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Episode 93 – X-Men Game Music w/ Carlos from Heroes Three

Episode 93 – X-Men Game Music w/ Carlos from Heroes Three

Marvel Comics’ X-Men series is a franchise that means a lot to millions all over the planet. In the 90s, it was the pinnacle of X-citing, engaging storytelling coupled with a major media boost thanks to the comics, collectible cards, Saturday morning cartoons and of course, video games. On today’s episode of XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin invite fellow X-Men fan Carlos from the Heroes Three Podcast to share some nostalgic memories on how the gaming experiences featuring the mighty Mutants changed their lives forever. Choosing from mostly the 90s era of X-related games and their music, the boys dish the dirt on 10 awesome songs from that era. Listen to tales of Mike piddling around with ZSNES’ emulator to make music remixes of Cyclops’ theme. Hear how the X-Men changed Carlos’ life when it came to becoming an artist. Revel in Justin’s tale on how his appreciation for Genesis music has flipped the switch. They share their favorite X-heroes, open up about their pre-pubescent love of Psylocke and try to figure out what’s up with people who are anti-Capcom guitar tones. The guys discuss the deeper meanings of the X-Men metaphor and how it relates to real life in this personal, fulfilling episode that features songs you love AND some you might discover for the first time!
Big thank you to Carlos from The Heroes Three Podcast! Follow him on Twitter and check out his podcast!
Heroes Three Podcast Site
Carlos’ Twitter
What’d you think of our X-Men episode? Favorite track? Who are YOUR Top 5 Favorite X-characters?  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 – X-Men (ARC – 1992) “Here Comes the Hero” Seichi Fukami, Yuji Takenouchi, Junya Nakano, Ayako Nishigaki
1 – Marvel Super Heroes (ARC – 1995) – “Wolverine Stage” Takayuki Iwai, Yuki Iwai, Tatsuro Suzuki
2 – X-Men (GEN – 1993) “Final Boss” Fletcher Beasley
3 – X-Men Mutant Apocalypse (SNES – 1994) “Theme of Cyclops” Setsuo Yamamoto
4 – The Uncanny X-Men (NES, 1989) – “Level 3 – Search and Destroy the Robofactory” Unknown Composer
5 – Patreon Pick: Rayjkayj – X-Men: Children of the Atom (ARC – 1994, SAT -1995, DOS – 1997, PS1 – 1998) “Moon Night – Psylocke’s Theme” – Shun Nishigaki
6 – X2: Wolverine’s Revenge (GBA – 2003) “Boss” Shin’en (Manfred Linzner)
7 – Spider-Man and the X-Men (SNES – 1992) – “Gambit” Geoff Follin, Tim Follin
8 – X-Men vs. Street Fighter (ARC – 1996) “Magneto Stage” Yuki Iwai, Yūko Takehara
9 – X-Men Mutant Wars (GBC – 2000) “Sewers” Kazuo Sawa

 

 

August Patreon Live Recording – 2022

August Patreon Live Recording – 2022

Super Mario Bros. Legend of Zelda. Streets of Rage. Mega Man. Everyone loves to celebrate the songs known to the general public in video game music’s fandom. But what about the songs that reach deep into the farthest netherrealms of VGM? Join a collaboration between three different video game music podcasts (Mike Levy/Justin Schneider from XVGM Radio, Ed Wilson from The VGMbassy and Rob Nichols/Pernell Vaughan from Rhythm & Pixels) as they take a trip into the far reaches of game soundtracks to unearth some of the most obscure stuff you’ve ever heard from your favorite composers. These are songs that only the hardest of hardcore video game music fans know about and now it’s your turn to learn and jam out to the legacy of game music legends.

May Patreon Live Recording – 2022

May Patreon Live Recording – 2022

It’s time, once again, to listen to YOUR PICKS! That’s right! You call the shots in this special Patreon request episode! We had to fill the gap with a few of our own…extra special guests, but we’re excited to listen to some extremely awesome music from our Patrons! Thanks for bringing the thunder on this one! We’re joined by our pal Ed Wilson from The VGMbassy where we share some stories from the PTR days regarding the John Baker composer interview, get confused on how to pronounce Live A Live (despite our Patreon member Ryan McPherson telling us how) and get weird, wild and wacky on some uber awesome PCM sample based tunes, all on an exciting live show for XVGM Radio!

Episode 88 – April Fools!

Episode 88 – April Fools!

It should be pretty obvious if you’ve heard the show before that Mike and Justin LOVE comedy. So on this episode, which just so happens to release on April Fools for no specific reason, the guys get deeply personal and share never before heard stories before. Listen to some wacky tunes about sunflowers, finding secrets, slippery little things that taste so good all the time, all while learning about Mike’s porn music career, Justin’s pet rock collection and his unofficial name change, Mike’s shocking political affiliation, Justin’s composer obsession and many more secrets revealed! This is an episode you won’t want to miss!

February Patreon Live Recording – 2022

February Patreon Live Recording – 2022

XVGM Radio loves Mega Man…but which versions? Well…that’s a good point…time for a FREE FOR ALL! Mike and Justin sit down with one of their long time friends, Brian Siecienski (also former guest host on the Sierra Games episode) and chat about nostalgic memories with a variety of underrated Mega Man tunes. From conversations about Bass being a…well, bass fish, to light-hearted trash talking Mega Man 5 and 7, and a variety of chill, funky and rockin’ songs, this episode is one you don’t want to Mega-Miss!

Episode 84 – Yakuza Games w/ Alex From A VGM Journey

Episode 84 – Yakuza Games w/ Alex From A VGM Journey

On XVGM Radio, we generally are pretty knowledgable about the subject matter of both game music and the game series we discuss. But what about when we’re not familiar with a franchise or its tunes? We bring in someone who’s played them all and in this circumstance that would be patron saint of video game music podcasts and leader of his own show, Alex Messenger of A VGM Journey. Together, we discuss Alex’s history with the Yakuza series as Justin and Mike experience the franchise through Alex. From misheard vocal lyrics “Can You Hungry – Just Brillo!” to Mike’s experience growing up listening to whatever his parents played in the car and of course Justin had to jokingly give Mike a hard time about a track! Come along for the trip to Japan as we chat about one of Sega’s newer yet most prominent IPs of the PS2 era and beyond! This…is a journey through the Yakuza franchise’s video game music!

Episode 78 – Super Smash Bros. Music w/ The VGMbassy

Episode 78 – Super Smash Bros. Music w/ The VGMbassy

It’s a teamup of EPIC PROPORTIONS! Mike and Ed of XVGM Radio join forces with VGM Podcast minister and community mastermind, Ed Wilson (current host of The VGMbassy and previously co-host with Mike on PixelTunes Radio) to listen to some truly smash-tastic tunes. The guys pick their favorites from the Super Smash Bros. franchise, songs that recapture their memories of some of their favorite games and rebundles the tunes into incredible arrangements! The jokes soar high on this episode when the innuendo dial gets turned up to 11! Plus, a special 4 minute and change commercial featuring some of VGM Podcasting’s best voices! Don’t miss this episode!

Episode 75 – Adventure Island vs. Wonder Boy (feat. Rhythm & Pixels)

Episode 75 – Adventure Island vs. Wonder Boy (feat. Rhythm & Pixels)

In an epic battle for Justin’s soul, Mike and Justin teamed up with Rhythm & Pixels to discuss the wild, wacky world of Adventure Island and Wonder Boy games and their funky fresh music! From heavy metal chiptune boss bangers to Dorabian Night arabic themes (yes, you read that right), the guys showcased some absolutely killer tunes this time around! From hilarious chats about Rob being an 80 year old unknown Japanese VGM composer (I gotchu-chan!) to creating a fake VGM band called Master Wiggins, Rhythm & Pixels plus XVGM Radio ALWAYS is a chaotic sea of fun and information and in this case, you get to learn about the backstory of how Adventure Island ripped off Wonder Boy. How did the series come full circle in the end? Why is Pernell so obsessed with Turbo Grafx? Does Justin’s Soul ever get claimed? Is Rob running composer conspiracies?! Find out on this action-packed episode of XVGM Radio…and make sure to grab enough fruit along the way!
Big thank you to Rob and Pernell for joining us on this really fun episode. Rhythm & Pixels is an awesome VGM Podcast that you can check out here: https://rhythmandpixels.com/ Links to all their social media are in there too!
Also, check out their VGM 24/7 stream of tunes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DOyCDPwEiOw
Special thank you to Ed Wilson from The VGMbassy for voicing our announcer in this episode’s commercial! Check out his equally awesome VGM Podcast here: https://thevgmbassy.com/
What was your favorite track of the episode? Do you have a preference of Adventure Island or Wonder Boy games and their music and does that line up together or do you like one more than the other? Have you played any of these games and if not, are you going to seek them out and their soundtracks? What did you think of our guests? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
Also, we have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share a random or obscure VGM song you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
Thanks to all of our wonderful Patrons: Alex Messenger, Cam Werme, Chris Murray, Chris Myers, Chris Hart, Scott McElhone, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, Brad Austin, Dan Laughton, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
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If you’re an Apple Podcasts listener, please consider leaving a rating and a review to let us know how we’re doing! It also helps with getting the show to show up when others are searching for VGM!

TRACK LISTING:

Intros – Adventure Island (NES, 1986) “Wild Plains” Jun Chikuma
– Wonder Boy (SMS, 1986) “Main Round” Ryuichi Nishizawa
1 – Super Adventure Island II (SNES, 1992) “On The Open Seas” Akihiro Akamatsu, Sachiko Oita, Shinji Nakaya
2 – Wonder Boy Returns/Remix (PC/PS4/SWI, 2019) “Boss Theme” Ryuichi Nishizawa arranged by Jong-bum Choi, Sukgil.Ham (Spotworks)
3 – New Adventure Island (TG-16, 1992) – “Stage 2-3” – Keiji Sakata
4 – Monster Boy & The Cursed Kingdom (Switch/PS4/XB1, 2018) – “Green Fields” (pretty much the intro field) – Keiki Kobayashi (did this specific track?) Shinichi Sakamoto (labelled as series composer), Yuzo Koshiro, Keiki Kobayashi, Takeshi Yanagawa, Cédric Joder, Michiru Yamane, Motoi Sakuraba, Matt Creamer (16 Bit Track), Tee Lopes
5 – Adventure Island 3 (NES, 1992) “Boss Battle” Miyoshi Okuyama, Hirohiko Takayama, Gattuchan
6 – Wonder Boy III: The Dragon’s Trap (SMS, 1989) “The Danger Zone” Shinichi Sakamoto
7 – Adventure Island: The Beginning (Wii – 2009) “Track 3” Yoshitaka Hirota
8 – Monster World IV (GEN – 1994) “Arabesque Court in Dream” Jin Watanabe

 

 

Episode 58 – Chrono Trigger 25 Years Later – An Epoch Journey

Episode 58 – Chrono Trigger 25 Years Later – An Epoch Journey

It’s about time! Hailed as one of the greatest JRPG experiences of all time, and for good reason, Chrono Trigger’s the complete package for all gamers. Therefore, Justin and Mike bring in a special guest who not only is a huge fan of the game and it’s stellar soundtrack, but also named his podcast after a song title: Drew Mackie of Singing Mountain. Drew joins the XVGM Radio boys for a celebration of the ages, as they discuss the 25th anniversary of the game as of today (Yes, we’re breaking schedule to release on the official 25th birthday of Chrono Trigger!) What transpires is a nostalgic trip into the past full of name corrections, Mike sharing the track that made him cry, and of course our overlord Lavos screech discussions (Praise Lavos, of course.) Grab your Masamune, your bowls of Eyes Cream and prepare to howl with the Black Wind, as we celebrate 25 years of this milestone game!

Episode 47 – Konami Unleashed in the East! W/ Dan Laughton

There’s plenty of Konami classics that never made their way outside of Japan. We could probably do an entire episode like this featuring the Ganbare Goemon series! However, today we’ll be focusing our efforts on two shoot ‘em ups (SHMUPS, Shooters, Shmupdangos, whatever you wanna call them!) Falsion, a Famicom Disk System game that took use of the 3D Glasses that premiered on the same day, as well as Crisis Force, one of the final Konami games released on the Famicom. Both of these have stellar soundtracks that are worth sharing with the rest of the world. So let Mike and Justin take you on a wild space mission with special guest, author Dan Laughton. Learn about how real world physics apply to space battles, hear Mike and Justin travel from the future with California accents on a mission to save the world…and jam out to some awesome music on this episode of XVGM Radio!

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