Rock Out With Your Cart Out

Jason Arriola

Jason Arriola shares his favorite video game and video game-adjacent music.

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Following up on episode 82, here are some of my favorite remixes from A Link to the Past. Some of these, much like the remixes on the ROWYCO on The Legend of Zelda, I’ve had kicking around on various hard drives and devices over the last 20 years. Others are more recent remixes, or, at […]

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Dec 3

1 hr 17 min

The Rock Out With Your Cart Out Dream Events are normally reserved for our Patreon backers at the $3 a month and up tier. But in the spirit of giving thanks and all that, I thought I’d throw this one out there for you. Hopefully hearing this and knowing what you’ll get twice a month […]

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Dec 2

3 hr 51 min

We go from one important game celebrating a big anniversary to another. This time, it’s The Legend of Zelda: A Link to the Past turning 30 years old. We’ll be listening to the soundtrack for the game by itself since there’s a lot more to it than there was for the original The Legend of […]

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Nov 21

1 hr 15 min

It’s a little surreal to say this, but Halo: Combat Evolved turns 20 years old today. Not only is the original Halo one of the most important releases to ever come out, but, on a more personal note, it’s really the only first-person shooter with a soundtrack that’s ever stuck with me. So, to celebrate […]

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Nov 15

1 hr 3 min

We’re digging into the soundtrack for the Konami shooter that time forgot, Space Manbow. With music by Yuji Takenouchi, , Tsuyoshi Sekito, and Michiru Yamane, you can’t go wrong. Support me on Patreon! The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created by chibi-tech for the podcast. The ROWYCO logo was designed by Melissa Diaz. Follow me […]

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Nov 12

46 min 45 sec

We haven’t listened to a soundtrack from UPL since episode 48, so I think it’s time to listen to one that doesn’t need anyone to redeem it. As I mentioned in the show, head over to Yoshio Nagashima’s Twitter and get some of his new music if you’re able. Support me on Patreon! The ROWYCO […]

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Oct 24

40 min 59 sec

Rather than be bummed out about not getting the Metal Gear: Snake’s Revenge soundtrack on vinyl, I thought it would be nice to appreciate that I got Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake on vinyl. Since it’s a pretty substantial soundtrack (you might say it’s one of “substance”), we’re going to split it up over two […]

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Oct 16

54 min 30 sec

Rather than be bummed out about not getting the Metal Gear: Snake’s Revenge soundtrack on vinyl, I thought it would be nice to appreciate that I got Metal Gear 2: Solid Snake on vinyl. Since it’s a pretty substantial soundtrack (you might say it’s one of “substance”), we’re going to split it up over two […]

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Oct 10

43 min 44 sec

I’ve previously done some digging about video game music that sounds awfully similar to other stuff. The other four of those episodes are behind a $3 paywall on Patreon. But, going forward, I’ll be putting these out on the main feed. This time, we’re looking into some of Koji Kondo’s “inspirations”. Support me on Patreon! […]

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Sep 25

33 min 3 sec

I don’t get a chance to talk to too many musicians, so I jumped on the chance of having Trevor Lentz on. I got a chance to talk with him about his recent album, What? Chiptuneis Evolving!, how he got started in music, some of the projects he’s previously done, and stuff he’s currently working […]

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Sep 12

2 hr 30 min

Ridiculous name? Check. Kick-ass soundtrack? Check. A pretty average vertical-scrolling shooter? Check. Sounds like we’ve got a game tailor-made for ROWYCO. Support me on Patreon! The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created by chibi-tech for the podcast. The ROWYCO logo was designed by Melissa Diaz. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram! Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Get the […]

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Sep 10

41 min 35 sec

I’m doing a little bit of a comparison episode for the fist time in a while. What could be more exciting to listen to than the soundtrack to an airline business simulation? Why, the soundtrack to one of those and the remake of it! Support me on Patreon! The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” […]

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Sep 2

1 hr 34 min

This week, I’m doing something I haven’t done in quite a while – a Game Boy game! Aerostar has a peppy little soundtrack that I hadn’t heard until recently. Yes, it’s another obscure shooter, and no, I’m not apologizing for it. Support me on Patreon! The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created […]

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Aug 25

32 min 3 sec

This week, we’re checking out the soundtracks to the arcade versions of Chase H.Q. and its sequel, Special Criminal Investigation. The late Takami Asano made some great tunes to ram bad guys off the road to, so let’s start going through the series with the first two entries! Support me on Patreon! The ROWYCO theme […]

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Aug 23

45 min

This week, I’m joined by a very special guest. While she’s not famous quite yet, she’s an up-and-coming violinist who also happens to love video game music. Oh yeah, she also happens to be my daughter! Nepotism. Ain’t it grand? Anyway, I’m joined by Angelia Arriola to talk about some of her favorite video game […]

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Aug 8

1 hr 20 min

To coincide with us doing Mega Man X on our latest Game club podcast, I decided to do something I didn’t think I would do on ROWYCO – cover Mega Man X. Sure, I did Mega Man Maverick Hunter X way back on episode 2 of this, but that’s going on three years ago now. […]

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Aug 1

1 hr 4 min

This week, we’re checking out the unrelentingly peppy soundtrack to the adventure platformer, The Adventure Pals. Composed by Chris Geehan and Dan Bryne-McCullough who make up HyperDuck SoundWorks, this soundtrack will brighten your day, no matter what’s going on around you. Can’t get enough of it? I couldn’t either, so you should go buy it […]

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Jul 28

29 min 35 sec

I swear I’m not trying to out-obscure myself every few episodes, but I stumbled on this one and had to share. I mean, I’ve said how much I love a good shooter soundtrack and how much I love a good X68000 soundtrack. Now, a good X68000 shooter soundtrack? Yeah, right in my wheelhouse. Anyway, you’ll […]

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Jul 20

46 min 20 sec

In a series of odd ducks, Konami’s Snake’s Revenge is the oddest duck of them all. Hideo Kojima not only had no input into its development, but it was also made without his knowledge. Funny how things can get away from you even that early on, huh? Support me on Patreon. The ROWYCO theme song […]

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Jul 14

45 min 15 sec

On this episode, we’re checking out an arcade side-scrolling shooter from Taito called Metal Black. Metal Black was composed by Yasuhisa Watanabe, a memeber of Taito’s legendary sound team, Zuntata. I actually had never heard of this game, never mind its soundtrack, until I bought Zuntata Arcade Classics Volume 1 on vinyl. Interspersed with music […]

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Jul 8

58 min 53 sec

This week, I’m doing my own celebration of Falcom turning 40 years old by sharing one of my favrotie arranged albums of theirs. Falcom vs. JDK BAND Summer 2010 sees a lot of rotation from me, so I thought I’d share yet another peak into why I love Falcom Sound Team jdk so damn much. […]

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Jun 27

1 hr 1 min

Let’s go back to the world of the most dangerous boomerang in the world with Power Blade 2’s soundtrack. This was again handled by Kinuyo Yamashita (aka James Banana), so you know we’re in for some quality music here. Support me on Patreon. The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created by chibi-tech for the […]

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Jun 20

34 min 4 sec

It’s been quite a while since we’ve done a soundtrack from the NES (Mighty Final Fight, way back on episode 39), so I thought we’d go to a favorite of mine, Power Blade by Kinuyo Yamashita (aka James Banana). Support me on Patreon. The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created by chibi-tech for the […]

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Jun 14

36 min 11 sec

Support me on Patreon. The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created by chibi-tech for the podcast. The ROWYCO logo was designed by Melissa Diaz. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram! Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Get the podcast at any of these podcastin’ places: Apple Podcasts Google Podcasts Amazon Music Spotify Stitcher RSS Feed And finally, here’s the […]

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Jun 6

1 hr 19 min

Keeping on that SaGa train, we’re going through the highlights from the second disc of Kenji Ito’s SaGa Frontier‘s soundtrack!  Support me on Patreon. The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created by chibi-tech for the podcast. The ROWYCO logo was designed by Melissa Diaz. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram! Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook. Get the podcast at […]

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May 31

1 hr 7 min

Since I’m doing something new with the bonus episodes of Rock Out With Your Cart, I thought I’d stick the first episode in the new format in the free feed. If you go to my Patreon and kick in $3, you’ll get all of the previous 11 bonus episodes (plus I just posted another today), […]

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May 28

46 min 48 sec

This week, we’re starting our three episode venture into Kenji Ito’s soundtrack for SaGa Frontier! Support me on Patreon. The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created by chibi-tech for the podcast. The ROWYCO logo was designed by Melissa Diaz. Follow me on Twitter and Instagram! Follow the show on Twitter, Instagram, and […]

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May 24

1 hr 4 min

We’re digging into Taoplan’s 1991 release, Vimana this week. Never heard of Taoplan? Don’t worry, I don’t think I had either until this! You might be more familiar with another of their releases, but that’s a story for the podcast itself. Let’s get on with listening to the music from this thing! Support me on […]

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May 14

32 min

This week, we’re going to listen to the different iterations of the battle theme from the 3DS Pokémon games. Only, not the all of them. That would be insane. No, we’re listening to the ones from the fights with the Legendary Pokémon from those games! Much more manageable! Support me on Patreon! The ROWYCO theme […]

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Apr 26

32 min 23 sec

We’re heading into uncharted territory here with the 32X game, Stellar Assault. The soundtrack is a bit of a strange duck that fits in the with the original intent of this show (great video game music that might not be attached to a great game), but also doesn’t necessarily fit in with the game itself. […]

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Apr 11

47 min 15 sec

Since today is the 35th anniversary of The Hyrule Fantasy: Zeruda no Densetsu (known to most of the Western world as The Legend of Zelda) releasing on the Famicom Disk System, I thought I’d go over the soundtrack for it. Now, considering how sparse the actual soundtrack is, I included some of my favorite remixes. […]

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Feb 22

1 hr 25 min

As I did last year, I’m putting this episode out in remembrance of my grandma, Florence Kara. She passed away February 9th, 2018, and I want to keep this tradition going of putting an episode out that has pieces of music that I correlate with memories of her. Sometimes, the music itself has something to […]

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Feb 16

53 min 49 sec

This week, I’m getting back to the game soundtrack I had to pull an audible on – Star Trader for the X68000! I originally thought the soundtrack for this version was the same as the original version of the game on the PC-88. As it turns out, I was way off! The original version of […]

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Jan 24

57 min 17 sec

Making this an annual tradition now, I put together some nice, winter-y sounding pieces together for a winter/holiday episode. I did it a little differently this year and did all the talking right up front and then let the music take us through the rest of the episode without interruption. I thought it would be […]

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Dec 2020

48 min 1 sec

Instead of covering the Secret of Mana soundtrack in its entirety, I decided to take a different approach and pick five tracks from the original Super Nintendo version, Secret of Mana Genesis / Seiken Densetsu 2 Arrange Album, and the 2018 remake. I was curious to see how those tracks were handled in each iteration, […]

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Dec 2020

1 hr 6 min

I made it to fifty episodes! It’s been a hell of a ride getting here, so I thought I’d do something that shows the diversity of (or some may argue my lack of)  my tastes in video game music. This was originally a Twitter thing I saw that I thought would make a good episode […]

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Nov 2020

2 hr 11 min

This week, we’re listening to an incredible tribute album by Monte from Kirby’s Dream Band. Legend of the Gunstar Heroes is a progressive rock tribute to the soundtrack to, you guessed it, Gunstar Heroes for the Genesis/Mega Drive. You don’t need to wait to listen to this episode to decide if you should buy Legend […]

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Oct 2020

1 hr 10 min

Think of this episode as a call to action. The Atomic Robo-Kid soundtrack has a lot of potential but is hurt by some of the choices made for it. I’m not saying go out and make an album and thank me or anything, but I feel like SOMEONE should do something with this soundtrack. There’s […]

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Sep 2020

1 hr 32 min

Once again, I’m forced to pick a favorite. Instead of covering the remake for the PC Engine Super CD or the original PC-88 version, I decided to go with what I feel is the strongest version of the soundtrack of Valis: The Fantasm Soldier. In doing so, I’m also trying to dispel the myth that […]

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Sep 2020

48 min 53 sec

I don’t want to lean too heavily on Falcom Sound Team jdk on this podcast. Instead of doing that, why not just find stuff that sounds like it could be something from them? In all seriousness, you can be forgiven for hearing this and thinking that someone who at least had a brief stint at […]

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Sep 2020

1 hr 6 min

This week, I’m going back to doing a comparison. We’re going to compare the Super Mario Land soundtrack to the Super Mario Land Arranged album. Hip Tanaka was Super Mario Land’s composer and Ikuro Fugiwara and the “Mario Freaks Orchestra” handled the arranged album. It’s a fun album full of a variety of sounds. Support […]

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Sep 2020

59 min 54 sec

This week, I’m joined by Alex Messenger from A VGM Journey to listen to some oddballs. We each picked six songs that didn’t really fit. I went with stuff that didn’t fit with the game in general that track was in. Alex went more with stuff that didn’t fit the rest of the soundtrack. It’s […]

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Aug 2020

1 hr 21 min

This time, we’re listening to a bit of a shorter soundtrack. And I do mean “we”! I wanted to share this soundtrack, but I couldn’t find enough to say about it, so I roped in a surprise, special guest. I would’ve liked to have gotten the composer, Taira Watanabe, on, but the language barrier would […]

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Aug 2020

33 min 17 sec

This week, we’re listening to the soundtrack of the Xbox 360 vertical shooter, Eschatos! Yousuke Yasui, someone we haven’t covered before on this podcast, handled the composition duties, with a special arrangement by Ryo Yonemitsu thrown in! Support me on Patreon! The ROWYCO theme song is “Kaze Fuma” and was created by chibi-tech for the […]

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Jul 2020

49 min 14 sec

Sometimes something comes up and disrupts your plans. Well, this is exactly one of those instances. I had something entirely different planned for this episode, but then Dean Evan’s Waterworld soundtrack landed in my lap and I had to talk about it. Also, go check out his YouTube channel. He’s uploaded a few of his […]

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Jul 2020

45 min 25 sec

Who else but Motoi Sakuraba could get me to check out the soundtrack for a side-scrolling shooter that started life on the Sharp X68000? Yeah, probably Falcom Sound Team, but Sakuraba got me here this time. Anyway, this was one I only recently learned about myself and I’m happy to share my newfound love of […]

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Apr 2020

50 min 47 sec

This week, I’m listening to Mighty Final Fight! It’s a SD version of the arcade beat ’em up on the NES with a really great, albeit short, soundtrack. Setsuo Yamamoto and Yuko Takehara handled the compositions on this on. You might not know their names, but you’re more than likely familiar with their work! Support […]

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Mar 2020

36 min 9 sec

This week, I’m starting what is likely to be an annual tradition. About a year ago, February 9th, 2019, to be exact, my grandmother passed away. As you’ll hear in this episode, I’ve got a ton of memories of her with game music attached to them. Maybe it’s a bit of a stretch, but I […]

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Feb 2020

52 min 39 sec

After taking a longer break than I intended, Rock Out With Your Cart Out is back! This episode, I’m joined by Kemikziel. Kemi’s speciality is making her own Game Boy music that sounds like it could be from a game you grew up playing. We listen to some of our favorite tracks from other artists, […]

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Jan 2020

2 hr 38 min

With a certain holiday right around the corner, I thought I’d put up some of my favorite winter/Christmas music in here. Don’t worry, we’re only listening to video game stuff still. There’s more music here than me talking, so I hope you enjoy this little playlist I’ve put together for you! Happy Holidays! The ROWYCO […]

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Dec 2019

1 hr 1 min