- a t o m – I’m Coming Home (80 MSP)
- Bang Camaro – Nightlife Commando (160 MSP)
- Cancer Bats – Scared to Death (160 MSP)
- Evile – Infected Nation (160 MSP)
- Paul Henry Smith & The Fauxharmonic Orchestra – Beethoven – Symphony No. 9 – Scherzo (160 MSP)
- Seether – Rise Above This (160 MSP)
- Single White Infidel – An Exercise in Futility (80 MSP)
I’ve always wanted to try this, so I guess now’s my chance. I’m about an hour outside of Los Angeles, and should be on the ground soon. I’ll only be in town for a few days, so it’ll be a whirlwind why I’m there. I’ll try and post when/if I can on the site, but you may be better off following @RockBandAide on Twitter for any “breaking news.” New RockBandAide.com writer and superstar @ElektraFi said she would help pull a post together if there is a lot of new stuff, otherwise sit tight for a little bit and I’ll update as soon as I can!
In the meantime, I’ll be finishing up my Rock Band: Unplugged game and a little pre-E3 cocktail…
[Head pic from @FDC_Midnight at E3]
If you didn’t have a chance to watch the Microsoft Media Briefing this morning/afternoon, Harmonix showed off their other project they’ve been working on for Microsoft Xbox 360 Kinect (formerly Project Natal) titled “Dance Central.” The songs confirmed on stage while Harmonix CEO Alex Rigopulos was speaking are as follows:
- Lady Gaga – Poker Face
- Beastie Boys – Body Movin’
- Bel Biv Devoe – Poison
- Lipps Inc – Funky Town
- M.I.A. – Galang ’05
- No Doubt – Hella Good
Now admittedly, I am a Harmonix fanboy, and this site will remain Rock Band centric. But every now and again, I may throw in some Dance Central updates.
- Audible Mainframe – Anybody Else (160 MSP)
- Audible Mainframe – Ice Cold (80 MSP)
- Bang Camaro – Bang Camaro (160 MSP)
- Bang on a Can All-Stars / David Lang – Cheating, Lying, Stealing (80 MSP)
- Bang on a Can All-Stars / Evan Ziporyn – ShadowBang (Head) (80 MSP)
- Bang on a Can All-Stars / Michael Gordon – Yo Shakespeare (80 MSP)
- Dance Gavin Dance – Tree Village (160 MSP)
- Drivin’ N’ Cryin’ – I See Georgia (160 MSP)
- Jonathan Coulton – Shop Vac (160 MSP)
- Kill the Alarm – Fire Away (80 MSP)
- LoveHateHero – America Underwater (160 MSP)
- Man Parts – Molten Death (80 MSP)
- Something Opus – Circles (80 MSP)
- The Riptides – Friday the 13th (80 MSP)
- Twintapes – Young (80 MSP)
It’s not often that an artist enter the rhythm gaming scene the way Loren Dircks has. Loren posted a music video on Youtube for his single “I Hope You’re Happy (Guitar Hero Gone),” and within a short time, the rhythm gaming community discovered the video, and a YouTube fracas between Loren’s fans and Guitar Hero/Rock Band fans ensued in the comments. While tempers were initially high on both sides, once the controversy subsided, Loren was approached and made the decision to offer his song on the Rock Band Network.
I had a chance to catch up with Loren and find out about his music, his motivation for the song (which is not what you think), and his impressions of the rhythm gaming revolution. Check it out!
RockBandAide: For some of those in the Rock Band community not familiar with you, tell us a little bit about yourself.
Loren Dircks: I am a songwriter and guitar player from Tucson, Arizona. My band, Gila Bend, has been playing in Tucson for over 20 years. We pioneered our own Country Metal sound and made two very popular (still) CDs, “Kim Chee Cowboy” and “Natureburger.” I got back into songwriting a few years ago, and have been writing more than ever before. I just released “Killing the Magic” last November and I am currently working with about 50 new songs for two or three different CD projects. I have done some film score work in the past and I am hoping to do much more of that in the future.
RBA: How would you describe your music to people who have never heard it?
LD: I try to write music and lyrics that resonate with all people. Musically, I am really a guitar player first, and I put a large emphasis there in the songs.
RBA: Who were your early musical influences? What album do you remember listening to growing up that had the biggest impact on you?
LD: The most influential record that impacted me when I was very young was Johnny Horton’s “Greatest Hits.” We listened to The Beach Boys, The Beatles, Roger Miller, Marty Robbins, Johnny Cash, Burt Bacharach, and much more. When I was old enough to really start picking my own favorites, I really liked all kinds of stuff… punk, metal, rock, and much more.
RBA: I’m always intrigued about the song writing process for musicians. What’s more fun for you to write, the lyrics or the music? And when you create a song, which comes first?
LD: When I am writing my best stuff, they almost always come together. The feel, the melody, and the meaning and message are all one big creation/inspiration. Other times I will start with music… a riff or a beat, or a bass line. Or a title. I have a good friend who has given me some titles, “Dogs with Bandanas” and “Quitcherdadburnedbellyachin”‘ and both turned into very well received songs.
RBA: Where do you find inspiration for your songs? What has been the oddest source of inspiration?
LD: I find inspiration everywhere. Grocery store, friends, family, total strangers, a random phrase, a big deep abstract concept, a book, a movie, ANYWHERE. Oddest source of inspiration? Other than rhythm based video gaming? Probably abused dogs. “Dogs with Bandanas” and “Song for Max” were both on Natureburger. The former was a more tongue-in-cheek piece, with the latter being a tearjerker ala Red Sovine.