Tin Ghost: “Into The Arms Of The Great Unknown”


It’s been a minute since we’ve been back on track with some new Springfield music that’s been coming out. Today we are bringing you a brand new full album from Springfield recording project “Tin Ghosts.” “Tin Ghost, originally formed by Mark Schwartz in 2008, has been resurrected after a 10 year hiatus. Tin Ghost blends haunting melodies, acoustic elements, and modern songcraft into music that sounds both old and new.” Tin Ghost just came out with an album (the third to be released on bandcamp in the past few years), called Into The Arms of the Great Unknown, and you can find it streaming in its entirety on the player embedded below. Also head over to the Tin Ghosts bandcamp page where you can purchase the download of the album as well as check out previous releases by the project.

You bet we are adding this one to our Springfield album archive page. This brings us to 47 releases featured so far this year, and 473 total.

Tonight at Dumb Records: Nightcrawler, Star Stuff, Blushe, Vera Devorah, Ella Gibson


It is a Sunday, and we have a very good show lined up for you all tonight! Tonight includes Nightcrawler from the Chicago area – playing some real smooth emo music, with a new hit record coming out on Rat King Records very soon. Stream that new hit single on the player below. The other touring act on the bill is a solo act called “Vera Devorah” from Lincoln, Nebraska. As far as locals go, we’ve got local rock group Star Stuff on the bill. We’ve also got Blushe. Opening up this show is actually a 13 year old singer songwriter we are really happy to welcome to perform at our space! That is Ella Gibson!

All of that starts at 7:00 pm tonight and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at our space in the coming months.

Tonight at Dumb Records: Jupiter Styles, Bottom Bracket, Kate Laine, Yeah I’m Sorry


It’s been a cold and Christmas-y past couple of days here in the middle of downtown. We are ready to heat things up with a show tonight! You’re all invited! This show features Jupiter Styles, which has been making a big splash in the Chicago area and features Sean Neumann (formerly of Single Player, Nectar, Easter, and maybe some other bands that have played at Black Sheep). Stream some of their up and coming big hit album on the player below. Also on this show is the return of Bottom Bracket, back with a brand new lineup or something? We heard a rumor that every single former member of the band has now been replaced with a brand new members from all over the world, we are going to have to see if that is true. Also this is the return of Kate Laine who we have also not seen in a minute! Opening things up is some new group from Alton, Illinois called “Yeah, I’m Sorry.” What kind of a name for a band is that?

This all starts on tonight at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at everything else coming up this fall.

November 2019 Issue Of Activator Available at Dumb


Wow, and whoops! We can’t believe that we are already nearly halfway through another month over here. We were a little late in getting our fresh stack of Activator Magazine in this month, but now we have them, and we are telling you about them. This is actually the biggest issue of local music free publication Activator Magazine yet, with the most pages (40 or something)!

This time around featured on the cover is long-running Champaign-based indie rock group Elsinore, who recently put out a new album called A Life In The 21st Century. You can read more on that and an interview with them by picking up a free copy of Activator Magazine today! In addition to that there are the regular album reviews, and show calendars, but also an interview with Melody Jane Wachel and Amber Skies about diversity in DIY music, an interview with Sean Neumann of Jupiter Styles, Asa Dawson, photos of Pygmalion Music Festival, an interview with The Homeless Gospel Choir, a Hollowicked Recap, interviews with Wild’ Out and K3hlab, and much much more. Wow, that’s packed.

Activator Magazine can be found at Dumb Records for free at all times and a bunch of other spots around town. Check out their online Patreon campaign and consider donating to keep it going right here!

State Journal-Register: “A Record Deal: Woman Says ‘Yes’ Among The Vinyl”


Our store was once again in the newspaper today because the press just can’t get enough of us. This time it wasn’t about anything we have been in the paper about before – The State Journal Register has us featured inq a small article in the City/State section for a surprise marriage proposal which took place in our store early Sunday! The article was published along with this photo – “Andy Krisak, right, proposed to Cori Claycomb, left, by spelling out “Cori, will you marry me?” over five different vinyl record sleeves and hiding them among the stacks of records at Dumb Records.” We posted a video of the proposal as well to our facebook page yesterday.

Pick up a copy of The State Journal-Register while you still have time to today, or check out the article online right here.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


Good morning! Yesterday was a rare day where we closed the shop a little bit early because it was Monday AND Veterans Day AND snowy AND windy AND cold AND not a single person was downtown, but we were still here for half of the day having a really fun time going through records and whatnot. Today we are coming back to you in full force with a stack of LPs and CDs hitting the shelves – this time we are trying to get back into the swing of things with new orders and we have a small amount of new LPs from this past Friday on the shelves still. Wow! Our store is open from 10:00 am to 8:00 pm every day, come check us out sometime. Let’s look at this week’s schedule and then get into what’s new.

Tuesday (today): 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Thursday (show): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Friday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday (show): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

New LPs
Bon Iver – Bon Iver
Cold War Kids – New Age Norms
Jurassic 5 – Quality Control
Nick Cave And The Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

Used LPs
Alexis Korner & Snape – Accidentally Borne In New Orleans
Andy Kirk And His Clouds Of Joy – Instrumentally Speaking
April Wine – Live At The El Mocambo
Art Van Damme Quintet – Everything’s Coming Up Music
Blood, Sweat And Tears – Child Is Father To The Man
Bloontz – Bloontz
Bonnie Tyler – Faster Than The Speed Of Night
Captain & Tennille – Song Of Joy
Charlie McCoy – The Fastest Harp In The South
Elton John – Here And There
Engelbert Humperdinck – Release Me
Eric Burdon And The Animals – Every One Of Us
Exile – Hang On To Your Heart
Gino Vannelli – Crazy Life
Heart – Bebe Le Strange
The Imperials – One More Song For You
Jana Jae – The Devil You Say!
Janie Fricke – Love Notes
Jefferson Starship – Freedom At Point Zero
Jimmy Cliff – Images
Joan Baez – From Every Stage
Joe Vitale – Roller Coaster Weekend
Johnny McLaughlin – Electric Guitar
Joni Mitchell – Court And Spark
KISS – Double Platinum
K-Tel Records – Star Power
Living Strings – Music From Doctor Zhivago
Liz Anderson – Sings Her Favorites
Liz Anderson – Strangers And Other Country Songs
Lynn Anderson – I Love What Love Is Doing To Me
Lynn Anderson – Songs That Made Country Girls Famous
Madness – Absolutely
Manzanera – K-Scope
Mari Nakamoto – TV
The Members – Uprhythm, Downbeat
The Poppy Family – Poppy Seeds
Pousette-Dart Band – Amnesia
The Rolling Stones – Goats Head Soup
Roy Acuff – King Of Country Music: All-Time Greatest Hits
The Shady Grove Band – On The Line
Simon And Garfunkel – Bridge Over Troubled Water
Skeeter Davis – Sings The End Of The World
Skyy – Skyyline
Taj Mahal – Music Keeps Me Together
Tommy Bolin – Private Eyes
Utopia – Ra
The Valentinos – Here We Are
Various – The Great Songs Of Christmas
Various – Christmas Country
Various – The Story Of The Blues
Wanda Jackson – Right Or Wrong

12” Singles
Hot Boys – I Need A Hot Girl
Mic Geronimo – Nothin’ Move But The Money
Miss Thang – Thunder And Lightning
Moonie – Bang Wit Us
R.E.M. – It’s The End Of The World As We Know It
Royce Da 5’9” – Boom (New) / We’re Live
Tuff Crew – She Rides The Pony

New CDs
Aaron Hall – Inside Of You
Barry Manilow – Greatest Hits Volume 1
Barry Manilow – 2Nights Live!
Bernhard Brink – Barnhard Brink
Bing Crosby – Cocktail Hour
Bob Seger & The Silver Bullet Band – Night Moves
The Brian Setzer Orchestra – The Brian Setzer Orchestra
Carole King – A Natural Woman: The Ode Collection
Cat Stevens – Catch Bull At Four
Cher – Heart Of Stone
Cher – Love Hurts
Count Basie Orchestra – Swing Shift
Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg – No Resemblance Whatsoever
Dan Fogelberg & Tim Weisberg – Twin Sons Of Different Mothers
Dave Matthews / Tim Reynolds – Live At Luther College
David Bowie – Let’s Dance
Donny Osmond – Eyes Don’t Lie
Duke Ellington – The Duke Ellington Collection
Fats Waller – The Very Best of Fats Waller
Finley Quaye – Maverick A Strike
Fleetwood Mac – Heroes Are Hard To Find
Fleetwood Mac – Time
Fred Astaire – Puttin’ On The Ritz
Fred Astaire – Song And Dance Man
George Washington Jr. – Paradise
Gene Pitney – Greatest Hits
Harry Connick, Jr. – 25
Johann Strauss – Unforgettable Melodies Vol. 2
Johannes Wildner – Schubert: Symphony No. 5 / No. 8
John Denver – It’s About Time
Julio Iglesias – Hey!
Kevin Toney – Lovescape
Kirk Whalum – The Gospel According To Jazz
Leonard Cohen – The Future
Linda Ronstadt – Cry Like A Rainstorm
Linda Ronstadt – Greatest Hits
Mariah Carey – #1’s
Mark Whitfield – Forever Love
McCoy – Tyner – Plays John Coltrane
Mike Stern – Give And Take
Mike Stern – Between The Lives
Neil Diamond – The Best Years Of Our Lives
Neil Diamond – Serenade
Peter Green / Fleetwood Mac – Jumping At Shadows: The Blue Years
Philip Bailey – Dreams
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – Because Of You
Stevie Nicks – Trouble In Shangri-La
Steve Tyrell – A New Standard

November 29th at Dumb Records: Black Friday Record Store Day 2019 + Show


We have a whole LOT to tell you about Black Friday Record Store Day this year, coming up QUICK – in less than three weeks!!! This is usually the second busiest day for sales in our store, right behind the actual Record Store Day that happens in April. We do have a number of exclusive releases coming in this year – however the amount we were able to order is a little limited, so we have a few other things planned to make a trip out to our store the day after Thanksgiving worth it.

For Black Friday Record Store Day – our store opens at 8:00 am on this day. Feel free to wait in line earlier if you really really want to. We will have free coffee and donuts.  Everything in the store other than the exclusive releases will be 25% off. This is the first time we have ever done a sale in the new store. We are expecting to have a fresh run of shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and zip-ups in time for this day! We also expect to have gift cards available for the first time at the new store! We are also going to be putting out at least a hundred extra used records into the store for the first time! Wow! We will also have a few record players for sale!

Then there is a show happening at 7:00 pm that night at our space with five acts. This includes Kate The Band, who we all know and love. This also includes “Pretty Pleased” – a guy from Chicago whose music you can find streaming on the player below. Right smack dab in the middle is Ricki Marvel (formerly Eric Marvel), playing some of that electronic new wave music. Before that is… Animals with Human Names! Playing some old school hip hop after he gets done perusing our hip hop section in the store and taking advantage of that 25% off sale. Opening things up is Kenyon DeShasier playing some sweet sweet and refreshing indie pop.

Yes. Find a facebook event for all of that right here. Also check out our shows page where we keep a list of everything that’s coming up and going on.