Music News: Green Day, Train

One band gets a video game, the other a series of candy bars

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    Green Day now has an episode of the Angry Birds Friends game.

    Strange collaborations abound on the local music scene this week, with two of the Bay Area's biggest contemporary bands announcing unpredictable partnerships.

    Green Day is in a playful mode in the run-up to releasing a new trilogy of albums beginning this fall. And now the members are both animated and checking out their spirit animals as game maker Rovio dropped an episode of its popular Facebook game Angry Birds Friends featuring the members of Green Day as bad pigs. But having such an absorbing game might end up being a bit of a problem for the band since the guys already found the original game to be totally addictive, reports Engadget.

    Meanwhile, the popular but polarizing band Train has joined with Ghirardelli Chocolate to release a line of chocolate bars called "Save Me San Francisco," with proceeds to benefit the Family House charity. SF Weekly fears this could be a case of a mediocre product meeting up with another mediocre product, labeling it an "unholy alliance." Ghirardelli, which incidentally is owned by Swiss confectioner Lindt and does not make its products in the area, is offering Train-inspired bars in Dark Cabernet, Sea Salt Almond, and 72% Cacao Dark Chocolate.

    A Green Day video game and Train chocolate bars — what's next, shoes by Carlos Santana? Oh, never mind.