New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


Are you ready for a Dumb Records store update? Well we’ve been entering new stuff into the system like crazy – including a lot of LPs and brand new CDs. What we bring you here as a list today for new arrivals isn’t even half of what’s been entered in this past week! Our store has only been open from 5-6pm this past week or so (we’ve still had customers every day, even with all of this snow!), we are also going to be doubling our hours and will be open 4-6pm starting Thursday!! Wow!! Don’t forget our new store is located at 418 E Monroe St. downtown. Let’s look over our hours for this week and then get into what’s new.

Tuesday (today): 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 – 6:00 pm
Thursday: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Friday: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 4:00 – 6:00 pm
Monday: 4:00 – 6:00 pm

New LPs
Black Flag – Everything Went Black
Brat Kings – Hypnopedia
Devo – Hardcore Devo Volume 2
Father John Misty – Pure Comedy
Nancy – With Child

Noise – Demo Tapes 1991-1995
Not Scientists – Destroy To Rebuild
Pavement – Slanted And Enchanted
Sublime – Sublime
Thomas Nicholas Band – Security
Travis Scott – Rodeo
Ty Segall – Melted
Willie Nelson – Yesterday’s Wine

Used LPs
Boatz – Boatz
Bonnie Raitt – Sweet FOrgiveness
Boston – Don’t Look Back
The Browns – Our Favorite FOlk Songs
Carly Simon – Another Passenger
Crystal Gayle – Crystal
Ernest Tubb – Sings Country Hits Old And New
Grand Funk Railroad – Live Album
Jamie Brockett – Remember The Wind And The Rain
Johnny Cash – Greatest!
Klaatu – Klaatu
LL Cool J – Phenomenon
Mental As Anything – Cyclone Raymond
Peggy Blu – Blu Blowin’
Professor Griff – Blood Of The Profit
Randy Crawford – Silence
Randy Waldman – Piano Keyboards Synthesizers
The Righteous Brothers – Greatest Hits
Ronnie Henson – Ronnie Henson
Simon – Let Me Be The One
Tom T. Hall – A Sondier of Fortune
Various – The Magical Fifties
Walls – The Future Is Wide Open

12” Singles
Baby Dc – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Cavie – Bouncin’ Down The Boulevard
Celia Cruz – Ella Tiene Fuego Remixes
Eve – Let’s Talk About
Fundisha – Live The Life
G. Dep – Special Delivery / Bad Boy For Life
Glow God – House of Distractions
Mya – Free
Petey Pablo – I Told Y’All
The PJs – It’s Nothing / Rapid Fire
Queen Pen – I Got Cha / Babby Daddy
TQ – Keep It On The Low
Will Smith – Freakin’ It

New CDs
Alana Davis – Blame It On Me
Argent – The Argent Anthology
The Byrds – Greatest Hits
The Byrds – Fifth Dimension
The Charlatans UK – Melting Pot
The Charlatans UK – Songs From The Other Side
The Chieftains – Water From The Well
The Chieftains – Further Down The Old Plank Road
Chumbawamba – Tubthumper
The Church – Starfish
The Church – Under The Milky Way: The Best of The Church
Collective Soul – Blender
Collective Soul – Collective Soul
Cowboy Junkies – The Trinity Session
Cowboy Junkies – Miles From Our Home
Crash Test Dummies – Give Yourself A Hand
Crazytown – The Gift Of Game
Crazytown – Dark Horse
Dashboard Confessional – The Places You Have Come To Fear
The Dead Milkmen – Eat Your Paisley!
The Dead Milkmen – Big Lizard In My Backyard
Deep Blue Something – Deep Blue Something
Deep Purple – Extended Versions
Depeche Mode – Construction Time Again
Depeche Mode – Ultra
Descendents – Everything Sucks
Descendents – Bonus Fat
Dido – No Angel
The Donnas – Turn 21
The Donnas – Spend The Night
Donovan – Forever Gold
Donovan – Greatest Hits Acoustic Live
Dream – It Was All A Dream
Iron Butterfly – In-A-Gadda-Da-Vida
The Jacksons – Goin’ Places
Jackson 5 – Diana Ross Presents / ABC
Janet Jackson – All For You
Janet Jackson – Design Of A Decade
Jefferson Airplane – Surrealistic Pillow
Jefferson Airplane – Thirty Seconds Over Winterland
Jefferson Starship – Red Octopus
The Kinks – Lost & Found
The Kinks – Think Visual
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – No More Shall We Part
Rush – A Farewell To Kings
Starship – Knee Deep In The Hoopla
Steppenwolf – Born To Be Wild: A Retrospective
Steppenwolf – Live
Tanya Donelly – Beauty Sleep
Thin Lizzy – Live And Dangerous
Thin Lizzy – Jailbreak
Various – Billboard Top Rock’n’Roll Hits 1958

Resident Genius Catalog (2002-2006) On Bandcamp


Here’s something we almost forgot to share a little while back! This is not exactly new local music – maybe old local music that is finally being uploaded onto the interwebs and being made available to all – the discography for early/mid 2000’s Springfield band “Resident Genius”. Resident Genius was an indie/punk band around before the days of The Black Sheep, and after the days of The Asylum, there they are pictured above performing at Veile’s Planet which was a bar/venue that put on all ages shows.

Check out the Resident Genius bandcamp page right here.

Their catalog includes three EPs, a Live session from the radio on WQNA in 2004, a split release with activist/historian Howard Zinn, and then a collection of unreleased songs (which you can find streaming below). Wow! And on top of all of that, all proceeds made from the download donations will be going towards our GoFundMe to launch a new record store and show space downtown!

We will be adding these and updating the Springfield Album Archive shortly!

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


Looks like if we are going to be open today for a *very soft* opening, we can go ahead and tell you about some new arrivals hitting the shelves at Dumb Records! (This is only going to be a small portion of the mountains of inventory we are entering and re-entering in, getting in the store, and listing online. This includes a giant collection of 10,000 CDs (mostly sealed) that we have been going through bit by bit. Again, Dumb Records will be open from 5:00 to 6:00 pm today, and that’s it. Let’s look over what we are planning our hours to be this next week, and then get into the new arrivals:

Thursday (today): 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Friday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Saturday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Sunday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Monday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Tuesday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm
Wednesday: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

New LPs
Grandkids – Timeshare
Groundhogs – Scratching The Surface
Haldol – Haldol
Heat – Rooms EP
Home – 17
The Honor System – Rise And Run
The Humanoids – Are Born
Gravediggaz – Six Feet Deep
Panduranga Henderson – Ocean Of Love
The Pauses / Great Deceivers – Split
Tom Irwin – All That Love

Used LPs
Barry Manilow – One Voice
Carly Simon – No Secrets
Charley Pride – Sings Heart Songs
Charley Pride – In Person
City High – City High
Eddie Lockjaw Davis – The Eddie Lockjaw Davis Cookbook
Ella Fitzgerald – Sings The Gershwin Songbook
Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
Grand Detour – Grand Detour
Harold Melvin And The Blue Notes – Reach For The World
Jesse Colin Young – Love On The Wing
John Paul Young – Love Is In The Air
Horseback – Piedmont Apocrypha
Magnavox – Let Us Entertain You
Mary Martin – The Sound of Music
Michael Parks – Closing The Gap
The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
Oscar Peterson / Leroy Vinnegar – Sessions, Live
Paul McCartney – Pipes of Peace
Perfect Pussy – Say Yes To Love
Kenny Rogers – Kenny
Kenny Rogers – Eyes That See In The Dark
Red Sails In The Sunset – Sounds of Hawaii
Robert Palmer – Double Fun
Terry Snyder – Persuasive Percussion

Used 12” Singles
Chante Moore – Bitter
Coolio – Hit ‘Em
Demo – Bang
Ill Got Ten – Street Music
Kool Grap – It’s Nothin’ / Spill Blood
Knoc-Turn’al – Knoc
Knoc-Turn’al – I Like
MC Breed – Gangsta Sh**
MC Ren – Who In The F*** / Comin’ After You
Next – Jerk
No Good – Ballin’ Boy
Onyx – Slam
Original P – Jump Up In The Air
Scritti Politti – Tinseltown To The Boogiedown
Various – Out Tha Trunk.
The Union – G.A.M.E.

New CDs
Aaron Carter – Aaron’s Party (Come Get It)
Aerosmith – Aerosmith’s Greatest Hits
Ani Difranco – Up Up Up Up Up Up
Ani Difranco – Living In Clip
Ani Difranco – Educated Guess
Bon Jovi – Bounce
The Byrds – The Notorious Byrd Brothers
The Byrds – Younger Than Yesterday
The Byrds – Sweetheart of the Rodeo
The Call – Reconciled
Candlebox – Lucy
Candlebox – Candlebox
Candyass – Orgy
Capitol Eye – Mood Swingz
Chamberlain – The Moon My Saddle
The Charlatans UK – The Charlatans UK
The Charlatans UK – Wonderland
Coal Chamber – Coal Chamber
Collective Soul – Dosage
The Corrs – Live In Dublin
The Cranberries – Bury The Hatchet
Crowded House – The Very Best of Crowded House
Culture Club – The Best of Culture Club
The Doors – Absolutely Live
The Doors – L.A. Woman
Downset. – Downset.
The Jacksons – Destiny
Janet Jackson – Damita Jo
Janet Jackson – Janet.
Joe Bonamassa – So, It’s Like That
The Kinks – Give The People What They Want
Marc Cohn – Marc Cohn
Michael Jackson – Number Ones
Rainbow – Rising
Robert Johnson – The Complete Recordings
Rush – Moving Pictures
Rush – Test for Echo
Rush – The Spirit of Radio
Rush – Grace Under Presure
Rush – Caress of Steel
Rush – Vapor Trails
Ry Cooder – Manuel Galban Mambo Sinuendo
Silverchair – Neon Ballroom
Smashing Pumpkins – Mellon Collie And The Infinite Sadness
Stereolab – Cobra And Phases Group Play Voltage
Steve Vai – Alive In An Ultra World
Talking Heads – Popular Favorites
The Tragically Hip – Up To Hear
Various – Swingin’ To Michael Jackson: A Tribute
Yngwie J. Malmsteen – Double Live

Happy Birthday Dumb Records (2).gif

Looks like we have a surprise in store for you all today! On this day exactly five years ago (January 10th, 2014), it was the first day open at our original location on South Grand- the grand opening celebration was the very day after that on the 11th. The past few years we have celebrated our store’s birthday with “free record day” and have handed out free records. Today we want to do something to commemorate our store’s five year anniversary – so we are holding a *very* soft open in the store from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will continue to hold just the one hour of the store being open for the next week for those of you wanting to come by and take a peek at the new space. We will also of course have a limited selection of vinyl LPs, CDs, and a new line of Dumb Records shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets for sale. For those of you who do not know, our new location is at 418 E Monroe St.


P.S. – we will soon be updating our Black Sheep history page to tell an accurate timeline and series of events leading up to our move to our new downtown home.

P.S.S. – did you know that we have not missed a single day with Dumb Records’s Record Of The Night™ so far this year?!? It’s been a great way of showing some sort of progress on things we are doing with the new space.

P.S.S.S. – if you are not able to make it in the one hour the store is open, we are still selling records and CDs online through! Check out our discogs page right here. We will have an online store setup for Dumb Records merchandise set up very soon as well.

Dumb Records Downtown 2019 GoFundMe


We are now one full week into 2019 and we have been moving forward on renovations, paperwork, and entering inventory of our new space at lightning speeds. So far we are very happy with how things are coming along, and much thanks to the support of many of you in the form of donations and help moving, building, and painting the new store. Yesterday we decided it was time to launch a GoFundMe campaign for the new space to raise funds we are still needing for various projects and expenses required for us to get us where we need to be.

On the GoFundMe page we put together we listed off some of the things we have been able to accomplish with funds we have raised so far (paint, deposits, bills, paperwork), and then we list off things we still need funds for (more wood, signage, tools, etc). Any little bit right now helps us immensely!

You can check out that new GoFundMe campaign right here. We have a loose goal of $10,000 set in place, but any bit of that we can raise will be going towards the new space.

Best of Springfield Music 2018: Albums/Releases #1-10


Here we are this Sunday night with the fourth and final installment of our Best of Springfield Music 2018 series. All of the finalists in these categories were voted on last month through a poll on our site. Tonight we bring you those top then Springfield albums/releases of 2018.

Check out albums #11-20 here.
Check out your top voted songs of 2018 from Springfield local bands here.
Check out your top voted Springfield shows of 2018 here.

Also you can read all of these write-ups in the January issue of Activator Magazine found a various locations around town!

1. Foam Fangers – Foam Fangers EP
With songs like “Talk To The Fanger”, “I’m A Jerk” and “Gotta Piss”, Foam Fangers have the old school “I Don’t give a fuck” punk attitude. Without even being a year old yet, Foam Fangers have spent the whole year of 2018 smashing their way through the Illinois punk scene, playing nearly every punk line up around the central Illinois area. They know how to write some catchy tunes, its hard to walk away from one of their set without humming along to the melody of “Capital City” for the rest of the week.. Keep an ear out for the Fangers in 2019, bigger things to come, I’m sure. -Michael O Hannain (MAC)

2. Master Bastard – Mouth Breather
You’re the outgoing governor of Illinois. You’re really sad that you got the mansion all ready to go and now you have to go home. You put on your leather jacket and skull belt buckle and hop on your Harley Davidson. What’s blaring out the speakers as you cruise down Route 66? Master Bastard. Great record from a great band that loves Motorhead just the right amount. Is it weird that I personally relate to this band because the guitarist is left-handed? -Mario Cannamela (Bottom Bracket, Graveswitcher, Livin’ Thing)

3. Telephone Junkies – 2001: A Honda Odyssey
The new 2 track ep “2001 Honda Odyssey” by The Telephone Junkies kicks off with exemplifying that when it comes down to it the mediocrity of an early 2000’s minivan will never outweigh all of its practicality. The song’s about acknowledging who you are and not giving a cr*p what anyone says about your dumb van. I will have to say the Junkies did a great job dynamically on this track. And then Armbrecht starts unleashing this guitar solo as if he’d just beat the boss in Guitar Hero 3. Definitely the best part is when they start to bring it back in from that incredible solo and throw it off a beat….very tasteful. The following and final track “3:02 of Self Pity” is pretty self-explanatory and a great listen for whenever you’re having one of those “off” days. But then there is yet another solo with not one but TWO guitar,  I guess some might call it a duet. “2001 Honda Odyssey” was the groups second release and there is a noticeable amount of improvement all across the board. Kicks b*tt -Carter Bibb (Bottom Bracket, Prowess, Vonne)

4. Foot – Big
Foot caught my attention this year with their first iteration of hopefully more doomy droney post rock. The surreal (or real) cover art mixed with the punny name are certainly an appeal. I’ve listened to this numerous times working late hours utilizing the dark doomy armies marching forth from the wiggly air coming from my headphones. This record is certainly a cut above the sea of drone guitar projects and perfect for deep brooding or updating spreadsheets. I give it 4 steel toed boots -Jeff Black (The Radon Lounge)

5. Wolf Crick Boys – War & Peace
2018 proved to be a year of tragedy and triumph for the Wolf Crick Boys.  The band was dealt a tragic blow when much-loved founding member and bassist Scott Leach unexpectedly passed away at the beginning of the summer.  The band forged on.  Within a month of Scott’s passing, the Wolf Crick Boys issued its stunning rebuke of modern country music in the form of “War & Peace.”  That may not have been songwriter/bandleader Lucky Patterson’s central intention but, surrounded by arguably the best backing band in central Illinois, he’s done just that.  These are songs of truth.  Every. Single. One.  Opening track, “We Act Brave,” takes the listener into the world of an active duty soldier with lyrical detail bordering on the uncomfortable.   You can’t help but feel right there with him whether he’s on the battlefield or on the phone call to his girl.  Another standout track, “Brickler Road,” takes the listener on a detailed tour of the writer’s past.  Again, the listener can imagine bouncing around in an old, beat up pick-up with Lucky behind the wheel reeling off memories.  “The Big S,” the band’s relaxed ode to the Sangamon River, takes the listener on a lazy river reminiscence.   That’s just three of the songs.  This is how country music should sound: vocals that suggest an aversion to hollowness of the big city, lonesome fiddles and guitars, and timeless songs. -Jason Perry (The Seething Coast, Resident Genius)

6. No Cash Value – No Cash Value
I have said it before and I’m saying it again right now: No Cash Value are the future of central Illinois punk. I don’t care if you like it, that’s what it is. That’s what is happening. No Cash Value bring a raw, earnest and powerful energy and enthusiasm to their music that reminds me of what punk can and should be. If you don’t smile and pump your fist when you hear “The Government Stole My Skateboard” then you’re a lost cause, man. -Mike Reisinger (Livin’ Thing, Eggman)

7. This Is A Stickup – Dumpster Dash EP 
Meet This is a Stick Up! from Decatur, IL. TIASU is the world’s first dumpster punk band, bringing a unique blend of various punk styles into something vibrant and unique. It’s very loud and very punk. (Note: I paraphrased and/or flat-out stole some of that first line from Colin Uthe who produced/mixed/mastered the EP, but it’s goddamn perfect). The Dumpster Punk EP contains six tracks that tacle most of society’s present issues head-on, pulling no punches in the process. Personal EP highlights include “Comrade Teacher” and “Angsty Ave.” –Joe Copley (Designer, Activator Magazine)

8. Graveswitcher – Graveswitcher

Fast aggressive and menacing, these are three words I use to describe Graveswitcher. Personally, Graveswitcher is one of my favorite hardcore/punk bands in the 217. Combining the angry tones of hardcore and fast melodic punk style, they have the power to move a crowd like no other. Their 6 song EP draws from many different bands and genres and has that certain 217 sound that stands out from any punk or hardcore bands anywhere else. -Brice Jackson (No Cash Value)

9. Glower – Glower 
Glower’s first release, a self-titled EP of 7 dreamy hits, gave us everything we were hoping for from 2018 post-punk. Listening to the voices of Kate Laine and Kristin Walker floating through the room reminds one that sometimes the simplest melodies are all we need. This EP is refreshing for those of us who need a little break from daily chaos. -Dani Sakach (Graveswitcher, Blushe)

10. Kenyon DeShasier – Together
Together is a brief EP from Springfield’s number one lofi indie boy himself: Kenyon DeShasier.  Its opener, Together, is a chilled out love song with stripped back production and a piano solo.  From there it goes into I Need a Little More Time, which is an unexpected but welcome R&B jam.  The EP ends with My Cheddar Bay Biscuit, a funky jizz jazz track with pitched down vocals, almost reminiscent of Connan Mockasin. -Vincent Sgro (Foot)

Best of Springfield Music 2018: Albums (#11-20)


Yes, hello! Welcome to part #3 of our Best of Springfield Music 2018 series – today we are giving you just half of our top 20 voted albums/releases that came from Springfield bands in 2018 as voted on our site. Once again, each finalist has write-ups done by different musicians or members of our community. You can also stream most of these releases on players below.

Thanks again to all who contributed! And you can find all of this and more published in the January issue of Activator Magazine found at various locations around town. We’ll return with the fourth and final part (albums #1-10) of the series tomorrow!

11. Hospital Job – Haze Like Me
Wow…10 killer songs served up with great melodies, catchy punk riffs, and some sweet harmonies.  This record is well written, well played, and very well produced.  Sure it’s pop-punk, but this ain’t some kind of Green Day rip-off.  And there’s no excess here…these songs get right to the point, and quickly get you hooked! -Lance Reynolds (NIL8)

12. Rockford – Briarcliff EP
With surfy guitar licks that won’t get out of your head, Springfield rock n roll quartet Rockford released their debut, Briarcliff EP this June. The band made an impression in 2017 at the Black Sheep Café and recorded these tight 5 tracks at Southtown Sound after winning the annual battle of the bands. “Nothing’s Set in Stone” kicks off the record with a catchy bass groove and almost haunting vocal performance. “Vanity” has a hypnotic guitar melody and a defiant hook that sticks in your head and won’t leave. Rockford crafted a tight collection of moody, indie surf rock tunes that hit you right in those teenage feels. -Jack Moore (The Telephone Junkies)

13. Los Injectors – Rock Apocalypto 
Words fail us! – Activator editorial board

14. The Complaint Line – February EP
The simple yet eye-catching cover of The Complaint Line’s 2018 Ep perfectly encapsulates the poppy and to the point music contained within. Opener It’s Alright is the standout track of the 3 short songs on the release. It’s infectious riffs and hooks are very memorable, plus it’s got a DUAL guitar solo. The final track, Never Done, features yet another tasteful guitar solo. Overall, this ep is an enjoyable 8 minutes of catchy rock and roll with a pop edge.

15. Kenyon DeShasier – Wondrous Lover

16. Pryss – Alogia
“Alogia,” the third release from Springfield’s Pryss, starts off firm and forceful to say the least. “Broca’s Area” hits you with a truck load of feedback and drums as an introduction. This is merely a precursor, leading to arguably hardest tempo change to shake the Midwest, and- in true Pryss fashion- you don’t see it coming. You’re just along for the glorious ride. Step to it, feel it, enjoy it. “Do you sleep at night, knowing I’m outside?” -Liam Coffey (Prowess, Final Order, Vonne)

17. Epsom – Redundancy EP
Honestly, the world seemed to move faster this year. Things sailed past me as I stuffed my face with podcasts and TV shows. I’m the glad this Best Of called for volunteers, because Scott and the rest of Epsom gleefully remind me to turn off the fucking podcasts for once, and maybe read a book this time. I think we all need a little bit of that. -Cory VanMeter (Say Something, Soap Scum)

18. MAC – No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs
If you love punk rock and haven’t been living underground the past 6 months, then chances are you have seen or heard of MAC. MAC is a kick ass punk rock band that formed earlier in 2018. They love to party and have a good time,which reflects at their live shows. “Rabies” is a crowd favorite about getting bit by a rabid dog and turning into a zombie, but they are also here to punch racism in the face and bring attention to social issues we as humans are still battling. In early October 2018 MAC released “No Irish, No Blacks, No Dogs” with the release show being held at brewhaus downtown. The Ep includes Distrust, Authority, and Understand which point out issues our government has about not caring about other country’s austerity and suffering, police brutality, and living as a black person in today’s social climate. MAC is not afraid to stand up for what they believe in, and we all hope to see more of MAC in 2019! – Trey Kasper (Foam Fangers)

19. Go!Tsunami – A Day At The Beach
Local mask wears, playing killer surf rock. Go! Tsunamis latest album At the Beach will surely warm you up with their summer vibes. -Michael LaFrance (Imaginary Colours)

20. EGGMAN – Cube Zero
Going into the 2018 band lotto show in eager anticipation of seeing what my peers whipped up, I got caught with a SUCKERPUNCH. That’s right, I caught a swift punch to the ear holes when I saw EGGMAN take the stage. These guys are TOUGH. FAST and familiar. Line up consisting of some BXS veterans, it was no wonder why they rocked so hard. Very exclusive 7″ eps were dropped  and will be as illusive as the band. They we here and gone so fast, as fast as they stole my heart. Best Punk band of 2018. -Johnny Tsakanikas (Foam Fangers)