I just finished buying myself a copy of
Off the Leash,
the latest album from the Real McKenzies, who are quickly becoming my favourite band in the world. I think you should buy it too, so here are a couple of free mp3’s to give you an idea of what you’ll be getting.The Lads Who Fought and WonChip
If you can listen to those and not drop the $10, you my friend are stronger than I, although far less better off.
Now that I’ve got the plug out of the way, I have to mention something.
The Fat Wreck Chords site is a great place to buy things. The prices are great, much better than what anybody up here would dream of charging for a punk album. The shipping times are pretty good and the charges are also more than reasonable. Well, they are depending on the option you choose that is.
It must be a new thing since I didn’t notice it a few weeks ago when I last bought something, but there are now 3 shipping options on the site instead of the one there used to be. For $2.14 they’ll ship your stuff using first class mail. That’s the way it’s always been. But now If you want to pay $17 you can upgrade to priority, and for $23 express post is all yours. I’m sure that sounds fine to some of you, but the thing to keep in mind is that most of the CD’s cost $10, and some are even less than that. So what I want to know is who are the imbeciles who demanded this? Did people write in and say please, I wish to pay the post office more than double what I’m paying you? I suppose if you’re in a real pinch and need something quickly to give as a gift the faster shipping might be worth considering, but if it’s me I’m telling the person that it’s going to be late and there’s nothingI can do about it. If people are willing to pay the extra fees to hopefully get their music a bit sooner then more power to them and more power to Fat for wringing a few extra bucks out of ’em, but my math skills are for shit and you’ll never catch me doing it. I’d like to think I’m not alone in that, but who knows anymore?