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  • TWIRB: RBN, Country Track Pack, DLC, Pepsi, more

    Posted on July 21st, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    Rock Band DLC UpdateTHIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND! It’s been a while since my last TWIRB update, but with all the news recently, it’s time I put together an update.  This week we talk about DLC (of course), the Pepsi Rock Band promotion, a new Track Pack, the end of Wal-Mart exclusivity for AC/DC Track Pack, The Beatles: Rock Band update, an upcoming Rock Band 2.2 update, and……..THE ROCK BAND NETWORK announcement.

    Downloadable Content News:

    Let’s get the DLC update out of the way first.  Not that it’s a bad week for DLC either, there is just a ridiculous amount of Rock Band news this week, that it’s dwarfed by other news.  This week we get four bands, mixed genres, 3 3-packs and a single.  I’m likely to add Rise Against to my wish list, and possible Rancid too.  I’ll have to give Lush and Kings of Leon a listen to decide.
    Here’s the condensed announcment from HMXHenry [SOURCE]:

    Default DLC Week of 7/21 – Kings of Leon, Rancid, Rise Against & Lush

    Hey gang,

    Here’s the DLC hitting Rock Band next week! We’ve got a pretty rad selection of track packs from Kings of Leon, Rancid, Rise Against and a single from Lush.

    And below that you can see the back catalog additions for the Wii, and the RBU DLC. Read on!

    Tracks available for Xbox 360 (July 21) and PS3 system (July 23):

    Kings of Leon “Crawl”
    Kings of Leon “Molly’s Chambers”
    Kings of Leon “Sex on Fire”
    Rancid “Last One to Die”
    Rancid “Ruby Soho”
    Rancid “Time Bomb”
    Rise Against “Prayer of the Refugee”
    Rise Against “Re-Education (Through Labor)”
    Rise Against “Savior”
    Lush “Sweetness & Light”

    (All tracks are original master recordings)

    These tracks will be available for purchase as part of the “Kings of Leon Pack,” “Rancid Pack,” “Rise Against Pack” or as individual tracks for Xbox 360 and PLAYSTATION 3 systems.

    Price:
    $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) per track
    $5.49 (440 Microsoft Points for Xbox 360) for “Kings of Leon Pack,” “Rancid Pack” or “Rise Against Pack”

    Pepsi Rock Band Promotion:

    Are you aware of the ongoing Pepsi Rock Band Promotion?  I’ll sum it up in two words, “Free DLC”.  Simply buy a 20oz or 1L bottle of Pepsi (or other Pepsi product) with specially marked yellow caps.  You’ll notice a Rock Band icon on the cap.  Inside the cap is a code that you enter into www.pepsirockband.com.  You can use that code to enter one of three contests: 1) Trips to Vegas and other places, 3) Consoles, RB2 packages, and other hardware, 3) DLC.  Your chances of winning 1 or 2 is slim, at best.  But, your chance of winning DLC is 99% (give or take).  I’m 7-for-7 right now, and I know others who are 250-for-250.  The word is out now about this contest and supplies are starting to run out at places.  So, what are you waiting for?  Buy up all the yellow capped Pepsi’s you can, dig through your friends recycle bins, or use your eagle eyes at the beach to swipe those bottle caps off others bottles when they are not looking.
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    Country Track Pack Released:

    Just released last night at midnight (if any store was open) is the Rock Band: Country Track Pack, featuring (most importantly) The Gambler by Kenny Rogers. Twenty other songs make it on the disc, though 8 are already available for DLC.  It’s $29.99 for the disc at retail.  You can pick it up with FREE shipping at Amazon. For $1 a song, it’s a good deal. If you already own the previously offered DLC, it works out to $2.30 per song, not a great deal. But, the Track Pack can be played on its own and for Xbox 360 players, that means new achievements.

    Complete Track List: [SOURCE]

    Artist Song Title

    1. Alan Jackson Good Time*
    2. Brad Paisley – Mud on the Tires
    3. Brooks & Dunn – Hillbilly Deluxe
    4. Cross Canadian Ragweed – Cry Lonely*
    5. Dierks Bentley – Free and Easy (Down the Road I Go)
    6. Dixie Chicks – Sin Wagon
    7. Drive-By Truckers – 3 Dimes Down
    8. Jason Aldean – She’s Country*
    9. Keith Urban – I Told You So*
    10. Kenny Chesney – She Thinks My Tractor’s Sexy*
    11. Kenny Rogers – The Gambler*
    12. Lucinda Williams – Can’t Let Go
    13. Martina McBride – This One’s For The Girls*
    14. Miranda Lambert – Gunpowder & Lead
    15. Montgomery Gentry – Gone*
    16. Rascal Flatts – Me and My Gang*
    17. Sara Evans – Suds In The Bucket*
    18. Shania Twain – Any Man of Mine*
    19. Steve Earle – Satellite Radio
    20. Trace Adkins – Swing*
    21. Willie Nelson – On the Road Again*

    * Denotes track new to Rock Band platform

    Wal-Mart Exclusive for AC/DC Track Pack Ending:

    I don’t have a date yet, but the Wal-Mart exclusivity for AC/DC Track Pack will be ending soon, which would mean a possible price cut too. I will pick it up once it’s on Amazon and below the $30 mark. How about you?

    The Beatles: Rock Band News:

    We got an announcement from HMXSean today of 15 new songs/venues for The Beatles game. [SOURCE]

    The 15 new songs for The Beatles: Rock Band and the venues they are featured in are:

    • Twist And Shout / Cavern Club
    • Do You Want To Know A Secret / Cavern Club
    • Can’t Buy Me Love / Ed Sullivan Theater
    • I Wanna Be Your Man / Ed Sullivan Theater
    • Eight Days A Week / Shea Stadium
    • Paperback Writer / Budokan
    • And Your Bird Can Sing / Budokan
    • Yellow Submarine / Abbey Road Dreamscape
    • Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band* / Abbey Road Dreamscape
    • With a Little Help from My Friends* / Abbey Road Dreamscape
    • Within You Without You / Tomorrow Never Knows / Abbey Road Dreamscape
    • Revolution / Abbey Road Dreamscape
    • Birthday / Abbey Road Dreamscape
    • Dig A Pony / Rooftop Concert
    • I’ve Got A Feeling / Rooftop Concert

    The Rock Band Network Announcement:

    This deserves its own LONG post, so I’ll keep it short for sake of time.  We will no longer be limited to Harmonix adding DLC to Rock Band.  RBN will allow bands or digital music producers to add DLC to the game, including vocals (take that GHTunes) and on-screen effects.  This will use Reaper and Magma (professional digital recording software) and the Microsoft XNA development tools.  Importantly, it’s only going to be for Xbox 360 at lauch.  It will work with Rock Band 2, via an update to the game (dubbed Rock Band 2.2).

    There is already a company that is signing indie bands to add their songs to the game.  They are at www.rhythmauthors.com.  This is going to add endless possibilities of music for the game.  Harmonix will still work on DLC for the game too. Go here to learn more. I plan to be getting RBN setup, so will have a lot more to say in the near future.

    Rock Band 2.2 Update Coming:

    RBN will be a major part of the update.  It will add an “audition” element to the game, allowing approved RB2 users to audition RBN songs for inclusion to the DLC store.  To get access to audition, users (I believe) will need to purchase a subscription to Microsoft’s XNA tools at $99 per year.
    This is just a guess, but I’d expect the update to include support for the Lips microphones.  That would correspond with an announcement that they would be supported “Summer 2009”.

    So, that’s a crazy amount of news this week. I need to get back to my regularly scheduled life.

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