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Episode 87 – Super Nintendo: ORCHESTRATED with Orchestral Fantasy

Episode 87 – Super Nintendo: ORCHESTRATED with Orchestral Fantasy

The Super Nintendo is known for having some of the most lush compositions in 16 bit history. But have you ever wondered what these tracks would sound like with real instruments? Our guest today is Andrew Thompson who runs a musical project where he answers that very question and the results are EPIC! Mike and Justin sit down with Andrew to discuss and compare his orchestrated versions with real instrumentation, while mostly staying faithful to the original compositions. If you’re a fan of JRPGs on the SNES, this is NOT an episode to miss!
***There were some connection issues regarding the first two breaks so we apologize in advance for the static-sounding voice on Andrew. After numerous trial and error, we decided to record separately and combine the breaks after the problem could not be solved. Thanks for understanding.***
We’d like to thank Andrew for being on the show. Please check out his content on both Youtube and Soundcloud as well as the latest album,
Youtube: https://www.youtube.com/c/OrchestralFantasy/videos
Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/andrewt81
Beyond Fantasy Album: https://open.spotify.com/album/1RRCELKYi5sMU62joCGcqs
What was your favorite track of the episode? What’d you think of our guest and his renditions of classic SNES tracks?  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 – Final Fantasy VI (SNES – 1994) “Dancing Mad Part 1” Nobuo Uematsu
1 – ActRaiser (SNES – 1990) “The World Tree (All Over the World)” Yuzo Koshiro
2 – Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past (SNES – 1992) “Ending Credits” Koji Kondo
3 – Secret of Mana (SNES – 1993) “The Second Truth from the Left” Hiroki Kikuta
4 – Final Fantasy V (SFC – 1992) “The Decisive Battle” Nobuo Uematsu

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
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, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, Muddle MADness, Dan Laughton, Matthew Hannola, Jeremy Rutz and The Autistic Gamer 89. Become a Patron, get cool rewards, and more at http://www.Patreon.com/XVGMRadio
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
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:

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 44 – Valfaris with Curt Victor Bryant

Episode 44 – Valfaris with Curt Victor Bryant

What oozes neon, smells of decaying bugs and gives you a neck injury? Why, it’s Valfaris, of course! Released in 2019, Valfaris brought a 1980’s Heavy Metal Magazine aesthetic to the run-n-gun genre, and along with it came an equally brutal, tranquil, and exciting soundtrack by Ex-Celtic Frost member, Curt Victor Bryant. It’s not everyday you get certified rock stars on the podcast, so Mike and Justin talked up a storm with the composer! From his beginning days in Switzerland at the jukebox, to his time in Celtic Frost, Curt lays it all on the line in this tell all episode that is currently our longest to date! We talk Energy Babes, heavy metal references, his injection of world and new age music into this thrash/groove/extreme metal soundtrack that will get the blood pumping!
Huge thank you to our guest of honor, composer Curt Victor Bryant! Please check him out on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/curtvictorbryant
We’d love to hear what you thought about the interview with Curt, the soundtrack, and more! What was your favorite track? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
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, Scott McElhone, Chris Hart, Jordan & Anson Davis, Llama Adam, Peter Panda, Kung Fu Carlito, Bedroth, Nick Davis, MixxMaster, 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
Our Twitter and Instagram are great ways to interact with us! Find us on there under our handle @XVGMRadio
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:

Intro – Torture March
1 – Extreme Vehemence
2 – Infectious Fear
3 – Curator of Dark Souls
4 – Cosmic Decay
5 – Settlement of Rays
6 – Mass Upheaval
7 – Chronic Dissolution
8 – Metanoia
9 – Abysmal Souls
10 – Birth of a New Death

Episode 34 – Super Thrash Bros!

Episode 34 – Super Thrash Bros!

To be in a video game music cover band in 2019, there needs to be a gimmick of some sort. Fortunately, Super Thrash Bros. have a rock solid one. These gents combine wacky Smash Bros. themed showmanship and metal medleys with Smash Bros. themed costumes for a combination that can’t be beat! Today on XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin are lounging with Super Thrash Bros. members Eric Germain (Ness; Drums), Ryan Morris (Megaman; Guitar) and Nick Palmisano(Skull Kid; Bass) to listen to the band’s favorite medleys of their own. Then, we’ll compare one portion of the medley to it’s Thrash Bros. counterpart, head to head! Other members of Super Thrash Bros. who weren’t able to join us this time around include Ant Palmisano (Shiek, Guitar), Bryan Carroll (Master Hand), Ed Connolly (Crazy Hand).This versus match is worth every second! Hear Mike get schooled on “progressive punk” aka Thrash, hear all about how this band came together to rock, and…long blonde haired dudes headbanging while wearing Donkey Kong ties?! It’s all on this episode of XVGM Radio!
We’d love to hear what you thought about this episode! What was your favorite comparison? What do you think of Super Thrash Bros.? Shoot us an email at XVGMRadio@gmail.com or join in on the discussion at: https://www.facebook.com/groups/XVGMradio
We have a Discord Channel! Join us and chat about the show, share Dreamcast VGM you love, or just chit chat with Mike and Justin about tacos! Join for free here: https://discord.gg/zWxDYfn
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TRACK LISTING:

All Medleys Performed and Arranged By Super Thrash Bros.

Intro : Kirby Medley
Metroid Medley – Metroid (NES – 1986) “Brinstar” Hirokazu Tanaka
F-Zero Medley – F-Zero X (N64 – 1998) “Mute City” Tarō Bandō, Hajime Wakai,
Mario Medley – Super Mario World (SNES – 1990) “Bowser’s Castle” Kōji Kondō
Mega Man Medley – Mega Man 2 (NES – 1988) “Flash Man” Takashi Tateishi, Manami Matsumae, Yoshihiro Sakaguchi
Pokemon Medley – Pokemon Red/Blue/Yellow (GB – 1996) “Trainer Battle” Junichi Masuda
Star Fox Medley – Star Fox (SNES – 1993) “Venom Base (Parts 1&3)” Hajime Hirasawa

Episode 21 – Classic vs. Covers with Lame Genie

Episode 21 – Classic vs. Covers with Lame Genie

Video game music cover bands have been going for decades now. It’s tough to stand out in a crowded genre, but we think Lame Genie pulls off something special. On this episode, we are joined by Lame Genie members Mike Costigan, Kyle Sawaia and Jeff McGowan for a not-so-serious discussion on their band, Taco Bell sponsorships, melting their brains with anagram knowledge, all while comparing 5 of their covers to the songs they’re based on! Get ready for some tracks that you don’t hear covered that often, in this very goofy, extremely radical episode of XVGM Radio!

Check out Lame Genie’s bandcamp where you can access their merch, albums, and social media: https://lamegenie.bandcamp.com/

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TRACK LISTING:

Intro – MegaMan III (NES – 1990) “Medley” Harumi Fujita, Yasuaki Fujita / Cover from Retropander
1 – Mario Kart 64 (N64 – 1996) “Kalimari Desert” Kenta Nagata / Cover from Play Games, Eat Tacos
2 – Undertale (PC/Vita/PS4/Mac/Linux/Switch – 2015-2018) “Asgore” Toby Fox, guitars by Stephanie MacIntire / Cover from Retropander
3 – Mega Man X (SNES – 1993) “Chill Penguin” Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, Toshihiko Horiyama / Cover from The Pretension Index Vol 2: Moist
4 – Silent Hill 2 (PS2 – 2001) “Theme of Laura” Akira Yamaoka / Cover from Play Games Eat Tacos
5- The Messenger (Switch/Windows – 2018) “The Frozen Light (Glacial Peak)” Rainbowdragoneyes / Cover from Play Games Eat Tacos
Outro: Killer Instinct (SNES/Arcade – 1995/1994) “Title Theme” Cover from Retropander