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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!



    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”
    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

  • Pearl Jam: Rock Band Canceled? Vocal Harmonies Tell Tale

    Posted on January 21st, 2011 Shawn 2 comments

    While doing a regular search of the Rock Band downloadable content page on Wikipedia, I noticed a new column titled “Add’l Rock Band 3 Features”. Upon sorting, I stumbled on a shocking bit of news. Most of the Pearl Jam DLC released between March and September 2009 has “Backing vocals”.

    As a test, I fired up Rock Band 3 on Xbox 360 and confirmed, most Pearl Jam songs have 2-part harmonies. This is interesting news. Long before the release of Rock Band 3, Green Day: Rock Band, and The Beatles: Rock Band; the content authors at Harmonix were charting vocal harmonies for Pearl Jam’s Ten album (followed up by Backspacer).

    This is a nice surprise for Rock Band vocalists, but what does it mean for conspiracy theorists? Since the charting was done relatively early in the Rock Band 2 life-cycle, which never had vocal harmony capabilities, there had to be a purpose for these harmonies.

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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 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: Rock Band 3 in 2010, RBN Store Opens & Cartman

    Posted on March 9th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    It’s the return of THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND! Wow, it has been five months since my last TWIRB update.  Gee, I have slacked since Simon started doing the weekly Rock Band DLC updates, plus our friend Tommy at RockBandAide has been kicking ass and taking names on all things Rock Band.  Though, I do miss the TWIRB pieces that I used to write, plus there is so much Rock Band news within the past week. So, here goes THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    Rock Band 3 Announced

    Let’s start this off with a giant BANG!  Just today, news started flying across the Twitterverse from @deliciousbees at Harmonix, that EA will continue to work with MTV/Viacom to publish Rock Band 3. Sure, that’s great news for the business people, but the big news from @johntdrake is that Rock Band 3 is expected “holiday 2010”.

    Here’s the quote:

    Harmonix is developing Rock Band 3 for worldwide release this holiday season! The game, which will be published by MTV Games and distributed by Electronic Arts, will innovate and revolutionize the music genre once again, just as Harmonix did with the original Rock Band, Rock Band 2 and The Beatles: Rock Band. Stay tuned for more details!

    So, we get no songs or features, or nuthin’.  But, we get something unofficially official, and that’s exciting.

    Rock Band Network Store Opens, 116 Songs Available

    On March 4, rumblings started in the wee hours from a web posting about RBN store going live.  As the day progressed, Xbox users noticed a title update to Rock Band 2.  Then a couple hours later, Rock Band Network appeared as a new in-game music store.  Just like that, more than 100 songs were available for purchase. The official announcement came same day.  In less than a week, more than 115 songs have been made available for purchase, from 99 cents to 3 dollars, all in Microsoft funny money of course.  It seems that a few more songs appear available every day.  So, take a look and download the free demos of songs. Many will be unknown, but you may find something new you love.  There are some mid-range names starting to pop up in RBN too; Steve Vai, Flight of the Conchords, Jonathan Coulton, to name a few.  PlasticAxe did a great job building a list of all the RBN songs.

    Lady Gaga and Eric Cartman DLC Announced for Next Week

    We are going to get some Band Hero equivalent songs for next week.  The bizarre (yet beloved) Lady Gaga will make a 4 song appearance on Rock Band, plus a spoof by South Park’s Eric Cartman.

    “Lady Gaga Pack 01” will include “Bad Romance,” “Just Dance,” “Monster” and “Poker Face”

    All platforms will get the pack (individual for Wii)
    Announcement here.

    DLC Week of 3/9 – White Stripes, Shaimus, Neil Pert and more!

    This weeks DLC, out today, is a great mix covering a few genre’s. You”l be able to pick these up on all consoles this week.

    The Futureheads – “Decent Days & Nights” +
    The Futureheads – “Hounds of Love” +
    The James Gang – “Walk Away” +
    Neil Peart – “The Hockey Theme” + *
    Shaimus – “All of This” + *
    Shaimus – “Tie You Down” + *
    The White Stripes – “Fell in Love with a Girl” +
    The White Stripes – “Seven Nation Army”
    The White Stripes – “You Don’t Know What Love Is (You Just Do As You’re Told)” +

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

    • Closer to PAX East. More details about Rock Band at the big show.
    • Looking for more Green Day: Rock Band details.
  • My Top Obsessions of 2009

    Posted on January 6th, 2010 Shawn No comments

    Wow, we are already a week into 2010 and I have yet to post My Top Obsessions of 2009. Shame on me, and sorry for the delay. You may remember what my top 7 obsessions from 2008 were.

    As we wind up 2010, let me recap on the obsessions that have kept me coming back to the blog. In looking over the past 12 months, I’ll highlight the top ten obsessions that have swallowed up all my free time this past year. I’ll also take a look at what obsessions might be cropping up for 2010.

    Here are the obsessions in order of importance to me.

    Picture the ball dropping, and countdown on…
    10. Rock Band Network.
    You may be wondering, why is this at #10 and not higher on the list.  For me, I looked at RBN as a way to get my old bands music (and possible new bands music) into Rock Band. It’s kind of a dream of mine. Then when I got into the RBN beta, I realized (1) I don’t have the free time to do this, (2) I don’t want to free up time to do this. So, RBN, as exciting as it seems to me…has been a pipe dream to me, and my exploration of the tools has been short lived. In 2010, I do expect to take advantage of the grabbing songs from the RBN store, and possibly getting back in the development ring…but, neither is happening yet.

    9. New Site Name.
    This isn’t exactly a highlight, but it is something that took up part of early 2009.I moved my web site to a new host, and changed the URL. It once was at, which was just a spinoff blog of another site. As this site was growing in popularity, I decided to rename it to, short for My Gadget, Game & Gizmo Obsession. It looks to have been a poor decision, since the site statistics showed my daily visitors went form about 300 to about 30. Ouch, that hurt!  Well, you live and you learn.  I’ve decided to stick with the new name and rebuild. Some of you have stuck around, and I greatly appreciate it. I hope to get the site (now going on its 4th year) back up in readership and commenters throughout 2010.

    8. BlackBerry Bold.
    It’s funny to see that last year, the BlackBerry Storm made it to my #3 spot, and truly should continue into 2009. Though, in the wee months of 2009 (Fabruary to be exact) the Storm was replaced by the BlackBerry Bold 9000. It wasn’t replaced because I didn’t like it. It was due to the fact that my company was willing to supply me with a BlackBerry and the Storm wasn’t on the “accepted devices” list. With that, I jumped from the Verizon ship onto AT&T and picked up the Bold. It’s really a great phone, though I wish it had a larger touchscreen. It’s got high-resolution, good call quality, and decent email (funny that BlackBerry does not have the best email client of all). It’s even a good media device, which has allowed me to continue my life of mobile convergence (cell phone, calendar, email, music player, GPS, and web all-in-one). The Bold remains my current device, and I am eyeing an upgrade to the Bold 9700 in the coming months. Although, this blog was founded on gadget obsessions,  formerly known as “My Treo Obsession”, I didn’t spend as much time on BlackBerry posts throughout the year.  An interesting statistic, my readership has suffered for that too.  Looks like I need to get back to my gadget roots here.

    7. New Music Games
    Why do I keep this so general? Well, there were a few music games I picked up this year, and each had something I loved. First, I have to say, I’m disappointed that no Rock Band 3 came out in 2009, but I’m sure it will be stellar when it does. Guitar Hero 5: This is possibly the best party music game of the year. With drop in/drop out play, it’s great for parties. Also, the ability to have 4 players on any instrument is great. Especially at my house right now, where if one person sings, everyone wants to sing; or if one person plays guitar, everyone wants to play guitar. Though the soundtrack didn’t grab me, and all my DLC is on Rock Band, so the game didn’t get much rotation. The Beatles Rock Band: This showed us what Rock Band 3 might be like, with 3 part harmonies. This game is beautiful, we all know enough about it. Guitar Hero Van Halen: This is my favorite music game to play this year. You say. “WHAT?!?!” I love classic Van Halen. Activision, screwed the pooch in it’s implementation of the story and the band, but the songs and charting are fantastic. What’s missing? The same thing as all GH games, DLC. Finally, Lego Rock Band: It’s so much fun to watch the cut scenes, and play Super Easy mode with the little kids. Plus, the import/export of your existing Rock Band library makes this a fun game.  Though, I would have rather seen Rock Band 3 over all of these, it was a decent year of flooded music games.

    6. Slacker Radio.
    The streaming music service available via web browser, stand alone desktop client, iPhone, BlackBerry, and some select Sony TV’s, has been a staple of mine since I learned of the service in late 2007. With the Slacker Radio application for BlackBerry release on February 2009, it truly became my de facto music source for the entire year.  I use it via my web browser at work. I use it in the car via my BlackBerry plugged into my stereo AUX jack, I use it at home via Berry or computer, and when I travel. I’ve made several custom stations including a Rock Band station that I update regularly with all the songs available for the game. 2010 definitely looks to be a year where Slacker continues to be part of my daily obsessions.

    5. Rock Band DLC.
    Rock Band 2 came in at #2 on my 2008 list, and I had anticipated that Rock Band 3 would have come out in 2009.  Well it didn’t but guess what did? Over 370 songs available for download into Rock Band. I didn’t play as much as I would have wanted (due to moving and life), but the abundance of weekly DLC from Harmonix has kept this game (Rock Band 2), although now getting a little long in the tooth, from passing away.

    4. Drumming Stuff.
    This is a continuation from 2008, where drumming made my top list.  This year I successfully built (though not yet completed) a custom electronic drum kit. It’s custom because, I purchased it piece mail via auctions on eBay. A stand here, a pad there, etc. I’ve also used an old “brain” or module (the Yamaha TMX) to connect the kit via MIDI to the Guitar Hero World Tour drum kit.  Now, all my video game drumming takes place on a professional electronic drum kit, instead of the cheap’ish plastic kits that are available for the game.  Due to moving for much of the year, I haven’t used the kit since May, but am in the processes of setting it back up in the new place.  In 2010, I plan to buy some more components to round out the complete pro kit, and write some posts (with photos) on how to build the DIY pro kit.

    3. New Music.
    Last year, GNR with the release of Chinese Democracy made my top list.  This year, I could put in a single album in the list, though I will span this to cover the few albums that got me a bit obsessed this year. At the top, is Green Day’s 21st Century Breakdown. Sure, it got trashed by the GD purists, but I love it. It’s a great listen, easily digestible, well told story, and similar to their American Idiot album. Next is Dream Theater’s Black Clouds & Silver Linings album. I was hooked pre-release due to my resurgence of interest in the band, thanks to Panic Attack and Constant Motion in Rock Band. The new album is 6 songs, but more than 70 minutes. The songs are extremely long, you do the math.  I mostly appreciate the fact that the album was released with a 3-disc set, containing instrumentals and a bonus disc of covers. We also got 311’s Uplifter this year. It was more of a downer than an uplifting experience, as it was just bland.  But, I did obsess over it, so it makes the list.  Finally, Dave Matthews Band release of The GrooGrux King.  Good old DMB. Nothing exciting, just a good listen. The album came out shortly after the death of saxophonist LeRoi Moore.

    2. Prototype.
    This game (for PS3 and Xbox 360) got trashed by just about everyone. Worse, it’s near clone, inFamous (for PS3) made it into many pro game journalists top 10 of the year. For me, Prototype was the most played game (excluding rhythm games) for me in 2009. I bought it in July when Amazon had a one-day sale, for $40. It was during a time where I was “without home” and no place to setup my Rock Band lair, so needed something else to pass the gaming time. This game is a sandbox (New York City), much like GTA IV, where you are basically evil and trash anything and everything in your way.  There’s a ridiculous amount of multi button combos, which does take some getting used to. But for me, this 3rd person game has taken more than 40 hours of my year, and I still haven’t finished it or reached 50% of the achievements. It’s not without its issues. (1) There is no Xbox Live component. Which is ok for me, but now that I have played much of the story and some of my friends have picked up the game, we’d really like to play online together. (2) You can’t leave NYC. If you try to cross a bridge or swim away from the island, God sends in an immediate missile strike and you are killed. Towards the end of the game, there is a hint that you get get to a ship, but I haven’t made it yet. (2) There is no DLC. This is a real drag, since the game could really leverage a new downloadable map, possibly some new combos, or something. I would likely pick up DLC if it were ever released. I stand by my words that this is a fun game to play. Find it in the bargain bins and enjoy.

    1. You, the readers, and authors.
    Thanks for those readers who have stuck around during some transitions of 2009.  Thanks to some of my part-time (and near full-time) authors that write posts.  It’s been another fun year of obsessions, and more to come in 2010. I hope to grow the site in different ways this year. Not yet sure how, since It’s a kinda “fly by the seat of my pants” blog.  I’m happy to see some people taking advantage of the Store offerings we add to various posts (sponsored by Amazon and Google), and just glad to see that people enjoy reading and discussing the same things that I obsess about. Thank you!

    With that, we’ve come to the end…

    Happy New Year!

    Please share your top obsessions in comments below.

  • Beatles Rock Band Deal for Cyber Monday

    Posted on November 30th, 2009 Pabel No comments

    If you don’t have The Beatles Rock Band yet, or just want to get the game for someone as a gift, now’s your chance.  Here’s a decent deal on the game + instruments for Xbox 360. This is the Rock Band 1 instruments with the Beatles Rock Band game.

    List Price: $159.99
    Price: $139.99 & this item ships for FREE with Super Saver Shipping.
    You Save: $20.00 (13%)
  • TWIRB: Podcast, iPhone, Lego, Beatles, U2 Rumors

    Posted on October 14th, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND! As can be expected, there’s a redonculous amount of news surrounding the rhythm game genre this week, and in particular, our favorite franchise…Rock Band.  Let’s talk about some epic DLC over the next couple weeks, a new iPhone game, the inaugural podcast, and more. It’s time for THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    More Beatles Rock Band News

    • Abbey Road DLC coming October 20

    In less than a week, we will get all the remaining tracks from the album Abbey Road. Along with that, a new Challenge will be added to the game, allowing play of the album from beginning to end without stop. This new DLC is promised to bring new dreamscapes to the game.  So, it’s great to see some DLC for TB:RB, but to add additional visualizations is going to be a treat to this already beautiful game.

    What’s next for Beatles DLC?  Two other albums are already in the works, but past that…it all depends on how stuff sells, according to Harmonix.  So, if you want more Beatles for your game, buy what they offer now.  Don’t hold out for your favorite album (like I might do for The White Album).

    As far as fun to play, I have personally seen parents and grandparents interested in, at least, watching the game in action.  I still haven’t seen the 50+ crowd interested in playing the game, but they sure love watching the game and listening the great sounds of The Beatles.

    Lego Rock Band Update

    • Entire track list revealed (biased opinion, it’s a great list too)

    All American Rejects, “Swing, Swing”
    The Automatic, “Monster”
    Blink-182, “Aliens Exist”
    Blur, “Song 2”
    Bon Jovi, “You Give Love a Bad Name”
    Boys like Girls, “Thunder”
    Bryan Adams, “Summer of 69”
    Carl Douglas, “Kung Fu Fighting”
    The Coral – “Dreaming of You”
    Counting Crows, “Accidentally in Love”
    David Bowie, “Let’s Dance”
    Elton John, “Crocodile Rock”
    Europe, “The Final Countdown”
    Everlife, “Real Wild Child”
    Foo Fighters, “Breakout”
    Good Charlotte, “Girls & Boys”
    The Hives, “Tick Tick Boom!”
    Iggy Pop, “The Passenger”
    Incubus, “Dig”
    Jackson 5, “I Want You Back”
    Jimi Hendrix, “Fire”
    Kaiser Chiefs, “Ruby”
    Katrina & The Waves, “Walking on Sunshine”
    The Kooks, “Naïve”
    KoRn, “Word Up!”
    KT Tunstall, “Suddenly I See”
    Lostprophets, “Rooftops”
    P!NK, “So What”
    The Police, “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
    The Primitives, “Crash”
    Queen, “We Are The Champions”
    Queen, “We Will Rock You”
    Rascal Flatts, “Life is a Highway”
    Ray Parker Jr., “Ghostbusters”
    Razorlight, “Stumble and Fall”
    Spin Doctors, “Two Princes”
    Spinal Tap, “Short & Sweet”
    Steve Harly, “Make Me Smile”
    Sum 41, “In Too Deep”
    Supergrass, “Grace”
    Tom Petty, “Free Fallin”
    T-Rex, “Ride a White Swan”
    Vampire Weekend, “A-Punk”
    We the Kings, “Check Yes Juliet”
    The Zutons, “Valerie”

    • 45 tracks for $50 = 90¢ per song (a bargain)
    • 100% tracks exportable to RB2

    The game appears to be a bargain, at $50 (that’s $10 off the typical game right now).  You get 45 songs, working out to 90¢ per song.  That’s 10¢ less than the cheapest DLC in the Music Store.  Plus, you get a new game with new types of game play.  Though, it’s not really a deal if you plan to do the import/export thing.  It’s $10 to export the Lego songs to RB2, and you actually get the entire set list exported.  What’s really cool about this feature, is any “kid friendly” song from your current and future DLC songs, will immediately be importable into Lego Rock Band.  You can give the kids the Lego disc and have no fear they are playing Aqualung when you are away, but you can gank all their Lego songs for your RB2 playing pleasure.  It’s a win-win to me.  For a total of $60 ($50 for game, $10 for export), it’s typical retail pricing after all.

    • Iggy Pop and David Bowie in game (I do not understand this idea. I would think Taylor Swift or other less ancient characters would be in the game).

    Honestly, why the hell are these old guys getting the Lego makeover and going in to a kids game?  Where’s Taylor Swift?  Where’s the American Idol stars?  Why are they using rock stars from yesteryear in a game that’s designed for kids and purposely using the E10 rating?

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    U2: Rock Band Rumor

    The world is saying “what’s next?” after The Beatles: Rock Band.  There is the quick answer: RBN, Lego Rock Band, the yet to be announced Rock Band 3, and of course more DLC.  But, what about full band games.  Harmonix has already stated in interviews this year that they are working on another band game.  Rumor after rumor (including many wish lists) have popped up all over the Intertubes.  The one rumor that seems to be sticking the most, is U2.

    Think about it.  U2 definitely has the catalog to support a full game, with 12 albums.  They have the standard 4 person band that would fit nice with the available plastic instruments. Their 4 members have been with the band since the early days.  They have a 30 year history to share. Plus, they have yet to put a song in Rock Band.

    Though, don’t forget that Harmonix and Pearl Jam sent out an announcement to fans (just after the release of the album “Ten” on DLC, for help selecting live PJ songs for an “upcoming Rock Band project”.  So, the PJ announcement leads me to believe that we will see even more PJ in the future.  Though, I don’t know if it will be a full game or just DLC.  I’d take a guess at Pearl Jam being just DLC.

    Rock Band Mobile Goes iPhone

    The official announcement came last week that the iPhone version of Rock Band is coming.  It’s as beautiful as the PSP version, and allows multiplayer up to 4 players, via WiFi. 20 songs make it in the game, plus there (of course) will be a Music Store to buy more.  The DLC train never stops.

    The game allows play for all four instruments, via screen taps.  For vocals, you tap the screen where the vocal line is drawn.  The game is destined for gigantic success on iPhone.  The only thing I ask (as a BlackBerry user), where’s the BlackBerry love?

    Here’s the initial setlist:

    Attack-30 Seconds To Mars
    Girls Not Grey – AFI
    Move Along – All-American Rejects
    Sabotage – Beastie Boys
    All The Small Things – Blink-182
    Hanging on the Telephone – Blondie
    Learn To Fly – Foo Fighters
    Everlong – Foo Fighters
    Bad to The Bone – George Thorogood & the Destroyers
    Hymn 43 – Jethro Tull
    Bad Reputation – Joan Jett
    Simple Man – Lynyrd Skynyrd
    Ace of Spades ’08 – Motorhead
    Debaser – Pixies
    Ladybug – Presidents of The United States of America
    Give It All – Rise Against
    Lazy Eye – Silversun Pickups
    Cherub Rock – Smashing Pumpkins
    Take The Money and Run – Steve Miller Band
    We Got The Beat – The Go Go’s

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    Official Harmonix Rock Band Podcast, Episode 1

    community_podcast[1]We were treated to the inaugural podcast last week, hosted by HarminoxSean, community manager.  It was a very impressive first podcast too. Great sound quality, several different segments, and top notch interviews from Thim Schaffer (maker of Brutal Legend) and more.  I won’t spoil the whole thing, but if you have an hour to kill and want to get a little more personal with the HMX staff, I suggest you subscribe to it in iTunes, or your favorite RSS reader. By the way, within a few hours of its release, the podcast became the #2 highest downloaded music podcast on iTunes.

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    There is so much more news like this weeks DLC (that Simon already posted about earlier), next weeks Queen DLC too.  This post is already getting long, we will cut it here.

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

    • Queen and Beatles DLC gets released.
    • Chatter leading up to the release of Lego Rock Band.
  • TWIRB: RBN Is Open, Drum Pedal Warranty Extensions, More DLC

    Posted on October 8th, 2009 Simon No comments

    It’s the return of THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND! Simon has been doing a great job with the rock Band happenings lately, and it’s much appreciated (by me at least). Though, I do miss the TWIRB pieces that I used to write, plus there is so much Rock Band news within the past week. So, here goes THIS WEEK IN ROCK BAND!

    Rock Band Network Tools & Documentation Available


    Just two days ago, we got word that the Rock Band Network (RBN) left its “closed” beta phase, which was invite only, and moved into the “open” beta.  The open beta is free for anyone interested.  Well, sort of free.  First of all, right now RBN is only for the following people:

    • Musicians
    • Music producers
    • Content charters/authors
    • Players willing to “play test” unreleased songs
    • and most importantly, those with money to spare.

    In order to use RBN, you must have a Windows PC, an Xbox 360 with Rock Band 2, and a Microsoft XNA Premium Membership (price $99 p/year).  Those items, plus Harmonix’ free Windows-based application MAGMA, will allow you to “play test” any available song in the RBN web site (

    If you are more of the musician, producer, or want to dabble in charting your (or other peoples) songs, you can take it a step further.  You’ll still need all the items required for play testing, plus you will need a digital audio workstation (or DAW as the cool kids call it).  The Harmonix recommended application is Reaper (price $60) which is what Harmonix’ authors use to chart Rock Band DLC.  Along with Reaper, Harmonix worked with Reaper to develop add-ons for Reaper, helping with color coding, and other RBN authoring optimizations.

    Finally, all the documentation you need, plus links to download MAGMA, Reaper, and the Reaper add-ons can be found at the RBN web site (

    You may know that MyRBN (the spin-off of MyGGGO) is already entrenched in RBN authoring and is looking for people to help do some guitar authoring. If interested in trying this out (even if it’s new to you, since it’s new to just about everyone), let us know.

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    Drum Pedal Warranty Update

    broken_rockband_pedal_2[1]If you own the Rock Band 1 drum kit, then chances are you have broken 1 or more drum pedals.  For me, it was two before I gave up and built my own custom pedal. Harmonix (who was under a class action law suit about that very pedal), announced on October 1 “We are now honoring warranty requests for plastic Rock Band bass drum pedals past the official 60-day limit”. Basically, from now until March 30, 2010, EA will honor warranty replacements for the Rock Band 1 drum kit pedals without any proof of purchase.  Just contact at and a new pedal will be sent to you.  This does not include Rock Band 2 or Beatles Rock Band drum kits.  Nice job EA and Harmonix, and well done as it forced the end of the law suit.

    Link to the Harmonix Announcement.

    DLC of the Week

    Already released on Tuesday (today on PS3) is the weeks DLC (Raconteurs, Alanis, Electric Six, Flobots). See Simon’s earlier post for the details.  It’s another great mix this week.

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

    • Two weeks until Beatles and Queen DLC. Huge, HUge, HUGE NEWS!
    • iPhone Rock Band. The details are floating around and we will bring you more details next week.
  • RB: DLC Queen 10-Pack and Abbey Road on 10/20/09

    Posted on October 2nd, 2009 Simon 2 comments


    The Countdown to 1000 songs continues!  October 20, 2009 will be the most memorable day to date in Rock Band DLC history, with the equivalent of TWO full album releases simultaneously! 10 tracks from the legendary band Queen and the first DLC for TB: RB, 1969’s Abbey Road.

    Harmonix has confirmed all ten tracks included in the Queen pack, and you may recall that they have previously revealed that two more tracks will be included with Lego: Rock Band (“We Are the Champions” and “We Will Rock You”).  The 10 Queen songs that will be available via DLC include:

    • “Another One Bites the Dust”
    • “Crazy Little Thing Called Love”
    • “One Vision”
    • “Fat Bottomed Girls”
    • “I Want It All”
    • “I Want to Break Free”
    • “Killer Queen”
    • “Somebody to Love”
    • “Tie Your Mother Down”
    • “Under Pressure”

    On the same date, the first DLC for Harmonix’s latest game, The Beatles: Rock Band arrives as promised, 1969’s legendary Abbey Road.  The full album will available for a reported 1360 points or 160 points for each track.  It has been also reported that players will be able to play the entire 16-minute medley, from “Money” to “The End”, likely in a new in-game challenge.  “Come Together”, “Octopus’s Garden”, “Here Comes The Sun”, “The End”, “Something” and “I Want You (She’s So Heavy)” were included on the game disc.  No further details have been released as to the inclusion of new dreamscapes, new content or photos.

    • “Maxwell’s Silver Hammer”
    • “Oh! Darling”
    • “Because”
    • “You Never Give Me Your Money”
    • “Sun King”
    • “Mean Mr. Mustard”
    • “Polythene Pam”
    • “She Came In Through The Bathroom Window”
    • “Golden Slumbers”
    • “Carry That Weight”
    • “Her Majesty”

    Whether or not you plan on purchasing any of the tracks on October 20th, there’s no arguing that Harmonix has outdone themselves once again.   I’m completely convinced that the 1000 track threshold will be crossed in December as promised, considering the volume of tracks coming out week after week.

  • Have Beatlemania? Need You Some More Beatles Stuff?

    Posted on September 10th, 2009 Shawn 1 comment

    With the release of The Beatles: Rock Band and the entire remastered collection of Beatles CD’s, do you have Beatlemania (all over again, or for the first time)? If so, we have the cure. Check out our direct link to all Beatles stuff at Amazon, where you can pick up a mere 126 albums containing Beatles music. Insane? Maybe. But, it is Beatlemania after all.

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