The Telephone Junkies: “Dress It Up & Call It Living”

Happy Halloween! Remember the band The Telephone Junkies? Remember bands? It’s hard for us to remember bands sometimes too, but some of them are still out there in the depths, recording music ready to be released to the world.

It turns out The Telephone Junkies have been hard at work on a brand new album for quite some time now, and yesterday they released their debut full length, Dress It Up & Call It Living to the world. You can check it out streaming on the player below! Also go check it out on their bandcamp page, where you can download the album for $1 or more.

The Telephone Junkies have no live shows lined up, but who does? We have added this release on to our Springfield album archive page, where we have kept track of 51 local releases so far this year.

NBGR Wooskie: “Royal Rumble” (Song + Video)

Local hip hop artist NBGR Wooskie has released a new song and video for a new track “Royal Rumble.” It was another one shot and edited by CourtBoy Visuals, and you can find it streaming on the player below.

We are not sure of any other recorded music NBGR Wooskie has out there right now! Check out a number of other music videos shot over the years on our vids/pics page.

Illinois Times: “Best of Springfield 2020” Results

The day is finally here – that time of year once again when the results are released for the Illinois Times’s “Best of Springfield” poll. The time of the year when many of us are frustrated with results in the reader-generated polls, and that is okay. It is important to remain positive and focus on all of the great local businesses and people doing things in this city! The Illinois Times wrote a nice intro piece this year explaining how the polls work and answering some frequently asked questions about it.

The results are all available online right here. You can also view the results in the print-issue of the Illinois Times, available all over town.

This year we were fortunate enough to be a finalist as Dumb Records in three different categories: “Best Music Shop,” “Best Music Venue (small),” and “Best Place To Go Downtown.” Best Music Shop went to Recycled Records, Best Small Music Venue went to The Curve Inn, and Best Place To Go Downtown went to The Old Capitol Farmers Market.

We usually do our own “Best of Springfield Music” poll at the end of each year on our site, and the last couple of years have been teaming up with Activator Magazine to publish the results! We are unsure on what we are doing for that this year, but you can probably expect something!

Tonight Downtown: “Shop The Haunts” Until 10pm

Let’s get spooky! While we would usually be hosting Halloween shows right around now (and can’t this year due to COVID), we are all about doing little things to celebrate this time of the year. Tonight, a number of downtown shops will be participating in “Shop The Haunts” downtown by being open late – until 10:00 pm, including us! These are the shops we know are participating:

  • The Roost
  • Springfield Vintage
  • Studio On 6th
  • Corrine’s Closet
  • Dumb Records
  • Reverie Apparel
  • Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
  • Daisy Jane’s
  • Wild Rose

In addition to just being open late, we are opening our arcade to the public for free tonight, no purchases necessary. We also might have a bowl of candy out for anybody who is dressing up to do some trick-or-treating. We are still limiting the occupancy of the arcade to 5, and store occupancy to 10.

Find a facebook event for all of this right here.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records

Music! At least, that’s what we think it is. It’s another week here at Dumb Records downtown and we are having fun. Thank everyone who stopped by for a very successful Record Store Day “drop date” this past Saturday, it was our biggest day of the year so far. This week we are getting a little wacky with some additional “extended hours” – tomorrow night (Wednesday) a number of other downtown shops are going to be open until 10:00 pm for “Shop The Haunts” and we are too. We are also going to be open until 10:00 pm the night of Halloween for any of you bored looking for play some pinball (and our arcade will be open for free during those extended hours). Nice. Alright, let’s dive into what is new this week:

New LPs
Beastie Boys – We Rock Well: Rare TV Appearances
Beastie Boys – Music
Belle and Sebastian
Bobby Vee / The Crickets – Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets
Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley
Charles Mingus – Presents Charles Mingus
Chubby Checker – It’s Pony Time
Clutch – Clutch
Daniel Lopatin – Uncut Gems
Dick Dale And His Del-Tones – Surfer’s Choice
Dillinger Four – Midwestern Songs of the Americas
Eddie Cochran – My Way
Eddie Holland – Eddie Holland
Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True
Fugazi – In On The Kill Taker
HAIM – Days Are Gone
Little Richard – I’ll Never Walk Alone
Oscar Peterson – Plays The Harold Arlen Song Book
Pallbearer – Forgotten Days
Pink Floyd – Animals
Regional Justice Center – Institution
Secret Shame – Dark Synthetics
Slowdive – Morningrise
Various – From The Vaults of Federal Ska

Used LPs
Andre Kostelanetz – Wonderland of Sound
Ben Vaughn – Dressed In Black
Brenda Lee – Bye Bye Blues
Brenda Lee – By Request
The Butterfield Blues Band – In My Own Dream
Charlie Byrd – The Look of Love
Chet Grayson – Swing At The Country Club
Chicago Transit Authority – Live In Concert: Collector’s Edition
Chuck Sugar – Master Key
Count Basie – Li’l Ol’ Groovemaker… Basie!
Devadip – Oneness
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Works
Foghat – Booie Motel
Foghat – Girls To Chat & Boys To Bounce
The Four Ladds – On The Sunny Side
Frank Chacksfield – Ebb Tide
Glenn Miller – Original Film Sound Tracks
George M. Cohan – Yankee Doodle Dandy Songs
Gordon Macrae – Gordon Macrae
Harvest – Voices
The Jack Bruce Band – How’s Tricks?
Jefferson Starship – Nuclear Furniture
Larry Coryell – The Restfull Mind
Lawrence Welk – Early Hits of 1964
Lee Ritenour – First Course
The Lords of the New Church – Is Nothing Sacred?
Miss Peggy Lee – Sings the Songs of Cy Coleman
Mitch Miller – Christmas Songs and Carols
Narvel Felts – The Touch of Felts
Neil Diamond – Hot August Night
Nina Simone – Forbidden Fruit
Patti Page – Patti Page’s Greatest Hits
Pink Floyd – Meddle
The Platters – The Flying Platters
Prince Po – Hold Dat
Reba McEntire – Whoever’s In New England
Rufus Jones – Five On Eight
Sonny James – That’s Why I Love You Like I Do
Sonny James – The Astrodome Presents Sonny James
Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance
Steve Hackett – Cured
Steve Hackett – Spectral Mornings
U.K. – U.K.
Woody Herman – Woody
The Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain
10cc – 10cc

12” Singles
Doug E. Fresh – Busin’ Out
Ice-T and Ice Cube – Tresspass
Ruff-N-Rugged – Swing Sump’n Ruff!
Salt N’ Pepa – Tramp Remix

New / Used CDs
Emmylou Harris – Profile II: The Best of Emmylou Harris
Freddy Fender – Greatest Hits
Front Line Assembly – Implode
Glen Campbell – Galveston
Glen Campbell – The Very Best of
Go Go’s – Vacation
Go Go’s – God Bless The Go Go’s
Goo Goo Dolls – Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce
James Galway – Greatest Hits
Jeremy Enigk – Return of the Frog Queen
Lee Greenwood – Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands
Lee Greenwood – Super Hits
L’il Kim – La Bella Mafia
The Love Doctor – Moaning & Groaning
The Makers – Psychopathia Sexualis
Master P – Ghetto D
Master P – Gameface
Mark Eitzel – The Invisible Man
Michael Feinstein – The Songs of Jimmy Webb
Philly’s Most Wanted – Get Down or Lay Down
Pretty Willie – Enter The Life of Suella
Primal Scream – Evil Heat
Red House Painters – Old Ramon
Relative Ash – Our Time With You…
Right Said Fred – Up
Too $hort – What’s My Favorite Word
Usher – My Way
Various – Punk O Rama 4: Straight Outta The Pit

Zippir Collective: “Zippir Vol. 1” EP

The Zippir Collective, a group of local hip hop artists, have released their first official release as a collecitve called Zippir, Vol. 1. As far as we can tell this is only streaming on Spotify right now (which we have not figured out how to embed yet), you can check out all five tracks of that right here. Artists featured on this release and part of the collective include: Kid Ziggy, Papa Luke, Junior Pasare, RJC, Jayy Alejandro, and Danny J.

The Zippir Collective also recently launched a brand new website recently, which you can check out right here. We are also adding this release to our Springfield album archive, bringing us to a total of 50 local releases we have kept track of so far this year.

Today at Dumb Records: Record Store Day 2020 Drop #3

Here we are once again! Seems like there are Record Store Days happening once every month anymore, and October’s big Record Store Day “drop date” is happening today on this cold Saturday. This is actually the biggest of the three drop dates in terms of what we ordered for the store, and we have about 40 exclusive titles hitting the shelves today. We posted photos of most of this stuff right here on our facebook page.

Our store opens today at 10:00 am and is open until 7:00 pm. The arcade is open to the public during those same times, either with $5 admission or with purchase of $10 or more in the store. We are limiting the number of people in our space to 10 total, and masks are required. Recycled Records is also participating in getting the Record Store Day exclusive releases, and of course we encourage the support of Elf Shelf Books & Music downtown as well!

The next Record Store Day after this one is going to be Black Friday Record Store Day on November 27th, which we are expecting even more exclusive releases for.

Dumb Records October Holiday Hours

We are once again trying something really stupid that we might regret later on. Now introducing: Dumb Records holiday hours! Where we don’t cut back any hours – we add some… for fun! And for Halloween! Our store is usually open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. For these select days we are adding more hours:

October 26th (the night of the 25th) we will be open from midnight to 3:00 am.

• October 28th we will be open until 10:00 pm along with a handful of other shops downtown!

• October 31st (halloween) we will be open until 10:00 pm! We might even have candy!

Then for all of these extended hours, we are opening up our arcade to everybody (no fee to enter). However, our limit of 5 people to the arcade at a time does apply, and masks are still required.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records

Happy Tuesday, we are a record store! And like any other week, we are continuing to plop out new and used LPs, 7″s, 12″ singles, cassettes, and CDs out onto the shelves. We have a number of new turntable in too for any of you looking into getting into vinyl as we approach this long cold winter. Our store is open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Check us out sometime. And of course, this Saturday is going to be a big one with the third Record Store “Drop Date” happening. On that day we will be opening one hour earlier at 10:00 am. There will be a stack of exclusive releases hitting the shelves, and maybe some extra new and used LPs going out. Other than that, here is what’s new for this week:

New LPs
Ariana Grande – My Everything
Earth Witch – Out of the Shallow
Entry – Detriment
Eric Church – Desperate Man
Dead Moon – What A Way To See The Old Girl Go
Green Day – Nimrod
Jeff Rosenstock – I Look Like Shit
Jesus Piece – Only Self
John Prine – Sweet Revenge
Megadeth – Dystopia
Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank
Primitive Man – Caustic
Restraining Order – This World Is Too Much
Smino – Blkswn
The Vandals – Oi To The World!
Viagra Boys – Common Sense

Used LPs
Barbara Mandrell / Lee Greenwood – Meant For Each Other
Bing Crosby With Buddy Cole – New Tricks…
Buster Benton – Spider In My Stew
Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Lyric Suite For Sextet
Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode
Claire Martin – The Waiting Game
The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Jazz: Red Hot And Cool
Deodato – Very Together
The Doors – Other Voices
Dottie West – Carolina Cousins
Emmylou Harris – Blue Kentucky Girl
Eric Carmen – Tonight Your Mine
Frank Sinatra – My Way
Genesis – In The Beginning
Gentle Giant – Three Friends
George Harrison – Thirty Three & 1/3
Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Summertime
The Ink Spots – For Sentimental Reasons
Johnny Mathis – Love Is Blue
Johnny Mathis – Faithfully
Lawrence Welk – Says It With Music
Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Len-Nerd Skin-Nerd
Melba Moore – Living To Give
Mel McDaniel – Stand Up
Mose Allison – Mose Alive!
Mystic Moods Orchestra – One Stormy Night
Ray Charles – True To Life
Robin Trower – Victims of the Fury
Steely Dan – Roayl Scam
Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf Live
Striker – Striker
Survivor – Caught In The Game
Terri Gibbs – Somebody’s Knockin’
UFO – Obsession
Van Morrison – Inarticulate Speech of the Heart
Various – Many Moods of Christmas
Various – Twenty All-Star Country Hits
Various – Super Stars in Country Music
Various – $64,000 Jazz
The White Sisters – Bless This House

12” Singles
EPMD – The Joint
Charles Wright – Express Yourself
M.C. Luscious – It’s My Thang
Mortal Miztuz – Backbone
Mr. Ozwald – What You Really Want?
Rodney O – What U Gotta Say
Trick Daddy Dollars – They Don’t Live Long

New / Used CDs
Alecia Elliot – I’m Diggin’ It
Branford Marsalis – Creation
Confederate Railroad – Rockin’ Country Party Pack
Confederate Railroad – Unleashed
Dixie Chicks – Fly
Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Space
Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded
Firefall – You Are The Woman And Other Hits
Gene Loves Jezebel – Discover
Itzhak Perlman – A La Carte
Joy Division – Permanent: Joy Division 1995
Lee Greenwood – American Patriot
Lee Greenwood – Holdin’ A Good Hand
Linda Davis – I’m Yours
Master P – Ice Cream Man
Nanci Griffith – Clock Without Hands
Nelly – Suit
Nelly – Sweat
Nina Gordon – Tonight And The Rest of My Life
Portishead – Portishead
Professional Murder Music – s/t
Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe (Sex & Violins)
Rhea’s Obsession – Re:Initiation
Rosie Flores – Speed of Sound
Rosie Flores – Rockabilly Filly
Sugar Ray – On The Pursuit of Leisure
Usher – 8701
Tupak Shakur – The Rose The Grew From The Concrete
Wynton Marsalis – Baroque Music For Trumpets
Wynton Marsalis – The London Concert
2Pac – 2Pacalypse Now
2Pac – Better Dayz
Various – Punk O Rama #5