Rock Band from Harmonix Sells More Than 28 Million Music Tracks

The latest issue of Harmonix’ Rock Band Community Zine included some staggering statistics detailing the performance of the music platform’s downloadable content.

Most notable is the company’s claim of pushing over 28 million Rock Band track downloads to date. The Rock Band store now boasts 345 downloadable tracks by 239 artists, and has seen DLC added for 55 consecutive weeks.

Harmonix also reports that it has hit the 500 total song mark for the Rock Band platform, doing so with weeks to spare on its target of the end of 2008.

Only 6 million songs had been downloaded for Rock Band as of March 20, 2008. Harmonix released the in-game Rock Band music store on that date, and launched Rock Band 2 in September.

Mellifluous – Thoughts and Memories

Live sounding, grungy garage rock: vocal overtones that sound a bit like Kurt Cobain in his more vulnerable moments, with a wobbly Elliot Smith guitar doing the bulk of the work. Picture yourself in a rock nightclub in Seattle in the Pearl Jam/Nirvana era, and you’ll have a pretty good picture of what to expect. Put on your check shirt and ripped jeans, drink some beer and feel bad about everything before going to YouTube and watching some Beavis and Butthead. Yeah… Huhuh… Cool…

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EMI Are In Big Trouble And Have To Make Money To Pay Loans

EMI is praying that Santa is generous this season as it stares down a major post-Christmas payment due on  £2.7 billion in loans from Citigroup. UK analysts are warning that EMI must generate significant cash by March to meet its obligations, If not, Terra Firma, the private-equity which bought EMI for £2.4 billion and already added £10 million three months ago to avoid default could be forced to inject more funds.

Justin and Tomek – I Need To EP

This is pretty glorious, melodic pop. A nice heavy piano and loads of vocal harmonies back up a soaring lead vocal, tickled at by cheeky little basslines that pull the songs along, just pausing every now and then for a little Stevie Wonder minor change before bounding off again to let the guitarist romp through a few flowerbeds and chase some other guitarists round the park. There are echoes of Ryan Jones (from one of RouteNote’s other bands, The Hitchcock Rules) in the front man’s voice, or Ben Folds, to make a more widely comprehensible comparison. Buy it if you like Ben Folds Five, the Beautiful South, Phoenix, or puppies. Great production for an indie band, too.

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Triaxis – Lord of the Eastern Sky

Ah Metal: the world would be a worse place without it. Lots of people with long hair and tight black clothing with loads of studs and lace all over the place, shaking their fists and ebon locks in worship of the dark. Triaxis seem to me to be of the more operatic kind of metal, although they’ll probably balk at the comparison, the front-woman’s voice is big and clear on the sustained notes she sings in songs about thrones and flames and stuff, maintaining an easy superiority over the chunking guitars and solidly, rapidly thumping kick, and I do dearly love a song that youn can go Hunhrgh! in the middle of. Angry Welsh Metal: Brilliant.

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[Post-foetus] – The Fabric

Jangly, jarring tunes over uncomfortable electronic backgrounds somehow come together as a coherent and listenable whole, and then give way to slow, gentle guitars and violins and spoken samples. Something like Modest Mouse making an album with Boards Of Canada when they were feeling nice and relaxed one weekend round at Lemon Jelly’s house. Despite the awkward bits in this album, I somehow get the feeling that someone nearby was making a blackberry and apple crumble they were all going to enjoy once the recording session was over. Especially on this track:

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Weeksy – The Don’t Knows

A long, personal album from this folk-tinged singer song writer. Layered guitars and Bon Iver like vocal harmonies blend amongst each other in tracks like ‘Flesh and Bone’, lamenting fifths in ‘Matuit’ bring the Kinks and the Beatles to mind, in a feeling that is somewhat continued in simple, humour filled, more upbeat numbers like My Head Is A Balloon’. Gentle, interesting, and intimate.

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Goldie Lookin’ Chain Are Holding a Pay What You Want Gig in London

This is definitely a first, Goldie Lookin’ Chain are holding a pay-what-you-want gig.

The band are holding a warm-up show for their next UK tour in January at Metro in London.

Here’s the blurb:

“Entry to this Metro show is FREE, however, taking a leaf out of Radiohead’s book, you will be expected to pay as much (or as little) as you like on your way out depending on how much fun you had (but you don’t get a free Radiohead album). It’s a bit like the Severn bridge toll into Wales, but in reverse.”

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Memotone – Music for Trains

Memotone is somewhere between Lemon Jelly and the Cinematic Orchestra, which for a one man act, recording on an 8 track and a laptop is a pretty incredible achievement. William Yates has put together a bewilderingly large array of instruments into a really crystal clear, deep and textured soundscape, blending live instruments, samples, glitchy computer noises and sound effects like air raid sirens, lairy kids arguing in corridors and canned laughter. There are odd moments of humour and unease, drifting clouds of sound, sharp beats that bring you back to your senses and then drop away again to let warm, live double bass lines pour into your ears and build into complex little sonic poems that wrap back to the beats. I really like it. If I wasn’t already listening to it, I would buy a copy. In fact, petition him to get vinyl pressed, so I can buy a copy.

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