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Sunday, May 31, 2009

Tier 6 DLC

I know, I know, but familial and girlfriendial obligations keep me from finishing things up.

My pick? Well, I'm pretty indecisive, so I'll pick from the losers of the poll from this bunch.

"Joker and the Thief" by Wolfmother- This song's in Rock Revolution, but while that game has an awesome setlist, it might be too small time to cover. Still, there's a great opening, and catchy verse, and it sounds a lot easier than it's labeled, so please allow me to chill some?

"My Sharona" by The Knack- Doo doo do do doo do doo do doo doo doo do do doo do bum, My Payola! I mean, My Sharona! But apparently everything after that is really fucking hard to play.

"Billion Dollar Babies" by Alice Cooper- I don't know how this version somehow differs from the version in GH2, but I'm really digging it.

"Screaming For Vengence" by Judas Preist- My thought process: "Wow! This song seems awesome. It'll take some work, but it's pretty good" "OUCH THAT SOLO IS RAPE!!!"

"Snow (Hey Oh)" by Red Hot Chili Peppers- Time to bust the myth that this song is actually easier on a real guitar.

"High Voltage" by AC/DC- Anyone who has read this blog know my feelings for AC/DC

"Dirty Deeds Done Dirt Cheap" by AC/DC- See above.

Thursday, May 28, 2009

REVIEW: 21st Century Breakdown

Still working on that foreshadowed update, but just so I have SOMETHING, I'll give my opinion on Green Day's latest album, 21st Century Breakdown.

Like American Idiot before it, 21st is a concept album, with some kind of story. I really couldn't tell. The names Christian and Gloria show up repeatedly, but the story's very loose and separating it into 3 acts only adds to the confusion.

In other words: THE LYRICS MAKE NO FUCKING SENSE.

It's supposed to be about the post-Bush days, and given that Armstrong's not rallying against him this album threw his focus off, but there's some really weird shit in there. I'll leave it to Something Awful for some examples.

Having said that, it still kicks ass.

When you first pop it in, and hear stuff like "Song Of The Century" and "21st Century Breakdown", it seems like they've gone to the poppy side. However, when thumpers like "Know Your Enemy" and "Christian's Inferno" come about, they're still the same, they just threw some other stuff in for the sake of diversity. And it is diverse. The seventh track (whose name escapes me) is reminiscent of a Beatles tune, and "21 Guns" reminded me of a Weezer ballad.

It feels so well put together, nonsensical lyrics be damned!

And this, like THe Hold Steady's "Stay Positive", knows when I'm bored. Half the songs start out slow, then kick into high gear the first minute in (like Viva La Gloria! and Before the Lobotomy)

FINAL VERDICT: Get for the catchy and diverse tunes. If you like rock, there's at least one song you'll like. For example, me and my Dad can't stop listening to "Static Age", even though I need someone to explain it me.

I do have faith in their selection of singles, since they, like American Idiot, seem to either be completely self-contained, or have themes that overshadow the story in the song.

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

YEAAAAAAAH!!!

WON'T GET FOOLED AGAIN
First off, work on your basic open chords A (-02220) and D (--0232) for the verses.
G (320033) is the next most used chord, particularly in the after chorus breakdowns.

-----------A -----------D
We'll be fighting in the streets
-----------A------------D
With our children at our feet
-----------A--------------D-------------E---C-G
And the morals that they worship will be gone
----------A----------------D
And the men who spurred us on
------------A------------D
Sit in judgement of all wrong
------------A----------D--------E----C-G
They decide and the shotgun sings the song
E (022100) and C (-32010) are used here.
The Who is one of those bands where they really don't "sync up", but are still a well composed group. Instead of the drum and bass being the backing rhythm for the guitar it was the other way around. Not to say that they didnt have some sweet solos, it's that the main focus is the drum section.
Now, I "cheated" a bit with this song, and played what could be considered the "acoustic version". Yes, I know I'm anti-everything acoustic, but I just played the chords in the same rhythm. If you look at the tab as well as the note chart on RB, it looks like there's more going on.
The shapes of the chords I played (A and D) are still held, however different sections are picked as if it were a lead guitar.
Now, the solos I can't really help you with, but I can give a tip:
In a section like this:
e---------4---2---0---------7---------4-----2---------4----------7--
B------------------------------------------------------------------------
G--2/4---4---x------5-/7------2/4---4---x-2-/4------2/4-----
Slide from the 2 to the 4th fret using the ring finger, so you don't have to move your hand. Stuff like that. Not a whole lot I can do at this point. The hard parts at this point are the solos, but I still gave something to think about right?
Also, for the interludes after the chorus, refer to "Should I Stay Or Should I Go?" for how to switch between G and D efficiently.
Now, how can I foreshadow the next update while still referencing this one?
MEDIC!












Looks like that doctor....










Just got a taste of his own medicine...
YEAAAAHHHHH!!!!!

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

I HAVE ACHIEVED MANLINESS!!!

...Several years ago.

And so the Rhythm Bastard Update Begins!

DAY 1- Atop The Fourth Wall

I mentioned this guy on Sunday, but today he has a new video out (every Monday/Tuesday), New Guardians #2.

That's it.





OK, just kidding, I FINISHED IT AND YOU CAN NOW DOWNLOAD THE SONG!!!

HERE!!

LYRICS:
He is a man who takes pride
in the comics that he keeps,
But have you seen this crap
that he checks out every week?
In the future Superman fights
Adolf Hitler's clones.
90's kid buys Issue #0
and thinks Liefeld owns.
Amazons attack and those doctors
build up Neutro
Then it's take over by
President Insano.
Now sit down, 'cause
he'll tell ya which comics are the worst
Yeah, Atop The Fourth Wall
Unless Deadpool breaks it first

We're all rockin'
Atop The fourth wall
Watchin' The Watchmen
Atop The Fourth Wall
Linkara's reviewin;
Atop The Fourth Wall
Bad comics burnin'
Atop The Fourth Wall

P.S. If anyone can reccommend a better site for uploading music, and can tell me how to stream it, that'd be great...

Sunday, May 24, 2009

RHYTHM BASTARD UPDATE

Ever since I read and watched Watchmen, I've started to get a bit more into comics, particularly everything Deadpool, and Transmetropolitian.

One contributing factor to all this is Linkara of Atop The Fourth Wall which is also on That Guy With The Glasses.

He reviews old comics that are particularly stupid and everything Liefeldian. He's currently looking for a new theme song, and I'M GONNA GIVE IT TO HIM. I'm finishing it up right now, and will have it on by tomorrow or Tuesday.

Also in the coming days, some more updates for really awesome things. Namely other songs on Tier 5, 2 more songs I've written, as well as a couple other site updates. So, in the vein of the recent updates, consider this, THE RHYTHM BASTARD UPDATE.

WHEN WILL IT START?
HOW LONG WILL IT BE?
WHOOOO KNOOOOWS?

Sunday, May 17, 2009

Very Excitable Weekend

Yesterday, I told you about "Sympathy For The Devil" being on the next Guitar Hero.

Then, I find this has been leaked onto the internet:



FORESHADOWING?

Then, I get this news that Green Day might be coming to Rock Band.

Shit, Minority, Brain Stew, and HOLIDAY? THE FIRST SONG I EVER LEARNED ON GUITAR?

BONUS LESSONS ARE IN ORDER!!!

Finals time is all up ons us, so no time for loafing.

Saturday, May 16, 2009

Guitar Hero Sigh

So, USA Today and Joystiq have released news about the new GH game coming later this year.

K, let's see what we got...

-Wait, anyone can play any instrument, even 4 lead guitars? That's kinda cool...

-New 8-man multiplayer? Hey sounds pretty sweet...

-Switching stuff mid-level AND GH:WT DLC is compatible? That's a relief!

-Any songs announced?
The Rolling Stones – "Sympathy for the Devil"
Bob Dylan – "All Along The Watchtower"

AHHHHHHHHHH!!!!! OMG SYMPATHY FOR THE DEVIL AND WATCHTOWER HOLY HELL THANK YOU JEEBUS!!!!
If they can get Rush's "Spirit Of The Radio" then I'm sold!

Wait, what's this from the USA today article?

"Guitar Hero 5’s songlist has a fresh feel, with one-fourth of the music having come out in the last 18 months and more than half from this decade"

Way to be a buzzkill...

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Show Em Side Two!

DEAD ON ARRIVAL


Yet another song much easier than the tier implies. It's fast though (from here):

G-------------------(0-4-5-4-0)--------
D---33--777--555----------------------
A---33--777--555-----------------------
E---11--555--333-----------------------

Keep the power chord shape (bridging the lower frets with index finger/higher frets with ring finger), then your middle finger for the 4th fret, ring finger for 5th fret.

If you can alt strum, the solo is easy, especially if you use the arrangement in the tab I linked. That way, your fingers never have to move up and down the neck. Or is it left to right...

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Guitar Hero Expansions/Delays

Song updates are rare these days, finals time and all.

Now for "Why Activision Will Make Me Either Rich Or Disgusted":
1. Guitar Hero: Van Halen "Hot For Teacher" was already blown on GH:World Tour, so the only song I'm looking forward to are "You Really Got Me". BUT, according to the article, the guest acts include Queen, Weezer, Blink 182, The Offspring and Queens Of THe Stone Age. Sounds pretty good, but damn it, why not just do DLC?

2. GH5, Band Hero and DJ Hero Not much for DJ hero, but you have the 5th Guitar Hero game in as many years (fine, keeping up brand recognition you consumer whores), and Band Hero, a "family-friendly" game, like Lego Rock Band. Really? I understand the need to compete, but all this "family-friendly" BS is making me nauseous. WHY NOT DLC? Seriously, I thought these games were supposed be getting kids away from poppy crap, not reinforcing it.

3. Guitar Hero: Smash Hits Some pretty good ones in there. "Take Me Out", "Smoke On The Water" and "Godzilla" from GH1, "Freebird", "Beast and the Harlot" and "Trippin' On A Hole" from GH2, and the GH3 songs are more focused on the easier songs (save for "Raining Blood" and "That Damn Song From That Band Whose Songs All SOund Like A Robot Made Them That Every Spergs Out Over"). "Back In The Saddle"'s an odd choice, but seriously, how many rhythm games are going to feature "Round and Round"? Are there no other Ratt songs?

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Some People Do It Anyway

BREED

I think about weird things sometimes, like "What would it be like RIGHT NOW if Ron Paul were President?" (Worse off then we are now, but maybe be a bit more stable after the recession) or, "What would happen if someone were to go back in time and kill Hitler?" (Probably this). However, for the sake of intelligent discussion, let's speculate on "What would Kurt Cobain be doing today if he didn't kill himself?" My guess, READING MY BLOG!

But seriously folks,
G------------2-------
D-4-4-2-4---2---2---
A-4-4-2-4---0---2---
E-2-2-0-2-------0---


It was just fast, and hard to keep up.

SETLIST UPDATED