New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


What’s up! It’s another week at Dumb Records at our new downtown location (418 E Monroe Street), and there are new records and CDs flying on the shelves every day. Today we bring you a list of some of those arrivals. Don’t forget that our big grand opening is just about ten days away (even though our store is already open, and has been since the beginning of the year). We are also increasing our hours yet at again this Thursday and will be open from noon to 8pm! Which is what our old store once was! Just like the old days. Here are the hours for the week:

Tuesday (today): 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 1:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday: noon – 8:00 pm
Friday: noon – 8:00 pm
Saturday: noon – 8:00 pm
Sunday: noon – 8:00 pm
Monday: noon – 8:00 pm

New Lps
Arcade Fire – Funeral
Black Sabbath – Sabotage
Cardiac Arrest – In The Mouth of Madness
The Free Design – Kites Are Fun
Funkadelic – Free Your Mind
J Dilla – The King of Beats II
Herbie Hancock – Takin’ Off
Little Scream – Cult Following
Mobb Deep – Infamy
Nirvana – Nevermind
Raekwan – The Vatican Mixtape Volume 2
Sloane Peterson – Why Go Out?
Sly & Robbie – King Tubby’s Dance Hall
Son Volt – Okemah And The Melody of Riot
The Source – What Have I Done?
Ugly Duckling – Audacity
Urban Dance Squad – The Remix Collection
U-Roy – Love Trio In Dub
Voice of Progress – Mini Bus Driver

Used LPs
Aldo Nova – Aldo Nova
Barbra Streisand – Live Concert At The Forum
Captain & Tennille – Dream
Captain & Tennille – Come In From The Rain
Captain Sensible – The Power of Love
Claps – Lies / White Lies
Closet Burner – Closet Burner
Connie Smith – The Best Of
The Elsinores – New Forms
Glenn Frey – The Allnighter
Greg Kihn Band – Kihnspiracy
Herman’s Hermits – There’s A Kind of A Hush
Jim Capaldi – Fierce Heart
Johnny Rodriguez – Just For You
Little River Band – First Under The Wire
Little River Band – Time Exposure
Momentum – Herbivore
The Moody Blues – Seventh Sojourn
The Moody Blues – To Our Childrens Childrens Children
Nazareth – Hair of the Dog
Patt Starr – Borrowed Time
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Midnight Ride
Red Rider – As Far As Siam
The Richie Furay Band – I’ve Got A Reason
The Rocky Horror Picture Show Original Soundtrack
Sam Sham And The Pharaohs – Wooly Bully
Saturday Looks Good To Me – Love Will Find You
Savoy Brown – Jack The Toad
The Singing Strings – Dream Along With The Singing Strings
Smokey Robinson – Love Breeze
Smokey Robinson – Being With You
Sonny James – Born To Be With You
Steve Khan – Arrows
Streets – Crimes In Mind
Supertramp – Crime of the Century
Sutherland Brothers And Quiver – Reach For The Sky
Ted Nugent – State of Shock
Ted Nugent – Weekend Warriors
Todd Rundgren – A Cappella
Tom Kimmel – 5 to 1
The Unknown – Gone With The Wiff!
Yes – Fragile

12” Singles
DJ Quik – Trouble / Everyday
Full Force – Girl If You Take Me Home
Ozomatli – Vocal Artillery

New CDs
Blue Star – Tranquility
Bruce Springsteen – Darkness On The Edge of Town
Bruce Springsteen – Devils & Dust
Diana Ross – Every Day Is A New Day
Diana Ross – One Woman: The Ultimate Collection
The Doobie Brothers – Livin’ On The Fault Line
The Doobie Brothers – Takin’ It To The Streets
Don McLean – The Best Of
Donna Summer – Nice To See You
James Taylor – Never Die Young
James Taylor – JT
The Hollies – All-Time Greatest Hits
The Hollies – Anthology From The Original Master Tapes
Little Steven – Born Again Savage
Michael McDonald – The Very Best of
Michael McDonald – No Lookin’ Back
The Moody Blues – Days of Future Passed
The Moody Blues – Every Good Boy Deserves Favour
Nature’s Rhythms – Thunder Storm
Nature’s Rhythms – Ocean Waves
Patti Labelle – When A Woman Loves
Patti Labelle – Love Songs
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Greatest Hits
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Super Hits
Pete Townshend – White City
Pete Townshend – Psychoderelict
Res – How Do I
Roberta Flack – Chapter Two
Roberta Flack – Killing Me Softly
Sade – The Best of Sade
Sade – Diamond Life
Sade – Promise
Serenade – Forest Splendor
Shirley Brown – Holding My Own
Steve Earle – The Revolution Starts Now
Steve Winwood – Roll With It
Steve Winwood – Junction Seven
Toto – Toto
Toto – The Seventh One
The Who – Who’s Next
The Who – Tommy


Tonight at CFP: Looming, Bottom Bracket, Farseek, Complainer, Flunkie


Whoops, we almost forgot to tell you – there is a five act show happening tonight at The CFP House here in town! It’s surely a matter of time before we are up and running with shows at our new space, but for now we are still in a house show era of Springfield underground music. This one looks like a pretty solid lineup – the Looming three-piece band is making a rare basement appearance tonight. Also Bottom Bracket who are hard at work on a new album and recently did a four day tour or something. Tonight there are two touring acts – one including “Farseek” from Ohio that played at Black Sheep at some point, right? If anyone remembers that old legendary Springfield DIY space. Also on tour from Michigan is Complainer. We have their music streaming on the player below. Opening things up is Springfield solo acoustic act Flunkie!

This show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our Springfield shows page, which we need to update. Thanks!

Activator Magazine Launch New Patreon Campaign, February Issue Still Available Inside Dumb Records


Our friends over at Activator Magazine are still keeping the great local music content coming in the form of their monthly magazine – we never put up a post but we’ve had the February issue available at Dumb Records for some time now! The issue features local singer/songwriter Alexa Redd on the cover. There’s plenty of great stuff, so come in and pick one up for free – before you know it it’s going to be March and there will be another issue out!

Activator Magazine also just launched an online Patreon campaign online! What’s that about? Well, if you sign up for just three bucks a month you get to be a contributor to the magazine’s mission, as well as peep some exclusive content in advance (like get a glimpse at who’s going to be on the cover of the March issue). We are lucky to have a free monthly print magazine focusing on local music and art in town, so support what they are doing if you can! Go check out their Patreon account online right here.

There’s A Show Happening In The Library This Upcoming Saturday


There were rumors floating around that a secret show at The Lincoln Library was happening… and it looks like these rumors turned out to be true! This upcoming Saturday, March 2nd at 6:00 pm there is a free show happening in the public library featuring three acts. Amazing! Bands playing include Springfield’s very own pop / punk group Attic Salt at the top of the bill. Check out their music streaming on the player below. Also is everyone’s favorite Champaign rock group “Nectar” which has played in Springfield many times. Opening things up is Mary Jo Curry according to the flier above, who we do not know much about.

That starts at 6:00 pm inside the Lincoln Library downtown on Capitol and 7th streets… we are guessing somewhere on the ground floor of the library. The event is free and all ages. Find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up in Springfield while we are waiting on our venue space to get approved.

March 9th: Dumb Records Downtown Location Grand Opening


Okay, we can’t wait any longer, we’re going to have a grand opening for our new location. On Saturday, March 9th in a little over just two weeks – The Official Grand Opening™ of the new Dumb Records Downtown Location. Yes, we are open every day from 1:00 to 8:00 pm right now and have been “soft” open for over a month now, but we are ready to make this official. On March 9th we will be open all day from 9:00 am – 8:00 pm and we’ll just go ahead and say our store will be in full swing mode by then. Maybe we’ll keep building stuff after that date (we probably will)! How’s the venue portion coming along? No bands are playing this grand opening, however we are closer than we ever have been now that’s for sure – we still don’t know when exactly we will have final approval for shows. If anything this date will be an opportunity for us to show off our space to any of you who haven’t seen it. Also of course at 11:00 am the mayor Jim Langfelder will be here for an official ribbon cutting. Don’t miss that! Coffee will be provided by new local coffee shop Foamed Up (they are located out at the mall.

We’ll get a facebook event for this going right away, don’t you worry.

Tonight at Bar None: Masked Intruder, The Timmys, Hospital Job



Look at those guys up there! ^^^ Is that the telly-tubbies? No! For those of you who have been around the music scene for a very long time (3-5 years), may remember those guys playing at Black Sheep in… 2015(?) and before then at Skank Skanks for a rare show in 2014. They are a band called Masked Intruder from Wisconsin, and they are playing across the street from our new location at Bar None (245 S 5th Street) tonight! Yes, the show is ages 21+ but we figure any show at Bar None is worth mentioning on our site here especially since they are our new neighbors. Also playing this show are local punk rock legends The Timmys – and also another rare performance by Hospital Job – playing one of their first local shows since putting out their new album Haze Like Me!

That show kicks off tonight at Bar None. We can’t figure out how much money that it costs to get in, we think $10. Find a facebook event right here. Also check out our Springfield shows page if you are thirsty for more live music while you wait for our new venue’s doors to open.

Black Sheep (Dumb Records) Radio Show Back On Air Today! (4-6pm)


Hey! Exciting things are happening – the ball is rolling more and more for us hosting shows in the new space soon and our radio program is back on air starting today after nearly a month of WQNA 88.3 fm being off air! That’s right – you can tune into The Black Sheep Radio Show – or The Dumb Records Radio Hour today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm to hear all local music or bands that are coming to town. Stream it online at the same time at We won’t have any guests on today – just a normal episode packed with mostly music since it’s been so long since we have had one of those! We have been hosting this show on WQNA for the past six years now (wow).

Also check out our radio show page for a few downloadable episodes of the past.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


It’s another week, so a new fresh batch of records have been hitting the shelves at Dumb Records downtown (really they are hitting the shelves every day). Again, for those of you who do not know we are now located at 418 E Monroe Street downtown. We are very very very close to announcing more info on a grand opening, and then info on plans for live shows happening in our new space. The store is currently open for six hours a day from 2:00 to 8:00 pm. This Thursday we are adding yet another hour and will be open from 1:00 to 8:00 pm. Let’s take a look at those hours and then what’s new:

Tuesday (today): 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: 2:00 – 8:00 pm
Thursday: 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Friday: 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Saturday: 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 1:00 – 8:00 pm
Monday: 1:00 – 8:00 pm

New LPs
VCR – R.I.P. Sportsboy
Violence Creeps – The Gift of Music

Used LPs
Bill Gove – People Love To Buy
Brick – Good High
Carole King – One To One
Carole King – Rhymes & Reasons
Castles – Joy Of Cooking
Cat Stevens – Back To Earth
Cat Stevens – Catch Bull At Four
Central Traditional Music Orchestra – Spring On A Moonlit River
Chambers Brothers – The Time Has Come
Chicago – VI
Chiliwack – Lights From The Valley
Clarence Carter – Let’s Burn
Diana Ross – An Evening With Diana Ross
Diana Ross – Baby It’s Me
Earl Klugh – Late Night Guitar
Evan Bishop – Raisin’ Hell
Gladys Knight & The Pips – Still Together
Jan & Dean – Surf City
Juice Newton – Quiet Lies
Julian Lennon – The Secret Value of Daydreaming
Julian Lennon – Valotte
Keith Carradine – I’m Easy
King Curtis – Live At Fillmore West
Kool & The Gang – Open Sesame
Le Pamplemousse – Le Spank
The Lemon Pipers – Green Tambourine
Leo Kottke – Guitar Music
Let’s Pretend – Sleeping Beauty And Cinderella
The Limeliters – The Limeliters
Mo-Dettes – The Story So Far
Nancy DeMoss – Life Eternally Yours
Olivia Newton-John Have You Never Been Mellow
Rod Stewart – Smiler
Rose Royce – Stronger Than Ever
Southside Johnny & The Asbury Jukes – Havin’ A Party
State – All Wrong
Steppenwolf – Slow Flux
The Stylistics – You Are Beautiful
Styx – Crystal Ball
Sugarloaf – Sugarloaf
Various – The Hills Have Amps
Various – We Used To Drink Together
Violent Minds – We Are Nothing
Wes Harrison – The One And Only
101 Strings – Million Seller Hits
101 Strings – The Soul of Spain

12” Singles
Lazard – 4 O’Clock In The Morning
Legit Ballaz – Tattoo / You Know Me
Lenny Kravitz / Jay-Z – Storm
Too $hort – Ain’t No…
Too $hort – You Nasty / She Knows

New CDs
The Beatles – Rubber Soul
The Beatles – Revolver
B.J. Thomas – Best of B.J. Thomas
Blood, Sweat & Tears – Blood, Sweat & Tears
Boz Scaggs – Hits!
Boz Scaggs – Other Roads
Bread – Guitar Man
Bread – Anthology of Bread
Celine Dion – One Heart
Celine Dion – The Colour Of My Love
Chad & Jeremy – Greatest Hits
David Lanz – Piano Sounds: Heartsounds
Dionne Warwick – Sings Cole Porter
Dionne Warwick – The Definitive Collection
The Doobie Brothers – Best of The Doobie Brothers Live
The Doobie Brothers – Sibling Rivalry
Don McLean – Starry, Starry Night
Don McLean – The River Of Love
Herman’s Hermits – Their Greatest Hits
The Hollies – Evolution
James Taylor – Mud Slide Slim
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
Jim Croce – Bad, Bad Leroy Brown And Other Favorites
Joe Cocker – Across From Midnight
Joe Cocker – Super Hits
Johannes Liinstead – Sol Luna Tierra
Kansas – Two For The Show
Kansas – Drastic Measures
Lamya – Learning From Falling
Love – Forever Changes
Loverboy – VI
Loverboy – Get Lucky
The Moody Blues – Keys of the Kingdom
Regina Bell – Reachin’ Back
Ringo Starr & His All Star Band – Tour 2003
Ringo Starr – Bad Boy
Seals & Crofts – Summer Breeze
Seals & Crofts – Greatest Hits
Styx – Styxworld Live 2001
Styx – Crystal Ball
Tomita – The Planets
Tomita – Greatest Hits
The Turtles – She’s My Girl
The Turtles – 20 Greatest Hits
Vangelis – Portraits
Vangelis – Chariots of Fire
Various – Pure Moods III
Zhane – Pronounced Jan-Nay

Dumb Records In The Running For “Best Music Store”, “Best Twitter” on SJ-R Reader’s Choice Awards


Yes, it’s that time of year again.  Or… one of those times of year since The Illinois Times “Best Of Springfield” is held in the fall. Now it’s the “Reader’s Choice Awards” as put on by the State Journal Register. There are many many many categories for local businesses, people, bands, and even the non-local businesses. It’s impossible for us to keep up with them all. From what we gather however, Dumb Records is in the running for a few things this year – “Best Music Store” and “Best Local Twitter”?!? (We are not sure if we’ve ever been in the running for either of these categories, but we’ll take it!

BIG warning / disclaimer: do not ever EVER head over to our twitter page if you plan on taking anything seriously!!!

It turns out that Black Sheep is also in the running in the category of best live band venue!?!? (This makes sense if this is a recap of the past year of Springfield).

To go vote, head over to the State Journal-Register site right here. To vote for Black Sheep, the best venue is in the “entertainment category”, the best twitter is in the “fun” category, and “best music store” is in the “shopping” category. We also love all of our local business friends, so vote for everyone! Or whoever you want to!

WQNA FM Back On Air!


We are thrilled to announce this afternoon that our community radio station WQNA – 88.3 fm which hosts The Black Sheep Radio Show / The Dumb Records Radio Hour is back on air after nearly a month-long hiatus! A few dedicated volunteers to the station have been hard at work to make sure a new computers to power the station are up and running and also managed to get a damaged / frozen transmitter fixed. The station still isn’t coming in completely full power just yet – but it soon will. You can also stream the station (in full power) online at We have been told that the station schedule listed on the site is also getting updated today. Find an online article in the SJ-R about WQNA being back on air right here.

Yes, this means “The Dumb Records Radio Hour” will be back on air this upcoming Friday at our normal time of 4-6pm.