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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 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 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 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 55 – Mega Man Fan Game Music w/ MegaPhilX

Episode 55 – Mega Man Fan Game Music w/ MegaPhilX

Since the dawn of the internet, video game fans have gathered to celebrate their favorite franchises. One of the most dedicated fanbases is for Mega Man, specifically the classic series that started on the NES, and saw a resurgence on later generations like Mega Man 9 and 10 on the Wii, and more recently, Mega Man 11 on the Switch. But those classic 8-bit style games feature some of the best video game music ever; songs that we’ve all heard over and over again. So today, we wanted to spotlight some fan efforts, and boy did we find some fantastic tunes! We’re joined by Mega Man fan community member, co-composer, artist and creator of the Mega Man fan game juggernaut, Mega Man Unlimited, to showcase his game, and several others. Learn about his relationship with fellow composer and all star of the MM fan game universe, Kevin Phetsomphou and listen to Justin, Mike and Phil list their order of favorite classic MM games. Also hear some fascinating stories from Phil getting a paid trip to Hawaii on Capcom’s dime! All on this MEGA-powered up episode of XVGM Radio!

Episode 54 – Continue?

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Episode 54 – Continue?

Continue themes in video games: Essentially a step stool to repeat a failure. But are these tunes worth revisiting outside of the gaming experience? Mike and Justin think so, and so they challenged each other to come up with a large assortment of some unique continue tracks. From discussions about songs that either sound like adult films or Japanese Benny Hill skits, to discussions about memorable continue screen visuals, this episode offers some unique songs and discussions that makes diving deep worth the plunge. Get ready to hit start before the timer runs out, because this is the Continue Theme episode!

Episode 52 – Run ‘N Guns

Episode 52 – Run ‘N Guns

Get ready for some spreadshot, some rocket lawnchairs and discussions about Kevin Bacon-lookalikes dealing drugs, because XVGM Radio is blasting their way onto the scene with an episode focused on the Run ‘n Gun genre and it’s music! Often looped in with shoot ‘em ups and First Person Shooters (FPS,) Run ‘n Guns are more like action platformers that focus on blowing away everything in sight; and the good news is, they typically have amazing soundtracks! Mike and Justin grab their most tattered bandanas as they wax nostalgia for wreckless convertible driving, western motifs in games, Mr. BIG singalongs and of course: cheat codes! Get your thumbs ready to hit A-B-B-A, and Up-Up-Down-Down-Left-Right-Left-Right-A-B on this cyberpunk lovin’, laser-shootin’ episode of XVGM Radio!

Episode 51 – Yooka-Laylee Back to the Fluture

Episode 51 – Yooka-Laylee Back to the Fluture

When Playtonic Games set out to develop a new 3D Action Platformer in the vein of Donkey Kong Country and Banjo Kazooie, they went back to the original composers who made those games sound so fantastic: David Wise (DKC) and Grant Kirkhope (BK.) But how did those games influence the sound with this new franchise that’s been born out of a love and labor of the 64 bit era? Today on XVGM Radio, we’re lucky to have both David Wise AND Returning guest/Composer Grant Kirkhope on the show to talk about the musical evolution from Donkey Kong, to Banjo-Kazooie, and finally, how those two influenced Yooka Laylee and Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair. From Mike trying to make sense of musical genres (and trying not to fanboy too much), to David and Grant uncovering some information about Grant’s hiring process that they’d never known, to Justin sharing his fascination with Wild West VGM, get ready to collect DK Coins, Bananas, Jiggies, and Pagies on this star-studded interview from XVGM Radio!
HUGE thank you to Materia Collective and Jayson from Scarlet Moon Productions for helping with setup for the interviews. You can get the high quality soundtracks to both Yooka Laylee games on Materia Collective’s pages here:
https://www.materiacollective.com/music/yooka-laylee-original-game-soundtrack
https://www.materiacollective.com/music/yooka-laylee-and-the-impossible-lair-original-game-soundtrack
Check out David and Grant at their respective social media and websites:
David: https://www.davidwise.co.uk/
Grant: https://www.grantkirkhope.com/
We’d love to hear what you thought about these composer interviews! Was it awesome to hear from Grant and David and did you learn anything new? 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, MixxMaster, Jason SuperJES Dos, Brad Austin, 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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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 -Yooka-Laylee “Main Theme” Grant Kirkhope
1- Donkey Kong Country (SNES, 1994) “Gang-Plank Galleon” David Wise, Eveline Novakovic (Fischer), Robin Beanland
2 – Donkey Kong Country 2 (SNES, 1995) “Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)” David Wise
3 – Donkey Kong Land 2 (GB, 1996) “Stickerbush Symphony (Bramble Blast)” David Wise, Grant Kirkhope (arranged)
4 – Donkey Kong Country: Tropical Freeze (Wii U/Switch, 2014/2018) “Zip Line Shrine” David Wise, Kenji Yamamoto
5 – Diddy Kong Racing (N64, 1997) “The Secret Tune” – David Wise
6 – Banjo-Kazooie (N64, 1998) “Secret Fanfare 4 (Mad Monster Mansion)” – Grant Kirkhope
7 – Banjo-Tooie (N64, 2000) “Wild West Zone” – Grant Kirkhope
8 – Banjo Kazooie: Nuts & Bolts (360, 2008) “Out Around Nutty Acres” – Grant Kirkhope, Robin Beanland, David Clynick
9 – Yooka Laylee -(2017, PS4, Switch, XBONE, PC) “Hivory Towers” Grant Kirkhope, David Wise, Steven Burke
10 – Yooka Laylee (2017, PS4, Switch, XBONE, PC) “Uphill Battle” – Steven Burke, Grant Kirkhope, David Wise
11 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “Factory Fright” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise
12 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “The Overworld – Beach” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise
13 – Yooka Laylee & The Impossible Lair (2019, Switch, PS4, XBONE, PC) “The Impossible Lair 2” – Matt Griffin, Grant Kirkhope, Daniel Murdoch, David Wise

 

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XVGM Radio!

Welcome! Stay a while and listen – to some of the best video game music you’ll hear this side of the internet. Mike & Justin have a whole host of episodes lined up where we want to take you for a ride throughout the vast world of VGM – from beeps and boops of the 70’s & 80’s right up through the fully orchestrated soundtracks of some of today’s best games.

Each episode will consist of at least 10 tracks (plus an intro) chosen by your hosts (and any guests), a commercial, themed around the topic of the episode, as well as some discussion centered around the tracks that you will hear. We want to be the best possible vgm-based radio show we can be, so always feel free to let us know what you liked, what fell flat, and what we can do to make the show even better.

Stay tuned – our 1st episode will release on June 13th (06/13/18).

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