Record Store Day At Dumb Records: An Audio Post-Card

Apr 27, 2018

Credit Rachel Otwell / NPR Illinois

Record Store Day is an international event that promotes artists and independent record stores. Each year, special releases come out featuring old and new music. 

At both Recycled Records and Dumb Records in Springfield, collectors lined up at the door in the early morning hours, in hopes of attaining the special releases they were after. At Dumb Records, I scored a live album from last year's NPR Tiny Desk Contest winners, Tank and the Bangas. Over at Recycled Records, I found a limited re-release of works by keyboard/synthesizer legend Bernie Worrell, founding member of Parliament-Funkadelic and sometimes member of Talking Heads (just to name a couple of projects he worked on.)

Dumb Records ordered in everything from Taylor Swift to Common to their usual punk/alternative/indie specialties like Courtney Barnett, Ben Kweller and Elvis Costello. (It should be noted, the store truly has a bit of everything even though its punk reputation precedes it.)

The shop also hosted a live show. We checked it out and bring you this short "audio-postcard" about it, featuring Johari Idusuyi and the music of Imaginary Colours. Listen to the audio post-card above to get a taste of the day.