Tuesday, December 5, 2023

The 25 Bargain Buys of Xmas: Day 5

Much of my calendar year, every year, is spent sifting through record store bargain bins, estate sales, etc. and digging into the acquisitions. I win some and lose some, but I never write about it on AuxOut even though it accounts for a huge portion of my listening and discovery. In honor of the season of presents, I am celebrating some of the gifts bestowed upon me by the record gods during 2023.

Flatliner - Black Medicine 12" $3. 
I wrote about many Holodeck releases back in the day, pretty strong quality across the board. The Troller LP is great. The BOAN record is still one of my favs from the 2010s. And, of course, the label is most notable for being Survive's initial springboard, pre-Stranger Things. So when a Holodeck release popped up in my local bargain bin, it was a no-brainer buy. Don't know any of the details on this Flatliner duo (thankfully, they do list all the equipment they used so we know this is legit. Did you build that MFOS Modular yourselves?) but I don't need to in order to enjoy this 45rpm 12". Firmly situated in the instrumental, this-could-definitely-be-a-synth-score-for-a-movie-I've-never-heard-of genre and quite a strong example at that. Lead off track, "Blasted Highway" is the most exemplary (wait, is "Blasted Highway" a movie I've never heard of?). Very on brand for Holodeck. Another satisfied customer.

A playlist of tunes from each of the records I wrote about, I'll add a new song each day:

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