Forest Saints: “Summer”


Although Summer may be at its end for this year, today we bring you a brand new release from Springfield recording project Forest Saints called Summer. The album is a whole 17 tracks and you can find it streaming below. From the Forest Saints bandcamp:

You are invited on an epic journey through the lush, exotic, tribal, playful, and psychedelic world of Summer. This double disc set (featuring 17 tracks) comes in a clear jewel case, and features the artwork of Anna Salzmann & Mark Schwartz.

Head over to the Forest Saints bandcamp page to download the album, also check out the wide collection of albums previously released by Forest Saints.



Take The Pulse: “Prescience Tapes Set Out To Highlight The Springfield Punk Scene”


Drew Kodrich, co-owner of Black Sheep and also manager for local small tape label “Prescience Tapes” was recently featured in a short interview put on by Central-Illinois based music site and podcast “Take The Pulse.” From the post:

Drew told me in an interview that it’s not a huge operation but something that he loves to do. He uses the label to help promote other local bands in the genre by making tapes for the bands to do whatever they want with them. To help promote, Drew takes copies on tour with him and works with local record stores to get his Prescience Tapes releases in their stores.

Check out the full article right here.

Prescience Tapes recently worked with Southtown recording studio Southtown Sound to release a 15 song compilation of Dumb Fest bands recorded this past June. Find that streaming online right here.

Black Sheep Band Lotto Round 4: Names Drawn September 16th, Show on November 18th


Black Sheep Band Lotto is BACK! This will be the fourth year we have done this fun annual event, getting anyone who wants to be in a band involved. What’s is band lotto for those of you who do not know? Let’s go over the rules:

RULES: Anyone willing puts their own name into the Band Lotto Box, now set up inside Dumb Records (1107 S Grand Ave. E, open every day noon – 8pm). Names will be drawn the night of Saturday, September 16th after bands are done playing at the Black Sheep Cafe 12 Year Anniversary Show. Names are drawn in groups of fours and fives, and it is the responsibility of these new groups to get together and form a band to play one show on Saturday, November 18th!

WARNING: This is a commitment! Do not put your name in if you can’t commit to meeting with people you are drawn with once a week, spending every day practicing a new instrument, or if you live too far to drive to Springfield for band practices!! NO FLAKES!! Also do not put anyone else’s name in the box, you will ruin it for everybody!

For now the start time of the band lotto show is 7:00 pm and admission is $5 (may change depending on the number of bands to sign up). Find a facebook event for the show right here. Also check out our shows page for a look at what else is coming up at Black Sheep this summer.