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  • Rock Band DLC Slacker Station: Now with Pearl Jam, Journey, and more

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 Shawn 1 comment
    Rock Band DLC
    Radio
    Station Image
    Rock Band DLC
    NEW: Don’t Stop Believing
    Heartbreaker
    Geraldine
    C’mon C’mon
    Lots of Pearl Jam

    This station contains artists from the ever growing collection of Rock Band downloadable content (DLC). So far, all artists (as of 3/31/2009) from A – Z are categorized. I have also hearted every exact song match from the DLC catalog that exists in Slacker, and will continue to update and heart on a regular basis. As of today, 399 songs from the DLC collection have been hearted. Enjoy, Rock On!

  • Lips…Lowest Price Ever!

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Lips (with two wireless mics) for only $52.99 at Amazon. I just just stumbled on this a minute ago. Lips (for Xbox 360) retails for $69.99. The biggest feature of the game is the two wireless mics that work with Rock Band 2. The game itself has mixed reviews. (Leave comments below on your thoughts of the game).

    If you don’t know much about Lips, think of it as the ultimate karaoke game for the Xbox 360. Comes with a great set list, has lot’s of (for purchase) downloadable content, and you can use songs from your own media library too.

    At 24% off retail price, you really can’t go wrong. Shipping if free through amazon too. It’s a buy for me. you?

    Get Lips here.

  • TWIRB: Spongebob represent! Plus Journey, Pat Benatar, and some randoms

    Posted on March 31st, 2009 Shawn No comments

    jo_sb_dlcRock Band DLC UpdateTHIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND! Now live on Xbox Marketplace (and coming Thursday to PlayStation Network), we get Journey’s Don’t Stop Believing, Pat Benatar’s Heartbreaker, and a 3-pack from Spongebob Squarepants…and some other stuff. I have already queued up Journey and the Spongebob pack. I’ll be rocking these tonight. What a week.

    Default DLC Week of 3/31 – Journey, Pat Benatar, SXSW, and SpongeBob!

    Hey gang!

    Here’s the DLC for the week of 3/31. Some great classic rock anthems, some sweet tracks from up and comers that played the Rock Band Showcase at SXSW, and some bubblegum fun songs to round out the week. Check it out!

    Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
    Pat Benatar – Heartbreaker
    Glasvegas – Geraldine
    Von Bondies – C’mon C’mon
    SpongeBob SquarePants – I Can’t Keep My Eyes Off of You
    SpongeBob SquarePants – The Best Day Ever
    SpongeBob SquarePants – Where’s Gary?


    All songs are masters.

    The Journey, Pat Benatar, Glasvegas, and Von Bondies singles are $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) per track. The SpongeBob SquarePants singles are $0.99 (80 Microsoft Points) a piece, or $2.99 (240 Microsoft Points) for the 3 song SpongeBob SquarePants Pack 01.

    Release dates:
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360) Thursday, April 2, 2009 (PlayStation®Store)

    To dicuss this DLC please visit the official thread in Community’s Greatest Hits.

    For all DLC song credits please go here.

    And, as always, for awesome background information on our DLC and other articles please visit the Rock Band ‘Zine.

  • Toby Keith Drops a 6-Pack on Rock Band

    Posted on March 30th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band DLC UpdateWe just got a VERY early official announcement for the 4/7 DLC for Rock Band.  Are you a Toby Keith fan?  If so, rejoice!

    The most important part of the below announcement (to me) is the last line, “Also, this isn’t the full DLC announcement for next week, so be sure to check back in on Friday for more news.

    Straight from HMXHenry:

    Default DLC Week of 4/7 Sneak Preview – Toby Keith 6 Pack

    AWARD WINNING SUPERSTAR TOBY KEITH COMING TO THE ROCK BAND® MUSIC STORE

    Cambridge, Mass. – March 30, 2009 – Harmonix and MTV Games today announced that music superstar Toby Keith will make his Rock Band debut with the addition of six tracks to the Rock Band® Music Store of downloadable content. The singer, songwriter, producer and entertainer has sold more than 25 million albums this century.

    The “Toby Keith 6-Pack” features a compilation of Keith’s most popular songs spanning his entire career including his first number one hit “Should’ve Been A Cowboy” from his 1993 self-titled album. The 6-pack also includes the title track “How Do You Like Me Now” from Keith’s 1999 album, “Beer For My Horses” and “Who’s Your Daddy” featured on Unleashed (2002), “I Love This Bar” from Shock n’ Y’all (2003) and the title track “She’s a Hottie” from Keith’s 2008 platinum album 35 Biggest Hits.

    As his fans well know, Keith is one of the most successful performers of his era — with record album sales, scores of peer and critical awards, two successful and celebrated feature film performances and untold millions of concert tickets; he has formed the basis for an entertainment empire that includes movies, restaurants, a record label and more.

    All six tracks featured in the “Toby Keith 6-Pack” can also be purchased individually.

    Release Date:
    Tuesday, April 7, 2009 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360®)
    Thursday, April 9, 2009 (PlayStation®Store)

    ** Dates for Rock Band game tracks are tentative and subject to change **

    Tracks:

    Toby Keith “Beer for My Horses”
    Toby Keith “I Love This Bar”
    Toby Keith “She’s a Hottie”
    Toby Keith “Should’ve Been a Cowboy”
    Toby Keith “Who’s Your Daddy?”
    Toby Keith “How Do You Like Me Now”

    (All tracks are original master recordings)

    Price:
    $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
    $9.99 (800 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for Toby Keith 6-pack

    Locations:
    Xbox LIVE Marketplace for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation®Network

    We’ll post Wii release dates and pricing for the Toby Keith tracks as soon as we’re able. Keep posted!

    Also, this isn’t the full DLC announcement for next week, so be sure to check back in on Friday for more news.

  • Rhythm Games: Favorite Song to Play?

    Posted on March 30th, 2009 Shawn 4 comments

    So, you play some music games right? Rock Band 2, Guitar Hero, Lips, etc. As of right now, what’s your “can’t get enough of” song for each game? If you could only pick one from each of the following categories, what would you pick?

    Rock Band
    Rock Band 2
    Rock Band DLC
    Guitar Hero World Tour
    Guitar Hero World Tour DLC
    Lips
    Lips DLC

    Here’s my list.

    • Rock Band: Foreplay/Longtime..can’t get enough of the drums on that.
    • Rock Band 2: Panic Attack…I know it brutal, but the challenge keeps me coming back.
    • Rock Band DLC: I Don’t Care…I’ve recently become a fan of these guys, thanks to the game.
    • Guitar Hero World Tour: Beautiful Disaster…I’ve only played about 30 songs in the game, and this is still my favorite.
    • Guitar Hero World Tour DLC: Don’t have any yet.
    • Lips: Haven’t played it yet.
    • Lips DLC: See above

    So, what about you. You can jump over to the Forums to discuss, or just comment below.

  • 13 Months of Xbox Live at 22% Off…ends soon

    Posted on March 29th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Amazon has been running this deal for a couple weeks now, I have to guess that it’s coming to an end soon. My bet is that you have a week to go before they end the promotion.

    If your existing Xbox Live subscription is up soon (like mine is up in May), you best jump all over this 22% off deal. The cool kids don’t pay full price for Xbox Live. You are one of the cool kids, right?

    I’m still keeping my eyes peeled (for you and me) for cheap MS Points. Nothing’s been seen for a couple months now. I bet we are due for some Points deals any week now.

    Xbox Live: Deal O’ The Week

    Exclusive: get one free month when you buy 12. On top of that, take 22% off retail price, and you get a sweet deal on 13 months of Xbox Live.

    List Price: $49.99
    Sale Price: $38.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
    You Save: $11.00 (22%)

  • HP iPAQ 111 Classic Handheld…A Good One?

    Posted on March 28th, 2009 Shawn 2 comments

    Someone in my family is looking to get their hands on a PDA…no smartphone needed. It’s for using electronic medical books on-the-go. I know that the trusty (but now dead) Palm OS used to be great for medical professionals, but in recent years have seen that community move over the Windows Mobile world. My primary care physicians office is now being run with the staff using Windows Mobile PDA’s.

    For me, I’m all about convergence, and would always want the phone integrated in too. But, what about someone that needs this for just the PDA capabilities…and primarily for medical software?

    The HP iPAQ 111 looks like it would fit the bill for someone with this need. Big screen, running WinMo 6.0 (though I’d wish it would have 6.1 instead), has WiFi, has microphone/speaker for recording voice notes, comes with 1GB expansion card (See full specs below).

    What am I missing here? Any issues with this device you know of? If you know of any goods/bads of this thing, please post in comments. The Amazon link at the top of the post will give you all the details.

    • OS provided Microsoft Windows Mobile 6.0
    • Software included Games , Calculator , Asset Viewer , File Manager , IPAQ Wireless , MSN Messenger , Voice Recorder , Wireless Manager , HP Setup Assistant , Adobe Acrobat Reader , Certificate Enroller , HP Photosmart Mobile , Microsoft ActiveSync , Microsoft Office Mobile , Windows Media Player 10 Mobile , Microsoft Office Outlook Mobile , Microsoft Internet Explorer Mobile

    Memory

    • Installed RAM 64 MB
    • RAM technology SDRAM
    • Installed ROM 256 MB Flash

    Processor

    • Processor Marvell 624 MHzXScale PXA310

    Input Device

    • Input device type Stylus , Touch-screen , 5-way navigation button

    Audio

    • Digital audio standards supported MP3
    • Audio input type Microphone
    • Audio output type Speaker(s)
    • Voice recording capability Yes
    • Miscellaneous compliant standards CE , UL , ACA , CCC , DGT , FCC , MIC , MOC , NOM , RRL , BSMI , CCIB , GOST , ICES , SABS , SASO , VCCI , CISPR , C-Tick

    Telecom

    • Modem None

    Display

    • Display type 3.5 in TFT active matrix
    • Color support 16-bit (64K colors)
    • Max resolution 320 x 240

    Expansion / Connectivity

    • Wireless connectivity IEEE 802.11b, IEEE 802.11g, Bluetooth 2.0 EDR
    • Port / Connector Type:Interface 1HeadphonesOutput , 1USB
    • Connector Provided Mini-phone stereo 3.5 mm , Mini-USB Type B
    • Expansion slot(s) total (free) 1 SD Memory Card
    • Cable(s) included 1 x USB cable , 1 x 4 ftPower cable

    Power

    • Battery installed ( max ) 1 Lithium ion
    • Power supply device Power adapter

    Environmental Parameters

    • Operating temperature 32 ?F113 ?F
    • Operating humidity range 35 – 85%

    GPS

    • GPS System / GPS Navigation None

    Warranty

    • Service & support type 1 year warranty
    • Service / Support Details 1 year Limited warranty Parts and labor , 90 days Technical support
  • NWIRB: DLC Week of 3/31 – Journey, Pat Benatar, SXSW, and SpongeBob!

    Posted on March 27th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band DLC UpdateNEXT WEEK IN ROCK BAND! Hot of the press, we get Journey…and some rather crazy other stuff. I may just pick it all up. I’m REALLY excited for this entire announcement.  Journey and Pat Benatar for me and my wife.  Spongebob for the kids!  What a week.

    Default DLC Week of 3/31 – Journey, Pat Benatar, SXSW, and SpongeBob!

    Hey gang!

    Here’s the DLC for the week of 3/31. Some great classic rock anthems, some sweet tracks from up and comers that played the Rock Band Showcase at SXSW, and some bubblegum fun songs to round out the week. Check it out!

    Journey – Don’t Stop Believing
    Pat Benatar – Heartbreaker
    Glasvegas – Geraldine
    Von Bondies – C’mon C’mon
    SpongeBob SquarePants – I Can’t Keep My Eyes Off of You
    SpongeBob SquarePants – The Best Day Ever
    SpongeBob SquarePants – Where’s Gary?


    All songs are masters.

    The Journey, Pat Benatar, Glasvegas, and Von Bondies singles are $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) per track. The SpongeBob SquarePants singles are $0.99 (80 Microsoft Points) a piece, or $2.99 (240 Microsoft Points) for the 3 song SpongeBob SquarePants Pack 01.

    Release dates:
    Tuesday, March 31, 2009 (Xbox LIVE Marketplace for Xbox 360) Thursday, April 2, 2009 (PlayStation®Store)

    To dicuss this DLC please visit the official thread in Community’s Greatest Hits.

    For all DLC song credits please go here.

    And, as always, for awesome background information on our DLC and other articles please visit the Rock Band ‘Zine.

  • Guitar Hero: Metallica DEMO — Initial Reaction

    Posted on March 20th, 2009 Shawn No comments

    Ok, here we go. I downloaded the free demo of GH: Metallica from Xbox Live Marketplace. You may know that as far as rhythm games go, I care about:
    1. Drums
    2. Vocals
    That’s about it. When mixing things up, I’ll play some bass or guitar, but those don’t matter to me at all. I never owned Guitar Hero 1, 2, or 3.

    The Metallica demo comes with four songs, two from Metallica, one from Queen and one from Alice In Chains.
    * Sad But True
    * Seek & Destroy
    * No Excuses
    * Stone Cold Crazy

    I only played drums tonight. I’m most concerned with how the drums play, since GH: World Tour has drum charting issues on expert. T put it simply, on GH: World Tour, Sweet Home Alabama on drums expert is missing some hi-hat notes. It’s very obvious, and makes you feel like you are not playing actual drums.

    Here’s my quick take on GH: Metallica drums. The expert+ mode (double bass drum) was not used in the demo, so I stuck with expert. “No Excuses”, I failed out within 30 seconds. Lot’s of moving around with the yellow and orange cymbals, and my brain is trained for the Rock Band setup. The only thing I can say about that song is, I suck at it. I’ll come back to it another time.
    Then on to “Sad But True”, one of the easiest and more repetitive Metallica songs. I figured that I’d 5-star it no problem, and I did. But, there’s a big BUT here, the drums are under charted. In many spots, there is a simultaneous yellow/orange/purple hit (2 cymbals and a kick drum) followed by an empty note. The problem, where there’s the empty note, I can easily here a hi-hat note. This happens throughout the song. Oh what a disappointment for such an easy song.
    Then on to “Seek & Destroy”. It’s a fast moving song, but not crazy. I 3-starred it, and felt it was charted good. No complaints at first.
    The final song, “Stone Cold Crazy”. This is my favorite Metallica cover form the Garage Days album. It’s a very fast moving song with lot’s of yellow/orange switch ups. I 3-starred it, and think it was charted well, but I will have to play it more to really see. I don’t really love the yellow/orange charting that is now in World Tour and Metallica.

    Overall, with the poor charting of “Sad But True”, it’s going to be inevitable that other songs will be under charted. Since I’m not likely to play much of guitar or bass in this game, and as much as I like Metallica, don’t plan to do much singing of there’s…this game might be a pass for me.

    I will likely save the $60 for more Rock Band DLC.

  • Rock Revolution…Game & Drums…less than $30

    Posted on March 20th, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    We know that Rock Revolution was panned for having all covers (granted a great setlist of covers), not having its own guitars (granted works with Rock Band and guitar Hero guitars) and no vocals (that just sucks).

    But, here’s a reason to act if you are on the fence.  The game for PS3 or Xbox 360, plus the Rock Revolution drum kit, all for $29.98.  That’s crazy cheap! I think this is a one day deal (which I’m posting late in the day). Shipping is free too. You save 57% of retail. Now, if you don’t want the drums, you can always buy the game only for its current retail price, $19.99. But for $10 extra bucks, you get a drum set that you can let your friends beat on.

    I don’t know about you, but this is looking too tempting to me. Should I not get it? Will you take the plunge?

    Here’s the Amazon link: Rock Revolution

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