Tonight at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s: Shonen Knife, The Hooten Hallers + Aftershow tonight at Dumb Records: Slingshot Dakota, The Telephone Junkies


Tonight is THE night!! There are four bands playing tonight between a big main show and big aftershow at what is certainly a once in a lifetime chance to see Shonen Knife from Japan play for free right here in Springfield. That’s right if you haven’t heard by now we don’t know what, but Shonen Knife from Japan, formed in 1981, is playing at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s. They are on their 22nd full length album, “Sweet Candy Power” and on a big U.S. tour! Stream one of their earlier albums below. They are coming through with The Hooten Hallers playing some rockabilly from Missouri. That show starts at 6:00 pm at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s (2501 Stevenson Drive), and it’s FREE. Car pooling or finding elsewhere other than the main Hardee’s lot is encouraged. Find a facebook event for that one right here.

THEN, after that there is a big aftershow over at Dumb Records. That one features big Top Shelf Records touring duo Slingshot Dakota from western Pennsylvania somewhere. The Telephone Junkies will be kicking things off for that one, we are shooting to start things at 9:00 or so, or whenever makes sense from whenever Shonen Knife will be finishing their set. Find a facebook event for that one right here. That show is $8 admission.

Tonight at Dumb Records: Starstuff, Reggie & The Demons, Layers, Vertrell Yates


There’s so much going on this weekend that we almost forgot that we do have an all local show lined up at Bread tonight. This one is going to be neat! A couple of the acts are hot off the open mic nights and straight onto this real deal show. Okay, so at the top of the bill is Starstuff – a fairly new local rock act that had played Black Sheep at one point towards the end of things. We don’t think they have anything online. There is also “Layers” – the poetry music fused duo and sometimes solo act. Come and eat it up with your ears. Reggie & The Demons is playing… who most of us know as “Niko”, this is the name of his new solo project that performed at our last open mic. Then opening things we have the bass / poetry fusion act Vetrell Yates, also playing his first real deal show at our space.

All of this starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Check out 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 at the near future.

Today on The Dumb Records Radio Show: Mikey Erg! (+maybe Derek Zanetti +maybe Jon Snodgrass)


Wooooo!!! Happy car show weekend everybody. It’s that special time of year to get your cars out and play with them outside in the street. It’s also our special annual car show weekend episode of The Dumb Records Radio Show and we have a very special guest lined up. That is Mikey Erg formerly of punk rock group The Ergs!, also has performed with many other punk bands, and has released a couple of solo albums. Mikey is playing tonight at The Radon Lounge along with The Homeless Gospel Choir, Jon Snodgrass, and Looming. We might even be joined by the other touring acts on that show if we are lucky, and will be talking to all of them. Maybe we’ll be recording live from the streets of Springfield, maybe we will be recording in a studio with car noises playing in the background, it’s up to you to decide!!

The Dumb Records Radio Show airs this Friday and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm (until we are kicked off the airwaves, or something happens). You can listen online at Also stream a bunch of our past episodes on our newly created Mixcloud page??? And there’s a rumor going around that we might be involved with a different “true freak” radio program that might be airing tonight any time between midnight and 4:00 am??

Prevention: “Another World” (Music Video)

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Today we bring you the *official* *final* music video for Springfield’s own hardcore band Prevention. The video is for their song “Another World” and it was shot by Elijah Settles at what we are pretty sure is a new show spot called “Bread” “Stretchers.” Check that out on the player below. Also head over to check out Elijah’s youtube page.

Check out many more Springfield music videos on our vids/pics page. Yes, Prevention does have more shows lined up. In fact, they are playing exactly one month from today on October 25th at our space.

October 20th at Dumb Records: Mended, Final Order, Bull Cult, Cal2apse, Oh Gosh


What’s up! We have a show to announce right here. It’s happening on Sunday, October 20th right here at the space. What do we got? Some type of really fast hardcore band from Madison, Wisconsin called “Mended” at the top of the bill. Stream their music on the player below. Also on this show we’ve got Final Order. Good, fast, local hardcore, you know the drill.  Then what’s this, we have a new hardcore band from Central Illinois called Bull Cult? Is this the band that we are thinking it is? Featuring members of Ghost Key and Black Teeth from long long ago? Or we might be crazy. Another power electronics / noise act called “Col2apse” on the bill. Is that just pronounced “Collapse”? Opening things up is a brand new new Springfield band playing their first show we know nothing about called “Oh Gosh.”

That show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page where we keep and active list for everything we’ve got coming up.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


It’s a brand new week, and yes you might have heard that we got our hands on a massive, massive record collection last night that we are going to start going through. None of it is out on the shelves just yet, but we still have a fresh list of new and used LPs, 12″ singles, and CDs to bring you today. And it’s car show weekend coming up so it’s going to be a big one for record sales we hope! We don’t have any shows going on at our space until Sunday! Let’s take a look at our schedule and then dive into what’s new.

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

Used LPs
Allan Taylor – Sometimes
Anne Murray – Where Do You Go When You Dream
The Beatles – The Early Beatles
Big Walter Horton – Harmonica Blues Kings
Bobby Goldsboro – Solid Goldsboro
Bonnie Raitt – Bonnie Raitt
Bonnie Raitt – Streetlights
Carly Simon – The Best of Carly Simon
Carpenters – A Song For You
The Charlie Daniels Band – High Lonesome
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Brandenburg Gate: Revisited
Debbie Harry – Koo Koo
The Four Season – Who Loves You
Herb Alpert – What Now My Love
The Imperials – Heed The Call
Gene Watson – Texas Saturday Night
Jerry Jeff Walker – Too Old To Change
Johnny Winter – Saints & Sinners
Joni Mitchell – Joni Mitchell
Kelso Herston & The Guitar Kings – Hits Of The Great Western Movies
K-Tel Records – Full Tilt
K-Tel Records – Flashback Greats Of The 60’s
Meat Loaf – Bat Out Of Hell
Moe Bandy – I’m Sorry For You, My Friend
The Monkees – The Monkees
The Osmonds – Around The World – Live In Concert
Pat Benatar – Crimes Of Passion
Pat Boone – Pat’s Greatest Hits Vol. 2
Poco – Head Over Heals
Quiet Riot – Metal Health
Ray Stevens – Guitarzan
Rex Smith – Sonner Of Later
Rick James – Street Songs
Snakefinger – Greener Postures
Steely Dan – Katy Lied
Ten Years After – Ssssh.
Thin Lizzy – Thunder And Lightning
Tony Bennett – Greatest Hits Volume III
Tony Bennett with Count Basie – In Person!
Twisted Sister – Stay Hungry
Various – Echoes Of The Ozarks Volume 1
Weird Al Yankovic – Weird Al Yankovic
Wynton Marsalis – Think Of One

12” Singles
Charli Baltimore – Hey Charli
Geto Boys – Hot Club Wax
The Goats – Do The Digs Dug?
Ja Rule – How Many Wanna
J. Prince – Hot Club Wax
Kronic – Summertime
Lil’ Shawn – Dom Perignon
UFTO – If You Don’t Wanna Get Pregnant

New CDs
All Star Tribute – What’s Going On
Andrew Lloyd Webber – Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat
Art Porter – For Art’s Sake
Bambi – Original Soundtrack
Barbra Streisand – Hello, Dolly!
The Ben Taylor Band – Famous AMong The Barns
The Brothers – Music From The Motion Picture
Buckwheat Zydeco – Ultimate Collection
Carly Simon – Come Upstairs
Carly Simon – Film Noir
Carpenters – The Singles 196901973
Carpenters – Greatest Hits 1969-1983
Cash Money – Baller Blockin
Cher – The Very Best of Cher
Chuck Roberson – I’m Your Candy Man
Eddie Rosner – Rare Russian Classics
David Arkenstone – Frontier Original Soundtrack
Dead Can Dance – Toward The Within
Dick Van Dyke – Dick Van Dyke’s Dance Party
Geggy Tah – Into The Oh
Jean-Luc Ponty – Le Voyage: The Jean-Luc Ponty Anthology
Joan Baez – Baez Sings Dylan
Joan Baez – The Millennium Collection
John Lee Hooker – Chill Out
John Pizzarelli With George Shearing – The Rare Delight Of You
John Scofield – Steady Groovin’
Johnny Winter – Deluxe Edition
Johnny Winter – Second Winter
Judy Collins – Classic Broadway
Judy Collins – In My Life
Junior Wells – Calling All Blues
Junior Wells – Best of the Vanguard Years
Kelly Joe Phelps – Sky Like A Broken Clock
Lee Ritenour – This Is Love
Leon Russell – The Best of Leon Russell
Liquid Soul – Here’s The Deal
Liquid Soul – Make Some Noise
Lucky Peterson – Double Dealin’
Nutty Professor II – Soundtrack
Otis Rush – The Essential Otis Rush
Pastorius – Live In New York City Volume One
Pieces Of A Dream – Sensual Embrace: The Soul Ballads
Ray Charles – Anthology
Ray Charles – I’ve Got A Woman
Rex Harrison / Julie Andrews – My Fair Lady
Royal Crown Revue – Walk On Fire
Ruff Riders – Ryde Or Die Vol. II
Screeching Weasel – Boogadaboogadaboogada!
Sister Hazel – …Somewhere More Familiar
Sleeping Beauty – Original Soundtrack
Son of Sam – Songs From The Earth
Soulive – Doin’ Something
Soulive – Next
Spain – I Believe
Stray Cats – Ten Best
Stray Cats – Greatest Hits
Stereo MC’s – Deep Down & Dirty
Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble – The Sky Is Crying
The Strokes – First Impressions Of…
Supergrass – Supergrass
Thompson Twins – The Best of Thompson Twins
Thompson Twins – Master Hits
Training Day – The Soundtrack
Turmoil – All Kinds of Problems
Twiztid – Freek Show
Various – Jesus Christ Superstar
Various – Romeo Must Die

“Good Heart Tattoos” Coming Next Door To Dumb Records Later This Fall


We certainly have quite the announcement to bring you this late afternoon! We have been holding off on spilling the beans on this one, but can finally let you all know that we are getting a new next door neighbor here in our new downtown home. That is Benny DeWitt who is opening up “Good Heart Tattoos” which is going to be a new tattoo studio located at 414 E Monroe Street, just on the other end of the alley. Here is Benny’s big announcement:

I am excited to announce that I am opening up my own place to make tattoos in Springfield. I will not be traveling for a while, but after doing so for quite a few years I believe I have a vision for what tattooing can be for our city.

A year ago I wrote some goals and wishes in my journal and one of them was to figure out where I want to open shop permanently and the other was to pick up as much knowledge of my craft as possible.

After heavy consideration, I decided that the clients and friendships I’ve made over the last decade tattooing here mean a ton and I don’t want to miss out on my friends and family.

It is my goal to bring the absolute best tattooing home and build the culture and space it deserves!

I will still be tattooing at Black Moon until I announce an opening date early fall.
If you’d like to get in and bless me with work while I undertake this journey please do! It will be a labor of love and I will work hard to bring the best tattooing I can to our region!

More info on a grand opening and celebration will be announced later on! In the meantime, go follow Good Heart Tattoos on facebook right here.