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Friday, July 27, 2018

Ep. 115: Vehicular Exfoliation

In the wake of last week's festivities, Emily and Josh somehow find themselves back in the Spa Zone. That's right, it's one of those super chill credit levels where you can feel free to wander around, lay on the floor with the lights out, or whatever. So join them for one last hurrah (at least before the Christmas get together) as they watch Haju get a manicure, a Mech getting a massage, damsel flies in high resolution, and as they share all those feelings that have been a part of this beautiful show that you made possible. Stay tuned for the graduation ceremony for ALL of their recommending patrons and be reminded how much you mean to them, and always will.

P.S. Let us know which vehicle and dance partner you chose in the comment section below!


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Game Track Title Composer(s)
PGA Tour 96 Results 1 Rob Hubbard, Jim Sproul, David Whittaker, Steve Kirk (arr.), Christian Dana Perry (arr.)
Sega Marine Fishing Aquarium Makoto Iida
Myst Original un-Finale Robyn Miller
Flintstones Unused Song 2 Dean Evans
Skies of Arcadia Ice Dungeon Yutaka Minobe, Tatsuyuki Maeda
Dustforce Cider Time Terence Lee
Dark Cloud 2 Peace of the World Tomohito Nishiura
Final Fantasy VIII Eyes on Me Nobuo Uematsu (music), Kako Someya (lyrics), Shiro Hamaguchi (arr.), Faye Wong (vocals)

...and listeners like YOU.

Friday, July 20, 2018

Ep. 114: Penultimate Patron Party


Well everyone, it's the second-to-last episode of The VGM Jukebox. To be on the brink of such an ending is bittersweet, but that doesn't mean we're not gonna party it up tonight! After Josh and Emily get their extra-dimensional situation sorted out, listen in on a band of fellow patrons who've come together in the overworld and created a loving tribute to the entire VGMJB community. But that's not all: Josh and Emily are also keeping the bar open after hours for the Penultimate Podcast Patron Party, where even more surprises, laughs, karaokes, and stellar tunes will be had. To say this episode is brimming with magical moments doesn't even begin to cover it. Our story is happy ending, so let's celebrate ourselves and the cosmic connections between us all. You won't want to miss it!

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Game Track Title Composer(s)
Dynamic Country Club Practice Play Unknown
Sonic Spinball Toxic Caves Howard Drossin, Brian Coburn, Barry Blum
Fallout 1 Maybe Allan Flynn, Frank Madden [Performed by The Ink Spots]
Shin Megami Tensei: Digital Devil Saga Danger Liset Alea, Ted Birkey, David Fisher [Performed by Etro Anime]

...and listeners like YOU.

EXTRA CREDIT: The Mad Gear's cover of Sonic Spinball's "Toxic Caves"

Friday, July 13, 2018

Mixtape: Healing Magic


Earlier this year Emily was in the throes of a particular difficult migraine situation when she put out a call to the VGM Jukebox community. "Please share some feel-good VGM medicine," she wrote -- and within minutes, the responses started pouring in. The deluge of musical affection did indeed have healing properties, and now Emily wants to reflect this potent magic back on you through the power of mixtapes. Whether you decide to save this dose for a difficult day or choose to rip open the packaging right away, here's hoping it works for you like it worked for her! And of course, thanks to all the patrons who sent their love in that thread: Jay, Spritz, Ed, Mike, Carlito, Daniel, Ben, Jordan, Ken, Calvin, Pernell, Alex, and John. Your kindness meant so much, and it always will.

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Farland Story 2 Healing Magic Masakata Kitaura, Atsuyoshi Isemura, Rikei Hirashima, Music Worx
Billy Hatcher and the Giant Egg Chant This Charm (Theme of Giant Egg) Mariko Nanba, Tomoya Ohtani
Mystical Ninja Starring Goemon I Am Impact (Full Version) Shigeru Araki, Yusuke Kato, Saiko Miki, Yasumasa Kitagawa
Buck Bumble Buck Bumble Theme Justin Scharvona
Paperboy 2 Delivery Route Nick Eastridge
Racing Hero BGM 1 Hikoshi Hashimoto
Baten Kaitos: Eternal Wings and the Lost Ocean Gentle Wind Motoi Sakuraba
Quattro Arcade: Go! Dizzy Go! Title Screen Gavin Raeburn
Starbound Theme (On the Beach at Night) Curtis Schweitzer
Super Wagyan Land Title Norihiko Togashi
Phoenix Wright: Ace Attorney Congratulatory People Atsushi Inaba, Minae Matsukawa
Mighty Milky Way Title Screen Jake Kaufman
Prune That Bit of Hope Kyle Preston

...and listeners like YOU.

Friday, July 6, 2018

Ep. 113: Balance of Intensity


The summery feelings continue as Josh and Emily wander into the Oceanic Rhythm Zone, but they have little time to enjoy the waves before they're pulled into their final boss rush adventure! Patron Atom Edge waits patiently at the end of the stage, supplying the heart-pumping tunes for the journey and revealing the details of his own backstory as they progress. Will Josh and Emily avoid the wrath of his Zantetsuken sword? Can the blade really split a person's soul on the dimensional level? And did Emily just get herself uninvited from Mega Man X's wedding? Jump into the impossible freeze frame image and reverse-blink your way through the episode to find out!

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Game Track Title Composer(s)
Valis IV Title Screen Shingo Murakami, Kawame, Junta
Mega Man X Sigma Stage 1 Setsuo Yamamoto, Makoto Tomozawa, Yuki Iwai, Yuko Takehara, Toshihiko
Shinobi III: Return of the Ninja Master Whirlwind Masayuki Nagao, Hirofumi Murasaki, Morihiko Akiyama
Final Fantasy XIII-2 Paradigm Shift Masashi Hamauzu, Naoshi Mizuta, Mitsuto Suzuki
The Legend of Heroes: Sora No Kiseki the 3rd Overdosing Heavenly Bliss Ryo Takeshita
Super Robot Taisen OG Saga: Endless Frontier Land of Twilight Takuya Hanaoka, Naofumi Tsuruyama

...and listeners like YOU.

Friday, June 22, 2018

KJNG: The Mixtape


ATTENTION STUDENTS AND FACULTY: Whether you attended JT's dissertation last spring to provide moral support, expand your horizons, or take advantage of the free food, we all left the auditorium wishing we had a little more mahjong in our daily lives. To help satisfy this yearning, JT has compiled all the amazing mah-jams from his presentation into one uninterrupted mixtape. If you want to examine the pure beauty and flow of these compositions without commentary, drop by the office and pick up a copy! Essays on the resulting existential quests of mind and spirit are not required, but always encouraged. Comment below if the mahjong spirit moves you.

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Game Track Title Composer(s)
Delicious! Pretty Girls Mahjong Solitaire Title Screen Zoo Corporation
Saikousoku Shikou Shougi Mahjong Title Screen Varie Sound Team
Family Mahjong 2: Shanghai Heno Michi #24 Namco/Nichibutsu Sound Team
Mahjong Princess Go! Go! GG03 Hitoshi Sakimoto (?)
Kyodai Mahjongg Endless Miguel Samiez
Waku Waku Mahjong Panic! 2 B06 Kazumichi Moegi
Street Fighter 2 Start Battle Yoko Shimomura, Isao Abe, Syun Nishigaki
Ide Yousuke Meijin- Jissen Mahjong 2 Track 9 Norihiko Tagashi
Mahjong Fantasia BGM2 Yasuo Itou, Keishi Yanao
Mahjong Fantasia MF08 Yasuo Itou, Keishi Yanao
Mahjong Master Opening Demo Shuichro Ishii, Hideo Irimajiri
Simple DS Mahjong BGM05 Unknown
Shin 4 Nin Uchi Mahjong: Yakuman Tengoku Track 2 Shigero Miyamoto, Masahiro Tobita
Kou Rate Ura Mahjong Retsuden Mukoubuchi - Goburei, Shuuryou desu ne Track 0003 Pi Arts Sound Team
Honkaku Mahjong Tetsuman Mahjong Theme 2 Syscom Sound Team
Wai Wai Mahjong: Yukai no Jantomi-tachi BGM 02 Unknown
Gionbana Game 2 Kenji Yoshida
Nichibutsu Mahjong 3- Mahjong G Men Track 4 Nihon Bussan sound team
Mahjong on the Beach Track 10 Home Data sound team
Mahjong Gokuu Tenjiku Title Screen Chat Noir sound team
Mahjong Yuuenchi Boss BGM 2 Yui Isshiki
Superlite 2500: Custom Mahjong Track 05 Success sound team
Mahjong Clinic Zoukangou BGM 3 Yui Isshiki
Shodankurai Nintei Shodan Pro Mahjong Playing Mahjong Eurhythm, Kenichi Fujii
Mahjong Gokuu Tenjiku Mahjong Game (Neutral) Tomomi Hatakeyama
Zootto Mahjong! Big Four Kenji Okuda, Yuichi Ozaki
Honkaku 4 Pro Mahjong Tetsuman Special 9G_08 Chat Noir sound team
Yuujin Janjuu Gakuen Conversation Varie Sound Team
Minna No Mahjong BGM #05 MTO
Where Everybody Knows Your Name Cheers Theme (8-bit) Gary Portnoy, Judy Hart Angelo, Human Daikon (arr.)
Front Mission Bar Noriko Matsueda
Super Mahjong 2 Great!! First Rank! Masakatsu Maekawa
Deadly Premonition Life is Beautiful (Whistle Theme) Riyou Kinugasa, Takuya Kobayashi, Hiromi Mizutani

...and listeners like YOU.

Friday, June 15, 2018

Ep. 112: Hidden Jam

Josh and Emily are back in the Overworld, and there is a LOT of time travel going on. First, Josh and Emily's recording session gets botched, so they travel to the future to finish it. Then, one of our time traveling patrons arrives with a final recommendation. Next, one of our selections today involves a music programmer going back in time to reimagine Zelda as it might have been if Koji Kondo was not predestined to write the theme we all know and love. Finally, our last selection is from a game that makes you feel like you're using a PC in the 90s. It's all pretty crazy. Don't get lost in the time stream as you find us on this week's episode.


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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Cosmic Carnage Cylic’s Stage (Fully Armored) Hikoshi Hashimoto
Shining Force II Lively Town Motoaki Takenouchi
The Legend of Zelda (kinda) Ravel’s Bolero Maurice Ravel, xXNickPXx (arr.)
Kingsway Eastward Landon Podbielski


...and listeners like YOU.

Thursday, June 7, 2018

Ep. 111: Mechwater

The Spotless Summer Zone doesn't seem to have a dungeon, so it would only be right to invite a couple patrons join us to enjoy the environment and play a couple of their own track choices. Josh and Emily reignite the disco backlash, enjoy the spelling of krazy with a K, and discuss the joys of using their imaginations. But all is not fair in the land, the end of the episode has Josh and Emily trying to solve a real-world internet issue that ends the episode early. Don't worry, we'll pick up our conversation next week, but until then, come on in; the water is hot!


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Game Track Title Composer(s)
ResQ Guardian 2 Matt Furniss
Vs. Stroke & Match Gameplay? Koji Kondo
Donkey Kong Country 2 Disco Train David Wise
Undertale Waterfall Toby Fox

...and listeners like YOU.

Thursday, May 31, 2018

Ep. 110: Something to Stand On

Josh and Emily are in the Spotless Summer Zone, which means they have no game objectives. So, they summon the Messenger to take over the jukebox while they get to know the amenities. Join them on a pool chair, as they witness a moshpit of the undead, a hockey game played by ninjas, and a coworker finding the secret to immortality. Then, hold onto your seats as Emily updates us on her Summer Games Challenge. Order a smoothie, or pick its fruit--relaxation is the name of the game on this episode of the VGM Jukebox.


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Game Track Title Composer(s)
Time Trax Mission Briefing Tim Follin
Game and Watch Gallery 4 Mario's Cement Factory Riyou Kinugasa, Kengo Hagiwara
Killer Instinct Season 2 Inferno (Cinder's Theme) Mick Gordon, Robin Beanland
NHL 94 Game Setup Michael J. Sokyrka
Robots Jack Hammer Ian Stocker
Super Meat Boy It Ends Danny Baranowsky

...and listeners like YOU.

Friday, May 18, 2018

Ep. 109: A Drive in Common

How would you like to hear music analysis based on entirely erroneous information? Hi, we're Josh and Emily and this is the third act of the Unreasonable Attribute Zone. Here we do things like: pitch 80s action shows; give Halloween safety tips; and talk about ToeJam and Earl at great length. This is, as usual, all served on top a bed of piping hot jams. Stick around for a package unopening and maybe some kind of bonus track?


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Game Track Title Composer(s)
Valis: The Legend of a Fantasm Soldier The Fantasm Soldier Shinobu Ogawa, Minoru Yuasa, Hiroaki Kai, Toshihiko Miyoshi (arr.)
The Legend of Heroes: Trails of Cold Steel III Brave Steel Hayato Sonoda, Takahiro Unisiga
Maplestory BadGuys (Kerning City) CODASOUND (Jun-Hee Lee)
Luigi’s Mansion Main Theme Kazumi Totaka, Shinobu Tanaka

...and listeners like YOU.

Friday, May 11, 2018

Ep. 108: Spam Themes

Josh and Emily are back in the dungeon, which means that they have their own selections to share with you this week, and who knows, maybe one of them will need the assistance of a certain haunted karaoke machine. This is the first episode Josh and Emily recorded since the LMH live recording, so you can expect a redux of that very chill event. Also, we talk about the recent release of comments into the feed in the Great Comment Section Debacle of 2018, and once again, we imagine a new video game, this time involving a certain unevolved Pokemon. You want some great jams? Join us in the dungeon with the least reasonable attributes of all!


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Game Track Title Composer(s)
Pokémon Trading Card Game Duel Ichiro Shimakura
Dynamic Country Club Competitive Play Unknown

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Friday, May 4, 2018

Ep. 107: AKA Donuts

It's the Unreasonable Attribute Zone where Josh and Emily acquire some implausible characteristics from the tunes they listen to. Interestingly, all of the Act 1 attributes come from one source, WICKED SEPHIROTH, who is cashing in his Boss Parade certification for another great patron-takeover.  Witness the accumulation of accoutrements as Josh and Emily discuss topics like Turtle Power in music, gibberish vs. lyrics, anime adaptations of historic events, and the live-taping of LMH. Plus, as has become somewhat of a tradition, Josh and Emily imagine a new game mechanic, this time capitalizing on downloadable content. Wicked Sephiroth has got a lot more than just Final Fantasy on his mind, so join us for another musical adventure on this week's episode!


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Game Track Title Composer(s)
StarTropics Dungeon Yoshio Hirai
Locoroco Red's Theme (Panguraratta) Nobukyuki Shimizu, Kemmei Adachi, Tsutomu Kouno (lyrics)
Battleblock Theatre Emphasis on Scat [Secret Stage] Will Stamper, Dan Paladin
Rock ‘n’ Roll Racing Paranoid Black Sabbath (Geezer Butler, Tony Iommi, Ozzy Osbourne, Bill Ward), Tim Follin (arr.)
Super Spike V’ball Daytona Match Kazunaka Yamane
Xenogears Stars of Tears Yasunori Mitsuda

...and listeners like YOU.

EXTRA CREDIT: Rhythm & Pixels' VGM Radio 24/7 YouTube Station!

Friday, April 27, 2018

Thesis Defense: KFFX with Wicked Sephiroth

ATTENTION STUDENTS AND FACULTY: We hope you remembered to bring a sack lunch to the auditorium today, because we're going on a field trip! This month Wicked Sephiroth is presenting his thesis on the music of Final Fantasy, and he's decided to take a more peripatetic approach to teaching. That's right: We're going on a chronological trek through tunes from nearly twenty different Final Fantasy games. We'll be visiting overworlds, underworlds, battlefields, kingdoms, islands... the whole works. Wicked Sephiroth's educational philosophy also lets the landscapes do all the talking here, so saddle up on a chocobo (provided by the University at no extra gil), soak in the scenery, and ponder inwardly on the auditory evolution of this classic series. Kweh kweh!


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Friday, April 20, 2018

Ep. 106: The Light of a Different Sun

How do you become a good person? No, not in real life-- in video games of course! Join us for a very important discussion of unnecessarily ethical choices that Josh & Emily have been making in their current games. They also talk about the freedom of video game composers, simulations of simulations, and Pokemon. Yes, unfortunately, they talk a lot about those things of which all must be caught... but they also play some great tunes recommended by you, THE PATRONS. We are closing out the zone this week, which means we're finally about to find out what these Pointless Jewels really do. So don't just sit on the edge of your seat, add this episode of the VGM JUKEBOX to your collection today!


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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
Pokémon Trading Card Game Club Master Duel Ichiro Shimakura
Monster Hunter Main Theme Masato Kouda, Tetsuya Shibata
Sin & Punishment: Star Successor System [MENU] Kazuo Hanzawa
Skullmonkeys The Lil Bonus Room Terry Scott Taylor

...and listeners like YOU.

Friday, April 13, 2018

Ep 105: Carousel Elements

We're back in the dungeon! I think... Or some kind of sweet prison? Join us as we do some more collecting in the Pointless Jewel Zone. We'll hear about Emily's new digs, Josh's favorite new podcast, and the end of our podcast in July. How was that for a segue? Yes, this is sad news, but, we're not finished yet, and as happily often happens, we get some great contributions from our patrons: a banjo rendition of Big Event Golf from Bad Dude Shane, and a VGM Karaoke from ZaCH! You have made this podcast a reality and our hearts are forever changed, so come on in and get comfy again in this episode of the VGM JUKEBOX!


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Game Track Title Composer(s)
Birdie King 3 Gameplay Unknown
Aero the Acro-Bat 2 Introduction (Part 2) ~ Act Clear ~ Performer’s Dungeon (Act 2) Rick Fox

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Friday, April 6, 2018

Ep. 104: An Eternal Feeling

Welcome to the Pointless Jewel Zone, where patron Carlos has taken over all the music recommendations for the entire Act 1! Through his selections, we learn about Russian massages, Ferraris towing dump trucks, and the cultural association between vampires and pianos. If these tracks seem especially well-curated, it shouldn't come as a surprise; Carlos beat the Mixxmaster Quizxx after all! So let's do it Carlito's way, as we go in-depth with this very special patron. Who knows, maybe you'll learn something about yourself, and even earn your degree, on this week's VGM JUKEBOX!

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This episode was made possible by:
Game Track Title Composer(s)
OutRun 2 Passing Breeze Hiroshi Kawaguchi, Keisuke Tsukahara (arr.), Fumio Ito (arr.), Yasuhiro Takagi (arr.), Naoyuki Machida (arr.), Shinichi Goto (arr.), Tomoya Koga (arr.)
Darkstalkers: The Night Warriors Demitri’s Theme (Romania) Takayuki Iwai, Hideki Okugawa
Castlevania: Curse of Darkness Machine Tower of Eneomaios Michiru Yamane
The Incredible Crash Dummies Level 2 Geoff Follin, Tim Follin
Fatal Fury 3: Road to the Final Victory Chi!! Chi!! Chi!! Chi!! (Hon Fu's Theme) Masahiko Hataya
Spindizzy II Eternal Move Toshiya Yamanaka, Tetsuya Nakano

...and listeners like YOU.

Friday, March 30, 2018

VGMJB Memories: Dedications

Hey remember that time when you guys almost made us cry like a hundred times? Well that episode is back, but now it's just the music and the dedications for you to reflect on and enjoy. Take a bite of this doubly nostalgic episode as we ponder just who exactly is cutting those onions. Or are they just bananas?

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This episode was made possible by:
GameTrack TitleComposer(s)
Mii ChannelMii Channel MusicKazumi Totaka
Wiz n' LizTitle ThemeMatt Furniss
Moto RoaderRunning From HomeGoblin Sound
Super Mario Bros.CastleKoji Kondo
WarioWare Twisted!Wario De MamboKenichi Nishimaki, Masanobu Matsunaga, Yasuhisa Baba
Katamari DamacyKatamari☆StarsHideki Tobeta

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Thursday, March 22, 2018

KBOS II

Well heroes, you've managed to find your way back to KeyGlyph's domain despite her lair's unlisted address -- and this time you're demanding a faceoff! Our resident boss may not understand exactly what you're trying to prove, but she does think she sees a spark in your soul that could amplify your powers to legendary proportions... if they're pushed to the limit. Will she help you unlock some incredible new ability, or will she just smash you into a smoking crater for the game over? There's only one way to find out. Equip your best gear, look deep inside your heart, and face your KBOS destiny!

DISCLAIMER: The opening includes a minor swear. Make sure your kids understand final bosses aren't good role models.

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Game Track Title Composer(s)
Phantasy Star IV Ooze Izuho Numata, Masaki Nakagaki
Last Bible III Last Battle Hiroyuki Yanada
X-Kaliber 2097 Welcome to My Mind (Final Boss Version) Psykosonic
Heavy Nova Training Boss 1-1 Shaka, Studio River Kids, T. Iijima
Trinea The Final Battle Hiroe Kazuyasu, Koji Abe, Tsuyoshi Tanaka, Mitsuru Takashi, Senkyokukun, Sugar, "E", DJ Jun
The Combatribes The Final Battle Kazunaka Yamane
Gimmick! Identity Believer (Boss Theme 2) Masashi Kageyama
Ecco: The Tides of Time Tube of Medusa Andy Armer DMP, Attila Dobos, David Javelosa, András Magyari
Rocket Knight Adventures Stage 7 Masanori Oouchi, Hiroshi Kobayashi, Masanori Adachi, Aki Hata, Michiru Yamane
Ghost Chaser Densei Perfect Girulian Noboru Yamane
Devilish: The Next Possession Final Boss Hitoshi Sakimoto
Sonic the Hedgehog 3 Final Boss Brad Buxer, Cirocco Jones, Geoff Grace, Michael Jackson, Sachio Ogawa, Tatsuyuki Maeda, Tomonori Sawada, Jun Senoue
Kirby 64: The Crystal Shards Zero-Two Jun Ishikawa, Hirokazu Ando
Pulseman Amabilis Junichi Masuda
Contra: Hard Corps Locked & Loaded Hiroshi Kobayashi, Akira Souji, Kenji Miyaoka, Michiru Yamane, Akira Yamaoka, Hirofumi Taniguchi

...and adventurers like YOU.