Hospital Job: “Covers”


Springfield / Chicago based pop punk band Hospital Job have surprised us all with a release of four new recordings on their bandcamp page under the title Covers. The four songs are different covers of songs originally by Old 97s, Woody Guthrie / Wilco / Billy Bragg, Ryan Adams, and Blaze Foley. Check those out streaming on the player below. These set up covers are also being released for a good cause during these times. From the Hospital Job bandcamp:

Covers of some of my favorite songs. 100% of money collected will go to Direct Relief. I will also match the funds, giving the same amount to Protezione Civile, the Italy national emergency service, so please give if you can.

Head on over to the Hospital Job bandcamp page and pay what you want to go towards the cause.

Hospital Job don’t have any shows lined up… but neither does anybody right now!

Dumb Records Participating In Annual Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade This Saturday


Here we are, one year later, using the exact same flier that we made for the downtown Springfield St. Patrick’s Day Parade last year. We are once again participating in the downtown parade that is happening this Saturday at noon downtown, and being pulled by the Miles T Shirts van. What’s different this year? Our elephant is supposed to be completely fixed with a brand new coat of paint! So that should be exciting! Check out the parade route on the parade website right here.

Throughout all of this, our store will be open at 418 E Monroe during its regular hours of 10:00 am to 8:00 pm all day on Saturday. Actually no wait! We’ll be open even later than that because we got a show going on that night!

Tours: Gumm and Prevention


Here is a nice little post to know that your local straight-edge hardcore band Prevention will be hitting the road later on in March along with the band “Gumm” from Chattanooga, Tennessee. You can check out those dates on the tour flier above, and if that’s not good enough for you we’ve typed them out below.

March 10th – Springfield, IL at Dumb Records
March 11th – Kansas City, MO at Parker 2
March 12th – Omaha, NE at Reverb Lounge
March 13th – Minneapolis, MN at Caydence
March 14th – Milwaukee, WI at Sky High Skateshop
March 15th – Indianapolis, IN at Atomic Bowling

You can stream music from both bands on players below. And as you can see, the kickoff for this tour is right here at Dumb Records on Tuesday, March 10th. The lineup for that show includes Prevention, Gumm, Direct Measure, Bull Cult, and Black Box.

Dirty Da Don: “Project Legendary 5 Built 4 This”


Today we bring you a brand new album from one of the acts performing at our big hip hop show lined up tomorrow night (hopefully the weather should be warmer by then). That is long time running local rapper Dirty Da Don, who is back at it with a new album called Project Legendary 5 Built 4 This. The album is streaming in full on Audiomack right here. Is the embedded player going to work for that site?? Looks like it does! Stream the album on the player below.

Looks like this is going to be local release #501, added on to this year to our Springfield album archive page! Don’t forget Dirty Da Don is also performing at our space tomorrow night (Saturday) along with six other artists who have not yet performed at our new space downtown.

Ricki Marvel: “The Prisoner”


Here we are today to bring you another release from a local artist that has come out already this year in the year 2020. That is Ricki Marvel‘s new album, The Prisoner. You can stream that full album on the bandcamp player below or find it on bandcamp right here where you can also purchase the download. Here is a description of the album from Ricki’s bandcamp page:

This was written and recorded on cassette tape during an 18 month period of time. The goal was to make the process as free as possible. This means no deadline, no pressure, no genre, and definitely no dread. The result is a labor of love. A snapshot of my emotions and self reflection leading up to me realizing I am transgender.

Keep your eyes and ears peeled for any Ricki Marvel shows coming up at our space being announced at some point soon. We are also adding this one on to our Springfield album archive page for the year 2020, it’s our second release for this year!

Our Top Posts From 2019

Is it too late for top 2019 posts? Yes? We are already over half way through January? Okay. Well, just in case anybody out there cares, we were looking at what our most viewed website posts were in the year 2019 and we thought we’d share with the class. Here, we’ll just do the top ten and list them out for you. We’ll link each article too.


1. “Good Heart Tattoos” Coming Next Door To Dumb Records Later This Fall

This did indeed happen, and Benny of Good Heart Tattoos has been our neighbor next door since his grand opening back in early November. The announcement was made back in September.

2. Vote In Our Best of Springfield Music 2019 Year End Poll!!

(Posted on December 8th, 2019) Our year-end poll is a hit every year, and hundreds of you participated in this one yet again! The results we’re posted until early this year so those are 2020 posts we guess (sorry).

3. Best of Springfield Music 2018: Songs

(Posted on January 4th, 2019) Ha! Well there you have it! Now we are talking about a year that is now two years ago! Part of our Best-Of results from 2018.


4. WQNA FM Community Radio Ending After 40 Years

(Posted on August 8th, 2019) Well, this is a sad one. And it’s especially sad because a few months after this the plug was pulled without warning at the studio and the station license was officially sold to a Catholic Radio group, and 88.3 WQNA as we knew it remains off air. A lot of people come into our store asking us for updates on where Springfield Community Broadcasters (the group of DJ’s) are at with acquiring any sort of new license or getting back on air. Their live stream is in fact back up online right here, but there still have been no updates on anything with a new station being obtained yet.

5. Illinois Times Best Of Springfield 2019 Nominee Voting Has Begun

(Posted on August 10th, 2019) The Illinois Times Best Of’s are a big deal to a lot of local businesses and people every year. Sometimes people go wild over trying to get those votes. It turns out we must have gotten some votes, because we were awarded winner of the “New Business Downtown” category.

6. Our List of Expected Record Store Day Releases

(Posted on March 28th, 2019) Every year in April, Record Store Day for us constantly ends up being our biggest day, and constantly shatters the record for previous years. With this being our first Record Store Day downtown, we went all out for this one. We carried close to 2/3rds of the total releases that came out this day (which is hundreds of titles), and had our biggest day ever by far. We are excited for the upcoming Record Store Day to be even bigger for us than the last! (Which is happening Saturday, April 18th by the way, mark your calendars)

7. Best of Springfield Music 2018: Albums/Releases #1-10

(Posted on January 6th, 2019) What do you know, it’s another part of our best of 2018 series.


8. We Are Searching For Sponsors To Make A Really Big Show At Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s Happen This September.

(Posted on July 3rd, 2019) This was an interesting one, where we were attempting to pull off a huge show with the help of local sponsors for a big international act that we couldn’t announce just yet. Turns out this post ended up being bigger than the actual announcement! Probably because it got everyone scratching their heads trying to figure out who it was. Who was it??? It was Shonen Knife, from Japan! Yes we were successful in pulling off this show, it recently made it to the list of top shows of 2019!


9. Kate The Band: “Wine & Dine” / “Starry Eyes”

(Posted on June 12th, 2019) Interesting to see a local band’s release end up on this list! It makes sense for this one, because Kate The Band approached us about exclusively releasing the songs from our site, which we were more than happy to do! The two songs are also great – they made it on to our best songs of 2019 AND best releases of 2019!


10. Thank You To All Who Helped Make Last Night Possible!

(Posted on October 1st, 2019) Haha ohhhh, this one was about Shonen Knife playing at Rock N’ Roll Hardee’s. What a successful night indeed, we estimated somewhere between 400 and 500 people out there in the crowd, and then we pulled off an aftershow at our space featuring the band Slingshot Dakota from Ohio.

Best of Springfield Music 2019: Albums/Releases #1-10


Here we are with the grand finale of our Best of Springfield Music 2019 series – your top voted Springfield albums / releases of the past year! We are here today to bring you your top ten picks, numbers 1 through 10. As will our other lists, each entry has a little write-up by different members of the Springfield music community. Thanks to everyone who helped do write-ups for the whole series! And again, all of these results are published in this month’s issue of Activator Magazine with is available for free at our store and different locations around town. Let’s get to it!

#1. Chance Reiniesch – People Pleaser
Well I may not be Chance’s target market, at least I can fit the description of “stained white t-shirt” in the album’s opening lines, but that’s about it. I missed out on the packed crowd when this album was debuted at Dumb Records this year. Fortunately for me, it’s readily available on Spotify. Obviously Chance is very talented and certainly sounds to me like major pop star material. Natural vocal abilities abound throughout the album with some added interesting effects that are not overdone. Although the album is relatively short, it certainly showcases Chance’s abilities. From the pop standard material “Divine” and “Cloudz” to the acoustic duet “Hit n Run” and ending on an epic note with a very earnest “Tranquility”, and oh those strings! Production on this album is rich but doesn’t feel overproduced which is very easy to do in this genre. I expect this is only the beginning for this young vocalist virtuoso, and one heck of a start.
– Jeff Black (The Radon Lounge / Dumb Records)

The dedication and hard work that has been put into Chance’s latest release, People Pleaser, is unmatched. Chance’s voice is raw with emotion and each lyric paints a picture. The beautiful but unique production behind each song sends chills down my spine. Chance doesn’t just sing a song; he tells a story and captivates the hearts of listeners. People Pleaser has the right mix of everything you could want in an album.
Juliann Hendricks

#2. Dexter Anodyne – Weeping Venus
Like the stomping of smoke or the fierce whirlwind of a million flapping butterfly wings, Weeping Venus comes out of nowhere with ethereal beauty and grace yet with the power and determination of a Midwestern blizzard.  Tracks such as “Recurring Dreams” and “Ghosts” are gentle yet firm soundscapes that nestle you peacefully into the artfully chosen lyrics and encourage you to howl into the night along with Dexter. Weeping Venus as an album is magnificent and singular.  As an experience, it’s essential and should be seen as one of the most important Springfield albums of the last decade.
– Ian Winterbauer (local poet, Vachel Lindsay Association)

#3. Vincent Sebastian – Interference
Vincent Sebastian’s album, Interference, is a piece of work that demands a second listen. The production of each track is intricate, but not overdone. His lyrics are unapologetic and tell a story in a way that every listener can understand. However, the most impressive aspect of this project is its ability to connect each track flawlessly without sounding monogamous.  Overall, Interference is an impressive release.
– Chance Reiniesch

#4. Lick Creek – Too Damn Country
This is the third release for this Springfield Illinois based outlaw country band. Released June 14, 2019 it is a blend of country and southern rock with a touch of blues. Title track “Too Damn Country” is an easy to like outlaw country song while “Big Dogs” switches gears to swampy blues. Check out “Mississippi” for some great vocal harmonies from lead singers Lance Stone and Maddie Brown. All in all a great effort and production, definitely worth checking out.
– James Schroyer (The Rick Mari Band)

#5 Ty Witty – For When It Rains
Continuing a streak of successful singles and releases over the last couple years, Ty Witty continues to grow and perfect his craft, working across varying genres to great success and growing his fanbase of dedicated listeners and hardcore followers. FWIR is a departure from the more hip-hop tinged singles of recent fare, although that element is still in attendance, and the sensitive, vulnerable nature of Ty Witty is put in the forefront, and this release sees him playing with more melodic and pop-influenced tracks. Ty puts forth an effusive and honest release that fulfills the promise of its title while offering a worthy addition to any playlist, opening a portal to the experiences and tribulations that encompass his existence while painting a striking portrait of what could have been and will come to pass in this chaotic world.
– Ken Pacha (Hiphop Humpday, Activator Magazine)

#6. Foam Fangers – Trash Talk And Taco Trucks EP
“Trash Talk and Taco Tracks” harkens back to The sounds and feel of West Coast Punk in the 80s. Fast songs and angry lyrics about being mistaken for a celebrity (Chum Lee), finding food (Taco Truck) and censorship (Uncensored). FFO: skate videos, early Black Flag, Circle Jerks
– John EP (The Complaint Line)

#7. Spiff – Yellow Kelso
On the first of October this year, Springfield’s local rap artist Spiff released his fourth full-length album, Yellow Kelso. This new release from Spiff displays the artist writing richly emotional songs for a quieter, more meditative space. With Yellow Kelso’s unobtrusive instrumentation, the album itself could be mistaken for background music. But then Spiff’s voice enters, and then the overall quietness turns into a soft spotlight, capturing attention. Many tracks feel minimalistic, with only the plain strumming of an electric guitar or foggy atmospherics left behind. But they mesmerize. Even a song like “Blue Summit”, which sounds straight forward with its shards of silvery chords and midtempo beat, eventually turns into an unexpected shredding solo before ending with what sounds like a dream heard underwater. “Blue Summit” is not an anomaly, it is Yellow Kelso’s centerpiece. “Blue summit, top of the mountain, they said check the view but don’t plummet”, he sings on “Blue Summit”, the sixth track from Yellow Kelso. This song proves to be a whirlwind of calmness and serenity. Aside from the heady, exotic lyrics, this track’s unique instrumentation will have listeners wanting to keep “Blue Summit” on repeat. This album contracts itself at nearly every turn. It’s sparseness suggests that a person in a small apartment with only a keyboard and a guitar and thoughts for company. But it isn’t just anyone emoting from the abyss, it’s Spiff. In his possession, such intimacy displayed from this album attracts the ear, raises hair, and ceases heartbeats. These songs are not for rebellion, but they still serve a purpose. They are about everyday lives, about the feat of just existing, which is a statement in its own right. Listen to Spiff’s Yellow Kelso on all available streaming platforms.
Zack Goriszewski

#8. Deezy Da Paperboy / Cornbread – Kush Kollabs
When two of the heavyweights of the 217 hip-hop scene come together on a project to combine their styles and unique outlooks, you know you’re in for something special and Trash Pandacoot and The Midwest Miracle do not disappoint with their collaborative EP Kush n’ Kollabs. While birthed from their desire to make a smoke session tape with the five tracks functioning as their “5 On It,” Bread and Deezy put their considerable talents on display with lyricism and skillful wordplay taking center stage over beats created out of Superior Sounds Studios that set a tone of of pure bliss, serving notice that there’s more to be found here than just songs about getting high. Those familiar with the solo work of the Trash Panda and Da Paperboy know they always deliver the goods and they do that and more on this outstanding effort. Kush n’ Kollabs is aptly named, with 217 greats Meezy Killafield, Kool Krew, JunioR Pasáre and Jayy Wills joining in on the fun and lending their considerable talents to an EP that offers a glimpse of the collective brilliance this group of artists has to offer, showcasing just how much talent is regularly overlooked in the central Illinois area.
– Ken Pacha (Hiphop Humpday, Activator Magazine)


#9. Master Bastard – Drinking With Children
There’s no question that Master Bastard is familiar with excellent guitar work, and Drinking with Children is a great example. The Intro to their album is 2 1/2 minutes of lyric-less solid, heavy riffs that will get you nodding your head without realizing it. In my opinion the group lends very talented heavy metal skills to a punk/alternative album, as exemplified by the track Breakdown of the Century. Indeed, some songs may pleasingly manifest what would happen, say, if Bad Religion had more guitar chops- or the Deftones were more punk. Catchy lyrics on tracks like Joose and Crimson Teeth (as well as the aforementioned Breakdown of the Century) will bubble up in your mind days after listening, while in-your-face tracks like Roadster definitely command replay value. Although the vocal melodies might not be incredibly creative, the guitar work and song composition skills more than make up for it.
Brian Tippy (Legacy of Giving Music Festival)


#10. Kate The Band – Wine & Dine / Starry Eyes
Wine & Dine sounds like two slices of pent-up 2 a.m. energy, uncoiling in a desperate attempt to find some meaning in life before the morning spoils it all. A soundtrack to outrunning your troubles while you can, it evokes the gentle rawness of the Pixies’ quieter moments. BJ Pearce’s tight snare and rolling fills build tension and momentum, while Jessica Knight’s low end reminds you of the constant murmur of your heart. On top of it all is Kate Laine’s guitar, a wash of starry arpeggios and glimmering harmonics, and her voice, the border between the excitement of endless possibilities and the pain of the ticking clock.
– Mark Beanblossom (Idle Oath)