Looking for new music for your iPod? I am... I'm home sick from work and uploading CDs onto my computer/phone that have been sitting on a pile on my dresser and so far have only gotten limited play in the car. Among them... 3 guitar gems... I've been lucky enough to see all 3 live recently... and the albums are fantastic. All 3 are highly recommended. Eric Gales is just on another planet. If you've never heard him before... buy "Relentless" and your mind will be blown. Yeah, he has a lot of Hendrix and SRV going on... but he puts such a modern spin on it that it's refreshing. His playing is so off the charts... I just start laughing out loud when I listen to this... my favorite song is "Make It There." I was lucky enough to see Eric Johnson twice in NYC recently. I've always liked his playing but I've never actually owned any of his albums until "Up Close." Great stuff...really wide range of material... and his tones range from country chicken-pickin to that 200 pound violin. I'm still digesting this one... but so far my favorite song is "Austin" simply because it's the most catchy. Dave Weiner is an old friend of mine... I played in a band with him back in college and we knew he was going to do great things. He's been in Steve Vai's band for more than a decade but this album isn't as Vai-like as you might think. The production on this is absolutely amazing... lots of orchestral, anthemic type stuff... very melodic, soulful playing... with small bursts of shred thrown in the middle. A lot of the album almost sounds like a movie score. Great use of effects and there's some cool acoustic stuff in there too. The main riff in "Ignition" is just ridiculously badass. Anyway... that's all. Just bored at home... thought I'd share. You won't be disappointed with any of these 3... they all make for great listening!