An F.Y.E. was closing down its doors at the mall today and I scored a couple of great CD deals in the process. The markdowns were pretty extensive, but F.Y.E. already naturally overcharges by at least 30% compared to other retailers, so an actual bargain requires some digging.
Music is always a goldmine when these kinds of stores go under because the general public has a limited aural palate. I was surprised though, because even really popular albums (like the latest efforts from Beyonce and Rihanna) were both plentiful, even when reduced by 50%.
Shocker! I thought Queen Bey would be the first to go.
Anyhoot, here are my gems (clockwise from top right)
1. Chulahoma - The Black Keys
I don’t consider myself a particularly amorous person, but The Black Keys somehow always get me, er, how to say this? Excited? Aroused? Look, it’s music to f*ck to, alright? There! I said it. There’s just something about the moaning lyrics and the dirty basslines. Damn girl, listen to dat bass!
2. Running on Empty - Jackson Browne
As Lane Kim from Gilmore Girls once said, there’s waaay more to Jackson Browne than just “Doctor My Eyes.” This CD is actually a live concert album, and while the quality is a little shakey at times, the music is well worth it. Think of it as a HQ bootleg. P.S. Listen to “The Road” and be forever changed. It’s an auto-include on my road trip-themed playlist.
3. Leave Your Sleep - Natalie Merchant
Natalie’s latest offering is a five-year project that took poems / children’s nursery rhymes and set them to music. It’s a treasure trove of folklore with a wide range of influences. My luckiest find (and not just because of the price that I paid)!
4. Prolonging the Magic - Cake
Cake is one of those bands that manages to dazzle me every time I hear them. I only own one album and a few singles, but I wanted to take another dip in their pool. Reviews for this album were all promising. I sampled “Let Me Go” on a lark and didn’t look back!
R.I.P., F.Y.E. but thanks for the tunes!