Downhome Music Festival Postponed Until 2021


Major concert and festival cancelations for this summer are no surprise at all at this point. This is month old news, but we had not mentioned that Downhome Music Festival, which was set to take place this upcoming weekend, has been cancelled for this year and postponed until 2021. This would have been the tenth year Downhome Music Festival has taken place in downtown Springfield. From the Downhome Music Festival facebook page:

The health of our community is the most important thing. We are canceling the 2020 Downhome Festival and beginning our planning for 2021. We love you all and can’t wait to be together again.

It doesn’t seem like any major events or festivals will be taking place anywhere… in the world… until at least next year! Happy 2020!

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


Happy Tuesday everyone! It’s a beautiful day. Today we are bringing you once again another batch of new and used LPs, CDs, and 12″ singles. Our store is still open from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm every single day, and the new Dumb Arcade is also open those same hours. Nothing else exciting going on other than that. Let’s dive into what’s new:

New LPs
Barbara Lynn – The Atlantic Years
Beach Bunny – Honeymoon
Common – Let Love
Earl Sweatshirt – Feet of Clay
Fiona Apple – Fetch The Bolt Cutters
Fugazi – The Argument
Primus – Sailing The Seas of Cheese
Tegan And Sara – Hey, I’m Just Like You

Used LPs
Abbey Choir – Spirit of Christmas
AC/DC – For Those About To Rock
Angel – White Hot
Barry Manilow – Trin’ To Get The Feeling
The Beach Boys – Love You
The Beatles – A Hard Day’s Night
Billy Williams – Half Sweet Half Beat
B.J. Thomas – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
Blue Öyster Cult – On Your Feet Or On Your Knees
Bon Jovi – Slippery When Wet
The Charlie Daniels Band – Windows
Count Basie – More Hits of the 50’s and 60’s
Davy Spillane Band – Out of the Air
Diana Ross & The Supremes & The Temptations – Together
Dionne Warwick – Make Way For Dionne Warwick
Ernest Tubb – Golden Favorites
Th’ Faith Healers – In Love
Frederick Loewe – Gigi
Harm Farm – Spawn
Harry Belafonte – Homeward Bound
Harry Belafonte – An Evening With Belafonte
The Imperials – Christmas With The Imperials
Jai Wolf – The Cure To Loneliness
John Cougar – American Fool
Nanci Griffith – Once In A Very Blue Moon
Ocean – Put Your Hand In The Hand
Peter And Gordon – In London For Tea
Roberta Flack & Donny Hathaway
Ronnie Milsap – Keyed Up
Rufus Thomas – That Woman Is Poison
Seals & Crofts – Diamond Girl
The Shirelles – Swing The Most
The Supremes – The Supremes
Wanda Jackson – Two Sides of Wanda
Various – The Best of ’66 Volume Two

12” Singles
E.S.P. – Oh Well
C-Funk – Lime In Ya Coconut
DJ Skribble – Everybody Come On
Domino – Getto Jam
Hi-Fidel – Madeira / Vega I In Filtro

New and Used CDs
Alan Jackson – Super Hits
Barbra Streisand – The Concert
Barbra Streisand – Pop Standards
Big Audio Dynamite – No. 10, Upping St.
Black Eyed Peas – Elephunk
Black Eyed Peas – Monkey Business
Black Stone Cherry – Black Stone Cherry
Blake Shelton – Blake Shelton
Branford Marsalis Qua – Footsteps of our Fathers
Bette Midler – Bette
Bette Midler – The Divine Miss M
Billy Squier – 16 Strokes
Bruce Cockburn – High Winds White Sky
The Bravery – The Bravery
Christina Aguilera – O
Evita – 2006 London Cast Recording
Feist – The Reminder
Foghat – Live
Green Day – American Idiot
The Hiatus – Trash We’d Love
Hole – Pretty On The Inside
King Kong – Me Hungry
Linkin Park – Minutes To Midnight
Lion King – Original Broadway Cast
The Long Winters – When I Pretend To Fall
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Between Nothingness & Eternity
Mothers of Invention – Weasels Ripped My Flesh
Najee – Morning Tenderness
New Cool Collective – Soul Jazz Latin Flavours Nineties
Sarah Blasko – I Awake
SheDaisy – The Whole SheBang
Slayer – Christ Illusion
Spoon – Girls Can Tell
Steven Earle – Ghosts of West Virginia
Sting – …All This Time
Ted Nugent – Spirit Of The Wild

Arcade Page Added To Our Website


This is just a post to let you know that we updated our website to include an “arcade page” which you can find as a top level page on the main menu bar. Or find it right here.

Right now the page is basic info, rules and regulations about our arcade. Maybe we will keep building it to include an FAQ section of frequently asked questions we get about the arcade or games. We will also update it as our capacity, hours, or regulations change as the months go on.

Be sure to also check out our underground pinball forum.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


Okay, we know, the week is almost over. But here is a list of some new things we have been getting in either way. This includes new and used LPs, 12″ singles, and new CDs as per usual. Our store is still open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm, and the new arcade is open during those same hours and has been going great! Not a whole lot else going on other than that, and that is just fine by us! Join the fun on our forum! Okay, let’s dive into what’s new:

New LPs
The Breeders – All Nerve
Car Seat Headrest – Making A Door Less Open
Dave Matthews Band – Under The Table
Disturbed – The Sickness
Hands of God – Blueprint for Self Destruction
Hank Williams – 20 of Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits
Lucy Dacus – Historian
Smashing Pumpkins – Shiny And Oh So Bright
Super Unison – Auto

Used LPs
Addrisi Brothers – Addrisi Brothers
Arkansas State University – Jazz Ensembles
Basia – London Warsaw New York
The Beach Boys – Forever
Blue Oyster Cult – Mirrors
The Byrds – Byrds
Capercaillie – Crosswinds
Carmen Dragon – Tempo Espanol
Count Basie & Billy Eckstine – Basie/Eckstine Incorporated
Count Basie & The Mills Brothers – The Board of Directors
Cream – Live Cream
Dennis Day – Christmas Is For The Family
Eddie Cochran – Legendary Masters Series
Gary Puckett And The Union Gap – Incredible
George Wright – Merry Christmas
Henry Mancini – The Latin Sound of Henry Mancini
James Verity – Dublin in a Symphony of Strings
Jimmy Buffett – Living And Dying In 3/4 Time
John Grady – Christmas With The Canadian Brass
Johnny Mathis – The Shadow of Your Smile
Kansas – Song for America
Kenny Rogers – What About Me?
King Eric And HIs Knights – At The Emerald Beach Plantation
Foreigner – Records
Freddie Hart – 2 Record Set
Hugo Winterhalter – Christmas Magic
Pete Fountain – Plenty of Pete
Point Blank – American Exce$$
Prism – Small Change
Mama Cass Elliot – Mama’s Big Ones
RCR – Scandal
Renaissance – Renaissance
Ronnie Milsap – Greatest Hits
Various – Christmas Is…
Various – Cruisin’ 1957
Various – Cruisin’ 1955
Various – Great Songs of Christmas Album 8
Various – Home For The Holidays
Various – Roadie
Various – Soft Sounds of the 50’s
Various – Urban Renewal Program Supplement 1.5
1994 – Please Sand By

12” Singles
E-40 – U And Dat
Computa – Zone
The Last Emperor – The Banger
Mack 10 – Money’s Just A Touch Away
Slamm Syndicate – The Bump
True Life – Cocain Crack
2for5 – Broke Minds Think Alike

New CDs
Alan Jackson – Everything I Love
Alan Jackson – High Mileage
Apartment 26 – Hallucinating
The Apples in Stereo – Let’s Go!
Apocalyptica – Inquisition Syphony
The B-52’s – Whammy!
The B-52’s – Time Capsule
Bad Co. – The Original Bad Co. Anthology
Barbra Streisand – The Essential
Barbra Streisand – Duets
Bbmack – Sooner or Later
Bette Midler – No Frills
Bette Midler – Bette of Roses
Better Than Ezra – Deluxe
Big Audio Dynamite II – The Globe
Big Audio Dynamite – This Is Big Audio Dynamite
Branford Marsalis Quintet – Contemporary Jazz
Bradford Marsalis – I Heard You Twice For The First Time
Christopher Warren-Green – Sring Serenades
Claire Lynch – Lovelight
DJ DB – Acid Resistant 2
Dolly Parton – Jolene
Doug Stone – I Thought It Was You
Doug Stone – Faith In Me, Faith In You
Elvis – The Wonderful World of Christmas
Fats Navarro – Goin To Minton’s
The Firm – The Firm
Foghat – Foghat
Foghat – Fool For the City
Keiko Matsui – Full Moon And The Shrine
Keith Harling – Bring It On
Ken Navarro – Island Life
Ken Navaro – When Night Calls
Mahavishnu Orchestra – Visions of the Emerald Beyond
Najee – Love Songs
Night Ranger – Greatest Hits
Oregon – Northwest Passage
Pat Martino – All Sides Now
Rebecca Lynn Howard – Rebecca Lynn Howard
Richard Ashcroft – Alone With Everybody
Scorpions – World Wide Live
SheDaisy – The Whole SheBang / All Mixed Up
Shelby Lynne – I Am Shelby Lynne
Shelby Lynne – Identity Crisis
Ted Nugent – Over The Top
Ted Nugent – Little Miss Dangerous
Ty Henderon – Living In A Moment


In Memoriam: Jim Troxell (Food & Money/Flock of Tooters)


Today we bring news that long time Springfield musician Jim Troxell, long time bass player in various local groups in the 1970’s-present has passed away. Jim, also known as “Tooter” performed in early punk/new-wave group Food & Money which was active from 1979-1982, and performed a very rare reunion show at Black Sheep in 2017. He also performed in Flock of Tooters, and various other groups throughout the years. From the Food & Money facebook page:

So deeply saddened to announce that Jim “Tooter” Troxell has passed away from cancer. He was truly the backbone of a Food and Money, both musically and personally. So glad we got to reunite as a band not too long ago, the magic was still there. Good luck on your next adventure Tooter.

Starter Jackets / The Raging Nathans: Split 7″


Today we bring you a stream of some more new local music… this time the pop punk group Starter Jackets have a new split 7″ out with Ohio-based band The Raging Nathans. You can find that release streaming below, each band has two songs featured on the release. Also head on over to the Rad Girlfriend Records bandcamp page to check it out there or purchase the download.

If you are looking for physical copies of this 7″ record, you are in luck because we do have some here at Dumb Records! We have also added this one to our Springfield album archive page for this year, bringing us to 30 releases we have kept track of so far this year. Starter Jackets released their full album Decisions back in 2018, and we have copies of that in our store on vinyl as well.


Activator Magazine July + Black Artists Matter Issues Available Now


Whoops, what do you know it’s already July 20th and we have not yet done a post here to let you know that we have not one but TWO new issues of Activator Magazine in our store!!

One is the regular July 2020 issue. This one is a fun issue for us because we have a big interview spread about our new arcade and new renovations that we have been working on during the pandemic here at Dumb Records! Featured on the cover and interviewed in this issue is Junior Pasaré (TJ Byrd) and Meezy Killafield. The two talk about their upcoming collaborative project. In addition to this there are album reviews, and interviews with Edward David Anderson, Kaream Williams, Gargantuan, Champaign Cypher Series, Church The Voice, and more. There are poems, art, and photo spreads as well.

The second issue is a bonus issue for this month, and that is the “Black Artists Matter” issue focusing on black artists in Central Illinois. This includes artists, poets, musicians, and more. You can find a commentary by Wilma J Wofford, an interview with Michelle Smith, an artist directory, a list of local black owned businesses and more.

You can pick up both issues for free in our store, or various other locations around town!

The State Journal-Register: “Dumb Records, Arlington’s Open Arcades”


Well what do you know would you look at that! We made the Sunday paper! Pretty cool! As you can see, in the State-Journal Register today there is the article “Dumb Records, Arlington’s Open Arcades.” From the article:

The “Dumb Arcade” is hidden away in the back of the record store’s live event space in a dark room.

Once there, customers are greeted with the sight and sounds of 10 machines, including a sit down racing game, 4 stand up classic arcade games, and 5 pinball machines.

Dumb Records owner Brian Galecki said the concept came from business partner Jeff Black.

You can check out the full article online right here, or pick up a copy of the State Journal-Register at various places around town.

Our arcade is open every day the same time as our store, from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm.

Lincoln’s Legends Podcast: “Ready Player Dumb”


Our buddies over at Lincoln’s Legends podcast did a nice blog post on our new arcade called “Ready Player Dumb”. Check that out on the Lincoln’s Legends site right here. From the post:

I am a life long advocate for the technology, the world-building/ storytelling, and the mental escape video games provide. At a time when the world feels like it’s spinning out of control, I am eager for the opportunity to escape inside a cabinet and bask in the warm glow of nostalgia.

Much like the video game designers who brought joy to my childhood the team and Dumb Records designed a world of their own, and after many long months of planning and repairs, they are now ready to share it with all of you.

Thanks Lincoln’s Legends! Our arcade is open every day from 11:00 am – 7:00 pm and has been going very well!

CompositionC (feat. Sheezy): “Alien”


Today we bring you a hot new track from another local hip hop artist, CompositionC. This track is called “Alien” and it features Sheezy. This one wasn’t on any platforms we could embed below, but it is available on a number of different platforms you can find by checking out this link.

CompositionC released his debut full length album Back To The Beginning last year in 2019.