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    Sunday, April 15, 2007

    Samsung and Shoegaze

    Last month I ordered Samsung's new SanDisk Sansa Express. It arrived a couple weeks and I'm really enjoying this little device.

    The combination of mp3 player, FM radio and microphone is pretty sweet. Its interface is very clean and bright and they even snuck in some fun animation when the device is charging (via USB). The only gripe I have (that others have as well) is that they put the lanyard loop on the cap end instead of the player end. But then again, the player end has a Micro SD slot for expanding the Sansa Express' memory. So I can't complain too much.

    Amazon boosted the price by about $10 once it was released, but it's still worth it if you're looking for something around the same size as the first generation iPod shuffle. Compared to the shuffle, this definitely has more bang for the buck.

    The first music I tossed onto the Sansa Express was Black Tambourine's Complete Recordings. How have I not stumbled upon this album by now? It's some classic shoegaze like My Bloody Valentine. Black Tambourine was a very short-lived D.C. band from the late eighties. Fun fact: The new Shins album namedrops the vocalist Pam Berry. This is some awfully fun stuff.

    Black Tambourine "Black Car" (mp3)
    Black Tambourine "Throw Aggi Off The Bridge" (mp3)