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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!

June Patreon Live Recording – 2022

June Patreon Live Recording – 2022

Welcome to our June 2022 live show, where we picked three themes that YOU voted on! Today’s episode features video game music based on Arnold Schwarzenegger games! That’s right, ol’ Arnie’s showing up in lots of retro titles…and even a newer one that we feature! We talk about our thoughts on the movies as well as the games, with some conflicting opinions about the True Lies game, defending Terminator 2, sharing our favorite Arnold lines, getting nostalgic for Arnold sound boards from the early 2000s, and of course, an insane amount of bad Arnold impressions (and even some Sly Stallone ones!) Grab your rocket launchers and headphones and get ready for AHHHHNOLD!

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!

May Patreon Live Recording – 2022

It’s time, once again, to listen to YOUR PICKS! That’s right! You call the shots in this special Patreon request episode! We had to fill the gap with a few of our own…extra special guests, but we’re excited to listen to some extremely awesome music from our Patrons! Thanks for bringing the thunder on this one! We’re joined by our pal Ed Wilson from The VGMbassy where we share some stories from the PTR days regarding the John Baker composer interview, get confused on how to pronounce Live A Live (despite our Patreon member Ryan McPherson telling us how) and get weird, wild and wacky on some uber awesome PCM sample based tunes, all on an exciting live show for XVGM Radio!

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

Episode 89 – The Best & Worst of Gems Driver Songs (w/ special 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!

April Patreon Live Recording – 2022

April Patreon Live Recording – 2022

Mike and Justin sit down and talk about a loaded subject: Unreleased songs. But they approached it two different ways: Songs that never were actually part of the in-game portions, that may have been hidden in the code and games that never came out. The guys chuckle at a term they came up with: Incredipeed, as well as the history behind some of these tracks not making it into the games. Join us on this funny look at songs that never made it out into the VGM-spectrum officially, on the April 2022 Patreon exclusive show!

Episode 88 – April Fools!

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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!

March Patreon Live Recording – 2022

March Patreon Live Recording – 2022

March’s live show is the end result of…well…Your choices! You got to pick our theme and based on your votes we are doing FOREST VGM! What follows is a bunch of tracks full of variety in both game and style of music. From bumpin’ tree top grooves to soft, ethereal voices and even some screechy Genesis synths, we brought you on a voyage through the forest and back with these songs! Listen to Mike and Justin dive into the origins of VGM, Mike gets candid about his weird taste in games, Justin shares his multiplayer experiences and….awkward conversations about why Pokemon Misty fans weird the guys out…it’s all on the latest live episode of XVGM Radio, exclusive to Patreon members!

February Patreon Live Recording – 2022

February Patreon Live Recording – 2022

XVGM Radio loves Mega Man…but which versions? Well…that’s a good point…time for a FREE FOR ALL! Mike and Justin sit down with one of their long time friends, Brian Siecienski (also former guest host on the Sierra Games episode) and chat about nostalgic memories with a variety of underrated Mega Man tunes. From conversations about Bass being a…well, bass fish, to light-hearted trash talking Mega Man 5 and 7, and a variety of chill, funky and rockin’ songs, this episode is one you don’t want to Mega-Miss!

Episode 87: Super Nintendo: ORCHESTRATED with Orchestral Fantasy

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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!

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