Category Archives: The Vault

A collection of mix tapes from the past.

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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Pass The Beer Nuts

This mix features many different kinds of girls: Smart girls, stupid girls, pretty girls, ugly girls, positive girls, negative girls and classic girls.  

Download a zipped folder with the mix.

You could even burn the songs onto a CD and then fold a paper CD case for the disc.

The title is a quote from the TV show Cheers. There are a few samples tucked into the music, including Cleavon Little in Blazing Saddles and Adam Sandler in Big Daddy.

Disclaimer: This mix is not meant to be taken as a statement of position on the war of the sexes.  As Henry Kissinger once said, “No one will ever win the battle of the sexes; there’s too much fraternizing with the enemy.” Continue reading Pass The Beer Nuts

New York

Music to listen to while thinking about New York on 9/11.

This mix is based on one that I made while living in New York in 2001.  The picture below shows a view of Brooklyn and Queens from Windows on the World, the restaurant that was on the top floor of the World Trade Center.

Features music by Billy Joel, Lou Reed, Tom Waits, Kiss, and Aimee Mann.

New York