Know anyone on your Christmas shopping list with really eclectic musical tastes, or perhaps someone who just needs a crapload of red Tower Records shopping baskets? If so, then head to Tower on Lemmon Avenue pretty much, oh, right now. Because come Thursday, it will be gone -- outta bidness, an empty building awaiting its next temporary tenant. Till then, everything's 70 to 90 percent off, and though the selection is woeful, there are bargains to be had if you have the time and patience to slog through the leftovers.
Among the topper-notch items still awaiting your rescue: about a dozen copies of Steven Soderbergh's Bubble, the first Mark Cuban-Todd Wagner production to get simultaneous DVD-TV-theatrical release; a few copies of Sail Away: The Songs of Randy Newman (featuring Steve Earle, Joe Ely and Allison Moorer), plenty of obscure jazz reissues, a wall full of rap and dance music, loads of import British CDs and singles always worth taking a risk on at pennies on the dollar and, oh, about 20 Worf action figures for the Star Trek nerd in your life. (As a DVD extra on Bubble, I can't recommend it enough.)
I spent $30 on about $120 worth of product. And that doesn't include the shopping basket, which I grabbed as a souvenir for five bucks. Putting it next to my Peaches album crates and Sound Warehouse cassette holders. --Robert Wilonsky
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