Summertime 2019 is drawing to a close, and it’s time to beat that last blast of heat with some great tunes. When Video Game Grooves throws a summer block party, we have at least five people, which means regular hosts Jeremy, Paul, and Anthony are joined by two guest hosts this week. First, returning friend of the show Pete Smith is fresh off his release of Witcheye on Android and iOS, and he’s here to talk about a little Secret of Mana with us. The music from an unofficial release takes us back to simpler times when trees were whales and JRPGs were pastoral, pastel, and primitivistic. (yes we had to search for a third “p” word -ed.) Also along for the ride is Debug Records‘ Caleb Denney, who we finally cajoled to come back to feature Mother Fucking Earthbound. In contrast to our first feature, MFE has its tongue in its cheek and its bionic slingshot in hand and hits us with a fun summertime vibe. We discuss the musical stylings of Erich WK and the ways in which Earthbound flirts with… musical re-appropriation.

In our second segment we dismiss Pete to his always-on partying lifestyle, and we cover the new releases during our slightly-extended rest period, as well as highlighting some exciting products that are now shipping.

In our final section we talk to Caleb about the post-mortem of Debug’s first release, and talk about the fan (and non-fan) reaction after the vinyl arrives in homes around the world. What went well, what could have gone better, and what will he take into the label’s next release, revealed inside!

PLUS, for listeners of Video Game Grooves, Mother Fucking Earthbound can be yours at $5 off for a limited time using code DEBUGONVGG at debugrecords.com

Outro: “A Curious Tale” – Secret of Mana, by Hiroki Kikuta
Secret Outro: “El Bimbo x Enjoy Your Stay at the El Bimbo” – Bimbojet x Erich WK

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Links:
Red Dead Redemption 2 (Lakeshore Records) (also available through other vendors)
Metal Gear Solid (Mondo)
Resurrection of the Night: Alucard’s Elegy (Materia Collective)
The Greatest Video Game Music (Amazon.co.uk)
Bit Brigade Mega Man 3 (Hello Sir Records) (secret link to Double Ferrari)
The Game Paradise (Dispatch Games)
Hover (Limited Run Games) (sold out)
Memories of Tokyo-to (Ship to Shore)
Horizon Chase Turbo bundle (Minimum Records)
Just Cause 4 (Artizan Bandcamp)
The Music of Humongous Entertainment (Kickstarter, canceled)
Dark Souls I-III repress (Bandai Namco EU)
DOOM 2016 repress (Bethesda store US, Bethesda store EU)
Owlboy (Yetee Records)



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