Category Archives: The Listening Room

Get to know my musical taste as I get to know yours. Most of these playlists were created for fun. So enjoy them!

Advanced Listening

For advanced listeners

Advanced Listening requires some commitment. Many of the songs are over 7 minutes long. They span a number of different genres, decades and languages.

Featuring psybient music from Shpongle, Swedish shoegaze by Dungen, Israeli rock by Girafot, Japanese seducrtress Asobi Seksu, Nigerian pop from Bongos Ikwue, classic soul from Terry Callier and some deep jazz cuts from Horace Silver and Ramsey Lewis.

Advanced Listening

1-Shpongle-Dorset Perception
2-Dungen-Familj
3-Asobi Seksu-Thursday
4-Girafot-Chayav Lishkav
5-Electric Six-Dance Commander
6-Goldfrapp-Ooh La La
7-Bongos Ikwue-Woman Made The Devil
8-Horace Silver – I’ve Had A Little Talk
9-Ramsey Lewis-Slippin’ Into Darkness
10-Merl Saunders-Bolinas Brown
11-Terry Callier-You Goin’ Miss Your Candyman
12-The Parson Red Heads-Sister
13-Bad Medicine-Trespasser, Pt. 1
14-The Killers-Mr. Brightside (Jacques Lu Cont’s Thin White Duke Mix)
15-Dimitri from Paris / Los Amigos Invisibles-Paris Brooklyn
16-Clap Your Hands Say Yeah!-Satan Said Dance

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Hammock

This is a mix to put on before climbing into a hammock for nap on a lazy summer afternoon.

Featuring music by Los Amigos Invisibles, Emerson, Lake & Palmer, Kings of Convenience, Brazilian Girls, Jenny Lewis, Ane Brun, Zero 7, Joni Mitchell and Nick Drake.

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The Vastater

When you vastate someone, you do something good for them.

As in, “You’re listening to some awesome music.  You gonna vastate me with that?”

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The Future

This is what the future sounded like in 2005.

MP3 blogs got their start in the early 2000s. In 2005, there was a proliferation of music bloggers who posted hot new music, sometimes, in violation of copyright laws. In the post-napster era, mp3 bloggers shared some of the best music the radio would not play. Today, some of those bloggers have their own legitimate satellite radio shows, like Aquarium Drunkard, My Old Kentucky Blog, and Gorilla VS Bear. They are still leading the charge for independent music.

I released this mix in 2005 to showcase some of the new music I was absorbing at the time.

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Big Jam Donut

A Philosophy for Life

The title of this mix is borrowed from the Oscar Wilde sketch by Monty Python. In the sketch, Oscar Wilde tries to trip up James McNeill Whistler in front of the prince by implying that Whistler said, “his majesty is like a big jam donut with cream on the top.” In a clever and witty turn, Whistler explains, “like a donut your arrival gives us pleasure and your departure merely makes us hungry for more.”

I’ve taken that phrase as a metaphor for life, and strive to be like a big jam donut myself. This means having something light, funny or witty to say upon arrival, to keep people’s spirits up and to try to leave on a high note. Continue reading Big Jam Donut

The Awesome Lethality of the Alan Parsons Project

Behold! A mixtape tribute to one of the greatest producers of the classic rock era.

Alan Parsons worked with some of the greatest musicians of the 1970s. He was a sound engineer for The Beatles and produced Pink Floyd’s Darkside of the Moon. You know the opening of the song Time? The one with the bells? He produced that track with an analog mixer and a stopwatch. Amazing. He also had a successful band in his own right called The Alan Parsons Project which cast a long shadow over pop culture earning mentions on The Simpsons and Austin Powers: The Spy Who Shagged Me.

The Awesome Lethality of the Alan Parsons Project another fine mix by Philly Custom DJ on Mixcloud

This mix has music and clips related to Alan Parsons, with other, complimentary tracks to enhance his distinct style. It’s appropriate for long lazy afternoons, warming up in a ski lodge, and contemplating life, the past and the future.

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