Sunday Serenade: Outrun, Zombie Night Terror, 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… 

“Keep Yo Head Up” by Outrun — You know this one got your toes tapping. Sounds like a good video game racing theme to me.

“Chernobyl” from Rad Raygun — Hey kids, this one slaps hard!

“Dance the Way I Feel” by Ou Est Le Swimming Pool — Ain’t no one gonna tell me how to dance. I’m a dancing rebel!

“Intro” from Seaman 2 — Short. Weird. I identify with that.

“Celebration” from Diddy Kong Racing — Another peppy David Wise track. Has a Northern Exposure sound to it.

“Save Tonight” by ortoPilot — Don’t hate me, but I may actually like this better than the original.

“Drop” by Ortzy and Aspen — Took a while to win me over, but it did in the end with it’s unusual chorus/verse transitions.

“The Incredible Gertrude” from Zombie Night Terror — A catchy dark anthem with superb energy and a touch of eerie tones.

Battle Bards Episode 172: Lost Ark

Although Lost Ark is still making its slow journey to the west, the music arrived ahead — on a songbird, of course! It’s a flat-out amazing soundtrack by a Hollywood composer, and the Battle Bards want to make sure that you aren’t missing out on its musical gifts. So settle back, put on some headphones, and prepare to be blown away.

Episode 172 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (“Ocean World,” “The Ark,” and “Sanctuary of Arcadia”)
  • “Into the Wider World”
  • “The Town of Leonhardt”
  • “Black Teeth”
  • “Silrian Theme”
  • “Mokoko Village”
  • “Club Avenue”
  • “Calm Village”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener note from Sym
  • Jukebox picks: “Main Theme” from Population Zero, “The Tavern” from Wargroove,
  • Outro (feat. )

Sunday Serenade: Splatterhouse, Super Mario 64, 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… 

“The Lay of Lyndelby” from LOTRO — This Hobbit town track had everyone raving about it when it debuted with Update 26.

“Beginning Theme 2” from One Way Heroics — A bouncy and fun track that caught my attention and kept it for the whole ride.

“Why I’m Here” by Oleander — The second this starts playing, it’s hard not to go, “Yup, that’s ’90s rock right there. And good rock, at that.”

“Eye to Eye” from A Goofy Movie — Kids movies these days wish they had soundtracks this good.

“Cold Ain’t For Me” by Oceans — A quasi-country song that rises or falls solely on its instrumental. It’s on this side of decent.

“Final Boss” from Splatterhouse — Most final boss themes are grand and tension-filled, but not really that fun to listen to as standalone music. This one is darkly catchy, and I like how it underplays rather than overplays.

“File Select” from Super Mario 64 — I never really played this game, so this track is pretty new to me. It’s very appealing and tranquil.

“Medical Center” from Lego Island — This one’s got a bit of an earworm quality to it. Kind of relaxing, too.

“Thinking About You” by Ocie Elliott — Sad. Sweet. Perfect.

Battle Bards Episode 171: Forest Tales 2

Hitch up your shorts, buckle your boots, and step into another deep forest of MMORPG music with the Battle Bards! As diverse as the woods are in virtual worlds, so too are these tracks that attempt to convey the feeling of a variety of leafy settings.

Episode 171 show notes (show page, direct download)

  • Intro (feat. “Mnes Forest” from Echo of Souls, “Forest of Adera” from Eldevin, and “Sleeping Forest” from Allods Online)
  • “Forest of Legends” from Bless
  • “Mystery Forest of Vikings” from Minions of Mirth
  • “Lost Forest” from Revelation Online
  • “Saphora Forest” from Aion 
  • “Drustvar Glenbrook Woods” from World of Warcraft 
  • “Forest of December” from Tree of Savior 
  • “Tera Forest” from MapleStory
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail: Katriana, Cursed Seishi, and Bereman
  • Jukebox picks: “Day at the Fair” from Life is Feudal, “Wastelanders Theme” from Fallout 76, and “Doom Eternal” from Doom Eternal
  • Outro (feat. “The Rime Woods” from Champions Online)

Sunday Serenade: Noisestorm, Contra, 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… 

“Contravirt” by OC Remix — A really great remixed medley of the classic Contra tunes.

“Crab Rave” by Noisestorm — Who knew crabs could get down like this? Such a fun tropical dance track… with crabs.

“I Just Wanna” by Niviro — A nice remix of a club classic!

“I Don’t Know Why” by NOTD — Just a great cheerful vibe to this one that gets better with repeat listens. Kind of feel like it’s a “summer” song.

“Static Discharge” by OC Remix — This may be one of the very few Mega Man tunes I really enjoy, so it’s great to hear this jazzed-up remix.

“French Letter” by Notize — Really solid background music. I wasn’t ready for it to end.

“Now I See” by Tessa Rose Jackson — This one took a bit to convince me because it leans a bit too much on that tropish millennial sound, but it’s chipper and has a nice beat. I’ll bite.

Sunday Serenade: Lost Ark, Kat Meoz, 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… 

“Mountain (Genesis Version)” from Ninja Gaiden 2 — Perfect if you need some peppy VGM to fuel your fighting.

“Halloween Havoc” from The Simpsons Hit & Run — A wacky and kooky fright night manic tune.

“Back for More” by Kat Meoz — Unconventional song, but it got me coming… back for more!

“Black Teeth” from Lost Ark — A really powerful and moving piece. This whole OST is pretty great, by the way.

“Old Town Road” by Lil Nas X — Low-key, minimalistic chant with a good rhyming beat.

Battle Bards Episode 170: Star Stable

Stop your whinnying and take Star Stable’s soundtrack out for a gallop today! You might discover, as the Battle Bards did, that this horse-themed MMO has a pretty amazing and lovely soundtrack that’s as large in quantity as it is high in quality. So saddle up for a ride through the trails of this lively soundscape!

Episode 170 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “To Pandoria,” “Hooves on the Run,” and “Forest Bells”)
  • “A Dimension in Pink”
  • “South Hoof Peninsula”
  • “Epona”
  • “The Capital of Jorvik”
  • “My Stable”
  • “Cloud Kingdom”
  • “How to Build Your Ranch”
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener mail from Zinn, Katriana, and Castagere (link to the song mentioned)
  • Jukebox picks: “Painful Gulch” from Lucky Luke, “Badlands 2” from Horse Isle 3, and “Azukay” from River City Girls
  • Outro (feat. “Glacier Galloping”)

Sunday Serenade: Newsies, Avicii, 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… 

“The World Will Know” from Newsies — Listening to this rousing anthem, it makes me wonder how Disney actually feels about unions.

“We Won’t Be Alone” by Feint — The way the beat ramps up for the chorus is amazing. And the vocals aren’t half bad either.

“Peace of Mind” by Avicii — There’s a real nice chill flow with this one.

“Sixteen” by Ellie Goulding — What’s with much older singers trying to pretend that they totally remember what it was like to be a teenager? Oh well, I love the chorus with this one.

“Nice to Meet Ya” by Niall Horan — This song kicks into gear quite a lot, and it’s a great experience each and every time.

Sunday Serenade: Battletoads, Nam 1975, 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… 

“Sweet Little Lies” by Bulow — A little dark but also kind of goes down smooth.

“Soldiers” by Neoni and Fjora — Strong war-like anthem. Not really something you’d want to sing along with, but that’s not for everyone.

“All of You” by Alex Ross — Nothing groundbreaking, but it’s got a good beat and I was jamming with it by the end.

“Thousand Eyes” from The Scheme — Juuuuust catchy enough to warrant inclusion this week.

“Ragnarok Canyon” from Battletoads in Battlemaniacs — The Battletoads series always had really excellent music, and this one channels the spirit of Rocky, I think.

“Level 2” from Nam 1975 (Neo Geo) — Some pretty rockin’ video game music for a Vietnam shooter.

“The Edge of Forever” by The Dream Academy — Ferris Bueller had such a great soundtrack.

Battle Bards Episode 169: Wild Things

Do you ever walk on the wild side in MMOs? Do you have a penchant for beastly races that aren’t merely reskinned humans? Then you might find something to like in today’s offerings from the Battle Bards. It’s a show full of tracks that pay homage to the animalistic races in MMORPGs, but the most savage thing of them all? Syl’s put-downs.

Episode 169 show notes (show pagedirect download)

  • Intro (feat. “A Savage Beauty” from TERA, “Scatherran Forest Critter Glen” from RIFT, and “Kloro” from Glitch)
  • “The Charr Triumphant” from Guild Wars 2 
  • “Namazu Beast Tribe” from Final Fantasy XIV
  • “M5” from Furcadia
  • “Taunka Night” from World of Warcraft
  • “Chardok” from EverQuest II
  • “Weaponizing of Maniacal Furballs” from WildStar
  • “Purr of the Hunter” from Elder Scrolls Online
  • Which one did we like best?
  • Listener notes from Zoward and Minimalistway
  • Jukebox Picks: “Welcome Horizons” from Animal Crossing: New Horizons, “Sneaky Driver” from Katana ZERO, and “Twilight in Dreamlands” from Final Fantasy Crystal Chronicles
  • Outro (feat. “Quaggan Command” from Guild Wars 2)