All Dumb Records Shows Cancelled For The Rest Of March


Breaking news! We probably shouldn’t even have to explain anything or what’s going on to you at this point. Along with Governor Pritzker ordering bars and restaurants to close doors now through March 30th, we are also following suit and cancelling all shows we had lined up now until the end of the month. As the situation with COVID-19 rapidly changing every day, we will be continuing to reassess our store being open and shows lined up in April and beyond on a day-to-day basis. We’ll list out shows being cancelled here below so we can cry about what we are missing together:

March 20th with Yellow Number 7, Florida Brothers, Velvet Bethany, Foot
March 21st with Pledge Drive, Gnarly Beth, Dexter, Big Tobacco, Telephone Junkies
March 28th (Bottom Bracket release), Looming, Nectar, Marble Teeth, Belle
March 29th with Pig City, Livid, Capitol Offense + more.

There are a number of shows lined up in early April, and we will have to re-assess those shows in the next few weeks and inform you all of any more cancellations.

As we already announced, Record Store Day has been postponed to Saturday June 20th, 2020. Some of these other cancelled shows, such as the Bottom Bracket release show will also likely happen at a later date.

This is hard for us to do as a local business needing to pay rent and bills, but plenty of other businesses, bands, and people are negatively impacted in similar ways and this is something bigger than us. Safety is most important right now, and so is supporting each other through other means and washing our hands.

Our store is remaining open during normal hours of 10:00 am to 8:00 pm for now. We’ll be here catching up on online orders and going through records still. However, these next few days we might be pushing buying records or CDs through us through our Discogs page online – and a possible re-launch of our online merch store coming soon.

Dumb Records Six Years Old Today (One Year Downtown)


Wow, it looks like our store has had an anniversary of sorts sneak up on us, and we don’t have any special event planned to celebrate! Today (January 10th), marks exactly one full year since our soft opening here at our downtown location. It also marks exactly six full years since our original original soft open at our original location. Our original location grand opening was held the following day on Saturday January 11th, 2014 and the downtown grand opening and ribbon cutting was not until Saturday March 9th, 2019. We’ll go ahead and count today as our birthday though.

We are not doing anything to celebrate. No shows, no sales, no nothing. Our store is just open today from 10:00 am – 8:00 pm as usual. You can check out our history page on our site to learn more about our very rich and very deep history. Oh, and this is what our store looked like exactly one year ago from today:


and this is what our store looked like exactly six years ago:


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Looks like we have a surprise in store for you all today! On this day exactly five years ago (January 10th, 2014), it was the first day open at our original location on South Grand- the grand opening celebration was the very day after that on the 11th. The past few years we have celebrated our store’s birthday with “free record day” and have handed out free records. Today we want to do something to commemorate our store’s five year anniversary – so we are holding a *very* soft open in the store from 5:00 pm to 6:00 pm. We will continue to hold just the one hour of the store being open for the next week for those of you wanting to come by and take a peek at the new space. We will also of course have a limited selection of vinyl LPs, CDs, and a new line of Dumb Records shirts, sweatshirts, and jackets for sale. For those of you who do not know, our new location is at 418 E Monroe St.


P.S. – we will soon be updating our Black Sheep history page to tell an accurate timeline and series of events leading up to our move to our new downtown home.

P.S.S. – did you know that we have not missed a single day with Dumb Records’s Record Of The Night™ so far this year?!? It’s been a great way of showing some sort of progress on things we are doing with the new space.

P.S.S.S. – if you are not able to make it in the one hour the store is open, we are still selling records and CDs online through! Check out our discogs page right here. We will have an online store setup for Dumb Records merchandise set up very soon as well.

An Update: January 2nd, 2019


Hello! It’s been a minute since we’ve really used our website to post about anything that has been going on with our big move downtown. Now that we’ve got a new domain ( and are in a new year, we feel it is finally time to catch up a little bit!

Yes, we are completely moved out of the old locations of Dumb Records and Black Sheep in Southtown. The final shows this past month were all incredible. Thank you all who came out for any of those or who have supported us in any way. Money that was raised at those shows is going towards startup costs and building materials for the new space.

When will we be open? We only just started working in the new space a couple of days ago, and it will take time to get things exactly how we want them to be setup for our record store and show space. We would like to say that we will be open in some form or another by the end of this month, even if it is just a soft opening for the record store portion. It is likely that the store portion will be open in some form before we are able to have shows. We are still not putting anything on the calendar for shows.

If you are wanting to help, we have a private facebook group going covering discussion on what projects we are currently tackling in the new space. That is our best means of communicating to a group that wants to help right now. Work is being done on the space in some form or another every day right now. Our old group is just an all around group for “Springfield IL Area Shows” which we mean to cover shows going on in town elsewhere such as The Radon, Bar None, and CFP. All of those spots are currently hosting shows while we work on our new space.

We have just now re-launched our Discogs online store! This means that even though our store is closed right now, if you really want to you can order from us online! There might be a limited amount of items listed there now, but we are building it up every day. Some of you may have also noticed we printed new shirts with a re-vamped logo – there will be a separate online store launched for that and other merch very soon! Be on the lookout for that!

That’s it for now!

New Arrivals This Weekend At Dumb Records


It’s pretty much the weekend, right? What’s up with all this snow on the ground? We just told you about what’s going on for Black Friday Record Store Day in just about one week at Dumb Records, here we are again with what’s been new in the store this week. There is still a steady flow of hip hop and R&B 12″ singles from the 90’s and 00’s flowing in, also new this week the store has been starting to get a bunch of premium still sealed CDs of all different genres. Come on out to Black Sheep Band Lotto tomorrow night and see for yourself! Let’s look at the store’s hours for the next week and then get into what’s new:

Friday (show): noon – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday: noon – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: noon – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: noon – 8:00 pm
Thursday: [closed for Thanksgiving]
Friday (Black Friday): 8:00 am – 10:00 pm

Used LPs
Gary U.S. Bonds – Dedication
The Johnny Van-Zant Band – The Last Of The Wild Ones
Leon Russell – Life And Love
Mason Williams – Phonograph Record
Michael Stanley Band – Cabin Fever
Michael Stanley Band – Heartland
Peter Frampton – Wind of Change
Robin Trower – Live!
Rocky Burnette – The Sun of Rock And Roll
Ruth Brown – Softly
Santana – Marathon
Steve Winwood – Talking Back To The Night
Steve Windwood – Chronicles
Traffic – Heavy Traffic
WAR – All Day Music
Wishbone Ash – Locked In
Wishbone Ash – Hot Ash

Used 12” Singles
112 – Peaches & Cream
112 – Only You
Ali Vegas – It’s Time
Ali – Love Letters Remix
Case – Missing You
Cee-Lo – Gettin’ Grown
Celia Cruz – Ella Tiene Fuego Remixes
Chante Moore – Straight Up
Charli Baltimore – Hey Charli
Chronic 2000 – Still Smokin’
Chico DeBarge – Give You What You Want
Craig David – 7 Days
Coko – Sunshine
Complexions – Gangsta Blues / I Wanna Get To Know You
Cool Breeze – Cre-A-Tine
Common – I Got A Right Ta
Common – Come Close To Me
Crash – Raven / Street Cats
Crib Underground – Crib Underground
Crimewave – Think Big
Criminalz – Doing It Big / My Life
Da Brat – What’chu Like
Fatima – Crazy For You
Felecia – This Ain’t Livin Remixes
Field Mob – All I Know
Four Tops – Night Light Harmony
Freckles – Dance With Me
Funkmaster Flex & Big Kep – Ill Bomb / Communication
The Lox – Money, Power & Respect
The Lox – F*ck You
Major Figgas – Yeah That’s Us
Mister Tibbs – Sureshots
Onyx – Slam
Outsiderz 4 Life – College Degree
Rah Digga – Break Fool
Skee-Lo – At The Mall
Skooter Mac – Been Sooo Long

New CD’s
2Pac – Until The End of Time
Adema – Adema
Beach Boys – Concert
Bonnie Raitt – Fundamental
Boston – Corporate America
Brand New Immortals – Tragic Show
Brian Culbertson – After Hours
Built To Spill – Perfect From Now On
Chris Whitley – Rocket House
Count Basie – 1946-1947
Electronic – Raise The Pressure
Elton John – Caribou
Enigma – MCMCX a.D.
DJ Spooky – Optometry
Everlast – Eat At Whiteys
Face To Face – Ignorance Is Bliss
The Fugees – The Score
George Duke – Muir Woods Suite
The Goo Goo Dolls – Dizzy Up The Girl
Goo Goo Dolls – Superstar Car Wash
Gordon Lightfoot – Summer Side of Love
Huey Lewis And The News – Hard At Play
Jaco Pastorius – Jaco Pastorius
Jethro Tull – Stand Up
Joan Jett & THe Blackhearts – Notorious
John Hammond – Got Love If You Want It
John McLaughlin – The Heart of Things
Joni Mitchell – Blue
John Scofield – Quiet
Keith Sweat – Make It Last Forever
Keith Sweat – Keith Sweat
Miles Davis – Porgy And Bes
Miles Davis – You’re Under Arrest
Orbital – Back To Mine
Pat Metheny Group – Quartet
Peter, Paul and Mary – Late Again
R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
R.E.M. – Singles Collected
Shyheim – Manchild
Sun Ra – The Magic City
TLC – Fanmail
Tony Bennett – The Art of Romance
Various – Blue Roots Volume Three
Various – Deep Porn
Various – Trance
Weather Report – Black Market
Will Smith – Born To Reign

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


It’s Wednesday night and it’s been a minute since we’ve gotten in a new arrivals post for Dumb Records. Sorry. The record store (1107 South Grand East) has still been getting truckloads full of used hip hop singles every day, as well as plenty of other stuff. Expect a post on what the store is doing for Black Friday this year very soon. Let’s take a look at the store’s hours for the next week and then get into those new arrivals:

Thursday: noon – 8:00 pm
Friday: noon – 8:00 pm
Saturday (show): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday: noon- 8:00 pm
Tuesday: noon – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: noon – 8:00 pm

Used LPs
Albert Collins – Don’t Lose Your Cool
Albert King – I’ll Play The Blues For You
Barry White – I’ve Got So Much To Give
Basia – Time And Tide
Bootsy’s Rubber Band – This Boot Is Made For Fonk-N
Cat Stevens – Cat Stevens
The Chipmunks – Let’s All Sing With The Chipmunks
Creedence Clearwater Revival – Creedence Clearwater Revival
Curtis Mayfield And The Impressions – ABC Collection
Diana Ross & The Supremes – Superstar Series
Dru Hill – How Deep Is Your Love
Festival: America’s Musical Roots
Gato Barbieri – Ruby, Ruby
The Impressions – The Impressions
James Taylor – Never Die Young
John Stewart – California Bloodlines
Nancy Wilson – Music On My Mind
Natalie Cole – I Love You So
Queen Latifah – Order In The Court
Rod Stewart – Maggie May
Sam Cooke – This Is Sam Cooke
Stephen Stills – Stephen Stills
Styx – Man of Miracles
Sweet Comfort Band – Breakin’ The Ice
Tatyana Ali – Daydreamin’
The Temptations – Live!
Tim Weisberg – Tim Weisberg
Tim Weisberg – Hurtwod Edge
Triple Deep – Version 1.0
Various – Teensville

Used 12” Singles
112 – Come See Me Remix
Baby AKA The #1 Stunna – Looks Like A Job 4
Baby DC – Bounce, Rock, Skate, Roll
Bathgate – Fuck That
Billy Lawrence – Come On
Busta Rhymes – We Gon’ To Do It To Ya
Busta Rhymes / Mariah Carey – I Know What You Want
Charli Baltimore – Money
Charli Baltimore – Charli
Cherish – Miss P.
Cherokee – Nectarine
Chingo Bling – Walk Like Cleto
Chingy – Holiday Inn
Chingy – Right Thurr
Cleopatra – Cleopatra’s Theme
Coolio – Gangsta’s Paradise
Crooked I – Still Tha Row
Derek David – Jailhouse Rock
Dilated People – Worst Comes To Worst
DJ Quik – Hand In Hand
DMX – The Great Depression
DMX – Catz Don’t Know
Do Or Die – Playa Like Me
En Vogue – Riddle
Enchantte – I Like The Way (You Make Me Feel)
Gregory Abbott – Shake You Down
Jay-Z – Girls, Girls Girls / Takeover
Jaz-Z – Izzo (H.O.V.A.) / You Don’t Know
G. Dep – Special Delivery / Bad Boy For Life
Malik Yousef – The Great Chicago Fire
Marc Dorsey – If You Really Wanna Know
Mariah Carey – Boy (I Need You)
Mos Def – Ms. Fat Booty
Most Wanted – Jobs Jobs Jobs
Nas – One Mic / Rewind
Nelly – Dilemma / Air Force Ones
Nuff Ruffness – Spark’s Original Mix
Original P – Jump Up In The Air
Peter Brown – Burning Love Breakdown
Petey Pablo – I
Petey Pablo – Da Anthem / 919
Petey Pablo – I Told Y’all
Petey Pablo & Rasheeda – Vibrate
Professor Gruff – Blood Of The Profit
Puff Daddy – Do You Like It… Do You Want It
Rah Digga – Imperial / Do The Ladies Run This
Raheem DeVaughn – Until
Rahsun – Y’all Ain’t Crazy
Rahsun – I’ll Be Around
Ram Squad – Ballers (Up In Here)
Robert Miles – Children
Queen Latifah – Bananas
Queen Latifah – Paper
Royce Da 5’9” – You Can’t Touch Me
Styles P – GOod Times
The Theory – Wind It Up
TQ – Keep It On The Low
Usher – Pop Ya Colla
Vega – Let Me Get It
Will Smith – Will 2k
Willie Max – I’m Not Your Girlfriend

New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


It’s only been a few days since we’ve updated you with what’s new at Southtown record store Dumb Records, but here we are just a couple of days later with a fresh stack of wax to list off. Plenty of more used LPs and hip hop / R&B 12″ singles hitting the shelves once again this week. Let’s take a look at the store’s hours for the next week and then get into what’s new:

Wednesday (show): noon – 9:00 pm
Thursday: noon – 8:00 pm
Friday (show): noon – 8:00 pm
Saturday (show): 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Monday: noon – 8:00 pm
Tuesday: noon – 8:00 pm

Used LPs
April Wine – Love At THe El Mocambo
Badfinger – Straight Up
Bar-Kays – Injoy
Bob Dorough – Multiplication Rock
Damita Jo – The Big 15
Muddy Waters – King Bee
Nothing To Lose – Soundtrack
Patrick Hernandez – Born To Be Alive
Rod Stewart – Greatest Hits
Sade – Diamond Life
Samantha Sang – Emotion
Sammy Hagar – Three Lock Box
Sammy Hagar – All Night Long
Stevie Wonder – The Original Musiquarium I
Trapeze – Trapeze
Trooper – Trooper
Various – 20 Solid Gold Hits
Various – Gold Rush 79
Various – Soul Train: Super Tracks
Various – Yesterday’s Goodies

12” Singles
50 Cent – In Da Hood / 8 Mile Road
Archie Eversole – I Hear Ya Talkin’ / Rock Like What?
Black Rob – Thug Story / Lookin’ At Us
Bone Crusher – Take Ya Clothes Off
Bonafide Kings – Tick Tock
Boo & Gotti feat. Lil Wayne – Ain’t It Man
Boss Howg – Worldwide Renegades
Brandy – U Don’t Know Me
Brownsville Station – No BS
Buddha Monk – Spark Somebody Up / Warrior Chief
Busta Rhymes – Party Is Goin’ On Over Here
Busta Rhymes – Do The Bus A Bus
Busta Rhymes – Fire
Cap.One – Ladies & Willies
Capone-N-Noreaga – Reunion (LIve This Way)
Ciara – Get Up
Chico Debarge – Listen To Your Man
Club Nouveau – Ghetto Swang
Cypress Hill – Los Grandes Exitos En Espanol
Dante Thomas – Miss California
Dave Hollister – The Weekend
The Diplomats – Built This City
D.I.T.C. – Thick
EPMD – Check 1, 2 / Crossover
EPMD – Pioneers / Rap Is Still Outta Control
Grandaddy Souf – Savage Journey
Half-A-Mill – Still
Hangman 3 – Rap Star / Ya Feel Me
Kool G Rap – Fast Life
King T – Got It Locked
KRS-One / High-n-Mighty – Clear ‘Em Out / Rumble
MC Nas-D – Nas-D Style
Memphis Bleek – M.A.D.E.
Montell Jordan – Get It On Tonight
Naughty By Nature – Feel Me Flow
Naughty By Nature – It’s On
Naughty By Nature – Craziest
Naughty By Nature – Wicked Bounce
Naughty By Nature – Poverty’s Paradise
Newcleaus – Jam On It
Nutta Butta – Freak Out
Nice & Smooth – Sometimes I Rhyme Slow
Nice & Smooth – Boogie Down Bronx
Nice & Smooth – Jewel Of The Nile
Outkast – The Whole World
Rockin’ Sidney – My Toot Toot
Soul Assassins – When The Fat Lady Sings
Southernaire Allstars – I Believe
Tela – Bye! Bye! Hater! / Drugs
Temper – No Favors
T.I.P. – 2 Glock 9’s
Tina – Tipsy
WC – Flirt / Throw Ya Hood Up