He’s recently released a video off of his latest EP, The Indifference Engine. It’s a diss track called “Fighting Trousers” ripping on Mr. B the self-styled “Gentleman Rhymer.”
This is pretty huge. Billboard has the details on the outsourcing of Rock Band tracks to any music copyright holders called Rock Band Network. In the next two months a service will be starting up that allows bands, studios, and labels to get their tracks into Rock Band without having to wait for the programmers at Harmonix to get you onto the schedule. Right now you get up to 10 tracks a week (every week since RB1 came out which means over 700 tracks!) but with RBN it could potentially go up to hundreds.
The copyright holders can take it all the way through the process if they’re willing to do some programming and become “certified” in creating RB note highways. If not you can outsource it to a certified community group and only worry about the music not the game. Quality Assurance of the track is done in a community as well, then once it’s approved it on the RBN marketplace for anywhere from $0.50 to $3. You get your cut of every download.
Looks great for indie bands but it also allows studios and labels to fast track their music into the game. Sub-Pop has committed to getting all their popular music from the last two years onto RBN.
So by the end of August we could be seeing an explosion of music in Rock Band, like iTunes or Amazon Music amounts and varieties of tracks. I can’t wait.
I love to see the ways technology democratizes the ability to create. A busker out on the street with an amp and a suitcase full of footpedals hooked to digital loopers and synths can create a live performace that sounds a lot like high-end studio work. Beautiful.
On Saturday my wife and I went with another couple to the Nine Inch Nails / Jane’s Addiction concert. (No Matt, I don’t know when the PIR/ATE concert comes to town.) It’s been a long time since I’ve gone to a large outdoor show, like back in the cell-phones-didn’t-have-cameras era. It turns out Trent is pretty cool about the whole recording the show thing. Probably since he’s thrown off the chains of a record company and struck out on his own he’s willing to let the fans get the word out via flickr and youtube. That and he’s a big nerd, he did the sounds for Quake for crying out loud.
After we sat down in our seats waiting for Street Sweeper Social Club to take the stage we started talking about the trek to get to that point. I thought it was surprisingly laid back, but maybe that’s because I flown a lot more times than gone to shows in the last few years. The sun was going down and there was a chill in the air so everyone except for Shawn had jackets. (He eventually wore the purchased JA t-shirt over his other t-shirt. He didn’t want to be “that guy” but at a certain point comfort overrode cool.)
In order to get in we got the usualy line up security search which involved a weak pat down on the sides and belt with my arms up holding my keys and phone. I was asked if I had anything else in my jacket and I automatically said no, but there was no confirmation. I could have had anything lighweight in the pockets.
Then I handed the four barcoded tickets to the next guy. He beeped the top sheet and handed it back to me. I showed him the other three sheets underneath but all I got was a blank stare. We proceeded to check out the $35 t-shirts and grabbed $12 cups of beer (no lids so there’s a better chance of spilling and requiring refill) and then proceeded to our seats. The final check was to make sure we were in the right section, all 4 tickets confirmed.
It was then that I realized the security was all about “guns & money”. The pat down was for any obvious weapons like a gun in the belt or shoulder holster, but every bag was thoroughly checked for any drinks that were dumped before entry. It’s tough to sell an $8 cup of wine if you can bring it in yourself. They’d let pretty much anyone into the “outer ring” of the ampitheater to buy those drinks, food and t-shirts. The actual ticket check was in the sections to make sure you didn’t try to sneak in an upgrade to the price you paid.
P.S. I will post about all three performances later this week. Waiting for the pics from Shawn to prove that it did happen. Feel free to check out the pics and youtubed vids over at NIN’s site in the meantime.
NIN’s latest album is for free, for realz. Music GET!