Well I finally did it…..I bought an iPod!

My Dell DJ 30 has served me above and beyond the call of duty and it finally died a noble death. I was listening to my DJ at work last week and the headphone jack fell out of the unit. Turns out the solder that held the actual jack in place had come loose and that’s why I kept thinking my headphones were dying. I was getting volume from one ear on the headphones unless I packed the jack with aluminum foil, a temporary fix. Then it happened…..I pulled the headphones out to put in a little more foil and the entire piece came out! R.I.P. Dell DJ……..

So I went to Best Buy last Saturday and dropped the $250 for an iPod 120gb and $40 for the 2 yr. warranty (if anything happens to it, I can bring it back and get a fresh one). I’ve been loading albums into iTunes but I don’t have nearly as many as I had in the Dell. Here’s what I have in the iPod because it’s all I’ve listened to…..

Great White – Rising (2009): I still haven’t given up on this album even though it’s a little too mellow. It’s definitely a grower and I’m beginning to enjoy it more everytime I play it.

Hammerfall – No Sacrifice, No Victory (2009): Here’s another album that I haven’t given up on yet especially since I kind of knew what to expect. Hammerfall plays straight ahead Power Metal and they don’t stray far from their formula…..that can be either refreshing or redundant depending on the quality of the material. This album gets more refreshing everytime I spin it.

Tim ‘Ripper’ Owens – Play My Game (2009): This new record comes out next week and I was lucky to get it in the mail Saturday afternoon. I’ve only given it one full spin so far.

Saxon – Into The Labyrinth (2009): The album of the year for me so far!

UFO – The Visitor (2009): Another album I was lucky to receive in the mail a full month before it’s release…..all UFO has done since 1995′s WALK ON WATER is release high quality albums and THE VISITOR is no exception.

Heaven & Hell – The Devil You Know (2009): This album was probably one of the most anticpated of 2009 for me next to the new Saxon. I’ve been playing this non-stop but I haven’t gotten around to reviewing it yet…..probably sometime this week.

Accept – Predator (1996): Accept’s final studio album and probably their most confusing since EAT THE HEAT (1989). I remember I picked this up the week it came out because I had read about it in a fanzine and Accept were one of my formative bands back in the ’80s. I figured that I was going to get a Metal album but PREDATOR is a mix of different styles, the best track being the first: ‘Hard Attack’. The biggest problem I had was that Udo didn’t sing every song on the album, bassist Peter Baltes sang lead on three tunes and had a primary role on the backing vocals. At the time I loved it save for a couple of tunes…..13 years later I can hear a few more filler tracks but there is some good material too.

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Comments
  1. Dan says:

    welcome to the dark side.

  2. Rene says:

    I already thought you had a I POD. Many times you made playlists but finaly it was not your play list from your I POD but of that other thing you talk about. Dont realy know what that is to be honest. Anyway, i am tecnical very bad hahaha. I have a IPOD too, but only 2 gb. i can put 300 songs on it +/-.
    TAke careeeeeee and have some great times with your IPOD.

  3. JB Martell says:

    Nice list man. Heaven and Hell and Saxon are by far the best of this year. I find them just amazing. Nice to see someone listening to the new stuff and not completely living in the past.

  4. Metal Mark says:

    I have the Ripper Owens disc, but have not listened to it yet. I have played a few songs off of the new UFO and like what I have heard so far.

  5. Jamie says:

    I still haven’t purchased an iPod, I have a 120gb Zune. The new Saxon is awesome and tops my list for 2009 as well… so far. The new Lions Share, Dark Hours, is incredible too. I’ve been listening to this one over and over. Lars Chriss is yet another guitarist who admits he never would have picked up a guitar had it not been for KISS.

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