New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


Happy Tuesday everyone. We are back at it again with another round of new and used LPs and CDs! Not as many CDs this week, as we have slowed down a bit on getting those entered into the inventory as we try to catch up with all of these online orders and work on some secret projects in our space for whenever we can open back up! Don’t forget that our online store and over 5,000 CDs and LPs are listed on our Discogs site right here, and you can check out our Storenvy page for our Dumb Records t-shirts and merch. And don’t forget to check out facebook page daily for some sweet “Deals-of-the-Day,” those have been coming in hot! Okay, here is what’s new this week!

New LPs
A Tribe Called Quest – We Got It From Here
B.B. King – King Of The Blues
Black Sabbath – Live From The Ontario Speedway Park 1974
Dean Martin – Cha Cha De Amor
Elmore James – The Definitive Elmore James
The Kitchen Cinq – We Got It From Here
Shabazz Palaces – The Don of Diamond Dreams
The Skatalites – The Skatalites Play Ska
Various – Music of Indonesia

Used LPs
Bikini Gospel – Happy
Bobby Vee – Bobby Vee
Cat Power – Moon Pix
Charley Pride – Make Mine Country
Charlie Rich – His Super Hits
Chubby Checker – All The Hits (For Your Dancin’ Party)
Domenico Modugno – A Sicilian In Paris
Eddie Rabbitt – Eddie Rabbitt
Erroll Garner Trio – The Most Happy Piano
Foghat – Night Shift
Heaven – Bent
Jackson 5 – Jackson 5 Christmas Album
John Klemmer – Touch
Johnny Lee – Greatest Hits
Johnny Lee – Lookin’ For Love
Loretta Lynn – Making Love From Memory
Loretta Lynn – You’re Lookin’ At Country
Luigi Boccherini – String Quartets
Manfred Mann’s Earth Band – Watch
Mantovani And His Orchestra – Mantovani Magic
Merle Haggard – Songs I’ll Always Sing
The Michael Schenker Group – Built To Destroy
Miles Davis – Porgy And Bess
The Music Man – Original Soundtrack
Neil Sedaka – A Song
Neil Young – American Stars N’ Bars
Nullstadt – Flesh
Ossian – Dove Across The Water
Peter Frampton – Wind of Change
The Peter Pan Chorus – Songs From Sesame Street Vol. 3
Pousette-Dart Band – Never Enough
Preservation Hall Jazz Band – When The Saints Go Marchin’ In
Roger Miller – King Of The Road
Ronco Records – Superstars
Searchers – Searchers’ Smash Hits Vol. 2
Shaun Davey – Granuaile
Slices – Still Cruising
Styx – Killroy Was Here
Talking Heads – Talking Heads: 77
The Turtles – Happy Together
Various – The Be-Bop Era
Various – Big Band Stereo
Various – Remember How Great?
Various – Rockin’ On

12” Singles
Fearless Four – After Tonight
Funky Four – Do You Want To Rock
Melle Mel & Duke Bootee – Message II (Survival)
Pheave – Motorcycle

New CDs
Boards of Canada – Twoism
Frank Sinatra – Come Swing With Me!
Frank Sinatra – Everything Happens To Me
Nasir Jones – God’s Son
Steve Wariner – Faith In You
Tammy Wynette – Anniversary: Twenty Years of Hits
Tony Bennett – Playin’ With Friends
Warren Zevon – Excitable Boy
Wreckx-N-Effect – Hard or Smooth

Tin Ghost: “Galleons of Time”


Happy Mothers Day everyone. Today we bring you some more new local music during these times of quarantine from another local solo project. That is yet another album by Tin Ghost, the solo project of Mark Schwartz, who also performs in End Times Trio, and has other projects by the names of Demons on Wheels, and Forrest Saints, and his latest release was just a solo album, Mark Schwartz on Guitar. This new Tin Ghost album is called Galleons of Time and it is a whopping 19 tracks. Find a player for this one embedded below, or head over to the Tin Ghost bandcamp page where you can purchase the download of the album.

We are also adding this one to our Springfield album archive page, bringing us to release number 17 that we have kept track of so far this year.

Local Drags: “The Well”


Looks like local pop punk group Local Drags have released a brand new song as a part of a musical quarantine series put together by Something To Do Records out of Seattle Washington. The series is called “Something To Do Music For Something To Do People” and the Local Drags song is the 20th installment of the series. You can check it out on the Something To Do bandcamp page, or stream that sucker on the player below.

Local Drags released their full length album, Shit’s Lookin’ Up last year, and also The Boys Are Still In Town 7″ this past fall.

May Issue of Activator Magazine Available (We Are Sending With Orders)


It’s another month, and another issue of Activator Magazine is here – and this time the print issue is back! Of course this month is different, with our physical store and many other locations Activator is usually available for free being closed. We plan on distributing the magazine ourselves by sending it out with most of our curbside pickup and delivery orders while we have copies available! Some other local spots are doing the same (check the Activator facebook page), there is also a newsstand outside of Penny Lane that has free copies that you can pull up and grab.

This issue features local musician Dexter Anodyne on the cover. It also features various interviews with local musicians on what they are doing during this pandemic while normal live shows aren’t an option. There are also album reviews, more interviews with Square of the Roots, Rings, Stick People, Courtboy, and much more. No live music calendar this time around though, sorry.

The “Restore Illinois” 5-Phase Plan And What It Might Mean For Us

Screen Shot 2020-05-07 at 11.34.47 AM

Earlier this week our governor and neighbor through the alleyway, JB Pritzker issued a detailed 5-phase plan to re-opening the state following the spread of the pandemic, called “Restore Illinois.” The full plan can be found right here on the state’s coronavirus response website.

Out of these 5-phases, we are currently on phase 2, and switched over to that phase at the start of this month. What does phase 2 mean for our store and venue space? Just that we are officially able to do deliveries and curbside pickup for orders as a non-essential business, which we are currently doing.

Phase 3 is the next phase, and that happens once the number of coronavirus cases has been stable or declining. For us, this phase means non-essential retail shops (our record store) can open back up. The earliest this phase can happen is May 29th. Also in this phase gatherings of people are limited to no more than 10. (So, we would also probably limit the number of people in our store to that).

Phase 4 happens when the number of patients being admitted to hospitals continues to decline. It is looking like the earliest this phase may happen right now is the end of June. That is when bars and sit-down dining in restaurants can open back up. Gatherings of 50 or fewer people are permitted at that point.

Phase 5 is the last phase and that only happens once there is a vaccine or highly effective treatment available. It’s very unclear how far off that may be. Once we are at this phase we can finally officially have live music events or festivals with no restrictions on gatherings of people.

While this mapping out of phases is a good thing to have, and gives us a look at what we have to look forward to – we are still going to make careful consideration on re-opening our store and venue on our own after each phase is hit. Wether or not we can “technically” have shows might be in question once we are in phase 4, but it might be safest for us to wait until we are in phase 5 to make that call ourselves. These are still uncertain times for us, and we want to make the best decisions we can moving forward with safety in mind.

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!

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


Happy Tornado Drill Tuesday, everyone :’-). Will this be the last Tornado Drill Tuesday of the quarantine? Who knows, but let’s enjoy it. Today we have a list of records and CDs we have recently gotten in at Dumb Records – it’s not as long as past weeks because we’ve been doing a lot of work behind the scenes working on … projects to be announced later on, and we have also been doing a LOT of work this past week delivering and shipping out many shirts, CDs, and records. Let’s take a look at what we have this week – don’t forget that most of this is listed for sale on our online Discogs page. Our physical store is still closed, but we are making orders happen with local deliveries and curbside pickups.

New LPs
Shabazz Palaces – The Don of Diamond Dreams
Ribozyme – Grinding Tune
Sufjan Stevens – Aporia
Titus Andronicus – The Most Lamentable Tragedy
Various – Music of Indonesia

Used LPs
Abba – Voulez-Vous
Andre Kostelanetz – Wonderland of Golden Hits
Bee Gees – Trafalgar
Bee Gees – To Whom It May Concern
The Brains – Dancing Under Streetlights
Cat Stevens – Buddha And the Chocolate Box
Chicago – Chicago III
Conway Twitty / Loretta Lynn – We Only Make Believe
David Cassidy – His Greatest Hits – Live
Emmylou Harris – Profile II
Everything But The Girl – When All’s Well
Freddy Fender – Are You Ready For Freddy
Gerald Albright – Just Between Us
Golden Earring – Golden Earring
Hank WIlliams – First, Last & Always
Jackson 5 – Greatest Hits
June Tabor – Some Other Time
Loretta Lynn – Greatest Hits
Loretta Lynn – Somebody Somewhere
Lynn Anderson – All The King’s Horses
Martin Mull – Sex & Violins
Martin Mull – Near Perfect / Perfect
Mr. Mister – I Wear The Face
Pat Sellers – Songs for Swingin’ Seller
The Power Station – 33 1/3
Nat King Cole – Nature Boy
The Rolling Stones – Now!
Savoy Brown – Getting To The Point
Scartaglen – The MIddle Path
St. Paradise – St. Paradise
Tony Sheridan – Ich Lieb Dich So
Wanda Jackson – Nobody’s Darlin’
Willie Nelson – Sweet Memories

12” Singles
Big Tymers – Stun’n
Monie Love – Down 2 Earth
Puff Daddy & The Family – Been Around The World
Sugar Hill – Street Beats

New CDs
A-ha – Stay On These Roads
Art Blakey And The Jazz Messengers – The Witch Doctor
Art Blakey – Ken Burns Jazz
Art Blakey / Thelonious Monk – Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers With Thelonious…
Badly Drawn Boy – Have You Fed The Fish
Ben Folds Five – Whatever And Ever Amen
Black Cat Music – Hands In The Estuary…
Bob James – All Around The Town
Boney James – Seduction
Bryan Adams – Into The Fire
Cure – Wish
Cure – Show
Fabolous – Sweet Dreams
Fatboy Slim – Camber Sands
George Howard – Attitude Adjustment
Joe Henderson / The Wynton Kelly Trio – Straight, No Chaser
Lorrie Morgan – The Essential Lorrie Morgan
Mariah Carey – Loverboy
Mr. Big – Lean Into It
Natalie Cole – Everlasting
Oscar Peterson – On The Town With The Oscar Peterson Trio
Oscar Peterson – Oscar Peterson’s Finest Hour
RATT – Out Of The Cellar
Ray Stevens – All-Time Greatest Hits
Widespread Panic – Everyday
Widespread Panic – Til The Medicine Takes