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Just like many other artists, LEGO builders find inspiration in the music they listen to as they create the wonderful models you see here on The Brothers Brick. It’s no surprise, then, that music inspires many LEGO models more directly, from minifig musicians to album art recreated with bricks.

Since he’s dead, he can take off his head

Proximity to Valentine’s Day seems appropriate enough for the Halloween/Christmas hybrid that is The Nightmare Before Christmas.

This vignette by Stefan (brainbikerider) featuring Jack Skellington singing beneath the full moon won a recent vignette contest among Austrian LEGO fans.

LEGO Nightmare Before Christmas Jack Skellington

LEGO Rock Band CubeDude has a green mohawk and regrettable tattoos

Ryan Wood (lights) rocks. Also, he built a CubeDude, which also rocks.

LEGO Rock Band CubeDude

I love the tattoos on his arm, and how he’s holding the whammy bar.

Speaking of LEGO Rock Band, the video game is due out next month, and the full track list has been announced. (I’ve been avoiding dedicating a whole post to this. Sorry for hijacking your CubeDude for news purposes, Ry.)

  • All American Rejects: “Swing, Swing”
  • The Kooks: “Naïve”
  • The Automatic: “Monster”
  • KoRn: “Word Up!”
  • Blink-182: “Aliens Exist”
  • KT Tunstall: “Suddenly I See”
  • Blur: “Song 2”
  • Lostprophets: “Rooftops”
  • Bon Jovi: “You Give Love a Bad Name”
  • P!NK: “So What”
  • Boys like Girls: “Thunder”
  • The Police: “Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic”
  • Bryan Adams: “Summer of 69”
  • The Primitives: “Crash”
  • Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”
  • Queen: “We Are The Champions”
  • The Coral: “Dreaming of You”
  • Queen: “We Will Rock You”
  • Counting Crows: “Accidentally in Love”
  • Rascal Flatts: “Life is a Highway”
  • David Bowie: “Let’s Dance”
  • Ray Parker Jr.: “Ghostbusters”
  • Elton John: “Crocodile Rock”
  • Razorlight: “Stumble and Fall”
  • Europe: “The Final Countdown”
  • Spin Doctors: “Two Princes”
  • Everlife: “Real Wild Child”
  • Spinal Tap: “Short & Sweet”
  • Foo Fighters: “Breakout”
  • Steve Harly: “Make Me Smile”
  • Good Charlotte: “Girls & Boys”
  • Sum 41: “In Too Deep”
  • The Hives: “Tick Tick Boom!”
  • Supergrass: “Grace”
  • Iggy Pop: “The Passenger”
  • Tom Petty: “Free Fallin”
  • Incubus: “Dig”
  • T-Rex: “Ride a White Swan”
  • Jackson 5: “I Want You Back”
  • Vampire Weekend: “A-Punk”
  • Jimi Hendrix: “Fire”
  • We the Kings: “Check Yes Juliet”
  • Kaiser Chiefs: “Ruby”
  • The Zutons: “Valerie”
  • Katrina & The Waves: “Walking on Sunshine”

The latest updates indicate that stars like Iggy Pop will be making an appearance in the game.

LEGO Rock Band Iggy Pop

Here’s the full list of potentially playable characters.

  • Iggy Pop
  • David Bowie
  • Blur
  • Queen

Kotaku previews LEGO Rock Band at E3 2009 [News]

LEGO Rock Band logoKotaku spent some time at E3 playing the upcoming LEGO Rock Band game and reports some early impressions:

The problem with this game is all in the name. LEGO Rock Band makes you wonder “why LEGO?” Maybe “Rock Band: Play Rock Band With Your Kids” would have been better.

Because if you don’t have kids, this game is largely pointless. It’s Rock Band, except with a more pedestrian songlist, and no real changes to the way the game is structured, or plays.

But that’s if you don’t have kids. If you do have kids around, and want a game to play with them, well. This looks pretty damn good.

Read the full article on Kotaku.

And in case you missed it, here’s the game’s trailer:

LEGO Rock Band game confirmed for Xbox 360, Wii, PlayStation 3, & DS; due holiday 2009 [News]

LEGO Rock Band logoAlthough LEGO Rock Band has been rumored since January, with a major leak earlier this month, the game was nothing more than speculation. A press release today, however, confirms that LEGO Rock Band is very real.

LEGO Rock Band Guitarist

The console versions will be co-developed by TT Games and Harmonix, while the Nintendo DS version will be developed by TT Games, Harmonix, and Backbone — all for release during the 2009 holiday season.

Naturally, players will be able to customize their little plastic rock stars, as well as support staff like roadies, managers, and the ubiquitous entourage. Interpret “entourage” how you will, but I plan on making a bunch of minifig groupies that look like they staggered off of the Rock of Love bus.

The press release states that the game will feature “brilliant chart-topping songs and classic favorites suitable for younger audiences,” and goes on to list several:

  • Blur: “Song 2”
  • Carl Douglas: “Kung Fu Fighting”
  • Europe: “The Final Countdown”
  • Good Charlotte: “Boys and Girls”
  • Pink: “So What”

What, no Iron Maiden or Black Sabbath? Claims to suitability for “families, tweens and teens” makes me think we won’t see the same sort of set lists I love from Guitar Hero III: Legends of Rock, but I hope having TT Games involved will ensure the same level of excellence we’ve experienced in the LEGO Star Wars and LEGO Indiana Jones video games.

As alluded to in the press release, the list of parties involved in this game is mind-blowingly complex:

  • TT Games
  • The LEGO Group
  • Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment
  • MTV Games
  • Harmonix Music Systems
  • Backbone Entertainment
  • Foundation 9 Entertainment

Click the thumbnails below for larger versions of screen captures from the game:

You can read the full press release on Business Wire.

Via Joystiq, Kotaku, PC World, and just about every other tech/gadget site out there, with hat-tips to about five thousand of our readers. Hey, we can’t always be the ones to break major LEGO news. ;-)

The sweet sounds of Michael Jasper’s musical instruments

Michael Jasper showcased some cool string bass and saxophone designs played by his Some Like it Hot characters last week, but he’s just added some more amazing musical instrument designs.

Not only do these Scotsmen carry ingenious bagpipes, but they’re also wearing kilts (made from minifig torsos):

This design for an electric guitar rocks my world:

Rock on, Michael Jasper, rock on.