NPR Illinois: “Businesses Worry Online Sales May Not Be Enough To Sustain Them”


We are in the news again! Today, NPR Illinois published an article – “Businesses Worry Online Sales May Not Be Enough To Sustain Them.” Although the title seams grim, we are very thankful for the amount of support we have been getting. Dumb Records owner Brian Galecki spoke with NPR about how even though our online sales are thriving right now, it still will be a while before we can host live events. A snippet from the article:

Brian Galecki, owner of Dumb Records in downtown Springfield, normally sells records and CDs, but since the pandemic hit, he’s been selling t-shirts online. He said his online sales have been strong.

“A big challenge in that still is that even with us doing well, we’re still going to be less than what we would be doing if our physical store is open,” Galecki said.

You can check out that full article online at the NPR Illinois site right here.

Again, we are very thankful for the amount of support we have been getting, and we feel we are in a good spot as of right now with our store keeping up with bills! We also are very grateful to anyone who donated to our GoFundMe campaign last month!

Videos From NPR Illinois Tiny Desk Concert Series in May at Anvil & Forge

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Maybe we are way late on posting this, but here it is. Way back in May NPR Illinois put on a special “Public Radio Week” at different locations downtown. Part of this included a “Tiny Desk Concert Series” show at Anvil & Forge on Washington Street. Bands that play included Kate The Band (pictured above), Looming, Jeff Williams, and Dexter Anodyne. We’ve got the video from Looming’s set on the player embedded below.

To see videos of all four sets, head on over to the NPR Illinois site right here.

NPR Illinois / Rachel Otwell Record Store Day at Dumb Records Audio Postcard


NPR Illinois reporter and friend Rachel Otwell was kind enough to do a short write-up and minute long “audio postcard” for Record Store Day now a little over one week ago at Dumb Records. The day ended up being the store’s biggest day in sales ever, and we were also featured on News Channel 20. You can check out Rachel’s audio-postcard where she talks to store volunteer Johari Idusuyi right here. From the NPR Illinois site:

At both Recycled Records and Dumb Records in Springfield, collectors lined up at the door in the early morning hours, in hopes of attaining the special releases they were after. At Dumb Records, I scored a live album from last year’s NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners, Tank and the Bangas. Over at Recycled Records, I found a limited re-release of works by keyboard/synthesizer legend Bernie Worrell, founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and sometimes member of Talking Heads (just to name a couple of projects he worked on.)

Dumb Records ordered in everything from Taylor Swift to Common to their usual punk/alternative/indie specialties like Courtney Barnett, Ben Kweller and Elvis Costello. (It should be noted, the store truly has a bit of everything even though its punk reputation precedes it.)