There is so much going on for us today that it’s going to be impossible to get it all covered in one website post (but we are making sure we do get a post up)! Today of course is national Record Store Day – and this is our fifth or sixth year participating as a store. For this day hundreds of exclusive limited pressings are released to the world. We ordered most of them. Find that whole list on the Record Store Day website here. Our store opens up at 8:00 am and is open 9:00 pm or later. Don’t forget we are located at 418 E Monroe Street downtown now. Foamed Up from the mall will be giving out free coffee. 100.5 WYMG will be broadcasting live. Find a facebook event here.
Then also there is a show happening tonight next door to at “Bread Stretchers” kicking off at 7:00 pm. For this one we are excited for touring band Parkway & Columbia to be coming through. They will be joined by local groups Stick People, Kate The Band, and Heck. Find a facebook event for that one here. Admission for that is $5. WQNA will be broadcasting live from our store around that time and will also be broadcasting the show live on air!
We are going to start going a *little* wild with these Bread Stretchers show announcements over here… get ready. This one is happening a week from tomorrow – Monday, April 15th. For this show we have acoustic act “I Was My Biggest Mistake” from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. You can stream some of the music for that on the player below. Then there’s a few opening acts! We have Jessica Knight of the band Looming lined up. Also local solo act Flunkie is on the bill. Opening things up is newer Springfield group – “Blushe” – who will be playing their second show ever for this! Their first was one of the last Black Sheep shows back in December.
This one starts at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also check out our Bread Stretchers shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Bread Stretchers in the near future!
We are thrilled to be once again featured in SJ-R related publication Springfield’s Own Magazine with the article “Dumb Move” in the March/April issue which just recently came out hot off the presses. The article was written by Adam Nicholson and talks with Dumb owner Brian Galecki on the big dumb move to our new downtown location and how everything has been going with that so far. From the article:
Commensurately, downtown might stand to benefit from Dumb Records’ distinctive brand of levity in the face of business — one literally glaring example of being the backlit, storefront-wide poster of a rubbery, wrinkled old man’s face that has been staring out at Monroe Street from the Dumb Records windows since January, before the store officially opened its doors.
“It was a last-minute thing,” Galecki says of the garish fascinator–his idea— “and I’m very happy. I wouldn’t have done it any way different, looking back on it. It was perfect. And it’s still there. We’re having fun with it. We’re having fun with the announcement of us moving. And it’s also the way we ran our business in Southtown. Dumb Records: we kind of live up to the name a lot of the time. We’re not afraid to do things that other businesses would look at and call dumb. Like Free Record Day, just what it sounds like, or blowing up a 15-foot orange ball in front of the store. All sorts of goofy stuff. Doing that face and everything, it was just like taking that with us. I’ve been told that maybe this is the more grown-up version of Black Sheep and Dumb Records in some ways, but at the same time, we want to show that we’re not afraid to still be fun and do ridiculous stuff.”
You can find copies of Springfield’s Own Magazine for the full article for sale at Barnes And Noble, Quik N Eazy, or HyVee.
Our friends over at HISO Music, which recently opened up their facility near the corner of 5th and South Grand are hard at work doing cool things. Earlier this year they launched a new Springfield based web series called “The Meeting.” Maybe somewhat similar to things you might have seen on “The Studio Show” (put on by a different group in a building on South Grand), “The Meeting” is a fictional series about a music and entertainment company called “SOHI” starting off and overcoming obstacles together (maybe similar to what HISO music is).
So far there have been four episodes released, and the plan has been for new episodes to continue coming out every Monday. Check out those episodes on the HISO Music site right here.
Today we bring you a brand new music video from local hip hop artist a part of HISO Music – RJC. The video is for his song “Deep End” and features none other than Scott Faingold (Activator Magazine, Epsom), filmed on the ramps of Skank Skates. Wild! As you can see in the photo above, Scott plays the roll of a man who’s been kidnapped. Check out the full video below. The video was shot by Visual Paradise and edited by Twenty One Seven Studios.
Check out more Springfield music videos from over the years on our Vids/Pics page.
Oh goodie! What a great show last night, we are now down to six shows left at Black Sheep including the open mic that is happening tonight. Tonight is the very last open mic we will be hosting in the space! If you want one last time to perform inside the original Black Sheep location now is your chance! Poetry, spoken word, magic acts, anything goes! (Just no full bands please). Here is what we have for a schedule right now:
10:15-10:30 – (open)
10:00-10:15 – (open)
9:45-10:00 – (open)
9:30-9:45 – Vontrez Trezo Hunter
9:15-9:30 – Nick Demarco
9:00-9:15 – Matthew Hileman
8:45-9:00 – (open)
8:30-8:45 – Pureheart
8:15-8:30 – Gerald Lee Torch Cole Jr.
8:00-8:15 – Walker Dial
7:45-8:00 – Vivax Darastrix
7:30-7:45 – Emasculate Regression
7:15-7:30 – (open)
7:00-7:15 – (open)
As you can see, there are plenty of open slots to be claimed. To claim them, post in the Black Sheep facebook event or just come out to the show!
We will be asking for $1-5 donations at this to go towards our big move. Check out the full list of shows we have left lined up at Black Sheep right here.
Surely this year wouldn’t be complete without Brandon Carnes (Looming, Southtown Studio, Diaper Rash, Big Storm, Midnight Fall, etc) releasing some new music in the form of a new project of some sort. Last year Brandon was responsible for releasing a demo for a new project called “Night Night Boy“, which ended up playing one show ever at Black Sheep. This past week Brandon was at it again with a brand new project called “Lullafy” – with a 4-song release being a description of the project: “Emo For Babies”. From what we hear, adults like this too! The release includes four cover renditions of songs by Looming, American Football, and Mock Orange. You can find it streaming on the player below. Head over to the Lullafy bandcamp page to download this at your own price.
You better believe that Lullafy is in the running in our Best of Springfield Music 2018 poll, which is still running for a few days now through the 13th. It’s also listed in our big Springfield Music archive.