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March 08, 2015

Unoriginal Soundtracks #102: Luftrausers

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

Vlambeer's lo-fi chiptune game set in an alt-history World War 2, maybe, is the inspiration for this playlist of motown, funk, and rock.

February 19, 2015

Unoriginal Soundtracks #101: Dying Light

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

Dying Light -- the parkour vs zombies action game -- is the seed for this playlist of hip hop, soul, and rock.

February 04, 2015

Unoriginal Soundtracks #100: Life Is Strange episode one

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

Life is Strange mixes Telltale adventure games, Alan Wake weirdness, and down-to-earth Gone Home teenagers for 2015's most promising game so far. Episode one is just out, but you won't find any major spoilers in this mix of punk and hip hop in Unoriginal Soundtracks episode 100.

January 22, 2015

Unoriginal Soundtracks #99: Crossy Road

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

The Frogger remix that was the flavor of late 2014 inspires this playlist of punk, blues, and heavy metal.

January 16, 2015

Neighborhood Brats call it quits after promising debut


If the punk rock ethos of living fast and dying young applies to any band, it'd definitely be the Neighborhood Brats who threw in the towel via a Facebook post late yesterday evening. Citing release delays, lineup changes, and health concerns, among other more basic musician stress factors, they decided to call it quits, not even dropping the frequently used "indefinite hiatus" term to offer any hope to fans.

The band hasn't talked much publicly about the release delays they mentioned or the causes behind them, but their album was available for streaming in late September last year, and released digitally in late October, but didn't receive a proper physical release until mid-December. The reason behind that extremely slow roll-out remains to be seen, though I'd suspect the label was behind it.

One less promising new punk band out there to reinvigorate the scene. It's a sad day indeed, though co-founders George Rager and Jenny Angelillo have stated they will likely be found in various new musical projects down the road. Give their debut a listen after the jump.

January 08, 2015

Unoriginal Soundtracks #98: Crusader Kings 2 expansions

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

Crusader Kings 2, the simulation of medieval politics, has featured on Unoriginal Soundtracks before. Its multiple expansions since the game's launch almost amount to a whole new game, and the extra content merits this second musical look.

December 24, 2014

Unoriginal Soundtracks #97: Sonic The Hedgehog

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

The eternal struggle between machine and animal, order and freedom, patrolling a set amount of pixels and running free. Sonic the Hedgehog.

December 10, 2014

Unoriginal Soundtracks #96: Viscera Cleanup Detail Santa's Rampage

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

Unoriginal Soundtracks is a podcast that uses music to talk about video games. So this isn't a Christmas playlist -- it's a Viscera Cleanup Detail: Santa's Rampage playlist.

October 15, 2014

Unoriginal Soundtracks #95: Middle-earth Shadow of Mordor

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

The surprise hit of the season is an action game based on the Lord of the Rings books (not the films) by the developers of The Matrix Online. It mixes satisfying, flowing combat with the metal themes of orcs, the undead, and torture and it inspires this metal-heavy podcast.

October 01, 2014

Unoriginal Soundtracks #94: Desert Golfing

Every other Wednesday, I share a playlist of songs tangentially related to a single game or series. Songs about alien sex for Mass Effect, world leaders for Civilization, and so on. Make requests to @USPodcast on Twitter.

To hear a mirror in a song
And heaven in a music podcast,
Hold infinity in your ears
And 27 minutes in Unoriginal Soundtracks for Desert Golfing.