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HMX RBN Picks XV

Check out this week's RBN tracks recommended by HMXers and the RBN community, including Jonathan Coulton, Day of Fire, Amberian Dawn, XTT, and more!

"Betty and Me" - Jonathan Coulton (Country)

I just can’t get enough Jonathan Coulton. He announced recently that he’s going to record a new album featuring (“GASP!”) electric guitars, so we can look forward to some more loud, fast music from him in the near future, hopefully.

But "Betty and Me" stays analog, with a banjo-heavy meta-bluegrass tune. Are you disappointed that the JoCo songs in your library aren’t challenging enough on guitar? Well buckle up, buckaroos. It turns out that banjo translates really well to Rock Band, with a fast devil-tiered guitar part that’s going to make your wrist ache, a foot-stomping drum track, and hilarious lyrics. 

This one has become the go-to song we always play first at our house when breaking out RB2 these days. - HMXMister_Game, RBN Senior Producer

"No One's Gonna Love You"  - Band Of Horses (Indie Rock)

This is the third RBN song from Band of Horses, and it's my favorite so far.  "No One's Gonna Love You" is the kind of languid, yet intense song that I really love singing.  It won't break your fingers with the difficulty, since it's an accessible two dots on all instruments.  If you're in the mood for a lonely rock ballad, try this one. - HMXLachesis, Web QA Tester

"Chiron Beta Prime" - Jonathan Coulton (Folk Rock)

It's been less than a month since I told you all how great "Mandelbrot Set" is, so I almost feel guilty recommending another Jonathan Coulton song.  With that said, with references to Soylent Green "Chiron Beta Prime" is the best Christmas song in the Rock Band catalogue, and I recommend it enthusiastically for your crazy Rock Band holiday parties.  (Hint: Soylent Green is people.) -HMXLachesis, Web QA Tester

"Incubus" - Amberian Dawn (Power Metal)

Amberian Dawn is hard at work on fulfilling their promise to bring their entire discography to Rock Band.  In addition to the familiar voice of Heidi Parviainen, this song features guest male vocals by Peter James Goodman of Virtuocity, and switching between the two presents a new kind of challenge.  (Unfortunately, some of the vocals are baked into the backing track, so the spoken parts aren't charted, but you do get to sing everything that's pitched.)  My bassist commented that it reminded him of Phantom of the Opera.  As always, this song is a wild ride for your drummer (devil heads!) and not much easier for anyone else - which is grand, since I know that's what a lot of you are looking for! -HMXLachesis, Web QA Tester

"Rain Falls Down" - We the Kings (Alternative)

Another artist returns from LEGO!  "Check Yes Juliet" on LEGO Rock Band is a marvelous love song by We the Kings, and they're back now with four more songs via the Rock Band Network.  Of their new releases, "Rain Falls Down" is my favorite.  It's not too hard, but it's heartfelt, and it's got this restrained catchiness that is completely up my alley. -HMXLachesis, Web QA Tester

"Lately" - Day of Fire (Rock)

Never before have I had the almost-instant satisfaction of hearing a song on the radio and then playing it in Rock Band. I quite literally wrote down the band's name the other day while listening to my satellite radio, intending to check out their CD, and then this showed up in the new RBN tracks. The song is super catchy, straight forward rock-and-roll. It's one of those rare tracks that I want to listen to again the minute I'm done playing it. Definitely check this one out. - HMXcj, Web editor

"Fighting Back The Bullies" - XTT (Metal)

This is why I love the RBN. This band never disappoints me. His songs are funny and the playing is great. This one song though all I can say is "ERRRRRRRRRRRRR" after playing it you will know what I mean. -ASP-BigFish, RBN Community

"Hell Or Hollywood" - HourCast (Rock)

I love this song - musically it's very tight and it's absolutely a blast to play in the game. The authoring is excellent, and it's perfect if you have a few friends over and just want to rock out. I definitely recommend purchasing their other songs as well! - BHK_Heartless, RBN Community

"Desperate Days" - Jenium (Indie Rock)

This one's been sitting around [in playtest] for a while, but I don't know why it took so long. It's wonderfully crisp indie rock, sounding like something from the latest British invasion. I guess it took so long because it's such a summer song, and it needs just the right season. - FairwoodStudios, RBN Community