Tonight at Black Sheep: Nectar, Spell Breaker, Mike Butler


There is a show happening at Black Sheep tonight that we haven’t officially announced on this site yet! We are sorry! Thank you all who came out to Dumb Records at any point yesterday in support of Record Store Day- it was the store’s biggest day yet! Tonight we have a just short and sweet three-act show. The flier isn’t completely right either – Dee Dee Catpiss band will not be playing tonight. Instead we do have the return of Nectar from Champaign who just had a new album come out on Infinity Cat Records and was recorded last year right here in Springfield at Capital City Recording. Stream that new album on the player below. In addition to Nectar we have Springfield rockers Spell Breaker. Opening things up and the latest addition to the show is birthday boy Mike Butler. That’s right, it really is his birthday.

This show starts tonight at 7:00 pm. Admission is $5. Check out a facebook event for the show right here. Also be sure to check out our shows page for a list of what else is coming up at Black Sheep this spring.


Black Sheep and Dumb Records Runners Up In State Journal-Register’s Readers Choice Awards


What do you know, we did not realize that our businesses here in Southtown were big in the running in the State Journal-Register‘s Readers Choice Awards of 2018 until just now. Voting goes from now until March 6th, so you have just three days to vote for your favorite local businesses, bands, and people in these fun categories.


This time around Black Sheep is in the running for “Best House Band Venue” and Dumb Records is in the category of “Best Music Store”. You can find both of those in the “Entertainment and Recreation” and “Shopping” sections. Find a poll to vote for and nominate your favorite local band and musician in the Entertainment and Recreation section as well.

Graveswitcher: “Graveswitcher”


Today we are happy to bring you the debut demo of a new Springfield band that has not yet even played their first show called “Graveswitcher”. You can check out their new six-song self titled demo on the player below. Also head over to the band’s bandcamp page to download the release at your own price. The band features members of countless other Springfield bands including Moondead, Soap Scum, Livin’ Thing, Bottom Bracket, Prowess, Looming, and more.

Graveswitcher does have one show currently lined up in Springfield and that is one coming up on Monday, March 26th at Springfield house basement venue “CFP.” More info on that can be found right here.

Today on Black Sheep Radio: Free Press Coffee


Stop the press! Today we are excited to welcome another local business on the same street as us (kinda) as we invite Kate, manager of the new Free Press Coffee on South Grand and MacArthur onto our radio program. The new shop (pictured above) has been open now for one week, and will be holding a grand opening celebration at their new location one week from today on the 23rd. We will be talking to Kate about that as well as what the new coffee shop on South Grand has to offer!

Tune in to the Black Sheep Radio Show today and every Friday from 4:00 to 6:00 pm on 88.3 WQNA fm or online during that same time at Also check out our radio page for a list of some downloadable episodes of the past.

Best of Springfield Music 2017: Albums


Here we are in 2018, already into February and we are just now getting you the results of our 2017 best of polls right now. We are really sorry, we really are. We don’t event have write ups for all of these. Today we are delivering the results for the top ten voted albums or releases that came out of Springfield in 2017, as voted for on our site in December. If you tune in to the Black Sheep Radio Show today from 4:00 to 6:00 pm, we will be featuring songs from this list. Find the list of top ten albums below!

1. Bottom Bracket – Dreamland EP
(recorded at Southtown Sound, self-released)


2. Looming – Seed 
(recorded by Brandon Carnes, released by No Sleep Records)


3. Telephone Junkies – Monday Morning
(recorded at Southtown Sound, self-released)


4. Stick People – Lips
(recorded at Southtown Sound, self-released)


5. Prowess – EP
(recorded at Southtown Sound, released by Prescience Tapes)


6. Livin’ Thing – The Godhead EP
(recorded at Dumb Records, released by Rat King Records)


7. Food & Money – 1979-1982
(recorded 1979-1980, released by Alona’s Dream Records)


8. Kaite Laine – Recurring Dream
(recorded at Southtown Sound, self-released)


9. Attic Salt – Attic Salt
(recorded at Capital City Recording, released on Dodgeball Records)


10. Kabass – Warrior Within EP
(self-recorded, self-released)


11. Pryss – Sisyphus
12. Spell Breaker – Spell Breaker
13. Animals With Human Names – The Basement Tape
14. Abyss – Dreadnought
15. Tom Irwin – All That Love
16. Lick Creek – EP
17. Vincent Sebastian – A New Rhode
18. Animals With Human Names – The Studio Tape
19. Eric Marvel – What A Disappointment EP
20. Nefarious Cloud – Resurrection 

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

Tonight at Black Sheep: Consent Workshop With Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault


We only have one event lined up at Black Sheep this weekend, and it is something different from our norm! Back in late summer / early fall when we had a roundtable discussion a lot of you brought up the idea of us hosting workshops, having more guest speakers, etc. in our space. Tonight we will be welcoming Emily Brodt of The Prairie Center Against Sexual Assault to come lead a presentation on consent and sexual assault. She will also be talking about PCASS’s services and more.

If this doesn’t sound like your type of thing, we encourage you just come any hang out anyway! Things start at 6:30 pm, will go until 9:30 pm, and it’s free. Find a facebook event right here. Also check out our shows page for a list of shows happening in Southtown coming up.