Spoon Makes Their Rock Band Debut, Plus “Alive” from P.O.D.

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At long last we have a selection of tracks from one of my favorite acts. I’ve been requesting these guys since development of Rock Band. Why? Because Spoon is awesome.

I have a tough time describing their sound as they have a pretty considerable discography, with each album having a distinct feeling and mood yet immediately recognizable as Spoon. The music sounds simultaneously complex and simple (in the best way possible).

I've had the pleasure of following along with Spoon's career for nearly a decade. I first heard Girls Can Tell when a classmate brought in the CD during a freshman year figure drawing class. Since then, they've released the delightfully experimental Kill The Moonlight, the dark and hypnotic Gimme Fiction, the brilliant and immediately accessible Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, and finally the stripped-down Transference. This doesn't count their first two albums, the raw Telephono, the calculated punk of A Series of Sneaks, and also a collection of EPs. It's exceedingly rare for a band to have a few good albums in a row, but Spoon has had over half a dozen. Metacritic also seems to agree, naming Spoon their Artist of the Decade (2000s). 

Of the songs coming next week, we have "I Turn My Camera On" from Gimme Fiction with Britt Daniel singing in an uncharacteristic falsetto over punchy guitar and bass lines. The drums may prove to be tricky, with an off-beat cymbal combined with a shifty bass beat.

Next up is "Don't You Evah" from Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga, a re-imagining of the Natural History song of almost the same name ("ever" instead of "evah"). This song features some serious overdubbed vocals with a catchy bass riff and some unique drumming (Jim Eno shakes a maraca instead of hitting a cymbal for a majority of the song.)

"Got Nuffin'" and "Trouble Comes Running" are both from this year's Transference, featuring some of their harder rocking tendencies with the driving guitar, bass, and drum beat of "Got Nuffin" and the rolling fills and thrashy strumming of "Trouble Comes Running."

Also coming out this week is a single from California alternative rockers P.O.D. The Grammy-nominated single "Alive" comes from the band's fourth album, Satellite. 

The tracks will be available on June 1st on Xbox 360, PlayStation 3, and Wii. The tracks will be $1.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3 and $2.00 on Wii. The Spoon tracks will be available as Spoon Pack 01 for $6.99 on Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3.

To discuss this DLC, please visit the official discussion thread in the Rock Band forums.