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The Four in My Home

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , on November 16, 2009 by joeylabartunek

In my journeys as an astronaut of the cool, I’ve encountered a lot of really great things.  It’s what I seek in life, small gems to alleviate the curse of boredom that so easily sinks in like a terrible miasma.   In recent years I’ve become a die-hard fan of the Rock Band/Guitar Hero series, having lost hundred of hours of productive time learning to master songs with no real benefit in my life other than pure love of music and the feeling of interacting with said music and the possibility of winning a gift certificate for free  drinks down at the Big Wang’s on Sunset

But then, the other day I got ‘The Beatles Rock Band’ expansion for my birthday, via The Mayor who probably doesn’t realize just what he’s done.

Indulge me a minute of pure hyperbole-free reminiscence, it’s important reference.  One of my earliest memories in life, like if you opened up the brain bin and sorted all your memory clips by date, this is in the first few.  You dig? I remember hanging upside down from these red monkey bars my grandparents had set into side of the house we lived at down in Long Beach.  At most I was three by my accounting of location, and time, and such, and I remember singing to myself “She Love’s You” by The Beatles.  It’s always been a really funny memory for me, because it jack-hammered home that I was already infected with the pop-culture bug, and it was The Beatles which made it all the funnier to future selves reflecting on the moment.  When I was in junior high and high school I was into the same metal and punk that every other dirtbag skater kid living in Southern California in the mid to late eighties into the early nineties was.  But I was that dork who’s favorite band was still The Beatles.  It goes that far back.

So now I have this thing delivered to me for my Birthday.  And we loaded it up, packed a big one, and set to playing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps”, because well, if I was gonna play guitar it might as well be that song first.  Like a Reece’s Peanut Butter Cup from on high, the combination of the always fun RB style game with The Beatles music was near euphoric.  Seriously.

The game has a nearly flawless playlist, and gorgeous little mini videos playing in the background, displaying the Fab Four playing in the song in the appropriate time period.  Even the sounds of when you choose your instrument are little perfect chord hits.  I  mean they really went all out on this thing.

So now I have a new item on the “Favorite Things Ever To Come Into Existence” list.  I can see myself loosing way too many days on this one. In fact he Direct Tv guy has officially left the building as I write this, having replaced the crappy TV receiver with the proper HD one (Oh yes, we have TV again.  More on this later), I think I’m gonna go load it up and get to working on some little pockets of zen.

Page and White Talk Down Music Video Games

Posted in Games with tags , , , on June 23, 2009 by joeylabartunek

I’ll be the first to admit 2 things:

1) I love music video games.  I don’t care what the haters  say (read on), I like rocking out to songs I love without having to train for years do be good at a skill that doesn’t really apply to my existence.  Sure I love playing my bass, but its more of an occasional zen pastime than something that I’d like to focus my life on.

2) I think that any method that brings music, whether it be new or classic, to the general masses, especially kids who already have it rough filtering through the dribble that bleeds through the reality shows that flood music television is probably a good thing.

Page apparently prefers black magic and fancy guitars over good fun and new fans.

Page apparently prefers black magic and fancy guitars over good fun and new fans.

But speaking of haters, apparently some musicians don’t think much of it.  From Kotaku:

During a press conference promoting the documentary It Might Get Loud, legendary Led Zeppelin guitarist Jimmy Page and The White Stripes‘ Jack White had some harsh words for music-based video games.

It seems that the two famous guitarists, both starring in the documentary on the history of the electric guitar along with U2’s The Edge, aren’t too keen on people discovering new music through video games, which is sad, because that’s almost exclusively how I discover new music these days. For Page, it seemed to be a question of oversimplifying an action that is better left to more skilled hands.

“You think of the drum part that John Bonham did on Led Zeppelin’s first track on the first album, Good Times Bad Times,” Page said. “How many drummers in the world can play that part, let alone on Christmas morning?”

Basically a variant of the old why not just play a real instrument argument. White, on the other hand, seems a bit put off that some feel that bands have to be in a game like Guitar Hero or Rock Band to find their audience.

White went on to say that “It’s depressing to have a label come and tell you that [Guitar Hero] is how kids are learning about music and experiencing music.” While he added that he doesn’t try to limit “which format people should get their music in…if you have to be in a video game to get in front of them, that’s a little sad.”

I think the world of Jimmy Page, he’s a bit crazy and evil in his own way, but he’s a genius, and White has certainly had his good moments, but these quotes make these two sound like two old codgers clearly out of touch with the new media and how it gets spread these days.

So I guess this means no Led Zepellin song on RB or GT anytime soon.  How sad.

Harmonix/EA Booth Babes Look Strikingly Beatle-esqe

Posted in Games with tags , , , , on June 1, 2009 by joeylabartunek

I guess all it takes to get the remaining Beatles together is a video game release.  Who knew it was so easy.  From Variety:

This photo was taken just seconds before Ringo ate several children who were hanging outside the LittleBigPlanet booth.

This photo was taken just seconds before Ringo ate several children who were hanging outside the LittleBigPlanet booth.

Paul McCartney and Ringo Starr are coming together to promote the upcoming “The Beatles: Rock Band” video game.

The two surviving Beatles, along with Yoko Ono and Olivia Harrison, appeared at Microsoft Corp.’s presentation Monday at the E3 video game conference in Los Angeles.

In the game, fans will be able to follow the band’s career beginning with their early days in 1963 Liverpool through their final rooftop performance.

Forty-five Beatles songs will be available on the game disc. Another, “All You Need Is Love,” meanwhile, will be released on the Xbox 360 for download, with proceeds going to Doctors Without Borders.

Don’t take my saracsm to mean I’m not very excited for this release, because I’m already marking time off the calendar so I can lock myself away with this game for a little while.