Monday, April 16, 2018

A trio of Mew-related videos

In honor of Mew finally being made available in Pokemon Go, I've dug up one of my old parodies and had it recorded by Tom Bedlam. The result is "Mew Sensation", a take on "New Sensation" by Australian rock group INXS:

If you'd like to know more about this song, you can take a look here:

If that's still not enough for you, I also recently unboxed "The Birth Of Mewtwo" radio drama CD from Japan:

Thursday, March 29, 2018

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 16-Kids' WB Bumpers/Sky Warrior Music

In the first segment (0:51-12:40), I talk to Brian Oliver, who produced bumpers for Kids' WB back in the day. Listen to find out what the process of creating these promos was like, and what he’s doing now.

Our second segment (12:49-50:16) is a discussion of the music of the 11th Pokémon movie, "Giratina and the Sky Warrior". Anne from Pikapi Podcast helps me match up Crystal Kay's "ONE" to Aaron Brotherton's "This Is A Beautiful World". As usual, we also give our take on the other music from the movie:


Segment 1:
Master Pokemon

Segment 2:
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Monday, March 26, 2018

Discussion: The Music of "Giratina and the Sky Warrior" (Part 1)

The 11th Pokemon movie, "Giratina and the Sky Warrior" introduces us to the mythical Pokemon Shaymin. In this discussion, Anne from Pikapi Podcast and I discuss the music of the film, focusing  on "ONE" by Crystal Kay and "This Is A Beautiful World" by Aaron Brotherton. These two lyrical takes on the film offer somewhat different perspectives, which may be appropriate given one the characters. Find out more about each of these songs in the first part of our discussion:

Tuesday, February 27, 2018

Interview: Brian Oliver (Director of Animation-Kids' WB)

I recently had an opportunity to interview Brian Oliver, who was the director of animation at Kids' WB back in the late 90's and early 2000's. Brian fills us in on many of the details of how the bumpers and promos were made for the network, as well as many of the people he had the opportunity to work with. We also cover "Master Pokemon", a music video that involved a large amount of production work on Brian's part:

Tuesday, February 13, 2018

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 15-The Music of "The Rise of Darkrai"/Ultra Prism Prerelease

In the first part of this episode (0:55-1:02:19), Anne from Pikapi Podcast and I share our thoughts on the music of the tenth Pokémon movie, The Rise of Darkrai. In an unusual twist, this film features English songs in both the US and Japanese versions. Listen to our discussion to find out whether Sarah Brightman’s “I Will Be With You” or Kirsten Price’s “I’ll Always Remember You” comes out on top.

The second segment (1:02:28-1:05:13) is a player interview from a recent Pokémon TCG League Challenge and Prerelease. We talk about what deck the player used, and some of the cards from the recently released Ultra Prism set.


Segment 1:
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Monday, February 12, 2018

Discussion: "The Rise of Darkrai" Ending Themes (Part 1)

The Japanese and English ending themes of the tenth Pokemon movie, "The Rise of Darkrai" go head-to-head in this comparison, featuring Anne from Pikapi Podcast. Sarah Brightman's "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)" and Kirsten Price's "I'll Always Remember You" took rather different routes to become associated with this film, but Anne and I do our best to compare them:

Tuesday, January 30, 2018

Why you won't be seeing a remastered Kirsten Price interview here (for now) + new digest episode

I've wanted to fix up this early interview for a long time, but unfortunately there are some technical obstacles in the way:

On the bright side, if you've missed any of our recent content, here's a new episode of the digest podcast:

In our first segment (0:47-43:15), Anne from Pikapi Podcast drops by to help discuss some underrated Pokémon songs. In addition to sharing our own picks, we also read some viewer submissions.

Our second segment (43:24-53:14) is a series of short pieces where I talk about various aspects of the Pokémon franchise. You’ll hear me discuss what might be in a future Pokémon Pinball, compare Mario Odyssey to PokePark, and critique some anime characters.


Segment 1:
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Master Pokemon

Saturday, January 06, 2018

Discussion: Underrated Pokemon Songs

Anne from Pikapi Podcast helps me discuss several Pokemon songs we feel haven't gotten the attention they deserve. In this first part, we go over:

-Because Everyone Was There (from Revelation Lugia)
-We're A Miracle (from Pokemon: The First Movie)
-Never Too Far From Home (from Totally Pokemon)
-Master Pokemon (Shown before Pokemon 4Ever and on Kids' WB)

Listen and find out what we have to say about these less-famous Pokemon songs:

Our discussion of underrated Pokemon music continues with "Because There Is The Sky" and the Italian Pokemon Chronicles theme. We also go over a few great viewer comments:

Also, what would our discussion be without a side conversation?

Thursday, December 21, 2017

New Anime Dub Album Announced: Pokémon Movie Music Collection Releases 12/23!

The first new official Pokemon dub album in a decade is coming out in just a few days, with songs from the last four Pokemon movies. Find out more:

Listing on Amazon

Tuesday, December 19, 2017

"Aim To Be A Pokemon Master 2017" unboxing + new digest podcast episode

The new version of the original Japanese opening theme comes with a few goodies packed in. If you want to know what you'll be getting with this CD/DVD combo pack, you can find out here:

For the latest digest episode, there are two segments. First, Anne from Pikapi Podcast returns to talk about the music of Pokémon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea, where “A Thing To Be Protected” takes on ”Together We Make A Promise”. These two very different songs lead to another interesting discussion.

The second segment is an archival interview with Brian Steckler, co-writer of “Catch Me If You Can” from Pokémon: The First Movie. As it turns out, Brian has had quite an interesting career, covering commercials, TV, and more:


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Brian Steckler