25 February 2015

LMH Mixtape #18: Hirokazu Tanaka

Episode 18 made LMH history by featuring the first interview with a legendary VGM composer.  The focus was on none other than Hirokazu "Hip" Tanaka, who had graciously agreed to answer questions by e-mail.  Brent and Rob re-enacted the interview on the air in between their selected tracks, with Rob playing the part of the dignified Tanaka-san and Brent playing the roles of both boizz.  The original episode is definitely worth another listen, both for Tanaka-san's insight and Brent's Rob impression.

NOTE TO THE DETAIL-ORIENTED: The track from Mario Paint was not composed by Hirokazu Tanaka, but he was the musical director on that game, and so that track was included in this mix.


Instant new favorite:  Gyromite - Game A
Other instant new favorite:  Mother - Mother Earth

Brewed new favorite:  Famicom Wars - Map
Other brewed new favorite: Dr. Mario - Chill

This track scared me as a child:  Dr. Mario - Fever
Montage Music!:  Famicom Wars - gameplay

Track listing and original episode:


11 February 2015

LMH Mixtape #17: Puzzle Games

Just as the puzzle genre covers a surprisingly broad range of topics (falling blocks, wandering rodents, time-traveling vikings), so do the games' soundtracks serve up a great deal of musical variety.  Rock, classical, new age, funk, hip-hop, and even industrial nightmare fuel find their place in this highly eclectic mixtape.


Instant new favorite:  Puyo Puyo - Memories
Other instant new favorite:  Zoop - Uptown Meeting
Brewed new favorite:  Columns III: Revenge of Columns - Column Dive

WTH Award*:  KLAX - Giganticus Breathalizer
Blatant Favoritism Award:  Dr. Robotnik's Mean Bean Machine - Staff Roll

*a tune best summed up by the phrase, "What the heck?!"

Track listing and original episode:


04 February 2015

Episode 161: Free Play 18

On this month’s episode, the boizz are back in style with another free play.  Brent and Rob also decide to induct a new “system” into LMH’s repertoire, with super bonk results.  Full track listing below.

Game - Composer - Song - Company - Console - Year (North American release unless otherwise indicated)

Cosmic Carnage - Hikoshi Hashimoto - Cylic's Stage (Fully Armored) - Givro - Sega 32X - 1994

RoboCop 3 - Jeroen Tel - Title Screen - Probe Entertainment/Ocean - NES - 1992

Aerobiz - unknown (Taku Iwasaki?) - Result Disp - Koei - SNES - 1993

Asterix and the Secret Mission - Katsuhiro Hayashi (Funky K.H) - Under Water - Sega - Sega Master System (Europe) - 1993

Dungeon Master - Hikoshi Hashimoto, Tsukasa Tawada - Choose Your Fate - JVC/FTL Games - SNES - 1993

Fire Shark - Masahiro Yuge - Give Me Your Heart - Toaplan/DreamWorks - Genesis - 1990

NHK Taiga Drama: Taiheiki - unknown - Ending - TOSE - Mega Drive - 1991

Blade Eagle 3-D - unknown - Ending - Sega - Sega Master System - 1988

Dragon Slayer: Eiyuu Densetsu II - Mieko Ishikawa, Atsushi Shirakawa - Grostos Castle 1 - Falcom/Sega - Mega Drive - 1995

Pachinko Kuunyan - H. Suzuki - gameplay - I.S.C./Soft Vision International - Mega Drive - 1992

The Shinri Game 3 - Yasuaki Fujita (?) - Choose a Door - Ukiyotei/Visit - Super Famicom - 1995

Alfred Chicken - David Whittaker - Credits - Twilight Games/Mindscape - NES - 1994

Fushigi no Umi no Nadia - Hiromi Shibano - Future is... - Namco - Mega Drive - 1991

Ultimate Air Combat - Richard Miles Boogar, Matthew Berardo - London Bridge and Camp Fire - Activision - NES - 1992

Radical Dreamers - Yasunori Mitsuda - Frozen Flame - Square - Super Famicom Satellaview - 1996