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  • RB: DLC 08/03/10 – Singles x8

    Posted on July 30th, 2010 Simon No comments

    As always, Fridays mean Harmonix has announced next week’s DLC artists in Rock Band.  The first Tuesday of August will bring us a mixed singles pack, featuring 8 songs by 8 artists, many of which are new to the Rock Band platform.  Here’s the list:

    • Blondie – “Rapture”
    • dc Talk – “Jesus Freak”
    • The Decemberists – “The Perfect Crime # 2”
    • Eagles of Death Metal – “I Only Want You”
    • Eels – “Saturday Morning”
    • Family Force 5 – “Love Addict”
    • KMFDM – “Sturm & Drang”
    • La Roux – “Bulletproof”

    The thing I find most exciting about this pack is that it includes another Josh Homme band, The Eagles of Death Metal.  Many of my frequent readers know my interest in both Josh Homme and Dave Grohl, because they are featured in so many different bands that also have music in the game.  Not only are they the most popular artists in the game (purely by gross song count), the two have played together in two different bands.  Here is a diagram I made showing the six-degrees of separation of Dave and Josh.  They are both extremely talented, each well versed in guitar, bass, drums, and are both skilled vocalists.

    As you may be able to tell, we are only missing songs from Kyuss, The Desert Sessions and Scream.  Each of those bands released multiple records during their tenure, so there is always a chance to see some of the pair’s earlier music in the game.  The Desert Sessions is not technically a band, Josh has described it as a ‘collective’ because of the numerous members that have recorded with the group.  Both artists have been or are currently members of Them Crooked Vultures and Queens of the Stone Age, and both of those bands are featured in the upcoming Rock Band 3.    Let’s not forget that Tenacious D, Foo Fighters and Nirvana have appeared in several previous Rock Band games, and I wouldn’t rule out a return from either band until we know the full setlist.

    The song “I Only Want You” is one of the Eagles’ more well known songs, and features Josh Homme on drums and the falsetto-screaming vocals of Jesse Hughes.   Check out the video here.  Josh had this to say recently of their arrangement:

    “I just sit behind the drums and play rock and roll, which is a great change of pace for me. J. Devil writes everything, every lyric and riff, and he’s a fantastic songwriter. He and I go through and arrange them, and I lay down harmonies, but it’s really his thing. It’s the antithesis of the bloated rock-attitude bullshit I’ve had to deal with recently”

    The tracks are priced at the usual 160 points each and will be available on Tuesday, August 3, 2010.

  • Rock Band 3 Setlist Update #3

    Posted on July 23rd, 2010 Simon No comments

    This could be the weekend where we learn the entirety of the Rock Band 3 on-disc setlist.

    First, from @RockBand on twitter:

    Yowza! What a day! We announced that Filter, Foreigner, The B-52s, Marilyn Manson and Tears for Fears are all coming on the #RB3 disc! And Def Leppard of course!

    Next we have a ‘rumored’ leaked partial setlist, supposedly from a beta tester, a leak which could be legitimate as it does contain most of the bands mentioned above.   Here are the tracks:

    • Amy Winehouse – “Rehab”
    • Anthrax – “Caught In A Mosh”
    • Avenged Sevenfold – “Beast and The Harlot”
    • Bob Marley and The Wailers – “Get Up, Stand Up”
    • David Bowie – Space Oddity”
    • Devo – “Whip It”
    • Faith No More – “Midlife Crisis”
    • Filter – “Hey Man, Nice Shot”
    • HIM – “Killing Loneliness”
    • Marilyn Manson – ‘The Beautiful People”
    • Queens Of The Stone Age – “No One Knows”
    • Rammstein – “Du Hast”
    • Slipknot – “Before I Forget”
    • Steve Miller Band – “Fly Like An Eagle”
    • Tears For Fears – “Everybody Wants To Rule The World”
    • Tegan and Sara – “The Con”
    • The B52′s – “Rock Lobster”
    • The Beach Boys – “Good Vibrations”
    • The Police – “Don’t Stand So Close To Me”
    • The Ramones – “I Wanna Be Sedated”
    • The Smiths – “Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before”
    • Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – “I Need To Know”
    • Warren Zevon – “Werewolves Of London”

    If these are in fact confirmed and part of RB3, then altogether we may know 50 of the 83 songs, and also 3 pre-order DLC tracks.  Furthermore, you may have noticed that the leaked list does not mention which songs from Foreigner, Def Leppard (both confirmed today), Ministry or Rush (from earlier rumors) are included, leaving potentially 29 more unconfirmed artists and tracks.    It would appear that Josh Homme’s vocals are now featured on two tracks, appearing with his bands Queens of the Stone Age and Them Crooked Vultures, which is also features Rock Band super-alumni Dave Grohl.

    I was definitely not expecting to see Bob Marley or The Beach Boys, there certainly is not a lot of Reggae or 60’s Surf Rock in the game to date.  I was also surprised to see Amy Winehouse, but given the popularity of Lady Gaga’s DLC I guess there is room for her music.  Putting aside the sad character that Ms. Winehouse has become in the media, the song sounds like it would be fun to perform in the game.  I think it’s great to see more tracks from the Police and David Bowie, it will be their third appearance each in a Rock Band game.  Hopefully this is confirmed and we will get to enjoy all of this great music when the game arrives in October.

  • RB: DLC July Roundup – Stooges, Bad Religion, A7x and Juanes!

    Posted on July 23rd, 2010 Simon 1 comment

    Just a quick update today to inform you of the latest happenings with Rock Band DLC.  We have old school punk rock, metalcore, and some.. latin rock?

    Songs available on Tuesday, July 20, 2010

    • The Stooges – “1969”
    • The Stooges – “I Wanna Be Your Dog”
    • The Stooges – “No Fun”
    • Bad Religion – “New Dark Ages”
    • Bad Religion – “No Control”

    Straight to my complaint:  I love the Stooges but missing from the pack is their mega-hit “Search and Destroy“; hopefully this is rectified in the future – perhaps even on the RB3 disc.  The song is featured in the gunfight scene in one of the best films of the decade.  “Now I Wanna Be Your Dog” is a legendary punk rock song that shines a bright spotlight on everything that is great about Iggy Pop.  To be certain, “Passenger” is my second favourite song from Lego: Rock Band, I’ll take all the Iggy I can get (Thank-you very much Harmonix).

    Bad Religion is another band I was a major fan of in my high-school years, and as much as I love their past DLC hit “Sorrow”, I cringe when it shows up in my quickplay setlist– the song is definitely a workout and one of the harder ones to maintain a good streak.  I can just barely finish the song on expert drums, and this has tainted me slightly against buying more BR DLC.  If I was to pick my favourite 10 Bad Religion songs, “No Control” would be on that list.  What I find interesting about the two new tracks is that you can really hear the difference that 20 years made with the band’s overall sound and the production quality of the music.  “New Dark Ages” has a much more mature and deep sound when compared with the relative simplistic sound of  “No Control”.  To me, this earlier sound is what defines the band, on top of their always policitically-charged lyrics.  Bad Religion always stood for something, their music typically holds much deeper meanings, which for punk bands of that era (late 80’s – early 90’s) was certainly out of the ordinary.  I suspect that there is going to be a BR track on the Rock Band 3 disc, PURELY because of the history of these things happening in ‘3’s’ and 7’s’ with respect to adding music to the game, and personally I’m hoping for “Stranger than Fiction” or another track from “No Control”.

    Songs available on Tuesday, July 27, 2010

    • Avenged Sevenfold – “Nightmare”
    • Avenged Sevenfold – “Scream”
    • Avenged Sevenfold – “Seize the Day”
    • Juanes – “Yerbatero”
    • Juanes – “A Dios le Pido”
    • Juanes – “Fíjate Bien”
    • Juanes – “Gotas de Agua Dulce”
    • Juanes – “Mala Gente”
    • Juanes – “La Camisa Negra”

    That’s 9 songs!  Suck it Guitar Hero!  Avenged Sevenfold is one of Shawn’s favourites – I can’t say I’m a big fan of their music, other than what I’ve already seen and heard in Rock Band.  “Scream” is one of their bigger hits, so fans of the band should be pleased to be getting an old favourite along side a track from their forthcoming album.  They recently endured a tragedy when drummer “The Rev” was found dead of an accidental overdose in December 2009, however they were able to move forward and finish the new album with the help from one of the world’s most respected drummers, Mike Portnoy of Dream Theater.

    Juanes!  Not much to say about latin-rocker Juanes, except that you may have heard that one of his songs has already been confirmed for Rock Band 3.    I’m a bit surprised to see such a large selection from this artist, but there is plenty of room for foreign speaking acts in the game.  I just hope that we don’t have to learn Portuguese just to get through the upcoming Endless Setlist III on vocals.

  • Slacker Radio: Now with ABC News

    Posted on July 22nd, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Slacker announced months ago, that with an update coming in 2010 there would be new features and stations added to the streaming radio service. One of those, was the unique addition of ABC News audio feeds.

    Months have gone by, and all the new mentioned features have come true; like new clients for BlackBerry, iPhone, and Android with wireless syncing. The ABC News feature has gone unanswered…

    …until today.

    I opened up my favorite streaming music application in Firefox, to see an advertisement on screen for “ABC NEWS ON SLACKER RADIO!” I clicked the link, and am currently listening away to ABC News feeds. This is definitely a nice addition to the 100+ canned music stations, plus the unlimited number of custom stations, like our own custom Rock Band station.

    Later on, I will experiment with trying the new station on my BlackBerry Slacker app. Plus, I will try to make a custom station with both music and news feeds.  Should be interesting.

    I’ve seen satellite radio articles bashing the new offering by Slacker. Though, I’m going to give this a solid test drive and report back before making any judgment.

    You can check out Slacker Radio in your web browser or smartphone by visiting www.slacker.com.

  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: Holy Metal!

    Posted on July 22nd, 2010 Shawn 1 comment

    Rock Band Slacker RadioThis update of the greatest Rock Band tribute station, gets us up to date with all regular DLC through May 25, 2010. With this latest installment, we get a blistering load of metal, including Pantera’s Great Southern Trendkill album, Judas Priest’s British Steel Live Album, Deftones, P.O.D., plus more Grateful Dead, The Smithereens, and a few others.

    Please tell all your music and Rock Band friends about the blog and our Rock Band Station.

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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    Breaking the Law” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    “Rapid Fire” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    “Metal Gods” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    “Grinder” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    “United” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    Living After Midnight” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    “You Don’t Have to Be Old to Be Wise” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    “The Rage” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    “Steeler” (Live) Judas Priest 2010s Metal British Steel 30th Anniversary 2010-05-11 !May 11, 2010
    “Beat It on Down the Line” Grateful Dead 1960s Classic Rock Grateful Dead 03 2010-05-18 !May 18, 2010
    “Cumberland Blues” Grateful Dead 1970s Classic Rock Grateful Dead 03 2010-05-18 !May 18, 2010
    Scarlet Begonias Grateful Dead 1970s Classic Rock Grateful Dead 03 2010-05-18 !May 18, 2010
    “Throwing Stones” Grateful Dead 1980s Classic Rock Grateful Dead 03 2010-05-18 !May 18, 2010
    Touch of Grey Grateful Dead 1980s Classic Rock Grateful Dead 03 2010-05-18 !May 18, 2010
    “U.S. Blues” Grateful Dead 1970s Classic Rock Grateful Dead 03 2010-05-18 !May 18, 2010
    “A Girl Like You” The Smithereens 1980s Rock Single 2010-05-18 !May 18, 2010
    “Only a Memory” The Smithereens 1980s Rock Single 2010-05-18 !May 18, 2010
    “The Great Southern Trendkill” Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 01 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    War Nerve Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 02 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    Drag the Waters Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 03 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    “10’s” Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 04 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    “13 Steps to Nowhere” Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 05 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    “Suicide Note Pt. II” Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 07 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    “Living Through Me (Hell’s Wrath)” Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 08 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    Floods Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 09 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    “The Underground in America” Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 10 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    “(Reprise) Sandblasted Skin” Pantera 1990s Metal The Great Southern Trendkill 11 !The Great Southern Trendkill 2010-05-25 !May 25, 2010
    Alive P.O.D. 2000s Nu-Metal … !Single 2010-06-01 !June 1, 2010
    “Trouble Comes Running” Spoon 2010s Indie Rock Spoon 01 2010-06-01 !June 1, 2010
    Don’t You Evah Spoon 2000s Indie Rock Spoon 01 2010-06-01 !June 1, 2010
    “I Turn My Camera On” Spoon 2000s Indie Rock Spoon 01 2010-06-01 !June 1, 2010
    Got Nuffin Spoon 2010s Indie Rock Spoon 01 2010-06-01 !June 1, 2010
    “Cherry Waves” Deftones 2000s Rock Deftones 01 2010-06-08 !June 8, 2010
    Hole in the Earth Deftones 2000s Rock Deftones 01 2010-06-08 !June 8, 2010
    Minerva Deftones 2000s Rock Deftones 01 2010-06-08 !June 8, 2010
    The Great Escape Boys Like Girls 2000s Emo … !Single 2010-06-08 !June 8, 2010
    “Rock Ready” Crown of Thorns 2000s Rock … !Single 2010-06-08 !June 8, 2010
  • RB: DLC 07/13/10 – The Vines 5-Pack + Sweet Billy Pilgrim

    Posted on July 9th, 2010 Simon 1 comment

    Come here, come here, come here!  The Vines are coming to Rock Band on Tuesday, July 13 with a 5-pack of songs.  As Shawn tweeted on Wednesday, Microsoft spilled the beans again and Harmonix filled in the gaps today with their press release.

    Available on Tuesday, July 13, 2010:

    • The Vines – “Get Out”
    • The Vines – “He’s a Rocker”
    • The Vines – “Orange Amber”
    • The Vines – “Outtathaway”
    • The Vines – “Ride”
    • Sweet Billy Pilgrim – “Future Perfect Tense”

    If you didn’t know, The Vines are a very large part of the broody aussie-alt-rock scene that was includes bands like Jet, Silverchair and Wolfmother (coincidentally all bands that feature music in Rock Band).   They are possibly best known for the commercial that sold a billion i-Pods.

    Don’t forget that “Get Free” was announced for Rock Band 3, and since Harmonix does things in 3’s and 6’s, these five tracks will probably represent all of the Vines that we can expect for a long time.  In total, we are receiving two tracks from their debut album “Highly Evolved”, one from their second “Winning Days” and three tracks from their 2008 album “Melodia”.  The difference in sound from the former to the latter is like night and day – The Vines have definitely ‘grown’ (couldn’t resist) their talents in the studio, but have since failed to eclipse the fame they received with “Highly Evolved”.  Too many bands end up peaking with their first commercial success, which is a real shame, especially in this case – the Vines were once hailed as the second coming of Nirvana.

    I’m definitely picking up “Ride” and “Outtathaway!” to compliment “Get Free” when RB3 drops in the fall, but I’m going to pass on their new music, after listening to the songs I’m not particularly excited or attached to any of those tracks.   Still, overall an awesome week for DLC.

    OH yeah there’s also these guys.  Sweet Billy Pilgrim’s song “Future Perfect Tense” takes you on a fantastic musical journey and is a nice counterpoint to the strummy, alt-rock of The Vines.   If you played me this song before today I would have assumed it was a track for RBN, as this band is fairly obscure (they performed on an episode of “The IT Crowd” on the BBC) and almost completely unheard of in North America.

  • Rock Band 3 Setlist Update #2

    Posted on July 6th, 2010 Simon 1 comment

    We already have confirmation on 22 tracks that will be included with Rock Band 3 this fall.   RockBandAide has posted a screenshot from the International Trailer which show the following tracks in the song selection screen:

    • Blood, Sweat, & Tears – Spinning Wheel
    • Chicago – 25 or 6 to 4
    • Faith No More – Midlife Crisis
    • INXS – Need You Tonight
    • T.Rex – 20th Century Boy
    • YES – Roundabout

    Earlier in the month, canadian retailer Gamestop let customers know that by pre-ordering Rock Band 3, they would receive the following tracks as DLC (presumably via a redeemable code):

    • Talking Heads – “Burning Down the House”
    • Deftones – “My Own Summer”
    • New Order – “Blue Monday”

    The site does not go into detail about when the tracks will be available – as you recall with Rock Band 2, fans waited for months until the ‘bonus tracks’ were released.   Hopefully these are made available on the same date as the retail release (as in the “All You Need is Love” DLC when Beatles: Rock Band came out).

    There is a lot to be excited about with what has been revealed thus far.   “Roundabout” and “25 or 6 to 4” are both 70’s prog-rock classics, “Burning Down the House” was conspicuously absent from last year’s Talking Heads DLC and is destined to be a party favourite.  Here’s the video from 1UP that contains the aforementioned setlist sequence.

  • RB: DLC 07/06/10 – Creedence Clearwater Revival 12-Pack

    Posted on July 2nd, 2010 Simon No comments

    CCR has finally come to Rock Band!  Available on July 6, 2010, Harmonix has announced a 12-track pack of greatest hits from the legendary Creedence Clearwater Revival.

    Available on Tuesday, July 6, 2010:

    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Travelin’ Band
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Bad Moon Rising
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Run Through the Jungle
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Green River
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Lookin’ Out My Back Door
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Who’ll Stop the Rain
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Proud Mary
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Fortunate Son
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – I Heard It Through the Grapevine
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Born on the Bayou
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Down on the Corner
    • Creedence Clearwater Revival – Up Around the Bend

    This is a very exciting move by Harmonix, since their announcement that Rock Band 3 DLC will not be backward-compatible as of it’s release, there has been a fairly large portion of the fan-base that very vocally announced they were ‘abstaining’ from buying any further ‘legacy’ DLC.  I think this pack is very similar to the Queen and Iron Maiden packs from last year, instead of getting full albums from these bands, they opt to go with a “Best Of” compilation pack.   This does not even rule out the possibility of full albums, as you recall, new No Doubt DLC was updated this spring and included tracks to complete the full “Tragic Kingdom” album.  This one will be priced at 1600 points for the entire pack, and I see no reason at all to go with single tracks.

    I’m sure DLC enthusiasts are already on their way to deleting the cover version of “Fortunate Son” that was released in February of 2008.  It’s great that after two years of waiting we can finally enjoy the original, studio version as it was originally recorded.  Unfortunately by eliminating one cover song, they have added another cover song in it’s place.  I’m referring to CCR’s rendition of Barrett Strong’s “Grapevine”.  The song “I Heard It Through the Grapevine” from CCR’s 1970 album “Cosmo’s Factory” is an 11 and a half minute jam session, from when the band was at their commercial and creative peak.  The song was not made into a single until well into the 70’s, long after the team of John and Tom Fogerty, Stu Cook and Doug Clifford went their separate ways.

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