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Harmonix Layoff Employees Today

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A spokesman for Harmonix has confirmed to Polygon that the Boston-based studio has released a handful of employees.

We can confirm that a small number of Harmonix employees were let go today,” the spokesperson said. “This decision was made due to shifting staffing priorities for Harmonix’s multiple future projects.”

The company did not indulged when they said “shifting” “priorities.” Clearly the company is changing it up.

But their excuse is kinda lame, right? I’m pretty sire anytime there are cuts to any workforce, that generally means a company is shifting priorities.  (more…)

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Spinal Tap Songs Coming to Rock Band

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The legendary fictional heavy metal band Spinal Tap, first appeared on the pilot of ABC‘s sketch comedy show called “The T.V. Show.” Afterwords the group starred in the 1984 “mock rockumentary” called “This Is Spinal Tap,” which was directed by Rob Reiner (Stand By Me). The movie is consider a classic by countless fans and critics everywhere.

Just recently, the parody group announced they were going to go on a one day “World Tour” and preformed at London’s Wembley Arena. Since that time they played some songs on various TV shows, including Late Night with Jimmy Fallon and The Daily Show with Jon Stewart.

To keep the band hype going, Harmonix and MTV have inked out a deal with Spinal Tap to bring eleven songs to the Rock Band series and they will be available for download on August 4th for the Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3. Each track will sell for $1.99 (160 Microosft Points) or $18 for the whole pack (160 MS Points).

Below are the track which will be available on the 4th.

“(Funky) Sex Farm”
“(Listen to the) Flower People (Reggae Stylee)”
“America”
“Big Bottom”
“Cups and Cakes”
“Gimme Some Money”
“Heavy Duty”
“Hell Hole”
“Rock ‘n’ Roll Creation”
“Stonehenge”
“Tonight I’m Gonna Rock You Tonight”

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Pearl Jam’s Next Entire Album to be Released in Rock Band

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On September 20th, Pearl Jam is releasing their ninth studio album titled Backspacer. According to reports, the album sounds like a mixture of New Wave and Pop.

Today, Billboard has reported that the entire new album will be available for Rock Band the day its released into stores. This won’t be the first time Pearl Jam has worked with MTV and Harmonix. Not long ago, the group released what could be their greatest album yet, Ten, into the Rock Band universe.

It’s also being said that Target will have a special edition CD, which will allow gamers access to the songs for Rock Band. As of now, it sounds like the deal will only be available to Xbox Live and PlayStation Network members. I really wish more bands would do offers like this for their album in the future. It makes perfect sense for the record company and the developers. Basically, it’s a win-win situation for both companies, I just don’t see bands/labels don’t approach either Guitar Hero or Rock Band when a big named band releases a new album.

Below is the full tracking listing for Backspacer. If you want to hear samples of the music, just head over to Pearl Jam’s website.

*”Gonna See My Friend”
*”Got Some”
*”The Fixer”
*”Johnny Guitar”
*”Just Breathe”
*”Amongst the Waves”
*”Unthought Known”
*”Supersonic”
*”Speed of Sound”
*”Force of Nature”
*”The End”

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Pepsi Rock Band Videos

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With 9/9/09 right around the corner, we’re not only celebrating the 10 year anniversary of the Sega Dreamcast, but also the release of The Beatles: Rock Band. Also celebrating this release is YaHoo! and Pepsi, teaming together for a video contest that gives the chance to win 1 of 10 The Beatles: Rock Band Limited Edition Premium Bundles.

Unfortunately, the deadline to upload a video is tomorrow, (July 28th, 2009) but we thought we’d share one of the submissions with you, starring /Gamer reader, TieDyedGuy! Watch TieDyedGuy (vocals) rock out “Float On” by Modest Mouse with fellow band mates, PenGwynn (Drums), Drausius (Bass) and Daeph (Guitar).

Unfortunately, the video does not currently have an “embed” option, so we have to give the direct link. Watch. Enjoy. And please comment.

Watch TieDyedGuy here!

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Pepsi Contest: Drink Rock Win (Rock Band)

A while back, a contest was rumored that would let Pepsi give away Rock Band downloadable tracks. It is no longer video game gossip, but now the truth. If you purchase a specially marked Pepsi bottled products and look under the cap, you could win a Rock Band 2 bundle, Rock Band tracks, Xbox 360 system and “other great prizes.”

Also the promotion is calling for gamers to make their own “Rock Band Music Video. If yours is selected as the best, you could win you’re very own MTV Video Music Award Moonman — yay? Yeah, just give me Rock Band 2 and some free downloadable tracks instead, thanks!

The contest starts on June 2. Click here for more information.

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Rock Band DLC Announced for PS3, Xbox and Wii

This weeks Rock Band’s downloadable songs have been announced. This time, the major focus will the group ‘The Offspring,’ who will feature two of their songs. And one of the biggest international bands that have come from America R.E.M., is including their mid-90s hit “Losing My Religion.”

* The Offspring- “All I Want”
* The Offspring- “The Kids Aren’t Alright”
* R.E.M.- “Losing My Religion”
* Richard Thompson- “The Way That It Shows”

All the tracks will be masters and will cost $1.99 (160 Microsoft Points) for each one.

Furthermore, Harmonix revealed that many tracks that have already been available for download on the Xbox 360 and PS3 will finally be accessible to Wii owners. Below are those songs.

* Radiohead- “My Iron Lung”
* Wolfmother- “Joker & the Thief”
* KISS- “Calling Dr. Love”
* David Bowie- “Moonage Daydream”
* Metallica- “Blackened”
* Metallica- “Ride the Lightning”
* The Clash- “Train in Vain”
* Sonic Youth- “Kool Thing”
* Garbage- “Why Do You Love Me”
* Drive By Truckers- “3 Dimes Down”
* Lucinda Williams- “Can’t Let Go”
* Neko Case- “People Got a Lotta Nerve”
* Old 97s- “Time Bomb”
* Steve Earle- “Satellite Radio”

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White Zombie and Turbonegro Coming to Rock Band Next Week

Harmonix and MTV have announced more downloadable music tracks for Rock Band. This time, old-skool metal heads might enjoy this week’s DLC. In a press release, it was confirmed that Rob Zombie’s old band White Zombie, will be returning to the rhythm games.

For the usual 160 MS Points ($2 PSN), fans of Zombie will be available to play their 1995 hit “More Human Than Human” and “Black Sunshine.” The company also revealed for the same price, the Norwegian punk band Turbonegro will offer their tack “Wasted Again” for the same price.

All three songs will be made available on the consoles respected stores on February 17th for the 360 and the 19th for the PS3.

After the jump, read the press release if you care. (more…)

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Snoop Dogg Coming to Rock Band

Obviously one of the only popular music genres that Rock Band is missing is hip-hop. Activision was self-proclaiming that their new rhythm game ‘DJ Hero‘ was going to address that later this year. However it looks like MTV and Harmonix are going to beat them because apparently rapper Snoop Dogg is about to come soon as exclusive downloadable content.

According to MTV, they have signed a deal with the famous artist, but as of now; no word on which tracks we’ll be seeing in the future.

Now, we’re just not sure if having hip-hop will work with a game like Rock Band, but we are completely open to the idea. It should also help EA because including Snoop Dogg to the already impressive list of artist; should only widen the games already large base. And hopefully open the door to even more genres for both Guitar Hero and Rock Band.

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Chinese Democracy Coming to Rock Band in the Spring

It might have taken almost 15 years for Guns N’ Roses sixth album Chinese Democracy to hit stores, but it’s only going to take months for it to available in Rock Band. While speaking with Billboard, lead singer Axl Rose confirmed that the album will be available as downloadable content for Harmonix’s rhythm game on February 28, 2009.

However an MTV spokesperson confirmed that Axl Rose was mistaken and the DLC will be made available sometime in the spring.

This is another win for Rock Band and their ongoing war with Guitar Hero; on what game will be the king of the music genre. It also shows how much bands and musicians want to be included in one of the two games, because the amount of money involved is proven to be more profitable than selling albums.

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Rock Band Gets Thin Lizzy

Straight from Henry at Harmonix, next week’s downloadable content includes a Thin Lizzy 3 pack, the Pretenders, Pat Benatar, and Nikko.

The songs are:

Thin Lizzy –

*The Boys are Back in Town (Live)

*Cowboy Song (Live)

*Jailbreak (Live)

The Pretenders

*Precious

Pat Benatar –

*Hit Me With Your Best Shot

Nikko –

*Break My Heart

*Don’t Tell Me

The Nikko songs will cost $0.99 (80 MS points), the rest will be $1.99 (160 MS points). The Thin Lizzy tracks can be purchased as a three pack for $5.49 (440 MS points.). For those of you who don’t know (like me), Nikko is from Australia. Based on the songs they have on their MySpace page, they seem to be quite mellow and depressing. Not what I look for in my Rock Band DLC.

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