December 22nd at Dumb Records: A Dumb Records Christmas Special


We have quite the interesting event happening later this month to announce to you today. We are hosting a special showing of “A Dumb Records Christmas Special” on DVD. What is this? It is something like an hour and a half worth of content created over the years featuring the Dumb Records old man, show commercials, and all sorts of funny good stuff crammed on to one DVD: “A Dumb Records Christmas Special.” We will be showing this masterpiece on a projector screen at on space on Sunday, December 22nd. Admission is free.

The world premier begins at 7:00 pm on this day. You can find a facebook event for the showing right here. Also check out our shows page for a list of everything coming up at our space in the near future.

Renegade: “Affluential”


Today we are bringing you yet another local hip hop release that recently got dropped. That is from Renegade – a solo project from one half of the “Co-Pilots” hip hop duo that has been active in town for a number of years now. Renegade’s new album is called Affluential (artwork pictured above). We do not have the albums streaming below (it is not on any platform that allows us to embed), however you can find it out there on Apple Music right here, on Spotify right here, and on Tidal right here.

Yes, this one of course is also being included for this year in our Springfield album archive, and also our big end of the year poll, which we might even be launching tomorrow!!

December Art Issue of Activator Magazine Available Now


Look at that, it’s Jeff. And Jeff is holding the brand new issue of Activator Magazine for December 2019, which we were just stocked up with in our store. The new (free) Activator this month is the special art issue. This means it’s packed with tons of pages featuring works by local artists. There’s a Q&A with Thom Whalen, local painter and professor at Lincoln Land Community College. Also a Q&A with Clare Frachey, local artist, and with Jon Griffin, Decatur-based artist specializing in poster design. Plus there’s a local artist directory! In addition to all of that there is the usual Central Illinois and St. Louis show calendars!

Pick up your copy for free at Dumb Records and many other spots around town. Also consider checking out and donating to the ongoing Activator Patreon campaign.

Tonight at CFP: Jack M. Senff, Mario Cannamela, Emily Hough, Reggie & The Demons, Chance Knight


There is a hot chocolate-themed show going on at the CFP basement house venue tonight, and you are all invited. The C.F.P. stands for “Chocolate Flavored Paste” which is what they use to put in the water and stir it up and put it in the microwave to make hot chocolate. It will be an all around wonderful time. You are supposed to bring a mug and two dollars if you want it filled up with some special C.F.P. There are also musical acts. This includes touring act Jack M. Senff from Michigan. Check out Jack’s music on the player below. We’ve also got… Mario Cannamela of the band Bottom Bracket. Mario’s bedroom is upstairs at the end of the hall. Emily Hough is also playing, the 17 year old singer/songwriter from Petersburg who has been doing big things and putting out great tunes. Also Reggie & The Demons! (Who is Niko). Opening things up or something is Chance Knight doing some spoken word / poetry.

This show is at the CFP, if you don’t know where it is you’re gonna haft to ask somebody, sorry. It 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 Springfield shows page to look at a small list of shows going on in Springfield outside of our own space.

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


It’s another week and we are just about done recovering from Black Friday and this past busy weekend for our store, and have slowly started to get some new stuff back on the shelves as we are still at the beginning of December and a holiday shopping season downtown! Info on the holiday walks can be found right here. We are open 10:00 am to 8:00 pm every single day throughout the month (probably closed on Christmas or something). This week there are used LPs, 12″ singles, and new CDs hitting the shelves. We’ll go ahead and look at the schedule for this week 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 (show): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm

Used LPs
Aleksander John – Days Go By
Amy Grant – Unguarded
Andres Segovia – A Bach Recital
Art Corney / Mitch Miller – The Wonderful Wizard Of Oz
Atlanta Rhythm Section – The Boys From Doraville
Babe Ruth – Kid’s Stuff
Barbra Streisand / Omar Sharif – Funny Girl
Bert Kaempfert – Christmas Wonderland
Bing Crosby – Sings The Great Country Hits
Clark Gassman – The Word Made Music
Crystal Gayle – We Must Believe In Magic
Darlene Love – Paint Another Picture
Dickey Lee – The Hits Of Dickey Lee
Donna Fargo – Miss Donna Fargo
Earth, Wind & Fire – Gratitude
Eddie Rabbitt – Step By Step
The Edmonton Quartet – Ready To Leave
The Elvin Bishop Band – Rock My Soul
Floyd Cramer – Spotlight On Floyd Cramer
Floyd Cramer – Piano Masterpieces 1900-1975
The Flying Burrito Bros – The Last Of The Red Hot Burritos
Foghat – Tight Shoes
George Colclasure & The High Lonesome Bluegrass – This World Is Not My Home
George Van Eps – Mellow Guitar
Jeannie C. Riley – Things Go Better With Love
Jennifer Warnes – Jennifer Warnes
Jimmie Davis – Going Home For Christmas
John Farnham – Whispering Jack
Kate Smith – The Glorious Voice Of Kate Smith
K-Tel Records – 22 Explosive Hits
The Larry Williams Show – Featuring Johnny ‘Guitar’ Watson
Lloyd Price – The Best of Lloyd Price
Lloyd Price – Mr. Rhythm & Blues
Lynn Anderson – Rose Garden
Morton Gould – Stars And Stripes: Sousa’s Greatest Marches
Pete Fountain – Pete Fountain & The New Orleans All Stars
Priscilla – Priscilla Sings Herself
The Ray Conniff Singers – Christmas With Conniff
Rogers & Hammerstein – The King And I
Rotary Connection – The Rotary Connection
Roy Acuff – Roy Acuff’s Greatest Hits
Roy Clark – The Entertainer Of The Year
Scorpions – In Trance
Skeeter Davis – What Does It Take (To Keep A Man Like You)
Stephane Grappelli / Martin Taylor – We’ve Got The World On A String
The Stylistics – Heavy
Uriah / Verne Bullock – Uriah
Various – Canaan Country Christmas
Various – Different Strokes
Various – A Gospel Jubilee
Various – Memories Of The Cow Palace
Various – 25 Polka Greats
Walt Disney – Winnie The Pooh And Tiger
Walt Disney – Winnie The Pooh And The Honey Tree
The Wailers – Out Of Our Tree
Widowmaker – Too Late To Cry
Willie Nelson – Without A Song
Willie Nelson – Willie And Family Live
The Wiz – Original Motion Picture Soundtrack
Xavier Cugat – Viva Cugat!

12” Singles
Brassmunk – Push Up / Get Right
Dizzy Dee – I’m Not Your Wild Thing
DJ Taz – That’s Right
En Vogue – Hold On
Gloria Gaynor – I Will Survive
Go West – Eye To Eye
Sporty Thieves – No Pigeons
Ice-T – Ricochet / Mind Over Matter
Sugar Hill Gang – Kick It Live From 9 to 5

New CDs
Anabolic Frolic – Happy 2b Hardcore
Bachman-Turner Overdrive – The Anthology
Bachman-Turner Overdrive – II
Bob Dylan – Modern Times
Bob Dylan – 3 Classic Albums
Curtis Mayfield – Beautiful Brother: The Essential Curtis Mayfield
Curtis Mayfield & The Impressions – Anthology 1961-1977
Dan Fogelberg – Phoenix
Dave Matthews Band – DMB Live Trax Vol. 6 Fenway Park
David Holmes – This Film’s Crap Let’s Slash The Seats
Denny Zeitlin / Charlie Haden – Time Remembers One Time Once
D:Fuse – Progressive Mix Session 1.0
DJ Icey – Essential Elements
Fergie – Let There Be Hard House
Fleetwood Mac – Rumors
Fleetwood Mac – Fleetwood Mac
Frank Zappa – Strictly Commercial: The Best of Frank Zappa
Groove Armada – Back To Mine
Icon of Coil – Serenity Is The Devil
J. Walrath & Larry Willis – Portraits In Ivory And Brass
Joe Zawinul – Stories Of The Danube
Joe Zawinul / The Zawinul Syndicate – World Tour
John Denver – Dreamland Express
John Denver – Poems, Prayers & Promises
John Zorn – Cobra
Liquid’z – Apnoea / Amphibia
Lo Fielity All Stars – On The Floor At The Boutique
Marvin Gaye – Last Concert Tour
Marvin Gaye – Vulnerable
Michael Bolton – Only A Woman Like You
Michael Bolton – Vintage
Neil Diamond – Love Songs
Neil Diamond – Stones
Sam Cooke – Sam Cooke With The Soul Stirrers
The Staff – The Staff
Steve Tyrell – Standard Time
Stevie Nicks – Timespace: The Best of Stevie Nicks
Trevor Rockcliffe – Influence
Tuck & Patti – As Time Goes By
Various – Island Life: Ibiza Grooves and Chillout Tunes
Yellowjackets – Like A River
Yellowjackets – Time Squared

Help Us List Springfield Releases Of 2019


It’s that time of the year again. Yep, it’s time for us to get ready for our annual Best of Springfield Music 2019 end of the year poll and write-ups that we do here on this site. Which means right now we gotta get our ducks in a row and figure out all of what came out this year on a local level. We’ve been building up our Springfield album archive page and have listed off 52* releases so far this year. Those are as follows:

Animals With Human Names – Anti Social / Duck Guts
Black Box – What Happens Inside
Bruce Kodrich – Don’t Leave Empty Handed
Chance Reiniesch – People Pleaser
CityFME – Lost N The Muzik 3
CompositionC – Back To The Beginning
Deezy Da Paperboy / Cornbread – Kush & Kollabs
Demons on Wheels – The Well-Worn Tale
Dexter Anodyne – Weeping Venus
The Dixie Narcos – Soda Pop!
The Dixie Narcos – Tinder Folk
DJ Reco – Dope: The Mixtape
DreTheGuy – Lapis Effect
Emily Hough – Glass EP
Emily Hough – Jewel Tones EP
Kate The Band – Wine & Dine
Final Order – Tainted Tradition
Foam Fangers – The Trash Talk And Taco Trucks
Forest Saints – Intergalactic Radio
Forest Saints – The Book Of Descents & Ascensions
Funmachine.exe – All Our Friends Are Algorithms
Imaginary Colours – Among The Horizon
Iris Wake – Demo
Jeff Cowhick – Cauterized
Junior Pasáre – We Gone Win
Levi Tucker – The Shoestring EP
Lick Creek – Too Damn Country
The Little Death – No Such Thing As Fiction
Local Drags – Shit’s Lookin’ Up
Master Bastard – Drinking With Children
Meezy Killafield – Killafield Kronicles
Musical Realists – Hill of Beans
Mvrty1300 – True Colors
Prevention – Your Bad Habits
Prince Cash – Menace Of Society
Renegade – Flowers EP
Satisfy – Take A Deep Dive Into What I Go Through
Spiff – Yellow Kelso
Stuart Smith – The Sun EP
TaQsem – American Dream
Terrell Burns – TBH EP
Timothy Donavan Russell – Antibody
Timothy Donavan Russell – Dark Light
Timothy Donavan Russell – Public Domain 2019
Timothy Donavan Russell – Messages
Timothy Donavan Russell – Then (From Now)
Tin Ghost – Ghost Stories- The Early Years
Tin Ghost – Life, At It’s Best
Tin Ghost – Into The Arms Of The Great Unknown
Tony Colantino – Extradimensional
Ty Witty – For When It Rains…
Ty Witty / Junior Pasáre – Half Full EP
Vincent Sebastian – Interference
Zetaretic – United $lave$ of America


Nice, we’ve even got all of the links right there! Okay this is where we need your help listing off any that we are missing. Let’s say a release includes a grouping of two or more original songs by a local Springfield band or artist – we’ll include nearby cities such as Jacksonville, Taylorville, or Decatur. If you know of any, comment below, or email us at! We are going to kick off our poll as early as five days from now or something, and publish results at the end of the month / beginning of next month. Oh! And we are also teaming up with Activator Magazine once again for this feature to be in their January of 2020 issue!

Our end of the year poll usually includes the best shows, songs, and albums from local bands or artists for the year. We will likely do this format again, featuring the top 10 picks from each category.

Mvrty1300: “True Colors”


Today we are bringing you a brand new album by local Springfield hip hop artist “Mvrty1300.” The album is a full nine tracks and called True Colors. You can find the album streaming on the soundcloud player embedded below. Check out a direct link to stream the album on youtube right here, or on soundcloud right here.

Yes, we are adding this one to our Springfield album archive page, which brings us to 50 releases from this year featured on our site. We’ll be compiling a list for our annual best-of’s poll here very soon and will be asking for your help in naming off releases we might have forgotten!