Our Top Posts From 2019

Is it too late for top 2019 posts? Yes? We are already over half way through January? Okay. Well, just in case anybody out there cares, we were looking at what our most viewed website posts were in the year 2019 and we thought we’d share with the class. Here, we’ll just do the top ten and list them out for you. We’ll link each article too.

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

This did indeed happen, and Benny of Good Heart Tattoos has been our neighbor next door since his grand opening back in early November. The announcement was made back in September.

2. Vote In Our Best of Springfield Music 2019 Year End Poll!!

(Posted on December 8th, 2019) Our year-end poll is a hit every year, and hundreds of you participated in this one yet again! The results we’re posted until early this year so those are 2020 posts we guess (sorry).

3. Best of Springfield Music 2018: Songs

(Posted on January 4th, 2019) Ha! Well there you have it! Now we are talking about a year that is now two years ago! Part of our Best-Of results from 2018.

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4. WQNA FM Community Radio Ending After 40 Years

(Posted on August 8th, 2019) Well, this is a sad one. And it’s especially sad because a few months after this the plug was pulled without warning at the studio and the station license was officially sold to a Catholic Radio group, and 88.3 WQNA as we knew it remains off air. A lot of people come into our store asking us for updates on where Springfield Community Broadcasters (the group of DJ’s) are at with acquiring any sort of new license or getting back on air. Their live stream is in fact back up online right here, but there still have been no updates on anything with a new station being obtained yet.

5. Illinois Times Best Of Springfield 2019 Nominee Voting Has Begun

(Posted on August 10th, 2019) The Illinois Times Best Of’s are a big deal to a lot of local businesses and people every year. Sometimes people go wild over trying to get those votes. It turns out we must have gotten some votes, because we were awarded winner of the “New Business Downtown” category.

6. Our List of Expected Record Store Day Releases

(Posted on March 28th, 2019) Every year in April, Record Store Day for us constantly ends up being our biggest day, and constantly shatters the record for previous years. With this being our first Record Store Day downtown, we went all out for this one. We carried close to 2/3rds of the total releases that came out this day (which is hundreds of titles), and had our biggest day ever by far. We are excited for the upcoming Record Store Day to be even bigger for us than the last! (Which is happening Saturday, April 18th by the way, mark your calendars)

7. Best of Springfield Music 2018: Albums/Releases #1-10

(Posted on January 6th, 2019) What do you know, it’s another part of our best of 2018 series.

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8. We Are Searching For Sponsors To Make A Really Big Show At Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s Happen This September.

(Posted on July 3rd, 2019) This was an interesting one, where we were attempting to pull off a huge show with the help of local sponsors for a big international act that we couldn’t announce just yet. Turns out this post ended up being bigger than the actual announcement! Probably because it got everyone scratching their heads trying to figure out who it was. Who was it??? It was Shonen Knife, from Japan! Yes we were successful in pulling off this show, it recently made it to the list of top shows of 2019!

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9. Kate The Band: “Wine & Dine” / “Starry Eyes”

(Posted on June 12th, 2019) Interesting to see a local band’s release end up on this list! It makes sense for this one, because Kate The Band approached us about exclusively releasing the songs from our site, which we were more than happy to do! The two songs are also great – they made it on to our best songs of 2019 AND best releases of 2019!

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10. Thank You To All Who Helped Make Last Night Possible!

(Posted on October 1st, 2019) Haha ohhhh, this one was about Shonen Knife playing at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s. What a successful night indeed, we estimated somewhere between 400 and 500 people out there in the crowd, and then we pulled off an aftershow at our space featuring the band Slingshot Dakota from Ohio.

CHRxS: “BLK HRT” EP

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Today we are bringing you the first (?) local release of 2020 that we’ve had featured on this site? We know there are a couple of more releases that have already come out from local bands and acts this year, and we have some catching up to do! This one is from a local hip hop act that we have not yet covered on our site, called CHRxS. CHRxS just released a six-track, BLK HRT EP which you can find streaming on the Soundcloud player embedded below.

We don’t know anything about live shows for CHRxS just yet. This is the first one we are adding for 2020 for our Springfield album archive page. Nice.

Dumb Records Participating In Vintage Love Tour February 8th

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February is right around the corner, and we are excited to be once again participating in a Valentines Day-themed vintage shopping event put together every year by our friend and neighbor Linda over at Springfield Vintage! That is the “Vintage Love Tour,” which happened in our space last year when we were brand new downtown as well as a handful of other local spots in Springfield and around the downtown area. This year it is happening on Saturday, February 8th from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm! There will be different vendors set up at our shop for this event as well as the other shops listed.

Find a facebook event for the Vintage Love Tour right here.