On their third full-length outing, Andy Samberg, Akiva Shaffer, and Jorma Taccone - collectively known as THE LONELY ISLAND - break out the jams for a rap album that's hardly wack, despite being called THE WACK ALBUM. As a follow-up to their previous albums, 2009's INCREDIBAD and 2011's TURTLENECK & CHAIN (both of which I own) THE WACK ALBUM is just as good (if not better in places) on a comedic front, but it opens up a weird situation in which THE LONELY ISLAND almost sounds too legit. While being a send-up of current hip-hop, THE WACK ALBUM is easily on-par production-wise with the best of who they're lovingly taking shots at, and the delivery is just so serious that you could picture these guys busting out some non-funny rhymes at some point in the near future.
You know what I just realized? ROCK BAND has 4,134 songs available for in-game play as of this writing. That's an insane amount of tracks available for a game series that's already over five years old. As always, they've got new DLC hitting this Tuesday, and those browsing the ROCK BAND Music Store can look forward to new tracks from MAROON 5 featuring CHRISTINA AGUILERA, FOSTER THE PEOPLE, and FOO FIGHTERS. I've got the full details right here on The Rock Father below, along with details on last weeks additions (ANDREW W.K., fun., PINK, etc.) since I missed them with the turn of the New Year.
Cuddle Barn Musical Plush (Pop Star-Inspired)
With their musical connection, this trio of animated plush from Cuddle Barn caught The Rock Father's eye. MOOS LIKE JAGGER dances and sings to his own version of the Maroon 5 hit, "Moves Like Jagger"; HEARTTHROB HENRY grooves to his version of the One Direction hit "What Makes You Beautiful"; SASSY SALLY is inspired by Selena Gomez, singing “Love You Like a Love Song”. Though Gomez recently split from boyfriend Justin Bieber (or are they back on now?), the latter plush makes a fine companion for Cuddle Barn's (Justin) BEAVER that was released last year and sings "Baby."
I have a real soft spot for FEARLESS RECORDS' long-running "Punk Goes" series. In fact, I think I've reviewed almost every installment, and I'd written a "10 Years of Punk Goes..." retrospective that ran on a long-lost website a couple of years ago. Well, I may have to dust those off and repost them here, because FEARLESS has announced a November 6, 2012 release date (Election Day!) for PUNK GOES POP 5 - a new collection of pop hits covered by a crop of not-so-punk-but-still-cool bands. The Rock Father has the tracklisting for you below...
Has it been 10 years already? It's hard to imagine, but I guess it has. When MAROON 5 first burst onto the scene with their debut album, SONGS ABOUT JANE in 2002, I was managing a Sam Goody store and was at the forefront of the musical battlefield, introducing the masses to new sounds on a weekly basis. In-between the punk rock and heavy music that so often could be heard blaring from the store (much to the dismay of the Dress Barn across the hall), we spun some pop - but only what we dug. MAROON 5 fit the bill.
Today's not only the day that MAROON 5 sees the release of their SONGS ABOUT JANE 10th Anniversary Edition (get it now on iTunes), but it's also the day that they get paid tribute via Lullaby. The folks over at Twinkle Twinkle Little Rock Star just sent over details on LULLABY VERSIONS OF MAROON 5 (now on iTunes), a collection of 12 ''lush instrumental versions'' of popular tracks from the band, perfect for baby's nursery, or just for relaxation for Mom and Dad. This collection doesn't just mine the past, it's got lullaby versions of "Payphone" and "Come to the Water" from the HUNGER GAMES as well. Tracklisting below...