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No theme is the best theme. These tracks don’t suck. Listen to Katherine’s podcast Smart Mouth. “Seven DJs Share the Weirdest Records in Their Crates.” Track listing: 0:00 Imagination, “Just an Illusion” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 9:57 Topo & Roby, “Under the Ice” — Spotify • Amazon Music 15:26 Clio & Kay, “Keep on Dancing” — Apple Musi…
 
Some of you bemoaned the loss of the Singing Mountain Patreon because it also meant the loss of the ”all music, no talk” versions of episodes that I sometimes posted there. Never fear: the files have been recovered, and I will be posting them on the main feed. First up, the ”all music, no talk” version of episode 105, “The End... as a Beginning.” S…
 
You’re still driving. It still doesn’t have to be a race. Listed to KVGM, “The Last Wave,” a podcast full of low-key, chilled VGM that you’ll like if you like this episode. Also listen to my previous driving music episodes: Afternoon Drive 1, Moonlight Drive, Sunset Drive, Drive Into the City Track listing: 0:07 On the Rainy Street / Dyna Brothers …
 
The good news: Singing Mountain is back. The bad news: It’s only coming back for a few more episodes before ending. Due to reasons I explain in the episode, I’ve decided to end this podcast. However, before I do that, I’ll be clearing out the odds and ends that are remaining in the shambles of the planning doc I’ve been making episodes from all thi…
 
The former U.S.S.R. had its own synthpop and new wave acts, but the Cold War prevented a lot of Americans from hearing how good they were at assembling those 80s music building blocks into cool formations we didn’t get here. Track listing: 0:00 Alyans, “At Dawn (На заре)” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 8:18 Forum, “Let’s Call Each Other (Да…
 
It’s summer, it’s pride and it’s (almost) post-pandemic. I’m celebrating all three of these with an episode I’m hoping sets the tone for the entire season. Special thanks to DJ Eric Pruitt for for suggestions from his playlist tribute to the days of Marilyn’s Back Street. Watch the video for C.C. Catch’s “Cause You Are Young.” Track listing: 0:00 S…
 
Someone said they like my show but they weren’t into the Asian artists I’ve played, so here is an episode with an entire block of Asian artists. Plus some other stuff. Track listing: 0:00 Betty Miranda, “Take Me to the Top” — Apple Music • Spotify 8:43 Eddy Huntington, “Meet My Friend” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music 14:47 Jennifer Rush, “Ri…
 
Sixteen songs I totally vouch for and then one that’s about a woman who is actually a cat. Special assist from Sam Pancake, host of a podcast I produce, Sam Pancake Presents the Monday Afternoon Movie. The final track comes Steve, longtime online friend whose own collection of pop culture antiquities, Obscure Video Games, you can see on Twitter and…
 
Thirteen episodes in, this niche 80s mixtape podcast finally features its debut of Sylvester and Valerie Dore. With a major assist from Ryan Capiro. Also listen to the episode of Different Head that gave me this episode’s Simon Byrne track. (Different Head is the podcast that inspired me to make this show, and it is just great in general.) Track li…
 
Here’s a different sort of episode. Instead of blocks of a few songs, each grouped around a theme, this episode is all based on a single theme — and it’s one big block. Have you ever seen Friday the Thirteenth: A New Beginning? Well, this one is inspired by that movie’s new wave girl, Violet, and the dark dance music I’d like to think she’d listen …
 
And… we’re back! This episode features a selection of 80s synthpop from South Africa in addition to some classic italo disco as well as the best listener call-in this podcast will probably ever receive. 0:00 Linda “Babe” Majika, “Let’s Make a Deal” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon 5:32 Linda “Babe” Majika, “Don’t Treat Me So Bad” — Apple Music • Sp…
 
This is an experiment. What you have here is ninety minutes of 16-bit forest music, drawn from all four forest episodes of Singing Mountain, only slowed down, pitched down, muted and muffled in various ways and played over the sound of some royalty-free rain noise I found on YouTube. I initially made this for Patreon, and a few people noted how muc…
 
I’m going back to my roots, and no, that is not a pun about trees. I decided to revisit the “relaxing forest music” theme that I first did back in the fifth episode of this show. If you’re into it, there’s also an ”all music, no talk’ version of this episode on Patreon, with some rain effects tossed in. You tell me if it works or not. Track listing…
 
After a month-long absence, Deep Cuts and Superficial Wounds returns with italo disco, euro disco, a little bit a new wave and a female forward selection of 80s hits by the one and only Love Connie. Watch Drew’s big Simpsons project that kept this podcast offline all month. And here’s that big Twitter thread where people were shouting out their fav…
 
It’s actually the most Italian episode yet. Track listing (and where to buy these tracks): 0:00 Den Harrow, “Charleston” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon 7:06 Facts & Fiction, “Give Me the Night” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon 13:06 Duke Lake, “Dance Tonight” — Apple Music • Spotify 19:09 R. Bais, “Dial My Number” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon…
 
Yes, it’s the annual Singing Mountain episode about chilly winter music. The big difference is that this year I’m actually allowing a few tracks that have sleigh bells jingling. Don’t worry — they’re still moody, but this is a less melancholy collection of ice level VGM than I’ve put together in recent years. And if this isn’t enough for you, an “a…
 
Featuring Jpop by way of italo disco, and I could not be more excited about it. Track listing (and where to buy these tracks): 0:00 John Rocca, “I Want It to Be Real” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon 8:48 Pineapples, “Come On Closer” — Apple Music • Spotify 14:18 Evelyn Barry, “Take It as a Game” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon 20:11 Paul Paul, “G…
 
A sequel of sorts to the “Lonesome Journeys” episode I did way back when, this episode is all about “sad travel music” — the kind of stuff you might associate with an RPG overworld, where the world is big and open and mysterious and you have to venture forth anyway. It’s a little somber, it’s a little hopeful, and it seems perfect for a late autumn…
 
Australians and saxophones and Madam Butterfly. First, here is the reddit threat about sax in italo disco tracks. And here is the Fantastic Planet video for ”Spacer Woman.” And here is the vide for ”Bop Girl” featuring a 15-year-old Nicole Kidman with her naturally curly hair. Track listing (and where to buy or stream these tracks): 0:00 Shannon, “…
 
The episode I intended to put out this week isn’t done yet, but I decided to toss you guys an episode that was previously a Patreon-exclusive. Last year, around the time Singing Mountain hit one hundred episodes, I did a bonus that was just all the VGM tracks I’d encountered just through doing research for this podcast. You know, as opposed to hear…
 
America is still here, against all odds, so let’s listen to some music. If you’re into “Dance It Down,” then you really have to check out its music video, which is both so squarely 80s but also fairly representative for mid-2000s indie culture. Track listing (and where to buy or stream these tracks): 0:00 Freeez, “IOU” — Apple Music • Spotify 8:12 …
 
This year, I tried to pick tracks that sound like they could be from a horror movie — and not just any horror movie, but a solid B horror flick, watched on VHS, with a synthy score that’s way better that it should be given the quality of the movie. There is also an "all music, no talk" version of this episode up on Patreon: https://www.patreon.com/…
 
Italo disco makes the perfect Halloween dance party. Check out Dorine Hollier sexy-dancing out of her cardigan on Italy’s Superclassifica show in 1984. If you like this episode, you might be into Different Head’s awesome October episodes, which you can listen to here, here, here, here and here. If you want to be nosy, check out my Halloween special…
 
It’s a Halloween miracle! As Singing Mountain preps to transfer over to a new hosting site, some of the Patreon-only bonuses from back in the pre-16 bit days are getting folded into the main feed mix. Since this was in the process anyway, I decided that listeners might enjoy this all-music, no-talk Halloween episode. It’s all creepy Nintendo music!…
 
In which I offer you my new favorite song, as of this week of music researching. If you want to check out my other music podcast — Singing Mountain, which is about video game music — then I’d suggest you start with the episode that’s all about 80s dance music. And if you want to see my homemade music video for Paul Parker’s ”Right on Target,“ then …
 
The sun has gone down and the moon has come up, and it’s not a good time to be in the city. This is part three of a three-part series that began with a drive into the city and led to a fight through the city. Now you’re in a neon metropolis at night and you’re on your way to the big boss fight. Drive Into the City: https://singingmountainpod.com/ep…
 
Back in the 16-bit era, urban streets were littered with no-good punks who would attack in wave after wave, leaving a group of musclebound heroes no choice but to keep on punching — and hope there is a whole roast chicken hidden in a garbage can somewhere. This episode is a celebration of those gritty city environments, the music heard in them and …
 
This has been a year of surprises, but I really didn't foresee myself digging a duet by Jermaine Jackson and Pia Zadora. Yet here we are. Watch my weird homemade video using Blue Russell’s ”I Wanna Fly Away” and the Japanese stop-motion Nutcracker. And also watch the equally weird non-homemade video for the last track in this week’s episode, Krista…
 
This podcast will not be all italo disco, but this episode is. Track listing (and where to buy these tracks): Kano, “Another Life” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music Vic Trick, “I Want Someone to Love” — Apple Music • Spotify • Amazon Music Dario Delle’Aere, “Eagles in the Night” Glasses, “Fall in Love Again” Paul Lekakis, “Boom Boom (Let’s Go …
 
I like 80s music, and I spend time hunting down 80s gems that I didn’t hear back in the day, either because I grew up in the U.S. and missed out on all the cool euro stuff or because most 80s nights tend to feature the same few dozen hits again and again. I decided to try out putting some of my favorites in an “annotated mixtape,” to borrow the phr…
 
In the grand tradition of Singing Mountain episodes that make driving music of VGM that’s not from driving games, here’s a new one: the soundtrack for a drive into the city that starts out laidback but gets a little tense as you get toward the big city. This is actually a part one to a part two that you’ll get next that’s all gritty city music — ba…
 
Singing Mountain is back. I said it would be back and I meant it. And to contrast this new run of the show from what I left you all on months ago, I decided to put out something a little more hopeful. Do you know that particular kind of video game ending where you see your character cruising toward the horizon, bad guys vanquished in their wake, an…
 
A disclaimer: This episode won’t be for everyone. It’s been an odd few weeks, and for some reason I’ve been finding comfort in sad stuff rather than just trying to flood my brain with relentlessly happy things. As a result of this special mix of factors, the episode you’re getting from me is all about sad music — specifically sad music from 16-bit …
 
Welcome to this year’s installment of my “Christmas Eve in an ice cavern” series. Do you think winter music could do with fewer jingle bells and more cool, clear chimes that call to mind a lonely, cold night? Then you’re in luck! Also listen to the other ice and snow VGM episodes! Diamond Dust: https://singingmountainpod.com/episodes/diamond-dust-i…
 
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