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Bargain Bin Picks Playlist


Building on a fantastic blog from last week by Richard Lyne, the theme this week dive’s into a true treasure trove of great albums: the Bargain Bin. Your local record shop and book store has one of these that is probably brimming with great records that others have missed, or exchanged. Here are just a few of the fantastic albums I’ve picked up and added to my own collection. Like usual, the 2 song treatment to illustrate the point is used. Enjoy!

Bargain Bin Picks

Hour 1 Playlist

(Show Theme)Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:20

Leona Naess. “Calling” Leona Naess. Geffen Records, 2003. 03:45
Leona Naess. “Ballerina” Leona Naess. Geffen Records, 2003. 04:48

Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys. “You Saw The Future” Live At Antone’s. Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys, 2007. 03:59
Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys. “Old Dahlonega” Live At Antone’s. Homer Hiccolm & The Rocketboys, 2007. 08:00

Azure Ray. “Nothing Like A Song” Hold On Love. Saddle Creek, 2003. 04:10
Azure Ray. “Look To Me” Hold On Love. Saddle Creek, 2003. 03:56

Brandi Carlile. “Looking Out” Live at Benaroya Hall with The Seattle Symphony. Sony Music, 2011. 04:34
Brandi Carlile. “Pride & Joy” Live at Benaroya Hall with The Seattle Symphony. Sony Music, 2011. 07:00

The Dear Hunter. “1878” Act I: The Lake South, The River North. Triple Crown Records, 2006. 07:00
The Dear Hunter. “His Hands Matched His Tongue” Act I: The Lake South, The River North. Triple Crown Records, 2006. 06:00

The Expendables. “Fight The Feeling” Open Container. The Expendables, 2002. 03:55
The Expendables. “Piped” Open Container. The Expendables, 2002. 01:00

Hour 2 Playlist

(Show theme) Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:25
Galactic. “Century City” Late for the Future. Volcano Entertainment III, LLC, 2000. 04:54
Galactic. “Black-Eyed Pea” Late for the Future. Volcano Entertainment III, LLC, 2000. 03:46

Bruce Springsteen. “Long Walk Home” Magic. Bruce Springsteen, 2007. 04:34
Bruce Springsteen. “Terry’S Song (Hidden Track)” Magic. Bruce Springsteen, 2007. 04:11

Jimi Hendrix. “Midnight Lightning” South Saturn Delta. Experience Hendrix LLC, 1997. 03:06
Jimi Hendrix. “Power Of Soul” South Saturn Delta. Experience Hendrix LLC, 1997. 05:20

Aimee Mann. “Deathly” Magnolia: Music From The Motion Picture. Reprise Records, 1999. 05:29
Aimee Mann. “You Do” Magnolia: Music From The Motion Picture. Reprise Records, 1999. 03:42

Green Day. “Christie Road” Kerplunk!. Green Day Inc, 1992. 03:33
Green Day. “2000 Light Years Away” Kerplunk!. Green Day Inc, 1992. 02:25

Relient K. “College Kids” Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right…But Three Do. Gotee Records, 2003. 03:28
Relient K. “Mood Rings” Two Lefts Don’t Make A Right…But Three Do. Gotee Records, 2003. 03:19

Me First & The Gimme Gimmes. “Don’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me” Have Another Ball. Fat Wreck Chords, 2008. 03:49
Me First & The Gimme Gimmes. “The Boxer” Have Another Ball. Fat Wreck Chords, 2008. 02:50

MxPx. “Heaven Is A Place On Earth” On The Cover II. Tooth and Nail, 2009. 02:34
MxPx. “Somebody To Love” On The Cover II. Tooth and Nail, 2009. 03:30

Unlikely Appraisals in the Bargain Bin

Every time I find amazing tacos at one of those gas station places, I’m reminded that some of the tastiest bites can be found cheaply in the last places you’d expect. Well, if you like the idea amassing a collection of physical CDs in the digital age, the same principle applies! Much like Mexican food, I’ve found that it can be both aurally and financially rewarding to go seeking music purchases among the lowly named “bargain bins” you can find just about anywhere that sells albums.

Here in Denton, the best place I know for this kind of hunting is Recycled Books on the square. Nothing against the perfectly good record store around the corner, mind you. Recycled just has a special place in my heart, as that’s where my wife and I got married this January. In addition to a nearly labyrinthine library of literature, they offer a surprisingly vast array of music and films. The best part (for a budget-conscious newlywed, at least) is the price tag; every CD I’ve seen there is just $5.

Photo courtesy Gallivant

Photo courtesy of Gallivant

This gave me an idea for a brand new side of The Appetizer that can involve all of us as a community of music lovers. Until now, it’s just been a few of us sharing our favorite artists on the blog. But if you have a few bucks laying around for that next musical acquisition, you have the power to let other fans know about your discoveries!

Let me give you a quick example. In my last browse, I stumbled across Dust on Common by Led Er Est, a 2009 album by a trio of synth-lovers out of New York. Since I had no idea who these people were, I naturally just went with the strange find in the orange double-sleeved case. Opening it up, I was pleased to find a foldout of some sketches and handwritten lyrics that the band had included for anyone willing to own their disc in hard copy. At the time, I had no idea that Dust has a 4.6/5.0 on Discogs (of 78 votes) or an 8/10 on Drowned in Sound.

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Photo courtesy of Drowned in Sound

Beneath the quirky artwork and style of the case was a jarring collection of some of the most unexpectedly brilliant tracks I’ve heard this year. Drawing on drum-driving synth work, Led Er Est have a fondness for sound bytes and lyrics of an almost mystical vagueness. Part of the appeal for me is the lead singer’s vocal similarity to some of my favorite artists – he’s somewhere between Doug Martsch (of Built to Spill) and Sid Vicious, with a touch of Morrissey thrown in.

If this sounds like a good find, then remember that this is just one of hundreds of CDs I could have picked up that day, one artist among myriad others I had never known about before. In the same way, I hope your own forays into the bargain bin will illustrate this point. As with any roulette of options, you might end up with a disappointing purchase, but you won’t have wasted much money on it. If you’re more fortunate, you might find that next favorite band. But even if you want to talk about Led Zeppelin IV, the point is the discovery. Whatever you come across and want to share, we want to hear about it, and so do others.

Photo courtesy of Gallivant

Photo courtesy of Gallivant

 

 

New Indie Picks Playlist & Player


Hour 1 Playlist
(Show Theme) Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:15

Kelley McRae. “Rare Bird” The Wayside. Kelly McRae, 2016. 03:41
Kelley McRae. “The Wayside” The Wayside. Kelly McRae, 2016. 03:39

William Fitzsimmons. “Nothing Can Be Changed” Charleroi: Pittsburgh Vol 2. Nettwerk Productions, 2016. 04:09
William Fitzsimmons. “Charleroi” Charleroi: Pittsburgh Vol 2. Nettwerk Productions, 2016. 03:08

Bones Garage. “The New Religion” Bones Garage. You & Whose Army Media, 2016. 03:53
Bones Garage. “The Bear Hunter” Bones Garage. You & Whose Army Media, 2016. 04:21

The Quiet Cull. “When You’re Going Through Hell…” This Cold, Rational World. The Quiet Cull, 2015. 05:59
The Quiet Cull. “The Widow” This Cold, Rational World. The Quiet Cull, 2015. 04:56

Calliope Musicals. “Velveteen” Time Owes You Nothing. Calliope Musicals, 2015. 04:02
Calliope Musicals. “Morning Ground” Time Owes You Nothing. Calliope Musicals, 2015. 03:13

The Saint Johns. “Falling Back To You” Dead Of Night. Kemosabe Records, 2016. 04:04
The Saint Johns. “Dead Of Night” Dead Of Night. Kemosabe Records, 2016. 04:16

The Hoyer Brothers. “Beauty (Love Song)” Do You Mind?. The Hoyer Brothers, 2015. 04:41
The Hoyer Brothers. “Disease” Do You Mind?. The Hoyer Brothers, 2015. 02:30

Hour 2 Playlist
Lindsay Katt. “Heart Place (Instrumental)” Picking Out Boxes. Lindsay Katt, 2008. 01:20

Jeff Buckley. “I Know It’s Over” You and I. Columbia Records, 2016. 07:03
Jeff Buckley. “The Boy With The Thorn In His Side” You and I. Columbia Records, 2016. 03:36

Loretta Lynn. “Always On My Mind” Full Circle. Loretta Lynn Enterprises, 2016. 03:27
Loretta Lynn. “Whispering Sea” Full Circle. Loretta Lynn Enterprises, 2016. 02:17

Eugene Tyler Band. “Flesh and Blood” Eugene Tyler Band. Eugene Tyler Band, 2015. 02:24
Eugene Tyler Band. “Clear Hearts” Eugene Tyler Band. Eugene Tyler Band, 2015. 03:57

Corridors. “Grace” OUr Days Our Nights. Corridors, 2015. 04:01
Corridors. “Free Spirit” OUr Days Our Nights. Corridors, 2015. 03:51

Coco O’Conner. “Heart Leaves Behind” Turquoise. Satarah Songs, 2016. 03:33
Coco O’Conner. “Build My Mountain” Turquoise. Satarah Songs, 2016. 03:30

Peasant Moon. “Homecoming” Fading In The LIght. Peasant Moon, 2015. 03:55
Peasant Moon. “Lift The Curtains” Fading In The LIght. Peasant Moon, 2015. 05:20

Fox and the Hound. “Made To Love You” Peachy Keen EP. Fox and the Hound, 2016. 04:10
Fox and the Hound. “The Guilty Ones” Peachy Keen EP. Fox and the Hound, 2016. 03:57
Fraser Wilson. “So Close So Far Away” Woodstock Street EP. Fraser Wilson, 2016. 01:45

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