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!Read More
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!Read More
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!Read More
Take a look back through the backstage area of SPOOKYFEST 2020, where Mike and Justin are dropping some SPOOOOOOOKY, SPOOPY musical vibes, all exclusive to Patrons! From the terrifying, haunting, nails-on-a-chalkboard, skin crawling LISA: The Painful, to some old familiars from the Belmont Family! Swap your heads and bite some necks while you creak through the mansion basement of the VIP backstage pass for SPOOKYFEST 2020!Read More
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!
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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
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?!Read More
Licensed music is…well…licensed. It’s tough to showcase it in a video game music podcast. However, we thought it would be perfect timing to cover Tony Hawk video game music! With Tony Hawk Pro Skater 1+2 Remake releasing recently, it’s not totally coincidental as to why this became the topic for this month’s episode. Bang your head and dance in your seat to the thrilling sounds of high profile artists like Goldfinger, Flogging Mollies and hear Mike’s tale on Crenshaw and Justin’s story about misheard lyrics, all on this extra special-only-possible-on-Patreon-live-episode of XVGM Radio!Read More
It’s time to celebrate Patrons! August showcased a plethora of smashing tunes that are tracks we might not normally pick from, but they’re awesome nevertheless. We went into this one like a blind listen, and left riding Beetlejuice sandworms and playing air guitar. Lots of musical genre talks, what we were listening to in 1999, Discussion of Shepards, tower defense, Demon girl dating sims…and more! And all exclusive for Patrons! Huge thank you to those who won out during the random dice roll. And for those who didn’t get picked or some of the previous Patreon episode were left out, we’ll be sure to showcase your tunes next time around!
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Intro – Chris Murray: The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel IV – The End of Saga (PS4, 2018) “Burning Throb” Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisuga, Yukihiro Jindo, Mitsuo Singa
1 – Austin: Elemental Master (GEN, 1990) “Calling on the Dark Dragon King – Stage 5 Boss” Toshiharu Yamanishi, Naosuke Arai
2 – Jeremy Rutz: Tokyo Xtreme Racer (Shutokou Battle) (DC, 1999) “Haziness” T’s Music
3 – Nick Davis: Mass Effect (XB360, 2007) “Spectre Induction” Jack Wall (Lead), Sam Hulick
4 – Matt Hannola: Helltaker (PC, 2020) “Vitality” Mittsies
5 – Dan Laughton: Pawarumi (PC/Consoles, 2018/19) “The Dune Queen” Grégory Desmurs
6 – Muddled MADness: Duke of Defense (PC/Switch, 2019) “Shiver Shiver” Chris Anselmo
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!Read More
What do Karaoke Machines, bizarre PCM voice samples and shamisens have in common? They’re all points of discussion on today’s episode where Mike and Justin do a deep dive on Zuntata, the in-house composers and live band for Taito! Formed in 1983, Zuntata was largely carried by composers like Hisayoshi Ogura, though there were over a dozen members over the years, all of which brought us some of the best video game music ever! We’re taking a deep dive into the back catalog of Zuntata’s music from all different genres of gaming. So get ready to test your burger, meditate…meditation and hang out with Daddy Mulk and his casino, because the XVGM Radio guys are ready to rock!Read More