reveille
Dawn Featuring TOny Orlando – Tuneweaving
Dionne Warwick – Golden Hits Part 2
Dionne Warwick – Greatest Hits
Don Francisco – Got To Tell Somebody
Duke Ellington – Afro-Bossa
Duke Ellington – The Stereophonic Sound Of
Kermit Schafer – All-Time Great Bloopers
Gladys Knight & The Pips – A Little Knight Music
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Nitty Gritty
Gloriia Gaynor – Glorious
Harry Chapin – Heads
Harry James – The Golden Trumpet Of…
Herb Alpert’s Tijuana Brass – Volume 2
Hoyt Axton – Greenback Dollar
Isaac Hayes Movement – Disco Connection
John Abercrombie / John Scofield – Solar
John D. Loudermilk – Just Passing Through
KajaGooGoo – White Feathers
Kay Starr – Enchanting
Larry Clinton – In Hi-Fi
Lefty Frizzell – Sings The Songs of Jimmie Rodgers
Leo Kottke – Circle ‘Round The Sun
Les Brown And His Orchestra – The Uncollected 1944-46
Louis Prima / Keely Smith – The Hits of Louis & Keely
Mario Lanza – Student Prince
Marty Robbins – A Lifetime of Song
Marty Robbins – More Greatest Hits
Nat King Cole – Sings
Nat King Cole – The Velvet Moods of Nat King Cole
The New Tony Williams Lifetime – Million Dollar Legs
Pat Martino – Footprints
The Pat Terry Group – The Pat Terry Group
Pete Seeger – The Essential
Peter, Paul & Mary – Peter, Paul & Mommy
Phil Keaggy – The Master & The Musician
Ronco Records – Get It On!
Roy Clar – Greatest Hits Volume 1
Roy Orbison – Orbisongs
Sidney Bechet – Sidney Bechet
Silversun Pickups – Better Nature
Squeeze – Argybargy
Steve Martin – Let’s Get Small
Sweet Cream – Sweet Cream & Other Delights
Teddy Wilson – Three Little Words
Terry Ross Altman – Crosswalk
Tony Bennett – I Left My Heart In San Francisco
Wayne Newton – One More Time
Wayne Newton – Now!
Wes Montgomery – Jazz Guitar
The White Stripes – White Blood Cells
The Wilburn Brothers – Country Gold
Woody Herman – Encore
Woody Herman / Harry James – The Battle of the Bands Vol. 1
Van Morrison – Tupelo Honey
Various – Blue Ribbon Country Vol. II
Various – Rush Hour Soundtrack
Various – Where The Action Is

12” Singles
A+ feat. Chico Debarge – It’s On You
Deadly Venoms – Don’t Give Up
DL – Josephine
D’Mello – Best Love Story
The Madd Rapper – Ghetto / Whateva
Mariah Carey – The One
Phajja – Checkin’ For Me
Rah Digga / Lloyd Banks – Party Over Here
Sheeba Black – Check Yo’ Style