Friday, February 17, 2017

Ep. 55: Warm Relaxing Harmony

Hold on tight, patrons -- this week's episode gets off to an action-packed start, and not just musically. Josh and Emily wind up spending a great deal of time conjuring up various superhero and supervillain crossover battles and debating their hypothetical victors, but since this IS The VGM Jukebox Podcast, somehow everything winds up settling into the spa zone by the end. So whether you're ready to fight for humanity or watch the world burn, you (and your favorite sensei) are cordially invited to sink into a hot spring of warm, relaxing harmony with us.

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Gunstar Heroes Theme of Seven-Force Kazuo Hanzawa
Super Win the Game Bored and Bled J. Kyle Pittman
Haisei Mahjong Ryouga Opening Theme Nobuyuki Shioda
Metroid Prime Phendrana Drifts Kenji Yamamoto, Kouichi Kyuma
Golden Axe - The Revenge of Death Adder The Merry Dwarves Makoto Uchida, Tomoyuki Kawamura, Masanori Takeuchi
Uchuu Race - Astro Go! Go! Daisy Age Star Yuusuke Takahama

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  1. Regarding Gunstar Heroes, I too am surprised we haven't heard from the game before. It's one of my favorites, and one of my favorite OSTs.

    Regarding the Super Win Game: Breakdowns in NES tracks are important because they provide anticipation for the exciting part. This particular track got a little too docile during the breakdown, and lost a little momentum. On the other hand, not having breakdowns can be equally detrimental to a song. I'm not as big a fan of the Shovel Knight OST for that particular reason: it's just so relentless in its energy that it becomes strenuous to listen to.

    Chopstick nostalgia! Regarding the rubbing of chopsticks together at restaurants to remove splinters: I was told long ago that it's okay to do that when you're cheap balsa wood chopsticks, but it's considered an insult at a nicer establishment because you're making a comment about their quality.

    So chopstick nostalgia: Firstly, I should mention that I was pretty decent with them(much better now). Anyway, back in episode 20(PSII Silent Zone request), I mentioned a relationship from which I had to run away because of my own impending personal maelstrom.

    As it happens, she is Japanese. Shortly after we first met, I was invited out to a mutual lunch at a Chinese restaurant by her host mother. In spite of my trepidation at using chopsticks at a meal with a beautiful woman who was also an indigenous chopstick user, I did fine. I put up my best effort and didn't do anything colossally embarrassing. But I surreptitiously noticed she used a very interesting technique, wherein she held the chopsticks very close together and used them almost as one plank. It was strange and fascinating, somewhat akin to baseball, seeing a sidearm pitcher for the first time.

    At some point, I mustered up the courage to ask her about her chopstick technique. Her cheeks were immediately emblazoned with those stereotypically Japanese bright pink strips, and she sheepishly confessed that she was using chopsticks the lazy way. And that was the last time I felt nervous eating in front of a beautiful woman. In spite of her admission that it was a lazy way of holding the chopsticks, I spent a great deal of time training myself how to eat that way(it's especially useful for scoops of non-sticky rice). Now, whenever I have rice in any sort of Asian dish, I always think of her, if only for a fleeting moment.

  2. Okay, so I am beginning to suss out Emily's and Josh's taste in music, so hopefully I will be able to fine tune my personalized recommendations for the future. :)

  3. I think Leonardo would throw a meticulously planned and well-catered event, but despite all of the effort in the setup, it would have too much pretense and a stifling obligation to have a good enough time to match the effort Leonardo put into it. This would ironically be what made it too hard to relax and have any fun.

    Donatello's party would be your typical grad student affair. People huddled around bad furniture and stacks of books, eating wine and cheese just purchased from the super market hours before. Everyone makes an awkward effort to relax and have fun, but it naturally gravitates back to stuffiness and self-consciousness as people get too focused on talking about work and high minded philosophical ideas. Michaelangelo quickly gets bored and tries to find some turntables to DJ with and rock the party, but this embarasses Donatello and leads to a fight between them. People pull their cheese plates in close to avoid dropping their food, and because their shoulders have naturally scrunched up from the tension in the air.

    I think you guys have it right about Raph. His party's always start off good, but he inevitably gets frustrated about something and his temper ends up forcing things to end early.

    Michaelangelo though. That dude knows how to party. Cowabunga.