NPR Illinois reporter and friend Rachel Otwell was kind enough to do a short write-up and minute long “audio postcard” for Record Store Day now a little over one week ago at Dumb Records. The day ended up being the store’s biggest day in sales ever, and we were also featured on News Channel 20. You can check out Rachel’s audio-postcard where she talks to store volunteer Johari Idusuyi right here. From the NPR Illinois site:
At both Recycled Records and Dumb Records in Springfield, collectors lined up at the door in the early morning hours, in hopes of attaining the special releases they were after. At Dumb Records, I scored a live album from last year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners, Tank and the Bangas. Over at Recycled Records, I found a limited re-release of works by keyboard/synthesizer legend Bernie Worrell, founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and sometimes member of Talking Heads (just to name a couple of projects he worked on.)
Dumb Records ordered in everything from Taylor Swift to Common to their usual punk/alternative/indie specialties like Courtney Barnett, Ben Kweller and Elvis Costello. (It should be noted, the store truly has a bit of everything even though its punk reputation precedes it.)
You may remember a little over a year ago in January of 2017 we hosted our first ever book release and talk at Black Sheep by UIS professor Richard Gilman-Opalsky. The book was called “The Spectres of Revolt” and was accompanied by a band performance by the band Undone. Well that first book release was a success, and now we have another one coming up this weekend!
Richard Gilman-Opalsky – UIS professor and philosphopher will now be releasing another book – “Against Capital” and leading a talk and discussion at Black Sheep this Friday, May 4th. All are welcome to join and it is a free event! The night will begin with a full band performance by the band Pryss. Here’s a description of the book:
“Against Capital in the Twenty-First Century makes a formidable-and highly original-contribution to the literature. The central themes and arguments advanced in the volume, which are always stimulating and provocative, enjoy a direct relevance for many central and increasingly urgent interdisciplinary debates across the social sciences. Empowering and liberating in equal measure, a particular strength is the richness, nuance, and impressive depth of insight and analysis, driven by an uncompromised intent to move society beyond the entrenched and intersectional crises faced at this time. Finally, the choice of intellectuals, all recognized as leading scholars in their own fields-both past and present-with which to capture and animate the book’s content, serves to further strengthen its excellent quality and relevance. In short, I hope that it will be read widely, and repeatedly.”
—Richard J. White, Reader in Human Geography, Sheffield Hallam University
Find a facebook event for Friday right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this spring and summer.