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  • ‘Cuz you know Y-A-U-C-H

    Posted on October 22nd, 2012 Shawn No comments

    EDITORIAL NOTE: I started drafting up this article on May 8, 2012 and had a difficult time time with it. I shelved it, and decided today to put a little more into it. Only 1/3 of the story has been told so far. I will come back to do the rest, but didn’t want this to continue to sit in draft any longer. RIP Adam.

    I honestly had no idea how much Adam Yauch meant to me, until Friday May 4, 2012 around 4:00 PM. My thoughts and memories may have similarities to other Beastie Boys fans, but the way Adam’s death is affecting me, seems a little different. Let me tell my tale of the legacy of Adam Yauch, MCA.

    1986, I’m a twelve year old, only child in a single parent home. Moved around a lot, and just moved back to my hometown after a few years in other places with my mom. No matter where I went, I always had a boombox in hand, with a double-cassette player. I was known to listen to lots of rock, some pop, and rap was making a showing. Motley Crue, Van Halen, Ray Parker Jr., Prince, Duran Duran, of course Michael Jackson, Run-DMC, Kurtis Blow, Fat Boys, Doug E. Fresh. Music was a giant part of my youth. I was always at the local Strawberries Records & Tapes store spending my allowance and paper route money on the newest sounds to catch my ears. One of the toughest choices for me was whether to buy records or tapes. I loved both for so many reasons. Records, I could play songs I wanted to hear without having to fast forward, plus I could practice my emerging scratching technique on my mothers Quasar turntable. Tapes, on the other hand, could pop into my boom box and be with me on the go.

    Kids I hung around with were also big music fans. It was common that much of our playing time involved listening to music, or trying to impersonate it. Learning all the lyrics to Run-DMC’s King of Rock, Kurtis Blow’s Basketball, or impersonating The Human Beat Box from Fat Boys were typical things we did as kids.

    I don’t actually remember when or how I acquired Licensed To Ill, but I do recall it was the tape. The beats, the humor, the three distinct voices. The samples from rock songs that I sort of recognized from rock radio, later realizing I was hearing Led Zeppelin and old TV show samples. Licensed To Ill hit just about all the right notes for me. There was hard rock with Fight For Your Right and No Sleep Til Brooklyn. There were some cool DJ techniques with Time To Get Ill. The lyric dynamics from MCA, Mike D, and King Ad Rock, their very different voices, the humor in their lyrics, and the way they could slice a song up between them. Licensed To Ill became a huge part of my music listening time from 1986 on.

    1989, still living in my hometown, but have now moved just down the street with my mom and my new step-father. I spent much of that summer on the other coast, visiting family. Paul’s Boutique was released. Again, I opted for the tape, since I had no record player with me on vacation. The cover folded out in a panoramic view of New York streets, with Paul’s Boutique, the clothing store, displayed in one of the panels. The actual cassette was the color of a red fire truck, with a black label prominently showing the Beastie Boys Records label.

    Immediately upon listening to it, and having already heard its first single, Hey Ladies, I realized this album will never be Licensed To Ill. I loved Hey Ladies, but nothing like I loved The New Syle and Hold It Now, Hit It. Paul’s just wasn’t the same, and I thought the Beastie’s wouldn’t continue to interest me. Fortunately, I had the entire summer to listen to the tape over and over, and began to fall in love with Shake Your Rump, Shadrach, and the rest of the tape. Like my days of 1986, I decided to learn the lyrics and every nuance of that tape, cover to cover. Only difference was, I didn’t have most of my friends around to share it with, so I internally devoured every minute detail.

    Back at home, returned from summer vacation, I started to pick up every Paul’s Boutique cassingle and 12″ EP I could locate, including one titled Love American Style. This was actually the double single for Hey Ladies and Shake Your Rump, but contained so much more, like a remixed intstrumental of Shake Your Rump, which years years later would become the background music to the beginning of my pseudo-Beasties’ cover band, Suspicious Hooligans. As of today, I still have my Paul’s Boutique cassingles and LP’s.

    …more to come soon, including middle school with my friend and my hopes of getting on the TV show “Puttin’ On The Hits” to lip sync Fight For Your Right,  high school with my step-brother loving Check Your Head (me, not so much) and college with Ill Communication and my emergence as a (sort of) MCA impersonator…

  • MyGGGo: New for 2012

    Posted on February 15th, 2012 Simon No comments

    I’d like to announce that I am returning to the blogosphere and to MyGGGo very shortly.   I departed this site in 2010 to focus on my career, and launch a new company in my hometown of Nanaimo, BC, Canada.  Now that the company has left the startup phase, I find myself with more and more free time to spend on my hobbies.   Shawn very graciously reached out to me last week in the hopes that we could work together again.   The timing seems to be right for a return.

    Since I departed MyGGGo I have stepped into both the PC and mobile gaming worlds and have exposure to a lot more titles, and consquently have a lot more to say about them!   My first posts will describe my recent security breach with XBOX Live Policy Enforcement in depth, a look at what is happening with the STEAM mobile app, and a review of the latest entry to the music games genre, ROCKSMITH, of which I am having lots and lots of fun with.   Weekly updates from me will begin next week, and I’m definitely looking forward to it.

     

    -Simon Smith

  • Dream Theater Teaser about New Drummer

    Posted on April 21st, 2011 Shawn No comments

  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: January DLC

    Posted on April 8th, 2011 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioThis is the second update this week. This time 17 more Rock Band 3 DLC songs are added.

    Get ready for some Johnny Cash, Linkin Park, and Stone Sour added to the Rock Band station. With this update, all available (Rock Band proper) DLC through January 25, 2011 is on the station.  Enjoy!

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 1/25/2011.

    NEW:

    Johnny Cash – Johnny Cash 01 pack

    Linkin Park – Linkin Park 01 pack

    Stone Sour – Stone Sour 01 pack

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com

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  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: All DLC through 2010

    Posted on April 4th, 2011 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioI will keep this simple. After four months, I got off my butt and added a bunch of Rock Band 3 DLC songs to the Slacker Radio Rock Band station.  More than 40 songs were added in this update. With this update, all available (Rock Band proper) DLC through January 1, 2011 is on the station.  Enjoy!

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 12/28/2010.

    NEW:

    John Lennon – Imagine album
    38 SpecialHold On Loosely
    Bad CompanyCan’t Get Enough
    Lynyrd Skynyrd – Lynyrd Skynyrd 01 pack
    Queen – Queen Extravaganza Pack 01
    Billy Joel – Billy Joel: The Hits: Rock Band Edition pack
    John & Yoko, The Plastic Ono BandHappy Xmas (War Is Over)
    Anaïs Croze“Peut-Être une Angine”
    BB Brunes“Dis-Moi”
    BAP“Verdamp Lang Her”
    Wir sind Helden“Nur ein Wort”
    Linea 77“Fantasma”
    Litfiba“Proibito”
    Skizoo“Dame Aire”
    CaesarsJerk It Out
    Paul McCartney – Celebrating Band on the Run pack
    Inhabited“Open My Eyes”
    Siouxsie and The BansheesCities in Dust

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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  • TWIRB: Pro MIDI Update, HMX Sold, 2010 Ends with Beatles

    Posted on December 28th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    In this episode of THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND we talk about what’s going on with the Rock Band 3 Pro accessories, Harmonix sold from Viacom, and the end of year DLC. So, here goes THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    MadCatz Addresses Lack of Pro MIDI Adapter

    John Drake reposted a message from MadCatz on the RockBand.com forums Christmas Eve addressing the availability of hardware for Rock Band 3. Keys, drums, mics, and guitars were all mentioned. What was left out of the announcement was anything regarding the Pro MIDI Adapter which was initially slated for an October 26 release and still is MIA. Community backlash ensued online, of course.

    Fortunately, within hours, MadCatz Global PR Manager (Alex) got on the forums and addressed the missing adapter. The important piece of Alex’s message is here:

    It’s probably the number one question I get asked at the moment. The Adapter IS now hitting stores on PS3 and Wii across every major territory. It’s proven a real technical challenge to get 100% right and we wanted to take our time with this and make sure we got it right. We believe we have and I personally believe this is one awesome product. More stock is arriving continually both in stores and online. Keep checking your retailer of choice (They will have more up to date info than I). Also keep checking the gamesharkstore for more stock. Again, we ARE trying to make sure we get as much stock out as quickly as possible and I am so sorry to any of you who didn’t manage to get one in time for Christmas. A very small amount of 360 stock has shipped to Best Buy. The 360 stock will be ramping up soon and should be freely available within the next couple of weeks, plenty of time for the Fender Stat. For various reasons, large amounts of the 360 stock is running a little behind the Wii and PS3 versions but rest assured, they ARE coming.

    The community is now split (more backlash for late communication / appreciation for any communication), but at least there is something regarding its availability.  I can say, that I have made several specific stops at local GameStop, Best Buy, Sears, and K-Mart stores since October 26, hoping to find the Pro MIDI Adapter randomly in store.  My reason for this, is all of those retailers stated that it initially would be available October 26, and each has changed (or removed) their release dates.  None are consistent.

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  • TWIRB: Mad Catz Deals, Fender Squier Exclusive, The Piano Man, & a Patch

    Posted on December 15th, 2010 Shawn No comments
    Well, once again the 9-to-5 has kept me away from my regular news updates on the Rock Band front. So, how about I revive (once again) THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    Mad Catz Holiday Deal

    Are you looking to pick up some new Rock Band 3 gear? (MIDI adapter excluded, of course) Take a look these Mad Catz deals running at GameShark.com.

    Rock Band 3 Pro GuitarBuy a Rock Band 3 Fender Mustang PRO-Guitar, get a FREE Precision Bass!
    Buy a Rock Band 3 Fender Wooden Stratocaster, get a FREE Precision Bass!
    Buy a Rock Band 3 Keyboard, get a FREE keyboard stand!


    http://store.gameshark.com/listCateg…idCategory=246

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    Fender Squier Exclusive to Best Buy

    Our friends at Joystiq announced that the upcoming Fender Squier (real 6-string) guitar for Rock Band 3 will be a Best Buy exclusive….can’t get it anywhere else. So, kids, now you know what to ask Santa for Christmas….Best Buy gift cards please!

    Link to the Joystiq Announcement.

    Billy Joel is the DLC of the Week

    Already released on Tuesday is the weeks DLC. For the first time in rhythm game history (I’m sure someone will tell me I made a mistake) Billy Joel makes an appearance…and in a big way.  12 (count ’em), 12 songs make their way to the Rock Band 3 library this week all with pro keys of course. Yes, you get pro drums and vocal harmonies too (plus pro guitar/bass for an extra buck a song).  Now’s the time for you fledgling pianists to show off your skills.  Pony up that $20+ and pick up this pack now.

    Available on Xbox 360, Wii and PlayStation 3 system (Dec. 14):
    · “Big Shot” *
    · “Captain Jack”
    · “It’s Still Rock and Roll To Me”
    · “Movin’ Out (Anthony’s Song)” *
    · “Only the Good Die Young” *
    · “Piano Man”
    · “Pressure”
    · “Say Goodbye to Hollywood”
    · “The Entertainer”
    · “The Stranger”
    · “We Didn’t Start the Fire”
    · “You May Be Right” 

    (All tracks are original master recordings)
    (These tracks will be available in Europe on PlayStation 3 system Dec. 15)

    These tracks will be available for purchase as individual tracks, as well as “Billy Joel The Hits: Rock Band Edition” on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3 system and Wii. Tracks marked with “*” will include Pro Guitar and Pro Bass expansions for $0.99 per song.

    Price: 
    $1.99 USD, £.99 UK, €1.49 EU (160 Microsoft Points) per song
    $2.00 USD (200 Wii Points™) per song
    $0.99 USD (100 Wii Points/80 Microsoft Points), £0.59 UK, €0.79 EU per song for eligible Pro Guitar/Pro Bass upgrade
    $19.99, £9.99 UK, €14.99 EU (1,600 Microsoft Points, 2,000 Wii Points) for Billy Joel The Hits: Rock Band Edition

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

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  • Rock Band Radio: Bee Gees, B.B. King, Procol Harum

    Posted on November 12th, 2010 Shawn 2 comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioThis coming Tuesday, Rock Band fans will be treated to another week of mixed songs. Get ready for a 6-pack from the Bee Gees, and a couple singles from B.B. King and Procol Harum.

    Song title↓ Artist↓ Single / Pack name↓ Release date↓ Pro Guitar/Bass Support↓
    Jive Talkin’ Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    Night Fever Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    Stayin’ Alive Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 Yes
    Nights on Broadway Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    Tragedy Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    You Should Be Dancing Bee Gees Bee Gees 01 Nov. 16, 2010 No
    The Thrill is Gone B.B. King Single Nov. 16, 2010 Yes
    A Whiter Shade of Pale Procol Harum Single Nov. 16, 2010 No

    These songs, plus all other recent releases have been added to our Rock Band Slacker Radio station. The Slacker station now has a couple thousand songs for you to enjoy in your browser, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm, etc, etc.

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 11/16/10.
    NEW:

    Stone Temple Pilots – 6 pack

    Jimmy Eat World – 3 pack

    The Doors – Greatest Hits: Special Edition

    RushSubdivisions

    Bon Jovi: Greatest Hits: Rock Band Edition

    New OrderBlue Monday

    Talking HeadsBurning Down the House

    DeftonesMy Own Summer (Shove It)


    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: 2,000 Songs & Growing

    Posted on October 7th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioIn commemoration with Rock Band getting its 2,000th song (counting on-disc and downloadable), I figured it’s time to update the Slacker station. You may have noticed, I have been “slacking” myself on the blog updates lately…sorry bout that, my 9-to-5 has been keeping me busy.

    I just went back and added all new DLC from August, September, and October so far. The Slacker station now has a couple thousand songs for you to enjoy in your browser, iPhone, BlackBerry, Android, Palm, etc, etc.

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 10/12/10.
    NEW:
    The Jimi Hendrix ExperienceAre You Experienced album
    R.E.M. pack
    The Doobie Brothers
    My Chemical Romance
    Anthrax pack
    Bob Marley & The Wailers – Legend album
    The Black Keys pack
    and a lot more!

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: Snoop Dogg

    Posted on September 3rd, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioHere comes an eight song addition to our Rock Band Slacker Station. This time around, we get some Snoop Dogg, based on our earlier announcement post.

    “Beautiful”
    “Drop It Like It’s Hot”
    “Ridin’ In My Chevy”
    “Sensual Seduction”
    “Snoop’s Upside Ya Head”
    “Tha Shiznit”
    “That’s Tha Homie” *
    “Who Am I (What’s My Name)?”

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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