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  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: Now with 76 Rock Band 3 Songs

    Posted on August 19th, 2010 Shawn 1 comment

    Rock Band Slacker RadioThanks to the community following all the Rock Band 3 announcements and leaks, I have updated the Rock Band Slacker Radio Station with all of the known Rock Band 3 songs. 76 new songs have been added to the station, based on 2 posts at RockBandAide; this one and this one.

    Here’s the list that has been added (to the already 1,200 songs on the station):

    Confirmed (RockBand.com)

    • Dio – Rainbow in the Dark
    • Huey Lewis and the News – The Power of Love
    • Ida Maria – Oh My God
    • Jane’s Addiction – Been Caught Stealing
    • Jimi Hendrix – Crosstown Traffic
    • Joan Jett – I Love Rock and Roll
    • Juanes – Me Enamora
    • Metric – Combat Baby
    • Night Ranger – Sister Christian
    • Ozzy Osbourne – Crazy Train
    • Phoenix – Lasso
    • Queen – Bohemian Rhapsody
    • Rilo Kiley – Portions of Foxes
    • Smash Mouth – Walkin’ on the Sun
    • Spacehog – In the Meantime
    • Stone Temple Pilots – Plush
    • The Cure – Just Like Heaven
    • The Doors – Break On Through
    • The Vines – Get Free
    • The White Stripes – The Hardest Button to Button
    • Them Crooked Vultures – Dead End Friends
    • Whitesnake – Here I Go Again

    Confirmed (E3)

    • Yes – Roundabout

    Confirmed (Comic-Con)

    • B-52′s – Rock Lobster
    • Def Leppard – Foolin’
    • Filter – Hey Man, Nice Shot
    • Foreigner – Cold as Ice
    • Marilyn Manson – The Beautiful People
    • Tears for Fears – Everybody Wants to Rule the World

    Confirmed (GameInformer, MrPope’s Twitter)

    • David Bowie – Space Oddity

    Confirmed (EuroGamer)

    • Bob Marley & The Wailers – Get Up, Stand Up
    • INXS – Need You Tonight
    • Poni Hoax – Antibodies
    • Rammstein – Du Hast
    • Roxette – The Look
    • Tokio Hotel – Humanoid
    • HIM – Killing Loneliness
    • Maná – Oye Mi Amor
    • Slipknot – Before I Forget
    • War – Low Rider

    Confirmed (X-Play)

    • Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers – I Need To Know

    Recent Leak (GottGameShows)

    • The Bronx – False Alarm
    • Lynyrd Skynyrd – Free Bird
    • Beach Boys – Good Vibrations (Live)
    • Tegan and Sara – The Con
    • Riverboat Gamblers – Don’t Bury Me… I’m Still Not Dead
    • The Police – Don’t Stand So Close to Me
    • Steve Miller Band – Fly Like an Eagle
    • Blondie – Heart of Glass
    • The Who – I Can See For Miles
    • James Brown – I Got You (I Feel Good)
    • Ramones – I Wanna Be Sedated
    • John Lennon – Imagine
    • Big Country – In a Big Country
    • Primus – Jerry Was a Race Car Driver
    • Echo and the Bunnymen – Killing Moon
    • Dover – King George
    • Raveonettes – Last Dance
    • The Sounds – Living in America
    • Phish – Llama
    • Faith No More – Midlife Crisis
    • Paramore – Misery Business
    • Queens of the Stone Age – No One Knows
    • At the Drive-In – One Armed Scissor
    • The Muffs – Outer Space
    • Golden Earring – Radar Love
    • Amy Winehouse – Rehab
    • Elton John – Saturday Night’s Alright (For Fighting)
    • Deep Purple – Smoke on the Water
    • The Smiths – Stop Me If You’ve Heard This One Before
    • Hypernova – Viva La Resistance
    • Pretty Girls Make Graves – Something Bigger, Something Brighter
    • Swingin’ Utters – This Bastard’s Life
    • Dire Straits – Walk of Life
    • Devo – Whip It
    • Warren Zevon – Werewolves of London
    • Flaming Lips – Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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  • 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
  • Back on the Kit

    Posted on June 28th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Here’s something I have not written much about before, likely because the site hasn’t focused on this obsession.  But, let’s start a new category and see if there’s interest from our readers. I had the opportunity to pick up some drum sticks last week and jam with a couple guitarists from my town.

    Our two hour impromptu jam at one of the guitarists studio, who we will call SuRGe, was reminiscent of a garage band I used to jam with two years ago.  That band was Sorry About Your Dog from Charlotte, NC. Those guys were a group of I.T. pros and closet musicians, who played some common party classics (a lot from the mid-90s). I helped out on drums and vocals, when their permanent players weren’t available. Maybe, you could call me a scab.

    These guys I jammed with this past week, nearly have identical taste in songs.  Plus, many of the songs are also in Rock Band.  Needless to say, I knew the drum parts to most of the songs shouted out during our jam session, and we jumped right in and did a decent job knocking them out.

    Here’s an example of what we played:

    You May Be Right
    The Break Up Song
    Just What I Needed
    Jenny 867-5309
    Wild Flower
    Bad Case of Lovin’ You
    Should I Stay Or Should I Go
    American Girl
    Basket Case
    Welcome to Paradise
    Your Love
    When I Come Around
    Saw Her Standing There
    My Best Friends Girl
    Don’t Do Me Like That
    Dirty Deeds

    You might agree, lots of party songs.  You’ll see from the photos, that I may appear to be not so enthralled by what we were playing.  At least, that was my wife’s impression when she saw the photos.  Actually, I knew the songs drum parts so well, that I was mentally trying to figure out the vocal harmonies while we played. So, in the photo’s you see the outcome of my brain in action….not a pretty sight, I guess.

    Well, after two hours, the three of us agreed that we jelled together and plan to put together a list of songs to play next time. I’ve already warned them about my love for metal and prog rock, so let’s see how my suggestions play out.  The songs we played were all pretty basic for drums, which also probably plays into my lack of excitement in photos. Though, they were good for a pick up jam session.

    I’m thinking of testing the waters with classic prog rock of Kansas and Styx, maybe working our way up to Dream Theater.  I’d be up for it, though I may be alone on that one.  Keeping with the theme of songs, but adding a little difficulty, I’ll throw in Boston as a suggestion.

    P.S. – The T-Shirt I’m wearing.  I’ll give Twitter shout outs to the first person to comment where it’s from.  HINT: It’s gaming conference related.

  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: Serj, Coheed, No Doubt & more…

    Posted on June 24th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioIt’s rapid fire update time for our custom Slacker Radio Rock Band station. This is the second update this week, getting us into the DLC  for May.

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 5/4/10.
    NEW:
    Serj Tankian x2
    Smash Mouth – “All-Star”
    The Used x3
    Coheed and Cambria x3
    Siouxsie & The Banshees – “Peek-a-Boo”
    Supergrass – “Sun Hits the Sky”
    Violent Femmes – “American Music”
    Flyleaf – “Again”
    Silverchair – “Tomorrow”
    Busted – “Thunderbirds Are Go!”
    No Doubt – Tragic Kingdom: The Deep Cuts
    Orianthi – “According to You”

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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  • Rock Band Slacker Radio: Hendrix, Underwood, X and more

    Posted on June 22nd, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Rock Band Slacker RadioIt’s been three months since I updated our custom Slacker Radio Rock Band station. Does anyone other than me care? Not sure. Well anyway, I’ve added about 30 songs today catching us up to the second week of April.

    INCLUDES ALL SONGS THRU 4/13/10.
    NEW:
    3 Doors Down – “It’s Not My Time”
    Mute Math – “Control”
    The Subways x2
    X x4
    Ace Frehley – “Outer Space”
    Carrie Underwood – “All-American Girl”
    OneRepublic – “Stop & Stare”
    The Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold as Love (album)
    Anberlin – “Feel Good Drag”
    Hawk Nelson – “Live Life Loud”
    Skillet – “Monster”
    Superchick – “Stand in the Rain”
    Switchfoot – “Meant to Live”
    Thousand Foot Krutch – “Fire It Up”

    Direct link to Rock Band Station on Slacker.com
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  • Green Day: Rock Band – First Impression

    Posted on June 9th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Ok, every game blogger has written a review for Green Day: Rock Band already. So, why should I? Well, I’m pretty sure I will have a different spin on it, plus I will definitely focus on some different aspects of the game.

    Opening Cinematic

    Let’s start at the very beginning, the start up video when you pop in the disc. Lot’s of red and black imagery with bizarre looking characters, grenade explosions, and a make-out scene. My first take ,”boy that was short.” And then, “this is going to scare the sh** out of my kids”. I’m underwhelmed by that opening. It’s not very vibrant, it’s short, and not very welcoming…of course it is reflecting the dark lyrics of Green Days songs, so I suppose it’s fitting.  Though, it does not hold a candle to The Beatles: Rock Band opening cinematic.

    Rock Band Stage Kit

    I have very bad news here.  Just like with The Beatles: Rock Band, the light/fog capabilities on the Xbox 360 Rock Band Stage Kit do not work with Green Day: Rock Band. This (to me) is a HUGE disappointment. Especially since Harmonix was trying to recreate the live Green Day experience in this game. Why would they not include the lighting effects of this device?

    Drumming

    Drummers out there, you will struggle on many Green Day songs…and other songs will be a breeze. Needless to say most of you will play through this once and come back again to perfect it. It follows the traditional Rock Band 4-lane drumming, so it’s still the very familiar and comfortable format…though you will have some lightening fast hi-hats and fills.

    Vocals

    The 3 part harmonies are wonderful. Keep in mind, I love singing Green Day during drunken karaoke outings…so this is fitting territory to me. Even the 6 songs previously released for Rock Band DLC, have been updated with 3-part harmonies. It’s done well, and very fun to sing with others in the same room.

    If you want to lower Billie Joe’s vocals to hear your own, you have to pause the game and select “Lower Vocals” from a menu, just like The Beatles: Rock Band. That’s unfortunate, where Rock Band 2 would allow the vocalist to lower/raise vocals during game play.

    Set List

    I’m super biased. American Idiot, Bullet In A Bible, and 21st Century Breakdown are three of my most listened to CD’s over the past five years. Oddly enough, after Insomniac came out in 1995, I stopped buying Green Day albums until Idiot came out.  The on disc set list, for me, is the best Rock Band on disc set list to date. Now, you know my bias…I will move on.

    Pre/Post Song Visualizations

    There are three venues. With each venue, there appears to only have one or two pre-song and post-song visualizations. The visualizations get old fast, watching Tre stand on his drum throne. I’m wishing those visuals were more varied.

    Online

    Playing Xbox Live last night, I saw about 15 people on my friends list playing. I played with some, and searched for players as well.  Match making was fine.  There were times when no one was available for match making…I’m hoping it’s just because the game is new and not many were online yet. I did have a couple players disconnect mid song, and the old typical issues still exist. If a player gets disconnected, you slowly fail out of the song…versus my suggestions to drop that player and continue on.

    Extras

    I have seen some of the photos that are unlockable. The photos are cool, but the text to go with them sucks.  The text just says “Photo unlocked by achieving 3 or 5 stars in XXXXX song”.  Instead of The Beatles: Rock Band where unlocked photos would have contextual info about the photos origin. I haven’t unlocked any videos yet, but am looking forward to them. I haven’t played any challenges yet, but I know there are full album challenges which I can’t wait to try out and hope the song transition visualizations are more varied.

    Overall

    I love the set list, I love the graphics, I love the harmonies. I love the speed and menuing. It’s a lot like TB:RB with Green Day in place. The export capabilities and hints of more DLC continue to add future life. For $50-$60 (depending where/when you buy), it basically is the cost of DLC with added capabilities. If you love Rock Band and like/love Green Day, it’s a must have.

    I am disappointed with a few things, most notably the lack of Stage Kit support.  I will get over it, as I enjoy the music above all else.

  • TWIRB: Pantera, Green Day Demo on Xbox, Drive Shaft

    Posted on May 25th, 2010 Shawn 1 comment

    It’s the re-return of THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND! Life has been busy, the blog has been suffering. Thanks to Simon for keeping up with some posts. Due to too much Rock Band news right now, I need to do a TWIRB. Green Day demo is live, Lost fans get some Drive Shaft, Pantera will ruin us all. So, here goes THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    Green Day: Rock Band Demo on Xbox Live

    While checking my Twitter updates this morning I stumbled on the Xbox Live Marketplace account which mentioned, Green Day: Rock Band Demo.  So, I dug into it to find as of today the is a two song demo of the game available right now to Xbox Live Gold members.  It’s about 300MB, so it’s relatively small.

    I have queued up the download and will be checking it out whenever I get out of work tonight.

    If you have an Xbox Live Gold account, you can queue up the demo here.

    If you haven’t pre-ordered the game, Amazon is now (finally) offering release day shipping, plus $20 off your next game and $5 of Amazon MP3s.  Pretty sweet deal! It’s the best deal there is. Pre-order Green Day: Rock Band for Xbox 360, PS3, or Wii here.

    Pantera is now on Rock Band

    Read Simon’s post from last week about the Pantera announcement, for all the details.  From my point of view, Pantera was one of the most influential bands of my teens and twenties. I was a drummer and singer in various bands, and most all would at some point use a Pantera song to warm up during practices. I had seen the band live many times, and shed a tear the morning after Dimebag Daryl was killed.

    As of today, Pantera’s final great album (IMO) is available for Rock Band. I could only be happier, if Harmonix and Pantera would release their three preceding albums too. So, if you are like me, get this album now, and I will see you on Xbox Live tonight to sweat and scream the intensity of The Great Southern Trendkill.

    It’s Dharma Time

    Lost fans, stop crying and get ready to rock! Charlie Pace’s band Drive Shaft showed up in the Rock Band Network yesterday with their fictional hit, You All Everybody. Yes, I picked it up last night for a measly 80 MS Points ($1).  Yes, I played as Charlie on expert bass. Yes, I took heroine. Yes, I was a real rock star for a few minutes (in my living room by myself). Yes, it was well worth it.

    If you are craving some more Lost in your life, or just want to add another cheap song to your Rock Band library, here’s the link to queue up You All Everybody.

    With that, what’s NWIRB?  NEXT WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    • More Green Day: Rock Band announcements as we lead up to June 8.
    • We wait in anticipation of the June 15 announcement of Rock Band 3 at E3.
  • …And we are back

    Posted on May 5th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    After some quick fixes, comments are back available to all readers.  We are using a plugin called CAPTCHA, which most of you will be familiar with. It displays a random image of letters and numbers, and you will need to type that into a text box to get your comment submitted.

    Currently, the layout is a bit sloppy, but gets the job done.  I will work to get it better integrated, but need to have this implemented for now. 

    I was gettign upwards to 100 spam comments a day, linking to malware, porn, and other junk. In an effort to protect our readers, this is something that will help keep us a bit more secure at www.MyGGGo.com.

    Let me know if you are experiencing any problems.

  • Comments Currently Offline

    Posted on May 5th, 2010 Shawn 3 comments

    Hi readers.  Just a quick note. Comments are currently offline, but will be back soon. Thanks to regular writer (Simon) for clueing my into the sites broken Comments section.

    I’m looking into this and hope to have comments back online soon.  I’ll keep you posted.

  • Green Day on Fallon, Talk Rock Band and American Idiot

    Posted on April 15th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Here’s the scoop. Green Day stopped by Jimmy Fallon. They talk about a few things. Tre sucks at Rock Band. American Idiot is now on Broadway. Tre may have lost the masters to a never released Green Day album. The Beatles get a mention. Plus, they talk mud slinging at Woodstock 94.

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