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  • Rock Band gets more Country & Jimmy Eat World

    Posted on February 20th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    From the Desk of Sean at Harmonix:

    Default DLC Week of 2/24 – Alt Country and Jimmy Eat World packs

    Good morning everybody,

    We are pleased to announce 8 tracks for next week’s DLC offering. We have 5 tracks for the Alt-Country pack, including acts like Neko Case, Steve Earle, Old 97’s, Drive By Truckers, and Lucinda Williams. We also have a Jimmy Eat World 3 pack (happy 10th Anniversary of Clarity!)

    Tracks

    Drive By Truckers: 3 Dimes Down
    Lucinda Williams: Can’t Let Go
    Neko Case: People Got a Lot of Nerve
    Old 97s: Time Bomb (LIVE)
    Steve Earle: Satellite Radio

    Jimmy Eat World: Futures
    Jimmy Eat World: Lucky Denver Mint
    Jimmy Eat World: Sweetness

    All tracks are masters.

    Price
    $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) per track
    $8.49 (680 Microsoft Points) for Alt Country Pack
    $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points) for Jimmy Eat World Pack

    Release Date: Tuesday, February 24, 2009 (Xbox) and Thursday, February 26, 2009 (PS3)

  • Guitar Hero World Tour – First Impression

    Posted on February 18th, 2009 Shawn 2 comments

    Hell hath frozen over.  This Rock Band fanboy unwrapped and inserted into his Xbox 360, the game Guitar Hero World Tour.  I gave it about 15 minutes for first impressions, and here’s what I think.  Of course, it will be heavily biased on my love of Rock Band and Rock Band 2.

    Some things to keep in mind:

    1) I was not the only judge, my 2 year old and 4 year old kids attended the unwrapping too.
    2) I only tested out vocals.

    Opening Sequence
    * According to my 4 year old son, who is deathly afraid of the Rock Band 2 opening sequence, he was not initially scared of the GH:WT intro.
    * Though, with the freaky cartoonish characters running, Satan in the audience, spinning black-and-white eyes, and a Kenny G look-a-like…I asked my son if he was scared.  His response, “I don’t know”.  That’s what I thought.  I don’t know either.  I did not understand the intro at all.  It was very bizarre, I can say that much.

    Vocals
    * People have slammed vocals on GH:WT as too difficult.  In the 3 songs I tried last night on Expert, I do not concur.  I very much enjoyed the three songs I sang, and got between 88% – 93% on all three…and got 2 achievements in the process.
    * To give you a sense of my initial interest in the game, here’s what I sang (in order):

    311 – Beautiful Disaster

    Linkin Park – What I’ve Done

    Survivor – Eye of the Tiger (that was a kids request, one of their favorite songs on Rock Band 2).
    * Granted, vocals are harder on GH:WT than they are on RB2, but I think RB2 vocals are ridiculously easy.

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    Overall Game Play
    * While singing, I would gain Star Power (i.e. Overdrive in Rock Band), but never had a sense of how much power I had available.  Maybe I didn’t see it.  I also wasn’t sure when to activate it.  It’s probably something I’ll learn if I ever RTFM.
    * I really enjoyed the game from a vocalists perspective. Graphics, songs, visuals.  All good.

    That’s the 15-minute first impression. Bizzare opening, difficult but realistic vocals, good graphics, great song list.  I will play it more…and focus a lot on drums.  I have heard the drumming on GH:WT is sub-par to Rock Band.  I’ll be back soon with my drumming impressions, and more detailed game impressions.

  • i am in physical pain

    Posted on February 18th, 2009 Eric 1 comment


    More photos here…

    what a beauty she is…

    with all the work i’ve done on my tilt (which is no longer a tilt, but a tytn ii, btw), i felt reaaaaly settled…  even though it *IS* a brick.  no one could temp me with their iPhones…  especially after installing the SRS iWow drivers and corecodec’s coreplayer (if you want info on these, contact me).

    two plush interfaces, one based on homescreen++, with weatherpanel, sbsh iLauncher, todayAgenda, thumbCal and iContact all there in one compact, each to read, very touch friendly screen.  my underlying FTouchSL system handling all the various functions i want to enable using “active corners” and gestures (FTouchFL is software i could NOT live without on this phone).  the second interface is the latest revision of iFonz…  and i’ve posted pics of the previous version before….  just incredible.

    i have all the software i want…  my GPS functioning extremely well (and TomTom as well)….

    so, here comes the touchpro2.  now what?

    well, thing 1:  i could always flash my current image onto that phone and just have the nice new hardware to play with (and if you click around that site, there are some incredible features).  but realistically, WM6.5 has been out for a while….  i flashed it once and played with it for a day…  (i flashed android too, and i liked ws6.5 better).  quite a nice interface.  what else is going to be on this phone?  who will carry it?  i mean…  there has GOT to be things i am going to want software wise…  making the decision, and more importantly, the TIME investment something to consider (picking and choosing apps i currently use vs apps on the phone).

    thing 2:  why not keep both phones?  my tytn ii is unlocked, i can always swap SIMs.  but is it really THAT much smaller that i would want to swap between the two?  nah.

    thing 3:  WVGA.  that’s all a have to say.  the puts a + in the corner of touchpro.  however, puts a minus on any applications i own that i want to install on it….  thereby invalidating a lot of thing 1.

    thing 4:  maybe its time for something new?  a clean start?  could it really be?  shawn, switching OS’s, hardware….  from palm to blackberry…  was it refreshing at all?

    what else?  i mean… the phone will be expensive at first…  and who knows what channels it will be available through (if i took the time to read the articles, i would probably find out that info).

    anyway, what do you think?

    cheers,

    eric

  • White Zombie finally comes to Rock Band

    Posted on February 17th, 2009 Shawn 2 comments

    Today is a great day for Rock Band DLC, that is if you love what I love. White Zombie (best known as a horror metal band from the 90’s) has two songs and another more punk-ish group, Turbonegro has a single. So, it’s only three songs this week, but I will definitely be buying at least two. how about you?


    Don’t forget to check out our Store for current and past Rock Band tracks available for purchase as MP3 (free of digital protection).

  • Rock Band DLC – The Slacker Radio Station

    Posted on February 16th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Slacker Radio has become my favorite media player. It works in a bunch of different formats, web browser, desktop client, BlackBerry client, and iPhone client. Oh, and it’s FREE. It’s got an amazing selection of high-quality music, and allows custom radio station building.

    This is my third custom radio station for the Rock Band game. Previously built stations contain nearly all the songs from Rock Band and Rock Band 2. Now, I’m on to the largest effort to date. The Rock Band DLC station. Rock Band has over 350 songs available for download, and adding ~6 additional songs every week.
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    As I continue to build and tune the station, I figured our readers would like to check it out. I will eventually put it in the Rock Band Radio tab and it will become a permanent fixture on the site.

    Shawn sent you a personalized Slacker radio station. Check out the station details below or click here to start listening now.
    Rock Band DLC
    Radio
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    Rock Band DLC
    This station contains artists from the ever growing collection of Rock Band downloadable content (DLC). So far, all artists (as of 2/16/2009) from A – O are categorized. We are also hearting exact song matches from the DLC catalog, and will continue to update and heart on a regular basic. As of today, 285 songs from the DLC collection have been hearted. Enjoy, Rock On!
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  • Dream Theater Album Coming Soon

    Posted on February 16th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Since many of our readers are dedicated Rock Band and Guitar Hero players, I figured I’d highlight one of the most difficult bands in the games, Dream Theater.  I’ve been following DT since the early 90’s and seen them live close to a dozen times.  One of the most technical Prog Rock bands of all time, they are coming with some new music soon.

    We learned this from our subscription to RoadRunner Records mailing list.  Below is the details from the article.  One can only hope the new album will mean more DLC for Rock Band.  Since DT is featured on GH:WT, Rock Band 2, and Rock Band downloadable content, I would bet that we’d see some (if not all) of the new album make it into the game.  Although, with DT’s crazy use of time signatures, it would take a skilled composer to recreate their songs in the game.

    For me, I want to see their earlier works from Images & Dreams and Awake, in the game.

    Source RoadRunner:

    02.12.2009

    DREAM THEATER WORKING ON THEIR 10TH STUDIO ALBUM!

    Prog Metal veterans Dream Theater are currently wrapping up work on their tenth studio album. The band commenced work on the as-yet untitled album –their second for Roadrunner Records, following up 2007’s Systematic Chaos—in October of last year.
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    Drummer Mike Portnoy and guitarist John Petrucci are once again producing the CD, while engineer Paul Northfield will mix the record. Roadrunner plans to release the album in early summer upon which the band will immediately embark on a world tour to support it.

  • Wiki, wiki, wiki, wah…Scratch: The Ultimate DJ coming to consoles

    Posted on February 11th, 2009 Shawn 2 comments

    Ahhh yeah!  Right when we thought DJ Hero was going to drop from Activision, little known Genious Products and 7 Studios gives a big F you to Activision, with Scratch: The Ultimate DJ.

    From Dustin Burg @ Joystiq:

    Dust off your oversized headphones and brush up on your DJ skills, because Genius Products and 7 Studios just announced that Scratch: The Ultimate DJ will release with a library of over sixty songs.

    The complete list of tracks has yet to be revealed, but songs from Kanye West, Beastie Boys and Run DMC are already set to appear on our digital turntables during Q2 2009, on both PS3 and Xbox 360 platforms. Maybe with a more mainstream catalog of music, Scratch can carve out a space in the DJ market.
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    • “Intergalactic” by Beastie Boys
    • “Flashing Lights” by Kanye West
    • “Let’s Get it Started” by The Black Eyed Peas
    • “Slacker” by Tech N9ne
    • “Don’t Sweat the Technique” by Eric B. and Rakim
    • Other Songs From: Run DMC, The Gorillaz, Nelly and Deltron 3030
  • TWIRB: Snoop, GNR, Rush, Fratellis

    Posted on February 10th, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND! Lot’s of rock and some hip-hop on the horizon.

    * The Fratellis, a lesser known Scottish rock group, made a triple-pack appearance this week for Xbox 360 and PS3 DLC.
    I don’t know them well enough to pick up their stuff…not with so much other DLC available.  Though, I took a listen and it’s some decent alt rock, if that’s your thing.

    * Axl Rose has said Chinese Democracy (the song, or the entire album) will make a Rock Band DLC appearance this Spring.
    I said it before, and I’ll say it again.  I do like Chinese Democracy the album, though c’mon guys.  Give us some, any, a taste of the classics.  Anything from Appetite for Destruction, GN’R Lies, or Use Your Illusions 1 & 2.  Anything from the old days would be big sellers.  Granted, I will probably by the new stuff, but I really want the old stuff…and I know I’m not alone.

    * Snoop Dogg has a new album coming, a new MTV show coming, and his classic tracks making an DLC appearance on Rock Band.
    We don’t know how his stuff will play in the game, but I am excited about his classic stuff and looking forward to the growth in additional genres.
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    * Rush’s Moving Pictures made it onto Wii’s DLC list this week at 200 Nintendo points a track.
    Way to go Wii, you are trying to hard to catch up to your bigger brothers Xbox 360 and PS3.  You are like little Michael Jackson, making way more money/fame than your older siblings, although they are a bit way more talented than you.

  • S-N Double O-P D-O Double G, on R-B-D-L-C

    Posted on February 10th, 2009 Shawn 5 comments

    The Doggfather, aka Snoop Dogg, aka Calvin Broadus is coming to Rock Band! Yes, you read that correctly. I don’t know how this stuff will play on Rock Band, but I have to admit that 1993’s Doggystyle was in my CD player nearly 24/7 followed by the Murder Was the Case soundtrack in 1994 on regular rotation.  I’m a Snoop fan, and very intersted on how his stuff will play out on Rock Band.

    What are your thoughts?

    Comin’ straight outta the desk of Henry at Harmonix:

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    MTV AND SNOOP DOGG GET DOWN TO BUSINESS; UNPRECEDENTED DEAL CROSSES THE GLOBE WITH TV, ROCK BAND® AND NEW MUSIC

    “Dogg After Dark” to Premiere Tuesday, February 17th at 9pm ET/PT on MTV

    New York, NY – February TK, 2009 – MTV and icon, record producer, entrepreneur and actor, Snoop Dogg today announced a first-of-its kind global deal that will bring the entertainers’ personality to television in a new variety talk show, “Dogg After Dark,” and his music to fans with a new album release and into the best-selling music video game Rock Band®.
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    Premiering on Tuesday, February 17th at 9pm ET/PT on MTV, Snoop Dogg will host “Dogg After Dark,” a new jam packed weekly variety talk show from Los Angeles hotspot Kress on Hollywood Boulevard. “Dogg After Dark” will bring his Doggystyle swagger to the airwaves with raw interviews with A-list celebrities and musicians, hilarious sketch-comedy segments and musical performances from the hottest artists. The show will air every Tuesday night for seven weeks and feature Snoop’s own in-house band, the “Snoopadelics.”

    “When Van Toffler and I sat down Boss to Boss, a global quintuple threat takeover was masterminded. As the world of entertainment keeps changing, we felt it was the right time to let Snoop Dogg back on MTV so we could continue to run thangs with music, movies, DVDs and bring Hip-Hop to Rock Band.” said Snoop Dogg. “So screw ya wigz on tight and tune in on Tuesday nights for the first step to the next level of Snoop D-O double G. Dogg after Dark is the only nightclub tv show hosted by you know who. So take a journey with me through the mind, body, soul and musical mindstate of the most prolific, authentic game spitter. And tha sh*t is funny, so show me da money!”

    “Snoop has been a mainstay across MTV screens for over a decade by pushing the boundaries of hip-hop with his signature antics, incredible catalogue of music, legendary videos, larger than life personality and even a little controversy,” said Van Toffler, President, MTV Networks Music / Films / Logo Groups. “I can’t even begin to imagine MTV, my tumultuous career and several raging ulcers without the Dogg being such a big part of our history. He is an undeniable international superstar whose talent and work transcend music, tv and film and we look forward to launching this new multidimensional partnership with the Doggfather.”

    “From iconic VMA performances to DoggyFizzle Televizzle and everything imaginable in between, MTV has always been a home for Snoop’s music and comedic expressions and will continue to be that through this exciting new partnership,” said Amy Doyle, Executive Vice President of Music and Talent for MTV.

    The Grammy-Award nominated rapper’s unprecedented deal with MTV will let loose Snoop Dogg’s upcoming, new album, Malice In Wonderland, with global distribution, marketing and promotion. Featuring some seemingly unlikely musical guests, the album will feature tracks by Dr Dre, Pharrell and Lalo Shifrin, is scheduled to be released later this year. In addition, songs from Snoop Dogg’s impressive catalogue of hits will be released on MTV’s hot-selling Rock Band® music video game platform.

    “Dogg After Dark” is Executive Produced by Snoop Dogg. Tony DiBari, Tim Healy and Karen Frank are Executive Producers for MTV. Matt Parillo is Executive in Charge of Production. Leslie Greif and Adam Freeman of the Greif Company are Executive Producers. Ted Chung and Constance Schwartz of Snoopadelic Pictures are Executive Producers.

  • GTA IV DLC Special Offer

    Posted on February 9th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Buy the “GTA IV” DLC, Get Three Months LIVE Free

    Time to saddle up that metal horse and experience Liberty City from a whole new perspective. For a limited time, when you buy The Lost and Damned–the first downloadable content (DLC) expansion for Grand Theft Auto IV–you’ll get a three-month Gold Card for Xbox LIVE, free. Quit riding solo and take to the streets as part of the pack.
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