Monday, October 26, 2009

My Fifth Generation iPod Nano

iPod Nano
Generation 5

I recently bought an iPod Nano.
Although this is the fifth generation of the Nano series, this is my first iPod.

I held out for as long as i could. I wanted to be different, everyone had iPods. Back in 2006 I bought an iRiver H20. Sure it was bulkier than the iPod, but it could do more. All the other mp3 players on the market at that time were basically the same except for cosmetic differences. The features I liked most about the iRiver H20 were listening to the FM Radio, being able to record it, and using the built in microphone as a voice recorder.

Its 2009 now, iPod's now have an even larger piece of the mp3 market share.

After doing research on the Apple iPod Nano I chose to buy it from the brand new Apple store in the Rideau Centre. Its a nice store, very spacious and colorful. But it always seems crowded for no apparent reason. Sure, there's the people that go visit to buy Apple merchandise and there the people that go there just to hangout and fool around with the laptops. At least that it was it looks like to me.
yeaaaaa, Mayer Hawthorne on my iPod

I went to the first associate I saw that wasn't helping anyone and just told them I wanted an 8 gig silver iPod Nano. The associate tried up-selling me to get an iPod touch, but i declined.
When I got to the cash I noticed the price listed for the iPod i was about to purchase was $169. Now why is it that Future shop sells the exact item for $157.99? Its not like there's a middle man involved, Im buying an Apple product from Apple, and it cost more?! Now I can actually have a reason not to like Apple.

First thoughts on this iPod...Its shinny and pretty small. My iPod has a glossy metallic silver finish, it looks great but It is very susceptible to scratches.

A really cool feature that this iPod allows you to do is pause live radio for up to 15 minutes. It is actually useful when something comes up such as an incoming phone call.

The pedometer is neat too, being able to see how many steps you take in a day is interesting. I often catch myself trying to beat the previous days amount of steps.

The included software iTunes is very user friendly, it is easy to navigate after a few minutes. The iTunes store has it all, if you want to listen to an up beat mix while running they have it, if you want to listen to CBC radio they have it too, and you can even watch some podcast if your iPod has video capabilities .

Video camera/ Microphone/Speaker

The video camera lets you to record your own video's. The built in microphone/speaker allows you to listen to music without headphones or record voice memo's. It is sort of strange this iPod is capable of recording videos, but not capable of taking pictures.

The fifth generation iPod Nano is really cool, it does tons more than just play music, the only real let down I have encountered is the earphones are poorly designed and seem very cheap.

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Michael Jackson On WAXPOETICS

Waxpoetics is a magazine i check out from time to time.
Its main focus is on the music industry, but it is a lot different from most of the music magazines out now a days. At Wax Poetics they do their research on new up and coming artist, and artist from the past that may have had a hit twenty years ago.

When I first heard of MJ's death I was curious to see if Waxpoetics was going to rush an MJ tribute issue like just about every other magazine was doing. They didn't though, and I was glad. The people at Waxpoetics took their time, did their research and produced the best tribute issue available.

Other than Michael Jackson & Jackson 5 articles, this issue also includes really interesting articles on Finger 5, Mayer Hawthorne & The Corporation.

Mayer Hawthorne is the up and coming soulful singer from Detroit.

Finger 5 was a Japanese family band of brothers, many would say they're Japan's Jackson 5.
Click here for Finger 5's version of I Want You Back

The Corporation was the team of Motown Records songwriters responsible for the Jackson 5's biggest hits.

This is it
Waxpoetics Issue 37
The Michael Jackson Issue

Rest in Peace

Friday, October 23, 2009

Encore in Montreal

I recently went on a business trip to Montreal.
Business trip? OK, I actually just went there to party it up, but I was hoping to visit a record store and buy some vinyl while I was out of town.

The trip was a success, because I partied it up and got a hold of some sweet vinyl.

My friend brought me to a really cool shop, that was only a few blocks away from the house we were staying at. It was actually a neat shop, the store sells mainly three things; Books, Records, and Electronics. they had tons and tons of books. The outer walls all have shelves filled with books. They even had one of the library type slide-y ladders on wheels to reach books that are stacked to the ceiling.

In the middle of the store they have the record bins. Its a small store with mostly books, so the record section is fairly small. One should never underestimate a shop because it has a small section for vinyl. There were lots of great records from a handful of genre's to choose from such as hip hop, soul, R&B, rock, and even soundtracks to movies and television shows.

Located in the back corner of the store there's a bunch of electronics.
Turntables, amplifiers, receivers and all the necessary stuff needed to start listening to their records.

MJ's Off The Wall
I love the way this folds out

My favorites
  • Don't Stop 'til You Get Enough
  • Rock with You
  • She's Out of My Life
  • I Can't Help It

Grand Master Flash & the Furious 5's Greatest Message's.
They dress funny

My Favorites from this album
  • The Message
  • Scorpio

If you ever get a chance check out Encore Books & Records.
They're located at 5670 Sherbrook West in Montreal, Quebec
A truly amazing store!

Tuesday, October 20, 2009

Record Show Re-cap

It went down at the Sandy Hill Community Centre!

I didn't know where I was going that day. I went to the wrong community centre.
I knew where I had to be, that's all that really mattered.

It was really nice out that day, some people were just hanging outside of the place enjoying the rays. I happily paid my two dollar cover charge. "Im here" I thought to myself.

It was really humid in there

Going in I really didn't know what to expect, I was never at something like this before. The room was crowded, and sweaty. People were kindly shoving others out of the way to find their diamond in the rough records. Prices varied from each vendor.

I got some really cool records. I bought a bunch of techno records from a dj earlier this summer, and he just so happened to be selling records that day.
I bought a few records from him and then he gave me some free ones too!
Booker T's Best

Chill compilation album

I ♥ Disco

Awesome Album! Great for parties. The B-52's

90% Busy & 10% Lazy.

I haven't made a post in over a month.
I've been 90% busy & 10% lazy.

From now on, I'll try to be more consistent. I'm going for a post a week.

I've noticed I have visitors from all over the world.
Nobody really comments, but at least they still visit.
Keep it up! Because I will too.