citrus fresh.

every so often, i will type one of my song titles or lyrics into a search engine and hit enter, just for fun, to see what happens. while i don’t always find things that have anything at all to do with me, random searches have been known to produce some interesting results. yesterday i thought i would try “please remember to forget me”, for no particular reason.

instead of random silliness, i found myself at the website for a podcast called cold citrus, created by a dude in london, england, and discovered that he had been playing my music as a part of his show since late 2009.  as well as i can suss it out, he must have somehow come across CHICKEN ANGEL WOMAN when i had put it up on the cllct website, where tons of people from all different places share free MP3s. the site eventually went offline for a while, all of the content was lost, and i didn’t end up re-uploading my files because in the interim my feelings about MP3s had shifted a bit. i still think the website is a great idea, and there’s lots of very cool music there that you won’t hear anywhere else. i’ve just realized that i’m very much a hard copy guy when it comes to the dissemination of my own music in album form.

anyway. i think it’s pretty cool, and a pretty big compliment, that someone as far away as england thought enough of my music to make it a part of his internet radio show without any prodding from me. the first podcast i came across was this one, which features my music both at the beginning and end of the show, and there’s a moment early on where he quotes from a then-new blog entry of mine that just about made me fall over from laughing. i had forgotten all about that particular little rant…i guess i don’t mince words when someone ruins a beatles song. you can listen right here, if you’re so inclined:

i’ve got reach! thanks to shaun for giving me some england exposure. hopefully i’ll get the opportunity to send him some newer music at some point.

in other news, i think it’s safe to say livewire have lost my business. a week or two back i vented about an NAD cd player that had stopped working. i bought it from them back in december of 2008, along with a full hi-fi system and some beefy PSB speakers. two years for a fairly high end cd player is not a good run in my book. i have a few much cheaper and supposedly inferior all-in-one cd players that are more than a decade old now, and they’re still going strong. i was told the problem with the NAD player was a simple fix, and something that shouldn’t take too long. it was sent back to NAD through livewire so they could take a look at it.

a few weeks later, it came back, and i was informed nothing had been done to it. they determined that the laser mechanism that reads cds needed to be replaced, and it would cost $30 or so. the labour for replacing the part would cost more than twice that much, which i think is a complete rip-off. all told, with tax/shipping/whatever, it comes to more than $130. this is a cd player i bought two years ago that has been incredibly well cared-for, used very gently, and is generally in immaculate condition. i could buy a brand new, warranty-enhanced replacement cd player for not much more than that amount of money. matter of fact, that’s exactly what i did at audio two so i would have a backup player until the NAD piece was back in working order.

today johnny smith and i popped in at livewire to ask two questions — what is the warranty on this replacement part, and how long can we expect the turnaround time to be? we’ve already lost a few weeks and nothing has been done. a guy who works there (i’ll call him “the nice one”) said he was sure there was a warranty. probably 60 or 90 days. he would call to find out. he did make a phone call, but got an answering machine, and then went off to do something else. we were then approached by another guy, who i will call “the other one”. he had been handling the order, for the most part. i asked him the same questions i had asked the nice one, and he ignored everything that came out of my mouth, as if i hadn’t said a thing.

“we just need you to give us the money and then we can get it sent off and fixed,” he said, quite jolly.

“well,” i said, “if it’s just going to break again in a year or two i don’t really see the point in spending the money. it doesn’t seem like a sound investment to me if it isn’t built to last and there’s no real warranty there.”

apparently this was a big mistake, and i was just supposed to roll over and be a lobotomized fuckwad who nods and says, “yes, other one, thy will is glorious. no questions of reason shall i ask.”

his jolly disposition disappeared and he said, with a very curt and condescending tone, “i don’t have a wizard’s hat. so i can’t help you there. i mean, i don’t have a crystal ball.” in other words, “don’t ask questions; shut up and cough up the money. and by the way, your business doesn’t mean a thing to me, especially in a case like this where i don’t stand to make much money either way.”

it just so happens that i do have a wizard’s hat. you know what i’ve gathered from the powers of perception it has bestowed upon me? livewire just lost a customer. i know you’ve got plenty of other people to overcharge and condescend to, but put that in your nonexistent crystal ball and chew on it a while, other one. chew it good.


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