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Thursday, April 20, 2017

Ep. 64: Intro to Spring


Spring has sprung in the northern hemisphere, and Josh and Emily have been soaking in the season by jogging through wildflowers, driving with the windows down, and taking in some baseball (both the real and VGM varieties). Join them and hear Josh's wistful tales of junior varsity wrestling, Emily's complicated considerations about what kind of spirit she'd be after she dies, and, as always, another stellar selection of patron-recommended tunes. After you let this decidedly feel-good mix of music dig into your soul, top it all off with a karaoke rap by KeyGlyph and get ready to celebrate the rest of your weekend.

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Road Rash Grass Valley Rob Hubbard, Matt Furniss (arr.)
Gokinjo Bouken Tai Battle Akihiko Mori
Blue's Journey Jungle Zone Yuka Watanabe
3D OutRun Camino a Mi Amor Jane-Evelyn Nisperos
The Legend of the Mystical Ninja Title ~ Theme of Goemon Kazuhiko Uehara, Harumi Ueko
Power League 5 BGM #03 Unknown

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18 comments:

  1. Josh, I have my own Piccolo Zone experience.

    I took a racquetball class as a freshman in college. There were two "leagues" in the class, the "minors" and the "majors". The instructor split us all up and I ended up in the "minors". If you won a match, you would move up one court, if you lost, you would move down. I quickly worked my way up to the top of the "minors".

    Since I was always at the top of the "minors", I was moved into the "majors" when there was a vacancy. But I ended up staying at the bottom of the "majors". I'd move up one court occasionally, but couldn't work my way any farther. So I get what you're saying about your one and only Varsity experience.

    However, being in the "majors" forced me to improve my game beyond what I would have been able to do had I stayed in the "minors".

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    1. I just remembered another Piccolo Zone experience. My school friends and I played A LOT of Goldeneye 007 for the N64 in high school. I was not the best. I was one of the worst, even after I bought the game for myself. But whenever I'd hang out and play with my church friends, I would dominate.

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  2. Hey gang,
    So that Gokinjo Bouken Tai track was sweet, reminded me of the music from Castle of Cagliostro, 3D Outrun extra tracks were composed by Manabu Namiki and (for Camino a Mi Amor) Chibi-Tech, Legend of the Mystical Ninja OST is super awesome, play more of its tracks and HOLY MACKEREL EMINEMILY, THAT VGMK RAP IS FREAKING AMAZING!. Seriously, I really like your unorthodox style of rhyming words in unexpected places.

    Developing a rap voice is just like developing a podcast voice; it’s a matter of comfortability and finding the voice that works best for you. The difficulty comes when trying to use posturing to brag. That’s an unfortunate ubiquity in rap, so I really like it when I hear content and delivery that intentionally eschews those clichés. That’s also why I might try to sound emphatic in my own delivery, but unless I’m being ironic and/or comical, I avoid outright boasting.

    Back to your rap, I especially loved the wordplay in the chorus. It’s cleverly written and clever sounding. Josh, your middle name is Hajime? I was reading an article about a ‘white worm’ electronics virus called Hajime JUST THIS MORNING. The interesting thing about this virus is it infects your IoT devices, and fixes them by making them more secure. Consider: http://www.digitaltrends.com/computing/hajime-code-infects-iot-devices-and-secures-them/
    Also, there’s a really good interview with the creators of 3D Outrun that bears reading: http://blogs.sega.com/2015/03/10/sega-3d-classics-3d-out-run-part-4/

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    1. Yes, I forgot to mention that Eminemily's VGM Karaoke rap was quite spectacular.

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    2. Emily,
      Something's been bothering me since I originally posted above. I went on a mini rant, disparaging posturing, and it kind of sounds insensitive. I was specifically talking about bragging/posturing in earnest. Your rap was definitely a braggadocious rap, but of course it's tongue-in-cheek and playing a character. I find that kind of thing hilarious, and I really enjoyed the song.

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    3. Oh, no way Nemo, I didn't interpret your comment that way at all! Don't you worry.

      I get what you mean about the posturing, and I too roll my eyes at it in any genre of music when it's presented as "I'm awesome! Let me tell you all about that in totally unprovoked fashion and follow up with how much you stink!" On the other hand, I do like legitimate bragging sometimes when it's not simultaneously putting someone down or it's a defensive response to some kind of attack.

      I was thinking about these things when I wrote the Wiz n' Liz rap. It started with my amusement over Wiz n' Liz being so highly marketed as a "non-violent" game when the bosses are pretty much as gross as you can get without bringing gore into it. Then in a related way I thought it was funny to imagine an unseen antagonist busting on Liz for being ugly, weird, and supposedly weak/slow/vulnerable in her old age when HELLO DUDE HAVE YOU FORGOTTEN SHE'S A WITCH AND CAN SET YOU ON FIRE WITH WORDS??

      So yeah, it's partly a lampoon of the brag-rap concept, but the content itself is actually earnest. Rapping elderly spellcasters are hardcore and they don't have time for anybody's BS!

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  3. For some reason that Power League 5 track reminds me of the vocal melody for Working for the Weekend

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=IycBXykoTnE

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  4. Emily, your rap was marvelous.

    I was not at all surprised by your clever lyrics, as you are a lover of literature, but I was still massively impressed.

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  5. YoKai Watch is a pretty great cartoon, and much better than Pokémon in my opinion. The games aren't quite as good but they're still enjoyable and the music is pretty great. I'll have to recommend a track. One Yo Kai named Cheeksqueak makes people fart uncontrollably so now my son says he is "cheeksqueaking" whenever he passes gas. I'm perfectly ok with this.

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  6. The Gokinjo Bouken Tai track was fantastic!

    Hearing Mystical Ninja makes me lament that I sold my copy years ago. What the hell was I thinking?

    And Eminemily rocks da mic! Chip hop and ya don't stop!

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  7. COMPOSER FOUND:Jane-Evelyn Nisperos is the composer behind 3D Outrun's Camino A Mi Amor. EVIDENCE HERE: http://blogs.sega.com/2015/03/10/sega-3d-classics-3d-out-run-part-4/

    -Electricboogaloo

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    1. Electricboogaloo, where did you find her name? I used the same source to discover the composer, and noted it in my post above, but it listed the composer as Chibi-Tech. Where does it connect the alias with the name?

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    2. in the article it reveals the identity of chibi-tech.

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    3. Geez....and I skimmed that article 4 or 5 times!

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    4. Nathan, her name is also in the music section of the Out Run Wikipedia page which sources from that Sega blog post I linked.

      Also, I'm amused that her introduction to the Out Run series was a MTV Drunk Driving PSA!

      -Electricboogaloo

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    5. To be fair, I didn't notice that you had linked the same blog post in the comments.

      I do hope the blog post gets updated with the new info.

      -Electricboogaloo

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    6. Done and done! Thanks for the sleuthing you two.

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  8. Glad we can help! Kinda makes me feel like an ACME detective on the hunt for Carmen Sandiego!

    Thanks Nathan for pointing this out all those months ago!

    [P.S. If you guys see me talking about this in a testimonial somewhere, I wrote it before I noticed people could still comment here, so disregard that.)

    -Electricboogaloo

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