Forest Saints: “Orenda Dimension”

With all of his different recording projects, Mark Schwartz (End Times Trio, Forest Saints, Demons on Wheels, Tin Ghost, etc) is putting out albums at a faster rate than we can post about them! Today we bring you a brand new album by his psychedelic recording project Forest Saints. It’s a fifteen-track release entited Orenda Dimension and you can find it streaming on the player below. This would be the follow up to Forest Saints’ Pensive Innocents from late last year, and also is the 13th release from that project alone going off of what’s listed on the bandcamp page. You can also head on over to the Forest Saints bandcamp to stream all of that projects releases as well as purchase the downloads of all of the albums.

Mark was also a part of the project “Splendid Flunkys” along with Scott Faingold, which also put out an album at the start of June. We’ve got both of these releases on our Springfield album archive page now for 2021.

Prevention: “What Do You Say No To”

Today we bring you a hot new release from Springfield hardcore band Prevention! Four new tracks of heavier than ever hardcore. This new release is entitled What Do You Say No To and you can find it embedded on the player below. Head on over to Prevention’s bandcamp page to download the EP at your own price. Prevention also released Your Bad Habits in 2019. They don’t have any shows announced for right now but we hear they will very very soon. What’s that? No, we don’t know anything about them playing anywhere in town last night either.

We have added this one on to our Springfield album archive page and have a lot of catching up to do for 2021, whoops.

Dexter Anodyne: “Dexter Anodyne & The D. Sparrows”

Holy smokes there is a new album here for us to tell you about! This one is from Springfield musician (who maybe moved to Peoria and maybe moved back (?)) Dexter Anodyne. Dexter released her debut album Weeping Venus in 2019 and this one is Dexter Anodyne & The D. Sparrows which features a full band and probably goes in a much different direction than Weeping Venus! Check out the 12-track album streaming on the player embedded below. There is also a track featuring none other than Jeff Williams of NIL8! Head on over to Dexter’s bandcamp page to download the album at your own price and check out more of her music.

Getting this one added to our Springfield album archive page for 2021 lickety-split! We are sure we have some catching up to do on that! Oh hey wow this puts us at 600 releases we have kept track of total!

Reco Hill Presents “Dope 3” Mixtape

It’s happened again. Recording engineer and producer Reco Hill (also from “Reco On The Move”) has unleashed a brand new mixtape jam-packed with the best of best of the current names in local hip hop right here in the 217! This one is called “Dope 3” (following Dope 2 and Dope 1 in previous years). This one kicks off with an interview by Samara Brunt, then we have ten original tracks by ten local original artists, and a “farewell” at the end by Reco himself.

Dope 3 is streaming on a number of platforms including Apple Music and Anghami. We are also adding this one to the list for this year under our Springfield album archive page!

Kristin Walker “Etheric Bodies”

Okay, back to the new local music! This one is from Kristin Walker – featured on the cover of this month’s Activator Magazine – local musician and artist, formerly of bands Moondead and a few other full bands from the Black Sheep era. Kristin has released five songs under the title Etheric Bodies, which you can stream on the bandcamp player below. Pick up a copy of Activator Magazine to check out an interview with Kristin where she talks more about these songs! Also head on over to Kristin’s bandcap page where you can purchase the download of the songs and check out more of her music.

We are real slow to be adding to our Springfield album archive page for this year – but we are catching up and this one is number 10 for releases we have had featured on our site this year!

The After School Special “Last Of The Curlews”

Today we are bringing you a brand new release by a newer local act (at least new to us)! This is a duo called After School Special, who are an acoustic folk duo in town featuring Aasne Daniels and Jerry Setnicky. They play “a very wide variety of tunes from a host of artists and genres.” And guess what! They have a new 10-track album and we actually have copies available on CD in our record store. The album is called Last Of The Curlews. You can check out some of that on the youtube player embedded below. To find a link to stream the full album and more about the band, check out their website.

As the weather starts warming up and vaccines become more widely available we are going to start seeing some live shows popping up! After School Special actually does have a few lined up, and you can check out their facebook page to see what those are. We’ve also added their album onto our Springfield album archive page for this year, bringing us to 7 local releases we have kept track of (and there are many, many more we need to catch up with).

Robot Army: “2021 EP”

Okay, more local music! Do y’all like to rock? Well we are pretty sure Robot Army from Taylorville does, and they are here with a brand new 2021 EP featuring 5 new tracks of their metal / punk / rock music. As far as we can tell, this release is streaming on spotify online right here and also on youtube music right here! Oh, and even another site right here! None of those we could find to embed into our website post though, sorry.

We do not have physical copies of this EP in the store at Dumb Records (sorry if the picture is misleading)! We are adding this one to our list of 2021 local releases on our Springfield album archive page!

Arlin Peebles: “Someone Else’s Dream”

In case you were not already aware by see in the cover of this month’s Activator Magazine (found all over town) – local singer / songwriter Arlin Peebles has a brand new 5-song EP out. And it’s real nice. Arlin’s newest release is called Someone Else’s Dream and it was recorded down in Carbondale during this pandemic. You can stream some of that on the youtube player embedded below. Also head over to Arlin’s bandcamp page to find more of his music. From Arlin’s blog:

My new EP “Someone Else’s Dream” is entering its final phase and I hope to have it released by the end of the year. It’s been over a year in the making with lots of help from my friend Kevin Ohlau. It was a really fun process to make this record. I recorded the guitar and vocal parts at home and then took my mobile recording rig down to Carbondale to have Kevin fill in the cracks. He added piano, bass, organ, sax, backing vocals, drums and whatever else we could find laying around his studio. It really pays to have your best friend be a talented multi-instrumentalist. We did this all in January and February before the virus hit and I’ve been mixing and mastering at home ever since. There were a couple tracks that weren’t quite finished so I sent the files down to Kevin and he’s recording them as I type.

We are adding this one as the sixth release we have kept track of so far for 2021 on our Springfield album archive page.

Tin Ghost: “Love & War”

Good morning! We’ve still got a lot of catching up to do on local music that has been released this year in Springfield. Here is the first one (?) (we have kept track of anyways) of Mark Schwartz’s projects to release an album this year. That is the experimental folk project “Tin Ghosts” here with a brand new album called Love & War. It’s a whole whopping 23 tracks and you can stream it on the player embedded below. You can purchase the download of this album on the Tin Ghost bandcamp page, as well as check out more music.

Of course we have added this one on to our Springfield album archive page for the year 2021.

Imaginary Colours: “Subnivean”

Whoops! We have a lot of catching up to do as far as what’s been released for local music so far this year, in the year 2021. Here we go trying to catch up a little bit. Here is a new one for solo instrumental ambient / electronic project – Imaginary Colours with a new five track release that came out right at the start of the year called Subnivean. You can check that out streaming on the player below. Also head on over to the Imaginary Colours bandcamp page where you can purchase the download of the release or check out more music!

Here we go again trying to keep a list of what all local releases have came out this year. This puts us at 2 for the year on our Springfield album archive page!