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Episode 83 – Spookyfest 2021

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Episode 83 – Spookyfest 2021

It’s that time of year again! Spooooooooooooookyfest has returned for it’s 2021 festival! Join Mike and Justin (and lots of zombies) for the most ghoulish “live” music event of the year! We’ve picked some really devilish tracks for you to sink your teeth into this Halloween season! From brand new Sega Genesis games to creepy crawly C64 classics, the XVGM Radio guys are making sure your late October festivities are at their most haunting of levels. With plenty of brand new “sponsors” for this event, coupled with some hilarious chats, you’d better check yourself before you Shrek yourself on this shriek of a good time…ONLY on XVGM Radio!

Episode 82 – An Evening with Barry Leitch

Episode 82 – An Evening with Barry Leitch

Barry Leitch is mostly known for his compositions on the Top Gear racing game series, and more recently, Horizon Chase Turbo. But if you dive deep enough, you’ll uncover a wealth of video game music magic from a man who was inspired by the greats of the C64 era. Starting out as a teenager, his earlier creations aren’t as fondly remembered by the composer himself but the journey to how they became what they were is the path that we have taken on this interview. In this episode, Barry tells us all about working with the limitations of retro systems, the time a tiny TV made a massively negative impact on his Utopia SNES port and what it was like to cram big samples into tiny audio chips. He chats about what it was like working with other notable composer Dean Evans and the process he goes through to write music. Mike shares some ridiculous nostalgic memories regarding Gauntlet Legends, Justin shares a tale about his Rush 2 N64 experience and more on this in-depth interview with VGM Legendary composer, Barry Leitch!

September Patreon Live Recording – 2021

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September Patreon Live Recording – 2021

On a beary cool September evening, your faithful XVGM Radio hosts barely survived baring 7 beartastic VGM tracks…exclusive for Patreon members! Yes! You picked the topic this month, and we ran with it! BEARS in VGM! We’ve picked from a variety of video games involving bears in some way, shape or form to give you an exciting episode from start to finish! The guys pick a better name than Banjo Threeie, Mike is blown away by an outtake that he was blown away in, lots of 90s theme song discussions, Yo Yogi mentions, and Justin says one of the funniest things on the podcast that catches Mike totally off guard. We “bear” our souls on this epically funny live episode of XVGM Radio!

Episode 81: Consoles VS Handhelds (Same Song Different System)

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Episode 81: Consoles VS Handhelds (Same Song Different System)

The difference between consoles and handhelds can be immense…..or….there’s not much of a difference (if we’re talking about redbook audio, at least.) But what happens when we DO compare these two regarding the same composition, but different arrangements? What sacrifices need to be made to make the underpowered consoles stand out? Today on XVGM Radio, Mike and Justin compare several handheld tracks with their console counterparts and determine which they like more…and the answers may shock you. Between Mike’s nerdy ramblings about lyrical differences in Luna’s Boat Song, Justin waxing nostalgic about his mind being blown regarding Lethal Weapon NES’ switching characters method, controversial anti-war songs and plenty of balls jokes to go around, it’s pretty clear these guys are Nutz for VGM!

August Patreon Live Recording – 2021

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August Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Journey with the XVGM Radio guys as they deep dive through time itself, as far back as the early 1990s of gaming, where they discuss VGM music themed to time travel, time control, time for Go-Gurt, or time for action! It’s an exciting Patreon exclusive live show of epic proportions! And surprisingly, not a single Japanese composer; a rarity for the guys! Journey through the sands of time, through a movie theater, and into the questionable future…and past…as Mike and Justin get silly about yogurt, yoga and zen meditation. All on this episode that’s JUST for Patreon members!

Episode 80: Free Picks 解き放たれた第四 (The Fourth Unleashed)

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Episode 80: Free Picks 解き放たれた第四 (The Fourth Unleashed)

The XVGM Radio guys go WILD…..with their fourth rendition of their Free Picks series of shows! Every 20 episodes, Mike and Justin pick whatever tracks they want to showcase, plus they flip a coin to determine the order of who introduces the episodes and picks the first tracks. How exciting! With a wide assortment of music at their fingertips, Mike blows Justin’s mind with an epic modern Genesis track, Justin revisits a game discussed on the Vanillaware episode while also posing a question about a specific track to the listener, and Janine takes the night off to let the boys do as they please. Strap yourselves in, grab a pair of headphones and crank this one up to 11, it’s Free Picks: The Fourth Unleased

July Patreon Live Recording – 2021

July Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Ice Cream is a lovely treat any time of the year, but especially during the summer. Since it’s the end of July, we’re celebrating by…playing tracks having to do with Ice Cream….while eating ice cream. From Mike’s embarrassing story about Queen Leene’s Ice Cream in Chrono Trigger, to Justin wanting to be buried in an Ice Cream Hole, this episode is packed full of nostalgia, dad jokes and frozen love. 

Episode 79 – The Music of Blaster Master

Episode 79 – The Music of Blaster Master

The original Blaster Master on the Nintendo Entertainment System was host to plenty of nostalgic memories for those of us who grew up during that era. But there’s a surprising amount of games that have been released for the game-turned-franchise and on this episode, Justin and Mike dive deep into the legacy of the series and how Naoki Kodaka helped shape the roots of what would become an explosive success in the hands of developer Inticreates. Taking you on a trip from the surprising origins of the first official game of the series (which has its history with an entirely different company!) all the way up to chatting about the upcoming Blaster Master Zero 3: the finale of a riveting revisit to the Blaster Master games. Join Mike as he tries to stump Justin with a soundalike from another Sunsoft game. Plus, how the Worlds of Power book fits into all this…wait, what?! Hop in your Sophia tank and let’s get rolling into Episode 79, on XVGM Radio!

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!

June Patreon Live Recording – 2021

June Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Thanks to our Patreon members, the votes were in and you wanted to hear Capcom Handheld Game Music: We’re happy to give it to you! Justin and Mike picked some nostalgic but also intriguing tracks that go the distance. From the funky vibe of Mega Man Xtreme 2’s Launch octopus to the Tim Follin-ish Mega Man ZX track “Rockin’ On”, the guys brought some tracks which truly showcased the power of handheld VGM when it comes to Capcom’s franchises!

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