July Issue Of Activator Magazine Available Now

We are now halfway through July and what do you know it looks like we have plenty of copies of the new Activator Magazine stocked on our front counter! This is a very busy month for Activator with the release of the full-color and very nicely done Black Artists Matter issue that we still have plenty of copies of as well.

One the cover of this month’s issue is Decatur Illinois native A.D. Carson also known as “The Professor of Hip Hop.” There is a pretty lengthy interview with him, as well as the usual album reviews for bands in our area and more, also the live music show calendar is making a bit of a return with Activator’s “Best Best” – their top picks for live music this month. There’s a show write-up for the Intricate Flow Fridays Juneteenth Show, an interview with Springfield rock group Enamel, an interview with Splendid Flunkys, Dexter Anodyne, a photospread of bands playing in a tunnel, the Levitt AMP Music Series, and the “Dumb Perspective” column is back where Brian Galecki gives a history of ska bands in Springfield.

Wow! You can pick up all of that in this latest issue of Activator for free here at Dumb Records and various other local spots around Central Illinois. Be sure to check out the Activator Patreon Page online as well to become a monthly donor for exclusive content!

Black Artists Matter Issue of Activator Magazine Available Now

We’re only a couple of days in and already just about need to be re-stocked with this issue, but this is a post to let you know that we do have the most recent “Black Artists Matter” issue of Activator Magazine. This is the second year that Activator has compiled this local zine full of art, poetry, interviews, and more featuring black artists in the area. It’s in full color too, they’ve really gone all out this time around.

In addition to this – the July issue of Activator is also on the way! AND Activator hooked us up with printed out “Live Music Calendars” for the month of July! They are amazing! Consider going and signing up to become a donor for their online Patreon page! We’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we have the July issue in stock.

Activator June 2021 Issue Re-Stocked!

Whoops, we didn’t even do a post for Activator Magazine this month! Man, we reallly need to get back on it. By this time we are already re-stocked with our second batch of June issues of Activator Magazine in the store! Activator has recently hit 3 years of being around as a monthly magazine focusing on music and art in Central Illlinois and they are great.

This month’s issue has featured on the cover “Punks In Peoria” – which is a new book and music compilation being released on record and CD by a dedicated group of people whose mission is to document punk in Peoria in the 80’s and 90’s. There is even an upcoming festival in Peoria this early fall featuring some Peoria punk groups reuniting. In addition to a great interview with Punks in Peoria, there is also an interview with Peoria metal group Darker Than Fiction, Springfield power pop group Local Drags, a “10 Up 10 Down” with Knarly Nice, an interview with Springfield rock group Astrofix, Tiara Standage with Intricate Designz, an interview from the archives with Dave Baker about Springfield punk rock in the 1980’s, a photospread for Blue Monday at The Alamo, and an interview with local musician Cameron McClure. The “Dumb Perspective” column is also back where Brian Galecki write about the new exhibit “State of Sound” at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library & Museum.

Wow, that was a lot! You can pick up copies of Activator Magazine here at Dumb Records for free as well as other locations around town. Before you know it there will be a July issue out.

Activator May 2021 Issue Available Now

Happy Monday! It’s May – and we are now very stocked up with the new issue of Activator Magazine here at Dumb Records.

This one is packed with content – this one features local musician / artist Kristin Walker on the cover. Kristin recently released a new solo EP called Etheric Bodies. In addition to the interview with Kristin – you can also find a list of new local releases and some reviews for those, also an interview with Tebe Zalango from Decatur, The Dry Look from Champaign, Tim Reynolds (of the bands Horrible Things, Hospital Job, and Time Thieves), Balki Bros, Vincent Sebastian, and another “sound-check” segment checking in with different local musicians. All of that and more! No “Dumb Perspective” segment this week, sorry Brian Galecki was way too busy record farming and putting together youtube videos.

You can pick up a copy of Activator Magazine here at Dumb Records for free and various other locations around town – we usually have a few back issues in stock as well. Also check out the Activator Patreon page for bonus exclusive content and consider donating!

April 2021 Issue of Activator Magazine Available Now

Here we are in another month, and there is yet another issue of Activator Magazine, which is approaching 3 years of being around covering local music and art in Central Illinois! As you can see pictured above, this one features local hip hop artist VGE FROST on the cover.

What else does this issue have in store? It’s got… plenty of album reviews for all different types of artists, we also have our “Dumb Perspective” column written by Brian Galecki, this time with a short interview segment with Drew Kodrich about midwesthardcore.org. There is also an interview with Liz Fitz, who just released a CD called Cover Me, a “10 up 10 down” with Zach Moad, interview with new local punk band “Fist Fight”, an interview with After School Special, Robot Army, and a nice “Soundcheck” segment checking in on many other local musicians from around the area. All of that plus more!

You can pick of free copies of Activator at Dumb Records and various other local businesses around town. We usually have a few back issues as well. Also consider heading over to the Activator Patreon page to become a monthly donor in support of the magazine!

March 2021 Activator Available Now

Great news everybody, we once again have the new issue of Activator Magazine! It’s March 2021. This issue features local singer/songwriter Arlin Peebles crawling out of a snowy cave.

In addition to the interview with Arlin Peebles – this month continues to feature a column by Dumb Records co-owner Brian Galecki called “Dumb Perspective” exploring some Central Illinois local music history. This time it’s about Golden Voice Recording Co. which existed from 1966-1978 and some other stuff. This issue also features plenty of local and non-local music reviews, an interview with new Springfield band The Lovelorn, an interview with Derrick Streibig, a “soundcheck” section checking up on local musicians, and much much more.

Pick up a copy of Activator Magazine for free at Dumb Records or other locations around town! We have some back issues available as well! Also check out the Activator Patreon page and consider donating!

February Issue Of Activator Magazine Now Available

This is a post to let you know that we have plenty of copies of the new February 2021 issue of Activator Magazine in our store! What fun!

This issue features Peoria-based rock group Tina Sparkle on the cover! They have been going strong as a band for 14 years now, and just recently came out with a new album! Let’s see what else is in this issue… we’ve got plenty of album reviews as usual. There are columns and usual, and a brand new column called “Dumb Perspective” by Dumb Records’s very own Brian Galecki! On some Springfield, IL music history! You can also find an interview with Jamie Meredith who organized C.A.M.P. (Creators of Art Music & Poetry) – a new program in town. This issue also features a “Soundcheck” section which checks in with artists and musicians from the area on what they are up to. It’s a lot of fun.

Pick up a copy of Activator Magazine for free at our store (open 12:00 to 5:30 pm every day) or other various locations around town! Also check out Activator’s online Patreon page and consider donating!

“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!

Activator Magazine November 2020 Issue Available Now

We’re well into November now – today is 11-11 in fact, so that means we have a brand new issue of Activator Magazine available for free in our store.

This issue features long-running hip hop artist Cornbread featured on the cover! Cornbread has a new album coming out later this month. This issue is also jam-packed with other content, as always. As usual, there are plenty of write-ups on new local and also national releases. You can find interviews with “The Truth Council” a Central Illinois prog/rock band, “The Lettermans” – pop punk from Philadelphia, “Searching For Silence”- a metal group from Peoria, “Black Mountain” from St. Louis, and also an interview with Jesica Knight-Carnes about First Try Sessions. All of that and much, much more!

You can find issues of Activator Magazine for free at our store and various other local businesses around town. Also consider checking out Activator’s Patreon page and donating to them online!

Activator October 2020 Issue Available Now

Wow, we are already halfway through October. It will be November before you know it, and we will all be stuck inside for the rest of the winter. This is a little bit of a late post to let you know that we have new copies of Activator Magazine (October 2020 edition) available for free inside our store.

This one features Peoria-based artist (and also full band) Ashley Bean on the cover. It’s jam-packed with other stuff too. There are plenty of local and non-local album write-ups and reviews, also an interview with another Peoria-based band Terribly Happy, Champaign-based artist Emily Blue, another Peoria band called Still Shine, hip hop artist “KP”, Failed Poem Records, a photospread of 217 Burlesque & Curiosities Troupe, and more! Wow!

Pick up a copy of Activator Magazine for free at Dumb Records or other various locations around Central Illinois. Also consider supporting Activator Magazine by donating to their Patreon page!