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Episode 68 – Anime Game Music w/ G to the Next Level

Episode 68 – Anime Game Music w/ G to the Next Level

What happens when video games and anime collide? You get video games based on anime, of course! Mike and Justin are joined by fellow-anime lover and Sega mega fan, George aka G To The Next Level, where the guys really hit it off celebrating video games based on anime and their stellar music. Diving deep into their own nostalgic memories of how they got interested in anime, the guys bring full attention to the jungle beats of Astro Boy, the creepiness of Mystic Defender and the smooth jazzy Sailor Moon vibes. Plus, George and Justin get super nerdy over Evangelion, Mike questions his sexuality after fawning over Shin from U.N. Squadron as a youth, and the guys pick their favorite Sailor Scout, all on this english-dubbed episode of XVGM Radio!

Episode 67 – No Nostalgia Fighters

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Episode 67 – No Nostalgia Fighters

HADOKEN! GET OVER HERE! C-C-C-C-COMBO BREAKER! All of these are sounds of the arcade and fighting game scene in general. But what about the fighting games that we didn’t play to death? On this episode of XVGM Radio, we dive into the music from fighting games to which we have zero nostalgia. From heavy discussions about balls..er…ballz, Alice Deejay comparisons, to the surprising lack of memories from giants like Sega, SNK and Konami, this is an episode full of monster tunes of an eclectic nature. New Jack Swing, 90s techno, jazz and funk are all represented. Get ready for a VGM tournament of which these two hosts haven’t attended as our No Nostalgia series continues with No Nostalgia Fighting Games!

December/January Patreon Live Recording – 2020/2021

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December/January Patreon Live Recording – 2020/2021

Happy New Year! To celebrate the exit of one atrocious year and potentially into a better one, we’re starting off brand new….with an episode dedicated to games with the word NEW in their titles! This was an eclectic retro mix of bombastic orchestral tracks, funky jazz, new jack swing bass lines, and some worldly music too! All music from a wide assortment of video game generations. Enjoy the last and first live show from 2020 and 2021!

Episode 66: Amiga Spotlight w/ NikoTengoku

Episode 66: Amiga Spotlight w/ NikoTengoku

New Year, New Niko Episode! 2020 was a rough year on all of us, but before it got out of hand, Niko had stopped by for an episode in January and there was discussion at the end of that episode to cover Amiga the next time he stopped by. We didn’t forget his suggestion, and so this episode of XVGM Radio sees the NikoTengoku himself is back with a slew of amazing Amiga tracks that will melt faces! Mike and Justin add some goody goody BASS to the mix, Justin’s eyeballs get threatened while he dreams about freshly squeezed apple juice and the boys crack up about hilariously bad cutscene art from Thunder Jaws, all on this absolutely hysterical episode of XVGM Radio!

Episode 65 – Winter Trax 2: Icelectric Boogaloo

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Episode 65 – Winter Trax 2: Icelectric Boogaloo

Happy Holidays to all! For the final episode of 2020, in what’s been an absolutely bonkers world, Mike and Justin take a moment to sit down and enjoy the holidays together (socially distanced, of course.) What follows is a celebration of winter and holiday music of the video game variety, discussions about getting dat nut, Prehistoric Turtlesaurus’, and of course…gift giving. The guys unwrap gifts they’ve given to each other, all while closing out the year with a smile and some fun tracks that really get you into the holiday season.

Episode 64 – Classics vs Covers w/ Lucia La Rezza

Episode 64 – Classics vs Covers w/ Lucia La Rezza

Classics versus Covers has been done by XVGM Radio before, but never with a solo artist! Today’s episode is a treat, as Justin and Mike sit down with Lucia La Rezza, an Italian violinist and all around fan of video games. From her beginnings with the Game Boy to her self-admitted Playstation obsession, Lucia is as much of a fan of working on music as she is for video games; and the two aren’t mutually exclusive. We showcased 6 of her covered arrangements and compare them with the original, all while chatting about her Sephiroth crush, being a bassist in a Power Metal band, her shared musicianship and love of Nobuo Uematsu with our co-host Justin, all while getting musically hugged by Ms. Lucia La Rezza!
Big thank you to Lucia La Rezza for joining us and sharing her wonderful arrangements of such classic game tunes. Please check her out on her website: https://www.lucialarezza.com/
Youtube and other links: https://linktr.ee/lucialarezza
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/luviolinista
Twitter: https://twitter.com/lu_la_re
What did YOU think of the versions of the songs we played? What did you think of our guest, Lucia and her music? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
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TRACK LISTING:

Intro – Lucia La Rezza – Save Room
Resident Evil 2 – (PS1, 1998) “Save Room” Masami Ueda

1 – Lucia La Rezza – Tetris Theme
Tetris (GB, 1989) “A-Type Music/Korobeiniki” Hirokazu Tanaka/Unknown Composer

2 – Lucia La Rezza – Aerith’s Theme (Final Fantasy VII)
Orig – Final Fantasy VII (PS1, 1997) “Aerith’s Theme” Nobuo Uematsu

3 – Lucia La Rezza – Bloodborne Medley (Main theme, Geherman)
Orig – Bloodborne (PS4, 2017) “Bloodborne” Ryan Amon, Tsukasa Saitoh, Yuka Kitamura, Nobuyoshi Suzuki, Cris Velasco, Michael Wandmacher

4 – Lucia La Rezza – Pokemon Medley (Intro – PokéCenter theme – Gym Battle Theme – Lavender Town theme)
Orig – Pokemon R/B/Y (GB, 1998) “(Intro1&2)” Junichi Masuda

5 – Lucia La Rezza – BB’s Theme (Death Stranding)
Orig – Death Stranding (PS4, 2019) “BB’s Theme” Ludvig Forssell & Jenny Plant (vocals)

Episode 63 – Same Song, Different System

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Episode 63 – Same Song, Different System

Comparing and analyzing differences is often done on XVGM Radio, but when it comes to the Same Song, Different System episodes, it’s on a whole other level! Today, Mike and Justin are doing a deep dive into the world of retro gaming video game music in a special free picks episode, but unlike most free picks that happen every 20th episode, we’re doing a comparison to other ports and versions of these songs! Mike attempts to serenade Justin with his best (or in this case, worst) Judy Kuhn vocal impressions, the guys chat about foreign 7-Up mascots, and discuss the highs and lows of songs that get arranged elsewhere. Welcome to XVGM Radio’s 63rd episode!

November Patreon Live Recording – 2020

November Patreon Live Recording – 2020

It’s not everyday you are joined by one of the best video game music composers in the indie scene (He’s rolling his eyes right now, stop it!) But the November live show is extra special because we were joined by none other than Matt Creamer a.k.a Norrin Radd! Justin, Mike and Matt picked some totally killer VGM tunes for this Patreon-exclusive live show, had fun chats about horny horns, slap bass, twarnmpy Genesis music, Sega’s Tower of Power, and more on this blazin’ hot funky live show…only on XVGM Radio!

Episode 62 – The Music of Crash Bandicoot

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Episode 62 – The Music of Crash Bandicoot

Crash Bandicoot games are often praised for their tight gameplay, innovative level designs, fun characters, and brilliant graphics…but the music, as usual, is the real all-star attraction on this week’s episode as the XVGM Radio gents journey to the Wumpa Islands, and beyond! Mike hits on some crates wedged in between TNT, as he risks playing some truly oddball tunes whereas Justin plays it safe and platforms with ease on some of the most iconic Crash tunes heard in the series! Grab some wumpa fruit to snack on as you learn about some games you might’ve shrugged off because they weren’t the holy PS1 trinity, as Mike and Justin have some truly nostalgic and nutty fun with the music of Crash Bandicoot!

Episode 61 – Spookyfest 2020!

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Episode 61 – Spookyfest 2020!

It’s Halloween time! Due to the current Covid-19 pandemic, the guys had to, of course, cancel the “live” festival of previous years for something more….virtual. Mike and Justin picked 11 scary, haunting, creepy, and most of all SPOOKY video game music tunes that will put the stalk in your scarecrows….the flaps in your bats….the lasagna in your….fat cats? Well, you’ll understand when you listen. A ghoulish mix of modern and classic tunes will flood your VGM well, and in 7 days, you’ll STILL be jamming to 2020’s SPOOKYFEST!

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