My ‘Pod

My first acquaintance with Apple, like many, was through the iPod. My first was of the second generation; they were still fairly uncommon in my area, and I was (strangely enough) even written up in my high school yearbook for my usage. It’s weird to consider that the iPod was seen as a rarity then, and within only a few years, reached iconic heights.

As I’ll be posting here on a weekly basis, I thought it’d be interesting to regularly highlight a few albums that are thematically linked and in heavy rotation on my iPod at the moment. To those without, you can pick up a 160 GB Classic (the largest capacity ever made!) from Mission Repair’s selection of refurbished iPods. Those that follow this blog can get FREE SHIPPING when purchasing the aforementioned iPod – in either Black or Silver – by using this coupon code anytime before midnight, July 19th: FREESHIP.

Mulatu Astatke and the Heliocentrics – Inspiration Information 3
2009, Strut Records
Part of Strut’s ongoing Inspiration Information series of collaborations, this one features the compositions and playing of Mulatu Astatke, father of Ethiopian jazz, along with UK band The Heliocentrics. This is my current favorite release of the year – load this on your iPod immediately!

While you’re there, check out The Heliocentrics debut Out There and Ethiopiques Volume 4 which features Mulatu Astatke’s genre defining sounds::

Give these a listen on a new iPod – let me know via e-mail if you dug these records at