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Rated-M Indie Band of the Month: The Jessie Project

Posted by Jason Triplett

Who is "The Jessie Project"? Well, besides being the first Rated-M Indie Band of the Month, they are a very unique band made up of Jessie Lynn, RudeMoody, and F. Xavier Calabrese. A mix-up of rock, techno and 80's hip-hop, their songs are a fresh break away from the norm. The band has a wide range of sounds. From the slow and dramatic to the funky rock to the club bangers, each song sounds unique and different. Jessie does a great job of showcasing her voice over the blend of syles, definately showing how versatile she is. You can't easily compare TJP to another band either, which is another thing I like about them. We forsee good things in the future of this trio!

I had a chance to speak with TJP's RudeMoody about the band.

JT: How long have you guys been on the indie music scene?

RM: The band has been around for about four years, but the current lineup is
less than a year old. The debut album, "Break The Radio", was mostly
RudeMoody doing all the music production and Jessie Lynn singing. The new
stuff will still have that retro/electronic/industrial vibe we began with,
but with our new guitarist, Frank, we're taking it to a higher level. Check
out "Behind These Eyes" to see an example of our more "mature" sound. It's
been described as "70's hard rock mated with modern electronic music".

JT: If you could describe the indie music scene in one word, what would you

RM: One word? VITAL. The pop music scene is mostly over-produced,
over-calculated "product" to be spoon-fed to people too lazy to look for an
artist or band that they can really connect with. Our song "Break The Radio"
is about that - the decline of mainstream music as an art form. Some of the
indie music scene can truly amaze the uninitiated with it's diversity and
creativity. Check out our website for more of our thoughts on that subject.

JT: How did you guys come up with the name for your band? I know the singer
is Jessie, but how did you arrive at the name you did?

RM: It was the name of the original folder on Rude's hard drive that he was
working out of when he was making a three-track demo for Jessie Lynn. After
a while, we decided to go on the web and share some of our work, and the
positive feedback inspired us to do more. Then, after the enthusiastic
response we got at our first real gig, we were psyched enough to put
together a full album. Now, with our new guitarist, the tunes are much more
musically complex and nuanced; he was the missing-link we needed to advance.
We still keep the name "The Jessie Project" because it's straightforward and
describes us well - the music is a constant learning experience and evolves
into whatever it ultimately becomes.

JT: How would you describe the state of indie music on the net today? What I
mean by this is, with MySpace, CDBaby, MP3.com and many other sites, do you
find it easy to self promote and sell your stuff, or do you think there is
more that could be available?

RM: There's plenty of ways to get your stuff out there. Without the web, indie
bands would still have to sell 45's out of the back of their van. Now, you
have access to people across the world. It's cool to know that there are
radio stations in Europe playing our stuff right now, thanks to exposure on
MySpace and similar sites. Although, we think bands need to spam less and
let people discover their music on their own. MySpace seems to be a
popularity contest with bands these days. A band will have ten-thousand
"friends" and maybe only a couple hundred really like their music. What's
the point in that?

JT: If you could collaborate with one musician, famous or not, who would it
be and why?

RM: Your own music is a collaboration of sorts - just as life experiences shape
your personality and mentality, the music you've been exposed to affects
your style and your own creation, both consciously and subconsciously. So
we'd say that all musicians have already collaborated with the ones they've
admired. Check our bios on our website for our influences and to figure out
a more direct answer.

JT: What are some of the passions that drive you as a band?

RM: True-life experiences in love and relationships, a general anger towards the
current state of the world and the apathetic mentality of the average joe,
and, of course, the drive to artistically express oneself.

JT: What is in the future for TJP?

RM: We've got about four songs done towards the completion of our second record,
and hope to finish it by the end of the year, while doing some shows here
and there to keep sharp. We'll be making some more videos and posting them
on our website, too. After the new album is pressed and done, we'll kick it
into high gear and take it wherever it takes us.

JT: What do you want the world to know about TJP?

RM: Our music is a combination of three people's distinct visions, combined,
evolved, and brought to life to the best of our abilities. It is from our
hearts and our souls. It is not designed to please everyone and rake in a
quick buck. We hope to help open the eyes of some of the people out there
and show them there is more to music than the stuff you can buy at WalMart.
As we say on our website, "An emotional bond cannot be bought, or sold, or
played in rotation. The art of one person will connect only to whom it was meant for."

JT: Thanks for your time!

RM: Thanks, Jason. We appreciate the support!

So head on over to http://www.thejessieproject.com and see for yourself. You can find MP3 downloads, videos, bios and more. I'm fond of DeadEye, Day of Confession, and the Break the Radio video!

Wal Mart/Blockbuster 360 news

Posted by Justin Gain

Now, according to my moles at blockbuster a few choice games are now 19.99 new and even one is 9.99 new. I'm not sure if this is in every store, but all you have to do is call them up and ask to verify. As far as I know this isn't a sale, but the markdown for these games.
19.99 titles:
Far Cry Instincts Predator
Full Auto
Burnout Revenge
Perfect Dark Zero Col. Ed.
9.99 Titles:
College Hoops 2k6

Also, I was in my local Walmart when I spotted an empty rack for a new demo disk for the 360. It apparently contained demos, music videos, and more. If anybody can get a hold of one, then let us know so we can post what's contained on the disc.

GameStop Wii and PS3 pre-order info is FAKE!

Posted by Jason Triplett

By now, many of you have heard of the shitty pre-order plan that GameStop/EB was launching. Forced to trade $50 worth of stuff for your reserve? WTF? So I did a little digging. I called 15 GameStop and EBGames nationwide this morning (even one in Hawaii, where this was rumored to come from). Most of them had heard of this promotion, but all said it was fake. The marketing never made it to stores, the district managers never mentioned this once.

So where did the above poster come from, if not from GameStop? We think it is a doctored photo. The guy who took the photo made sure to put on it that it wasn't photoshopped. Well if that is so, then why didn't the promotion start today? Why have no stores gotten news or marketing for this "event"? Simple, this is a cut and paste of real marketing made to look like something it's not. A few scans, then a rough photo of the finished product to make it seem believable.

Well being the digger of news that I am, I called corporate, who promptly told me that their pre-order plans had not been finalized as of yet, and in now way were they going to begin on the day mentioned, or in that particular method. They still didn't 100% deny it, but I think that says it all.

Whoever created this hoax gets the 100% bullshitter of the month award!

Thanks to my friend Rameen Yousefi for the heads up on this whole story.

Saints Row Patch update!

Posted by Jason Triplett

ok, I know you all want the date of the patch. But the thing STILL isn't done. However, the devs are adding some great things to the mix to hopefully quell some of the crybabying going on. The additions include 4xAA (was 2x) and the ability to toggle v-sych. No more tearing!

This is a great start, hopefully it continues to improve.

Source: http://developer.saintsrow.com/forums/showthread.php?t=4375

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