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 tips@idolator.com. 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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