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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!

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
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
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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!

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!

Episode 60: Free Picks Trinity 三番目

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Episode 60: Free Picks Trinity 三番目

After a bit of a hiatus, the XVGM Radio guys are back to their regular schedule, and what better way to start things off then with a bunch of random tracks?! Every 20 episodes, Mike and Justin flip a coin to decide the order of the next 20 episodes, in addition to playing free picks! On today’s episode, we discuss proto-harem anime based games like Ranma ½, get our dance shoes on with a bunch of silly tracks, and ride the train through to end on a smooth jazz track. The genres are all over the place with this episode! From spanish guitar, to disco songs about midevil men…and even….KELSEY GRAMMER?! BAH BAH BAH BAH BAHHHH, I’M LOVIN’ XVGM!
Don’t forget to check out Justin’s Extra Life page, and make a donation to help children with cancer, if you can.
We’d love to hear what you thought about our third round of free picks! Did you have a favorite tune? 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 – Kartia: The World of Fate (PS1, 1998) “Dance of Words” Kenichi Tsuchiya (Battle BGM), Masaki Kurokawa (Event BGM)
1 – Super Dodge Ball(NES, 1988) “Vs Shadow Team” Kazuo Sawa
2 – Ranma 1/2 – Datou, Ganso Musabetsu Kakutou Ryuu! (PC-E CD, 1992) “Final Boss Battle” Atsuhiro Motoyama, Miyuki Takagi, Kayako Maeda, Taku Iwasaki
3 – Don’t Starve (PC/PS4, 2013/14) “Summer Jobs – Reign of Giants” Vincent DeVera, Jason Garner
4 – Fall Guys: Ultimate Knockout (PS4, WIN, 2020) “Everybody Falls (Fall Guys Theme)” Jukio Kallio, Daniel Hagström
5 – Warcraft II: Beyond the Dark Portal (DOS/MacOS, 1996) “I’m a Medieval Man” Glenn Stafford
6 – Wings of Wor (GEN, 1991) “Round 1-1” Noriyuki Iwadare, Akie Oba
7 – My Hero One’s Justice (Switch/PS4/XBone/Win, 2018) “Track 22” Design Wave Co. Ltd., Masato Kouda, Kento Hasegawa
8 – Black Bird (ToriTachi no Tooboe) (PC-98, 1995) “Howl of Crow” Takeaki Watanabe
9 – Loom (MacOS/DOS/Amiga/AtariST, 1990) “Main Theme” George Sanger
10 – Conduct Together (Mobile/MAC 2016, WIN, 2017, Switch, 2018) “On Board” Simon Kolle

Episode 59 – VGM in Motion

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Episode 59 – VGM in Motion

Do you feel the wind in your hair as you drive across that bridge everyday while headed to and from work? Is the sweat beating down your brow as you jog to the rhythm of your favorite VGM? Or are helmets, wheels and safety gear involved in your jams from game land? Well this episode of XVGM Radio is right up your alley, as we journey through 11 fantastic tracks involving motion in video games. Move through the neon future with four Ninja Turtles of the Teenage Mutant variety, Hop across tall buildings as Faith in Mirror’s Edge, and rocket through the various machs with your Wipeout arcade race car…and there’s plenty more where that came from! Mike and Justin return to close out the first 60 episodes with an exploration of motion in sound. Put the top down, close your eyes and put it in park as you turn the volume way up to the sound of…..i…is that a woodpecker?!

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

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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!

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