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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
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, Rayjkayj, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Bedroth, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, Scott Brackett, and Brad Austin. 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 – 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

 

 

Episode 92 – Nicole Marie T Composer Interview

Episode 92 – Nicole Marie T Composer Interview

Indie composers of video games are leading the way with their creativity, ingenuity and hunger to create the next wave of classics. One such composer is Nicole Marie T, who we had the pleasure of interviewing. From her love and appreciation of Sega to her evolution into a Sony fan, Nicole’s video game upbringing shines through her music as she churns out tons of tunes that we showcased in this interview. From hearing about her reaction to seeing her name in the credits of her first game to her excitement over orchestral tunes, you’ll get to hear a prime example of the next generation of VGM composers in this very episode. Justin and Mike are stoked for you to hear the sounds of Ghoulboy, Robozarro and beyond in this composer interview!

Episode 91 – Masters of VGM

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Episode 91 – Masters of VGM

If you had to pick four legendary composers that best represents you…as well as all of video game music, who would you pick? Well, that’s the question that our pal Bedroth from VGMVGM (Very Good Music Video Game Music) Podcast asked the community of VGM podcasters…and we broke the rules and picked a bonus one, because we’re rule breakers. Yeah, that’s right. Your boys from XVGM Radio are here to break down all the barriers. All jokes aside though, Mike and Justin pick their heaviest of hitters in their VGM opinions. From discussions on the impressive echo of Iku Mizutani’s NES bangers, to the sentimental tears Justin shed over Final Fantasy 9’s ending, XVGM Radio takes you through some of their favorite composers and the tracks they feel best represent them. Get ready to climb VGM mountain and see the masters of video game music!

Episode 90 – Nostalgic Themes

Episode 90 – Nostalgic Themes

Nostalgia can be a powerful thing. Growing up in the 80s and 90s, there was plenty of stuff Mike and Justin reflected on in this episode from their youth. Though as always when they pick a topic, sometimes they approach the idea differently for fun results. Episode 90 is a perfect representation of this method of madness. Listen to the guys wax nostalgia when talking about retro television, cartoons and how the theme songs converted to video games. They also go over the composers on the original theme songs and their thoughts on comparing them. Mike gets goofy with the best anime ever (courtesy of the internet meme about Corey in the House), Justin shares his take on Dragon Ball Z’s music, Mike talks about college drinking games involving Power Rangers, and the guys collectively discuss sick days with Bob Barker, all on this memory-filled episode of XVGM Radio!
Big thank you to Candice of Candi’s Game Shrine for reprising her Jill Valentine role in this episode’s commercial! Check out her youtube and twitter here:
Youtube – https://www.youtube.com/c/CandisClassicGameShrine
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Candi_CGS
Special thanks to Patreon members Jordan and Anson Davis for their Patreon pick this episode! What was your favorite track? Your least favorite? What theme songs are YOU nostalgic for?  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, Rayjkayj, Llama Adam, Kung Fu Carlito, Nick Davis, Ryan McPherson, Marques Stewart, and Brad Austin. 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 – Tiny Toon Adventures – Buster Busts Loose (SNES – 1992) “Theme of Tiny Toon Adventures” Kazuhiko Uehara, Yukie Morimoto, Bruce Broughton (original)
1 – Batman The Animated Series (GB, 1993) “Title” Yoshiyuki Hagiwara, Yuko Kurahashi (Music Image) Danny Elfman (original)
2 – Aaahh! Real Monsters (GEN – 1995) “Title, Score” Greg Turner, Eric Swanson, Drew Neumann (original)
3 – Choujin Sentai Jetman (FC, 1991) “Title Screen” Hiroyuki Iwatsuki, Hironobu Kageyama (original)
4 – Mighty Morphin Power Rangers (GB – 1994) “Title Screen & Boss Theme” Ron Wasserman (orig comp) Keisuke Nishino
5 – Zillion (SMS, 1987) “Pure Stone (Title Theme)” Tokuhiko Uwabo, Jun Irie(original)
6 – Dragon Ball Z – Supersonic Warriors (GBA – 2004) “Cha-La Head-Cha-La (Short)” Studio PJ Co. Ltd Hironobu Kageyama (original)
7 – Patreon Pick – Jordan/Anson Davis – The Price is Right (APL2, 1990) “The Price is Right Theme” Wayne K. Hoy, Kevin Kruse (Programmers), Edd Kalehoff (original)
8 – Stone Protectors (SNES – 1994) “Main Theme” Steve Duckworth, Steve Zuckerman (original)
9 – Cory in the House (DS, 2008) “Main Theme” Chris Alan Lee and Scott Clausen (original composer) David Jaeden Conley (arranger)
10 – Disney’s Chip ‘n Dale Rescue Rangers 2 (NES – 1993) “Title” Mark Mueller (Orig Comp), Jeff Pescetto (TV version), The JETS (extended version), Sachiko Oita, Akihiro Akamatsu, Minae Fujii

Episode 89 – The Best & Worst of Gems Driver Songs (w/ specia guest Dya)

Episode 89 – The Best & Worst of Gems Driver Songs (w/ specia guest Dya)

The Sega Genesis GEMS Driver is often considered one of the worst drivers created for video game music. However, we are optimists when it comes to most chips, so today, we’re taking a deep look into the GEMS driver. Who created it, why it was important to Western composers, the benefits of it and the downfalls. Justin and Mike aim to examine the good AND bad parts of it, to unearth some game music that you might not have known about. Aaron Hickman of the Genesis Gems podcast is also known as chiptune and VGM composer DYA. He joins us on this episode to help explain some of the nitty gritty details regarding GEMS and the Sega sound in general. From bad Sylvester Stallone impressions, to Mike absolutely losing it whenever Captain Salty is discussed….to a surprise phone call from someone claiming to be Tommy Tallarico, this episode of XVGM Radio has it all!

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!

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!

Episode 86 – Dances with Nikos!

Episode 86 – Dances with Nikos!

It’s that time of year again! NikoTengoku joins us for his third return as the unofficial “third host” of the show…and he’s ready TO DANCE! We let Niko pick the theme this time around and he wanted to get down! We’ve all picked a variety of dance tracks to listen to from all walks of dance music. From almost gabber-like songs, to borderline industrial, progressive trance and more! You’ll be ready to get outta your seat and join us on the dance floor in no time! Prepare for an insane amount of Alzadick jokes, stories about Mike’s dad hating VGM and much more!

Episode 85 – Dimo’s Quest CD-i Spotlight

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Episode 85 – Dimo’s Quest CD-i Spotlight

While single games have been covered before on XVGM Radio, never before have we went into a soundtrack without hearing it period. Taking a page from our pal Ed Wilson over at The VGMbassy, we’re doing a “Blind Listen” episode where we pick tracks we haven’t heard, and learn about the game as we go along. The end result is a hilarious episode where Mike and Justin try to figure out PCM samples’ origins, listen to a totally radical soundtrack we’ve never heard before, deal with an explosion in the studio…and take a caller request from…Janine?! It’s all on this very exciting episode of XVGM Radio!

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!

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