|bargain bin booty!
There are both things to love and
hate about bargain bins. On one hand, record labels don't receive royalties from
bargain bin sales. On the other hand, they're a great source for independent music
you may not have picked up anywhere else. And
consider all the rare and out of print
stuff that can be hunted down... Well, Bargain Bin Booty! is all
about the treasures that we've tracked down in these bins.
Moreover, everything was purchased
for five bucks or less (that's Canadian dollars!)
Read ahead and writhe in sheer envy.a
||Bargain Bin Booty One: Ashes'
The "Ashland" album is an early (1993) collection of experimental ambient/synth stuff
by Ashes, the now-defunct Italian band
with a member of the legendary Sigillum S
to its credit. Out on Verba Corrige, "Ashland" features
beautiful silkscreen cover art and appears to have been released in a limited edition.
The music itself
is relaxing and meditative - the polar opposite of Sshe Retina
"other" Sigillum S side-project.
Amount I Paid For It: $3.98
Bin Booty Two: The "PLEASE DO NOT FEED THE PIGEONS" compilation
Released on the incredulously obscure Skooby Snack label from
Vancouver, Canada, this was an excellent compilation of hardcore political
punk acts from all over the world. As far as I can tell, this was
the only release that the label put out - way back in 1996. With $2
of each copy going to Herstreet in Montreal, the release was a bulky
little thing; it featured not only a professionally-mastered CD, but a big
fat book of liner notes - most of which include lyrics, contact info, and
political tidbits. The most noticeable part of this release is the
bands, many of which are now big on the hardcore scene - Anti-Flag,
d.b.s. (RIP), Elliot, Render Useless, Seven Hate,
Burning Heads, and Rhythm Collision make
appearances. And there's 24 tracks, too. Even if just
for the moment when the Victoria-based Goatboy yells "Kill the
fuck", this was a worthy (and affordable!) purchase.
Amount I Paid For It: $3.98 Canadian.
Bin Booty Three: Sucking Chest Wound's "God Family Country"
"God Family Country" is a CD-reissue of a set of three 1990
cassettes released by tape collagist Sucking Chest Wound.
Frantically culture jamming religion, materialism, and patriotism, SCW's
tracks, like "Who Shot the Pope?", "A Sovereign Military
Orger, and "Bring 'em To Their Knees", come from the Negativland
camp of political musique concrete-ists. Pressed in 1992, and
happily donning the anti-copyright symbol, this is a full seventy-four
minute journey into tape collage antics. Not only that, after
purchasing this cd at one store, I saw it for a dollar less at another -
so maybe there's still hope for you bargain bin frequenters!
Amount I Paid For It: $4.95 Canadian
Bin Booty Four: Royal City's "At Rush Hour The Cars" album
"At Rush Hour The Cars" is one of folk-popster Royal City's
wonderful albums, predating his most recent effort, "Alone At The
Microphone". With wonderful melodies and beautiful guitar
playing, the album is one of the best on Toronto, Ontario's Three Gut
There's an interesting story behind how I got this one. Two minutes
after asking about the price of a noise comp, I weakly came back up to the
cashier with this, expecting to be told the usual price of a used cd, ten
dollars. The cashier took it out of my hands and inspected it.
He looked at the front, then looked at the back, then opened it up and
inspected the disc itself, before saying... "three bucks".
Whoa baby. I suppressed my glee, so as not to appear as if I had
been given a deal, and shelled out the money. It was only after I
had exited the store that I smiled, cheered to myself, and jumped a few
times out of glee. Success.
Amount I Paid For It: $3.00 Canadian
Bin Booty Five: The "Noise Forest" Compilation
Ha. Ha ha ha ha ha. I AM THE KING. I walked into the
store, saw Noise Forest, saw the price,
and immediately asked the cashier if I
could listen to it. "Shit," he said,
"this should be more expensive." I asked why, even though
I knew. Noise fans die for noise comps from
Japan, especially ones with names like Merzbow, Masonna,
Incpacitants, and Aube
involved (put out by obscure Japan-then-France label
Les Disques Du Soleil).
He claimed he was going to mark it up if I didn't buy it, but I knew he was
more interested in snatching it for his own. "Well, I want it," I said. And
it was mine. Pure harsh noise,
Amount I Paid For It: $4.95 Canadian
Bin Booty Six: The "Commercial Ad Hoc" Compilation
Having heard a bit of this CD on the Brave New Waves radio station, I
was enthralled upon finding it in the bargain bin of Vancouver's Zulu
Records. Commercial Ad Hoc is a collection of culture jamming
tape collage pieces (read: Negativland) from a nice
international sound artists. While some of this is fun and rhythmic
- including contributions by The Evolution Control Committee (of Rocked
By Rape fame) and The Bran Flakes - most falls under the
experimental ambient banner. Tip top minimal offerings from Jörg
Piringer and Youth Parade, and a mind-blowing ambiance of bassy
electronics from Mr Meridies bring it home. Thank you, Illegal Art, for one of the most memorable
culture jamming compilations ever released.
Amount I Paid For It: $1.98 Canadian
Bin Booty Seven: Sonny And Cher's "I Got You Babe" 45
Forty-five rotations per minute. Mint condition. No skips, no
scratches, no fuzz. "I got you babe". Enough said.
Amount I Paid For It: 50 cents Canadian
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