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!

The Dixie Narcos: “Godin Drag EP”

Jacksonville-based psychedelic band The Dixie Narcos have just unleashed a new three-song surprise EP right at the end of the year! That EP is called Godin Drag, and you can find it on youtube, or streaming on the player embedded below.

The Dixie Narcos also released TWO full length albums earlier this year – Nantucket 1: Mr. Nantucket and Nantucket 2: Charley. (We have definitely lost count of how many albums or releases this band has total at this point). We have added this one to our Springfield album archive list, bringing us to 92 releases we have kept track of so far this year.

Forest Saints: “The Pensive Innocents”

Good morning everyone! Yes, today we have yet another release from Mark Schwartz recording project, “Forest Saints.” This is the second release under the project of that name of this year for Mark, and it is called The Pensive Innocents. You can stream all 24 tracks of this album on the player below. Also head over to the Forest Saints bandcamp page where you can purchase the digital download of the album and hear more music.

Mark has remained very active putting out music under his own name, and also projects Demons On Wheels, Forest Saints, and Tin Ghost throughout the year. We’ve also included this one in our Springfield album archive as we gear up for our Best of Springfield Music 2020 poll which will be kicking off very soon!

DreTheGuy: “The FALLow Up”

Happy Friday everybody, T.G.I.F., and here’s a dose of local hip hop for you to get ready for the weekend! This is a new new album from local artist DreTheGuy, who may have recently re-located for a job in Oklahoma involved with studio recording. This new album of his is entitled The FALLow Up, and it is the follow up to last year’s Lapis Effect. You can stream all of The FALLow Up on the player embedded below. Also find links to listen to the album on many many other online streaming services right here.

We have added this one to our Springfield album archive page as we are getting ready to launch our big end of the year music poll, this one bringing us to 67 local releases we have kept track up so far this year.

Bonards: “Mask To Protect”

Here’s a wild and wacky new local release – it’s actually been out for a while – we picked up copies on CD for our store somewhere around the 1st or 2nd wave of the pandemic even. Here we are in the third wave telling you about Mask To Protect by The Bonards. What a wonderful gift we have here. This is an 18-track album by this duo which features members of some other long running Springfield punk bands you may or may not be familiar with. Check out that album streaming on the youtube player below. Mask To Protect can be found on Apple Music, Deezer, or Youtube Music.

We have also added this one to our Springfield album archive page, bringing us to 57 local releases we have kept track of so far this year.

Church The Voice: “Cloud Mine EP”

Here’s another local release that came out about a month or so ago! This is “Church The Voice,” local hip hop artist, and one of those featured in the recent “Freshman Class 2020 Cypher Series” put together by Reco Hill and his series “Reco On The Move” which was shot earlier this pandemic in our venue space. Church The Voice has released a new six-track EP entitled Cloud Mine, and you can check that out on the youtube player embedded below.

For more Church The Voice, check out his youtube channel. We have added this one to our Springfield Album Archive, bringing us to 56 local releases we have kept track of so far this year.