Here’s the weekly update on what you’ll be able to download for Rock Band next week:
Tracks available on Xbox 360 (Sept. 8th) and PLAYSTATION 3 system (Sept. 10th):
- Freezepop – “Get Ready 2 Rokk” *
- Freezepop – “Less Talk More Rokk” *
- Freezepop – “Science Genius Girl” *
- Jonathan Coulton – “Re: Your Brains” *
- MC Frontalot – “Origin of Species” *
- Paul & Storm – “Opening Band” *
- 3 Doors Down – “Kryptonite”
- AFI – “Miss Murder”
- Audioslave – “Gasoline”
- Jackson 5 – “ABC”
Saw this a couple of days ago and forgot to post it until just now. From Gizmodo:
The image above shows the log entry of the first meaningful connection between two computer nodes. It happened on October 29, 1969. However, the very first heart beat, the first actual connection in which bits were exchanged between two hosts happened 40 years ago today.
Happy (belated) 40th birthday, internet. Hopefully by the time you’re 50, Hallmark will make a card for that.
Hey guys, have you heard? Xbox 360s die, horribly, almost without fail. In the wake of some devastatingly terrible survey results—54% failure rate terrible—a third-party warranty company is saying that RRoD troubles are on the wane.
I’ve heard rumblings about this for a while now, but it looks like it’s official: Harmonix is bringing Rock Band to pubs and bars. They’re calling it—wait for it—Rock Band Bar Nights. Maybe it’s not the most compelling branding, but it does have a sort of Soviet industrial efficiency to it. And come on, this is from a developer who called their rock band simulation game “Rock Band” (possibly because “Music Game” wasn’t able to be trademarked?).
No, no, no… I kid the Rock Band. I’m only miffed because I’d been thinking about buying a PA and a projector and trying to do something similar myself. I think it’s an amazing idea and long overdue. There are going to be over a thousand songs available for the game by the end of the year, so there’s no shortage of content. Gamers who have honed their skills in their living room can come on out and show off their mad rocking skills to an audience that will actually appreciate them. And it should help the DJ (RBJ?) run through the list of sign-ups four times faster than a traditional karaoke joint.
It also has the capacity to be four times as brutal to the listener if a band of drunks fumbles their way through the song… unless No Fail mode is turned off. Then, instead of listening to some dude slur his way through “Baby Got Back,” the entire band fails out thirty seconds into the song, to howls of delight from the crowd. Of course, this infringes on my jointly held patent for Gong Show Karaoke (© Leaf Standard and Bryan Stratton), but I’m willing to let that slide, because I’m lazy and would rather let someone else do all of the hard work.
Apple just announced a rock and roll-themed event in San Francisco on September 9th, 2009. This is the same 9/9/09 that sees the release of The Beatles: Rock Band and the remastered stereo and mono Beatles discography boxed sets. Is there anyone out there who will bet against the Beatles’ music finally turning up on iTunes?
Other things I expect to see at the event:
- new iPod Touch with camera, microphone, increased storage and lower price
- new iTunes with social networking features, Blu-Ray support and—please god—iPhone app organization
- enhanced digital album art (“Cocktail“)
- Steve Jobs
I will bet against seeing the Mac tablet/”iPad” a week from Wednesday. Anyone want to take my money?
More Rock Band DLC awesomeness on tap for next Tuesday:
- Avenged Sevenfold – “Bat Country”
- The Jam – “A Town Called Malice”
- The Jam – “Going Underground”
- Oasis – “Supersonic” (Live)
- Rage Against the Machine – “Guerilla Radio”
- Talking Heads – “And She Was”
- Talking Heads – “Crosseyed & Painless”
- Talking Heads – “Girlfriend is Better”
- Talking Heads – “Once in a Lifetime”
- Talking Heads – “Take Me to the River”
I’m pretty sure that these have been around the internets for a while, but they’re new to me. Courtesy of Boing Boing:
(Thanks to Sara for discovering these.)
This might be the best use of Google Maps ever: a map that shows the real-world locations of all of the appearances, deaths, events and locations from Robert Kirkman‘s excellent comic book series, The Walking Dead. Click on the icons in the left navigation bar to jump to their locations on the map, plus scanned panels from the comic.
If you haven’t read the comic, what are you waiting for? The AMC series based on the comic might be as little as 18 months away. You’ve spent the last two and a half years pretending that you were hip enough to start watching Mad Men from the first episode and living in fear that someone will discover that you devoured both seasons on DVD within the last six months. Don’t miss your chance to get in on the ground floor with this one.
(Thanks to Darren for bringing this to my attention.)