The Radon Lounge Announces An End To Shows After 8 Years


An almost completely unexpected announcement came today from our friends The Radon Lounge that they will no longer continue hosting shows at their basement venue after their upcoming Christmas show on Saturday, December 14th. Here’s the short version of the announcement:

Our show on December 14, 2019 will be the last Radon Lounge show, ever.

It’s been a fun ride, 8 years is a very long life for a DIY house venue. I’m also happy to say these years have been entirely incident free and lots of good times. There are no bad reasons why this is happening, only good. Don’t worry as I’ll still be around filling up your feed with show invites as I can’t imagine living my life without shows and pinball.

Aaaand the long version of the announcement which includes a nice history of The Radon Lounge can be found as part of the announcement on their facebook page.

The final Radon Lounge show is taking place on Saturday, December 14th and features 6’10, Idle Oath, The Uh Ohs, David Lasley & Sophia Magruder, and the art of Kristin Diehl on display. Find a facebook event for that one right here.

We’ll be sure to post any updates on announcements regarding future endeavors The Radon Lounge or Jeff Black of The Radon Lounge may be involved with.

Emily Hough: “Jewel Tones” EP


We are already about a whole month late in reporting in this great great local music release by Emily Hough, 17 year old up and coming artist who was featured on popular TV show The Voice. Emily has released a new 3-track EP called Jewel Tones as a follow up to her Glass EP from earlier this year. You can stream the first track off of that on the player below. You can stream all three tracks on youtube right here, or on CD baby right here.

We have added this one to our Springfield Album Archive list, bringing us to 49 releases we have had featured this year. Keep your eyes and ears posted for upcoming Emily Hough shows at our space before the end of this year.

Black Friday Record Store Day Today At Dumb Records, Show Tonight


Good morning everyone and hope you had a great Thanksgiving, now it’s time for Black Friday Record Store Day!!! Our store opens in a few minutes at 8:00 am and looks like there have been some people in line since around 6:00 am!!

Of course some people are in line to get dibs on those limited exclusives that we have coming in. 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 DO have a fresh run of shirts, sweatshirts, hoodies, and zip-ups in time for this day! We DO have gift cards available for the first time at the new store! We also just put out about a hundred extra used records into the store for the first time! Wow! We 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.

State Journal-Register: “Local Stores To Mark Record Store Day”


Wow, we are mentioned in the local paper yet again. The State-Journal Register have an article in their big fat Black Friday Deals Thanksgiving newspaper about Black Friday Record Store Day being celebrated around the globe, and taking place at Dumb Records and Recycled Record downtown. (Let’s not forget to support The Elf Shelf even if they don’t have exclusives, because Record Store Day is about supporting the local record store). The paper talked with owners Brian Galecki and Mark Kessler about what each store has lined up for tomorrow. From the article:

This year’s event comes at an interesting time for both stores, as Dumb Records – previously located in the South Town district – closes in on one year since its move downtown and as Recycled Records owner Mark Kessler continues to entertain offers to sell his one-of-a-kind store.

For Galecki, the move downtown has been good for his business, which has seen increased traffic driven by tourists. He also lauded the neighborhood’s creative atmosphere.

Check out that full article online right here, or pick up a copy of today’s local paper while you still have time.

We open at 8:00 am tomorrow morning, and Recycled Records opens even earlier, but starts selling their Black Friday Record Store Day exclusives at 8:00 am. Check out a facebook event for what we have going on tomorrow right here. Don’t forget we have a show going on at 7:00 pm featuring Kate The Band, Pretty Pleased, Animals With Human Names, Ricki Marvel, and Kenyon DeShasier. Check out the Record Store Day website right here. We have been posting photos today of some of the exclusive releases before we get them priced and on the shelves for tomorrow morning.

December 15th at Dumb Records: Black Box (Tape Release), Blushe, Freon, Prevention


Here’s a pretty fun show we have to announce to you today! This one is happening on Sunday, December 15th. It is the big cassette tape release show for local hardcore band Black Box. The Black Box demo – “What Happens Inside” is already up streaming online, which you can check out on the player below. Also on this show is local Springfield/Bloomington band Blushe. Also coming up from St. Louis is… a newer group called “Freon”! Opening things up… looks like we’ve got another Prevention!

All of that, starts December 15th at 7:00 pm and that show is only going to be $5 (what a deal). Find a facebook event for this one right here. Be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at Dumb Records in the near future.

Videos: Spowder At Dumb Records (10-14-19)

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Today we bring you a video from a show that happened at our space over one month ago. On October 14th, we have captured a video of the band Spowder from New Jersey performing one song. Spowder have a lot of songs. Check out that video on the player below.

You can also check out more videos shot at Dumb Records / Black Sheep over the many many years on our vids/pics page. Or head over to our youtube page to check out more. Be sure to “like” and “subscribe” while you are at it.

Downtown Holiday Walks Kicking Of This Saturday (Small Business Saturday), November 30th


Sure, we have a lot of big things lined up for Black Friday Record Store Day this upcoming Friday (in just three days), but this upcoming Saturday is a big day for downtown and small businesses all around the globe or country or something as well. It’s Small Business Saturday, and also the official kick-off for the Downtown Springfield “Holiday Walks”. Yes, we are participating in these “Holiday Walks” – our store will be open, because it pretty much is always open. The deal we are throwing in to the Holiday Walks is that we will be giving out free stickers with purchases during the walks.

Official “Holiday Walks” shopping that day is from 10:00 am to 5:00 pm. From noon – 3pm by the Old State Capitol Plaza there will be free carriage rides. Santa will be there as well. Or wait, Santa’s grand entrance is at 5:30 pm at the Old State Capitol Plaza along with the official tree lighting ceremony. It’s supposed to be great.

Find a facebook event for the holiday walks kick-off event here. After Saturday, Holiday Walks are every Saturday and Wednesday leading up until Christmas. Saturday during the day from 10:00 am – 5:00 pm, and Wednesday evenings from 5:00 pm to 8:00 pm. All of the shops downtown are open and have special deals going on, and are all decked out for the holidays. We have a tree in our store with records on it. Check out the Downtown Springfield Incorporated official website right here.

December 14th at The Radon Lounge: “Radon Christmas”


Our friends over at The Radon Lounge have announced their big annual Christmas show to take place this year on Saturday, December 14th. We don’t have a show lined up here that night so we can all go! Pop on your favorite Christmas sweater and grab a sled and let’s all head over to the lounge. The big act on the bill from Chicago this time is 6’10 (like six foot ten inches), the height of the guy who is in Flatfoot 56 (the band). Stream some of 6’10’s music on the player below. Also playing is Springfield indie duo Idle Oath – they are actually playing at our space the night before for the Springfield Community Broadcasters benefit as well! There’s another group from Chicago on the bill called “The Uh Oh’s” playing music that is supposedly Christmas appropriate.  Opening things up is David Lasley and Sophia Magruder.

That show starts at The Radon Lounge at 7:00 pm and is $5. Don’t know where the Radon Lounge is? You can inquire at Find a facebook event for this show right here. And also be sure to check out our Springfield shows page where we try to list off other shows going on in town but do a bad job at keeping up at it.

WQNA Live Stream Back On


After the plug was officially pulled on WQNA 88.3 FM community radio as we know it one week ago, yesterday the station was successful in at least getting a live stream back up on the internet as it had been when the station was in full force. You can find that at The actual frequency of 88.3 fm was bought out by a Catholic Radio Group from the CACC which decided to sell the station and give up the school’s radio program earlier this year. We would imagine most of what is streaming right now is automated programing since it is hard for a lot of former shows on WQNA (including The Dumb Records Radio Show) to continue with programing without a studio in place. Maybe our other “True Freak Radio” show will still be put on the live stream at Fridays at midnight, and we will be looking into possibly starting The Dumb Records Radio Show back up into the live stream at it’s Friday 4:00 pm time-slot soon.

Fundraising efforts to get the station back on air (potentially on a different frequency) are still underway, and there is a benefit show set up at our space here at Dumb Records on Friday, December 13th. There is also an ongoing GoFundMe campaign set up online right here.

Tonight at Dumb Records: Arachnid, Final Order, Gargantuan


It’s Monday, and surprise, there is a show tonight! This one is just a three band show now – what do you know but LIVID, the name that’s big at the top of the flier and the band that is pictured on the flier have dropped. Isn’t that just unfortunate. However, there is still a touring band on this show so it is important that we come out and support! That is Arachnid from Fargo, North Dakota! Stream their music on the player below! It is also the very first ever live show for a brand new Springfield black metal project called Gargantuan! So definitely also important to come out and support that! Right in the middle of that peanut butter sandwich of bands that we have left is Final Order.

That all starts at 7:00 pm and the admission price has been reduced to $5. Alright, we are going to go ahead and say that start time is more likely 7:30 pm since this show is shortened, and will probably go by really quick. Find a facebook event for the show tonight right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up.