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7:36 PM on 06.30.2010

25 MOAR Songs That Would Be Great For Rock Band 3

Okay, so here I am again, with another surely polarizing and hate inducing post about Rock Band. My last blog detailed 15 keyboard heavy songs that would be a good fit in the game, but in this one I'm just putting 25 songs that would highlight all of the new features put in the game, as well as a couple songs that just would be fun to play. Read on, and leave all hate in the comments.

(Seriously though, thanks for being generally good sports about this you guys. I know music can be a VERY opinionated subject, and I'm glad to see everyone that's commented on my blogs so far have been a very understanding bunch. Stay classy folks.)



1) Heart- Magic Man
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It's an absolute crime that we have not seen any Heart in Rock Band yet. And while they have wound up in Guitar Hero twice, it's always puzzled me- why has such a wonderful band not made it to the superior product yet? Especially with this song, a song that's pretty much a staple of most classic rock playlists. It's got it all- memorable riffs, a singalong chorus that nobody can ignore, and a guitar solo that perfectly balances that edge between fun and difficult. And did I mention it features one of the best harmonizing vocal lines in rock and roll history?

2) Lynyrd Skynyrd- I Know A Little
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I'm not gonna lie...I really don't like Lynyrd Skynyrd. I understand their importance, but they're just not my thing. Simple Man was overrated, Sweet Home Alabama was overplayed, and Freebird was overrated AND overplayed. But this song however? This song is the exception. A southern-rock powerhouse track, this is sure to kick the ass of even the most hardened guitarists, not to mention that keyboard. Dear lord, that keyboard. This track would easily be the 'boss song' of the game for the new peripheral, not to mention just all out fun to play on any instrument.

3) Fleetwood Mac- The Chain
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Another classic song, this song has always struck an emotional chord with me. The haunting harmonies, the heavy lyrics, and that memorable "If you don't love me now, then you'll never love me again" chorus. But the best part of the song? The chill-enducing breakdown. Once that bass kicks in through the silence, the guitar starts to shred, and that inimitable "The Chain will keep us together" chant echoes through the speakers, you're practically overcome by the emotions the song illicits. Put this song in the game, PLEASE.

4) New Order- True Faith
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I know, my other RB3 list was very new wave heavy. However, I neglected to mention one of the greatest new wave groups of all time, and that's a wrong I had to right. And I know, they have another, far more popular song that would probably prove better for the game, but the fact of the matter is this song just doesn't get enough love and, thanks to a rather well-done cover by Anberlin, this song has gained relevance lately, making now the best time to put it in the game.

5) Rush- Caravan
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Hey! Did you guys know Rush has a new song out? Did you know it's from an album that comes out in 2011? Does any of this sound eerily familiar to the whole Chinese Democracy situation from Rock Band 2? Now, I'll admit. This song doesn't have any fancy keyboard, or harmonies, but it does have one thing the rest of the songs on this list doesn't: it's fucking Rush. And, even in this day and age, the golden boys of Canada still have the magic. Though they may have acquired a bit of a heavier edge over the years, they still know how to craft some amazing music. Wouldn't it be awesome if all that amazing music from the album made it to Rock Band 3?

6) David Bowie- Changes
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CH-CH-CHAAAANGEES!! As anyone that knows me well enough would tell you, I am a massive David Bowie fan, to the point where I would say he's the greatest musician ever. And while this isn't exactly my favorite song by him, this would be a perfect fit for the game, thanks mainly to that dominating piano line. Not to mention, it'd be funny to watch vocalists trip up at the off-kilter vocal delivery present during the chorus.

7) Beastie Boys- Intergalactic
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I know what you're thinking...it has no guitar. The bass is barely there. It has one very boring organesque piano sample and a drum beat. This wouldn't work at all. Well you know what I have to say to that? Fuck. And. That. Thanks to the advent of harmonies, this could be the PERFECT get-drunk-and-get-down track for three vocalists. Imagine three guys, callin' back, dropping rhymes, trying to imitate the poses from the video. For that alone, I think this song deserves to be in the game.

8) Beck- Where It's At
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Ah, Beck. I would be lying if I didn't think of this song due only because of the backing piano sample, but that's just one of the many good things about this song. A fun to play drum beat (With a solo, no less), Beck's always-obscure-but-never-boring lyrics, and even some basic harmonies. Not to mention it's just a fun song to listen to. And hey, there's a guarantee that this will be more fun on guitar then the other Beck track we got.

9) Sonic Youth- Bull In The Heather
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Okay, I admit. This song doesn't have an amazing guitar riff. No funky, plucky bass line. No harmonies. No piano. It's got a decent drum beat, but a very repetitive one nonetheless. And the vocals are good, but they're not something amazing in this song. So why this song? Because, when you combine it all together, it just makes for one hell of a song that greatly exceeds the sum of it's parts. Add a digital Kathleen Hanna dancing on the stage during the song Harmonix, and you've got magic on your hands.

10) Alkaline Trio- Time To Waste
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I'm pretty sure everybody is going to hate this song, I'm not going to lie. I hardly know any people that know who this band even is, let alone people that actually like them. But me personally, as well as my girlfriend, we both love this band...so naturally, we've been chomping at the bit for a chance to play one of their songs in the game. The advent of the keyboard controller and harmonizing vocals suddenly makes this more possible then ever before, thanks to this song. Sure, it's from the time when they stopped being an amazing pop-punk band and started being a really good alternative band with some darker punk leanings, but it's still a great song nonetheless, and a song I'd love to see in the game.

11) Dethklok- Hatredcopter
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Guitar Hero got a Dethklok song, so why can't we? And while Bloodlines is an amazing choice, I don't want to see the same song in both games, hence why I choose this one. It's hard as hell and will certainly fill the spot of "That WTF-hard metal song that everyone wants to play but nobody can play well", and is one of the few songs you'll find from the 'band' that features harmonies- in this occasion, entire lines sang by drummer/former Snakes N' Barrels vocalist Pickles. A perfect choice for the band if ever I saw one.

12) Pendulum- Propane Nightmares
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Pendulum is, admittedly, an odd choice for a game that isn't DJ Hero. However, as one of the most prominent electronic acts around, as well as one of the few to still stick to instruments, they're just dying to be presented in a video game. And this song is a perfect display of what makes them great- amped up drum beats, slamming guitar and bass rhythms, and an awesome display of vocal/keyboard double duties that all combine to make a simply great song, electronic or otherwise.

13) Avenged Sevenfold- Little Piece Of Heaven
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I know, I know, I know- "Avenged Sevenfold? What the fuck man, you suck." Well, whatever. This song is about as un-Avenged Sevenfold as it gets, taking on a boldly theatrical tone, complete with a choir of singers, piano, trumpets, violins, the whole nine yards. It's a darkly humorous song lyrically, telling a tale that I honestly never even noticed until the music video. Gameplay wise though, it would fit in perfectly- the background harmonies, the piano, the shifts to the drummer singing, everything. This has the potential to be one of the most 7-man band songs in the game.

14) Blood Brothers- Peacock Skeleton With Crooked Feathers
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Alright, another love 'em/hate 'em band that I'm sure nobody other then me enjoys. An incredibly frantic group, this shows the Blood Brothers arguably at their best, and is a perfect entry course into just what their music entails- a fast, catchy Casio beat, dueling vocals, rapid, frantic changes in the rhythm, and an all around frenzy of madness that few other bands can pull off. It'd probably fall in to the "Visions" category of "This shit isn't music" to most people, but I personally think it'd be an excellent addition to the game for the people willing to give it a shot.

15) Against Me!- Miami
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First off- ignore the video, just listen to the song. It's a fan video. Moving right along, this is another band like Alkaline Trio, where I don't know many people that know who these guys are, but they're one of my favorite bands ever, so much so that I even have a tattoo based on their first album on my back. Now, avid Rock Band players will notice that two of their songs are in the game already, but those two songs were after they took a drastic change in their sound, moving from ultra-frenzied folk-punk anthems to more of a alt-punk sound with intense lyrical messages. This song comes from the more of a middle ground between the two, when they were starting to slow down a bit but still had a bit of their signature sound left over.

16) Paper Tongues- Trinity
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I just recently started listening to these guys, and I gotta say I'm a real big fan so far. Discovered out of North Carolina by the world famous Randy "Yo Dawg" Jackson, these boys attempt to fuse their different musical backgrounds of hip-hop, soul, funk, and alternative into it's own magnificent beast, with beautiful results. And while they have another song (Ride To California) that would arguably be more fun to play, I picked this song mainly because of the heartfelt vocal delivery and the standout keyboard line during the chorus.

17) Klaxons- Gravity's Rainbow
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Man...am I the only one that liked these guys? Another not-so-popular band, these New Ravers from the other side of the water bring their own brand of frantic chaos to the scene themselves, combining many elements to form their own unique sound before suddenly disappearing for three years. One of their more popular tracks (And their first single), it also has all the staples of a good showcase for the new features. And, ya know, I'd actually like to see some other people figure out who these guys are.

18) The XX- Crystalised
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This band here? I think I just discovered them like...four, five days ago. And while it's a very slow, typically mopey indie track, it's also a great beginner's entrance into the harmonies, and just a hauntingly enchanting song to listen to. Easy doesn't always equate to boring, so long as the song in question is good enough. Not to mention this could easily be the voxtar song of choice for the game.

19) Nine Inch Nails- Every Day Is Exactly The Same
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Yes, another easy, kind of boring song. But this is another track that could be used to warm people into the new keyboard peripheral rather well, not to mention the appeal of Nine Inch Nails is kind of hard to top. And while it's not the best choice from them for another game, this has always been one of my favorites by them for the bleak, hopeless sound the song portrays, and I'm all for that sort of thing in a video game.


20) Outkast- Bombs Over Baghdad
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I will make this clear- if you don't like the idea of this song being in a video game, then I'm afraid we can't be friends anymore. This song is absolutely perfect for a game like Rock Band. It's got the frenetic drums, it's got the guitar (Not to mention the guitar SOLO), and hell, it even has a bit of keyboard in it. But what really makes this so perfect, is being able to get two guys up there and doing their own Big Boi and Andre 3000. Harmonix said that they were open to the idea of hip-hop making it to Rock Band...well, put this song in and prove it.


21) MGMT- Flash Delirium
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Taken from my favorite new album to come out this year, this song is another excellent display of harmonies, brought about by a band that many have hoped would appear in a rhythm game for quite some time. Luckily, their new album features a more stripped down, 60's-70's esque psychedelic sound, making it all the more likely that it could actually happen. Not to mention, this songs eventual devolution into madness would be a pretty fun thing to play.

22) Justice- D.A.N.C.E
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What's that? More dance music? Hell yeah more dance music. The standout track by the two frenchman that aren't Daft Punk, this song has all the right qualities to be made into a playable Rock Band track. How could you not have a smile on your face by singing such charming lyrics? Not to mention the fact that, in the chase for branching out and getting diverse artists and genres in-game, the realm of dance music is practically untouched...so what would it take to be able to do the D.A.N.C.E in Rock Band?


23) Brick- Dazz
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Speaking of genres, if there's one thing Rock Band needs more of, it's the funk. We're not content to one single 3-pack...we need more. And what better song then Dazz? It brings the funk in spades, and brings it with keyboards and harmonies to boot. Play this song at a party and everyone's almost guaranteed to dance.


24) The Gap Band- You Dropped A Bomb On Me
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Another awesome funk track, and probably my personal favorite of all time. I never was able to explain why I love this song so much, but whatever it is I just can't stop listening to it again and again and again. Not much to say about this, it's simply a great song.

25) The Roots- The Seed (2.0)
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And ending this list is another hip-hop songs by one of the best acts in the genre. I know that not many people have a fond respect for hip-hop (A certain comment section from a Def Jam Rapstar post comes to mind), but this is one of those bands that I can't really imagine anybody hating. It's got a simple guitar line yes, but this could easily be one of the most fun and versatile vocal tracks in the game, especially if they did it as harmonies. Plus, who doesn't wanna see a man with a giant afro playing drums?



Aaaaand there you have it, 25 more picks from my personal collection of bad music tastes, for you guys to pick apart. I'm probably going to hold off from doing another one of these, seeing as how I've pretty much suggested enough songs to fill up the rest of the track list at this point...so, sound off in the comments, tell me how wrong I am, and I hope to see you all for Stereotoid!

AND DON'T FORGET TO CHECK OUT THE DEBUT OF STEREOCAST!!!!(Shameless Plug)   read


10:49 AM on 06.07.2010

Songs That The New Keytar Peripheral is PERFECT For In RB3



A quick primer- this is the first non-Stereotoid related article I've written since we started so this will probably come off as vaguely amateurish. Moving right along...


So, as anyone who's played the Green Day Rock Band demo (Or simply saw the article Nick Chester posted), Rock Band 3 is set to feature some form of keyboard/keytar peripheral. At first I didn't think much of it, aside from the obligatory "sweet, more gameplay for me". Though, just like anything else Harmonix has ever done in a video game, during one long drive with the radio cranked high, my mind started turning and I saw the possibilities. So, in an article that will surely only excite myself and Xzyliac, let's get to listin'.



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Journey- Seperate Ways (Worlds Apart)

Okay, so I'd be lying if I said I wasn't typing up this entire thing just because of this song. In fact, it was this song coming on the radio that sparked this whole idea. But still, listen to it. Listen to that keyboard. That's perhaps one of the few times where anybody could call a keyboard part "badass". And of course, in true Journey fashion, once the rest of the song kicks in it just gets better. It has all the makings of a great Rock Band song (Seriously, why do we only have two Journey songs in the game anyways?), except with an awesome keyboard part that's perfect for being included as an example of how well the new peripheral can work out in the game.

...However, the music video is just ridiculously goofy. Thank the 80's for that, and thank Harmonix for using in-game avatars as opposed to music videos.



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Guns N' Roses- November Rain

Another fairly obvious choice, yes, but usually when debuting a new peripheral for a music game, you need a couple songs in the game that shine specifically because of that peripheral (Like, say, what Won't Get Fooled Again did for the drums in RB1). And while the first suggestion is perfectly rounded out on all instruments, for November Rain the majority of the song takes a backseat to the piano parts, up until the guitar solos that is. This would be a perfect song that spotlights the keywhateverweget and would even be a nice song to introduce a keysomethingoranother solo with. Plus, most people would agree that some more classic GnR would be a great thing to have, and even if I'm not the biggest fan in the world I can't deny that.



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Death Cab For Cutie- I Will Possess Your Heart

Yeah yeah, go ahead, instantly invalidate all of this for including an uber-popular indie hit on it. But realize one thing- if Rock Band didn't put a bunch of radio hits in their games, they probably wouldn't sell nearly as many copies and, therefore, wouldn't be able to eventually shower you in (Insert not-that-famous band you love here)'s best songs as DLC later. Plus, as a general rule I try to keep it semi well-known with my RB lists. Aaaaaanyways, another staple of throwing in a new instrument is that you have to have that general 'easy' song that allows you to come to grips with the new mechanics and, this song would be perfect for such. I only suggest that they use the radio edit as opposed to the eight minute long album version, or else everybody will be bored to death before the singing even occurs. Plus, it'd also fulfill the aforementioned 'popular indie song' criteria that RB seems to have in their starting tiers usually (Like Float On in RB2).




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Muse- Apocalypse Please

A band that's sorely requested time and time again in the world of Rock Band, Muse would also be a perfect band to show off the new peripheral. There's quite a few songs from them that would make good additions to the game with or without piano parts, but ultimately I went for this song simply for how much piano is present in the song. Combine it with typically bombastic lyrics from Muse about the end of the world, and you also have a perfect song to go about your keytar/vox dreams.

Seriously though...keyboard or otherwise, we better get more Muse in the game.




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The Dead Weather- The Difference Between Us

And now let's get a little weird. Suggested by the always-brilliant Xzyliac, this would be a perfect track to showcase some of the more quirkier sounds you can get out of a keyboard, not to mention a simply awesome track from in my opinion the best of Jack White's fifty bajillion different bands. Add in the fact that we've already seen three tracks from The Dead Weather in the game and you could actually see this kind of happening.




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Queen- Bohemian Rhapsody

Like you didn't see this coming. Everybody and their mother wants this song in the game. And hell- if Guitar Hero can throw it into their game, why can't Rock Band? Unless Queen Rock Band becomes a reality and they save this for that, I honestly would be pretty surprised if this doesn't show up in the game eventually. One of the greatest songs in the history of ever. EVERYBODY knows the words to it. I'm sure you've re-enacted the car scene from Wayne's World millions of times, you understand why this needs to be in.




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Styx- Come Sail Away

Come on. COME ON.




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Depeche Mode- World In My Eyes

Okay, so this one may be a little bit of a stretch but...I'm sorry, I just really really like Depeche Mode. This would be another one of those easy ones, and might not even be too popular to the majority of the people buying the game but few can deny the impact Depeche Mode had on the world, and I think it's high time they wind up in something other then Lips. Not to mention, even if the keyboarding parts might not be that hard, you still have a really fun drum line and some great vocals to sing.




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Eurythmics- Here Comes The Rain Again

Another far cry to be sure, but it's still another great example of how the keyboard reigned supreme in the 80's, and another song that features a great drum track that's sure to challenge even the hardiest of fake-plastic-skin beaters. Though you can't mention this song without talking about the wonderful vocalwork of Annie Lennox. Is it sad that I'd kill to see this song in the game? No? Good.




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Berlin- Metro

More 80's madness? You better fucking believe it. Berlin's another one of those amazing examples of keyboard-driven awesomeness, and the added benefit of having a hot lead singer like Terri Nunn probably had something to do with their success. Sure, most know them for the cheesy ballad Take My Breath Away from Top Gun, but this song always takes the cake for me. I promise I'll cool it with the 80's now.




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Devo- What We Do

ARE THEY NOT 80'S!? NO, they are new Devo. As any fan of the band would know, they have a new album coming out this month, so why not throw their newest tracks into Rock Band? As Xzyliac said so elegantly to me on Twitter about 25 minutes ago, "New Devo > Old Devo", so instead of going the easy route and saying Whip It, I'd rather this amusing little track that shows just how much a bunch of old guys can rock. Sure, it might be a bit easy on the guitar side, but just try to play this song without a grin on your face.




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Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons- Beggin' (Pilooski Re-Edit)

Let's get old school. REAL old school. Originally from 1967, this song would be perfect not only for some piano action, but an excellent display of harmonies from an era that perfected the art, from one of the standout groups of the time. This particular version is a slight remastering from 2007 (Some of you may have heard it in a certain shoe commercial) that would be perfect for Rock Band and an excellent way to alleviate the almost total lack of music from the 60's present in the game.




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The Animals- House Of The Rising Sun

This is quite possibly one of the greatest songs to ever be written, why isn't this in a game yet?




And finally, we have...

Patch keyboard compatibility into existing Rock Band songs

Alright, so, let's be honest- this will probably NEVER happen. Not even counting the Rock Band Network, Harmonix has well over 1000 songs in their catalog already. For them to go back and put keyboard support into every one of those songs that has a keyboard part would be simply insane. But if it would happen it'd be simply incredible and prove once again that Harmonix are the undisputed masters of their craft. Of course it may not be so far-fetched after all: if I recall rumors from long ago, there were rumblings of patching harmonies into existing Rock Band songs and, combined with the fact that RB3 has been in development for at least two years now, anything could happen.

One thing's for sure though- either way, I can't wait 'til this Fall.

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12:58 AM on 04.04.2010

I Got A Gamer-Related Tattoo Today. (Shortblog)

Tattoos. Lots of people get 'em. Sometimes, they wind up awesome, like the millions of rockstars you see out there. Other times, they're a damn disaster, like that one chick a while back that got drunk and had 42 stars tattoo'd on her face, or the guy that fucked up the Shoryuken command and has to live with that forever.

Well, I'd like to think that mine came out well. This was my first ever tattoo so I figured I'd start out small and get the infamous Red Ring Of Death, on my forearm. I figured that, not only would it signify my status as a gamer, it would also be a vaguely unique and pretty cool way of saying that, as a human, I myself am pretty flawed and defective (Not in an emo way...assholes). So, in the interest of having the entire internet ridicule me for my idiocy, I figured I'd tell the world and show them what I have to live with now. Forgive the crappy quality, as the only working camera I own is my phone, but hopefully you can make it out.

And before you ask, yes. That's a Monopoly: Transformers Edition sitting next to a Blanka Edition Street Fighter IV Fightpad in the background. Nerd status is pretty much in full effect for me.




So yeah, viola and such! I can definitely say that it's an addicting experience, and I'll definitely be getting more. I might even attempt to give R3y Gutierrez a run for his money when it comes to nerdy tattoos. I already have my next ones planned- one of the Worms from the Worms series, the Rock Band instrument logos, the "Grenade with a smiley face pin" from Battlefield: Bad Company, and a few more...but for now, this one shall do. Anyone else got any gamer tattoos they want to share? Aside from you amazingly sexy people with the Mr. Destructoid tattoos. Oh how I envy you.   read


10:03 PM on 03.16.2010

Obligatory Birthday Well-wishings!






Okay, let me get one thing straight- I'm terrible at this. I never wish anyone other then my girlfriend happy birthday. Mainly because it just feels so awkward for me. So, that being said, I'ma give this a shot.

First off, HAPPY FRIGGIN BIRTHDAY, YOU SEXY ROBOT PIMPDEVIL YOU. I may not have been around that long compared to most, and I may not be as recognizable as some of the 'bigger names' in the community, but dammit I am a part of this community and I'm proud to say that. From the Kraids, Xzyliacs, Megastrykes, Tubatics, and other classy and intelligent individuals I've been lucky to find myself getting to know (Well...if by getting to know you mean reading their c-blogs and wishing I could be as cool as them while simultaneously building a shrine to them in my totally-doesn't-exist closet), to the actual editors and people that keep the site running, I can safely say this is the best online community I've ever met. So, for that, I'd like to extend the birthday well-wishings to you guys too, since the site wouldn't be the same without you guys. Keep being awesome.




And of course, there's the editors. Oh dear God, the editors. I don't even know where to start with you guys...

Thank you Nick Chester, for showing me that there may be one other person in the world out there that can rival my love of rhythm games. You stay classy there.

Thank you Hamza, for your love of the sauce and even bigger love of sharks. It's not often that I can say I (superficially at least) know a binge-drinking shark lover. Also, we do appreciate the daily recaps. Just thought I'd throw that out there.

Thank you Anthony Burch, for having a love for the little guy. Sure, I may not be as big on the indie titles as you, but there's no denying that you have a taste and desire for games that are more than just games, and I respect that.

Thank you Dale North, for your unrequited love of the RPG. I probably would have never jumped aboard the Atlus train if not for you. Also, you've got awesome music taste.

Thank you Geraldo Beedog, for JOURNALISM.

Thank you Jim Sterling, for simply being Jim Sterling. Yeah, a lot of people seem to hate you, but I'm not one of 'em. It takes a lot of guts (That's not a fat joke by the way) to stand up in the face of hatred and stand firmly in the belief of your own opinion, and hopefully ya never stop doing that.

Thank you Chad Concelmo, for A) Being awesome, B) Turning me on to the joys of unashamedly punching an old lady in the face (Well, I didn't really do that, but still), and C) Giving me a bigger respect for the classics. I don't think I would have ever turned around and beat half the classic games I have if not for you and the other Retroforce guys.

Thank you Brad Nicholson, for being the scariest gamer I've ever seen. I used to think the Regginator was huge...then I saw that your arms were roughly 2.8x bigger then Reggie's torso. You're awesome.

Thank you Sports Sarkar, for bringin' the game and putting up with everybody's ridicule on Podtoid. Sure, you may be a punching bag sometimes, but every good group has to have the lovable underdog that gets bullied on. Plus, it's hard to find a person that writes about sports games and actually knows what the hell they're talking about.

Thank you Jonathan Holmes, for loving the Wii like you do. Nintendo gets a really bad rap and, sure, they may deserve it a lot of the time, but you're there to show what they do right. And when they do right, they do amazingly, emphatically right. You're also really funny on video, just throwin' that out there.

Thank you R3Y, for being hands down the best video content editor in the business. There really isn't any better way to put that. Just keep doin' what you do. You also have amazing tattoos and I am envious.

Thank you Josh Tolentino and Andrew Kauz, for showing that hard work and amazing c-blogs WILL get you somewhere eventually. You guys deserved what you got and I'm glad to see you made it. I know a lot of the editors started out as mere c-bloggers, but when I got to this site, you guys were still just regular members, and seeing the promotion was certainly inspiring. Same with you Megastryke, even if you only got one article out so far.

Thank you Matthew Razak and Grim, for being around to pick up the articles others don't. We may not see a lot of you (Or maybe I just miss a lot of your articles, I'm not too sure), but you're just as appreciated as the other guys.

Last but not least, thank you Niero. You fucking made the site. You are the driving force behind this. If not for your (brilliant) little scam to get into E3 many moons ago, I wouldn't even be here writing this. Keep it up, you give robots everywhere a hero to look up to.

So yeah...four years. Four long, awesome years. I think I've only been around for a little under two of those years, but they've been some awesome years. Cheers mates, I'll see you on number five.


AND THIS PICTURE WILL LIVE ON FOREVER BY THE WAY.   read


9:03 PM on 03.14.2010

That Plastic Beach Review That Was Supposed To Be Posted Friday.

Okay...so, for the people that didn't die in Memetoid mania, you may have caught the grand debut of Stereotoid, the amazing new feature brought about the Cblog world, orchestrated by Xzyliac. You may have noticed that a certain person, that person being myself, was supposed to have had a review of the long-awaited Gorillaz album "Plastic Beach" up there and it never really happened. That would be due to the fact that somebody got in a car accident via running into a power supply in our neighborhood, making us lose all cable services in the area for almost the entire weekend. That includes internet. Thanks to that shining example of human stupidity, I was not able to forward my review to Xzyliac, or even tell him (Yeah, mystery solved guys, Xzyliac's a GUY) what the hell had happened since, ya know, no internet.

However, I am glad that the crew trekked on without me and am pleased to see that Stereotoid's grand opening went very well, even despite all the behind-the-scenes worrying. Of course, there is one question that still remains- I have a review written. What do I do with it? Well, the simple answer would be to post it. So, without further ado, the 'lost' review of Plastic Beach. Because better late then never, correct?




Album: Plastic Beach
Artist: Gorillaz
Label: Parlophone, Virgin Records
Released: March 3, 2010
Genre: Hip-hop
*Sub-genres Trip-hop, Experimental, a little Electronica here and there
Sounds like: A bizarre love affair with the 80's brought into the modern era. With 100% more rappers.

The Gorillaz are, for lack of a better term, very hard to pin down. Their music can span anything from mainstream trip-hop for the masses, to upbeat dance tracks, to spoken word from Dennis Hopper (No, really). For the most part though, despite the genre hopping that comes from the brainchild of Damon Albarn and Jamie Hewlett (And whichever artists they pull out of their phone book to put on the album this time), the quality has been consistently top-notch. This album, while having a couple sour spots here and there, is no exception.

First things first- they've really stepped it up when it comes to collaborations this time. With big names like Snoop Dogg, De La Soul, Lou Reed, and even Mick Jones and Paul Simonon attached to this album, you know that at the very least you'll see some star-studded performances present. Of course, that's not even half of the names attached to the album (It's a Gorillaz album, would you expect any less?), but they're definitely the A-list of the album's massive roll call.




The album begins with a vaguely dark, somber orchestral intro (Cleverly titled...wait for it...”Orchestral Intro”) before seguing perfectly into “Welcome To The World Of The Plastic Beach”, a track that Snoop Dogg pretty much makes his own, be that for better or for worse. It manages to both sound like a Snoop song and a Gorillaz song at the same time, which is no small feat. Next comes “White Flag”, which is your standard Gorillaz song, more or less- catchy, infectious beat with some biting verses, though it still retains the orchestral backings of the past two tracks underneath the electronic grooviness. Following that we have “Rhinestone Eyes”, which is purely Damon-only, and may be one of the strongest tracks on the album because of it. Next is the amazing “Stylo” which, if you haven't heard it by now you probably don't have internet and aren't even reading this anyways. The album continues to impress with “Superfast Jellyfish”, a track featuring the return of De La Soul which, if you've ever heard Feel Good Inc. (And who hasn't), you know that to be a good thing.

Around here we have the first real low point of the album, a track called “Empire Ants” which was just a bit too slow and plodding for my tastes. Thankfully, track 8 wakes everybody up again with “Glitter Freeze”, a fun track with a simple beat that'll be stuck in your head for days. Next we have the Lou Reed-led track “Some Kind Of Nature” which is surprisingly upbeat for what I'm accustomed to hearing from Lou Reed. Afterwards we have two more collab-free 'Gorillaz' tracks- “On Melancholy Hill”, which could best be described as the album's love song, and “Broken”, a track that, while not really bad, isn't necessarily amazing either, just...servicable.




Track 12, “Sweepstakes”, may be the most fun song on the whole album. Featuring Mos Def and the Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, it starts out subdued, with a fluid backing beat and some excellent lyrical flow from Mos, though the track really shines once the drums kick in. Definitely my favorite track on the album. “Sweepstakes” may be a tough act to follow, but the album's title track, “Plastic Beach” does an admirable job. Featuring Mick Jones and Paul Simonon, it's probably the closest you'll ever come to hearing a new song from The Clash. Around this time the album pretty much runs out of steam, with tracks like “To Binge” and “Cloud Of Unknowing” being largely throwaway tracks in my opinion, though I will say that “Pirate Jet” is kinda catchy, if lacking in substance. The final track, “Pirate's Progress” is best described as an extended version of the intro track, ending the album off on the same foot it started, or at least initially. It starts off as dark and moody as it did at first, but picks up towards the middle and gradually gets happier before getting just a little bit too broadway-esque for it's own good.

In the long run, I'd definitely recommend this album to anyone who calls themselves a fan of the Gorillaz, or a fan of hip-hop in general. It may not be an amazing album, but the good outweighs the bad and then some.




Personal favorite tracks: Stylo, Rhinestone Eyes, Sweepstakes

Summary for lazy people: More pop-tinted trip-hop goodness from the Gorillaz is never a bad thing.   read


7:14 PM on 03.05.2010

So who wants a Blur beta code?







By now, I'm sure everybody has noticed that Dtoid's been giving away a bunch of codes to access the Blur beta. I know many of you have gotten your hands on one. I also know that many of you haven't. Well, I happen to be one of the lucky blokes that did win a code...BUT. In a bizarre twist of fate, Hamza accidentally gave me two. So, in the spirit of giving, I'd like to offer it to you guys in the form of a good 'ole fashioned contest. The rules will be simple- Leave a comment referencing a lyric from a Blur song. I don't care what the song is, so long as it's an actual Blur song, and you don't fuck up the lyric. When this hits 25 comments, I'll randomly select one of them, and the beta code will be yours. Sound simple? That's because it is. Get to commenting!

(Also, keep in mind, these beta codes only work for the 360. Sorry PS3 owners.)




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11:53 PM on 12.30.2009

How A Gamer Plans To Ring In The New Year.

So, as pretty much everybody knows, as of Friday, it'll be 2010. And, like most people do, I have a set of resolutions I'd like to accomplish before the end of the new year. However, UNLIKE most people (Well, if you don't include you guys), I have two seperate lists- My general life resolutions (Typical, boring things that need not be listed), and gaming resolutions. So, inspired both in part by Kraid's blog post, and the bonus question Fronz asked, I figured I'd share them with you.

(Also, just in case the title was misleadingesque- I'm "ringing in the New Year" via friends, A LOT of booze, and Rock Band. Because nothing says "Happy New Year" like getting drunk and singing Gay Bar at the top of your lungs, am I right? Aaaaanywho...)


1) Start giving more love to non-rhythm games.

Okay...so, you may not have noticed yet, but I am a HUUUUUUGE fan of rhythm gaming. Honestly, aside from Xzyliac and (possibly) Nick Chester, I may be the biggest rhythm gaming whore on Dtoid. For me, nothing is better than being able to play along to awesome music and get the illusion of being a rockstar. However, that comes at the cost of me ignoring other games most of the time just so I can see if I can turn that five stars on drums into golden ones. I aim to change that. Sure, I'm not gonna STOP playing rhythm games...I could never do that. Hell, I might not even play them less. My goal, is to play OTHER games MORE. Put down the guitar, and pick up an actual controller. I can honestly say that I'm using a peripheral more often then a traditional controller during most of my gaming time. Hopefully by the end of the new year, that'll be different. Because it's the only way I'll ever be able to accomplish the next one...


2) Get some more classics under my belt.

I've been playing video games for sixteen years. You'd think that would mean I've played a lot of the greats, the truly classic games that go down in history, right? Well, you'd be kinda wrong on that. Yeah, I've played a lot of great games, but there's still sooooo many more out there I've yet to beat, or in some cases, even played at all. Games like Earthbound, Super Metroid, Contra, Super Mario RPG, Chrono Trigger, Goldeneye, Perfect Dark...the embarassing list goes on...and on...and on. Honestly, I find it hard to call myself a gamer when I've missed out on so many of the greatest games out there. So, starting with Earthbound, I plan to play and beat as many of these classics as I possibly can so I can finally join in on looking back and reminiscing happily about all these great games. Oh, and if this resolution wasn't a gigantic blow to my gamer cred, this one'll put me down for the count.


3) Actually beat a Final Fantasy game.

Yeah, you read that right. I have never beat a main-line Final Fantasy game. I'm not counting spinoffs in this because I HAVE beaten Mystic Quest (Unfortunately...) and Crisis Core (Which was fun, but still a spinoff). I -have- tried to, mind you. I've had many an experience with this franchise...

FF1- *Five minutes into the game, I run into a goblin thingy* "Well, might as well kill it." *One goblin successfully takes out my entire party easily* "...Wat." (Never plays it again)
FF7- *Gets to the train tunnel section, gets lost and confused as to what to do next* "...Fuck this, I'm gonna go play Guitar Hero." (Gives the game away as a birthday present, never plays it again)
FF8- *Plays on someone else's record and gets out of the first city* "Wow, this is fun! I can't wait to play this next time I come over!" *Friend moves away ".... T_T" (Never got to play it again)
FF9- *Started to play it on my PSP* "Woah, I might have actually found a Final Fantasy game I'll see through to the end." *PSP gets stolen while I'm in Baltimore for Otakon* "....FUCK MY LIFE!!!!" (Never got a chance to play it again)
FF10- *Rented it way back when it first came out, but had no memory card to save and decided to trudge as far as possible, not knowing about the whole 'die and you start where you last saved' thing* "This game's fun! I'm so glad I rented this instead of Crash Bandicoot!" *Gets to some plant boss at the top of a giant flight of stairs, dies, has to start over* "....Whaaaaaat ;.;" (Never played again)
FF12- *Got to some mines before ultimately giving up due to boredom* "Yeeeeeah...to hell with this. I'ma play MGS3." (Trades it in, never played again)

So yeah, I've TRIED to play Final Fantasy, it just never worked out. Hence why I'm going to make damn sure I beat one sometime soonish. I'm still not sure which though- do I go for FFIV? FFVI? Try one of the above again? Who knows? Maybe you guys could help me out on that.


4) Give my Dreamcast some more love.

I have a Dreamcast. I love it. Though, you could never tell. You know why? Because I haven't played it in four months. Hell, it's not even at the house I live in right now. It's sitting in my mom's garage. Why the hell is that? I need to stop ignoring one of the best consoles ever made and give it the love and attention it truly deserves. The first step, is to get some games that aren't fighters. As it stands, the only games I have for my Dreamcast are an import copy of 3rd Strike, an import copy of SNK Vs. Capcom 2, a burned copy of Project Justice, and a burned copy of MvC2. Now, aside from Garou, Power Stone, and (Arguably) Soul Calibur, I pretty much have every good fighter on the system...so my next step is obviously to get some other games right? Right. So, there's another question you guys might be able to help me out on- what great Dreamcast games should I get now? I know there's gotta be a ton of great games buried beneath the rubble of Sega's missteps. And I need to play them.


5) Beat Okami.

Yes, you read that right Shiranui, I've never beaten Okami. I tried to, I really did. I was enjoying every minute of it, and it was truly on par with all the praise it had gotten. But unfortunately it was one of the many victims of a house fire that broke out and ruined a vast majority of my gaming collection many years ago. I simply haven't touched it since. Therefore, if I can get a copy and borrow/purchase/steal a PS2 from somewhere, I will sit down and beat that game. And probably Shadow of The Colossus too, now that I think about it.


6) FINALLY play the Shin Megami Tensei series.

I've always loved the idea of the SMT games. The overarching plot, the unique style behind it, and the generally dark tone of it all has always intrigued me. But, aside from beta-testing the SMT MMO, I have zero experience with the series, and that's a damn shame. Whether it's Persona 3, Persona 4, Nocturne, Digital Devil Saga, I don't care what, I want to play an SMT game sometime before the end of the new year. All that's stopping me currently is that I don't have a PS2. And as cheap as they are now, I'd say a PS2 is worth buying for this series, from what I've seen/heard.



So, there you have it, my gaming goals for the new year. What say you Dtoiders? Are my goals dumb? Am I completely retarded for not having already completed these things? What Final Fantasy game should I go for? What Dreamcast games should I look into? Help me out! And also, have a safe and happy new year's everyone! NO DRINKING AND DRIVING. You're no good to us dead/maimed/paralyzed, remember that.   read


10:37 PM on 12.08.2009

15 Artists Rock Band Needs MORE Of (Part 2)

So...not many people noticed part one. That's fine, not to mention understandable. The meme that was born Sunday seemed to just devour everything else anywho. Plus, Rock Band's not the most enthralling subject for some people. Either way, I don't like leaving things unfinished so dammit, I'm finishing this! So, without further ado...





6: Kasabian

Already Featured With: Club Foot and Shoot The Runner as DLC

Why We Need To See More Of Them: Because, in a word, they're groovy. Groovy as hell. There aren't many smoother combinations of dance aesthetics and alternative sleaze out there. That, and there aren't too many songs in Rock Band that you could get up and dance to. Plus, have you listened to the bass on Club Foot? Of the 1000+ songs in Rock Band, there's still a noticable lack of bass-centric bands out there, which is something these guys can most certainly be called.

Song I'd Recommend: Vlad The Impaler
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The quintessential Kasabian song. Infectious beats, thumping bass, catchy, singalong-friendly lyrics, and the kind of stuff you can just get up and dance about to.

Also Good Choices: Underdog, Empire, Where Did All The Love Go?





7: David Bowie

Already Featured With: Suffragette City on RB1, Let's Dance on Lego Rock Band, Heroes (Cover), Queen Bitch (Cover), and Moonage Daydream as DLC

Why We Need To See More Of Him: David Bowie. David. Fucking. Bowie. One of the biggest names in music, and probably the greatest British person to ever breathe our air. There can never be too much of this man anywhere, he's earned his faaaaaaaaAAAAAAAAAAAAYme and then some. Not to mention that his appeal is so wide-reaching, it's hard to find a band who isn't in some way inspired by him. So how about we get some more songs from The Thin White Duke into Rock Band?

Song I'd Recommend: Rebel Rebel (2004 Re-record version)
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You're probably asking, "Why this version? Why not the original?" There's a couple of reasons I choose this one, but mainly it's for the fact that, even in 2004 he's STILL got it, and the little intro he spun into this version. Of course, the original's a great choice as well.

Also Good Choices: Ziggy Stardust, Starman, Jean Genie





8: That Handsome Devil

Already Featured With: Rob The Prez-O-Dent in Rock Band 2

Why We Need To See More Of Them: Because of all the Harmonix bands that've been featured in Rock Band since it's release, these guys are probably the most unique of them all (and my favorites, personally), which is pretty high praise considering one of those bands has like, what, 37-40 members? The band that was once described as 'post-apocalyptic drinking music' is practically begging to have some more songs in the game. Plus...they're a Harmonix band. Which'll most likely mean discounted and/or free tracks. Think about it!

Song I'd Recommend: Dating Tips
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Quite simply, the lyrics in this song are hilarious. The instrumentation may not be too intricate, but this is one of those songs that pretty much everyone would want to sing along to. Plus, they're self-edited, so less work for HMX!

Also Good Choices: Wintergreen, Damn Door, Viva Discordia/Eristocrats (Discordia Pt. II)





9:Dream Theater

Already Featured With: Panic Attack in Rock Band 2, Constant Motion as DLC

Why We Need To See More Of Them: They're one of the highest praised bands out there, both for the sheer technicality present throughout each and every one of their songs, to the meanings behind the lyrics, or just for the greatness that is Mike Portnoy. Plus, they're one of the only bands that can really challenge Rush for the title of "Best Prog Band Ever". And we all know Rock Band could use some more Prog.

Song I'd Recommend: Never Enough
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The song's beautiful while still maintaining a heavy edge, which is just something most bands either can't do or simply don't care to do these days, and that's a shame. And before anyone says anything, yes. You're not the only one that thinks it sounds really similar to Muse's Stockholme Syndrome.

Also Good Choices: Pull Me Under, Octavarium, These Walls





10: Iggy Pop

Already Featured With: The Passenger in Lego Rock Band

Why We Need To See More Of Him: Come on, you think I'd drop Bowie onto this list without giving a nod to Iggy? They're easily my two favorite "classic" musicians of all time, with the slight nod going to Iggy. He's the "Godfather Of Punk" for a reason- he had it all. The swagger. The alarming, sometimes self-damaging stage presence. The raw energy that could only be birthed from the punk genre. And we need more of that in Rock Band. A LOT more.

Song I'd Recommend: I Got A Right
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Both The Stooges and punk rock at it's best. This brings all of the Iggy bravado- raucous energy, a memorable guitar riff, and a whole lot of fun. Maybe we could hope for a Bowie/Iggy combo pack soon?

Also Good Choices: Search And Destroy, Raw Power, I Wanna Be Your Dog



Aaaaaand that's all for this round. So sound off! Tell me what ya think, who I missed, who I'm an idiot for including. Go on people, the comments are there for a reason. 'Til next time!   read


4:43 PM on 12.06.2009

15 Artists Rock Band Needs MORE Of (Part 1 Due To Laziness)

Yeah...boy oh boy, a list. Hey, at least it's not a review of a review that you're reviewing, right? Anywho...


So, I'm sure a few of you have noticed that Xzyliac's got a pseudo-series going on concerning artists Rock Band has, at least for now, ignored that (he, she, it...it's the internet, I don't fucking know what Xzyliac is) feels deserves a place in the game. And while that's all well an' good (Actually, it's introduced me to a couple new bands and allowed me to actually discuss music, a pleasure I don't often have), the list has a rule- if they're already in Rock Band, they can't be on the list. So, I intend to do the opposite- I'm going to instead highlight bands and artists that are already in Rock Band that are sorely under-represented. Bands we need to see a couple more songs from. So, without further ado, in no particular order...

(This probably comes as common sense when dealing with musical talk such as this, but what you are about to read is pure OPINION. Your musical tastes might not go well with mine, so take my choices with a grain of salt. If you disagree, by all means don't hesitate to mention so in the comments, but for the love of God, don't attack me over it. It's not like I'm giving your favorite band a 4.5 or something.)



1: The Strokes

Already Featured With: Reptilia, in Rock Band 1

Why We Need To See More Of Them: For starters, fans have been clamoring to see more of them for ages. Of the hundreds of different artists in the game, The Strokes are one of the few artists that's been on-disc since day one and have yet to receive any DLC...and that's a damn shame, as they're one of the best alt-rock groups out there today, not to mention so many of their songs sound so perfect for rhythm gaming. Plus, who DOESN'T like singing along to Julian Casablanca's wonderfully understated vocals?

Song I'd Recommend: Juicebox
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Tell me that bassline doesn't sound epic. Or that guitar solo. Or the way the vocals rise up from subtle to demanding and in-your-face. Hell, the whole song's great.

Also Good Choices: 12:51, Heart In A Cage, Hard To Explain



2: Muse

Already Featured With: Hysteria, as DLC

Why We Need To See More Of Them: Remember how I said The Strokes are one of the best alt-rock groups out there? Well, to me, Muse is THE BEST alt-rock group, period. The only band I can think of that rivals them would be Radiohead, and we'll talk about them later...anyways, Muse is one of those few bands out there that's hard to hate. They've been around for a while, constantly staying fresh amongst the changing trends in music. It probably helps that amongst the three, there's a vast wealth of talent. Between Matt Bellamy's inimitable vocals and unique guitar riffs, Dominic Howard's standout drum beats, and Chris Wolstenholme's backing bass rhythms, it just doesn't get much better. But I could gush about them all day long...let's get to the music.

Song I'd Recommend: Uno
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I really wanted to pick Stockholme Syndrome as an example of them at what most would call 'their best', but I let personal bias get in the way and went with this instead. My favorite song by them.

Also Good Choices: Stockholme Syndrome, Muscle Museum, Cave...anything they've done, really




3: Radiohead

Already Featured With: Creep on Rock Band 1, My Iron Lung as DLC

Why We Need To See More Of Them: Why the fuck not? They're one of the biggest bands out there, they're always changing up their sound, and a quick breeze through the Rock Band forums will show you that Radiohead's one of the most requested bands out there. So why haven't we seen more from them yet? There's probably a number of reasons but all that matters is it needs to happen. Hell, most people would even settle for Thom Yorke's solo stuff. Doesn't matter how, just get it done!

Song I'd Recommend: Paranoid Android
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I may be paranoid...but not an android. The haunting sound of it at the beginning. The slight climb in pace before blowing up in grand fashion and dissolving into a chaotic guitar solo that practically screams for your attention, just to fall down into a solemn moodiness the type of which can only be brought about by Thom Yorke and company...only to blow back up again just in time for the ending. This has always been what I would call the "Perfect Rock Band Song".

Also Good Choices: The Bends, Bodysnatchers, Anyone Can Play Guitar





4: Lamb Of God

Already Featured With: Laid To Rest as DLC

Why We Need To See More Of Them: What, you thought this was all gonna be alt-rock bands? Riiiiiiight. Now, Lamb of God is a very...divisive band in the metal world, to say the least. The common consensus seems to be either you love 'em or you hate 'em. I for one think they're great, but I'm not here to defend them. What I am here to say though, is that a lot of their music would be really fun to play. Laid To Rest was a blast to play on every instrument (Well, almost every instrument, unless you like barking into your mic as much as I do), so why wouldn't the rest of their stuff be? Also, I can't lie- one of the reasons they're up here is due to hometown love. They're from the same state as me, so uh...Virginians represent, or something.

Song I'd Recommend: Set To Fail
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Live video, just to switch things up a bit. Also from their new album, which seems to be impressing even the haters from what I hear. The drums would probably kick a lot of people's asses, but then again who's to say that's a bad thing?

Also Good Choices: Ruin, Redneck, Again We Rise




5: Mastodon

Already Featured With: Colony Of Birchmen in Rock Band 2

Why We Need To See More Of Them: Because they're easily one of the best metal bands in existence right now. They're practically unrivaled when it comes to melodic metal, not to mention they have, in my opinion, one of the best drummers to ever hit the metal scene to date...and yet we only have one song by them. Travesty I say! They've already proven to be a fun and worthy addition to the game (I think they're one of the few bands I've seen be near-unanimously praised in the game), so let's see more!

...Plus, ya know, if they ever throw in Dethklok like Xzyliac's list suggested should happen, they could totally make it a Dethklok/Mastodon pack in light of the tour they've been doing.

Song I'd Recommend: Megalodon
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I really don't know what to say, other then I love everything about this song. Especially the sudden shift a minute and a half in. This would be a bass pedal nightmare yes, but shredfests like these are usually just too much fun to pass up for most people.

Also Good Choices: Oblivion, The Wolf Is Loose, Sleeping Giant


So yeah, that's it for now. For Part 2 I'll try to mix it up a bit and feature a little bit of everything, so keep an eye out...hopefully I'll be un-lazy enough to work on that by the end of the week. Until then though, what bands do you think we need more of? What bands of mine do you disagree with? Will Goku defeat Frieza before Planet Namek explodes? Find out on the next episode!   read


6:41 PM on 10.16.2009

So, Who Wants To Help Name My Car? (Shortblog/Slightly NVGR)

Alright, before this blog gets endlessly flamed for something so stupid, hear me out- I just got my first car today and, after working my ass off, have finally managed to title it, register it, get it insured, and replace everything that was wrong with it (Which was a LOT). I know I could be using my blog space for something far better and, trust me, I will. But for now, I'm just really freaking excited. Moving right along...


So, I now have a Black 2001 Kia Sephia, and I'm trying to figure out what I want to 'name' it. Being the massive nerd/gamer that I am, I was thinking of giving it a gaming-themed name. I myself thought of Eddie, seeing as how I've been playing a lot of Brutal Legend lately. However, I wanted to ask a bunch of other people, namely the awesome Destructoid community, for suggestions. So, what would YOU name my car?



...Seriously, please don't hate me for this. I'm in the midst of attempting a write-up on Brutal Legend, so expect something meaningful soon, provided school and Borderlands doesn't fuck all that up.   read


11:35 AM on 09.18.2009

'Ello, 'Ello. (A Brief, Yet Triumphant Introduction)

So, I realized that I've been a member of this fine site for at least a year now and I haven't wrote a single blog, much less introduced myself. So, on this day, I've decided to, well, remedy that situation. Let's see...my name is Rob, but you can call me by whatever name you desire, just don't call me late for dinner (HEY-OH). I've been playing videogames for almost sixteen years. It all started when, for my fourth birthday, my parents decided to get me an SNES and Super Mario World...the rest is history.

Now, since I'm really terrible at introductions, and even worse at describing myself, not to mention the fact that this IS a gaming website, I figured it'd be both easier AAAAAND ironic (don't ya think) if I present a couple things about myself...VIA LIST FORMAT!!!! (Yay)

So, without further ado...

Five Things You Don't Know About Me, But Probably Never Cared To Know Anyways!!!


1: I'm An Apsiring Journalist
Yes, yes, I know. Practically everyone says that nowadays. However I'm quite serious in my aspirations, currently going to college to get a major in Journalism. I've always had a love for writing, and (for some unexplained reason) people have always told me I have a certain 'flow' with words, so after a while I started thinking "Hey, maybe it could happen", which led to me finally getting off my ass and getting into college. So, maybe in the next five or six years I'll be doing some spotted somewhere doing freelance work dropping a review on Guitar Hero 11, or bringing news of the latest Perk additions to Call of Duty 9, or what-have-you. Who's to say?

2: Videogames Aren't My True Love
Okay, let me clarify- I love videogames. A lot. They're pretty much ingrained into my reality to the point of abject alienation to anyone that doesn't play videogames. However, there is another, and that would be music. Growing up with a DJ for a father, a choir singer for a mother, and a bassist for an uncle, it was bound to happen. Nowadays, I follow in my dad's footsteps as a DJ, while also devoting time to getting better at the drums and occasionally even getting behind the microphone to do really bad acoustic covers of songs that have no reason to be acoustic...and no, you'll never hear them. Also, I guess it would go without saying that, as big a role music plays in my life, my favorite games tend to be of the rhythm variety, mainly the Rock Band series, though I do have a soft spot for DJ Max Portable 2 (The import version, not the one that made it's way to America), and will divulge a helluva lot of time into DJ Hero when it lands in stores.

3: There Was A Time When I Had A Giant Collection Of Games
Yeah, it's true. Almost three years ago, at the ripe age of seventeen, I had a collection that most people would dream of. SNES, Genesis, N64, PS1, PS2, Dreamcast, Xbox, Gamecube, Game Gear, and every iteration of Game Boy to have come out then, with maybe 350 games between them. About 75% of which I had bought myself, with the rest being various gifts I got while growing up. However, a house fire sweeped through and destroyed all of it, save for my GBA SP and a copy of Golden Sun: The Lost Age. So a lot of money is spent trying to recover my old collection, though I've put that project on hold to focus on college expenses. So far I've managed to re-purchase an SNES, Dreamcast, and PS1, while picking up a PSP and 360 as well just to keep me entertained. I'm sure one of these days I'll get back to having a great collection, but for now I have more important things to devote my time to. And, in a way, the fire wasn't that bad. I may have lost damn near everything, but I gained a respect for living, which is worth so much more. (Yaaaaaaay sentimentalism)

4: I Met Freezepop Once
Why is this important you ask? BECAUSE IT'S FUCKING FREEZEPOP DAMMIT. But yeah, they're all incredibly approachable, which is probably the same case for all Harmonix employees. We all basically talked about the one time they got arrested at the Canadian border for not having valid work Visa's. Great stuff.

5: I Can't Think Of Anything Interesting Enough To Make Number Five
'Tis sad but true. I'm kinda boring.


So yeah, that's it. Next time, expect something useful. I'm hoping to review the new Rock Band peripherals if I can saddle up the cash for them, though I hope to do far more then that. So, basically, keep an eye on this, hopefully now that I've broken by Cblog cherry I'll be using this much more often.   read


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