It's hard coming back to
my normal routine after a long weekend...especially if that long
weekend is actually a shorter than normal weekend of one day off.
Anyway, I did download
several of the new Rock Band tracks. Linger didn't mean much to me
since it was mainly a chord-fest of G+B with some other chords
thrown in. In fact, it's a lot like Wonderwall on expert guitar, but
with a slightly different rhythm and less single note stuff to break
up the usual flow.
On the other hand, while
it's pretty simple, The Zombies offer some good fun on expert
guitar. Not to mention that this is a genre not previously seen on
Rock Band. I'm talking about honest old school rock-n-roll. This is
the type of thing you picture when you think of the early to mid
1960's. That alone is enough to make me happy. However, with a fun
guitar chart and (I imagine) fun vocal parts, these are two
must-have songs for me.
On the note of
Rock Band, this week was the start of troubling times, as I see it,
for my Rock Band DLC enjoyment. I've bought a lot of DLC tracks over
the years. It comes down, however, to two camps of DLC purchases for
me. The first type is the stuff I've bought with reckless abandon.
This means the songs I either listen to and decide to buy (or not)
or the songs I think I know and then buy (or skip). Then there's the
songs I watch the expert guitar charts for online and decide if I
want them. This is the best song purchase option for me since I've
bought a lot of crap and hate wasting my money on them (including
Jesus Christ Pose with it's shit for charting and Smokin' with it's
charted organ solo) when I just buy what I think is going to be fun.
The reason it's
all looking bad from here on out is that
Npeaen has been suspended from youtube. For those who don't know
Npeaen (and now may never know his videos), he would buy every
damned DLC track (usually through donations) and post expert guitar
sight-read videos as soon as humanly possible each and every week.
Npeaen was the only solid option for a quick answer to my typical
Tuesday morning question; "I play expert guitar, so would I like
this new track?"
It sounds like the
problem came down to Warner Music, which has been on the crazy side
of reality lately. They have tried to become totalitarian in
controlling their property. That's fine. I can understand not
wanting to see your licenses used in a way which would skip out the
typical payout to the license holder. However, taking down videos of
Rock Band using your songs, which were paid for with a license fee
(from Harmonix to WMG), is going a bit overboard. These videos help
to review tracks on Rock Band, and thus can get more possible
purchases of these tracks. This means more exposure for Warner
artists and Warner owned songs, which equals money in the long run.
This is not
something like an MP3, which could be used for pirating (using the
old RIAA logic of five to ten years ago) and evading payment for
song enjoyment. In fact, if Warner is afraid of these Rock Band
videos being used in place of purchasing a CD, they are completely
out of their f$#@ing minds. I mean these are songs that not only
would have poor quality to be ripped from the compressed format of
youtube, but also include sight-read Rock Band playing which would
mean missing notes and extra "failure sounds" during the song.
It is more
reasonable for Warner to prevent any and all music of theirs from
being played on the radio than to block youtube video of Rock Band
tracks. Worst of all, Npeaen even made good efforts to list
ownership (copyright) information on these tracks. Well, the worst
part would be that I now have no freakin' idea on what tracks to buy
and this may only limit my number of purchases of Rock Band tracks.
RBDLC.com is dead
now. Although the details seem vague on what's going on over there.
On a final bit of
news that's less day old than the Npeaen suspension, the next GTA4
DLC pack announcement is out there.
The Ballad of Gay Tony should be out sometime in the fall.
Hopefully some more information will be out well before then.
On a different and
random note, I just want to say I am now a solid believer in
Motorola brand cell phones. I've had my current phone for three and
a half years. In that time I dropped it a dozen times and even
submerged it in scalding (but not full temperature) oil from a deep
fat fryer. It still worked perfectly. This weekend it also took a
plunge in a hot tub. While it looked grim for a couple days, it is
back at full operation as if nothing bad ever happened.
doesn't do much with the modern data phone (not a concern for me
since I have a boundary of computers doing computer stuff and phones
making calls), they sure make one hell of a great normal cell phone.
I mean the damned things are like zombies...unless you full take off
it's head, you will not be able to kill it.