August 1, 2014 – “In the Air Tonight”, “Whiskey in the Jar”, SoaD, Limp Bizkit, and more!

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C3 releases for August 1, 2014:

New! Singles

  • Anamanaguchi – “Another Winter” (ShadowOfTheServer feat. Gigakoops)
  • Gigakoops – “Good Grief” M 2x (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Limp Bizkit – “Rollin’ (Air Raid Vehicle)” (Convour feat. Nightmare Lyra)
  • Metallica – “Whiskey in the Jar” (Colonel32dll and TLITD31 feat. Lowlander)
  • Phil Collins – “In the Air Tonight” (farottone)
  • System of a Down – “Sugar” (Nightmare Lyra)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


Been a while since our last mixed singles week! We love these weeks, since we (hopefully) get to deliver something for everyone. On top of Rock Band’s first Phil Collins track and several other huge singles, this week features several authors from the customs community sponsored by C3 authors! If you’ve got that inner spark for customs and you’d like to get them out there with C3, hit the forums with your full-band work and let us know! Or, if you’re looking to get started, check out this new guide by farottone to creating customs from MIDIs or FoF tracks.

Why should you download these songs?

  • “Another Winter” – If chiptunes are your thing, you can’t do better than Anamanaguchi. This track from the Scott Pilgrim video game will give your Pro Keys hand quite a workout!
  • “Good Grief” – Gigakoops says, “‘Good Grief’ is a multi-track medley based off the Kubler-Ross model of the grieving process, consisting of the songs ‘Denial/Anger’, ‘Bargaining’, ‘Depression’ and ‘Acceptance’.”
  • “Rollin'” – Nightmare Lyra says, “Unbelievably catchy, perfect for both parties and for just rocking out with some heavy riffs and complex drum beats.” A censored radio edit version of this song is also available.
  • “Whiskey in the Jar” – One of Metallica’s most famous covers from Garage Inc. A must for Metallica fans.
  • “In the Air Tonight” – The epic drum fills in this song need no introduction. No better way to introduce Phil Collins to Rock Band!
  • “Sugar” – Nightmare Lyra says, “Mix of jazzy and thrashy beats on drums, iconic riffing on Bass and Guitar and crazy vocals that will leave your tongue twisted for weeks.”

Updates from the last week to previously released C3 tracks:

  • Röyksopp – “Poor Leno”: Fixed a disco flip marker on Drums
  • Rush – “Bastille Day”: Fixed a disco flip marker on Drums

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Poll – How do you feel about Keys/Pro Keys?

Hey, everyone! I know it’s not often that we post outside of a Friday release, but we want your opinions on something.

Keys parts in rock music often belong to one of two schools; either they’re an integral, leading part of the song (“The Final Countdown”, Elton John, Billy Joel, many New Wave songs, etc.) or they perform a less exciting support role, sometimes the same few chords for the whole song. The second kind of keys chart, the less exciting one, is often much lower in the final mix than vocals, drums, or other leading instruments. Harmonix, with all of the stems for each song, was usually able to bump these parts up for Rock Band, making them more noticeable to a Keys/Pro Keys player. Unfortunately, at C3, we don’t have that luxury, and it’s often very difficult to chart a “buried” keys part with any degree of accuracy, even with frequency banding and other tricks. This has led to us releasing a few keys songs without a Keys/PK part, like my own “Dragostea din tei”.

We’d like your thoughts on these “buried” keys parts in the poll below. IMPORTANT: THIS DOES NOT APPLY TO EVERY SONG WITH KEYS! If a song has a prominent keys part, there’s no room for debate — the C3 custom will include a chart for it. This poll only applies to keys parts that are muddy, inaudible, or otherwise near-impossible to chart without stems.

Thanks, and see you on Friday!

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July 25, 2014 – Eleven songs from (mostly) classic movie soundtracks!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for July 25, 2014:

New! At the Movies C01 11-pack

  • AC/DC – “Big Gun” (funkydunkleman feat. farottone)
    (from Last Action Hero)
  • Adam Sandler – “Grow Old With You” (Lowlander)
    (from The Wedding Singer)
  • Adam Sandler – “Somebody Kill Me” (Lowlander)
    (from The Wedding Singer)
  • Green Day – “The Simpsons Theme” (DVDSmith)
    (from The Simpsons Movie)
  • Huey Lewis and the News – “Back in Time” (drummerockband)
    (from Back to the Future)
  • James – “Laid” (EvilCornbread)
    (from American Pie)
  • Kenny Loggins – “Danger Zone” X (BearzUnlimited)
    (from Top Gun)
  • Megadeth – “Angry Again” (farottone)
    (from Last Action Hero)
  • Queensrÿche – “Real World” (farottone)
    (from Last Action Hero)
  • Tegan and Sara – “Everything is AWESOME!!! (feat. The Lonely Island)” (drummerockband and Gigakoops)
    (from The LEGO Movie)
  • The Wonders – “That Thing You Do!” (drummerockband)
    (from That Thing You Do!)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


FADE IN:

C3 WORDPRESS BLOG – FRONT PAGE

The face of DEDICATED ROCK BAND PLAYER is illuminated by the dim glow of a computer monitor as they read PKSAGE’s blog post.

PKSAGE
Stuff your backpack with Mr. Pibb and Red Vines (= crazy delicious), turn down the lights, and get ready to play eleven awesome songs from eight awesome movie OSTs!

Dedicated Rock Band Player’s face breaks into a grin as DANGER ZONE enters from stage left, and wonders if pksage will make an Archer joke.

PKSAGE
Movie composers and sound…arrangers?…have a similar job to us: they have to select a list of songs that works for their thing. It’s, like, exactly the same, am I right? This week they saved us the work, as we…

pksage’s voice fades to a background murmur as Dedicated Rock Band Player loses interest in the rambling blog post.

DEDICATED ROCK BAND PLAYER (V.O.)
Oh man! Which of these songs should I play first? Maybe I should check the preview video to see if I’ve actually heard that one or the other one before, or the visualizer images to get an idea of the difficulty.

PKSAGE
…and then John Drake said I should add some more garlic, which really did help with the…

Dedicated Rock Band Player, obviously tuning out the boring copy at the top of the blog post, scrolls to the end to see if the authors had anything to say about their songs this week. Their eyes are drawn to comments by DVDSMITH, DRUMMEROCKBAND, and BEARZUNLIMITED.

DVDSMITH
(confidently, re: “The Simpsons Theme”)
One of the most iconic TV theme shows of all time makes it into Rock Band! This version, recorded for The Simpsons Movie in 2007, gave Green Day a top 20 hit in the UK and Ireland and at 85 seconds long became one of the shortest hit singles in UK chart history.

DRUMMEROCKBAND
(excitedly, re: “Back in Time”)
Time Travel! Huey Lewis! Guitar Solos! Sax Solos! Just download it already!

DRUMMEROCKBAND (CONT’D)
(re: “That Thing You Do!”)
If you haven’t seen this movie, you’re really missing out. This movie had one of the best soundtracks in movie history (don’t bother arguing with me, you know it’s true), which included the stupidly catchy tune which is this one. For people who have seen this movie, I recommend putting on your favorite pair of sunglasses, play this song on drums and say, ‘I am Spartacus!’

BEARZUNLIMITED
(calmly, re: “Danger Zone”)
Cool guitar riff with a fun solo, tricky arpeggiator patterns and a sax solo on keys, and likely a great party hit for vocals.

Dedicated Rock Band Player is barely seen zipping out of frame, a USB drive clutched in one hand. A moment later, the iconic Xbox 360 startup noise is heard.

PKSAGE
See you next Friday!

FADE OUT.

THE END

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July 18, 2014 – Five French tracks, eight Internet songs, and 24 RBHP upgrades!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for July 18, 2014:

New! L’Hexagone C01 5-pack

  • Daft Punk – “Doin’ It Right (ft. Panda Bear)” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Indochine – “L’aventurier” (Ollie)
  • Kavinsky – “Nightcall (ft. Lovefoxxx)” (Ollie)
  • Stardust – “Music Sounds Better With You” (Ollie)
  • Steve Ouimette – “La Marseillaise” M (Neversoft, Nunchuck, and Lowlander)
    Converted from GH5 DLC

New! The Internet Then and Now C02 8-pack

  • Alex S. – “Melting Pot of Alcohol” 2x (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Black Out Band – “Video Games” (Lowlander)
  • Erwin Beekveld – “They’re Taking the Hobbits to Isengard” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Rap Critic – “Douchebags, Baby (ft. Oancitizen)” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • SLACKCiRCUS – “Heyyeyaaeyaaaeyaeyaa (Fabulous Secret Powers)(BearzUnlimited)
  • Smosh – “Firetruck!” (drummerockband)
  • SunStroke Project & Olia Tira – “Run Away (Eurovision Mix Live)” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Swede Mason – “Masterchef Synesthesia (Buttery Biscuit Bass) [ft. Gregg Wallace & John Torrode]2x (AddyMilldike)

New! Single

  • Nightmare Lyre & Point Zero – “Spirits of the Everfree” M (Nightmare Lyra & Brony Authoring Group)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


First up this week is another country-centric pack, and this time it’s France! In addition to providing us with excellent fries, toast, dip, bulldogs, horns, swear words, braids, doors, kisses, and poodles, this western Europe country puts out plenty of awesome music. (Including many more genres than this week, which is why this isn’t “Music of France C01″.) If you like synthpop and electronica, or want to collect another Steve Ouimette national anthem with “La Marseillaise”, start a revolution and check out this pack!

We’ve also got a follow-up to The Internet Then and Now with eight more songs! Depending on who you ask, these might be described as “lulztastic”, “win”, “fail”, or even “‘; DROP TABLE Songlist”. Queue these up in a party setlist with “Never Gonna Give You Up” (from DLC), “Bed Intruder Song” (from RBN), and “Gangnam Style” or “Chocolate Rain” (from us), add some alcohol, and you’ve got a recipe for a good time.

To cap it off, we’ve got a single from C3 artist Nightmare Lyra and another scheduled Rock Band Harmonies Project release. This week’s storm of RBHP awesomeness includes The Best of The Who, Roy Orbison 01, Social Distortion 01, Tom Petty Live Anthology 02, and more! Thanks as usual to espher, KyleJCrb, and MarsPhoenix for another month of upgrades. Check the end of this post for the full list of tracks, and visit the Rock Band Harmonies Project site to download these upgrades.

Updates from the last week to previously released C3 tracks:

  • The Passions – “I’m in Love With a German Film Star”: Added Pro G/B, courtesy of columbo777
  • Rush – “Headlong Flight”: Revised guitar solo authoring

See you next Friday!

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July 11, 2014 – Check out these boss/bitchin’/rad/gnarly/mega bulk/radical ’80s tracks!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for July 11, 2014:

Mostly New! The 1980s C01 13-pack

  • Aldo Nova – “Fantasy” (Colonel 32dll feat. CrazyCanuck and Nyxyxylyth)
  • Asia – “Time Again” (Nyxyxylyth) [FtV]
  • The B-52’s – “Strobe Light” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • B-Movie – “Nowhere Girl” (Nyxyxylyth) [FtV]
  • The Cars – “Candy-O” X (Colonel 32dll feat. CrazyCanuck and Nyxyxylyth)
  • Culture Club – “Time (Clock of My Heart)” (farottone)
  • Electric Light Orchestra – “Rain is Falling” (Nyxyxylyth) [FtV]
  • Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – “Enola Gay” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • The Passions – “I’m in Love With a German Film Star” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • Rod Stewart – “Baby Jane” (farottone)
  • Sade – “Smooth Operator” (farottone)
  • Shriekback – “Malaria” (Nyxyxylyth) [FtV]
  • Wham! – “Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go” (farottone)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


The 1980s! Depending on who you ask, it means childhood, or a weird gap between classic rock and grunge, or possibly the decade where everyone lost their goddamn minds when it came to fashion. Even if everyone associates it with wacky New Wave synths and crazy hairstyles, the ’80s provided us with a wide breadth of music, and we sample a lot of it this week. Fire up your cassette player and jam to our kickin’ tunes!

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July 4, 2014 – It’s summer! Enjoy a cool glass of the Beach Boys, the B-52’s, “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.”, and more!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for July 4, 2014:

Somewhat New! Summertime C01 8-pack

  • The B-52’s – “Summer of Love” X (Nyxyxylyth)
  • The Beach Boys – “All Summer Long” (farottone) [FtV]
  • The Beach Boys – “Barbara Ann” (farottone) [FtV]
  • The Beach Boys – “California Girls” (farottone) [FtV]
  • The Beach Boys – “Fun, Fun, Fun” (farottone) [FtV]
  • The Beach Boys – “Help Me, Ronda” (farottone) [FtV]
  • Eddie Cochran – “Summertime Blues” (farottone)
  • The Kinks – “Sunny Afternoon” (farottone)

New! Singles

  • Anarchy Club – “Behind the Mask” M (ThatAuthoringGroup and AddyMilldike)
  • Ascension – “Orb of the Moons” 2x (ThatAuthoringGroup feat. AddyMilldike)
  • Ascension – “Somewhere Back in Time” 2x (ThatAuthoringGroup feat. AddyMilldike)
  • The Fall of Troy – “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” G* (uSound and Neversoft)
    Converted from Guitar Hero 3

*G = Guitar/bass multitracks

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


Sweat beading on your brow in the heat, changing from hot to cold as the oscillating fan blows a gentle breeze. The firm but supple embrace of the water as you dive into the pool. The first spark of refreshment as an icy glass of lemonade touches your lips. The sizzle of burgers on a grill, the sizzle of firework fuses, the sizzle of you and your friends under the midday sun. Welcome to summer, northern hemisphere!

To celebrate the season, we’ve got an 8-song summer-themed pack with a 5-song Beach Boys pack-within-a-pack inside that pack! Pack pack. And some awesome singles, too! Enjoy this lengthy sojourn into the mega-hits of a band that was criminally underrepresented in RB3, some classic rock, some more B-52’s, the familiar “F.C.P.R.E.M.I.X.” from GH3, another track from Harmonix’s Anarchy Club, and two songs by DragonForce-a-likes Ascension!

Some trivia for this week:

  • “Help Me, Ronda” is actually the correct spelling of the original album release; the popular U.S. single version added the H.
  • The singer for Ascension is actually a guy!
  • This is the original, non-cover version of “Summertime Blues”.
  • It’s so damn hot. Milk was a bad choice.

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June 27, 2014 – Celebrate Canada Day with 10 songs by 10 Canadian acts and 30 RBHP upgrades!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for June 27, 2014:

Mostly New! Songs of Canada C01 10-pack

  • Crash Test Dummies – “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” (farottone)
  • deadmau5 – “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff (ft. Bob Swire)” (Gigakoops)
  • Len – “Steal My Sunshine” K (drummerockband)
  • Peaches – “Kick It (ft. Iggy Pop)” (Lowlander) [FtV]
  • Prozzäk – “Sucks to Be You” (Gigakoops)
  • Rush – “Time Stand Still” (farottone) [FtV]
  • Serena Ryder – “What I Wouldn’t Do” (drummerockband)
  • Sum 41 – “Pain for Pleasure” K (pksage)
  • Tegan and Sara – “Walking With a Ghost” (drummerockband)
  • Unicron – “Broken Vessels” 2x (Nightmare Lyra)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available. [FtV] denotes a song previously released as a non-C3 custom.


O Canada
Our source for awesome bands

Truly baller songs and tons of kickin’ jams
With inst’rments held our drumsticks rise
The True North rocking free
From Rush to Len
O Canada, we download songs for thee
Ten songs this week (did I mention Geddy Lee?)
O Canada, we download songs for thee
O Canada, we download songs for thee

Aw yeah. (credit to worth1000.com)

Happy birthday, Canada! Each year, July 1 marks the anniversary of modern-day Canada being properly formed out of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, and the Province of Canada. Since that day almost 150 years ago, Canada has produced Tom Thomson, public healthcare, tons of zinc and uranium, and a million jokes about maple syrup and hockey, but today we celebrate Canada’s storied musical legacy with ten new songs for your Rock Band library!

It’s also a very special birthday for the Rock Band Harmonies Project, started and maintained by one of our favorite Canadians, espher! This release marks the two-year anniversary of RBHP fleshing out the back catalog of official DLC. In that time, various contributors have put together 825 upgrades for you to enjoy. Holy shit! Here’s to two years, espher & co., and that the rest of it doesn’t take as long as espher projects it will. This week’s big release includes Alice in Chains 01 & 02, the Taking Back Sunday pack, the Toby Keith pack, and “The Perfect Drug”, along with five(!) new Keys/Pro Keys charts! Thanks to Drihscol, espher, StackOverflow0x, sageamagoo, KyleJCrb, and non_zero for this week’s work. To download these upgrades, visit the RBHP website.


Why should you download these songs?

  • “Mmm Mmm Mmm Mmm” – Almost certainly the most famous song by Crash Test Dummies, an iconic Canadian rock band. A great karaoke number, and a famous-song staple for anyone’s library.
  • “Ghosts ‘n’ Stuff” – deadmau5 has exploded in popularity in recent years, and like “Mmm”, this is probably his most famous single. It peaked at #1 on the US Dance chart, and it’ll top the charts at your next party with its high-energy house beats!
  • “Steal My Sunshine” – Just sit back and let the ’90s wash over you. drummerockband says, “Awesome one hit wonder song that most people will probably recognize. Great duet between the brother and sister.”
  • “Kick It” – I’ll take “unlikely duets” for 400, Alex! Peaches and Iggy Pop trade banter in this piece of avant garde electroclash. (FtV fixes/additions to this song include reductions, a new tempo map, and vocals fixes.)
  • “Time Stand Still” – farottone keeps whittling down the list of big Rush songs we don’t already have with this single from Hold Your Fire. (FtV fixes/additions to this song include reductions, Pro Keys, new harmony vocals, venue animations, and touch-ups to all instruments.)
  • “Sucks to Be You” – Another biggest-single hit from the pop group Prozzäk. If you like groups like Aqua, this will be right up your alley!
  • “What I Wouldn’t Do” – drummerockband says, “Fun vocals and harmonies. Most Canadians have probably heard this song on the radio cause its catchy as hell. I also just recently saw Serena Ryder and took notes for charting this while she performed it, so that’s what I call commitment!”
  • “Pain for Pleasure” – The final track from the iconic pop-punk album All Killer, No Filler. Sum 41 pretended to be a metal band with this tongue-in-cheek song, and they were so good at it that their next album was much more metal-y. Pain for Pleasure, best band eever!
  • “Walking With a Ghost” – Tegan and Sara’s most famous song finally comes to C3 after almost being in our Halloween pack. drummerockband says, “If there’s one song Tegan and Sara fans want in Rock Band, it’s most likely this one. September 14th marks the 10th anniversary of ‘So Jealous’ album as well, so that’s cool. My favourite band returns!”
  • “Broken Vessels” – Man, check out that blistering guitar line! NL says, “A blast to play on everything and a very unique song musically. Great song to do VoxKeys on as well.”

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June 20, 2014 – Mr. Big full album and huge singles, including Pixies, The Smiths, The Verve, Slayer, and Men At Work!

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C3 releases for June 20, 2014:

New! Mr. Big – Lean Into It (farottone)

  • “Daddy, Brother, Lover, Little Boy (The Electric Drill Song)”
  • “Alive and Kickin'”
  • “Green-Tinted Sixties Mind”
  • “CDFF-Lucky This Time”
  • “Voodoo Kiss”
  • “Never Say Never”
  • “Just Take My Heart”
  • “My Kinda Woman”
  • “A Little Too Loose”
  • “Road to Ruin”

New! Singles

  • Lawrence Leung – “Choose Your Own Adventure” (Lowlander)
  • Men At Work – “Who Can It Be Now?” (funkydunkleman feat. farottone)
  • Pixies – “Where Is My Mind?” (Ollie)
  • Slayer – “Angel of Death” M 2x (Nightmare Lyra and thewinnerisgeeg)
  • The Smiths – “How Soon Is Now?” (Ollie)
  • The Verve – “Bitter Sweet Symphony” (Ollie)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available.


What defines a “good week” of Rock Band releases? Since 2007, this has been a hotly contested issue. Is it a week with your favorite songs? Is it a week with a lot of songs? Is it a week with famous songs? How about songs that are hard or fun to play? This week, we’d like to posit that the best weeks are all of the above. With (another!) full album from the artist that brought you “To Be with You” in official DLC and some colossally famous singles ranging from Pixies to Slayer, we’ve got it all. We take care of you here at C3. If this was Orange is the New Black, we would be your clique/gang leader. (I’m not actually going anywhere with that, I just wanted to reference Orange.)


Why should you download these songs?

  • Lean Into It - farottone, the hardest-working man in customs, says:“Mr. Big is an incredibly underrated but supremely skilled act, albeit famous mostly for the less technical song in their great catalogue (To Be With You). Paul Gilbert (also founder of Racer X) and Billy Sheehan are the main drive of the group, arguably two of the most talented and skilled guitar and bass player in rock music. Translation of their songs in Rock Band is amazing (sans keyboardist), with very original beats, magical bass parts, great riffs and awesome harmonies. I can guarantee that this is one of those albums that you discover through Rock Band, you love playing in game and then you also go to download and listen. In general, be prepared for fairly tough guitar charts and some very challenging bass spots. Also, if you sing, have an oxygen mask ready…Alive and Kickin’, CDFF-Lucky This Time (only the pre-MP3 crowd will fully get the title) and My Kinda Woman are great fun rock/blues tunes with catchy vocals. A Little Too Loose and Voodoo Kiss are wacky as they can be, really different than the usual mainstream rock people are used to. Just Take My Heart is a wonderful slow track, cheesy, yes, but with the most tasteful guitar ever. Never Say Never is flavoured like it was taken straight out of an old fashioned 007 movie, with a nice does of tough bass riffs. Road to Ruin is a fast paced, downhill rush of adrenaline and finally, well, the Driller song is just that, a great fast rock track that has a powertools fuelled guitar and bass solo (seriously, check the video).”

    Speaking of Driller, the official release includes tremolo lanes for the eponymous guitar sections, but if you want to break your hand against 25 notes per second, an alternate version without the tremolo lanes is available here.

  • “Choose Your Own Adventure” – Lowlander writes, “This was an Australian comedy miniseries that had lots of cool celebrity appearances from Aussie stars you’ve never heard of and flashes in the pan like Tiffany. It was all about the star, Lawrence Leung, looking back on what he wanted to do as a kid and getting around to those fantasies as an adult. Hence the happy chiptune synth in the theme song.”
  • “Who Can It Be Now?” – Another release from our fledgling “Show Floor” program, where authors are sponsored by C3 veterans to get more awesome songs out there at C3 quality! This song, conspicuously absent from the official Men At Work DLC releases, has a legendary sax hook on Keys and will stick in your head for days.
  • “Where Is My Mind?” – Widely popularized via Fight Club, this track from the famous Surfer Rosa (the album before Doolittle) is a haunting, chill masterpiece from some of alt-rock’s greatest. Nothing blisteringly difficult, but a great song to play with a full band where everyone can really get into it.
  • “Angel of Death” – SLAYERRRRRRRRR! Nightmare Lyra writes, “One of the must brutal thrash metal songs of all time, insane challenge and horrors awaits you!”
  • “How Soon Is Now?” – Arguably the most famous Smiths song, which you might know from the vocals hook “You shut your mouth / How can you say…” A huge hit for everyone who likes the (excellently) depressing refrains of Morrissey. Fun disco beat on drums and a varied bassline!
  • “Bitter Sweet Symphony” – And to close out the week, the song that is always playing on FM radio somewhere in the world at any given moment. This is about as ’90s as it gets, and will hopefully be a great karaoke hit with your group.

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June 13 – Ska/Reggae 6-pack, “Turn Down for What”, Seether, and Christopher Cross!

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C3 releases for June 13, 2014:

Mostly New! Ska/Reggae C01 6-pack

  • 10cc – “Dreadlock Holiday” (farottone)
  • Desmond Dekker and the Aces – “007 (Shanty Town)” X (Nyxyxylyth feat. columbo777)
  • Desmond Dekker and the Aces – “Israelites” X (Nyxyxylyth feat. columbo777)
  • Less Than Jake – “All My Best Friends Are Metalheads” (Nightmare Lyra)
  • Madness – “One Step Beyond” X (Nyxyxylyth feat. columbo777)
  • FtV: Rush – “The Enemy Within” (farottone)

New! Singles

  • Christopher Cross – “Ride Like the Wind” (farottone)
  • DJ Snake – “Turn Down for What (ft. Lil Jon)” (Gigakoops)
  • Seether – “Tonight” M (ws54)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available.


Ska/reggae pack, huh? Normally this is where I’d make some lame copy-writing jokes about dreadlocks, pot, and Bob Marley, but I think that’s probably selling reggae (and especially ska) a little short, you know? Sometimes I regret not having more knowledge about various genres of music. I mean, come on, the ska songs I know best are “The Impression That I Get” and that Goldfinger song from Tony Hawk. Is that any way to live? Am I just squandering my time in this life? Does anything really mean anything? Will my lack of knowledge about reggae and ska echo throughout the material plane and cause eddies of discontentment and sadness?

Knowledge is temporary. Reality is an illusion. Life is meaningless. Oh, and we have “Turn Down for What” and two other great singles this week, too!


Why should you download these songs?

  • “Ride Like the Wind” – More soft classic rock to flesh out your library. And our first track by Christopher Cross, too!
  • “Turn Down for What” – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_TxV4dkRi8M
  • “Tonight” – ws54 says, “Melodic alt-rock at its best from the same album as the excellent ‘Country Song’ already in Rock Band.”
  • “Dreadlock Holiday” – Chill and relaxed, like most great reggae tunes, but Keys players may find themselves working quite a bit.
  • “Shanty Town” and “Israelites” – Nyx says, “As an 80s teen, I covered all the usual ska bases: Madness, English Beat, Specials. But 1990’s “Miami Blues” was my kind of film noir, and its soundtrack led me all the way back to Desmond Dekker’s ‘Israelites’. The two Dekker songs contain more chill than a full fifth of rum. As a bonus, you can finally see what the lyrics are, because until now I had no freaking idea what he was saying.” (And they both have Pro Guitar and Bass!)
  • “All My Best Friends Are Metalheads” – NL says, “Blistering bass, energetic drums, cool horn lines to Keys and a lot of nostalgia makes this a great track both for parties and for solo play.”
  • “One Step Beyond” – Ska through and through, with horns on Keys, syncopated guitar, and a singing part that can’t be described as anything but “ska vocals”. If the Pro G/B on Desmond Dekker was too chill for you, try this upbeat part on for size.
  • “The Enemy Within” – This isn’t quite ska or reggae, but it’s certainly influenced by them, and come on, it’s Rush! Everything you’d expect from a Rush song, including a badass bass line.

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Chaotrope – “Yuukei” (incl. 2x bass): Correct version uploaded (v1 was not compiled correctly)

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June 6, 2014 – Funk(ish) 5-pack, “She Loves You”, X Japan, Against Me!, and more, plus 20 RBHP upgrades!

Note: Videos may contain authoring issues that have been fixed, and are for preview purposes only. Video recording courtesy of Lowlander.


C3 releases for June 6, 2014:

New! (Arguably) Funk C01 5-pack

  • Booker T & the M.G.’s – “Green Onions” (farottone)
  • Duran Duran – “Notorious” (farottone)
  • James Brown – “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag Part I” (farottone)
  • Lipps Inc. – “Funkytown” (farottone)
  • Primus – “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers” (RyanHYK)

New! Super Mario Bros. C01 3-pack (Nightmare Lyra)

  • Koji Kondo – “Koopa’s Theme” M (from Super Mario 64)
  • Koji Kondo – “Slider” M (from Super Mario 64)
  • Koji Kondo – “Super Mario 64 Main Theme” M (from Super Mario 64)

New! Singles

  • Against Me! – “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” (RyanHYK)
  • The Beatles – “She Loves You” M (Orange Harrison)
  • Chaotrope – “Yuukei” M 2x (Kcunningham04)
  • Devin Townsend Project – “Juular” 2x (Nightmare Lyra)
  • X Japan – “Jade” X 2x (AddyMilldike)

A red X denotes Pro Guitar/Pro Bass charts, a blue M denotes full multitracks, a blue K denotes a “karaoke” multitrack (separated vocals), and a rusty 2x denotes that a 2x Bass Pedal version is also available.


I hope you’ve finished playing the fifteen songs from last week, because we’ve got thirteen more for you today!

Kind of like indie rock, “funk” is a broad term that includes a lot of different sounds and influences. This week’s five-pack celebrates many of them, and “Funkytown”, because why not? Our other pack brings three famous Super Mario 64 tunes to your Rock Band setup, including the incredibly catchy “Slider” and “Main Theme”. (It’s the one from Bob-omb Battlefield, you know the one.)

We’ve also got another slew of singles, including another carefully-handcrafted Beatles multitrack from Orange Harrison, which brings us to ten C3-released Beatles songs! Against Me!’s “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” joins “Stop!”, “Thrash Unreal”, and “New Wave”; power metal favorites X Japan get “Jade”, joining “I.V.” from the RB2 twenty free songs; and RBN regulars Chaotrope and Devin Townsend each add a song to their hefty libraries.

What’s more, we’ve got another slew of Rock Band Harmonies Project releases, right on schedule! Thanks to espher, KyleJCrb, and GreenPanda12, you can now sing two- and three-part harmonies to tons of singles from 2009 and 2010, including “Heartbreaker” and “Bulletproof”, and play Pro Drums to five more Rock Band Network songs! Check the end of the post for the full list of songs, and visit the RBHP website to download them.


Why should you download these songs?

  • “Green Onions” – farottone: “Arguably THE instrumental funk/R&B tune of the last century. Pro keys are quintessential Hammond goodness.”
  • “Notorious” – farottone: “Probably as close to Prince as you will get for a while. Great song all around, super funky guitar and bass, good drumming.”
  • “Papa’s Got a Brand New Bag” – farottone: “Talk about funky… Very challenging vocals, powerful horns, easy enough songs on the instruments. A great classic.”
  • “Funkytown” – farottone: “The ultimate earworm (take it from a guy who had to play portions of it in loop to author it…). Drums are bland but with a few percussion sections, pro keys are easy and cool to play, vocals are deceptively hard. Great party tune.”
  • “Those Damned Blue-Collar Tweekers” – One of the sleeper funks of the song! Only our second Primus song after “Jerry Was a Race Car Driver” and “Wynona’s Big Brown Beaver”. Primus sucks.
  • “Koopa’s Theme” – NL: “Classic video game tune with a great riff and fun drums.”
  • “Slider” – One of the most catchy video game themes of all time! NL: “Crazy guitar, drums and keys, cool thumping bass and iconic whistling melody on vocals.”
  • “Super Mario 64 Main Theme” – Ditto! NL: “Groovy rhythms all around makes this a joy to play, as well as the nostalgia.”
  • “I Was a Teenage Anarchist” – High-energy rock at its finest. If you want to jam out, this is for you!
  • “Yuukei” – A great challenge on everything, and perfect for fans of RBN’s existing Chaotrope tracks.
  • “Juular” – What’s with this week and “uu”? NL: “Crazy drums and harmonies to challenge you and manageable but fun guitar, bass and keys to entertain you makes this a blast to play.”
  • “She Loves You” – Orange Harrison: “‘She Loves You’ is notorious for the master tracks getting lost immediately after the original record was pressed. As a result, the only existing copies today are a single mono track. There was never a chance to mix a stereo version before the master went missing. Here, using some of the same software Harmonix used in the original Beatles Rock Band game, and a lossless rip of the 2009 digital transfer from the original 1963 mono tape (the highest quality copy of the song publicly available), the official mono track has been forensically separated into a full multitrack for Rock Band 3!”
  • “Jade” – AddyMilldike: “Being the closing song of the (unofficial) trilogy that started with ‘I.V.’ released way back in 2008 for RB2. ‘Jade’ gives us the same raw emotion we experienced way back when. A great bass part, a fun guitar chart, fast drum fills and super vocals. Plus, you can sing in Japanese for a few seconds, and that’s always cool!”

Fixes uploaded in the last week to previous C3 releases:

  • Linkin Park – “Lost in the Echo”: Fixed sync issues and Keys chart

See you next Friday!

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