“Best In Local Music 2020” January Issue Of Activator Magazine Available

Oops, we almost forgot to mention! It’s that special time of the year again. It’s happening a little bit later into January than usual, but it’s the time of the year when we release our poll results for our annual Best of Local Music poll, and we team up with Activator Magazine for their January issue featuring all of the results.

We will be posting some of the results to our polls online here in the coming days. For now though, we are letting you know that we have a few copies available of the new Activator for free in our store! You can also pick them up at different locations around town. And thank you to everyone who helped us in contributing write-ups for this issue!

Consider checking out Activator’s Patreon page online!

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records

Greetings! Greetings. Good morning. It’s another week at our Dumb Record store… and this time we are actually open! (With limited hours). Our store is open, we are still taking appointments before or after our operating hours, and we are still offering shipping, delivery, and pickup options at shopdumbrecords.com… what more could you ask for? Our physical store is open at 418 E Monroe Street from 12-5pm every day now. We’ll likely build those hours up over time. The arcade is still closed. Okay let’s dive into all of what’s new – this week once again we have a fresh stack of new and used LPs, 12″ singles, CDs, and more. We even have a whole bunch of turntables for sale!

New LPs
Aaron Frazer – Introducing Aaron Frazer
Big Red Machine – Big Red Machine
Brand New – Deja Entendu
Courtney Marie Andrews – Honest Life
Eminem – The Slim Shady LP
End Result – The Seven Year Locust Returns
Dead Kennedys – Fresh Fruit For Rotting Vegetables
Kraftwerd – Techno Pop
The Mighty Mighty Bosstones – Don’t Know How To Party
Peter Tosh – Bush Doctor
Protagonists – 1983-1985
Ray Charles – The Genius After Hours
Sleep – The Sciences
Superchunk – Indoor Living
Superchunk – Majesty Shredding
Syd Barrett – Opel
Thrice – Palms
Townes Van Zandt – In The Beginning
Various – New Your City Hardcore
Void / Faith – Split
X – Alphabetland

Used LPs
Bob James – All Around The Town
Canned Heat & John Lee Hooker – Hooker N Heat
Canned Heat – Canned Heat
Colosseum II – Electric Savage
Eddie Money – Eddie Money
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Tarkus
Elton John – Sleeping With The Past
Emerson Meyers – Provocative Electronics
Ernie Hines – Electrified
Diana Ross – Last Time I Saw Him
Frank Sinatra – Sentimental Journey
Frank Sinatra – Nice N’ Easy
Gato Barbieri – Tropico
Henry Mancini – The Mancini Touch
Jane Wiedlin – Jane Wiedlin
Joe English Band – Live
John Hall – John Hall
Julian Bream – Popular Classics for Spanish Guitar
Mickey Thomas – As Long As You Love Me
The Mike Curb Congregation – Sweet Gingerbread Man
Nick Glider – City Nights
Ollie Baba – Ollie Baba
Ray Bohr – The Radio City Music Hall Organ
Ringo Starr – Bad Boy
Rolling Stones – Steel Wheels
Scorpions – Love At First Sting
Scorpions – Savage Amusement
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’77 – Love Music
Steven Farmer & Michael Myers – Homegrown
Studio 78 – Music From The Movie FM
Vaneese Thomas – Vaneese
Yes – Going For The One
Yes – 90125
10cc – Look Hear?
13th Floor Elevators – Flivver

12” Singles
ABC – The Night You Murdered Love
Brand Nubian – A Child Is Born
Buffalo Smoke – Stubborn Kind of Fella
Nikki D – Hang On Kid

New / Used CDs
Annie Lennox – Bare
Annie Pennox – Diva
Art Garfukel – Scissors Cut
Asleep At The Wheel – The Best Of
Asleep At The Wheel – Superhits
Babyface – Face 2 Face
Ben Harper – Diamonds On The Inside
Ben Harper – Live At The Hollywood Bowl EP
Billie Holiday – The Quintessential
Black Hawk – Love & Gravity
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – The Collection Volume Two
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – The Collection Volume One
Chad Brock – III
Chad Brock – Yes!
Chubby Checker – Greatest Hits
Clint Black – Dilectrified
Clint Black – The Hard Way
Eurythmics – Peace
Eurythmics – Greatest Hits
Felix TX – Lechuza
Fishsticks – Disko
Five – Five
Garth Brooks – Fresh Horses
Indigo Girls – 3 Pak
Indigo Girls – Swamp Ophelia
Ja Rule – The Last Temptation
Jay-Z – Vol. 2 Hard Knock Life
Joe – Better Days
John McLaughlin – This Is Jazz #17
John Anderson – Paradise
Mark Chesnutt – I Don’t Want To Miss A Thing
Mary Chapin Carpenter – Stones In The Road
Mindy McCready – Ten Thousand Angels
Nsync – Celebrity
Robert Earl Keen – Gravitational Forces
Sarah Vaughan – The Definitive Sarah Vaughan
Tammy Cochran – Tammy Cochran

Dumb Records Turns 7 Years Old Today, We Are Re-Opening The Store 12-5pm Daily (Again)

Well, well, well, did you know that today just so happens to be our birthday? That’s right, seven years ago (January 11th, 2014) was the grand open for our store’s original location at 1107 South Grand Ave, next to The Black Sheep. So now we are officially 7 years old and entering our eighth year.

We are not looking to have a huge celebration this year of course, but we are deciding to move forward in re-opening our store (just a bitty bit more) today by switching the *open* sign to “on” from 12-5pm every day now.

Here’s the low-down for now:
– The store is open 12-5pm every day.
– Limit to 8 customers in the store at a time.
– Masks required (duh), we also have hand sanitizer as you enter.
– The arcade is still closed for now. We are not doing reservations on that for now either, maybe soon.
– We are still open to store appointments happening before noon or after 5pm! Just call, email or message us ahead of time.
– We are still offering shipping, delivery, or store pick-up options on shopdumbrecords.com!

That’s it for now! Check out our Black Sheep History Page if you want to get teary-eyed and think back on all of the fun times we’ve had together over the years.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records

Happy Tuesday! Tornado drill Tuesday! We are trying are darndest to keep these shelves stocked at Dumb Records with new and used LPs, CD, and more wether our physical store is open or not. We are still appointment-only right now, and are still busier than ever online. You can call, email, or message us about setting up an appointment, or check out our online store right here. (shopdumbrecords.com) This week we’ve got a few new items from Alona’s Dream Records, including a good batch of 7″s. Check out that big list of some of what’s new this week below:

New LPs
Adolescents – Brats In Battalions
BIB – Delux
Bruno Mars – Doo-Wops & Hooligans
The Contents Are – Four Each Other
Cowboy Bebop – Seatbelts
Cro-Mags – In The Beginning
DuChamp – Kansas City 1980
The Flatliners – The Great Awake
Florence + The Machine – Lungs
Food And Money – 1979-1982
Municipal Waste – The Last Rager
Negative Element – Shouts of Rebellion 1982-1983
Porno Glows – 12” EP
Remedy – The Golden Voice Sessions
Savage Beliefs – Big Big Sky
Silver Abuse – Consider The Pigeon
Snoop Dogg – Tha Last Meal
Sonic Youth – Daydream Nation
Suicidal Tendencies – World Gone Mad
Sufjan Stevens – Delighted People EP
Thanatopsis – Golden Voice
Trial By Fire – 1982
Various – Banned From Chicago – 1978

Used LPs
Bay City Rollers – Rock N’ Roll Love Letter
Charley Pride – Christmas In My Home Town
Chic – C’est Chic
Faustus – Tonight at The Movies
Ferrante & Teicher – Supermen
Gordon Lightfoot – Sit Down Young Stranger
Ian Lloyd – Goose Bumps
Leon Isaac Kennedy – Duke of Dukes
Melanie – Garden In The City
Michel Legrand – Brian’s Song
Moody Blues – Long Distance Voyager
Oracle – Danger Zone
Phil N’ The Blanks – Head Screwed On
Picture Perfect – Boy Crazy
The Rolling Stones – December’s Children
Screed – Point of Confusion
The Temptations – Greatest Hits
Todd Rundgren – Hermit of Mink Hollow
Tony Perkins – On A Rainy Afternoon
Various – At The Cavern
Various – Grease: The Original Broadway Cast Album

12” Singles
Bonafide Kings – Tick Tock
Grandaddy Souf – Savage Journey
Greg Cash – 1998
Half-A-Mill – Still
Tina – Tipsy

New 7”s
Articles Of Faith – What We Want Is Free
Dianetics – And Psycho Horse
Dianetics – Book Learned
Dream Probe – Demo Coleccion
Droids Blood – On Trial Years Later
From – 8:00 to 5:69
JJ180 – JJ180
Matrix – Demo
Skull Cult – Skull Cult
Things Are Fun – Nobody Answers The Phone
The Wombats – Golden Voice Recordings 1966-1967

New / Used CDs
Bone Thugs-N-Harmony – Thug World Order
Brooks & Dunn – Steers & Stripes
Clint Black – Put Yourself In My Shoes
Clint Black – Greatest Hits II
Eddy Arnold – The Legendary Eddy Arnold
Eurythmics – Reveng
Gary Numan – Pure
Gene Autry – The Essential Gene Autry
Guttermouth – Gusto
Guttermouth – The Album Formerly Known As…
Michael Houser – Door Harp
Ice Cube – War & Peace Vol. 2
Ice T  – VI: Return of the Real
Front 242 – Tyranny For You
Future Bible Heroes – Eternal Youth
Kenny Chesney – No Shoes No Shirt No Problems
Kenny Chesney – Me And You
Lou Bega – A Little Bit Of Mambo
Mandy Barnett – Mandy Barnett
Mark Chesnutt – What A Way To Live
Sonic Boom – Shades Apart
Various – Violin for Relaxation
Various – Virtuoso Trumpet
Various – Festive Baroque
Various – Mozart for Relaxation

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

Surprise, it’s another week! We are slowly getting our footing back on things after this holiday, and soon… hopefully soon we will be fully open again. For now we are appointment only, and also shipping, delivering, and offering pick-up on orders placed on our online stores. Go to shopdumbrecords.com for a link to all of that. This week we don’t have as much stuff, but we are giving it to you anyways. No CDs this week, sorry. This is what you get. Don’t worry, there will be many more records to come in the future year of 2021.

New LPs
Ahmad Jamal Trio – But Not For Me
Britney Spears – Glory
Drive-By Truckers – The New OK
Faith No More – The Real Thing
Mariah Carey – The Emancipation of Mimi
Pop Smoke – Meet The Woo V. 2
Sigur Ros – ( )
Snoop Dogg – Rhythm & Gangsta
The Stooges – The Stooges
Tim Heidecker – Fear Of Death
Toots & The Maytals – Ska Father
Townes Van Zandt – Our Mother The Mountain

Used LPs
Allan Sherman – My Son, The Nut
Andy Williams – Andy Williams’ Greatest Hits
The Cars – Shake It Up
Cheap Trick – Dream Police
Don Gibson – I Wrote A SOng
Hugo Winterhalter – The Big Hits of 1965
Frank Mills – Music Box Dancer
Freddy Weller – The Promised Land
Gilbert O’Sullivan – I’m A Writer, Not A Fighter
Joe Sample – Carmel
Johnny Mathis – Mathis Is
Louis Armstrong – Plays W.C. Handy
Mantovani – Hollywood
Modern English – Ricochet Days
Mr. Pickwick – Santa And The Three Bears
Nena – 99 Luftballoons
New Orleans – Mighty Pope
The Now – The Now
Orchestra Maneuvers In The Dark – Crush
Pat Benatar – Live From Earth
The Rolling Stones – 12×5
Supertramp – Free As A Bird
Various – Golden Organ Favorites
Various – This Is The Big Band Era
Various – 20 Original Winners of 1964
Yaz – Upstairs At Eric’s
101 Strings – Play More Million Sellers

12” Singles
Chante Moore – Who Do I Turn To
George Benson – Body Talk
Penthouse Players Clique – Trust No B*tch
Tab & Da Villon – Same O Thang

Dumb Records Nominated For Two Best of Downtown 2020 DSI Awards

Welcome back to another week! Hopefully everybody had some good holidays. We sure did. Our store is still appointment-only this week. Some exciting news we have today is that Dumb Records was just recently nominated in two different award categories for Downtown Springfield Inc.‘s “Best of Downtown 2020″ annual awards. (We didn’t win anything just yet)! The picture above is from last year’s award ceremony, where we won the category of ” Innovative Business Concept.”

You can check out the list of nominees on the DSI website right here. We have been nominated in categories of “Best Retail” and also “Most Creative Promotion” with our downtown pinball tournament. This year’s ceremony is virtual due to COVID-19, and tickets can be found for the virtual ceremony on that same link. The virtual ceremony is being called “DSI & Chill” and is happening Thursday, January 21st.

The Dixie Narcos: “Open The Mouth I Met” (Video)

Happy Christmas! Did you think we were going to stop on our streak of reporting local music news for Christmas? No! No thank you! Today we are bringing you a brand new music video that was recently released by Jacksonville-based psychedelic group The Dixie Narcos. That is a video for the song “Open The Mouth I Met” which is a track off of the band’s Godin Drag EP that was released just earlier this month. The video is an animation done by Robin Barnes and you can check it out on the player embedded below.

Check out more local music videos from over the years on our vids/pics page.

Illinois State Fair 2021 Grandstand Lineup Announced

Does it make sense for the Illinois State Fair to be announcing the 2021 Grandstand lineup right now? We are not sure if a whole lot of anything makes sense anymore, or what type of world we will be living in by the time August rolls around. Nevertheless, this is the lineup that has been announced for the 2021 State Fair Grandstand. The fair is supposedly happening next year from August 12th through the 22nd.

Thursday, August 12th: Staind w/ TBA
Friday, August 13th: ?
Saturday, August 14th: Gabriel “Fluffy” Iglesias
Sunday, August 15th: Toby Keith w/ Craig Morgan
Monday, August 16th: The Traveling Salvation Show
Tuesday, August 17th: Chris Young w/ Ingrid Andress
Wednesday, August 18th: I Love The 90’s Tour
Thursday, August 19th: Badflower w/ TBA
Friday, August 20th: Kelsea Ballerini w/ Kylie Morgan
Saturday, August 21st: ?
Sunday, August 22nd: George Thorogood

Tickets can be found for sale with more info online right here on the state fair website.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

Whoops, it’s late in the day and also we are getting very close to Christmas, but here are our new arrivals for the week. Our shop is still appointment only. So call, email, or message us about what time you want to come by and we will make it happen. What are our holiday hours? I dunno, just call and make an appointment for whatever time whatever day and we will make it work? Heck, even on Christmas if you want, who cares! Here’s another stack of some more new and used LPs, CDs, and 12″ singles that are in this week:

New LPs
Alicia Keys – Alicia
Beadaboobee – Fake It Flowers
Big Star – Radio City
Bjork – Vulnicura
Britney Spears – Glory
Drive-By Truckers – The New OK
Emma Ruth Rundle & Thou – May Our Chambers Be Full
Faith No More – The Real Thing
Godspeed You Black Emperor! – F# A# °°
Childish Gambino – Because The Internet
Jawbreaker – Dear You
John Lee Hooker – House of the Blues
Phish – Sigma Oasis
New York Dolls – New York Dolls
Nick Hakim – Will This Make Me Good
Slayer – The Relentless Killogy
Superchunk – Here’s Where The Strings Come In
Toots And The Maytals – Ska Father
War On Women – Wonderful Hell

Used LPs
Above The Law – 4 The Funk of It
The Beau Brummels – Introducing
Bob James – Heads
Bobby Whitlock – Rock Your Sox Off
The Call – Reconciled
Eddie “Lockjaw” Davis Big Band – Trane Whistle
Donna Lynn – Be Styll And Know
Frank Sinatra – 20 Classic Tracks
George Jones – Walk Through This World With Me
Genesis – Nursery Cryme
Glenn Miller – Greatest Hits
Grover Washington Jr. – Come Morning
The Higher State – Volume 27
Humble Pie – Rock On
John Lennon – Shaved Fish
Julie London – About The Blues
Larry Gatlin – Oh! Brother
Little Sonny – New King of the Blues Harmonica
Lynn Anderson – The Best of Lynn Anderson
Michael Bloomfield – Count Talen And The Originals
Precious Wilson & Eruption – Leave A Lighht
Rick Springfield – Tao
Ringo Starr – Goodnight Vienna – Goodnight Vienna
Roadmaster – Sweet Music
Russ David – You Don’t Have To Be A Millionaire
RUSH – RUSH
Sergio Mendes & Brasil ’66 – Look Around
Slim Whitman – Till We Meet Again
Stan Kenton – Capitol Jazz CLassics Volume 2
Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf 7
Stevie Wonder – Innervisions 

12” Singles
AM-FM – You Are The One
Azie & Mobstyle – Up & Down Lenox
Colonel Abrams – How Soon We Forget
E-40 – Captain Save Them Thoe
Freckles – Dance With Me
Missy “Misdemeanor” Elliott – She’s A Bitch
Rod Stewart – Passion 

New / Used CDs
Akinyele – Benny III
Annie Lennox – Medusa
Avant – Private Room
A Tribe Called Quest – The Love Movement
Before Dark – Daydreamin’
Brad – Shame
Brooks & Dunn – Hard Workin’ Man
Brooks & Dunn – Steers & Stripes
Eazy-E – Eazy-Duz-It
Emmylou Harris – Luxury Liner
Emmylou Harris – Spyboy
Eurythmics – Live: 1983-1989
Freedy Johnston – Right Between The Promises
Fugazi – Steady Diet Of Nothing
Gary Numan – Exile
Gary Numan – The BBC Sessions
The Hatters – The Madcap Adventures
Hangnail – Facing Changes
Ice Cube – Amerikkka’s Most Wanted
Ice Cube – Greatest Hits
Ivy – Long Distance
Kenny Chesney – Greatest Hits
Linda Eder – Broadway My Way
Luke Slater – Alright On Top
Mark Collie – Mark Collie
Michael Hutchence – Michael Hutchence
The Nylons – Four On The Floor: Live In Concert
Regina Belle – Believe In Me
The Seahorses – Do It Yourself
Seven Rivers – 7 Rivers
The Short Fuses – Get The Hell Down
Sophie B. Hawkins – Timbre
Various – Baroque at Bathtime
Various – The Sensuous Classics
Various – Simply The Best Night At The Opera
Wade Hayes – Old Enough To Know Better

Sensai Doog: “Zarter Zero”

Today we bring you a brand new album from local hip hop artist “Sensai Doog“. That album is called Zarter Zero, and you can find it streaming online right here. A description of the album from Sensai Doog’s webpage:

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Sensai Doog has been hard at work this year – this is his fifth release that has came out in 2020! One other notable album of his that came out earlier this summer was Sincerely Yourz. We have also added this one to our Springfield album archive page, bringing us to 93 releases we have kept track of so far this year.