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           Apple recently rolled out a slew of updated mp3 players for this holiday season, as well as a massive $200 price drop on the ever popular iPhone.

           The iPod Shuffle has been reinvented with a myriad of new colors. Still sporting a snazzy clip and ultra tiny design, the new shuffle holds up to 240 songs for just under $80.

           Up next is the new version of the most popular music player in history: the iPod Nano. According to Steve Jobs, the iPod Nano is the world’s most popular mp3 player, and the biggest selling product in the lineup. But customers continued to voice concern over the years, particulary harping at Apple to put video capabilities on the nano. Well fans of a video nano don’t have to wait any longer. The new ipod nano for this holiday season sports new colors, a totally new all stainless steel design, and the sharpest video screen Apple has ever put into an ipod. The new nano has full video playback, coverflow, and a brand new enhanced interface for music playback. A super sleek 6.5mm thick, the newly designed nano is sure to be a crowd pleaser. The new iPod Nano comes in both 4gb and 8gb models, reasonably priced at $149 and $199 respectively.

           Apple iPod nano (3G), actual size

           Next in line comes the original iPod that we all know and love. The king of mp3, sultan of sound and icon of the music player universe has not been left in the dust. This time around Apple has decided to not just change the appearance, but the name of their device as well. Instead of simply the iPod, the newly designed ipod will be dubbed the iPod Classic. The new iPod Classic features the same all stainless steel design as the nano, better battery life, an enhanced interface and a much sleeker design than ever before. Thinner and more affordable than its predecessor, the iPod Classic still has all the music, videos and photo features you have come to know and love. The iPod Classic will come in both an 80gb version and whopping 160gb version. That’s right, you can hold nearly 40,000 songs with 160gb of pure music bliss. The new iPod Classic starts at $249 for the 80gb model, and $349 for the massive 160gb version.

           

          Last but not least comes a completely new device from the minds at Apple. The stylish iPod Touch will also be featured amongst the crowd of redesigned music players. A cross breed between the iPhone and normal iPod, the iPod Touch features all the touch sensitive controls of the iphone, but for a cheaper price. Complete with a huge screen, touch sensitive interface, and wifi capabilities, the iPod Touch definitely stands out. The iPod Touch comes in two models, an 8gb model for $299 and a 16gb model for $399. Although a bit pricy, the iPod Touch may prove to be just the right device for those who don’t need an iphone but still dig the unique control scheme and amazing screen quality.

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Neil Young – 2007 Tour Dates
October 18 Boise, Idaho Morrison Center
October 20 Spokane, Washington INB Performing Arts Center
October 22 Portland, Oregon Keller Theatre
October 23 Seattle, Washington Wamu Center
October 30 Los Angeles, California Nokia Theatre LA Live!
November 8 Minneapolis, Minnesota Northrop Auditorium
November 10 Detroit, Michigan Fox Theatre
November 12 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Theatre
November 13 Chicago, Illinois Chicago Theatre
November 15 Washington, D.C. Constitution Hall
November 18 St. Louis, Missouri Fox Theatre
November 26 Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall
November 27 Toronto, Ontario Massey Hall
December 2 Boston, Massachusetts Orpheum Theatre
December 3 Boston, Massachusetts Orpheum Theatre
December 5 Wallingford, Connecticut Oakdale Theatre
December 9 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania Tower Theatre
December 12 New York, New York United Palace
December 13 New York, New York United Palace

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       After days of scouring the net I finally found a stream for the 18 minute epic ‘Ordinary People.’ Neil fans rejoice, another classic has been born:

 http://music.barnesandnoble.com/search/product.asp?delay=y&PV=y&EAN=093624990796&z=y&bnit=H&bnrefer=SHAKESPEARE

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            The track listing for Neil Young’s latest album has finally arrived, and it looks promising. Including a whopping 18 minute rendition of  the legendary “Ordinary People”, the album looks extremely interesting. Boasting 3 old tunes and 7 completely new numbers, Chrome Dreams II may be one of Neil’s most unique albums to date. In a recent interview, Young was quoted as saying this latest project is more like After the Goldrush or Freedom than any of his other albums. He talked about its level of variation and “mix” of multiple different facets that work together to create one message. We may only speculate at this point as to just how unique sounding it will be.

           According to online sources, “Ordinary People” will be released as the album’s first single this coming monday. This is great news for old Neil Young fans, considering the hype and sheer power this song posseses. Played numerous times throughtout Neil’s 1980s tour with the Blue Notes, “Ordinary People” has long been thought of as the best unreleased song Neil ever played. A timely tale of the average toiler, Neil has made comments concerning the place of the song in modern times. “Some songs, like ‘Ordinary People,’ need to wait for the right time. I think now is the right time for that song and it lives well with the new songs I have written in the past few months. I had a blast making this music,” he said. 

          The entire album itself is slated for release in early October, and will include bonus material as well.

  • 1. Beautiful Bluebird 3:30
  • 2. Boxcar 3:15
  • 3. Ordinary People 18:13
  • 4. Shining Light 4:33
  • 5. The Believer 2:38
  • 6. Spirit Road 5:01
  • 7. Dirty Old Man 2:52
  • 8. Ever After 3:32
  • 9. No Hidden Path 11:31
  • 10. The Way 5:15

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            So as I was roaming the Neil Young boards I noticed a recent bulletin. Apparently someone claims to have 3 songs from Young’s newest Chrome Dreams II album. I followed the link and listened to the tunes. I smell a rat here. Vocally it sounds far from Neil. The lyrics mention multiple religious themes that just don’t seem to fit. To me it seems like someone was trying a bit too hard to replicate the godfather of grunge. Now that’s not to say that these tracks are WITH 100 PERCENT CERTAINTY fake. But it seems that if anything, these are merely AMAZING copies of Neil Young. Maybe they are real, but in my opinion it seems a little too good to be true. I will provide the link below so you can listen yourself and see what you think.

(Note: track 2 seems to be the smoking gun in my eyes that destroys any chance of them being real. It just sounds almost nothing like Neil.)

http://www.the-grotto.com/talk/thread.jsp?forum=1&thread=11646&message=41947&q=chrome+dreams#41947

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         This is an awesome list of some of the best budget acoustics around. These reasonably priced guitars actually sound good; I actually own the Taylor Big Baby myself, it sounds great. Great resource for the beginning guitar player.

http://guitar.about.com/od/acousticguitar/tp/top5acoustics.htm

Taylor Big Baby

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