It Came From the Bins 08/29

This week at the bins, I found a couple books of CD’s…

Misfits, AFI

…which are pretty worthless these days, but it’s not always about the money when it comes to picking. So, let’s talk about the nostalgia of compilations, weird music listening habits, and stupid things I think are cool for whatever reason… Sometimes the things that I never would have expected to have any value to me end up having some kind of worth when I stumble upon them in a different light.

2PacWhy I like CD’s

In this digital age I’ve tried over time to keep a decent record of everything I listen to online. I find it interesting to see what I was listening to heavily a few months back as well as what I may have been listening to a few years back. It’s also neat to see how much time I spent listening to music, or making music on certain days of the week. I was pretty addicted to Last.fm the first time I saw the site, but it’s also good to have some guilty pleasures… and Last.fm can’t track my CD player (or my record player for that matter.) So, bring on the garbage music…

Phantom Planet, Birdman

New Music Challenge

Over the years I’ve challenged myself to expand what I listen to by finding new music through unconventional means. This was another aspect of Last.fm that I loved… and now the way I use Spotify. There have been a few other New Music Challenges over the years, but the most recent one involves the bins, and works a bit like this…

When I find CD’s (or records,) I just grab them indiscriminately, then I force myself to listen to them. All of them (…at least once.) In addition, I have a rule that I only allow found CD’s in my car. Nothing that I’ve paid new prices for… I feel like CD’s in the car usually get messed up or broken, so it’s a pretty good rule to have only CD’s that we’re extremely cheap be allowed to ride shotgun.

So here’s some interesting stuff that I found in my most recent trip to the bins…

Incubus – the album they came out with after S.C.I.E.N.C.E. that I (for some reason) always refer to as Pardon Me
Boo-Tay – This is a compilation, that may as well be a 2 Live Crew album. It does, however, have Hip Hop Hooray, which makes it amazing.
Poison the Well – I used to listen to these guys for a bit, here and there, back in the day… never got too into them, but this is the 2nd one of their albums I’ve found whilst picking, and I gotta say… I don’t know the names of any of it, but this is some good -ish.
Norma Jean – The cover is black on black, just like the music… the only thing I don’t like is 13 minutes into track 5. I’m wondering why any of these tracks needs to exceed 3-5 minutes.