Polyphonic Spree Rock Band

Vi na Babee (aproveita que vai lá e baixa o podcast dela que é sempre fodaço). Não manja? Manje.

Alex Chilton no Rock Band

“P-p-p-poker face/ P-p-poker face”

9 do 9 do 9

É a data de lançamento do Rock Band dos Beatles.

Hoje só amanhã: a terceira semana de 2009

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E a lancheira do Dr. Manhattan?
A volta do Little Quail
Andy Milonakis
Dueto da Feist com o carinha do Death Cab for Cutie
Remix pro Franz novo
Hot Chip x Joy Division
O renascimento da Polaroid
Will Smith vai ser Obama (?!)
Amelie Poulain vira Coco Channel
Prédios caindo na Albânia
10 episódios para o fim de Battlestar Galactica
Dinheiro da Lua
Machado de Assis e Edgar Allan Poe
Peixe russo bizarro
Volta do Butchers’ já tem data marcada
A posse de Obama vista do espaço
Cantando o tema de Guerra nas Estrelas
Curso intensivo de Led Zeppelin
Wendy Sulca
Campanha pró-trema
Karaokê do avesso
Lost no Google Maps
Outras opções para o logo da campanha de Obama
Autoramas: “the most important independent band in Brazil”
Joaquin Phoenix estréia como MC
A volta de Amy Winehouse
Indie até morrer
Diplo remixa Britney
Autor do discurso de posso de Obama tem 27 anos
Metano em Marte?
Tim Berners-Lee na Campus Party
A volta de Lost
Beastie Boy art
Só Obama pra fazer o Mussum voltar pra Globo
Nova do Bonde do Rolê
Lily Allen faz cover de Clash
Nova do U2: só pra fãzocas, mesmo
Simpsons e Edgar Allan Poe
Por que eu amo Monty Python
Zack Snyder que O Cavaleiro das Trevas
Krist Novoselic não sabe tocar Nirvana no Rock Band

Krist Novoselic apanha do Rock Band tocando Nirvana!

Essa é muito boa! Ele conta a história inteira em seu blog no Seattle Weekly. Sublinhei os melhores trechos:

Rock and roll has been proclaimed dead countless times. After a slump, rock usually bounces back in a wave of new bands and sounds. Things are different today: Rock has found new life with video games, and the phenomenon is leading to a revival of bands that have been around for a long time.

I had my first experience with a video game when I was around 10 years old. It was called Pong. The contest was between two rectangular “paddles” that could only slide up and down the edges of a TV screen. Between them we bounced a small square dot—the ping pong ball—back and forth.

In high school, I jumped into the arcade game craze of the early 1980s. The game that I really enjoyed was Asteroids (and its successor, Asteroids Deluxe). I got pretty good at piloting the little ship and blasting the random asteroids, tiny flying saucers, and pods that threatened my existence in outer space. (Well, the virtual space I could afford for each 25 cents I dropped in the coin slot.)

More recently, while walking through a one-stop shopping center, I encountered the Rock Band 2 video game. It was set up on display for customers to try.

I know about Rock Band, because Nirvana has some songs on it. I had never tried the game before, so I gave it a go. I worked through the menu and found the song “In Bloom.” I picked up the little guitar-shaped controller and hit the stage.

I knew the bass line to the song, of course, but I couldn’t quite master this new, different way of playing it.

The game reminded me of Space Invaders. I tried to hit the notes cascading down the screen, but could barely keep up.

Meanwhile, this kid was watching me fumble with the game. I became self-conscious and took the controller off. I handed it to him, and he proceeded to jam on the song—and was really good! He had no idea that I was the musician he was emulating on the game, and I didn’t tell him.

Life goes on: I walked away to buy some paint supplies, groceries, and other items from the store.

Regardless of my first experience with the game as a player, I’m loving Rock Band. Instead of file sharing, people are actually buying music again! HA!!!

Putting that issue aside, I like how the game makes the player focus on certain components of the music. When I listen to songs, I’ll usually tune my ear to the bass line. With Rock Band, you can do that, but also see the procession of notes.

Music is a living thing. It’s fun to revisit songs in different forms. For instance, hearing the Beatles’ 2006 album Love, a mash-up of their classic tunes, is like listening to this seminal group for the first time! Love takes the sounds and instruments that were buried in the original mix and puts them up front.

Electronica remixes can also result in a complete reinvention of a song. (By the way—can we have more electronica on the radio?)

Good music, film, paintings, books, and other forms of expression draw you into them. The excitement and power of rock fits well with the dynamic new world created by video games. The virtual universe is interactive, providing sensations that are real. Keep on rocking in the free world!!!!!!!