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New Year – New Decade

If I were to use one word to describe the decade’s music it would probably be “underwhelming”.

I am quite disappointed in regards to the lack of artistry and innovation, having expected a new rock subgenre to emerge from the political and economic turmoil that occurred during this decade as it had in previous decades.

Where was this decade’s heavy metal, new wave or grunge?

Couldn’t someone have come up with something palatable to the pop music consumer, to give us a break from the interminable, inane, repetitive, juvenile saccharine?

Yes, we did get Rammstein’s self-titled studio album last May and a few promising rock acts released albums and singles in the decade, like Ghost, Muse, Disturbed and Arcade Fire. But the 2000s had much more when it came to rock.

Perhaps the genre has stalled and is collapsing due to a lack of investment by the major record labels, who now appear to only be interested in packageable media assets and not recording artists that compose their own material, like those that I grew up on in the ’70s and ’80s.

The record labels of my youth have merged into media conglomerates so I’ve got to wonder if someone will ever decide to invest in anything that swims against the current.

I guess all we can’t do is wait and hope.

Warning From Canada Post

If you’re shipping parcel from their postal outlets, they are recommending sending these off today if you want them to be received before the 25th.

Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales were quite popular this year in Canada so you’ll notice that they’re renting vans in some areas to handle the extra shipments generated by those sales.

Click here for this year’s suggested shipping dates from Canada Post

By the way, you should consider installing the Honey app to your tablet and smartphone this year for the latest coupon codes and free gift card offers. A browser add-on is also available, which keeps track of price reductions on amazon.ca and amazon.com.

You add the products you want to a “droplist” and when the price of a particular product drops by the percentage you’ve chosen, you get notified via your browser and by email.

I’ve taken advantage of the Honey browser extension this Black Friday and Cyber Monday and saved a few bucks. I also got a few Gold points from my eBay and Bed Bath & Beyond purchases, which can be redeemed for gift cards.

I hope this helps you save some time and cash. Enjoy.

Marie Fredriksson 1958-2019

When it comes to Swedish pop and rock, three names come to my mind; Abba, Europe and Roxette.

Through-out the ’80s and ’90s, I’ve enjoyed all three, particularly Roxette, with their ballads, which were heavily featured on Canadian music video networks Much Music and Musique Plus during this period and into the new century.

The above playlist features my very favourite music videos from Roxette, starting with the video that got me hooked, “Listen To Your Heart”, and ending with their music video debut, “Never Ending Love”.

Enjoy.

Ticketmaster Settles

Ticketmaster L.L.C., TNow Entertainment Group, Inc. and Ticketmaster Canada LP has agreed to pay $4.5 million dollars to settle the Competition Bureau’s case against them for misleading prices, according to a news release that was issued today by the bureau:

“As part of a consent agreement registered with the Competition Tribunal, the companies will also establish a compliance program to ensure their advertising complies with the law and will implement new procedures to prevent advertising issues in the future.”

The Bureau had concluded that Canadian consumers were paying 20% to 60% more than the advertised price due to fees, which were mandatory. And had decided to sue Ticketmaster and several other associated companies on January 25th, 2018 (PDF).



Free Shipping & More

I’ve just updated my free shipping listings and added freebie links. More will be added a.s.a.p.

Postal Update/Cyber Monday

The back to work legislation passed by the House of Commons is awaiting Senate approval, which is due Monday night. And negotiations are still taking place until then.

Cyber Monday special are under way at Amazon.ca, Amazon.com and will begin at midnight at chapters.indigo.ca,Newegg.ca and American retailers Barnes & Noble and Musician’s Friend.