The day is finally here – that time of year once again when the results are released for the Illinois Times’s “Best of Springfield” poll. The time of the year when many of us are frustrated with results in the reader-generated polls, and that is okay. It is important to remain positive and focus on all of the great local businesses and people doing things in this city! The Illinois Times wrote a nice intro piece this year explaining how the polls work and answering some frequently asked questions about it.
The results are all available online right here. You can also view the results in the print-issue of the Illinois Times, available all over town.
This year we were fortunate enough to be a finalist as Dumb Records in three different categories: “Best Music Shop,” “Best Music Venue (small),” and “Best Place To Go Downtown.” Best Music Shop went to Recycled Records, Best Small Music Venue went to The Curve Inn, and Best Place To Go Downtown went to The Old Capitol Farmers Market.
We usually do our own “Best of Springfield Music” poll at the end of each year on our site, and the last couple of years have been teaming up with Activator Magazine to publish the results! We are unsure on what we are doing for that this year, but you can probably expect something!
Let’s get spooky! While we would usually be hosting Halloween shows right around now (and can’t this year due to COVID), we are all about doing little things to celebrate this time of the year. Tonight, a number of downtown shops will be participating in “Shop The Haunts” downtown by being open late – until 10:00 pm, including us! These are the shops we know are participating:
Studio On 6th
Itty Bitty Fashion Truck
In addition to just being open late, we are opening our arcade to the public for free tonight, no purchases necessary. We also might have a bowl of candy out for anybody who is dressing up to do some trick-or-treating. We are still limiting the occupancy of the arcade to 5, and store occupancy to 10.
Music! At least, that’s what we think it is. It’s another week here at Dumb Records downtown and we are having fun. Thank everyone who stopped by for a very successful Record Store Day “drop date” this past Saturday, it was our biggest day of the year so far. This week we are getting a little wacky with some additional “extended hours” – tomorrow night (Wednesday) a number of other downtown shops are going to be open until 10:00 pm for “Shop The Haunts” and we are too. We are also going to be open until 10:00 pm the night of Halloween for any of you bored looking for play some pinball (and our arcade will be open for free during those extended hours). Nice. Alright, let’s dive into what is new this week:
New LPs Beastie Boys – We Rock Well: Rare TV Appearances Beastie Boys – Music Belle and Sebastian Bobby Vee / The Crickets – Bobby Vee Meets The Crickets Bo Diddley – Bo Diddley Charles Mingus – Presents Charles Mingus Chubby Checker – It’s Pony Time Clutch – Clutch Daniel Lopatin – Uncut Gems Dick Dale And His Del-Tones – Surfer’s Choice Dillinger Four – Midwestern Songs of the Americas Eddie Cochran – My Way Eddie Holland – Eddie Holland Elvis Costello – My Aim Is True Fugazi – In On The Kill Taker HAIM – Days Are Gone Little Richard – I’ll Never Walk Alone Oscar Peterson – Plays The Harold Arlen Song Book Pallbearer – Forgotten Days Pink Floyd – Animals Regional Justice Center – Institution Secret Shame – Dark Synthetics Slowdive – Morningrise Various – From The Vaults of Federal Ska
Used LPs Andre Kostelanetz – Wonderland of Sound Ben Vaughn – Dressed In Black Brenda Lee – Bye Bye Blues Brenda Lee – By Request The Butterfield Blues Band – In My Own Dream Charlie Byrd – The Look of Love Chet Grayson – Swing At The Country Club Chicago Transit Authority – Live In Concert: Collector’s Edition Chuck Sugar – Master Key Count Basie – Li’l Ol’ Groovemaker… Basie! Devadip – Oneness Emerson, Lake & Palmer – Works Foghat – Booie Motel Foghat – Girls To Chat & Boys To Bounce The Four Ladds – On The Sunny Side Frank Chacksfield – Ebb Tide Glenn Miller – Original Film Sound Tracks George M. Cohan – Yankee Doodle Dandy Songs Gordon Macrae – Gordon Macrae Harvest – Voices The Jack Bruce Band – How’s Tricks? Jefferson Starship – Nuclear Furniture Larry Coryell – The Restfull Mind Lawrence Welk – Early Hits of 1964 Lee Ritenour – First Course The Lords of the New Church – Is Nothing Sacred? Miss Peggy Lee – Sings the Songs of Cy Coleman Mitch Miller – Christmas Songs and Carols Narvel Felts – The Touch of Felts Neil Diamond – Hot August Night Nina Simone – Forbidden Fruit Patti Page – Patti Page’s Greatest Hits Pink Floyd – Meddle The Platters – The Flying Platters Prince Po – Hold Dat Reba McEntire – Whoever’s In New England Rufus Jones – Five On Eight Sonny James – That’s Why I Love You Like I Do Sonny James – The Astrodome Presents Sonny James Spyro Gyra – Morning Dance Steve Hackett – Cured Steve Hackett – Spectral Mornings U.K. – U.K. Woody Herman – Woody The Youngbloods – Elephant Mountain 10cc – 10cc
12” Singles Doug E. Fresh – Busin’ Out Ice-T and Ice Cube – Tresspass Ruff-N-Rugged – Swing Sump’n Ruff! Salt N’ Pepa – Tramp Remix
New / Used CDs Emmylou Harris – Profile II: The Best of Emmylou Harris Freddy Fender – Greatest Hits Front Line Assembly – Implode Glen Campbell – Galveston Glen Campbell – The Very Best of Go Go’s – Vacation Go Go’s – God Bless The Go Go’s Goo Goo Dolls – Ego, Opinion, Art & Commerce James Galway – Greatest Hits Jeremy Enigk – Return of the Frog Queen Lee Greenwood – Ring On Her Finger, Time On Her Hands Lee Greenwood – Super Hits L’il Kim – La Bella Mafia The Love Doctor – Moaning & Groaning The Makers – Psychopathia Sexualis Master P – Ghetto D Master P – Gameface Mark Eitzel – The Invisible Man Michael Feinstein – The Songs of Jimmy Webb Philly’s Most Wanted – Get Down or Lay Down Pretty Willie – Enter The Life of Suella Primal Scream – Evil Heat Red House Painters – Old Ramon Relative Ash – Our Time With You… Right Said Fred – Up Too $hort – What’s My Favorite Word Usher – My Way Various – Punk O Rama 4: Straight Outta The Pit
The Zippir Collective, a group of local hip hop artists, have released their first official release as a collecitve called Zippir, Vol. 1. As far as we can tell this is only streaming on Spotify right now (which we have not figured out how to embed yet), you can check out all five tracks of that right here. Artists featured on this release and part of the collective include: Kid Ziggy, Papa Luke, Junior Pasare, RJC, Jayy Alejandro, and Danny J.
The Zippir Collective also recently launched a brand new website recently, which you can check out right here. We are also adding this release to our Springfield album archive, bringing us to a total of 50 local releases we have kept track of so far this year.
Here we are once again! Seems like there are Record Store Days happening once every month anymore, and October’s big Record Store Day “drop date” is happening today on this cold Saturday. This is actually the biggest of the three drop dates in terms of what we ordered for the store, and we have about 40 exclusive titles hitting the shelves today. We posted photos of most of this stuff right here on our facebook page.
Our store opens today at 10:00 am and is open until 7:00 pm. The arcade is open to the public during those same times, either with $5 admission or with purchase of $10 or more in the store. We are limiting the number of people in our space to 10 total, and masks are required. Recycled Records is also participating in getting the Record Store Day exclusive releases, and of course we encourage the support of Elf Shelf Books & Music downtown as well!
We are once again trying something really stupid that we might regret later on. Now introducing: Dumb Records holiday hours! Where we don’t cut back any hours – we add some… for fun! And for Halloween! Our store is usually open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. For these select days we are adding more hours:
• October 26th (the night of the 25th) we will be open from midnight to 3:00 am.
• October 28th we will be open until 10:00 pm along with a handful of other shops downtown!
• October 31st (halloween) we will be open until 10:00 pm! We might even have candy!
Then for all of these extended hours, we are opening up our arcade to everybody (no fee to enter). However, our limit of 5 people to the arcade at a time does apply, and masks are still required.
Happy Tuesday, we are a record store! And like any other week, we are continuing to plop out new and used LPs, 7″s, 12″ singles, cassettes, and CDs out onto the shelves. We have a number of new turntable in too for any of you looking into getting into vinyl as we approach this long cold winter. Our store is open every day from 11:00 am to 7:00 pm. Check us out sometime. And of course, this Saturday is going to be a big one with the third Record Store “Drop Date” happening. On that day we will be opening one hour earlier at 10:00 am. There will be a stack of exclusive releases hitting the shelves, and maybe some extra new and used LPs going out. Other than that, here is what’s new for this week:
New LPs Ariana Grande – My Everything Earth Witch – Out of the Shallow Entry – Detriment Eric Church – Desperate Man Dead Moon – What A Way To See The Old Girl Go Green Day – Nimrod Jeff Rosenstock – I Look Like Shit Jesus Piece – Only Self John Prine – Sweet Revenge Megadeth – Dystopia Modest Mouse – We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank Primitive Man – Caustic Restraining Order – This World Is Too Much Smino – Blkswn The Vandals – Oi To The World! Viagra Boys – Common Sense
Used LPs Barbara Mandrell / Lee Greenwood – Meant For Each Other Bing Crosby With Buddy Cole – New Tricks… Buster Benton – Spider In My Stew Chick Corea & Gary Burton – Lyric Suite For Sextet Chuck Berry – Johnny B. Goode Claire Martin – The Waiting Game The Dave Brubeck Quartet – Jazz: Red Hot And Cool Deodato – Very Together The Doors – Other Voices Dottie West – Carolina Cousins Emmylou Harris – Blue Kentucky Girl Eric Carmen – Tonight Your Mine Frank Sinatra – My Way Genesis – In The Beginning Gentle Giant – Three Friends George Harrison – Thirty Three & 1/3 Herb Alpert & The Tijuana Brass – Summertime The Ink Spots – For Sentimental Reasons Johnny Mathis – Love Is Blue Johnny Mathis – Faithfully Lawrence Welk – Says It With Music Lynyrd Skynyrd – Pronounced Len-Nerd Skin-Nerd Melba Moore – Living To Give Mel McDaniel – Stand Up Mose Allison – Mose Alive! Mystic Moods Orchestra – One Stormy Night Ray Charles – True To Life Robin Trower – Victims of the Fury Steely Dan – Roayl Scam Steppenwolf – Steppenwolf Live Striker – Striker Survivor – Caught In The Game Terri Gibbs – Somebody’s Knockin’ UFO – Obsession Van Morrison – Inarticulate Speech of the Heart Various – Many Moods of Christmas Various – Twenty All-Star Country Hits Various – Super Stars in Country Music Various – $64,000 Jazz The White Sisters – Bless This House
12” Singles EPMD – The Joint Charles Wright – Express Yourself M.C. Luscious – It’s My Thang Mortal Miztuz – Backbone Mr. Ozwald – What You Really Want? Rodney O – What U Gotta Say Trick Daddy Dollars – They Don’t Live Long
New / Used CDs Alecia Elliot – I’m Diggin’ It Branford Marsalis – Creation Confederate Railroad – Rockin’ Country Party Pack Confederate Railroad – Unleashed Dixie Chicks – Fly Dixie Chicks – Wide Open Space Everything But The Girl – Walking Wounded Firefall – You Are The Woman And Other Hits Gene Loves Jezebel – Discover Itzhak Perlman – A La Carte Joy Division – Permanent: Joy Division 1995 Lee Greenwood – American Patriot Lee Greenwood – Holdin’ A Good Hand Linda Davis – I’m Yours Master P – Ice Cream Man Nanci Griffith – Clock Without Hands Nelly – Suit Nelly – Sweat Nina Gordon – Tonight And The Rest of My Life Portishead – Portishead Professional Murder Music – s/t Rednex – Cotton Eye Joe (Sex & Violins) Rhea’s Obsession – Re:Initiation Rosie Flores – Speed of Sound Rosie Flores – Rockabilly Filly Sugar Ray – On The Pursuit of Leisure Usher – 8701 Tupak Shakur – The Rose The Grew From The Concrete Wynton Marsalis – Baroque Music For Trumpets Wynton Marsalis – The London Concert 2Pac – 2Pacalypse Now 2Pac – Better Dayz Various – Punk O Rama #5
Today we bring you a brand new single from a mysterious “Jayy Alejandro” (who we are pretty sure is local artist and videographer Jayy Wills). That new single is called “Alaska” and you can check it out on the player embedded below.
This is the only song streaming on the newly created Soundcloud page for Jayy Alejandro. Could there be more music on the way??
Today we bring you a brand new music video from local artist Kid Ziggy, who is a part of the “Zippir Collective” hip hop collective. This song is in more of the pop direction and is called “Upside Down” – you can check out the song and video streaming on the player below. The song features Danny J, and was produced by RJC. The music video was shot by Elijah Settles.
It looks like the Zippir Collective also launched a brand new website at some point recently (Zippircollective.com) and the collective will also be dropping a new EP called Zippir Vol. 1 later this upcoming week on October 23rd. We will be reporting back as soon as that EP is up for streaming.
Check out our vids/pics page for more music videos shot over the years.