Not too shabby… Looks like we had 114 entries in last week’s first of FIVE Green Day: Rock Band giveaways. Using Random.org, I would like to announce that Rachel was the randomly selected winner. Congratulations, Rachel! So with that out of the way, on to this week’s contest…
To be eligible for this week’s giveaway of a copy of Green Day: Rock Band for the console of your choice, answer the following question in the comments below:
As I told you last week, a band called The Gurnkillers won the 1st Annual Total Rock, Total Rewards Rock Band Competition last year, who chose their band name as an homage and challenge to a friend. For those of you who have entered, and those who still have yet to register, what is your band name for the Total Rock, Total Rewards competition?
Multiple band names are allowed, as one band is comprised of more than one person, but only one entry per week, per person). Winner receives one copy of Green Day: Rock Band for the console of their choice shipped to them the week of the release, June 8th.
With events at five participating Harrah’s Total Rewards Casinos and 15 venues across the country hosted by Rock Band Bar Nights, there’s a bunch to choose from. Not close to one of the Total Rock, Total Rewards qualifying locations? You can enter the Total Rock, Total Rewards Sweepstakes online to win a “first round bye” and fly to the finals in Atlantic City on your own private jet! Up for grabs in this year’s Total Rock, Total Rewards Rock Band competition is a $10,000 grand prize and a chance to meet Ringo Starr!
Check out official press release promoting the Total Rock, Total Rewards competition with more details after the jump! Read the rest of this entry »
I think it’s a fair statement that through the course of running this website, I’ve had a chance to meet some awesome people. What started as a labor of love has turned in to something much bigger than I could have imagined. Not only a creative outlet from my normal 9-to-5, and a chance to obsess with others about Rock Band, but I’ve met and hung out with a bunch of people from Harmonix. I’ve chatted with HMXPope (@MrPope on Twitter) a number of times online, but finally had a chance to meet him at PAXEast. Comfortable both in front of and behind the camera (he’s responsible for most of the community videos Harmonix sends out), he was busy most of the weekend successfully emceeing the Rock Band Lounge. I was able to steal him away for a few minutes and ask him a few questions about himself and what it’s like to work at Harmonix.
And here’s his epic vocal performance of “Painkiller” at PAX East (mentioned in the interview above):
Nothing groundbreaking here, but at the recent EA Showcase London, Harmonix producer Alan Moore had a chance to chat about Green Day: Rock Band while more gameplay footage is shown. He does mention that there is over 40 minutes of video footage and over 100 pictures, most of which has never been seen by fans, before. Check it out below!
Although I didn’t purchase Nine Inch Nails’ “Pretty Hate Machine” album immediately upon release, I do remember picking up “Broken” between my middle school and high school years. From someone who typically listened to whatever my parents played on the radio up until that point, I was just discovering my own music tastes, and upon going back and discovering “Pretty Hate Machine,” my mind was blown. During the rest of my high school years, I was constantly discovering different artists under the “electronica” genre, everything from Prodigy to Josh Wink to God Lives Underwater. Although my musical tastes have changed since them, I still go back and listen passionately to the albums I kept after all these years.
Enter Scratching The Itch, who borrows heavily from the late 80′s, early 90′s electronic vibe. The may be in part due to a meeting with Trent Reznor himself! With the self-described sound “Depeche Mode attempting to play Pink Floyd,” I was eager to find out more about this artist, and what we can look forward to in the Rock Band Network in the future. Check out my conversation with Scratching The Itch below!
RockBandAide: Give us a lesson in who Scratching the Itch is… tell us about the band and your history.
Scratching The Itch: Scratching The Itch is a solo project. Everything – composition, performance, engineering, production, mastering, Rock Band charts – it’s all me and me alone.
As far as my own musical background, I started piano lessons when I was 5, and became a touring member of the Phoenix Boys Choir in middle school. I’ve always been a choirboy I guess.
I started writing back in the 80′s, and it shows in the music. I think it grew out of the need to express myself musically, but in a way that was less dorky than what I’d been doing. That, and I was trying to impress girls.
RBA: How did you end up deciding on the name “Scratching the Itch?”
STI: I only arrived at the name Scratching The Itch in 2006. I’d struggled with various “band” names over the years. Some were lame. Some were unpronounceable. All were embarrassing. In the end it came down to a few things. The name had to sound cool, and have something of an edge to it. It also had to not be in use by anyone else. One day it just kind of came to me – the whole project is me scratching my own personal creative itch. I did some looking around, and realized that no one else was using the name, and quickly claimed it. I think I can finally settle down and be happy with this name.