Battle Bards Episode 190: Genshin Impact

It was the FOMO title of last fall, and now Genshin Impact is in your ears! On this episode of the Battle Bards, Syp, Steff, and the Other One explore the varied and delightfully cheerful soundtrack to this online RPG. Unless you have headphones made of live kittens, it’ll be the most adorable thing you’ll listen to all day!

Episode 190 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Make Haste, Partner,” “Liyue Defense,” and “Dusk in Mondstadt”)
  • “Beats of Water Drops”
  • “Spring in Clouds”
  • “Bustling Afternoon of Mondstadt”
  • “Welp, Didn’t Expect That”
  • “Chasing the Torrents”
  • “Symphony of Boreal Wind” 
  • “Against All Odds”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Space Trip” from The Light Corridor, “Main Theme” from Desperados III, and “Expedition” from Epic Seven
  • Outro (feat. “Happy Journey”)

Sunday Serenade: Roa, Mitch Murder, and more!

Time for another Sunday morning dose of random songs that I’ve been listening to this past week! Welcome to Sunday Serenade — now let’s crank the jams up with… 

“2am” by Roa — Totally relaxing and entrancing.

“Palm Beach” by Peyruis — Perfect vibes for the upcoming summer.

“Unbreakable” by Keiino — Pop perfection.

“Where We Rise” by NEONI — Quite the epic power anthem!

“The Underground” by Meg Myers — Kind of feel like this has a very 1990s sound to it. Like The Cranberries or something.

“Summer of Heat” by Mitch Murder — You keep that spirit of the 1980s alive, you crazy serial killer you!

“At All” by Moonrunner83 — Speaking of catchy synthwave tracks, here’s a nice one!

Sunday Serenade: Alex & Sierra, Kid Icarus, and more!

Time for another Sunday morning dose of random songs that I’ve been listening to this past week! Welcome to Sunday Serenade — now let’s crank the jams up with… 

“Little Do You Know” by Alex & Sierra — Sweet and sad wistful love song.

“Falling Up” by Dean Lewis — Dang, this song is a gut-punch of emotion.

“Sleepless Nights” by Kristine — God bless modern artists keeping the ’80s spirit alive like this.

“Black Feathers in the Sky remix” from Kid Icarus Uprising — This OC Remix has such a great beat and melody. Played it like three times in a row when I first heard it.

“Cry” by Betta Lemme — This is the peppiest song about someone crying, let me tell you. Weird too. I’m all for it.

“In the Air Tonight” by Dressd — Phil Collin’s classic song actually works pretty well as a dance tune.

“Journey” by Ethan Sturock — A peppy piece that would go great as any kind of background music for daily activities.

Battle Bards Episode 189: Spooky and Magical 3

Is that a chill creeping down your spine? Did your ears just perk up at the hint of fae music in the trees? Is Tinkerbell blasting you with a cannon full of musical confetti? Then you must be in a good place to listen to some more spooky and magical music from MMORPGs with the Battle Bards!

Episode 189 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Emerald Labyrinth” from FFXIV, “Wizard City Tower Golem” from Wizard101, and “Jawaii Town” from Ragnarok Online 2)
  • “Enraptured” from Final Fantasy XIV 
  • “Uralia” from Glitch
  • “The Lullaby of Praxis” from Elder Scrolls Online
  • “A Very Exile Shade’s Eve” from WildStar
  • “Bow and Jubilate” from Runes of Magic
  • “Floating Whispering” from Aion 
  • “Bloody Moon Melody” from Black Desert 
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Valheim Composer Patrik Jarlestam and Pheeb Hello
  • Jukebox picks: “The Cemetery” from Pumpkin Jack, “Dungeon” from Sword of Vermillion, and “Rain” from Call of the Sea
  • Outro (feat. “The Fortune Teller” from Star Stable)

Sunday Serenade: E.G. Daily, Roa, and more!

Time for another Sunday morning dose of random songs that I’ve been listening to this past week! Welcome to Sunday Serenade — now let’s crank the jams up with… 

“Oh My!” by Dizaro — The sheer joy and unrestrained goofiness of this track mix well together.

“Adventure Mode” by DayFox — A nice little beach tune.

“Dreamland” by AXM — Good mellow sounds. Pairs great with a headphone.

“Love to Lose” by Sandro Cavazza and Georgia Ku — It’s refreshing to hear a song about people fighting for a relationship. And it’s got a hook of a chorus.

“Reach Out” by E.G. Daily — Going through a bit of a Daily phase (don’t mind me), and I liked this layered summer jam.

“Winter Magic” by Roa — Perfect for those super snowy days.

“Rise Up” by Cain — I love the power in this song. His word brings death back to life.

“Animal Chamber Apocalypse Beat” by Philip Pentacle — Great driving beat, but that outro is horrible.

“Dead Girl” by Au/Ra — Catchy little weird number, this one.

Battle Bards Episode 188: World of Warcraft Shadowlands

While the Battle Bards tend to agree that World of Warcraft: Shadowlands isn’t as strong of an expansion soundtrack compared to the last few, it’s still WoW, and it still has some gems worth uncovering. Join Syl, Steff, and Syp as they journey into the afterlife and see what the freshly dead listen to in their eternities!

Episode 188 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Bastion Kyrian,” “Ardenweald Nocturne Mischief,” and “Revendreth Decadence”)
  • “Through the Roof of the World”
  • “Oribos the Eternal City”
  • “Only Human”
  • “Ember Court Band”
  • “Revendreth Venthyr”
  • “Ardenweald Nocturne Melancholy Dream”
  • “Bastion Steward Hoot ‘n’ Doot”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Michał Korniewicz
  • Jukebox picks: “Login Theme” from World of Warcraft, “Celebration” from Greedfall, and “Testing the Passionate Bonds” from Tales of Zesteria
  • Outro (feat. “Death is a Battlefield”)

Sunday Serenade: Guild Wars 2, Cassetter, and more!

Time for another Sunday morning dose of random songs that I’ve been listening to this past week! Welcome to Sunday Serenade — now let’s crank the jams up with… 

“Introspection” by Cassetter — Awesome retro synth like this makes me so very satisfied.

“Eagle Flight” from Guild Wars 2 — Catching up on some Guild Wars 2 tunes this week, and this one just floored me with how great it is.

“Loco in Acapulco” by The Four Tops — Just the right mix of summer and cheese.

“Wellerman” by Nathan Evans — I’ll never say no to a sea shanty!

“Dioma” by Jnathyn — This driving synth track slaps pretty hard. Great beat.

“Mind Over Matter” by EG Daily — Kinda dorky but a total earworm even so.

“Make Noize” by Kid n Play — Old school rap, it was almost wholesome.

Sunday Serenade:

Time for another Sunday morning dose of random songs that I’ve been listening to this past week! Welcome to Sunday Serenade — now let’s crank the jams up with… 

“Ginger Island” from Stardew Valley — Love this new(ish) update OST for the game. Always a relaxing good time.

“Dance Dance Dance” by Astrid S — Dancing solves EVERYTHING!

“Jealous of My Friends” by Lova — It’s like reading a really honest diary entry that’s weighing singlehood vs. being in a relationship.

“Main Theme” from Chopping Mall — This is such an ’80s synth score and it’s amazing for it.

“Some Type of Love” by Charlie Puth — It’s a sweet song with a nice rich sound.

“Jesus is King” by Bradley Bridges — I’m trying to catch up on Christian music, and this one melded a nice chorus and a strong testimony.

Battle Bards Episode 187: Sewers and swamps

Oh yeah, this is destined to be our most-downloaded show ever, because the Battle Bards are bringing the THRILLS of sewer systems and the EXCITEMENT of swamps right to your eardrums! Decaying organic matter and waste disposal are always fun times in the music department! Syp, Steff, and Syl comb through their MMO soundtrack archives to see what intriguing specimens they could pull out. It’s gonna be gross, people.

Episode 186 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Freeport Sewers” from EverQuest II, “Marsh of Peril” from Vanguard, and “Swamp of Silence” from Aion)
  • “Dalaran Sewers” from World of Warcraft
  • “Purple Lotus Swamp” from Age of Conan
  • “Wetlands” from World of Warcraft
  • “Swamplands” from EverQuest Online Adventures 
  • “Battle in the Swamp” from Star Wars: The Old Republic 
  • “Swamp of No Hope” from EverQuest II 
  • “Empyrea Zanadu Sewers” from Wizard101
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Landing Zone” from Chex Quest, “Bastion” from Spellforce 3, and “Day 10” from Viva Pinata
  • Outro (feat. “Swamp” from The 4th Coming)

Sunday Serenade: Kygo, Jubel, and more!

Time for another Sunday morning dose of random songs that I’ve been listening to this past week! Welcome to Sunday Serenade — now let’s crank the jams up with… 

“Feels Like Forever” by Kygo — Listened once. It was OK. Listened again. Huh, a bit better. Listened a third time. This might be on to something.

“Weekend Vibe” by Jubel — This is a slapper, as the kids call it. So so good.

“Battle Theme 1” from Tsynyan Jaayao — This track got me pretty pumped up.

“Battle in the Tomb of Hero” from TalesWeaver — I love how this transitions from retro VGM to modern day stuff.

“Staff Roll” from Ultimate Muscle — This is the sort of cheery, feel-good cheese you need once in a while from VGM.