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DJ Hero features Daft Punk, DJ Shadow and more

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I suppose it was just a matter of time.

I mean Guitar Hero was such a raging hit with the kids, adults and especially the musicians who watched their sagging record sales soar, that MC’’s wanted their slice of the pie.

Thus we have DJ Hero – a delightfully tacky new Freestyle Games creation complete with a faux turntable and tunes from Eminem and Daft Punk.

The premise for the video game, set to hit stores Oct. 27, is akin to its predecessor Guitar Hero and Rock Band where the player takes on the persona of a DJ with a control in the shape of a turntable instead of a guitar or drums.

The turntable is complete with 360 degree rotation and three buttons, two for records and one sample. Then there is a cross fader and effects and “euphoria button.  The player is given the opportunity to “spin” by correlating the three buttons and fader with a predetermined pattern playing during a song on the screen in three separate timelines.

So for the good part – music – the game boasts more than 102 songs and unique mixes. The list is impressive.

DJ Hero just seems like another way to waste time mastering something that is pointless. However DJ Hero skills may actually transfer to real turntables a bit more than Guitar Hero as the game teaches basics of mixing tracks.

And what’s next? Keyboard Hero, Tambourine Hero, Harmonica Hero or even perhaps Accordion Hero?

DJ Hero Artists:

  • 2 Pac
  • 50 Cent
  • 88 Keys
  • Aceyalone
  • Afrika Bambaataa
  • Beastie Boys
  • Beck
  • Bell Biv DeVoe
  • Benny Benassi
  • Billy Squier
  • Black Eyed Peas
  • Blondie
  • Bobby “Blue” Bland
  • Boogie Down Productions
  • Cameo
  • Chuck Brown & The Soul Searchers
  • Classics IV
  • Common
  • Connie Price & the Keystones
  • Cut Chemist
  • Cypress Hill
  • D-Code
  • Daft Punk
  • David Axelrod
  • David Bowie
  • David McCallum
  • David Penn
  • David Penn
  • Dizzee Rascal
  • DJ AM
  • DJ Demo
  • DJ Grandmaster Flash
  • DJ Jazzy Jeff
  • DJ Kool
  • DJ Shadow
  • DJ Yoda
  • DJ Z-Trip
  • DJ Z-Trip ft. Murs
  • Eminem
  • Eric B. & Rakim
  • Eric Prydz
  • Evidence
  • Fedde Le Grand
  • Foo Fighters
  • Foreigner
  • Freedom Express
  • Gang Starr
  • Gary Numan
  • Gorillaz
  • Grandmaster Flash
  • Gwen Stefani
  • Hashim
  • Herbie Hancock
  • InDeep
  • Isaac Hayes
  • J. Period
  • JAY-Z
  • Jean Knight
  • Jurassic 5
  • Justice
  • Kid Cudi
  • Kid Sister
  • Kool Moe Dee
  • KRS-1
  • Little Richard
  • LL Cool J
  • M.I.A.
  • Marvin Gaye
  • Masta Ace
  • MC Hammer
  • Mobb Deep
  • Motörhead
  • Murs
  • N.E.R.D.
  • NASA
  • No Doubt
  • Noisia
  • Paul van Dyk
  • Paula Abdul
  • Pharrell
  • Public Enemy
  • Q-Tip
  • Queen
  • Rakaa
  • Reel 2 Real
  • Rick James
  • Rihanna
  • Sandy Rivera
  • Scratch Perverts
  • Shlomo
  • Street Sweeper Social Club
  • Tears for Fears
  • The Alchemist
  • The Aranbee Pop Symphony Orchestra
  • The Jackson 5
  • The Killers
  • The Mad Stuntman
  • The Trammps
  • Third Eye Blind
  • Tiësto
  • Vanilla Ice
  • Wale
  • Weezer
  • Wild Cherry
  • Young MC
  • Zombies
  • Zakk Wylde

Written by David Young

October 20, 2009 at 5:30 pm

Wolfmother’s Cosmic Egg streaming now

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Cosmic Egg

When the Australian hard-rock trio Wolfmother released its debut in 2006 it was like a vision of Led Zeppelin reincarnate.

There are sessions on that album where I have to remind myself I’m not listening to Zeppelin or Black Sabbath. The point being: these guys rock hard.

So when two of the group’s founding members departed citing creative differences, it seemed like this month’s follow up album – Cosmic Egg – had the potential to fall short.

Singer Andrew Stockdale, the sole member of the original group remaining, crafted a new band in the same image as the original delivering a blistering array of hard rock tracks.

The band has unveiled the album, streaming in full on its MySpace Page, and not only does the album bring the heavy 70’s rock vibe it created on its self-titled debut, but Wolfmother expands upon the thick metal bass driven beats.

Stockdale takes a page from Robert Plant’s vocals and detours into an mix of hard and fast songs combined with a few bluesy and slower songs such as “Far Away”

The first single “New Moon Rising” is already making its way onto the airwaves and is the signature sound associated with Wolf Mother. The music video for the song features the band performing with a Kaleidoscope of visual effects. The live shots are combined with animated color sequences creating a trippy 70’s-style show.

The album hits stores Oct. 27, but check it out streaming here.


1 California Queen
2 New Moon Rising
3 White Feather
4 Sundial
5 In the Morning
6 10,000 Feet
7 Cosmic Egg
8 Far Away
9 Pilgrim
10 In the Castle
11 Phoenix
12 Violence of the Sun

Written by David Young

October 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm

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Black unleashes Brutal Legend

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Eddie Riggs voiced by Jack Black in Brutal Legend (Photo courtesy of

Jack Black comedian, actor, musician and video game character. While Black may not be that great at any particular one he does try them all as evident by his new video game released today called Brutal Legend.

Black’s new videogame looks like a cross between World of Warcraft and Rock Band. The game will appeal to metal fans that are also in to video games, if they even exist.

The game, produced by Electronic Arts, has an interesting storyline to say the least.

The premise is ex-roadie Eddie Riggs (Jack Black) travels back to the ancient world of Heavy Metal, a sort of prehistoric rock land, where Riggs battles an array of monsters. Other famous voices featured in the video game include: Ozzy Osbourne, Lemmy and Rob Halford.

Tim Schafer directed the game that appears to be chocked full of levity, humor and copious amounts of headbanging.

Regardless, it can’t be worse than Pick of Destiny.

Check it out online and follow the game on twitter

Written by David Young

October 13, 2009 at 6:46 pm

Posted in Video Game

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