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Hosts Lauren Faits and Jamie Sanchez revisit Cowboy Bebop, their favorite anime of all time. Each episode explores the characters, stories, themes, and music that make Cowboy Bebop a jazzy sci-fi hit to this day. Follow along for weekly news, interviews, and speculation about the upcoming live-action show. Are you ready for The Beat?
 
3. 2. 1. This is Bebop Tabletop: The podcast that’s turning each episode of Cowboy Bebop into a new tabletop RPG. Think Dungeons and Dragons with space cowboys! Each week, join Lijo John and Andrew Wu, as they remix the characters, music, and themes of the beloved anime classic into a game you can play. Let’s Jam! Cover art by https://www.twitter.com/ecokitti (@ecokitti) Follow us on Twitter for Cowboy Bebop and RPG news, announcements, and more https://www.twitter.com/beboptabletop (@BebopT ...
 
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I hear you singin' in the wire... I can hear you through the whine... and the Strong Songs podcast is talking about one of the best songs of all time. On this episode, Kirk takes on Jimmy Webb & Glen Campbell's ethereal workin' song "Wichita Lineman," an ode to the profound poetry within all of us. It's a song without a chorus or a bridge that stil…
 
Ever wonder what makes some music sound scarier than other music? Same. Kirk answers listener questions about music in horror movies, Tune-Yards horn arrangements, funky drum sounds in Biggie and Paul Simon tunes, randomly generated music, and why musicians are their own worst critics. He also revisits the intro to Guns 'n Roses' "Welcome To The Ju…
 
This week, we hang out with Bebop's Elite, The Bebop Beat, to shoot the sheet about Cowboy Funk, the Queen of England, and bounty hunting as the crew of the DragonPop. Thanks again to Jamie and Lauren for playing our game! Mentions this week: TV-Y7 FV - https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/TV_Parental_Guidelines Cowboy Andy is Batman Backstreet's Back, al…
 
Few video game series have a musical tradition as rich as The Legend of Zelda. From Zelda's Lullabye to Epona's Song to the Great Fairy Fountain and Dragon Roost Island, Kirk unravels some of his favorite Zelda music and explores how Nintendo's composers keep weaving them back together into beautiful new patterns. Written by: Main themes by Koji Ko…
 
This week we follow the three Qis in Boogie Woogie Feng Shui. We discuss the heavenly anime known as Cowboy Bebop, we dive into earthly game mechanics of Bebop Tabletop, and we hear our magnetic new-to-tabletop friends in our latest playtest! Special thanks to Patty, Steph, Kizer, and Ariel for play-testing this week's game! This week we introduce …
 
This week, we talk about mad space clowns and jump into our second playtest featuring the familiar faces of Matt and Travis (and also Colin)! Stick around for our immediate playtest thoughts and what we think we should fix next! Mentioned in this episode: Batman the Animated Series - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rrmUk2YUm14 Unearthed Arcana - ht…
 
Kirk answers questions about Guns 'n Roses, Mario Kart 64, phasers, and what makes a song sound like it's from a musical. DISCUSSED/REFERENCED ON THIS EPISODE: "Welcome to the Jungle” by Guns n’ Roses from Appetite for Destruction, 1987 "Results Theme" from Mario Kart 64 by Kenta Nagata A video kirk made in 2014 about the dynamic music of Mount War…
 
This week we welcome back Meg and Jack and introduce Joe from our regular Dungeons and Dragons table as they take on our first playtest based on Wild Horses! Let's consider this the first Bebop Tabletop Actual Play! Interested in a release of the full play session? Leave us a comment and a review to let us know! Mentioned in this episode: Space Shu…
 
We've reached the end of the dream, space cowfolks. This podcast was envisioned as a companion to Cowboy Bebop, and with no more live action episodes on the way, it's time to say Howdy (in a Goodbye Way). Jamie, Lauren, and Angela look back on the journey by interviewing each other. We've had a wonderful time hunting bounties, meeting brilliant cre…
 
Help Ukraine: Google matching donations to Ukrainian aid: https://www.google.org/ukraine-relief/ Ukraine Support Charities from /r/ukraine This week, we start talking 'bout art, but like a good jazz solo, we follow the flow! We hope you enjoy our conversation with Artist Travis Overstreet (https://overstreetart.com/) Would you be interested in a de…
 
Cowboy Bebop, our favorite anime of all time, is a masterpiece. No matter what you think of the live action version, the original will always be there. This IP affects other media, pop culture, merchandise, and art. How have fan communities been permanently changed? What can we learn from the past year? What happens now? Join us on a journey throug…
 
It's not the perfume that you wear... it's not the ribbons in your hair.... I guess it's just the perfect blend of synths and electric guitars that you bring to every song. Yes, it's time for Strong Songs to tackle The Cars, and their 1978 pop-rock classic "Just What I Needed." But while that song encapsulates everything that made the brilliant Bos…
 
This week, Lijo and Wu speak like children and leave a message for their future selves. Also in this session, they build a playable Faye Valentine character using the brand new skills list. It's a good thing that in space no one can see you cry. While you're here, why not leave us a review? Or two? Mentioned in this episode: Improv's "Game of the S…
 
WHY is the live action Cowboy Bebop LIKE THIS?! We've reached the end of the Netflix series, and we aren't holding back! Lauren and Jamie catch their white whale by interviewing showrunner André Nemec. These are (likely) his last words on Cowboy Bebop EVER, so tune in as he explains major creative choices like Julia, Ed, and what we're missing out …
 
No, you're not on mushrooms! This week we're visited by writer and friend Cole Rush! We talk about hard-learned tricks for Dungeon Mastering and a girl and her dog and a bunch of space mushrooms. Let's kick the beat! Two articles for Cole! What I Learned From Breaking Up With D&D We’re In The Middle Of A Bardic Revolution For more follow @ColeRush1…
 
You might not know Andrew Synowiec's name, but chances are you've heard his guitar playing. Heck, chances are you heard his guitar playing this week. Synowiec makes his living as an LA session guitarist, with a list of credits as long as the California coastline. Among those credits: you can hear him on the score for pretty much every recent Disney…
 
This week we're joined by Jesse from the excellent Sudden But Inevitable podcast to talk about Black Dog Serenade and how to design Tabletop RPGs for superfans. Grab your dice, bring a friend, and prepare your questions for the game maestro! Mentioned in this episode: Sudden But Inevitable Jesse on Twitter Con Air Shut Up and Sit Down - The Teach F…
 
If you're hungry for more Cowboy Bebop stories, check out the latest from Titan Comics! With the help of writer Dan Watters, we chase down a brand new bounty with suspiciously good luck. Expect a full review of issue 1 from Lauren and Jamie, plus our hopes and predictions for the rest of the 4-part comic book miniseries.…
 
Happy Valentine's Day! This week we welcome our friend and expert of most things nerdy, Patty (pattygoesrhar) joins us to talk My Funny Valentine. Stop by for Futurama references and Super Fun Happy Times in this really weird cub scout meeting! Mentioned in this episode: Check out our Twitch streams on Wednesday nights @ wufireGotPower Goose Goose …
 
LET'S PARTY! Pierrot Le Fou just might be the most memorable episode of Cowboy Bebop, and we were shocked to see it adapted for live action on Netflix. We go to our happy place this week with Javier Grillo-Marxuach, who not only wrote this episode, but also brings stories from his incredible career on LOST, The Dark Crystal: Age of Resistance, and …
 
In space, no one can hear you moo... so be heard in your own customized, personalized zipcraft! This week, join Lijo and Andrew as they talk about the game mechanics implications of building spaceships, possible player versus player tweaks, and the VHS Era of Anime. So slap a flame decal on your fastest vehicle and stop on by! Mentioned in this epi…
 
Our guest this week is known for kicking a lot of ass! Stunt Coordinator Allan Poppleton is in the studio with a behind-the-scenes look at Cowboy Bebop's biggest fights, including his work with John Cho post-injury. Galileo Hustle is Lauren and Jamie's favorite live action episode, so saddle up for a great time. ...After you call your mom and tell …
 
Meg and Jack stop by to talk Jupiter Jazz and Space Loneliness. Along the way we discuss handling sensitive topics at the table (no flirting with Lijo!) and adding a little bit of style (dice) and fashion. All this and more in this EX+ rated session with our ttrpg family members! Mentioned in this episode: TV Tropes - Bury Your Gays Dimension 20 - …
 
Free your mind! Spike Spiegel may be trapped in a repetitive time loop, but Binary Two-Step introduces one of Netflix's biggest changes to Cowboy Bebop: Mel. This sexy, intelligent mechanic is played by our guest this week, Jade Harlow. She spills all the details about what's between Mel and Faye, but doesn't stop there. Our conversation touches on…
 
What do George Michael, Nicki Minaj, Ed Sheeran, and the Powerpuff Girls have in common? The answer, as you'll learn on this episode, is a funk drumming legend named Clyde Stubblefield. We'll also talk about flipped drum beats, Sting's taste for syncopation, the differences between cheap and expensive musical instruments, how to tell a bridge from …
 
It's 2022 and we're talking Toys in the Attic with special guest Matt DiCarlo! We try to fit this bottle episode into our system and try not to spoil any Ganymede rock lobster on the way. Listen in to this mutant Alien one-shot and have a Moderately Better New Year! Mentioned in this episode: Dave Arneson Star Wars Roleplaying Game The Tommy Westph…
 
Are you trying to #SaveBebop? Hoping for #MoreBebop?? There's a canonical (Netflix) Cowboy Bebop prequel novel available RIGHT NOW! We're pausing our live-action watch through to visit Red Planet Requiem: A Syndicate Story. Though he couldn't be in the studio with us, author Sean Cummings forwarded answers to some of our burning questions. We share…
 
Darkside Tango takes us through the moody, jazz-filled alleyways of Jet Black's past, but just how well does it uphold the stories of Udai and Fad? One of the brilliant cowfolks behind this noir-inspired world is Set Decorator Anneke Botha. The Bebop is the love of her life; we can't wait for you to hear how the team built our favorite ship from th…
 
White! Whale! Holy! Grail! Strong Songs kicks off year four by getting H-E-A-V-Y, with an analysis of Mastodon's "Blood and Thunder." Pass straight past the Mellow Meadows, through the Forests and the Foothills of Rock, and see if you can reach the summit of Hard Mountain. The view from up there is amazing. Written by: Mastodon Album: Leviathan, 20…
 
A little musical intermission. Sorry about the static. Music Credit: Shades of Spring by Kevin MacLeod Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/4342-shades-of-spring License: https://filmmusic.io/standard-license This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy…
 
We're back with the perfect episode for anyone whose New Year's Resolution is "going green!" Callisto Soul puts a tree-hugging twist on an old fave. We welcome Script Coordinator Naomi Markman, one of Cowboy Bebop's freshest voices, to unravel why Maria Murdock and her "children" are more relevant than ever.…
 
Hello all - this is just a little note to let you all know that in Year Four, I'm moving the Strong Songs publish day from every other Wednesday to every other Friday. The first episode of Year Four will go up next Friday, January 14.That's it; that's the update! I know some folks like to know when a podcast is changing its publish day, so I though…
 
Wait, I don't remember this episode of the show! This week we take a break from our regular format to summarize the mechanics and lessons we've learned over the last 10 sessions of Bebop Tabletop! If you want to know how our game will be played, this is the one to listen to! Theme and Music by @wufire Additional Music by orzalaga and Trygve_Larsen …
 
Whether you prefer Betty's Boop or Betty's Bottom, we can all agree: The best part of Dog Star Swing is Ein! We analyze the episode top to, um, bottom, before welcoming the Charlie the corgi, the brightest star in Cowboy Bebop. As much as we love Charlie's barks and woofs, we are also thankful for his human mum, Steph, and his trainer, Rosie, for t…
 
This week we discuss our Three Pillars of Character creation as Jet faces his art-house, noir past on Ganymede. Will exploding scenes actually appear in our game? Let's find out together! The Three Pillars What's in Your Past? Why are you doing what you're Doing? How do you Move Forward? Theme and Music by @wufire Additional Music by orzalaga and T…
 
As Ed joins the Bebop crew, we welcome our first guest host Evan Young! We talk about crew dynamics, player dynamics, and ultimately how game rules can never replace good old fashioned communication. Mentioned in this episode: ProZD's Conserving Every Healing Item Another space western TV show - Firefly /r/rpghorrorstories Remember Myspace? Theme a…
 
A new era of Cowboy Bebop begins with Cowboy Gospel, an episode that pulls inspiration from Asteroid Blues, Knockin' on Heaven's Door, and more. We can't believe all that Netflix packed in this one, from Faye Valentine's debut to our favorite three old men. Our first live action guest is Visual Effects Editor Kim Huston, who lets us in on tricks of…
 
A trip to beautiful Venus is just what the doctor ordered as we look at skill checks, partial successes, advantages, and disadvantages. Don't worry about the spores, bring your Universal Money Card, and come on by! (Warning: exposure to role playing games may cause excessive fun) Mentioned in this episode: "Are we the baddies?" sketch Theme and Mus…
 
The Bebop Beat podcast is back for Season 2! We're kicking it off with a recording of our first LIVE show. Shortly after Netflix's Cowboy Bebop premiered, we recorded our reactions with other fans on Discord. Please pay the howdy toll, then listen to our discussion on the live action performances, themes, and soundtrack.…
 
No blues this week as we meet the interstellar trucker VT and her cat Zeros. As she chases down Decker, we break down the scene using all the mechanics we've developed so far, and even make up new ones to fill in the gaps! Check with your doctor to see if space is right for you! Mentioned in this episode: How Long Humans Survive in Space WIthout a …
 
This week, as the crew turns a magic space rock into a magic bullet, we talk about rolling math rocks and how to keep up the tempo during encounters. We've got some meaty game design decisions to make here, so tune your delicate and refined ears our way. Did we solve all the game's problems in the first draft? "Yeah. As if." Mentioned in this episo…
 
This week we're looking at Spike's past in Ballad of Fallen Angels and discussing character backgrounds. Will you play a character with a dark criminal past? Maybe a crooked ISSP officer? Creepy space clown? I'm definitely going with the tragic past Ein build. Mentioned in this episode: Mass Effect Service History and Psych Profile by Alex Donaldso…
 
What do Ariana Grande, Shawn Mendes, John Legend, and Katy Perry have in common? They all study with Eric Vetro, one of the most in-demand vocal coaches in the world. On this bonus episode, Kirk sits down with Vetro to talk about his fascinating job, how to build good habits for a strong voice, and the art and discipline (and diet!) of professional…
 
This week we talk about the criminal element, player consequences for failure, a monkey virus, and a collection of items to catch your eye. So come on in. The sea rat is to die for! Theme and Music by @wufire Additional Music by orzalaga and Trygve_Larsen from Pixabay This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - ht…
 
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