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Today’s music selection is “The Unknown Planet” by John Keating, off his 1972 album Space Experience. I just found out that one of my favorite Commodore 64 tunes, the main theme from Warhawk by Rob Hubbard, borrows some melody from Keating. Although, now that I’ve heard the original, I think I prefer the abstract, mysterious intro (the first 1:20) over the main funk portion.

Space Experience is actually king of amazing, featuring arrangements of “I Feel the Earth Move,” “Rocket Man,” and “Theme from Star Trek.” All on the same album.

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"The Fat Man" George Sanger Answers Your Questions About Music and Games

Video game composer George Sanger gave a community interview to Slashdot a little while ago. The whole thing is pretty cool (and long as heck, that man can talk for days), but I enjoyed this bit the most:

How did you get into the video game music business, and what advice would you have for aspiring artists looking to follow in your footsteps?

FAT: A good question—but do bear in mind: Anybody you ask that of has only gotten into the business approximately once.

I thought this was a really keen observation for any “how can I get into the X industry” question.

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Alberta dentist plans to clone John Lennon using $33,000 tooth that once belonged to famous Beatle

Sarah Boesveld, the National Post:

An Alberta dentist has gained international attention for his far-out plans to clone a baby from one of John Lennon’s teeth and raise the test-tube Beatle as his son.

Dr. Michael Zuk, from Red Deer, paid $33,000 for the musician’s molar when the family of Mr. Lennon’s former housekeeper, who had lived in Canada, put it up for auction nearly three years ago.

What.

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Posting music a day early because I want to reserve tomorrow for something else (not a prank, I promise). WORLD ORDER has a new song, “HAVE A NICE DAY,” and I can assure you that I had a nice day as a direct result of watching this video.

I didn’t think the choreography was as great as it has been in the past, but the video has more sight gags than usual to compensate. I loved the bit starting at 2:49 when they go nuts with the glowsticks while the entire crowd behind them are completely unimpressed.

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In the 1990s, Japanese sumo wrestling was fairly popular in Hawai’i. I don’t mean that sumo leagues cropped up around the state, but rather that we cared about professional sumo in Japan. The local news would even carry results from the major tournaments.

The reason was that several sumo wrestlers from the state were having success in Japan. The most notable of the lot were Konishiki, Akebono, and Musashimaru, and the latter two became the first two foreign-born wrestlers to reach the sport’s highest rank of yokozuna. We were really proud of what they were able to accomplish.

So anyway, here’s Konishiki rapping with Layzie Bone from Bone Thugs-n-Harmony on “Livin’ Like Kings,” off the 2000 album KMS.

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Whoops, forgot what day it was and didn’t post a song yesterday. It’s part of the Nullary Sources charter that it’s always time for the Ka’au Crater Boys, so today we have their cover of “Under the Boardwalk” from their 1996 album Making Waves. The original version by the Drifters is of course  highly recommended as well.

Colin: It must suck to be my neighbor. was just singing “Under the Boardwalk” at the top of my lungs