March 5th, 2010
A while ago the fine folks at Harmonix contacted me about the Rock Band Network, a way for artists to independently get their music into the game. They’ve gone through a long process of working out the kinks, and yesterday the new store went live. I’ve currently got four songs in there: Code Monkey, Creepy Doll, The Future Soon, and Ikea (Still Alive, Skullcrusher Mountain, and RE: Your Brains were already in the regular Rock Band store). There are some more in the pipeline that should be ready in a couple of weeks, and I intend to add more as we go. For the first 30 days this will be exclusive to Xbox, but after that they’ll make select tracks available on the Playstation and the Wii.
And it’s not just me, there’s going to be a lot of great stuff in there. I’ll quote the press release, because I find it hilarious to read my name in this list:
There are currently more than 100 songs available for purchase in the Rock Band Network Music Store from artists including The Shins, The Hold Steady, The Main Drag, Bang Camaro, of Montreal, Jonathan Coulton, Skeleton Witch, 3 Inches of Blood, Lacuna Coil, Stroke 9, and Steve Vai*. There are more than 300 artists in the RBN pipeline, with additional tracks already on the way from Flight of the Conchords, The Smashing Pumpkins, Twin Atlantic, All That Remains, Clutch, Prong, The Gaslight Anthem and many more coming soon.
Right next to Skeleton Witch!
Anyway, enjoy. I’m really excited about it – yet another way for smaller fish to play in the big pond. Viva la revolucion!