Music – Jimmy Eat World’s “Claire”

Been listening to Jimmy Eat World the past week. I feel that Static Prevails is such a raw album, one where the band had begun its journey into the emo powerhouse it would become. “Claire” gives perhaps the strongest hint of the band’s next album Clarity, a focused, lyrically-polished number that stood out on the…

Music: Top VGM STKs #10 – Shin Megami Tensei: Persona 4

Persona 4 is one of those soundtracks that come around at the right time to just floor you. At least it was for me. In 2008 when the game came out I got the deluxe edition AND the secondary collector’s package from my ex for Christmas/birthday gifts, and it was a bit of a dicey…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Yuka Tsujiyoko

Yuka Tsujiyoko Yuka Tsujiyoko started at Intelligent Systems after a stint working as a computer programmer for another company, but her schooling in music drove her into video game composition. Her first role for the company was 1990’s Fire Emblem: Shadow Dragon and the Blade of Light, and she would go on to serve as…

Music: The Pillows’ “Skeleton Liar” (live)

“Skeleton Liar” is not one of The Pillows’ super popular songs, but dammit it’s just so fucking good. I love the energy, the tempo changes, and it totally just jives with Shi (who I need to desperately draw…sigh). In short, this is a great song, this live version pushes the intense meter up to 11,…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Laura Shigihara

Laura Shigihara Shigihara is one of the leading indie composers today, best known for her involvement to Popcap’s Plans Vs. Zombies and its sequel. Her distinct sound enhanced the puzzle/action gameplay greatly, giving the game a huge portion of its charm. Briefly a part of EA following their purchase of Popcap, she has again returned…

Music: R.E.M.’s “These Days” (live)

This is SO good. SO GOOD. “These Days” has a lot of resonance up to this day for me, especially since I didn’t hear the original until recently, but the live cut from Live from the Olympia carries an intensity and heft that I think pushes it past the album version. I’m glad I’ve rediscovered…

Music: 52 Women VGM Composers You Should Know About – Satoe Terashima

Satoe Terashima In contrast to many of our other composers, Satoe Terashima’s career in video game music is mysterious. She was teamed with Kinuyo Yamashita on Vampire Killer/Castlevania, composing “Vampire Killer”, “Stalker”, “Out of Time” and “Voyager” (which, without Yamashita’s acknowledgement, we would not even know). She also had some involvement with Castlevania II: Simon’s…

Music: Top VGM STKs #9 – Secret of Mana

Secret of Mana delivered one of the most evocative soundtracks from the Super NES, full of diverse instrumentation, wild compositions, and tracks dripping with emotion and purpose. Hiroki Kikuta’s video game career as a musician began with this title, and he was given free reign in terms of how to create the soundtrack (with tracks…

Music: The Matches’ “I Tried (So Hard)”

The Matches are so fucking good. As you go from one album to the next, you can track the stress the band felt as they attempted to make it big in music. From E. Von Dahl and “More than Local Boys” overflowing with young optimism to album 4 untitled… and “I Tried (So Hard)”, dripping…

Music: Top VGM STKs #8 – Mega Man 3

Mega Man 3 is arguably the first soundtrack I heard that I fell in love with. That’s not to say that other NES soundtracks didn’t leave a mark, but as a child this was the origin of my fandom into the medium as something more than just backing compositions for what was happening on-screen; it…

Music – Jamiroquai’s “Automaton”

Jamiroquai was for a brief point my favorite band as a teenager; I think Jason Kay’s smooth lyrical delivery and general positivity rung well for my youthful mind (it certainly wasn’t the marijuana messaging :p ). I had a character based on Kay for quite a long time in my So…this webcomic canon, so that…