Looking For Help With Write-Ups For Best of Springfield Music 2017!


Alright all of you website viewers that we have out there. We have collected results for our annual Springfield Music poll this year, and everything is looking great. This year we felt we would reach out and extend the offer to anyone who would like to help write reviews for our top ten best ofs in the categories of albums, songs, and shows for the year 2017. If you are interested, send us an email to blacksheepspringfield@gmail.com. We will get back to you with a list of things for you to chose from (pick one) to write one to two paragraphs on. We do need it within the next day or two though! For examples of what we are looking for, you can check out last year’s (2016) results for shows herealbums here, and songs here.

The results for the best of’s will be posted along with write-ups probably at the very start of 2018! (Sorry we are a tad bit behind this year)! Stay tuned and thanks for being here!


Tonight at Black Sheep: Ritalin O.D., Pryss, Master Bastard


Yes we have a show going on tonight at Black Sheep!! It’s our last show of the year in our space too – we WILL however be presenting a show downtown on Sunday night (New Year’s Eve) as part of First Night Downtown. (More info on that one can be found right here). Tonight we have a three band rockin’ lineup. It features the recently reunited Chicago hardcore punk band “Ritalin O.D.” featuring members of bands familiar to Dumb Fest featuring Bleeding Gums, Dream Probe, and a few others. We have local hardcore band Pryss as well. Opening things up will be the winner to our battle of the bands 2017 in the judicial voting category – Master Bastard.

This show tonight will start at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. Be there! Find a facebook event for the show right here. Also check out our shows page for what 2018 is looking like for us right now (we are working on it)!!

New Arrivals This Week At Dumb Records


It’s been a while since we have done a new arrivals at Dumb Records post for the week!, sorry! It’s Thursday night too, but why the heck not, here we are with a fresh batch of vinyl LPs, 7″s, CDs, and cassettes. We plan on keeping new stuff hitting the shelves at Dumb Records into the new year as well. Our store is located at 1107 South Grand Ave East and is open every day from noon – 8pm. You can expect news on a Dumb Records 4 year anniversary show and celebration from us very soon. Actually you know what, we better go over our hours for this upcoming week with New Year’s happening and all:

Friday (show): noon – 9:00 pm
Sartuday: 10:00 am – 8:00 pm
Sunday (New Year’s Eve): noon – 4:00 pm
Monday (New Year’s Day): [closed]
Tuesday: noon – 8:00 pm
Wednesday: noon – 8:00 pm

Used LPs
Amy Shreve – Peace In The PUzzle
Arthur Godfrey – O’er The Ramparts We Watched
Barry Manilow – If I Should Love Again
The Beatles – Something New
Bill Black’s Combo – Mr. Beat
Bread – Guitar Man
Brian Eno – Another Green World
Dionne Warwick – Very Dionne
Dionne Warwick – Alfie
Dionne Warwick – Golden Hits Part 2
Donna Summer – Greatest Hits Volume Two
Eddie Heywood – Heywood Eddie
Elton John – Honky Chateau
The Everly Brothers – Golden Hits
Four Tops – Greatest Hits
The Goss Brothers – A Song In My Heart
Gene Pitney – It Hurts To Be In Love
Gene Pitney – The Golden Hits of Gene Pitney
George Benson – The George Benson Collection
Igor Stravinsky – The Firebird
Jan & Dean – Drag City
John Lennon – Imagine
Johnny Pineapple & Co. – From Hawaii
Melody Makers – Play The Game Right
Ry Cooder – Into The Purple Valley
Sha Na Na – All Time Greatest Rock ‘N’ Roll Hits
Sweet – Level Headed
Tom Jones – Live In Las Vegas
Various – Songs For A Summer Night
Various – Chart Busters Volume 2
Various – Times of Your Life
Various – American Pop
Various – R&B Hitmakers!
Various – 1950’s Treasure of Love
Wild Cherry – I Love My Music

Used 7”
Bobby Brown – Roni
Cutting Crew – I’ve Been In Love Before
Expose – Seasons Change
Fleetwood Mac – Everywhere
Icehouse – Crazy
Information Society – What’s On Your Mind (Pure Energy)
Jody Watley – Some Kind of Lover

Used CDs
Assorted Jellybeans – What’s Really Going On
Bankie Banx – Still In Paradise
Bluto’s Reveng – King of the Popes
Bongwater – The Big Sell-Out
Celtic Tranquility – Enjoy The Mystery of Music
Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young – American Dream
The Cure – Staring At The Sea: The Singles
Dana Leong – Anthems of Life
David Arkenstone – Celtic Chillout
David Sanborn – Inside
Descendents – Somery
Devo – Live: The Mongoloid Years
The Dickies – Dogs From The Hare That Bit Us
The Dickies – Locked ‘n’ Loaded 1990
Divine – The Best of Divine
Extra Width – Blues Explosion
Foreskin 500 – Manpussy
Fugees – The Score
GG Allin – Freaks, Faggots, Drunks & Junkies
The Germs – Complete Anthology
Geto Boys – The Resurrection
The Good Year Pimps – To A Cool Person, Stay That Way!
Green Day – Nimrod
Lisa Gerrard – Lisa Gerrard
Mozart – Musical Masterpieces
NOFX – Heavy Petting Zoo
NOFX – Liberal Animation
NOFX – Pump Up The Valuum
Pansy Division – More Lovin’ From Our Oven
Pansy Division – Deflowered
Patti Smith – Peace And Noise
PJ Harvey – To Bring You My Love
PJ Harvey – Uh Huh Her
Queen – Live Killers
R.E.M. – Up
R.E.M. – Reckoning
Roger Waters – Amused To Death
They Might Be Giants – Then: The Early Years
They Might Be Giants – They Might Be Giants
Tom Waits – Beautiful Maladies
Trip Daddys – To Hell & Back In A Cadillac
The Toy Dolls – Absurd-Ditties
Underworld – Music From The Motion Picture
Vandals – Sweatin’ To The Oldies
Yo La Tengo – Today Is The Day

New Cassettes
Animals With Human Names – The Basement Tape
Dream Probe – Demo II
Small Man – Demo
Soft Spot – Demo

Used Cassettes
Adam And The Ants – Prince Charming
Alan Parsons Project – Ammonia Avenue
The Amps – Pacer
Angry Samoans – Back From Samoa
Bad Company – Bad Co
Beastie Boys – Licensed To Ill
Bob Seger System – Ramblin’ Gamblin’ Man
The Cars – Door To Door
Cher – Heart of Stone
Diamond Rio – Four
Dolly Parton – Rainbow
Eddie Rabbit – The Best of Eddie Rabbit
Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits
George Michael – Faith
George Strait – Something Special
Hank Williams Jr. – Wild Streak
Johnny Cash – A Boy Named Sue
Journey – Frontiers
L.L. Cool J – Bad
Lorrie Morgan – Something In Red
Mel Tillis – Me And Pepper
Nirvana – In Utero
Paul Simon – Graceland
REO Speedwagon – Life As We Know It
Restless Heart – Fast Movin’ Train
Rick Trevino – Learning As You Go
Ricky Skaggs – Waitin’ For The Sun To Shine
Saraya – Saraya
Sawyer Brown – Brick
Shania Twain – The Woman In Me
SirMixalot – Mack Daddy
Stray Cats – Rant & Rave With The Stray Cats
Toto – IV
Various – Cruisin’ Classics Vol. 1
Various – County Line
Waylon Jennings – Never Could Toe The Mark
Weird Al Yankovic – Polka Party!
Weezer – Pinkerton
X – Ain’t Love Grand
Y & T – Open Fire

Featured Film: Kowabunga! Kid Saves Christmas

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Seasons greetings from those of us here at Black Sheep / Dumb Records headquarters! Today we are bringing you a special feature film put together by our friends in the band Kowabunga! Kid. They star in this new 8 1/2 minute long feature film about saving Christmas that we think some of you might enjoy. Check it out on the player below.

We’ll be back with our regular content (hopefully) tomorrow! Don’t forget that today and tomorrow is the last day to vote in our end of the year music poll, and we will be posting those results shortly!

Best of Springfield 2017 Music Poll


Alright, we’ve finally got it together over here. We ended up with a total count of 55 local releases of original music that we can tell this year thanks to your help, which is a lot. Now it is time for us to launch our annual end of the year Best of Springfield Music Poll where we get to highlight some of your favorite bands, musicians, and shows that happened in the past year! As with previous years, there are three categories to our poll – albums, songs, and shows. The only required category is albums, and for that you have to check anywhere from 2 to 5 releases that came out this year (list is in the poll). You might have to think a bit harder to list out some of your favorite songs! To help there are links to most of the releases from this year on this post! You might have to think a little bit for your favorite shows this year too, take your time!


The Best Of Survey will be up for exactly one week, ending on Tuesday, December 26th at 9:00 pm! Once the results are collected we will have featured write-ups on our site for the top ten voted for in each category. You can check out last year’s (2016) results for shows herealbums here, and songs here. We have also been building an ultimate Springfield album archive / database of Springfield releases over the past year or so on our site which you can check out right here.

Black Sheep Game Show Happening Tonight


We do have something weird going on at Black Sheep tonight that we haven’t really even told you about. It’s the first ever Black Sheep game show??? Put on by B.J. Pearce (Black Sheep, Southtown Sound, etc) aka “Bingo Jack” it seems like BJ has some tricks up his sleeves for this and we aren’t really sure how to explain what’s going to happen. We DO know there is some sort of $50 grand price for one lucky winner. BJ will be hosting the game show with his mom as his assistant. There will also be live music at some point in there by a local jazz group called “Jack’d”? We probably sure are in for a treat tonight.

Everyone participating tonight needs to show up RIGHT at 7:00 pm if not early to qualify. Looks like admission is $5, normal show price? Find a facebook event for this wacky spectacle right here. Also check out our shows page for a list of what else is coming up at Black Sheep in the near future.

December 14th at Black Sheep: Bottom Bracket, Stick People


You’re invited! This upcoming week on Thursday, December 14th we are having a show featuring just two bands – Bottom Bracket and Stick People. Yes, it’s a birthday party for Cassie Crawford (Garter), but also a show open to the whole wide public world – you don’t have to bring a gift! You might expect to find some refreshments, or maybe some fun games as well (like bobbing for apples or pin the tail on the donkey).

This one starts at 7:00 pm and admission is $5. You can find a facebook event for this one right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page where we keep a list of everything coming up in Southtown!