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"'Cause I'm tired of seeing pictures on a screen..."

 

Six months in the making, but it's finally here. And even if it didn't make it into the database in time for Canada Day, at least it made it by the end of July! Because, you know, the band is called July Talk. See?

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Picturing Love by July Talk, is my nineteenth release and the first custom available in the database featuring Peter and Leah's juxtaposed, angelic, gritty vocals. It's like chocolate and vanilla swirl softserve ice cream!

 

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Available in black and white, just like the custom venue.

 

A bit over a year ago, July Talk appeared in my suggestions thread but I really regret choosing the songs featured in that post. Even though I mentioned this tune, I didn't think it would be much fun for every band member, so I skipped it. Well, screw them. This is definitely a vocalist-focused song, but everything else turned out pretty great! Check it out:

 

[Gameplay video courtesy of MrPrezident; video not entirely reflective of custom venue work]

 

Features:
Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for both vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200019)

Tempo map by MrPrezident

Guitar by DenVaktare

Drums by Whizzer

 

I've made my adoration for Canadian rock music pretty well known 'round these parts, so I'll spare you the gushing (this time) and just get straight to the details about the custom itself.

 

Back in January, MrPrezident offered to tempo map a number of songs for me. Socialism at its finest! This one was on the list, and he got it to me in short order. It was then sent off to Whizzer for the drums, and he got it back to me just as quickly. I proceeded to lay down the vocal and bass charts, but without a guitar chart, which I knew I wasn't up for charting, this sucker languished on my hard drive until last week, when DenVaktare returned to the fold and tackled the missing element. Now it was time to break out the shoe shine...

 

I had the venue and drovox finished (but untested) since winter's end, and since there wasn't much more for me to do beyond tweak and test, I decided I'd try my hand at the keyboard part. I think it turned out nicely, but there's absolutely room for improvement. Any takers? I wasn't sure how to handle the left- and right-handed parts, so I played it pretty conservatively and tried to only chart one hand. That being said, the keyboard chart is really fun to 5-button keytar, so I think I did something right!

 

Vocals got a big upgrade. I charted them in February, and since then I've learned a lot about when to stress over tube length and when to say good enough because it won't effect gameplay. My philosophy on vocal charting developed and crystalized since I received the tempo map, so I was able to make significant improvements. It plays well. Challenging, but fair.

 

My venue creations have also improved as I've learned more of the little tricks. In particular, I'm referring to crowd interactions. The audience should interact with the venue much more "realistically" than in my earlier customs, knowing when to clap and when to stop clapping. They should also cheer at appropriate times when the song begins and ends. Feedback in this respect is welcome, as it might act differently on my Wii...

 

The venue for this song was inspired by the consistently black and white music videos July Talk releases. Unfortunately, because I can't use the mirror post-processing effect at the same time as using the black and white filter, I allowed for some color during two portions of the song. But it seems appropriate and I'm very pleased with how everything turned out.

 

It does suck, though, that the Wii's unpolished version of the game limits what I get to play around with. I wanted to use the blackout_spot lighting for this one, but it is so dark (yes, even with spotlights activated). I resorted to using my tried 'n' true silhouettes_spot, which looks pretty good on the Wii (all things considered). So, sorry, XBOXers and Playstationeers... if I can't enjoy blackout_spot, neither can you. :)

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go sing like an angel or a demon... or both!

 

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Huge thanks for Picturing Love! July Talk is my favourite band, so it's great to finally see them in the game, and right when they announce a new album for later this year! Their live show is unreal. Since you really like Canadian music, have you heard the 2 newly released Metric songs? The upcoming album is going to be amazing.

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k-mac, you are welcome for both the Arkells and the July Talk tunes! Hopefully you'll also enjoy the significant update to Soul Asylum's Runaway Train I just uploaded to the database. The main feature is the new pro keys chart, but a complete changelog is listed in the database entry. Enjoy, and thanks for the feedback! I will look into the Metric songs :)

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"Moats 'n' boats 'n' waterfalls, alleyways 'n' payphone calls..."


Sometimes arriving at your destination takes a long, long time. Roadblocks, detours, rest stops with senators... but even when you reach the end of your travels and you're safe in the familiar comforts of your home, you shouldn't forget that the journey itself was part of the adventure. Such is the story of this custom.

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Home by Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros, is my twentieth release and the first custom available in the database featuring the ragtag collection of dirty hippies fronted by a man whose fragrance you can smell just by looking at his picture.

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Someone light a candle.


Thirteen months ago, this band appeared in my suggestions thread and when MrPrezident said he'd tempo map songs for me last January, this is one of the first tunes I named. How Harmonix hasn't released this delightful ditty baffles me. Their loss, as usual. Now let's hit the road!

[Gameplay video courtesy of Fat Ha1p3rt]


Features:
Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200020)
Tempo map by MrPrezident
Guitar by DenVaktare
Drums by Whizzer

Something about this song is magical. It just comes off as so genuine and sweet and charming and innocent and real, and if you've ever seen it performed live, it really is a... a phenomenon you have to experience. Unfortunately, frontwoman Jade was kicked out of the band because she loves drugs a bit too much, so you've probably lost your chance... which, honestly, is a true shame. I hope the two of them reunite someday and I get to witness that pure joy again.

I described this custom as a journey. I say that because I did the heavy lifting for this song half a year ago, and I've learned a great deal in the interim and have applied it to this custom now, before its about damn time release. The original bass chart, which you'll never see, has been significantly improved. I tried to maintain consistency, but I also tried to maintain the fluidity and movement of the part. It was a delicate balance, but I think it's really, really fun and bouncy to play! I hope you agree, but I'd appreciate feedback either way, be it positive or negative. Honestly, besides vocals, it's the stand-out instrument for this custom.

The vocals were extremely overcharted, but when I playtested them this week, well, damn son, I nailed it. I was able to sing exactly like Jade and Alexander during the verses and nail every phrase. The chorus needed a bit of trimming (and my OCD didn't make that process any quicker) but I think it was worth the time I spent perfecting it. I'm extremely pleased with the vocals charts. The lip sync isn't perfect, but it's probably as good as it's going to get. I'm especially proud of the lip sync and venue during the dialogue between the two singers near the middle of the song. It turned out beautifully, if I do say so myself! I tried to represent that adorable charm and chemistry the two possess(ed) on stage. I hope it warms your heart to perform it with a friend!

If you do perform with friends using the harmonies version of the song, you'll notice the whistling is charted to the third vocal part in the form of "ba"'s. I took a page from my earlier release of My Girlfriend's Dead by the Vandals and thought "ba" was a good representation of singing the whistling part. If you want to whistle it, go for it, but ba-ing should work fine as well!

If you don't want to ba, the melody-only version of the song has a tambourine part charted during the whistling instead. I also learned that I can use the Not Displayed Percussion notes to have a singer playing with the tambourine even if no player percussion is present! Sweet!

The usual suspects provided the drum and guitar charts, which, you may realize by now, I don't touch. Whizzer provided the drums, which are finally seeing the light of day (to his great relief, I'm sure... if he even remembers charting them! :D) and DenVaktare very recently supplied the guitar, which is why you're finally able to download this custom. A huge thanks to both of them, as always! They are quality collaborators, and I proudly feature their works in my customs... which wouldn't even exist without them! Well, they'd exist, but not as full-band, and therefore be damned to rot on my hard drive... point is, kudos, dudes!

There is a piano sometimes playing during this song, but charting it was beyond my skill level and time allotment, so I decided to not bother with it. If anybody could supply a full-fledged and worthwhile piano chart for this song, I'd gladly update it in the future (as I recently did with Runaway Train by adding the Hammond Organ part). [update 10/29/18] Emotional Flight has added pro keys! A huge thanks to him!

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go smoke a cigarette that might be your last.

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"And no one gets remembered in this listless, loveless life for the things they didn't do..."

 

I respect and appreciate few singer-songwriters more than Frank Turner. It's my great honor to bring this custom, the first single from his fantastic album England Keep My Bones, to Rock Band. Let it be the first of many.

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Peggy Sang the Blues by Frank Turner, is my twenty-first release and the second song by him and the Sleeping Souls available for Rock Band (the first, I Still Believe, courtesy of Harmonix!) and the first custom available in the database.

 

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Frank makes me question my sexuality. Brains and beauty.

 

Frank was, of course, featured in my suggestions thread and this custom was the very obvious Obvious Choice. It's the story of his deceased grandmother coming to visit him and passing on her views on how to live life properly. And it's good advice at that. I often find myself reflecting on Peggy's wise notion that the journey and destination is far more important than the starting point. Keep going, dammit, and waste none of the limited time you're given on this rock!

 

[Gameplay video courtesy of BornGamerRob]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200021)

Tempo map by MrPrezident

Guitar by TomGuy and DenVaktare

Drums by Whizzer

 

Not really much to say about the production of this song... it's a song I love and I wanted to bring it to Rock Band for that sole reason. MrPrezident provided the tempo map to get me started, and I contracted work out to the usual suspects:

 

Whizzer provided the drum chart, which he insists is very, very fun, but I'm no drummer. He told me I need to get my shiz together and learn to drum because this isn't a chart you'd want to miss out on playing. Then I made the poor guy wait a few months before the song was released. Typical me. Sorry, buddy, and thanks as always!

 

Like me, TomGuy is a fan of Frank, so he was my go-to guy to ask to provide the guitar chart. He generously obliged, but because he's so adorably insecure, he wanted to know if it was "good enough." Me being me and knowing nothing about guitar charting, I passed the chart onto DenVaktare for quality control. With their powers combined, they've provided a really fun chordfest to strum through. Dare I say it's actually a bit tricky, in a good way! Thanks, gentlemen!

 

The vocals are the obvious highlight of the custom and why I chose to create it. If you sing like Frank, there are going to be some challenging parts, because he freaking screams sometimes. Good luck emulating him. Also, there are a few really nice sing-along harmonies to make you warm and fuzzy, and lots of pretty ahhs at the end.

 

The bass part is varied and interesting and has a crazy lil' section midway through that will throw you through a loop and break your combo if you aren't ready for it. I'm quite proud of how it turned out, even if it isn't particularly challenging overall. Enjoy!

 

Finally, I actually have a pretty darned fleshed-out piano part charted for the keys slot, but it isn't completely finished and I don't trust myself to get the chords right. If somebody wants to step up and complete what I've started, get in touch with me! I already have the keyboardist animation events plugged into the custom. :D But for now, you'll have to do without it.

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go out there and do the things you'll wish you did when you're knocking on death's door.

 

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"What a beautiful tattoo that young man had on his face..."


Sometimes a song is so compelling that you can get past the utter boredom offered by the instrument charts. I've never released a custom that's so across-the-board simple before, but once you've listened to the verses and hear the chorus, you'll be singing along and scrawling your signature in the hotel registry every day. You can check out, but the tune will never leave your head.

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Mr. Tillman by the Father John Misty, is my twenty-second release and the second custom available in the database featuring the, uh, unique singer-songwriter. The first custom, Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings, was released in 2016 by Chainsaw Octopus, with whom I collaborated to bring this catchy, trippy 2018 song to your libraries.

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Jesus Christ, girl.


If you recall, Chainsaw is the fellow who nurtured my initial interest in customs creation by allowing me to tweak the vocals charts to many of the awesome customs he's released over the years, including letting me add harmonies to Hollywood Forever Cemetery Sings last year. In fact, Chainsaw is the guy who introduced me to Father John Misty, and since then I've become a bigger and bigger fan of the musician. This is one of the few artists not in my suggestions thread! And when I heard Mr. Tillman and couldn't stop listening to the damn thing, I knew I had to make it into a custom, and Chainsaw is the man I knew would be interested in collaborating with me.

[Gameplay video courtesy of Fat Ha1p3rt]


Features:
Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200022)
Guitar by Chainsaw Octopus
Drums by Chainsaw Octopus

 

After broaching the subject with him, he agreed to help out without hesitation, and within a day the tempo map and drum chart were in my hands. Since then, he also added the guitar chart. I completed the snoozefest bass part and the vocals in the past few weeks, and I will say that the harmonies present in this song were a real chore to chart, and that's putting it lightly. I'm still not positive they're perfect, so I'd welcome feedback affirming they're good or telling me how to make them more accurate.

Even the main vocal part was rough going because of the way FJM sings it. He trails off so much that accurately charting those very low notes was frustrating and I eventually said forget this and made them unpitched. It's much better for gameplay. After all, it's "hard" enough to sing because there's so little room for breathing. If you disagree with my decisions, I'd appreciate feedback. If you think you can pitch them better than I have, I'd be curious to see how you go about it! But finally, after many hours, I'm satisfied with the melody's vocal chart. It's as good as it's going to get, as far as I'm concerned.

This song was really fun to create the venue for because it's so different from anything I've done thus far. I typically split the camera cuts between the band to keep things interesting visually, but the real star of the custom here is the singer and the accompanying post-processing effects. So the heavy focus on the singer was a conscious decision, and I hope the post-processing effects keep things interesting for everybody... since watching the band members play their boring parts would be just that: boring. I got to use a bunch of effects I typically don't utilize because they finally seemed relevant and appropriate. I hope you enjoy!

 

If anybody would like to add pro keys to this song, contact me. I'm disappointed they are missing, but I know I couldn't do them justice. I'm a simpleton!

It's always a pleasure working with Chainsaw Octopus and I'm sure this won't be our last collaboration. It is nice to finally release one of our works under my own name, however! I enjoyed putting on the polish and presenting something to the community I try to make as close to an official DLC as possible. If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Don't be alarmed; this is just my vibe.

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Thank you so much for this. It's one of my tracks of the year so I'm really glad to have it on RB3. Even though I'm predominantly a bass player I might just have to break out the microphone (when the house is empty because I am a shockingly bad singer).

 

Thanks again - more Father John Misty is always appreciated around these parts.

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"GOD, PLEASE SPARE ME MORE REJECTION!"

 

Everybody's heard Brick. Most people know Rockin' the Suburbs. But if you think Ben Folds' best songs are his most popular ones or are even radio friendly, you're fuckin' high.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Army by Ben Folds Five, is my twenty-third release and joins a number of customs featuring Folds available in the database.

 

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Now I'm told, "You're growin' old."

 

Ben Folds Five was not featured in my suggestions thread even though I'm a long-time and dedicated fan. So why did I skip them? Well, I had a hunch that doing justice to any custom song by the band would take a ton of effort because of the piano parts, and I was right. To me, there's simply no point in releasing a piano-heavy song without a piano chart, and I know I don't have the talent to chart quality piano parts myself. Luckily, a dude named Andrew Smith did most of the work for this one. I hunted down a fantastic MIDI of Army created by him and, without it, I wouldn't have even bothered working on this song. So thank you, Andrew Smith, whoever and wherever you are!

 

[Gameplay video courtesy of Fat Ha1p3rt]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart based on work by GrmRepr0

Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200023)

Tempo map by Whizzer

Bass and pro bass by Whizzer

Drums by Whizzer based on work by GrmRepr0

Pro keys by Emotional Flight based on a MIDI by Andrew Smith

 

It should go without saying that this custom took much more work than simply importing a MIDI file into Reaper and compiling it in Magma, but this particular song had authors go above and beyond the call of duty. I typically consider my releases comparable to official DLC because of sheer arrogance, but thanks to Whizzer and Emotional Flight, this is by far the most full-band full-band custom I've ever released. And it will probably hold that honor for my entire tenure here.

 

Emotional Flight took that Army MIDI and turned it into an Army chart. He even created manual reductions for the pro keys part, but I'm pretty sure Whizzer and I probably fiddled with his work in some detrimental, ignorant way. Honestly, we passed this Reaper file around like a joint at a free, public, open-air concert. Things got complicated. Hopefully Emotional Flight's work is still properly represented, and if anything is subpar, I am to blame. An epic thank-you to you, Emotional Flight!

 

I initially worked on the bass part based on what GrmRepr0 had charted, but then Whizzer decided he would chart a pro bass part. Yes, pro! For all nine of you who play pro bass! It's a wicked part, and you absolutely must publicly thank Whizzer for his efforts if you play that sweet pro part! I don't even play pro bass, but I'm thanking him here and now! It's always a pleasure to work with you, Whizzer, and to make a little magic.

 

Whizzer also improved GrmRepr0's drum chart, and it should go without saying that it's a fantastically fun drum part if, unlike me, you actually know how to drum.

 

Typically, now is when I ask if you would like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better. But guess what?

 

This son of a gun has full pro keys and pro bass animations. Holy moly!

 

[Gameplay video courtesy of Fat Ha1p3rt]

 

You can once again thank Whizzer and Emotional Flight for the animations. When creating the venue, I made sure to focus on the bassist and keyboardist (and drummer, of course!) to highlight the animation efforts that went into this custom. I always put a lot of love into my custom venues, and while this one isn't my favorite, it might be my best, simply because of what I was given to work with, thanks to my collaborators. I hope you enjoy the show!

 

Thanks for reading! Now go take a class and lose that Southern accent.

 

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Thank you so much for this. It's one of my tracks of the year so I'm really glad to have it on RB3. Even though I'm predominantly a bass player I might just have to break out the microphone (when the house is empty because I am a shockingly bad singer).

 

Thanks again - more Father John Misty is always appreciated around these parts.

 

You're welcome! Yeah, something is compelling about the song. The only other Father John Misty I'd want to work on to get into Rock Band is probably I'm Writing a Novel because it sounds like it would be a blast for the whole band and at parties. But that would be far in the future...

 

If you're primarily a bass player, you're definitely going to want to give my latest release (Army by Ben Folds) a shot!

 

And speaking of Army, if Whizzer and Emotional Flight have anything to add about all the effort that went into creating Army, I encourage them to do so. Thanks again, guys!

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"Shit so thick you could stir it with a stick..."

 

I'm not going to spend a lot of time talking about R.E.M. You know them. I love them. Today's going to be a good day because I'm finally releasing this son of a bitch.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Bad Day by R.E.M., is my twenty-fourth release and joins a bunch of other customs by the band available in the database. You probably have a number of them in your library. Good! You have tolerable taste.

 

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But you don't taste as good as Peak Stipe.

 

R.E.M. was not featured in my suggestions thread because Harmonix and the customs community have already spoiled us with so many great tunes. But there are more great tunes out there in need of charting, so this is my contribution. But I definitely didn't do it alone!

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200024)

Guitar by Kicho

Bass by grubextrapolate

Drums by grubextrapolate and Whizzer

 

This song originally appeared in the database as a guitar-only chart by Kicho converted for Rock Band 3 by beard216. It was consistently requested on the forums that it be full-banded, and I figured, hey, I might as well step up and service a band I've loved for many years.

 

In fact, I just saw an R.E.M. tribute band called The Reckoning a few weeks ago and they were fantastic. The band sounded exactly like the real deal and their Stipe was pretty Stipey, but not perfect. Their setlist was awesome, too, because they played so many deep cuts and fan favorites, treating the audience as if they were hardcore fans... which we were! But I digress...

 

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You're all pieces of shit.

 

beard sent me this custom's Reaper file upon my request and soon after I posted it at the very bottom of my WIP thread so as to demonstrate its low priority status, grubextrapolate hit me up and said he'd be interested in contributing. His enthusiasm pushed this custom to the top of my list and, well, here we are. But there are more collaborators to name!

 

grub handled the bass part on his own, but he was helped in his drums-charting effort by none other than Whizzer and TheWay123. Without them, this custom would not shine as brightly as it does. A heartfelt thanks to the both of them for their generosity.

 

I tweaked Kicho's guitar part very slightly by moving a few gems and adding hammer-ons, but he (or she) deserves the vast majority of the credit. The vocals are my baby, though. And I say confidently these are the most fun harmonies I've charted in a long, long time. Get three vocalists together and go to town! The venue and dryvox hopefully do the song justice. Oh, and shout-out to BornGamerRob for his tuning-cents tip, which saved me a lot of agony and experimentation...

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Take a picture!

 

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"Sugar, you don't know what you're missin'..."

 

Everybody knows Fountains of Wayne because everybody knows their smash-hit Stacy's Mom. But did you know they're actually a decent band beyond that song? It's true! Many of their tunes ride that fine line of cute-but-not-too-cheesy and the cleverly crafted lyrics go perfectly with the pop-rock sensibilities of the band. The best example of that earworm-that-can't-be-extracted is featured below.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Traffic and Weather by Fountains of Wayne, is my twenty-fifth release and the third song by the band in the database... but the first proper full-band custom! musicalfatties gave Hey Julie a go, but it lacks pitched vocals. Nonetheless, when he posted that custom in the database, I immediately contacted him about collaborating on this song!

 

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I don't remember exactly how I got into Fountains of Wayne, but it was only within the past two or three years that I ever listened to anything that wasn't Stacy's Mom (which I am just as sick of as you are) and, boy, I'm glad I did. Their catalogue has some real gems in it, hence their inclusion in my suggestions thread. And the only reason I chose Traffic and Weather over Obvious Choice Radiation Vibe is because charting the former was a much less daunting task and it's catchier... even if it's pretty darned basic on all instruments.

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for both vocal parts
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200025)
Reverse-fadeout audio
Guitar by musicalfatties and TheWay123
Drums by musicalfatties and Whizzer
Pro keys by TheWay123

 

Initially, I thought the main reason to download this song would be to sing it, and the perfectly charted vocals are a real treat. The bass chart is very repetitive, but I still dig it, especially as something to play while singing. The drum chart, initially charted by musicalfatties and improved upon by Whizzer, is pretty repetitive as well, but the fills (Whizzer's babies) look and sound very fun to non-drummer me.

 

After I played the guitar chart, though, I realized it's just as stand-out as the vocals. While nothing challenging, it's varied and enjoyable. musicalfatties charted the initial guitar part which was completely overhauled by TheWay123, who did an excellent job, and to whom I extend my sincere thanks. I sat on this custom for a very long time awaiting a worthy guitar chart I knew I couldn't handle crafting, and TheWay delivered! Just as dependable as weather on the eights.

 

Not only that, but TheWay also, just for funsies, sent me a pro keys chart of the synthesizer to include in the custom. I had no plans to include keys or pro keys because they're so sparse, but since he went to all that trouble (well, 30 minutes, according to the man himself) I slapped 'em into the custom and tweaked the venue to include a keyboardist. The venue itself is pretty basic, but I think it fits the song. It gets trippy when trippy is called for.

 

The album version of the song fades out, so I reversed the fade-out as best I could and changed it to a pretty convincing crisp ending. It could be better, but diminishing returns 'n' all. If you don't know the song to begin with, I doubt you'd notice my little edit. So kudos to me.

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now that you've heard what I say, go ahead and run away, baby. Or let me stroke your hair. Please.

 

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happy to have helped on this one! it is a blast to play on all 4 parts.

 

our next collab is gonna be super fun too... but you'll all have to wait a bit for that one!

Yes indeed! This is only the start of a beautiful partnership.

 

Oof!

Jelly.

 

YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

 

Thanks for this...thought we'd never get any FoW...love this.

 

Thanks again

My pleasure, dude. Glad you enjoy it. And you're bound to enjoy some of my other customs, even if you're unfamiliar with the bands! Check 'em out :)

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"I always kinda, sorta wished that I was someone else..."

 

We anchor ourselves to some songs. They become our favorites. We hear them often, even when we aren't listening to them. For me, it's this song, from a band and album introduced to me by a former lover who was cheating on her husband. Her man later told me that he preferred American Slang because he thought it was more personal and about a failed marriage. Irony. Only much later did he agree that The '59 Sound is the slightly superior album. They're both much happier now. I hope. Anyway, enough salacious story lines. Onto the custom!

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, High Lonesome by The Gaslight Anthem, is my twenty-sixth release and only the first of a few coming down the pipe from a collaboration between me and TomGuy. But exercise patience, reader... it'll be a while. But it'll be worth the wait, I assure you.

 

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No loitering.

 

I should point out I listen to a wide variety of music and don't really fixate on particular artists or albums often. I like variety. I queue something up and when it's done I put on something else that's usually headed in the other musical direction. So it's profound that I've scrobbled this song 140 times in the past nine years. Something about it really resonates with me, be it the referential lyrics or the hard-hitting dreams of what-if. Which layers on s'more irony. But I digress again...

 

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[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for both vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200026)

Guitar by TomGuy

Drums by TomGuy

 

This custom has been a long time a'comin'. The seeds were planted when TomGuy posted his custom of the Gaslight Anthem song "45" in the database without pitched vocals. The injustice! I got in touch with him, pitched the vocals, added harmonies, and we became besties. We've worked together on a number of projects since then, but this release has always been the one. It's what I've wanted to release since day one. It just took a long time to get it all done and done right.

 

Tom laid the groundwork for this one by sending me a tempo map with a completed guitar chart. I immediately pitched the vocals, but then the Reaper project collected cobwebs for about a year. Tom had these lofty plans to release the entire '59 Sound album on its 10th anniversary (which fell last October). I told him, hey, I love Gaslight, but dude, I don't know if I would want to work on an entire album when there are so many other deserving artists who need my time and effort. Since then, Tom has realized it's better to just get 'er done one by one and out the door. He still wants to chart the whole album, and I wish him luck. He'll need it! Since that'll be a long way off, I cajoled him into turning this song over to me because I knew I could finally complete the production and hopefully do the tune justice. I now cockily say I did indeed do it justice. I've created a venue I'm extremely proud of, and the lipsync cooperated pretty easily this time. This custom is DLC-quality stuff. Maybe I should send it Brian Fallon's way...

Tom's drum and guitar charts are suitably difficult and intense. This is not a song I'd want to voxtar, but I'll probably try just that anyway sometime in the near future and pass with crashing colors. It's hard to concentrate on two awesome things at once! And playing this bass part while singing wouldn't be much easier on me...

 

There are harmonies in this song... for one phrase. It felt kind of deceptive marking it in the database as two vocal parts, but technically it is. You only get one shot, so don't blow it.

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now grab your suitcase and get out.

 

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"And I don't bitch and whine if I don't get my way..."

 

If you're a lucky enough author, there comes a time when you release a first "second song" by a certain group. That group must be something special, right? Hey, they don't call them the Legendary Roots Crew for nothin'. Let's do this.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, The Seed 2.0 by The Roots, is my twenty-seventh release and joins a number of drums-only customs by tonedef in the database, but it's only the second full-band Roots tune available. It's been brought to you by the same talented collaborators that brought the first, What They Do, to life.

 

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Dapper as !@#$.

 

I sat on this custom for so long after tonedef sent me the drum chart and mangolatango contributed the guitar chart. I was keeping it for a rainy day because I knew I could blast through the bass and vocal charts pretty quickly, so if I ever had a streak I wanted to maintain, I could crack this bitty out over the course of a week or so. Since I've released three songs in the previous three days, I wanted to hit that 4x multiplier and this was my weapon of choice.

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for both vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200027)

Guitar by mangolatango

Drums by tonedef

 

I definitely white-washed the band with the gameplay video, but I did choose my afro-sporting bad-ass to represent Questlove, my Southerner with swagger to be Black Thought, and the eccentric arena rocker to play Cody Chesnutt. I think they do them enough justice!

 

If you're familiar with the music video and pay close attention to my custom venue, I used the photo_negative processing effect every time they did so in the genuine article. I thought it would spice it up a bit, and it actually did! I'm really pleased with the venue and the lip sync, and I hope it brings a smile to your face as well!

 

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Nothing eccentric about this...

 

mangolatango's guitar chart is, as usual, a real pleasure to play, especially if you're going to sing the pitched part. If you're rapping Black Thought's verses, I wouldn't recommend it, but I'd love to see a video of that! tonedef's drum chart should do Questlove justice and make you feel awesome. My bass chart is pretty, well, basic, but it has its moments, especially near the end. Shout-out to grubextrapolate for giving my bass chart a once-over and making sure it was up to snuff. :)

 

The rapping vocals should be charted well enough and be easy enough to perform, but Chesnutt's singing is actually pretty absurd. I charted nearly every slide the man rips through, so you'll be hard-pressed to do as well as him! I adjusted the tuning cents by -40, and I hope that did the job. Again, I'd love to see a video of somebody singing this! Or singing it and rapping it!

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go spread your seed.

 

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"Word power can plow through acres of cornfields..."

 

If you think I'm a music snob when it comes to rock 'n' roll, oh boy, you'll hate me when it comes to hip-hop. I'm even more insufferable. And it all started with this song...

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, What's Golden by Jurassic 5, is my twenty-eighth release and the first jam by the sextet to enter the database. It was produced in the past week by grubextrapolate and me because he found it in my suggestions thread and expressed interest in charting it with me in the future. Well, the future is now.

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Four MCs and two DJs. They be gettin' down with no delay.

 

Here's a quote from my suggestions thread about how this song changed my life and how that happened:

In 2003, I went to Circuit City to purchase the Road to Rome expansion pack for Battlefield 1942 (you know, in the era before nickel-and-diming DLC). At the check-out, the cashier asked me if I would like to purchase a music video sampler DVD (you know, before Blu-Ray) for one penny. One penny!? Of course I would! I only remember one song featured on that DVD, the Obvious Choice below, but it genuinely changed my life. That song introduced me to the world of underground hip-hop. I'd never heard anything like Jurassic 5. Four MCs, two DJs, and endless heart. From that moment forward I couldn't appreciate, respect, or enjoy rappers like Jay-Z or Puff Daddy. It's like going back to eating tuna fish after finally tasting caviar. For better or worse, the snob I am today was born on that fateful February afternoon. Some musicians sell their souls. I bought mine for a penny.

 

Music p-p-power.

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch

Vocal chart from scratch

Dryvox lip sync for all three (four?) vocal parts

Vocal tonic note

Reductions for all instruments

Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200028)

Drums by grubextrapolate

 

Vocally, the song is dope, if you can keep up with the lyrics (especially the first verse... damn, Soup!). The refrain is pitched in my Reaper file, but I unpitched it for the custom because I thought it would be more fun if you didn't have to either (a.) sing really low and struggle or (b.) sing really high and ruin the vibe.

 

In my suggestions thread, I said the bass part was repetitive. I was wrong. Yes, it sounds that way to your ears if you aren't listening closely, but once I charted the song I realized that if you get lazy, you're gonna break combo because, seemingly at random, notes will be left out or have a different pitch. It's actually really clever, and knowing this now makes me appreciate the song even more.

 

The drum chart is courtesy of grubextrapolate and throws a few timing curveballs at you throughout, so be careful. Still, besides the kick pedal, it seems like a part even I could drum. Cool! Now, if I could bust out Akil's verse while I do it...

 

I fleshed out the keyboard part as best I could. I didn't want to straight-up copy the bass chart, so any sound I thought could be charted to keys is charted to keys. If you have suggestions on how to alter the chart and make it more fun or interesting, hit me up. If any of the gem positions are off, I'm also open to tweaking that. I had grub go through it for me so it should be playable, at the very least!

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go rage and roll on stage.

 

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Time for more Anniversary Updates! All four of my releases from last February (all dealing with love and/or murder) have been updated to my current standards. Details of the changes are available in the database entries, with links below. Here are new venue preview videos recorded from the Dolphin's Wii Rock Band 3 emulator:

 

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Enjoy! As always, feedback and constructive criticism are welcome.

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"You may call it suicide but I'm being born again..."

 

Some bands are just cool. You want to tell your friends about them, absolutely certain in your recommendation. Sharing is caring, after all, and how couldn't they like this band? To you, dear reader, I recommend Kasabian. To dip your toe into their sonic, psychedelic swimming pool, here is one of their most popular and best songs.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Days Are Forgotten by Kasabian, is my twenty-ninth release and the third custom featuring the band to hit the database, along with the two official Harmonix releases from their debut and sophomore albums. Kasabian only recently (okay, 14 months ago, but that's still relatively recently) entered my suggestions thread as a wishlist entry as soon as I realized I would be publishing my own customs. Days Are Forgotten was my top pick and production began in May of 2018, with mangolatango providing the tempo map and guitar chart. Whizzer charted the drums and I followed up with the bass and vocals. And then...

 

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The brains behind the operation. And a vision of the future.

 

...my hard drive died. !@#$

This really sapped my motivation to do any charting related to this song. I had just finished the vocals and was finally pleased with the bass part, and I lost them both. So I moved on to other customs and let mango's and Whizzer's works sit idle, collecting cobwebs.

Flashback to 2012: Kasabian was traveling across the ocean to the United States of America. They were only playing a handful of big cities, but one of those cities was only a six-hour train ride away, so a friend I had introduced to the band (and who subsequently and unexpectedly fell in love with them) and I made the journey to see Kasabian, honestly worried that their unique energy would cause a split before we ever got the chance to see them closer to home. Something that burns so brightly rarely glows for long.

The concert was fantastic (beyond a pair of idiots who kept screaming "PROCESSED BEATS!" between every song for the entire fucking show). And, inexplicably, Kasabian didn't break up. In fact, they're still around and making good music. I sort of forgot about them for a while, and then, when I discovered their most recently released album that evaded my radar, I fell back in love with them and it inspired me to get my ass moving on getting this song released.

 

[Gameplay video]

 

Features:

Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200029)
Guitar by mangolatango
Drums by Whizzer

 

Here's where things get interesting: remember how I lost all that work? Well, that delayed the release of this song for 10 months, but in the meantime I got pretty darned good at creating custom venues... and I realized, when constructing the venue for the resurrected Days Are Forgotten, that there was a pattern to the venue imperfections showcased on the Wii. Lighting and camera cuts at the beginning of the song came in a bit too early, and by the end of the song, events were happening a full measure late. Somewhere in the middle, things would be perfect, but not for long.

 

I had this vision for exactly how I wanted Days Are Forgotten's venue. I refused to compromise. I sent grubextrapolate a test version for his PlayStation and he confirmed it was working as I intended. Then I made my own Wii version. But this didn't make me happy. Even more work? Ugh.

 

I complained in the authors' Discord and lamented the Wii's shortcomings. This led to a conversation between me and StackOverflow0x, the creator of MiloMod, which I habitually use to prepare all of my converted CON files for use on the Wii. Well, as it turns out... there was a rounding error in MiloMod. A song with a beats-per-minute of 104.99, for example, would round down to 104, instead of up to 105. But rounding is bad no matter what! This led to a cascade effect that ruined any venue I tried to make. And when I compensated to make it good on my Wii, I was inadvertently and unwittingly ruining it for everybody else!

 

I spent so much time in the past year perfecting venues I simply couldn't perfect because I was fighting mathematics. I'm pleased to announce that Stack has fixed that problem. From here on out, I'll save so much time testing my creations that my release schedule will definitely benefit (so you will benefit, too, player!). But first, I have to go back and re-release (and even re-re-release!) all twenty-eight of my other customs. I had slowly been rolling out anniversary updates in the past month or so, but paused all production when I learned that a fix for MiloMod was in the works. Thanks to these recent MiloMod developments, I will now be able to release definitive versions of my customs... or at least as close to definitive as possible.

 

Anyway, about the custom. The venue is dope. Watch the video above, damn you. The drums are super intense at the end. The ending itself is truncated with a reverse-fade, so drummers can love or hate me for stopping the song just when things get really interesting. The guitar and bass are neat. I pitched all the vocals, but I chose to unpitch a good number of them because of the way the words are sung. I thought this would increase the fun factor. If you think this was a bad choice, I'm open to your feedback!

 

If you listen really, really closely, you'll hear some backing vocals I didn't chart. They are charted when they are prominent, but I wasn't going to surprise and torture vocalists with nearly-phantom harmonies.

 

Shout-out to grubextrapolate for his feedback on the bass chart and testing the venue, setting in motion the MiloMod revision event.

 

Shout-outs to Whizzer and mangolatango for waiting, oh, nearly a year for this to be released. Whizzer says it gave him time to improve his drum chart, so I guess it was all worth it!

 

Huge, huge shout-out to StackOverflow0x. Without this guy, I probably wouldn't be playing customs on my Wii. And without that, I wouldn't have become an author. And now, thanks to him again, I am able to become a better author. Creating customs is a hobby very dear to me, and I cannot stress how instrumental (derp) Stack has been in enabling this journey. Thank you!

 

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go play the song. I'm wait- in'!

 

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"Night driving without headlights. Wearin' sunglasses, too..."

 

You'll find no pranks here. Instead, have a bad-ass tune to acknowledge April Fool's Day.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, April Fool by Soul Asylum, is my thirtieth custom and part of a trio of Soul Asylum songs I've now released in collaboration with grubextrapolate, another big fan of the band. So scratch off another request from my suggestions thread.

 

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Smoking is cool.

 

This song is probably pretty unknown 'round these parts, but I hope releasing it on April Fool's Day will give it the attention it deserves. It showcases lead singer/songwriter Dave Pirner's skills in crafting lyrics across a wide spectrum of styles. Compare it to my other releases and marvel at his creative range.

 

[Gameplay video]

Features:
Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for all three vocal parts
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200030)
Guitar by grubextrapolate
Drums by grubextrapolate

I initially didn't have plans on tackling this song (one of my personal favorites by the band) but I had a "Eh, why not?" moment when grubextrapolate and I were fleshing out another Soul Asylum song (featured in the next post!) in collaboration with Whizzer. As we wrapped up production, I realized I'd be releasing that song sometime around the end of March. "Might as well make it April 1st and throw April Fool into the mix! And update Runaway Train while I'm at it. Hell, make it a three pack! And Dave's birthday is in April, so there's more justification!" Happy birthday, Mr. Pirner.

As always, I'm particularly proud of the custom venue. I used so many animation flags to toggle back and forth between idle, mellow, and intense, and the level of polish shows in the preview video. I wanted to create something to properly compliment the awesome instrument charts from grub! Hopefully this song will have you feelin' too cool for school. Good luck with those vocals, though. Yikes.

I do want your opinion, so I'll ask ya right here. And if you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading!

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"Caterpillar crawling up the big phone pole--

is there somebody that you want to talk to?"

 

I think Dave Pirner is a lyrical genius. The line above is very appropriate, because this song gives me butterflies.

 

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This Rock Band 3 custom song, Closer to the Stars (live) by Soul Asylum, is my thirty-first custom and part of a trio of Soul Asylum songs I've now released in collaboration with grubextrapolate, another big fan of the band. Two boxes checked in my suggestions thread in one day!

 

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Winona was a lucky girl.

 

I have a feeling customs of live songs are often overlooked by the community, and I hope that won't be the case here. The performance of this song is something special. It was recorded live at The Palais Royale in Toronto on April 3, 1995, so it'll be 24 years old in a mere two days! You can see that performance here if you're curious, or just watch the preview video to hear the magic.

 

[Gameplay video]

Features:
Fully custom venue from scratch
Vocal chart from scratch
Dryvox lip sync for the only vocal part
Vocal tonic note
Reductions for all instruments
Numeric ID for Wii leaderboards (Song ID 649200031)
Guitar by grubextrapolate
Drums by Whizzer

I had always wanted to chart this song, and when Whizzer said something about somehow enjoying tempo mapping live or lively songs, I seized the opportunity to get this one going. He even threw in a drums chart for good measure!

For the guitar part I recruited grubextrapolate, who had never heard this particular rendition of the song (which is vastly better and totally different than the original album version from years earlier!) but fell in love with it just as I had. Dare I say this song might be better than Runaway Train, which I also adore. I find both absolutely amazing.

This is one of those rare releases from me featuring only one vocal part, but that sole part has soul. Bring that emotion to your performance, baby. I crafted the venue to fit the atmosphere of the song, and I hope I do it justice!

Unfortunately, nobody bit when we tried to recruit somebody to chart the organ part, but it should still be a very pleasant full-band experience. Scratch that! Keys and pro keys added in version 2, courtesy of Buster66!

If you'd like to contribute improvements or animations or if you have suggestions for how I can do better, please contact me. Thanks for reading! Now go move those lips.

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