Sunday Serenade: The Triplets, The Tech Thieves, 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… 

“You Don’t Have to Go Home Tonight” by The Triplets — This was a new oldie to me! Great guitar solo in there, too.

“Places We Won’t Walk” by Bruno Major — So sad. So beautiful.

“Forget” by The Tech Thieves — This has got some of that dark spin on it that makes it savory.

“The Dreamer” by The Tallest Man on Earth — The distorted electric guitar, thumping beat, and whistling make for a unique (and addictive) experience.

“Party Like It’s 1920” by The Swinghoppers — Electroswing is a thing? I guess? It’s pretty peppy, even though I’m not a big fan of swing music.

Sunday Serenade: The Nicholas, The Light Corridor, 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… 

“Rockshow” by The Nicholas — A really lovely song… and unfortunately way too short at two-and-a-half minutes. But there’s always the repeat button.

“Radioactive Rain” by Smith and Thell — I swear, this duo is nothing but hit after hit. Amazing stuff.

“The Middle” by Zedd and Maren Morris — Fun little club track!

“Exile Vilify” by The National — From Portal 2, apparently. Quite sad and profoundly moving.

“Faster” by Sam D — Crank up this peppy beat. Added to my workout mix.

“Hard Times” by The Jetzons — Here we have a single from 1982 that apparently was used to create an iconic Sonic the Hedgehog track. The world never stops surprising me.

“Be Alright” by Stonebank — A tremendous remix that pairs well with headphones.

“Peace of Mind” by Mei-B — Just a really relaxing trance-like track. Gonna add this to my work mix.

“Sweet Divine” by The Main Squeeze — Great, strong sound on this one.

“Aurora in the Distance” from Mouryou Senki — Can’t recall the last time I heard a really haunting NES tune, but here you go!

“Space Trip” from The Light Corridor — This whole OST is pretty groovy, actually.

Battle Bards Episode 184: MapleStory 2

Nexon’s late, doomed MapleStory 2 gets a resurrection of sorts, as the Battle Bards salvage the soundtrack and deliver it, shining and sparkly, to you. It’s a surprisingly good score with lots of interesting themes, and as such, Steff, Syl, and Syp are excited to talk about it. So rest in peace, MapleStory 2, we think you left behind a delightful musical legacy.

Episode 184 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Rune Blader Cave,” “Black Star,” and “Ice Age Field”)
  • “Knight Theme”
  • “Perion Field 1”
  • “Tria”
  • “Dream”
  • “Dungeon”
  • “Lapenta”
  • “Historic Desert”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “Flying in the Sky” from Super Robot Wars F, “Rey’s Theme” from Sims 4: Journey to Batuu, and “Volcano” from Monster Boy and the Cursed Kingdom
  • Outro (feat. “Wizard Theme”)

Sunday Serenade: The Breakfast Club, Worms, 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… 

“Set Me Free” by Max Oazo and Camishe — Thump thump thump!

“Crying Over You” by The Band Camino and Chelsea Cutler — Perfect when you’re in the mood for a sad breakup song.

“Erase and Rewind” by The Cardigans — Can’t recall ever hearing this one before. Kind of like it.

“Cool and Cosy” by The Avons — Well, here’s a dang catchy oldie that I’ve never heard before.

“Awake O Sleeper” by The Brothers Bright — Powerful song based on Ephesians 5:14 (which I’m preaching through this month, by the way!)

“Love Theme” from The Breakfast Club — All the ’80s synth feels!

“Speed Training” from Rocky (SMS) — Don’t often get a chance to share Sega Master System music here, so I’m happy to have this chance.

“Going to Lunatea” from Klonoa 2 — Some simple, unadulterated cheery music. Needed this today.

“Wormsong” from Worms Armageddon — Some pretty kickin’ menu music right here.

“Forest Path” from Penguin Adventure — Truly, a classic of our time! Well, of 1986.

“Opening” from Hole Chaser — Really cheery VGM is always a tonic for my soul.

Sunday Serenade: Spider-Man, Dishonored 2, 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… 

“Space Journey Table” from Epic Pinball — I just adore the music from the ’90s shareware titles. They always tried so hard to have an “attitude.” And yes, you had to put it in quotes.

“PWRNEON” by Techno Mage — Just in case you wanted some good retro-style ’80s jam with your toast.

“Title Theme” from The Amazing Spider-Man — I like this cheery Gameboy rendition of the classic Spidey theme song.

“Fight Music 1” from Tecmo World Wrestling — The NES had some of the catchiest earworms…

“Silver and Dust” from Dishonored 2 — Such a flat-out amazing duo.

“You Spin Me Round” by Standy and Marc Korn — A fun twist on an old classic.

“Happy Face” by Jagwar Twin — Powerful song with weak lyrics. If that makes sense.

“Faint of Heart” by Tegan and Sara — Amazingly good ’80s vibe with this one!

Battle Bards Episode 183: Theme parks

This episode is your ticket to the greatest amusement park experience known to gamers! With cotton candy and ride tickets in hand, the Battle Bards rush into the gates of their favorite theme parks — and theme parks WITHIN theme park MMOs! So what do amusement parks sound like in online roleplaying games? Find out in this fantastic spectacle of an episode!

Episode 183 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Shopping Arcade 1” from MapleStory 2, “Nar Shadda” from SWTOR, and “Dream Carnival” from Hello Kitty Online)
  • “Themepark Overture” from Lineage 2
  • “Mudskipper Calliope” from RuneScape
  • “Darkmoon Faire Hero” from World of Warcraft
  • “Fantastic Theme Park” from MapleStory 
  • “Blizzard World” from Overwatch
  • “Carnival of Death” from The Secret World
  • “Gold Saucer” from Final Fantasy XIV
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Katriana
  • Jukebox picks: “A Sit By the Water” from A Monster’s Expedition, “Forest” from The Smurfs (NES), and 
  • Outro (feat. “Fairie Funland Trailer Theme” from Revelation Online)

Sunday Serenade: Chex Quest, Dragon Sound, 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… 

“Landing Zone” from Chex Quest — A game called “Chex Quest” had no right coming up with actually good music, don’t you think?

“Calling” by Mr. Sid and Laura van Dam — This’ll make a good addition to my workout mix.

“From Now On” by Gabry Ponte — First song of the week that really caught my ear. Every time I replay it, I crank the volume just a scooch louder.

“Against the Ninja” by Dragon Sound — The hit song from 1987’s Miami Connection now can be your life’s theme song!

“You Make Me Feel” by Lexton — Just some no-nonsense feel-good music. Needed that today.

“Dreamy” by DJ UOFO — Dreamy? Try groovy.

“Ending” from Jazz Jackrabbit — There’s a really catchy hook tucked away in this track. Of course, it’s Jazz Jackrabbit, so I should expect that.

Sunday Serenade: Syntech, Future Animals, 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… 

“ByT&E” by Syntech — A catchy synth-only track from 1989!

“Testing the Passionate Bonds” from Tales of Zestiria — Wonderfully spirited boss fight music. I like the Spanish guitar giving this a dance-like quality.

“Animal” by Jim Yosef and Riell — Man, there’s some great emotion running through this one. It’s epic in the best sense.

“The Best Days” by Sam Feldt and Karma Child — A lovely mix of sweet and sorrow.

“Ask For It” by Future Animals — Another downbeat/upbeat song that sucked me right into the depths of it.

“Feliz Navidad” by F4ST — A little house with your Christmas classics!

“Dynamite” by BTS — I only became aware of this Kpop group a week ago due to writing a news piece about them popping up in an MMO… and then this song came into one of my channels. It’s plenty poppy.

“99 Red Balloons” by Oliver Nelson — I definitely don’t like the singing here, but the melody is… I don’t know. It scratches an interesting itch in my brain.

“Dungeon” from Sword of Vermilion — A surprisingly good Genesis RPG tune!

Battle Bards Episode 182: Last Oasis

What does the apocalypse sound like? That’s the burning question, so to speak, that the Battle Bards are investigating this week as they dive into the soundtrack to Last Oasis. Michał Korniewicz’s unique score is a haunting experience that must be heard to be believed. But at the end of it all, will it be enough to endure?

Episode 182 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “Seven Pieces of the Moon,” “Before the Reckoning,” and “Against All Odds”)
  • “Beast from Beneath” 
  • “Growth”
  • “Woodpunk”
  • “The Old Ways”
  • “The Flotillans”
  • “Big Red”
  • “Chase the Bard”
  • Which one did we like the best?
  • Listener notes from Mika, Minimalistway, and Bullwraith
  • Jukebox picks: “Out of the North” from Assassin’s Creed Valhalla, “Main Theme Part 3” from Baldur’s Gate 3, and “Super Sonic” from Sonic Mania
  • Outro (feat. )

Sunday Serenade: Snowboard Kids, Suzanne Vega, 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… 

“Board Shop” from Snowboard Kids — A really relaxing VGM piece that apparently has a lot of nostalgic value for some N64 kiddos.

“Lay Down Your Crown” by Sweetmates — That bass + drum combo is so very listenable.

“Without You” by Supermans Feinde — I came for the xylophone, I stayed for the beat.

“Can’t Behave” by Bolier and Rob Styles — A poppy little earworm, this one.

“Dance Monkey” by Tones and I — Disturbingly catchy song and just a plain disturbing video.

“Left of Center” by Suzanne Vega — Time for a little Pretty in Pink soundtrack!

“Everybody Dance” by Cedric Gervais — I was on the fence about this one, as I believe it could’ve been punched up more. Still, I enjoyed listening to it, so here it goes.

“Faded” by Besomorph and Coopex — This is the kind of song that gives you a groove to slide right into and enjoy for the duration.