Events

Shipping Deadlines

Today is the last day to ship regular parcels out to Canadian addresses for December 24th, according to Canada Post. And the last day to send a parcel Xpresspost or Priority is on December 22nd, conservatively, although I would do it on or prior to December 21st myself.

You will also have until December 17th to send out cards/gift cards by regular letter mail, December 18th if its destination is within the province. But Amazon.ca also has an option to send gift cards express by December 21st.

December 17th would likely also be the last day to get physical gift cards shipped from chapters.indigo.ca and Sears.ca.

The above mentioned retailers also send gift cards by email, if it’s more of your thing or you happened to have forgotten, along with iTunes Canada and Newegg.ca.

Black Friday Offers

Here are some offers I thought you’d like :

PonoMusic Now Online In Canada

Canadians can now purchase high quality music from the Pono store and the PonoPlayer from Amazon.ca in either black or yellow. And don’t forget to check the Black Friday deals at Amazon.ca.

Rogers Cable To Go Fully Digital

I have just received an email from Rogers saying that they “will soon be fully upgraded to an all-digital format for improved picture and sound quality”, which means that they will be dropping all of their analog channels soon.

Customers that use digital set top boxes will not require additional equipment. But Rogers will be providing digital adapters free to customers that have simply connected their televisions to their outlets via rogers.com/digitaladapter and their customer service department at 1-800-530-4034.

The other cable networks may choose to follow Rogers’ example so keep an eye out on your statements and emails.

40 Years of Bohemian Rhapsody

Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody”

It was released on this date in 1975, the first single off the above album.

It topped the charts in the U.k for nine weeks.

It introduced the world to a new promotional medium – The music video.

It charted again as a single in 1992 in Australia, The USA and U.K because it was featured
in the Wayne’s World soundtrack.

It is one of the most downloaded recordings in rock history with over
3.8 million downloads in the United States alone.

A cover of this single by the Muppets has had over 47 million views on Youtube.

Jagged Little Disappointment

Twenty years have passed since the release of Alanis Morissette’s “Jagged Little Pill”. And to celebrate this anniversary a four CD collector’s edition will be released today.

This boxed set of course includes the original recordings, remastered, ten unreleased demo tracks from that period, the acoustic album that was released to celebrate the tenth anniversary of the release of Jagged Little Pill and a dozen live recordings from a performance recorded at London’s now defunct “Subterranean” rock club. And I’d say this is an acceptable collection, overall. But it is missing something that would have had me running to the store to buy it.

Upon hearing of this release I had hoped her label would consider including a bonus DVD containing all of the album’s music videos and several live recordings. But it appears that they have chosen to pass on another opportunity to do this.

They could have added these music videos to the “Jagged Little Pill Live” DVD in 1999, or “Feast on Scraps” DVD in 2002 or on the bonus DVD included with “The Collection” in 2005. And although I can view them on Youtube i’m still puzzled as to why I can’t purchase all of these videos on iTunes.

I will probably end up purchasing the unreleased demo recordings and a few live performances from the collection on iTunes. But still, I can’t say i’m satisfied with this release because it didn’t include a DVD.