Monday, September 17, 2012


"Safe for Work, Volume 1" by DJ Ayres

Close your eyes. Now open your eyes. It's a present! The first volume in our new mixtape series, "Safe for Work." Not everything cool is NSFW! For our inaugural mix, we asked the super-groovy DJ Ayres to select songs without swears. He one-upped us: "This a mixtape of songs about working. Some songs are even about dancing at work (so to speak). Everything here is safe to listen to at your jobby job. Aside from the theme, it's a very random bag, but we guarantee it will make your day go a little faster." GUARANTEES, people.

Tracklist after the jump...

1. Hot Streak – "Body Work (Intro)"
2. Michael Jackson – "Working Day And Night"
3. Daft Punk – "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger"
4. Old School Junkies — "Work Me! (Gadamit)"
5. Prince — "Let's Work"
6. Masters At Work — "Work (DJ Ayres Chinkuzi Remix)"
7. Ciara — "Work"
8. Missy Elliot — "Work It"
9. Wiz Khalifa — "Work Hard, Play Hard"
10. J. Cole — "Work Out"
11. Gang Starr — "Work"
12. They Might Be Giants — "Seven Days of the Week"
13. Johnny Paycheck — "Take This Job And Shove It"
14. Dolly Parton — "9 To 5"
15. Donna Summer — "She Works Hard For The Money"
16. Miike Snow — "Devil's Work"
17. The 2 Bears — "Work"
18. LNR — "Work It To The Bone"
19. Nacey — "Work For This"
20. Steely Dan — "Dirty Work"

Honorable Mentions: Cher "Working Girl," Bangles "Manic Monday," Rolling Stones "Salt of the Earth"

To listen to more of DJ Ayres's work, visit http://www.djayres.com and http://www.itstherub.com or go see him live at The Bell House in Brooklyn on the last Saturday of every month!

Artwork by Esther C. Werdiger.

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This is a really really good idea! MIXES FOR ALL ALL THE TIME!


@martinipie I agree! All the time and every(week)!


LEGENDARY all the way.@l


I am pleased!


Hopefully this gets me motivated to do more job searching while I sit on the couch sore all over from that beginners' yoga class two days ago.



@Amphora My thoughts exactly! This is totally a mix to write cover letters to.

Daisy Razor

That TMBG song is off of one of their kids' albums, but my husband and I sing it more than our daughter does, because we're the losers who actually have to go to work.


@Daisy Razor I don't even have kids and I love the TMBG kids' albums. My husband and I went to see them a few years ago at a special show where they played at least one song from every album, and we freaked out when they played Sevens.


I can't even listen to music at work (except for what the store plays), but I love this idea. Songs about working! Gonna listen at home, which is weird because all the music I play at home has lots of swears because it's a safe place for swears (not really, I don't.)


I have headphones at work so it doesn't matter, but does a song that needs about 30% of the words scratched/bleeped (Gang Starr) count as "SFW?" We all know what they are saying...


@julia Yeah, "Work It" is also on here. I love "Work It" as much as anyone, but SFW? Not so much.


I enjoyed that very much!


How about "Five O'Clock World" by the Vogues? About work AND was opening credits for the Drew Carey Show, which centered around work. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vovq5vV5gMw


@sunfastrose Or "Friday on my Mind" by the Easybeats, which is also actually about NOT working.


love it! will the playlists be available on spotify??

Christopher James Martin@facebook

I closed my eyes at the beginning of the post and now I can't read the rest of the article. Or stop bumping into things :(

Hot Doom

This mix, it is tight.


All are just superb. Wonderful shots.


Oliver St. John Mollusc

Aww I love that illustration! Cute cute cute.


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