Friday, December 9, 2016

Ep. 47: Conglomerate of Souls

Josh and Emily burn the midnight oil to make sure this episode gets to you in time. Along the way they forget to address a patron’s question (sorry Carlos), play an incorrect track (sorry Poliester Ties), and talk more about Pokémon Go (sorry everybody). But on the positive side, everyone makes it to the jukebox safe and sound for the usual round of excellent jams.

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Gem'X Main Title Chris Hülsbeck
Ys III - Wanderers from Ys Trading Town of Redmont Mieko Ishikawa, Masaaki Kawai
La-Mulana Giant's Cry Houryu Samejima
Interstate '76 In the Junkyard Arion Salazar
Katamari Damacy Lonely Rolling Star Yano Yoshihito
Power Blade II Stage 01 Kinuyo Yamashita

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Extra Credit: The sound Emily made when she beat Wiz n' Liz


  1. Loved the Gem'X track I listened to it 3 times before I went on with the episode!

    1. Aww yeh, that's the sign of a killer track for sure!

  2. Yes! That Gem'X track is no joke, but also...when that bubbly Katamari chorus comes in, my warm Katamari memories rushed back (bubbled up?) into my nostalgia receptors. My eyes glazed over with tearful cuteness, Josh-style.

    I checked just quickly to see of Kirby Super Star's "Bubbly Clouds" would match the Katamari track's bubbliness, but it wasn't even close, smh.

  3. So I mentioned this elsewhere, but "Half Of My Love (feat. COR!S)" from the Winnose soundtrack out-cutes "Lonely Rolling Star" by a comfortable margin. However, there is a twinge of wistfulness in the harmonic chorus of LRS that really grabs me. I'm sorry, a TINGE of wistfulness. A tinge of a twinge.

    My super cute lyric-less submission is "Step Up" from Phantasy Star II.



  4. Just when I thought nothing could beat Burger Time Time.... here comes the Bubble Bauble challenge. Thanks for another great episode!

  5. First, I just want to express my love for the patrons of this show. You guys and gals introduce me to so many great tunes, and I love you for it! Gem'X is another highly notable example. It reminds me of the Postal Service. I enjoyed all the songs this episode though. I feel bad that Interstate '76 was interrupted by gang violence. It really is a super funky soundtrack and well worth an extended listen. Also, Katamari Damacy is one of my favorite OSTs. I've listened to it dozens of times.

    I'm with you on the enjoyment of non-melodic music Emily. I listen to a lot of electronic music where the melodies eithers aren't there, or are only like a few bars long and put on repeat. If there is good enough rhythm, or interesting enough sound production, I can enjoy the track just fine. I'm perfectly happy listening to a bunch of unique timbres/noises made in time to a beat.

    I love that Emily's concern for an advanced A.I. is a concern for the A.I., rather than a selfish concern about being replaced or enslaved by A.I. You're like the first robots rights activist I've ever met. You could start P.E.T.A.I.: People for the Ethical Treatment of Artificial Intelligences. You make a great point and one seldom concerned. If we were to become gods who create sentient machines, odds are, we would be horrible, uncaring gods. It would be really difficult to convince a hyper-intelligent robot that it should follow its ethical mandates (programmed in by humans, to protect humans) when humans so cavalierly discard machines without concern for the A.I.'s feelings or concerns.

    Speaking of robots, I'll toss a coin in on the new e-mail handle and suggest gundamnation@vgmjb.com

  6. This episode was soooo good! When you've got Mieko Ishikawa, Chris Huelsbeck, AND Kinuyo Yamashita in the same episode, you know it's gonna be fantastic! Katamari is just the sugary sweet, extremely cute icing on the cake. Lonely Rolling Star is one of the few vocal tracks that I think is absolute perfection. I could honestly say that about most of the Katamari soundtrack, though!

    Speaking of awesome vocal tracks, here's one for the Bubble Bauble challenge: Our Mojipittan from Kotoba no Puzzle Mojipittan for the PS2: https://youtu.be/cHc996GodJM?t=1253

    It's another Namco track from around the same time as Katamari. It has a similar musical palette to Lonely Rolling Star, but I think it's significantly more bubbly. Man, Namco really owned the early 2000s when it came to music!