When I think of shmups, I think of grazing bullets, exploding pop-corn, 1CC’s, and the STG bible: The Full Extend of the Jam. But let’s get into the music! We’re joined by VGM rock-MASTER Chris Baines to share our favorite 2D shooter music! He shares his love of all things Gradius, and we get into how there’s so many awesome jazz-licks in these games. Wait are you waiting for? ENEMY APPROACHING! Continue reading Episode 12-1 Shmups with Chris Baines Music
It’s the most MagFest’iest time of the year! That means Pernell is travelling and partying with hundreds of music and game enthusiasts, and Rob is all alone! ALL ALONE! So enjoy this super DJ mix of synthwave style remixes and original game tunes! Continue reading Bonus Beats Vol. 2
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What do you with all that gold? When your pockets are filled to the gills with Gil? Hit the shops and grab better weapons! Better armor! Stock up on health potions and GET OUT OF HERE! Continue reading Mixtape 1-9 Shopping
Enjoy a selection of mostly classic 8 and 16 bit tracks composed for video game cutscenes! Continue reading Mixtape 1-8 Cutscenes
It’s no secret we are obsessed with the music from the Ys franchise. It is a secret how to pronounce the game’s title. Why not enjoy this mixape of classic tracks from the Ys series! Continue reading Mixtape 1-7 Ys
Let me tell you, that walk to the village isn’t as safe as you think. Let me tell you, that walk to the village isn’t as short as you think. The road is dangerous with RANDOM BATTLES! This week it’s all about that random battle music! Continue reading 12-4 Random Battles with Random Battles
Rob and Pernell celebrate their first holiday as podcast co-hosts. Rob reveals his secret love of Ristar, and Pernell double-dips into the Sonic games! Classic! Continue reading Mixtape 1-6 16-bit Christmas
High adventure and HEAVY METAL! We listen to great Zelda game music from all across the generations. Joining us this week is the Zelda-inspired heavy metal group Master Sword! We talk hook-shots, operatic metal, and winding stair-cases. It’s dangerous to go alone, listen to this podcast! Continue reading Episode 12-3 Zelda with Master Sword
Dark, moody, and rhythmic. We love the music of Shin Megami Tensei, and this mixtape was an absolute pleasure to put together. Enjoy the Meta-Ten sounds of Tsukasa Masuko and Shoji Meguro! Continue reading Mixtape 1-4 Shin Megami Tensei
We are seeing so many great new games recently with a retro-aesthetic, and we love it! Whether it’s pixelized 16-bit style artwork, or classic gameplay mechanics, it’s something that we’re drawn to immediately. The music is no different, borrowing from the sounds of past hardware and putting an original spin on it. Continue reading Episode 12-2 Retro Tributes
Who knew that a little bass instrument sample would change Rob’s life? Enjoy these FINE selections of Sunsoft’s greatest hits on the Nintendo Entertainment System Continue reading Mixtape 1-3 Sunsoft NES
The short-lived Sega Dreamcast had an excellent library which included some great vertical and horizontal shmups! Enjoy this mixtape from one of our earliest episodes with great classic Sega composers! Continue reading Mixtape 1-2 Dreamcast Shmups
Let’s listen to music that can get you powered up! Music that makes you feel like you can save the world even though your just a high school kid with magical powers! We explore the world of Shonen Jump video games and video game cross-overs! Continue reading Episode 11-10 Shonen Games
New every Friday! We are releasing classic-VGM-only mixtapes of our old shows! Enjoy Contra-jams from classic to the present! Continue reading Mixtape 1-1 Contra
For those who are about to Rockman, we salute you! This is the podcast’s second dive into video game rock music, and this time it’s personal. Pernell gives blood just before recording, so you’re in for an extra special treat. Rob sings his favorite fighting game moves, and Pernell reminisces about childhood games played in his neighborhood. (it’s amazing we survived our childhood) Continue reading Episode 11-9 Rock Music 2
Grab your keyboards let’s celebrate all the great things Yamaha did for classic game consoles and computer systems! We focus strictly on FM synth music composed for games, particularly anything with big chunky bass and funked up keyboard leads! Continue reading Episode 11-8 FM Synth Madness with Ed
This very special episode was recorded in front of a live Facebook studio audience! We listen to great snowy and icy tunes! We talk about Gameboys of Christmas’s past! And we goof off with everyone on Facebook during the live stream! So let’s have some fun! Continue reading Episode 11-7 Holiday Special!
This week we listen to game music used typically in desert stages, often to create the atmosphere of Arabic architecture and landscapes. Stereotypes aside, there are some fantastic melodies and rhythms to be found in these games. So take off your shoes and dive in with us! Continue reading Episode 11-6 Arabesque Music