New Arrivals This Week at Dumb Records


It’s another week at South Town record store Dumb Records, and the store is gearing up for more record fairs and acoustic shows this fall. This week there are a few new items in including CDs, cassettes, and records. Check out some pretty sweet featured records from the store on the Dumb Records Record of the Night blog. Let’s look over what Dumb Records’s operating hours are for this week:

Tuesday (today): 3:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Thursday (show): 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Friday: 3:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Saturday: 10:00 am – 9:00 pm
Sunday: 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Used LPs
Bob Marley & The Wailers – Rastaman Vibration
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – American Dream
Donald Fagen – The Nightfly
James Taylor – Sweet Baby James
Joan Baez – Blessed Are…
Seals & Crofts – Diamond Girl
Sly & The Family Stone – There’s A Riot Going On

New 7”s
Hideaway/Cota – Split
Jacket Thor – In Our Blisters
Tyler Bisson – Picture Disc 7”

New CDs
Tom Irwin – Carry Me Home
Tom Irwin – Sangamon Songs
Tragwag – Maybe You Can Relate

Used CDs
Eric Clapton – Unplugged
R.E.M. – Automatic For The People
R.E.M. – Around The Sun
Tom Petty – Full Moon Forever

New Cassettes
Hideaway – Acoustic Sessions
Hideaway/Cota – Split
Sputter – Demo

Tonight at Black Sheep: Caterpillar Club, Tamagawa, Oldine (France), End Times Duo

10333732_10152732904955619_8504318309749158698_oTonight there will be a rare Monday night show at Black Sheep featuring a very interesting lineup of band that you really should not miss. We have two acts coming tonight all the way from Paris, France. Springfield three-piece shoegaze/sludge band Caterpillar Club will be performing tonight (stream some of Caterpillar Club’s music below). For the French acts, we have one project called Tamagawa and another called Oldine. Come find out what those two are about at this once-and a lifetime opportunity of a show. Opening things up will be The End Times Duo, which is some type of incarnation of the Springfield free-form jazz band The End Times Trio.

The show starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. You can find a facebook event for the show right here. Be sure to also check out our shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep.

November 15th at Skank Skates: Occultonomy, Teen Freak, Silk


Holy smokes, it looks like today we finally have details on that ramp show going on during the South Town Record Fair that you all had been hearing rumors about. This one is happening early (2:30 pm) on the ramp of Skank Skates on Saturday, November 15th. It features bands that will also be involved in running tables and booths at the record fair. We have two-piece punk band Occultonomy, affiliated with the label Reality is a Cult who will be participating in the record fair. We also have Springfield band Teen Freak, which is affiliated with Dumb Records. Then the third and final band is Silk, which is a brand new Champaign/Urbana punk band featuring members of Rat King Records and Error Records.

This show will start at 2:30 pm on the ramp of Skank Skates and it is free. For more information on the South Town Record Fair and all of the fun activities that are going along with, check out this facebook event. Also check out our shows page for a look at every event coming up at South Town.

Guard, Acid Kat, Rat King and More Added To South Town Record Fair


About one week ago we announced the first ever South Town Record Fair happening on Saturday, November 15th. The record fair will feature tables and booths being set up by record stores, labels, and distros from all around the area. Since the fair was originally announced, it looks like a good number of labels and distros have been added to the event. Some of those that were recently added include Guard Records (based out of Springfield, Milwaukee, and Kansas City), Rat King Records (based out of Champaign), and Acid Kat Record (based out of St. Louis). Let’s take a look at the updated list of everyone participating:

Acid Kat Zine (St. Louis based label and zine)
Error Records (Champaign/Urbana label and record store)
The Garbage Shop (Taylorville label)
Guard (Springfield/Milwaukee/Kansas City based label)
Kuloolu Records (Champaign/Urbana label)
Ooey Gooey Tapes (Springfield based label)
Patch Records (Springfield based label)
Rat King Records (Champaign/Urbana based label)
Reality is a Cult (Galesburg IL based label)
Skeletal Lightning (Champaign/Urbana based label)
Swollen Lungs (Bloomington/Normal based label)
Waiting Room Records (Bloomington/Normal record store)

The South Town Record Fair will be happening from 11:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday, November 15th. The event is free admission and will be happening at Dumb Records and Black Sheep. Dumb Records will also be having a 10% off sale for everything in the store that whole day. There are also rumors of a free show happening on the ramp of Skank Skates during the event. Find a facebook event for the whole South Town Record Fair right here.

November 1st at Black Sheep: Asthma, Animal Teeth, Dad Jr., Willis, Tubby Tom, SAP


What a better way to kick off the month of November than a really weird showcase show happening at The Black Sheep Cafe. This show is happening on Saturday, November 1st and it features six bands- two from Springfield and four from St. Louis. The show is being called an Acid Kat Showcase show- the four St. Louis bands are affiliated with St. Louis based Acid Kat zine and record label. Acid Kat will also be participating in our November 15th South Town Record Fair. For this show we have Springfield hardcore band Asthma (who will also be playing tonight). For the St. Louis bands, we have Acid Kat ringleaders and wackos, Animal Teeth. If you saw Animal Teeth the last time they played in Springfield it may have been in some sort of glue tube. Next on our list is Dad Jr. from St. Louis. You can stream some of their music below. Acid Kat band #3 is a trio called Willis. And the last Acid Kat act is a performer called Tubby Tom, which we have been told is some sort of rap act. The show will open up with recently name-changed Springfield band, SAP.

This show starts at 6:30 pm since there are so many bands, and admission is $7. You can find a facebook event for this show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a look at all of the shows coming up at Black Sheep.

Tonight at Black Sheep: Asthma, The Bug, Sputter, Teen Freak


Tonight at Black Sheep we have this punk show that is sure to be out of control. There are four punk bands playing short and very fast sets that you will not want to miss. On the bill tonight we have Springfield punk band Asthma. We also have a couple of bands coming from Chicago. There is a new Chicago punk band Sputter playing, and you can check out their music streaming on the player below. They will be traveling down with another new Chicago band called The Bug. Opening things up will be the band lotto mutant band, Teen Freak.

The show tonight starts at 7:00 pm and costs $5. You can check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check our upcoming shows page for a look at everything coming up at Black Sheep and Dumb Records.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: The Good Compainions


Today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm be sure not to miss our radio program (The Black Sheep Radio Show) on 88.3 WQNA fm. Today as guests we have the Springfield group The Good Companions coming in to talk to radio show host Brandon Carnes. The Good Companions will be playing at Bar None tonight along with F///\\\M and Mobros. We will be talking to them about that show coming up as well as playing some of their tunes and talking to them about local music.

The Black Sheep Radio Show airs today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm. You can also stream the show live online at Also be sure to check out our radio page for a long list of downloadable episodes from the past.