January 2022 Activator Magazine: Best Of Local Music 2021 Issue Available Now

Good morning! We are late to the game on letting you know about this one here on our site, but that new January issue of Activator Magazine is now available in our store and various locations around town, and now we’ve even been re-stocked!

This is the annual Best In Local Music 2021 issue that we usually collaborate with Activator on putting together! Featuring your picks for best 2021 local releases, songs, hip hop releases, and shows! Thank you to everyone who contributed to this one as always! In addition to the best-of features on this issue, there are also more music reviews, interviews, live music calendars, and more.

Pick up a copy here at Dumb Records anytime! You should also check out the Activator Patreon page online and consider donating to help keeping the magazine going!

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

Whoops, it’s been a minute since you’ve heard anything from us here at Dumb Records headquarters. We’ve still been keeping shows cancels and also keeping our eye on the world, seeing what’s going on in this fourth or fifth wave of the pandemic. We have still been cranking out plenty of records onto the shelves of our store. Our store continues to be open every day from 10:00 am to 7:00 pm, and the arcade during the same time. Today we are bringing you a long list of some new arrivals that we’ve gotten in to the shop – this does not include re-stocks (there a re a lot of those). Okay, check out this list below:

New LPs
Andrew Gabbard – Homemade
Atmosphere – Word?
Blade Runner – Black Lotus
Bowerbirds – Becalmyounglovers
Bright Eyes – The People’s Key
Calvin Johnson – A Wonderful Beast
Citizen – Everybody Is Going To Heaven
Cypress Hill – IV
Dashboard Confessional – Crooked Shadows
Elvis Depressedly – Depressedelica
Ezra Furman – The Year Of No Returning
Fiddlehead – Between The Richness
The Fix – At The Speed Of Twisted Thought
Hanson – Against The World
L.A. Witch – Play With Fire
The Lumineers – The Lumineers
The Men – Devil Music
Narrow Head – Satisfaction
Pinegrove – Skylight
Pink Floyd – A Collection Of Great Dance Songs
Portrayal of Guilt – Portrayal Of Guilt
Prince – Planet Earth
Soul Asylum – Say What You Will…
The Wombats – Fix Yourself, Not The World
Underoath – Voyeurist
311 – Voyager

Used LPs
Ace – Time For Another
Al Caiola – High Strung
Al Martino – I Love You More Every Day
Aldo Nova – Twitch
Ambrosia – Road Island
Andy Williams – Raindrops Keep Fallin’ On My Head
Andy Williams – You’ve Got A Friend
American Flyer – American Flyer
Baker Gurvitz Army – Elysian Encounter
Bent Fabric – Operation Lovebirds
Bing Crosby – The Best Of Bing
Boo-Yaa T.R.I.B.E. – Psyko Funk
Bobby “Blue” Bland – Sweet Vibrations
Buffalo Bob – It’s Howdy Doody Time
Cartoone – Cartoone
Chuck Berry – Concerto In B Good
Eric Burdon And The Animals – Every One Of Us
Erroll Garner – Magician
Devo – Dev-O Live
Dick Leibert – Love And Marriage
Dizzy Gillespie – Featuring Dizzy Gillespie
D12 – World
Fabian – 16 Greatest Hits
Fancy – Wild Thing
Fred Astaire / Petula Clark – Finian’s Rainbow
Gordon Calcote – Folsom Prison Blues
Harry James – Comin’ From A Good Place
The Hollies – He Ain’t Heavy, He’s My Brother
Jeanette MacDonald – Favorites In Stereo
Jesse Crawford – Organ & Chimes For Christmas
Jesse Crawford – Pipe Organ Magic
Jim Reeves – The History Of Country Music
The Jimmy Giuffre 3 – THesis
John Fahey – John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Album
Johnny Mathis – What’ll I Do?
Kid Creole And The Coconuts – Wise Guy
KISS – Ace Frehley
KISS – Paul Stanley
Leon Russell – Best Of Leon
The Lettermen – The Lettermen In Concert
Lucy & Carly – The Simon Sisters Sing For Children
Mac Davis – Song Painter
The Magnificent 7 – Country & Western Million Sellers
Martin Denny – Hawaiian A Go-Go
Mel Blanc – Holly-Daze
Melissa Manchester – Melissa Manchester
The Merrill Staton Voices – Meredith Willson’s Here’s Love
Morningstar – Venus
Mott The Hoople – The Hoople
The Platters – Super Hits Of The Platters
The Purple Haze – Viejo El Viento
Ray Charles – Genius + Soul = Jazz
Rich James – Busin’ Out Of L Seven
The Robert Pheims Choraliers – We Wish You A Merry Christmas
Robert Gordon With Link Wray – Fresh Fish Special
Robert Stolz – Twilight In Vienna
Sammy Kaye – Dancing On A Silken Cloud
Sidney Bechet – My Blue Heaven
Slim Whitman – The Best Of Slim Whitman
Taylor Swift – 1989
The Temptations – Cloud Nine
Tom Rush – The Circle Game
Trapeze – Hot Wire
Trevor Rabin – Trevor Rabin
Toscanini – Plays Light Classics
Trickster – Trickster
Triumph – Stages
The Tubes – Young And Rich
Wes Montgomery – Bumpin’
Widener College Jazz Ensemble – On The Road Again
Witch Hunt – Blood-Red States
The World’s Greatest Jazz Band – What’s New?
Various – Detrola Presents The Original Artists Of Rock N Roll
Various – Hawaii Stars
Various – Interruptus Collectus
Various – Save The Children Original Soundtrack
Ultravox – Lament
The Ventures – Flights Of Fantasy
The 5th Dimension – Love’s Lines, Angels And Rhymes

12” Singles
B.O.X. – Low Down
Goodie Mob – Chain Swang
Kid N’ Play – Gittin’ Funky
Kool Mo Dee – How Kool Can One Blackman Be?

Dumb Records 8-Year Anniversary Sale January 7th-12th

Good morning on this cold, cold, day! Since we are so cold we might as well launch a sale to heat things up around here. And we’ll make it last a few days so you don’t have to come out today when it’s zero degrees out. We were going to have a couple of Dumb Records 8 Year Anniversary shows around this time, but another wave of covid hit harder than ever and we had to cancel our shows once again. So we are just going to move forward with a Dumb Records sale, happening January 7th-12th! Here’s what we got going on!

– 20% OFF ALL turntables!!
– 30% OFF all USED vinyl!!
– 40% OFF ALL CDs!!
– 50% OFF arcade entry!!
– 60% OFF all dollar records!!

Have any questions? No, those sales are not good for online, just in our store. Oh yeah, we have new t-shirts printed. There isn’t a sale on those.

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

It’s been a minute since we’ve posted one of these. Okay, it’s been a minute since we posted anything. COVID-19 is still raging across the globe and it’s also cold outside. We cancelled all of our shows pretty much. Our store is still open 10am-7pm every day though and we are continuing to put new records out on the shelves. We still have an 8 year anniversary sale going on starting tomorrow: January 7th-12th. We’ll probably do a separate post for that tomorrow. But for now, here is a long list of some new and used LPs that have recently hit the shelves of our store that are not re-stocks.

New LPs
Adele – 19
Aretha Franklin – The Queen Of Soul
Black Midi – Schlagenheim
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rasta Revolution
Brutal Truth – Extreme Conditions Demand…
CAN – Delay 1968
Coheed And Cambria – The Unheavenly Creatures
The Decemberists – Picaresque
Demi Lovato – Dancing With The Devil: The Art Of Starting Something Over
Dolly Parton / Emmylou Harris / Linda Ronstadt – Trio: Farther Along
Dr. John – The Best Of Dr. John
Extreme Noise Terror – Extreme Noise Terror
Fela Kuti & Africa 70 – Expensive Shit
The Flaming Lips – Here It Is
The Flaming Lips – Oh My Gawd… The Flaming Lips
Flogging Molly Within A Mile Of Home
Framtid – Defeat Of Civilization
Frank Turner – Poetry Of The Deed
Fucked Up – David Comes To Life
Fucko – Dealing With The Weird
GBH – Momentum
Iron Maiden – Legacy Of The Beast: Live
John Prine – The Tree Of Forgiveness
Madvillain – Madvillainy Instrumentals
Megadeth – United Abominations
Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats – The Future
Nikki Giovanni – Like A Ripple On A Pond
Nikki Giovanni – The Way I Feel
Pharoah Sanders / The London Symphony Orchestra – Floating Points
Queens Of The Stoneage – Villains
Radiohead – Kid A Mnesia
Thelonious Monk – Les Liaisons Dangereuses 1960
U2 – Pop
Various – Cameroon Garage Funk
Various – Even More Dazed And Confused
Various – Return To The Dark Side Of The Moon: A Tribute To Pink Floyd

Used LPs
The Astronauts – Go… Go… Go!!!
Bang – Music
Benny Goodman – Swings Again
Bessie Smith – The World’s Greatest Blues Singer
Billy Paul – 360 Degrees Of Billy Paul
Bloodrock – Bloodrock 3
Bobby Darin – Oh! Look At Me Now
Bobby Hackett – Moonlight Becomes You
Cactus – Restrictions
The Chantels – There’s Our Song Again
Chet Atkins – Guitar Genius
China – China
Dave Brubeck – All The Things We Are
Dave Gardner – It’s Bigger Than Both Of Us!
Dave Starr – The Nearer The Bone…
Dee Dee Bridgewater – Just Family
Earl Grant – Winter Wonderland
Emerson, Lake & Palmer – The Best Of
Eminem – Recovery
Hammersmith – Hammersmith
Harry Connick, Jr. – 20
Ian Dury & The Blockheads – Do It Yourself
Freddy Cannon – Explosive
Guy Lombardo – Is That All There Is?
Jackie Gleason – Presents Merry Christmas
Joe Ely – Hi-Res
John Wesley Ryles – Shine On Me
K-Tel Records – Souther n Fried Rock
Los Hermanos – Resurrection EP
Les Paul And Mary Ford – The Hit Makers!
Leslie West – Mountain
Lindisfarne – Nicely Out Of Tune
Lindisfarne – Roll On, Ruby
Michal Urbaniak – Fusion
Milt Jackson – Feelings
Nick Kamen – Nick Kamen
Paul McCartney – Press To Play
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Like Long Hair
Paul Revere & The Raiders – Here They Come
Paul Revere & The Raiders – The Best Of…
Percy Faith – Christmas Is…
Phoebe Snow – Phoebe Snow
Rabies – Test Your Might
Ray Campi And His Rockabilly Rebels – Wildcat Shakeout
The Righteous Brothers – One For The Road
Roger Daltrey – Daltrey
Rosemary Clooney – Christmas With Rosemary Clooney
Ruth Bebermeyer – The First Steps And The Last Steps
The Shirelles – To Know Him Is To Love Him
Spirit – Spirit Of ‘76
Steppenwolf – The Best Of Steppenwolf: Reborn To Be Wild
Steve Goodman – Steve Goodman
Steve Gray & Jubilation – Promises
Tané Cain – Tané Cain
Tin Huey – Contents Dislodged During Shipment
Tower Of Power – Urban Renewal
Trapeze – Medusa
Various – Midnight Cowboy Original Soundtrack
Various – Cruisin’ 1961
The Voids – Sounds Of Failure, Sounds Of Hope
Walt Disney – The Story Of An Incredible Journey
Weston Priory – Calm Is The Night
Zella Jackson Price – My Eyes Have Seen The Glory
8ball – Almost Famous

12” Singles
Condition Red – Don’t Get Caught Slipping
Cousin Ice – Can I Get A Witness
Digital Underground – Oregano Flow
Infamous Blu Steel – Jumpin’ In Here
Kalyan – Disco Reggae (Tony’s Groove)
Kurupt – Who Ride With Us
Nikki D. – Lettin’ Off Steam
Salt-N-Pepa – Twist And Shout
Sir Mix-A-Lot – My Hooptie
Snoop Dogg – Loosen’ Control

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records

Happy Tuesday, it’s been a minute since we’ve done one of these! There are so many new records going out in the store that we can hardly keep up with anything anymore. This is just a list of some of what’s been new in the shop – not even including re-stocks and not including 7″s, cassettes, or CDs. Wow. Alllll records. Don’t forget for any of you last minute holiday shoppers that we do sell gift cards for any amount. We are open every day 10:00am-7:00pm. We will be closed for Christmas, but open the day after and prooooobbably open the day before. Friday, December 24th? Let’s say we’ll open normal time and probably close early. Okay here is what’s new:

New LPs
Alice Coltrane – Huntington Ashram Monastery
Bon Jovi – Bounce
Carl Zitter – Children Shouldn’t Play With Dead Things
Common – A Beautiful Revolution Pt. 2
David Bowie – Heroes
Exodus – Persona Non Grata
Funkadelic – Maggot Brain
Herschell Gordon Lewis – The Gruesome Twosome
The Jesus And Mary Chain – Psycho Candy
Kurt Vile – Childish Prodigy
Jammin’ Sam Miller – Donkey Kong Country
Joe Gibbs & The Professionals – African Dub Chapter 3
Lynn Taitt & The Jets – Rock Steady Greatest Hits
Queen – Innuendo
Magician Lord Original Soundtrack
Manchester Orchestra – Hope
Mewithoutyou – [Untitled] E.P.
Neil Young – Harvest Moon
Primus – Stanford University Broadcast 1989
Slayer – Spirit In Black
The Specials – Protest Songs
The Specials – The Best Of The Specials
Sun Ra – Omniverse
Tenor Saw – Fever
Tigers Jaw / Balance And Composure – Split
Various – Cinnamon Girl: Women Artists Cover Neil Young
Weezer – Pacific Daydream
West Dylan Thordson – Split

Used LPs
The Alarm – The Alarm
Alvino Rey And His Orchestra – Uncollected 1946
Ablert King – The Lost Session
Alfred Apaka – The Immortal Hawaiian
Average White Band – Cut The Cake
Big Twist & The Mellow Fellows – Big Twist
Bill Withers – Live At Carnegie Hall
Booker T. And The M.G.’s – Soul Limbo
Boz Scaggs – Boz Scaggs
The Brothers Four – A New World’s Record
The Brothers Four – The Honey Wind Blows
Brother Dave Gardner – Kick Thy Own Self
Carl Reiner / Mel Brooks – At The Cannes Film Festival
Charlie Rich – Sings Country & Western
Charles Gross – Country
Chickenman – The Best Of Chickenman
Cliff Richard – I’m Nearly Famous
Dimentia 13 – Flat Earth Society
Dinah Washington – Unforgettable
Doug Kershaw – Ragin’ Kershaw
Ellen McIlwaine – We The People
Ethel Merman – 12 Songs From Call Me Madam
Ferrante & Teicher – Midnight Memories
Gene Richardson – Through The Year
Godrey Cambridge – Cotton’ Pickin’ Days Is Over
Guy & Ralna – You Asked For It
Hacki Tamas – Futtykoncert – Whistle Concert
The Iguanas – Hungry And Horny
Kate & Anna McGarrigle – Dancer With Bruised Knees
KISS – Gene Simmons
KISS – Love Gun
Jim & Jesse – Diesel On My Tail
Jimmy Smith – Hoochie Coochie Man
John Lee Hooker – Jealous
Julie London – The End Of The World
The Lettermen – Special Request
Lincoln Mayorga – Brahms
Lincoln Mayorga – The Missing Linc
Lou Rawls – Soulin’
Lucifer’s Friend – Sneak Me In
Murray McLauchlan – Boulevard
Murray McLauchlan – Day To Day Dust
Paul Eakins – Old Time Circus Calliope
Piper Featuring Billy Squier – Can’t Wait
Plasticland – Confetti
The Piranhas – The Piranhas
The Platters – The Best Of The Platters
Procol Harum – A Whiter Shade Of Pale
Randy Travis – No Holdin’ Back
The Ray Charles Singers – Al-Di-La
Ray Noble – Broadcasting From Beverly Hills, Calif.
Richard Beirach – Breathing Of Statues
Ritual Tension – The Blood Of The Kid
The Rivingtons – Papa-Oom-Mow-Mow
Rockin’ Louie And The Mamma Jammers – It Will Stand
Roger McGuinn – Roger McGuinn & Band
Roxy Music – Siren
Rust College Quintet – Solidrock Spirit
Seon Series – ABC Classics: The First Release
The Single Singers – Bach’s Greatest Hits
Skeeter Davis – Why So Lonely?
Skeeter Davis – Foggy Mountain Top
Steve Earle & The Dukes – Exit 0
Thelma Houston – The Devil In Me
Tina Rainford – Silver Angel
U2 – The Unforgettable Fire
Various – 20 Heavy Hits
Various – Rock-O-Rama
Various – Super Hits Volume 5
Various – The Super Hits Vol. 4
The Vogues – Till
Wayne King – Dream Time
Work Force – Work Force
Woody Woodbury – The Best Of Woody Woodbury

12” Singles
Space – Carry On, Turn Me On
Non Phixon – I Shot Reagan
Sef The X-Cutioner – Evian
Shannon – Sweet Somebody 
Stray Cats – Stray Cat Strut

Tonight at Dumb Records: Die, Prevention, Split, War And Rumor

Good morning and happy Sunday. We’ve got a show happening at Dumb Records TONIGHT. It’s another hardcore show. This is also our last show happening this year??

Okay, for this show we’ve got a band called “Die” from Chicago! Stream their music on the player embedded below. Didn’t we just recently have a band called Die play here? Yes, but that was “DYE” from Kansas City, apparently a different band. Also on this show of course is heavy hitting hardcore band Prevention. Then another band called SPLIT. Didn’t they recently play here too? No, that show got cancelled and they didn’t get to play here, so now they are. And we’ve got War & Rumor from Jacksonville.

All of that is tonight at 7:00 pm and admission is $7. You better believe we are still checking for proof of vaccine or negative COVID test within 72 hours at the door. And duh, masks are required. Find a facebook event for this one right here.

Tonight at Dumb Records: Flatfoot 56, Night Night Boy, Yap Trap

There’s a big one going down here tonight at Dumb Records. There’s been a slight lineup change since this one was first announced.

We still have big time headliner Flatfoot 56 on the bill – American Scottish / Celtic punk band from Chicago, Illinois. They have played here in town a couple of times before, at least once as far back as a full decade ago at The Black Sheep Cafe. They have been a band since the year 2000 – that’s 20+ years. You can stream their latest album, Black Thorn on the player below. Also on this gig is the Brandon Carnes alternative short-song rock band “Night Night Boy“ – playing for the first time since the pandemic. The lineup change we have is that Attic Salt is no longer performing, instead we have a newer band called Yap Trap from Champaign! They don’t have any music recorded yet as far as we know.

This show is a $10 banger, and starts at 7:00 pm like most of our other shows. Find a facebook event right here. Also check out our shows page for a list of upcoming shows right hereAnd this part we’re serious about – like our other shows, we will be enforcing masks worn by all attendees and checking for proof of vaccine (either in physical card form or photos of one), or negative COVID test within 72 hours.

Tonight at CFP (House): SlutBomb, False Negative, Pucker Up

There’s a short and sweet show going on at a house in town we figured we might as well tell you about happening tonight! This one is at the CFP House and features three hardcore/punk bands.

Tonight the C.F.P. features the band “SlutBomb” from Ohio. That’s a pretty punk sounding band name, see if their music matches up on the player below. Also on this show is False Negative – from here? From the 217? Where is this band from, here or Champaign? Boy we are out of the loop. Opening things up is the newer hardcore band Pucker Up from right here in Springfield featuring members of other bands.

That all starts at 7:00 pm at C.F.P. We can’t tell you where the house is, you have to go on a scavenger hunt to find it. Admission is $7, sounds like masks are required and if you are unvaccinated you better stay at home. No facebook event either, this is the future.

Timothy Donavan Russell: “TILT!”

We sure haven’t been caught up on a lot of local music that’s been released lately. But whenever an arcade or pinball related music release pops up you KNOW we are all about it. This past year we saw the band “Tilt Warning” and their demo emerge, also a special arcade release from solo electronic act Imaginary Colours, and now looks like we have yet anotherone pop up from local sound artist and ambient musical expert Timothy Donavan Russell.

That newest release from Timothy is called “TILT!” and you can stream those three tracks on the player embedded below. From Timothy’s website:

Full Tilt! Pinball is a pinball video game developed by Cinematronics and published by Maxis in 1995. It features pre-rendered 3D graphics and three tables—Space Cadet, Skulduggery, and Dragon’s Keep. A version of Space Cadet was bundled with Microsoft Windows from 95 to XP.

Also head on over to Timothy Donavan Russell’s bandcamp page where you can purchase the download for the release and check out more of his music. We’ve also included this one in our end of the year Best Of Local Music 2021 Poll which is ongoing now until Wednesday December 15th.

Best Of Springfield Music 2021 Poll

It’s that special time of year again. Boy it sure snuck up on us. That time when team up with Activator Magazine and we all get together and talk about our favorite local releases that came out this year! Also our favorite songs, shows, and all of that good stuff!

This year we have a total of 110 local releases listed out into three sections: a general category, hip hop releases, and then Mark Schwartz related projects. *That number is subject to change too if we can think of any more, or if anybody gives us any more to add. Usually we keep track of these things along with links to listen on our Springfield Album Archive Page, but we are very behind on that this year. We have to give a special shout-out to Activator for helping compile most of this list!

Our poll is live online RIGHT HERE! It will be open for voting now through 11:59pm on Wednesday, December 15th!

In addition to voting for your favorite releases, we are once again asking for you to list your favorite songs that came out from local artists in 2021, and this time around we brought the “live shows” section back as well! We also added a section for any mentions of other Central Illinois releases outside of Springfield, and also suggestion boxes for Activator and Dumb Records.

The results of this poll will be published in the January 2022 issue of Activator! It might be published online on our site at some point after that. We might be looking for help in doing write-ups for all of the winning entries here in the coming days and weeks.