Good morning. We are trying our best to tell you about some local music around here. It’s hard with all of these records flying in and out of our store so fast anymore. Here is another brand new project put together by multi-instrumentalist recording extrodinaire in town, Mark Schwartz (Forest Saints, Demons on Wheels, Tin Ghost, and more). This one is called “Sir Belham (w/ SuperTiny)” (is Mark Schwartz both Sir Belham and SuperTiny)? We don’t know. The album is called The Golden Lobes and you can find all 23 tracks streaming on the player below. You can head on over to the Sir Belham w/ SuperTiny bandcamp page to purchase the download of the album.
We are adding this one to our Springfield album archive page of course. This brings us to just eight releases we have kept track of this year, but we are missing a lot! Whoops!
It’s another Tuesday here at Dumb Records! Things sure aren’t slowing down at our store, it’s busy as heck and we are trying are hardest to keep up with putting out stacks of records every day. We are open here downtown from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm now. Spring has sprung and the tree outside has flowers on it. Our online store can still be found at shopdumbrecords.com and our arcade is also still open during store hours. Okay now let’s dive into what’s new!
New LPs AC/DC – The Razors Edge Ariana Grande – Positions Back To The Future – Music From The Motion Picture Blistered – The Poison of Self Confinement Busta Rhymes – Extinction Level 2: The Wrath of God Byron Lee & The Dragonaires – Reggay Roun’ The World Caithlin De Marrais – Red Coats Chicago News – Have You Heard The News? Death Cab For Cutie – Narrow Stairs Decades/Failures – Goodby3 Dennis Brown – Visions of Dennis Brown DJ Kayslay – Homage Downpresser – Don’t Need A Reason Elvis Presley – A Boy From Tupelo Guns ’N’ Roses – Acoustic At CBGB’s 1987 Guns ’N’ Roses – Use Your Illusion I Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. I Jack M. Seriff – These Northwood Blues Jet Black – L’ere Du Vide Joliette – Luz Devora Kings of Leon – Walls Megadeth – Live In Los Angeles 1995 Old Wounds – From Where We Came Ramones – Live At The Hollywood Palladium The Residents – Duck Stab Strife – Witness A Rebirth Townes Van Zandt – Live At The Old Quarter Train – Drops of Jupiter The Upsetters With Vin Gordon – Musical Bones The Weeknd – Beauty Behind The Madness
Used LPs Arthur Smith – Great Country & Western Hits The Association – Live Barbra Streisand – Butterfly The Bill Gaither Trio – I Am A Promise Billy Vaughn – Golden Gems Bob Barnard Jazz Band Bob Wills – Country Music Buck Owens – The Best of Buck Owens Butterfield Blues Band – The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw Camel – Breathless Carl Smith – I Want To Live And Love Center Stage – Enter Center Stage Chip Taylor – Chip Taylor’s Last Chance Chris Conor – Sings Lullabys of Burdland The Church – Starfish Dave Brubeck – Jazz Goes To Junior College Dottie West – Feminine Fancy Duke Ellington / Arthur Fiedler – The Duke At Tanglewood Earl Thomas Conley – Treadin’ Water Erroll Garner – Encores in Hi Fi Estrogen Highs – Here Me On The Number Station Elvis Costello And The Attractions – Trust Exile – The Best of Exile Gary Lewis And The Playboys – Hits Again! Genesis – Reflection: Rock Theatre Genesis – Trespass Glan Campbell – Basic Grady Martin And The Slew Foot Five – Hot Time Tonight Guy Lombardo – An Evening With Hank Williams – A Home In Heaven Hank Williams, Jr. – Songs My Father Left Me Jimmie Rodgers – His Golden Year King Crimson – Discipline Lee Greenwood – If There’s Any Justice Les And Larry Elgar – The New Elgart Touch Liona Boyd – Classical Guitar The Manhattan Transfer – The Best Of Michael Pinder – The Promise The Moirs – State of Shock Mumford & Sons – Wilder Mind The New Professionals – Fireballs of Freedom Noel Paul Stookey – Band & Bodyworks OK-4 – A Album Oral Roberts – Country Roads Orphan Fam – Hurt Me / In The Summer Peanuts Hucko – Pied Piper Quintet Perez Prado y Carlos Molina – En Mexico Polly Bergen – The Party’s Over Rare Earth – Rarearth Ray Conniff – Plays The Bee Gees & Other Great Hits Regis Philbin – It’s Time For Regis! Richard Roberts – Searching Questions Robin Lane – Heart Connection The Roches – Another World The Roches – Nurds Roger Blackburn – Barbershopping In Brass Ronnie Milsap – Live Spyro Gyra So Cow – So Cow Tammy Wynette And George Jones – We Go Together TKO – Let It Roll Traffic – Welcome To The Canteen Traffic – Mr. Fantasy Various – Go With The Greats Vicki Sue Robinson – Half and Half Walter Carlos – Switched-On Back II Weather Report – Heavy Weather Wild Cherry – Wild Cherry The Who – Odds & Sods
12” Singles Beelow – Let Me See You Twerk Benzino – Rock The Party Black Eyed Peas – Joints & Jam Remixes Black Eyed Peas – Request Line Jennifer Lopez – Ain’t It Funny Malaysa – I Don’t Give A Damn Memphis Bleek – What You Think Of That Mike Control – Rhyme For Rhyme Monica – Before Dark Mystikal – Round Out The Tank / Life Ain’t Cool Trina – For All My Ladies Willy Gleamz – Move My Body
Here we are in another month, and there is yet another issue of Activator Magazine, which is approaching 3 years of being around covering local music and art in Central Illinois! As you can see pictured above, this one features local hip hop artist VGE FROST on the cover.
What else does this issue have in store? It’s got… plenty of album reviews for all different types of artists, we also have our “Dumb Perspective” column written by Brian Galecki, this time with a short interview segment with Drew Kodrich about midwesthardcore.org. There is also an interview with Liz Fitz, who just released a CD called Cover Me, a “10 up 10 down” with Zach Moad, interview with new local punk band “Fist Fight”, an interview with After School Special, Robot Army, and a nice “Soundcheck” segment checking in on many other local musicians from around the area. All of that plus more!
You can pick of free copies of Activator at Dumb Records and various other local businesses around town. We usually have a few back issues as well. Also consider heading over to the Activator Patreon page to become a monthly donor in support of the magazine!
Today we are announcing us doing something a little new that might kiiiinda be the next step for us as we ease back in to some type of normalcy and are eventually able to host shows again. Starting NOW we are open to booking private parties at the Dumb Records arcade after or before our regular store hours. (Our store is now open every day from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm at 418 E Monroe Street downtown).
We are now doing a limited offer of $50 an hour to rent out our venue and arcade spaces for private parties up up to 12 persons. You can come in the store to talk to us about reserving calendar space, or email us at email@example.com or give us a call at 217-691-8991. This is a limited offer and we are trying things out, so we could change our policies on private parties in the future!
It is April now and spring is springing outside. For many Aprils our store has existed it has been a big month for us because of Record Store Day holding their annual event typically this month. The pandemic has effected both this and last year’s events and for 2021 it was announced that Record Store Day will be split into two different “drop dates” to happen on Saturday June 12th and Saturday July 17th. Our store will be participating in this event as we always do, and so is Recycled Records also downtown.
Today, all of the releases for both of these “drop dates” were announced through the Record Store Day website. You can check all of those out – nearly 500 exclusive releases including re-issues, brand new albums, compilations, and more right here.
If you find something on this list you really want, how does this work? We can not do any special orders or set anything aside for anyone off of this list – we must operate on a first come first serve basis on both of the drop dates. However, we are trying to get an idea of how many of each item to order – so feel free to comment here or on our facebook post with any releases you especially want to see us well stocked with!
We will be back with a separate announcement for what our store will be doing exactly for both of those dates (probably no live music still) – but for now we will say we will be open from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm both of those Saturdays.
It IS a tornado drill Tuesday today, huzzah! We are ready for that drill with piles upon piles of new records in our store! It’s all records this time once again, no CD’s or any of that other stuff. Our store is open every day from 11:30 am to 6:00 pm right now at 418 E Monroe Street downtown. There is still a big green elephant outside. Our online stores can still all be found at shopdumbrecords.com. Oh by the way, check us out on youtube if you are bored! Okay here are our new arrivals for the week:
New LPs Brian Eno – Here Come The Warm Jets Caithlin De Marrais – My Magic City Caithlin De Marrais – What Will You Do Then? Droughts – Stay Behind Evanescence – The Bitter Truth The Damned – Punk Oddities & Rare Tracks: 1977-1982 Dikembe – Chicago Bowls Dikembe – Muck Godspeed You! Black Emperor – G_d’s Pee At State’s End The Greeting Committee – This Is It Jack M. Seriff – Good To Know You Knola – The Black Beach La Dispute – Tiny Dots La Femme – Paradigmes Lovechild – Migraine Music Mover Shaker – Another Truck Stop Mush – Thank You We’re Mush Noga Erez – Kids The Notorious B.I.G. – Born Again Ostraca – Last Tigers Jaw – Charmer
Used LPs ABBA – The Album Alex Taylor – With Friends And Neighbors Barbra Streisand – Barbra Joan Streisand Barbra Streisand – Yentl Bellamy Brothers – Howard & David Bing Crosby – Shillelaghs And Shamrocks Bobby Bland – Here We Go Again Bobby Vee – Golden Greats BoDeans – Love & Hope & Sex & Dreams Bootsy – Ultra Wave Brook Benton – Brook Benton Today Buck Owens – All Star Jamboree Cannonball Adderley – Julian “Cannonball” Adderley Charlie Weaver – Sings For His People Chicago – Presents The Innovative Guitar Of Terry Kath Chris Montez – The More I See You Christopher Parkening – Parkening Plays Bach Estrogen Highs – Friends & Relatives Dan Fogelberg – High Country Snows Dave Grusin – One of A Kind Don Williams – Cafe Carolina Donna Summer – Cats Without Claws Doris Day – Cuttin’ Capers Focus – Hamburger Concerto Frank Zappa – Sheik Yerbouti Gary Lewis & The Playboys – A Session With Gary Morris – Faded Blue The Gaynotes – Strictly Barbershop Genesis – Three Sides Live George Jones – Sings The Songs of Dallas Frazier George Shearing – The Shearing Touch Glenn Yarbrough – The Bitter And The Sweet Grand Funk – Closer To Home Henry Mancini – The Best Of Vol. 3 Jello Biafra – No More Cocoons Jimmy Wakely – Heartaches Joe Wayman – Anything Can Happen John Schneider – Tryin’ To Outrun The Wind Johnnie Taylor – Eargasm Ken Medema – Sunday Afternoon The Knack – Get The Knack Lee Greenwood – Christmas To Christmas Lee Greenwood – Love Will Find Its Way To You The Living World – Reason To Live Lucifer’s Friend – Where The Groupies Killed The Blues Marillion – Heart of Lothian Mel Tillis – Mel Tillis’ Greatest Hits, Vol. 2 Michael Martin Murphey – Best Of Mick Taylor – Mick Taylor Mike & Dean – Rock ’n’ Roll Again The Miracles – The Miracles Greatest Hits Neil Young & The Bluenotes – This Note’s For You Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Live Rust Neil Young & Crazy Horse – Life Neil Young & The Shocking Pinks – Everybody’s Rockin’ Neil Young – Freedom Neil Young – Landing On Water Nikki Price – Introducing The Beautiful Nikki Price Nots – Live At Goner Records Norman Wallace – Recipes For Romantic Rendezvous Oregon – Oregon Oscar Peterson – Soul Espanol Pee Wee Russell – Pee Wee Russell Peggy Lee – Lover Ray Price – I Won’t Mention It Again Ronnie SPector – Unfinished Business Sammy Davis Jr. – Greatest Hits Sergio Mendes – Confetti Spyro Gyra – Alternating Currents Spyro Gyra – Carnaval Susan Raye – Pitty, Pitty, Patter Terry Baxter – The Best of ‘69 Third World – You’ve Got The Power Two For The Show Trio – On Track Various – 10 Years of Barbershop Champions Various – 20 Country Hits Various – Bomb Catalogue 1981 Various – Music For The Easy Hours Wayne Newton – The Best Of Live The Yardbirds – Greatest Hits
12” Singles Big Lew / Popeye Reds – How We Do Crimewave – Think Big Diamenz – Do Or Die / Sex Appeal Do Or Die – Do U? The Lords – Take Dat TLC – Hands Up TLC – My Life Trav – Get This Poppin’ Trina Broussard – Love You So Much 3rd Storee – Party TOnight 50 Cent – Rowdy Rowdy
Today we are bringing you a brand new release by a newer local act (at least new to us)! This is a duo called After School Special, who are an acoustic folk duo in town featuring Aasne Daniels and Jerry Setnicky. They play “a very wide variety of tunes from a host of artists and genres.” And guess what! They have a new 10-track album and we actually have copies available on CD in our record store. The album is called Last Of The Curlews. You can check out some of that on the youtube player embedded below. To find a link to stream the full album and more about the band, check out their website.
As the weather starts warming up and vaccines become more widely available we are going to start seeing some live shows popping up! After School Special actually does have a few lined up, and you can check out their facebook page to see what those are. We’ve also added their album onto our Springfield album archive page for this year, bringing us to 7 local releases we have kept track of (and there are many, many more we need to catch up with).
We finally feel that it is time… to announce… our next contest to happen at the arcade!! It’s been a while since we have done anything like this due to us being cautious in re-opening things fully. We feel that for the month of April it’s time to hold another contest to see who can get the highest score on a certain game, and for this month it is going to be: FISH TALES PINBALL.
This contest is open to everyone, and you can try as many times as you would like to get a Fish Tales high score. Normal arcade entry rules apply: entry is $5 or free with purchase of $10 or more in our store. We are limiting arcade occupancy to 6 persons right now.
Throughout the month, the first place highest score will receive: $100 in downtown gift certificates to locations including Good Heart Tattoo, The Elf Shelf, and La Piazza. Second place prize will receive a lava lamp. Third place price will receive a free Dumb Records t-shirt.
You better get practicing! The contest will be throughout the month of April, ending at the end of the 30th, but we will accept score entries starting today. If you are looking for some Fish Tale tricks and trips, you better check out our underground pinball discussion forum! Good luck!
It’s another week here at our record store! It’s been busy as ever. Yesterday was actually the first day we had to take a break from putting out records in a long time. But don’t worry, there’s been plenty that has gone out this week. We are over here at 418 E Monroe Street in downtown Springfield, still with the big dumb giant green elephant outside. Our store is open from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm every day. Shop with us online at shopdumbrecords.com. Play our arcade games. Join our discussion forum. Okay, let’s take a look at some of what’s new!
New LPs Aaron Lee Tasjan – Tasjan! Tasjan! Tasjan! Agnostic Front – Get Loud! The Antlers – Green To Gold Beirut – Gallipoli Black Pumas – Black Pumas The Cowboys – Room of Clons Ennio Morricone – Exorcist II: The Heretic Fall Out Boy – Believers Never Die Volume Two Here Lies Man – Ritual Divination Fleetwood Mac – The Best of Peter Green’s Freak Genes – Power Station Jupiter Styles – Ultra St. Opera Neil Young – Young Shakespeare The Runaways – The Runaways SG Lewis – Times Smarts – Who Needs Smarts, Anyway? The Toms – The 1979 Sessions Trauma Harness – Tried My Hardest Wilco – Wilco (The Album) Wild Pink – A Billion Little Lights
Used LPs Alberta Hunter – Classic Alberta Hunter Andres Segovia – Five Pieces From Platero And I Anne Murray – Sings For The Sesame Street Generation The Auto-Towners – Let’s Here It Barbara Mandrell – The Midnight Oil Barry Harris – At The Jazz Workshop Billy Boy Arnold – Blow The Back Off It The Blues Project – Projections Bob Hope – Holidays Brenda Lee – The Best of Brenda Lee The Byrds – Mr. Tambourine Man / Turn Turn Turn Celi Bee – Fly Me On The Wings of Love Conway Twitty – Greatest Hits Cowboy Copas – Songs That Made Him Famous Culture Club – Waking Up With The House On Fire The Elvin Bishop Band – Rock My Soul Dan Hartman – Instant Replay Denise LaSalle – Right Place Right Time Dionne Warwick – Go With Love Dorothy Donegan – The Explosive Earl Thomas Conley – Fire & Smoke George Carlin – Indecent Exposure George Jones – The Great George Jones George Strait – Greatest Hits Volume Two Gentle Persuasion – Gentle Persuasion The Hartsmen – Encore! High Dive – High Dive Janie Fricke – The Very Best Of Johnny Horton & Sonny James – Favorites Jon Lucien – Premonition Julie Andrews – Christmas With Julie Andrews Kim Carnes – Romance Dance King Crimson – Islands Laura Branigan – Branigan Lee Greenwood – Somebody’s Gonna Love You Leo Sayer – Leo Sayer The Lettermen – Hurt So Bad The Lettermen – Love Is… The Marshall Tucker Band – Together Forever Mark-Almond – 73 Marty Robbins – All-Time Greatest Hits Michel Legrand – The Young Girls of Rochefort The Nighthawks – The Nighthawks Ohio Players – Pleasure PRI Records – Jammin’ Ray Stevens – The Feeling’s Not Right Again Ric Ocasek – Beatitude Roger Miller – Making A Name For Myself Ronnie Dove – Cry Ronnie Spector – Siren Sammy Davis Jr. – As Long As She Needs Me Simple Minds – Once Upon A Time Slim Boyd – Hits Made Famous By Hank Williams The Speedboys – Look What Love’s Done To Me Now Spider – Between The Lines Status Quo – Live Teddy Pendergrass – Love Language Ted Nugent – Survival Of The Fittest Tiny Hill – The Uncollected Vol. 2 1944 Todd Rundgren – The Ever Popular Tortured Artist Effect Tom T. Hall – Greatest Hits Vol. 2 Tony Bennett – Love Story Van Morrison – Veedon Fleece Various – Old King Gold Volume 1 Various – Country Boys & Country Girls Various – Country Chartbusters Various – An Hour of Tops In Pops Various – New Wave Surf Party! Various – Phil Spector’s Greatest Hits Various – The Touch of Country Love Warren Zevon – The Envoy WCFL – The Sound of Beautiful Music Woody Herman – Golden Favorites Woody Herman – Greatest Hits
12” Singles Big Noyd – Come Thru El Debarge – Somebody Loves You Mariah Carey – Boy (I Need You) Mykill Miers – Raw Shit Romantics – Mystified Sfootaz – The Heist II SK – Single Black Female Skillz – Crew Deep Snoop Dogg – G Bedtime Stories West Coast Bad Boyz – R.I.P. Tupac
There’s a lot. We got a lot. We are getting a lot. There is a lot going on. A lot of records. New and used. All of the time, and our store. Wow. Seriously you guys, we are getting so many records all of the time and it is so busy over here any more. Woof! Our store is here downtown at 418 E Monroe Street and we are open every day from 11:30 am to 5:30 pm and we open up on Saturdays at 10:00 am. We are still open online too – you can go to shopdumbrecords.com for a nice old fun time online. Our arcade is open too! Okay let’s dive into what’s new:
New LPs Adele – 25 Arcade Fire – Reflektor B.B. King – Going Home B.B. King – Easy Listening Blues Beta Boys – Late Night Acts Bob Marley – The Best of Bob Marley The Cowboys – The Bottom Of A Rotten Flower Chris Cornell – No One Sings Like You Anymore Cigarettes After Sex – Cry Cradle – The History The Crystals – Uptown Daisy Chain – Straight Or Lame Dame – Dame Eric Church – Chief The Explorers Club – Rarities Volume 1 Fall Out Boy – Greatest Hits: Believers Never Die Fleet Foxes – Shore GAZM – Heavy Vibe Music Grateful Dead – Anthem Of The Sun Green Day – International Super Hits! Green Day – 21st Century Breakdown Johnny Cash – American II: Unchained Johnny Cash – The Sound of Johnny Cash Kaleidoscope – Volume 3 The Landlords – House Party Megadeth – The World Needs A Hero The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – While We’re At It Miles Davis – Miles Davis’ Greatest Hits Muro – Pacificar Nine Inch Nails – Bad Witch Parliament – Chocolate City Parliament – Osmium Pink Floyd – The Piper At The Gates Of Dawn Protruders – Poison Future Rage Against The Machine – Renegades Radiohead – OK Computer Ringo Starr – Zoom In Stan Getz – Big Band Bossa Nova Steve Earle & The Dukes – J.T. Sweeping Promises – Hunger For A Way Out Tigers Jaw – I Won’t Care How You Remember Me Various – Punk N’ Bleach: A Tribute To Nirvana The Zombies – Greatest Hits
Used LPs Above The Law – Time Will Reveal Alvin Lee – Detroit Diesel The Bell System – Good Friends Are For Keeps Billy May And His Orchestra – Jimmie Lunceford In Hi-Fi Billy Squier – Emotions In Motion Bobby Sherman – Portrait Of Bobby Brook Benton – Born To Sing The Blues The Byrds – Greatest Hits Carlos Santana & Buddy Miles – Live! Cynthia Clawson – You’re Welcome Here Dave And Sugar – Greatest Hits Dick Curless – End Of The Road Dottie West – A Legend In My Time Earl Hines – At The Crescendo Vol. II Eddie Harris – E.H. In The U.K. Elmer Fudpucker – At The Nudist Colony Engelbert Humperdinck – We Made It Happen Foghat – Boogie Motel Foghat – Tight Shoes Frank Sinatra – In The Beginning 1943 to 1951 George Strait – Greatest Hits Glen Gray – The Uncollected Glen Gray 1939-40 Harry Chapin – Greatest Stories Live Head East – Get Yourself Up Head East – U.S. 1 The Hollies – What Goes Around… The Hollies – Clarke, Hicks, Sylvester, Calvert, Elliott The Hollies – A Crazy Steal Jim Croce – The Faces I’ve Been John Handy – Carnival Kenny Rogers & Dottie West – Every Time Two Fools Collide K-Tel Records – Country Super Stars Lawrence Welk – Love Is A Many Splendored Thing Louis Bellson And Explosion – Note Smoking Loverboy – Loverboy Michael Franks – The Art of Tea Moose And The Mudbugs – Milk Crate Takeover The Monks of Western Priory – Locusts And Wild Honey Ohio Players – Honey Ohio Players – Angel Pearl Bailey – The Real Pearl Pearl Bailey – More Songs For Adults Only Peter Brown – A Fantasy Love Affair Quicksilver – Anthology REO Speedwagon – Good Trouble REO Speedwagon – Wheels Are Turnin’ Sarah Vaughan – Pop Artistry Shogun – 31 Days Slim Goodbody – Healthy Is Wealthy Various – The Best From Buddha Various – The Happy Days of Rock N’ Roll Various – The Original Artists Of Rock & Roll Various – The Most Volume 4 Various – The World of Private Music Various – A Christmas Album Various – Windham Hill Piano Sampler The Ventures – The Ventures’ Christmas Album World of Strings – Million Sellers From Hollywood
12” Singles All Natural – Currency Exchange / Young Girl Lost Curtis Mayfield And Ice-T – Superfly 1990 Dilated Peoples – The Platform MC Chi-Guy – Bottomgottom Method Man – What’s Happenin’ / The Motto Snoop Dogg – Those Gurlz Wu Tang Clan – Pinky Ring