Sunday, November 26, 2017

IC London 2017/Pokemon Movie Music Discussions

Last weekend, I had the opportunity to attend the London International Championship as a spectator. My first day involved a fair bit of waiting, but I did eventually get some playing in, as described in this report:


Additionally, we have the first part of our movie 9 discussion. Anne from Pikapi Podcast comes in to help compare Sowelu's "A Thing To Be Protected" and Cori Yarckin's "Together We Make A Promise" to see which better fits the movie:


In an upcoming discussion, Anne from Pikapi Podcast and I will go over the music of the tenth Pokemon movie, "The Rise of Darkrai". We'll be comparing the Japanese ending, "I Will Be With You (Where The Lost Ones Go)" by Sarah Brightman and the English ending, "I'll Always Remember You" by Kirsten Price. We'll also be discussing the score of the movie:


If you have any thoughts, give us a comment!

Monday, November 13, 2017

Behind The Scenes: Thnks Fr Th Mnphy

Want to know what led to the recently published "Thnks Fr Th Mnphy", a parody of Fall Out Boy's "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs"? Here, I discuss both the original 2007 version of the parody and what prompted me to get it recorded now:

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Thnks Fr Th Mnphy (2017 Rewrite) (Parody of "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy)

As a teaser for our upcoming discussion of "Pokemon Ranger and the Temple of the Sea", I hired a Sri Lankan singer named Lasan to record an updated version of "Thnks Fr Th Mnphy", a parody of "Thnks Fr Th Mmrs" by Fall Out Boy that I originally wrote back in 2007. The song turned out great, and I hope you enjoy it:



Thanks to Lasan for permission to post this video.

Lyrics:

I'm gonna make it surf and shake
(If there’s a battle I can’t wait)
Hang in there but say you’re in control
In case he doesn't know
(Say you’re in control
Say you’re in control)

And I want these moves to win the fight
Cuz’ they’re a song that makes the game come to life
“Who does he think he is?”
If that's the best you got, better put your monster back in its ball

This might be worth a try
Thanks for the Manaphy
Even though its moves weren’t great
It floats like Mew—but on water
This might, just, be worth a try
Thanks for the Manaphy
Thanks for the Manaphy
Guess, it’s just like Mew—only weirder (oh)

Been looking forward to the battle
Got my eyes on another badge
and this Cherish Ball
It's always hazy except for (except for)
When you’ve got a test to pass (got a test to pass)
One last stand (one last stand-oh)

One fight and one more try
Thanks for the Manaphy
Even though its moves weren’t great
It’s cute like Mew—only wetter
One fight, yeah, and one more try
Thanks for the Manaphy
Thanks for the Manaphy
Hope, it fights like Mew—only better (oh)

They say
"I only think in the form of crunching Claydol
In gym battles Collecting ev-ry symbol"
Get me into this game
Get you out of your ball
I'm a moment away
From getting back in to the groove (whoa)

This fight was worth our time
Thanks to the Manaphy
Even though its moves weren’t great
It hits like Mew—only harder
This fight, yeah, was worth our time
Thanks to the Manaphy
Thanks to the Manaphy
When, it fights for you—it goes farther (oh)

This fight was won this time
(Won this fight, won this time)
Thanks to the Manaphy
Even though its moves weren’t great
It pulled us through a gym leader
This fight, yeah, was won this time
(Won this fight, won this time)
Thanks to the Manaphy (To the Manaphy)
Thanks to the Manaphy (To the Manaphy)
See, it pulled us through—as a winner (oh)

Friday, October 20, 2017

Discussion: Lucario and the Mystery of Mew Ending Themes (Part 1)

Anne from Pikapi Podcast drops by once again to compare the ending themes of the eighth Pokemon movie. In this rare example of a Japanese musical group many US fans have heard of, Puffy AmiYumi's "Song of Origin" faces Jim Malone's "We Will Meet Again". Which one will come out on top?


Thursday, September 28, 2017

Want to listen to my local radio show?

Earlier this year, I started doing a pre-recorded radio show on a local low-power FM station. Find out how you can listen:



Note: The 10pm Wednesday slot does seem to be a mistake and is used for a different show.

WWMV Web Site
From 8 To 64 on SoundCloud

Tuesday, September 19, 2017

Which Pokemon Songs Are Underrated?

In the next month or so, Anne from Pikapi Podcast and I will be doing a special on underrated Pokemon songs, and we're looking for your ideas:

Thursday, September 07, 2017

Poke Press Digest Podcast: Episode 11-Pokemon Worlds 2017/Destiny Deoxys Music

This installment has two segments. In the first (0:48-19:56), we have a pair of interviews from Worlds 2017. One is with the winner of the Seniors TCG event, and the other is with the Masters Division runner-up of the Sun & Moon video game competition.

The second segment (20:04-50:51) is a discussion of the ending themes of Destiny Deoxys. Anne from Pikapi Podcast helps me compare the enigmatic Tommy february6 to the possible X-Files fan Bree Sharp, and we decide which song better fits the movie.



Links:

Segment 1:
Sam Pandelis on Twitter

Segment 2:
Pikapi Podcast

Monday, August 28, 2017

Geek.Kon 2017: Super Smash Bros. (Wii U) Tournament Winner

At this year's Geek.Kon in Madison, WI, I had the opportunity to interview Josh (not John) Sullivan, winner of the Super Smash Bros. for Wii U tournament. Find out how John used Luigi to take the event.

Friday, August 25, 2017

Interview: Pokemon Worlds 2017 TCG Seniors Winner (Zachary Bokhari)

At the recent Pokemon World Championships in Anaheim, CA, I got an opportunity to interview Zachary Bokhari, who won the TCG tournament in the Seniors Division with a Ninetales GX deck. Find out why he chose it, and what it feels like to be a world champion:

Sunday, August 20, 2017

Pokemon World Championships 2017: Tour & Cosplay

Ever wonder what you can find at the Pokemon World Championships? We take a look at this year's event in Anaheim to find out:


Additionally I had a chance to discuss one of the attendee's cosplay outfits, where she dressed up as "Yellow" from the Pokemon Adventures manga. Find out the materials she used and the process of making the outfit: