October 2019 Issue Of Activator Available Now


Yes, it is October we can still hardly believe it. And we can hardly believe that it’s a week into October. And we can hardly believe that we’ve been around here downtown for over nine months at this point and coming up on one year. And we can’t believe that Activator Magazine is on their like 16th or 17th issue and we have copies of that new issue inside of our store right now. We’ve got a big ol’ stack.

This issue is packed with a lot of stuff, as always. This includes album reviews and live music calendars for Central Illinois and St. Louis. This also includes interviews with bands Master Bastard (as featured on the cover), Prevention, Dirty Rotten Revenge, and Radio Buzzkills. There’s an interview with a new festival going on in Bloomington next month called Midwest Extreme Fest. There’s an interview with Gorecore FX and a photo-spread from Fashion Oddities fashion show that happened last month. Also an interview with local hip hop artist Valid Baby. All of that and much, much more.

Come pick up a copy for free at any time our store is open (10:00am – 8:00pm every day). And if you would like to go the extra mile and support Activator Magazine with the amazing things they are doing for our area, we highly recommend paying a visit to their Patreon page!

September Issue of Activator Magazine Available At Dumb Records


Oh yeah, what’s up we got a new issue of Activator Magazine in our store *available for free*. In fact, we’ve already gone through one batch of these real quick and have already been re-stocked! On this month’s cover featured is a handful of Central Illinois hip hop artists including TaQsem, T-Roni, Kid Ziggy, Pappa Luke, and Otto Sans. Ken No, columnist of Activator, and host of Hiphophumpday on 88.3 WQNA is also featured on the cover, and Ken put together the featured story recapping the current state of hip hop in the 217 area listing off a lot of the active players.

We are also excited because there is an exclusive interview with Shonen Knife from Japan, who will be playing here in Springfield at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s on September 30th. In addition to that there are album reviews, local and St. Louis show calendars, interviews with Rather Dashing, Retirement Party, Zzo, and much much more. This is the biggest issue of Activator to date!

Come pick up a copy for free at Dumb Records (we are open pretty much all day every day), or other local businesses around town.

Vincent Sebastian on Activator Magazine Video Feature


Today we bring you the second Activator Magazine video feature they have done, we are really digging these! The video was put together by Crowdson Creative, who also did the last featured Activator video and interview which was shot partially in our space for the band Blushe. This time around the featured artist is Vincent Sebastian and his backing band, who just put out the album Interference earlier this summer. The video features clips of Vincent Sebastian performing a couple of songs and also sitting down and doing an interview. You can check all of that out on the video below, or also on the Activator facebook page. Vincent Sebastian is featured in another print interview inside this month’s latest issue which is now available for free inside of Dumb Records and other varios locations.

August 2019 Issue of Activator Available Now


It’s a brand new month so we’ve got a brand new issue of Activator Magazine! The local / Central Illinois D.I.Y. Music-focused magazine has been going over one year strong at this point. Who has collected every issue?

On this month’s cover is local acoustic singer/songwriter Ben Bedford. Ben put out a new album The Hermit’s Spyglass at some point last year. His featured interview in Activator this month was actually conducted by Tom Irwin himself, another long time local musician.

You can also find album reviews, another interview with Vincent Sebastian, who also just put out a new album called Interference earlier this summer. In addition to all of this there is an interview with Pierre Berry – who has started “The Music Program Academy” teaching kids how to record and create music at the Salvation Army here in town. As usual, there is a writeup on the 217 hip hop scene put together by Ken No of “Hip Hop Hump Day” on 88.3 WQNA. Aaron Uncanny Phillips interviews local recording engineer at HISO Music, Shawn P. Christine Pallon of the bands Spandrels and Carly Beth out of Champaign/Urbana does a write-up on the recent “Girls Rock! 2019” event. There is a photospread from Audiofeed Music Festival which took place in Urbana last month, and as always Central Illinois and St. Louis live music calendars.

You can pick up you copy of Activator Magazine for free at Dumb Records and various other locations around town. Also check out the Activator Magazine Patreon page if you want to be a contributor to support what they are doing!

July Issue of Activator Magazine Available Now


Maybe we are around one week late in telling you this, but did you know that there is a new issue of Activator Magazine out? We are excited about this one because it features new local band Blushe on the cover – and a photo that was taken in our space! You can pick up the monthly magazine for free in our store and read an interview with the band. This issue Activator also launched a new feature – with the start of a video series with Blushe as the first feature. The magazine interviewed the band in the video and also caught some footage of them playing live in our space as well. You can check that video out below!

Aside from the Blushe interview, you can find: plenty of album reviews, live show calendars, a photospread of Midwest Punkfest XI, more photos of Activator’s birthday show at Dumb Records, a recap of Perimeter Road Music Festival, an interview with Junior Pasáre, an interview with Shawn “Push” Freligh, a story about how some LLCC students created some mobile game called “Floofy”, and much much more.

June 22nd at Bread Sheep: Activator One Year Anniversary Show!


Wow! Looks like we are hosting a show this month that will be a wonderful celebration of one full year of Activator Magazine doing their thing and activatin’ in Springfield!! We are truly lucky to have had this free magazine around for a full year covering some great things going on in Central Illinois music and arts! The lineup for this show features punk rockers MAC at the top of the bill – who will be performing here in Springfield for the first time actually! Nice! By the way look at that great flier by Carol Weems of Activator Magazine, great job Carol. Who’s next on the lineup? HECK?!? The solo project of Hannah Songer out of Bloomington. Also a brand new Springfield band called SNUFF RIDER will be playing their first show?? Featuring members of Imaginary Colours and Evan Mitchell’s one man band! Before that… a very rare rap performance by Aaron “Uncanny” Phillips!! Wow!! In all of our years working with Aaron hosting hip hop shows at our spaces we have never had him listed as a performer! Then opening things up or playing somewhere on the bill is some sort of karaoke set by DJ Milk and DJ Jess!!! We can not believe all of the wild and cool things going on for this show!

This show will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. All proceeds will be split between our show space and Activator Magazine. There will also be cake and “free sh*t”! Wow! Check out a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a good look at what else is coming up at our space in the new future!

June 2019 Issue of Activator Magazine Available Now


Would you believe it, but Activator Magazine has now made it one full year into existence with the first issue having came out June of 2018. This month’s issue for the local action-packed music magazine is number #13. Have you collected them all? We sure haven’t but maybe we can try. This post is to let you know that we have the June 2019 issue now available for free in our store. It includes local hip hop artists Deezy Da Paperboy and Cornbread on the cover, with an interview with them inside. Also plenty of album reviews, a monthly Central Illinois show calendar, a look at what festivals are happening in our area this summer, plenty of photos, and much much more. Wow.

Activator Magazine is awesome and free and in our store all of the time. You should consider checking out their Patreon page online where you can pledge to make a monthly donation to support them doing what they do.

Oh! And by the way, we will be celebrating one year of Activator Magazine with a show at our show space this month on June 22nd! Find a facebook event for that one right here – we’ll also have an official post for that one up soon.