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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.

September 29, 2014

Shuffled #61: Splits

Every other Wednesday either Matt or Alex C-Y share their love of music in an assortment of ways. Shuffled is a podcast whose format is as varied as their tastes in music, so hopefully you won't ever be bored and everyone can find something to enjoy.

Diving once again into the vinyl pile! This month is a collection of ripped split EPs that go pretty much all over the place. Apologies in advanced for the low quality of some of these rips. Read that as record speak for "I need a new stylus."

September 17, 2014

Unoriginal Soundtracks #93: Brütal Legend

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.

This episode of Unoriginal Soundtracks brings rap, '50s rock and roll, and soul about live music and the people who make it possible. And maybe some metal about metal itself.

Unoriginal Soundtracks #92: Broken Age, Act 1

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.

These playlists about growing up, breakfast cereal, and bakery are conveniently presented here with two embedded audio players. Switch between the two episodes at will.