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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!

Episode 86: Dances with Nikos!

Episode 86: Dances with Nikos!

It’s that time of year again! NikoTengoku joins us for his third return as the unofficial “third host” of the show…and he’s ready TO DANCE! We let Niko pick the theme this time around and he wanted to get down! We’ve all picked a variety of dance tracks to listen to from all walks of dance music. From almost gabber-like songs, to borderline industrial, progressive trance and more! You’ll be ready to get outta your seat and join us on the dance floor in no time! Prepare for an insane amount of Alzadick jokes, stories about Mike’s dad hating VGM and much more!

December/January Patreon Live Recording – 2021/2022

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December/January Patreon Live Recording – 2021/2022

The long awaited winter live show is upon us! Justin and Mike get together virtually to showcase some really unique and different wintery tracks for your snowy pleasures! From discussions about snuggling up next to a fire during a snowstorm while listening to the Xenoblade track, to the K-pop bounce of Cookie Run’s Christmas bop, the guys exchange gifts during their annual gift swap event and more! Don’t miss this exciting closeout to 2021 and bring in the new year with this winter wonderland voyage of VGM!

Episode 85: Dimo’s Quest CD-i Spotlight

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Episode 85: Dimo’s Quest CD-i Spotlight

While single games have been covered before on XVGM Radio, never before have we went into a soundtrack without hearing it period. Taking a page from our pal Ed Wilson over at The VGMbassy, we’re doing a “Blind Listen” episode where we pick tracks we haven’t heard, and learn about the game as we go along. The end result is a hilarious episode where Mike and Justin try to figure out PCM samples’ origins, listen to a totally radical soundtrack we’ve never heard before, deal with an explosion in the studio…and take a caller request from…Janine?! It’s all on this very exciting episode of XVGM Radio!

November Patreon Live Recording – 2021

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November Patreon Live Recording – 2021

As a thank you to our Patreon members, we do episodes a few times a year where YOU pick the tracks for the live show, and we’re happy to say, every song picked this time around was fantastic (as usual! Ya’ll have great taste.) Conversations about FM synth, visual novels versus adventure style games, the guys chatting about potentially doing an RTS episode for the main episodes and more! Join us on this Patreon Picks live episode!

Episode 84: Yakuza Games w/ Alex From A VGM Journey

Episode 84: Yakuza Games w/ Alex From A VGM Journey

On XVGM Radio, we generally are pretty knowledgable about the subject matter of both game music and the game series we discuss. But what about when we’re not familiar with a franchise or its tunes? We bring in someone who’s played them all and in this circumstance that would be patron saint of video game music podcasts and leader of his own show, Alex Messenger of A VGM Journey. Together, we discuss Alex’s history with the Yakuza series as Justin and Mike experience the franchise through Alex. From misheard vocal lyrics “Can You Hungry – Just Brillo!” to Mike’s experience growing up listening to whatever his parents played in the car and of course Justin had to jokingly give Mike a hard time about a track! Come along for the trip to Japan as we chat about one of Sega’s newer yet most prominent IPs of the PS2 era and beyond! This…is a journey through the Yakuza franchise’s video game music!

October Patreon Live Recording – 2021

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October Patreon Live Recording – 2021

Listened to Spookyfest 2021 and want MORE SPOOKY?! We got just the thing for you. Go bump in the night with 7 additional SPOOKY tracks in this exclusive Patreon VIP Pass! We dive into some entertaining conversations about TV watching habits. We pick our top three favorite and top three most hated Halloween candies, all while doing some Scooby Doo tv vs game music comparisons. Then chat about Lasagna, Rockabilly recommendations and play some outtakes from this year’s halloween episode! The perfect companion piece to SPOOKYFEST 2021!

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!

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