Friday, April 7, 2017

Ep. 62: Citrus Shower

It is truly a magical week here at the VGM Jukebox. Josh describes one of the best birthdays of his life, another patron drops in to keep our karaoke chain rolling, and we may have discovered another sibling in our extended haunted family! Stick around for a bonus movie review and mystery gift for Josh, but if you need to take a break before we're through, just step into a refreshing citrus shower to restore yourself and awaken your senses.

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Donkey Kong Country Gang-Plank Galleon David Wise
Dark Souls Gwyn, Lord of Cinder Motoi Sakuraba
Hotline Miami Miami Disco Perturbator
Cave Story Cave Story Theme Daisuke Amaya
Scurge: Hive Excerpt 3: Industrial Jake Kaufman
St. Andrews: Eikou to Rekishi no Old Course stand-06 Haruhiko Akiyama
S.C.A.T.: Special Cybernetic Attack Team Stage 3-3 Kiyohiro Sada

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  1. I really understated my brother's efforts in getting this whole VGMK together. Simply put, I would have not been able to do it without him. We recorded laaate into the night last Saturday, and despite having technical issues and a tight deadline(and he does not like to be rushed with mixing), he pulled everything together and had the mix by Sunday night.

    Another reason I owe him big time is that he introduced me to the VGM Jukebox. We both knew about LMH, but he actually found VGMJB first and got me listening. So thanks, Patron and brother Kerusei!

  2. Utopia Nemo / Nathan Daniels VGM Karaoke is truly one for the history books. An amazing effort! I was sworn to secrecy, but I had a hint that it was coming and I was on the edge of my seat waiting for it to drop. Totally worth it!! Fantastic!

    On the negative side, there is no way I can ever attempt a VGM Karaoke now. Too intimidated.

  3. Happy Birthday, Josh!

    Man, there were a lot of good tracks on this episode. Hard to pick a favorite! But then again, what would be the point? I'll just enjoy them all.

    I don't think the current culture is any more nostalgic than any other, but I really feel that the 80's was the first time in our history where our childhoods were PRINCIPALLY defined by toys and entertainment. We also have more free time than any other, as well as nearly infinite, free electronic media to publish content about our preoccupations. These warriors combine to form the Super Mega Combiner form of nostalgia we see today.

    So to feed my own narcissism, here are some fun facts about the Dungeon Crawler Karaoke:
    The "hot spring to recover health" line is a reference to Mother 3.
    I messed up by saying "level 1", but "round 2", and didn't catch it until after recording.
    The sound effect right before I say "Another one? Here we go....." is the sound that accompanies a random enemy encounter in Sword of Vermilion.
    I wrote much of the song while driving.
    I ate Zots before recording. Have you had those? They are an old-school candy that fizz when you eat them.
    The Magic Flute, Manticores, and Espers were nods to the original Phantasy Star.

  4. In addition to the 3DS and Wii versions, Cave Story is available as a free download for Windows/Mac/Linux.

    Cave Story+ is available on Steam and will release for Nintendo Switch on June 20.

  5. Damn that Utopia Nemo track was fire, did not expect to hear a good hip hop track on VGM Jukebox. 2nd Keyglyph's rec that you keep it up.

    Good episode too!

  6. Gonna have to come up with my own vgm karaoke sometime...

  7. Motoi Sakuraba is one of the most prolific creators of intense, prog rock, battle music there is. This is a guy who has put out, on top of a staggering number of video game soundtracks, several standalone albums full of the kind of music you expect to hear when JRPG heroes fight final bosses.

    But he wrote Gwyn, Lord of Cinder.

    When I learned that Sakuraba had written the Dark Souls soundtrack, it was the first sign that this composer I already really liked had much more to him than I had thought.

    Another point of interest: Cave Story, much like Undertale, was made and scored entirely by one person.