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Welcome to DPD!

The DPD Project is a thematic mix-CD project created by music geeks and best friends Chris Diamond, Chris Prokop, and Michael Darpino.

Each CD in the project has a theme that ties the songs on it together. For every theme we each pick five songs that we feel best represent it. The collected fifteen songs are then mixed together in alternating order based on our last names. The songs that end up on DPD are meant to be the very best songs for their particular theme.

We write liner notes for each song to explain why we picked it for that theme. The project has grown into a sort of musical memoir over the years since music has been and still is such a huge part of our lives.

Most Recent Discs:

Title Catalog Songs Date

Song Usage in Movies and TV

DPD: 081


April 18th, 2009

Three of a Perfect Pair

DPD: 080


July 26th, 2008


DPD: 079


May 31st, 2008

Time Piece

DPD: 078


September 28th, 2007

Myths, Gods, and Legends

DPD: 077


July 16th, 2007


Random DPD Pick:

Marquee Moon
by: Television
from: Marquee Moon

Picked By: darpino
For: DPD: 035 - My Life in Music (Darpino)

The fourth and final (so far) event to influence my taste in music was in 1999 when I was working at Reprint Bookstore. I had product placed a book of old Punk scene photographs. One day a customer who looked pretty conservative was flipping through it. I joked with him a bit and it turned out that he was on the ground floor for the mid-70's proto-punk to the post-punk movement. We talked music for a while. Here was guy who had experienced all the great early music I had read about. Anyway. The next day he comes in and offers me his vinyl collection! His wife was making him get rid of it, so he thought I'd apprecate it more than giving it to Goodwill. Damn right I would! So he gives me a coupld hundred LP's. Over the next few days I pour through them. The collection was a gold mine. Here were all the bands I had read about that inspired all the music I loved. Here was the missing link of music already collected for me. The pre-punk and early punk stuff was great. The post punk blew my mind.

Television, Gang of Four, John Cale, Heartbreakers, X, Talking Heads, Echo, Stranglers, Tubes, Cramps, Magazine, The Jam, Joy Division it was all in there. I took the records and dived into the early stuff. I absolutely love it. To see where and how good modern music came from is just amazing. Now a days I listen to the stuff all the time and I try to work it into my rotations whenever I can.

Television are definitely the greatest discovery for me from the collection. They are just guitar gods. You can see the influence they had on punk and 80's music in ever song. Thurston Moore could be Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd's illegitamate child for all intents and purposes. His vocal style and guitar style are uncannily similar (not in a rip off way, in an eerie mystical guitar way).

"Marquee Moon" rocketed to the top the minute I heard it. It's currently my theme song when I go out with the DPD boys, so I figured it'd be a perfect place to conclude my life in music so far.

"It's still going!"

[Roll Again!]