Bought For A Song: The Final Days Of Deals Under Tower Records’ Deathbed

Dec 19th, 2006 // 4 Comments

Tower Records’ long death march is entering its last week, but that hasn’t stopped readers from sending their favorite deals–along with price info and MP3s–to We got the following note from a tipster who found more than 20 dollar-or-less CDs–including a relic of our time, a Track Marks alum, and an album in one Idolator’s 2006 top ten–at the Rockville, Md., outpost:

A few of these I bought just because Pitchfork told me to (here’s looking at you Boris, [Serena-Maneesh] and Frog Eyes), but I figured that for one dollar a pop, I could risk buying some pretentious bullshit on the off-chance that it wouldn’t suck. Once I rip these CDs, I’ll know whether I chose wisely. Of course, I’m still kicking myself for not picking up the copy of Jamelia’s album that I saw. At any rate, 23 CDs for $23.60 is the best deal around, so all in all it was 2 hours well spent.

The full list of dollar deals–and a couple of MP3s–after the jump.

The Duke Spirit – Cuts Across the Land
The dB’s – Paris Avenue
The Futureheads – News and Tributes
The Earlies – These Were the Earlies
Oingo Boingo – Only a Lad
Oingo Boingo – Nothing to Fear
The Louvin Brothers – Sing and Play Their Current Hits
Various – No Depression: What It Sounds Like, Vol. 2
Various – Run the Road
Various – Run the Road Vol. 2*This only cost 50 cents for some reason
The Black Lips – Let It Bloom
Bound Stems – The Logic of Building the Body Plan
Sleepy Jackson – Personality (One Was a Spider, One Was a Bird) *This I bought mostly for the cover art
Mew – And the Glass Handed Kits
Snakes on a Plane OST *This I bought for “Ophidophobia”
Gordon Lightfoot – Complete Greatest Hits
The Black Lips – The Black Lips
Frog Eyes – The Bloody Hand
Flipsyde – We the People
Serena-Maneesh – Serena-Maneesh
Boris – Pink
Hard-Fi – Stars of CCTV
Various – Mews Too: An Asthmatic Kitty Compilation

Quite the haul–especially if this guy actually listens to the Snakes On A Plane soundtrack once the calendar flips at year’s end.

Bound Stems – Andover [MP3, link expired]
Mew – The Zookeeper’s Boy [MP3, link expired]
Cobra Starship – Snakes On A Plane [MP3, link expired]
Earlier: The Bought For A Song Archives

  1. Subinev

    a few of those were in the stack i put back down – but if they were at just $1 when i was considering them they probably would have made the cut.

  2. Seriously Guy

    says the girl who MUST be friends with someone in the band.

  3. Butch Huskey

    Tower – Sherman Oaks has been picked pretty clean but they did have LOTS of Hoobastank, Hawthorne Heights & Alien Ant Farm so if you’re a 14 year old girl and it’s 3 years ago , you are in luck …

    i was going to pick up the Ordinary Boys but objected on principle to paying $21.99 retail for a cd (even when it’s marked down 80%) … and has anyone looked at the dvd’s left in stock? wow! talk about stiffs, i’d never heard of 99% of the titles …

  4. Janelleyo

    You know, take away my cool card, but the actual Cobra Starship album is really fun.

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