“iPhone” on Rock Band Network for Xbox 360

PhotobucketHave you ever been on a date with an iPhone fanatic? Singer/songwriter (and gamer) Rhune Kincaid can sympathize. His hilarious song, “iPhone,”  is now available for download on the Rock Band Network . Gamers can rock along exclusively on Xbox 360. Priced at $1 (or 80 MS points), it’s cheaper than most apps!

The Official RBN page for ‘iPhone’ where rockers can download the track is: rockband.com/songs/UGC_5003695

Gamers will have a chance to play Rock Band with the artist himself on Tuesday, September 14th from 5pm-8pm PST. For an invitation, just send an XBL message to “[GT Removed].”

If you can beat Rhune at his own song in a vocal battle, you win an awesome “Coppin’ a Feel” T-Shirt.

Find out more about Rhune, his comedy, and his music here: http://www.rhunekincaid.com

So, that’s the fairly amazing news that I’ve been hinting at for a couple of months. I didn’t want to say anything about it, partially because it seemed like bad marketing, but mostly because I didn’t want to jinx it. Even when I knew it was going to happen, it still sounded like a dream.

iPhone Lyrics Download

As a huge, HUGE fan of the Rock Band franchise, I’m delirious to have one of my songs in the game. If nothing in the press release makes any sense to you, you’re probably old and don’t get why this is awesome, so I’ll explain it how I would for my grandpa:

“It’s a video game grandpa. Yes, a game like checkers, but on the TV with moving pictures. Yes, moving pictures like Clara Bow. It’s a music video game where the kids play a guitar and a…. yes, guitar like Django Reinhardt, only electric… Yes, electronic like Duane Eddy, and now the kids can play along with one of my songs. No, it’s not a Duane Eddy song. No, the song isn’t about checkers. It’s about iPhones… oh, fuck it grandpa! “

If you were able to follow along and have a 360, I’d love to see you during my imitation of the “Game with Fame” program, where I play along with people over Xbox Live. There will be an in-person party as well for those of you within range of Burbank, CA. Huge thanks go out to Matt Greig and Luv Kohli for helping make this happen.

If you don’t want to be outshone on fake plastic instruments by me, study up on this video preview:

There Are Going to be Some Changes Around Here

The business model of the independent musician is a constantly shifting landscape. This site’s music store has bounced from ReverbNation to Amazon to iTunes to DigStation to selling mp3s in a back alley to the place it always needed to be:

http://rhunekincaid.bandcamp.com

Thanks to bandcamp, you can now listen to the entirety of  SPACE HELL SEX BUNNY with that little widget in the sidebar. Bandcamp is more user friendly than DigStation and lets you share an artist’s music practically anywhere. I did it, and Lord knows I have issues with technology. I recently saw blue lightning in my microwave. Nobody died, but my point is, bandcamp.com makes it so anyone can share music without lethal consequences.

When it comes to downloading, Bandcamp is just like iTunes and Amazon, except they’re not out to slam the independent artist in the keister. Keister-slamming is always something the indie artist needs to be aware of and afraid of.

Want to hear an interview with me where I talk about the economy for independent artists, media piracy and MusiComedy? Check out 13 Guys Named Ed, a tech podcast with the good sense to book attractive guests like me for their audio podcast.

The title of this episode is ‘The Rhune Kincaid Story.” I like the title. I like it a lot. These guys talk gadgets, games and even took a moment to talk with me after downloaded my mp3 and used one of my songs, “iPhone,” for a previous episode. We all learned a lesson about media licensing and that makes it a show that not only entertains, but makes you a better person.