Last year’s Music Diary Project was a great insight into the different ways that people listen to music.  I was shocked to discover that I didn’t actually listen to CDs anywhere near as much as I thought I did. In fact, most of my music consumption that week took place on public transport, and came from my iPod. I don’t know if much has changed over the past twelve months, but I guess I’ll find out…

DAY ONE: Monday 7th May

8:18am // The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement [album, via iTunes]
I’m sitting in bed, checking my Monday morning blogroll. I listen to four tracks before getting up.

8:30am // The Travelling Wilburys – “The End of the Line” [radio, Gold FM]
Downstairs, the radio is on in the kitchen.  I’m in there for about fifteen minutes, reading the paper with a cup of tea, but they only play one song [damn breakfast programming].

8:57am // The Last Shadow Puppets – The Age of the Understatement [continued], Ben Folds – Songs for Silverman, Ben Folds Five – The Unauthorised Biography of Reinhold Messner [albums, via iTunes]
Back upstairs, attempting to write the hook scene of my film [for my writing film class]. The music is quiet, and I choose albums that aren’t going to be too distracting.  Still, I fail to complete the scene.

12:34pm // [iPod]
Time to head off to class. When I’m on public transport, I tend to put my iPod on shuffle.
Robbie Williams – “Strong”
Pavement – “Trigger Cut”
Katrina & the Waves – “Walking on Sunshine”
The Fratellis – “Whistle for the Choir”
[12:47 – I take off my headphones to identify the music being played on loudspeaker by the guy behind me on the tram. It’s “Freestyler” by the Bomfunk MCs].
Blur – “Country House”
Codeine Velvet Club – “Hollywood”
Arctic Monkeys – “You Know I’m No Good”
Wagons –  “Love Me Like I Love You”
Beck – “Loser”
Suzanne Vega – “Luka”
Cake – “I Will Survive”
Florence + the Machine – “Kiss With a Fist”
Real McCoy – “Another Night”

5:35pm // [The Curtin]
Glenn and I are at the pub before trivia. They’re playing the usual tunes.

7:30pm // [The Curtin]
Trivia time! We control the music through a rather long and varied playlist in Glenn’s iTunes that we shuffle each week. This week, it looked something like this:

[Note: “Be My Lover” was in there by mistake. I think it was requested a couple of months ago, and managed to hide in the playlist without coming up again… until this week.  It has since been removed.  Also, most weeks, we try to play “Carry On” by Motor Ace, and Oasis’ “D’You Know What I Mean?”, but for some reason that didn’t happen this time.]

9:30pm // [The Curtin]
At the end of the night, we play a couple of requests:
Men Without Hats – “Safety Dance” [which had been a question in our audio round]
Paul Dempsey – “Addicted” [ for someone’s birthday]

Georgie kindly drives us home, playing Moby through her car speakers as she feels it is the least offensive thing on her iPod.  And so concludes day one.

Triple R’s Breakfasters provide the soundtrack for my morning routine, as per usual.  I’m in a hurry, so the radio is merely background noise as I run about the house getting ready.

I’m not in the best of moods, so I choose something suitably melancholy for my tram/bus ride to uni: Frightened Rabbit – Midnight Organ Fight.  When the album ends, I’m not feeling any better, so I follow up with Liver! Lung! FR! [up to “Old Old Fashioned”] – essentially the same songs, but live and in a different order.

Between classes I sit in Union House.  One of the shops is playing “Milkshake” by Kelis.  I drown it out with Garbage‘s Version 2.0, and when that finishes, I switch to shuffle and listen to “I Can’t Decide” by Scissor Sisters while walking to the Arts Centre for my French Cinema tutorial.

My iPod is still on shuffle for the bus/tram journey home:
Biffy Clyro – “Get Fucked Stud”
Stereophonics – “Maybe Tomorrow”
BB Brunes – “Sixty Eight”
Icehouse – “Walls”
Eskimo Joe – “Who Sold Her Out”
Josh Pyke – “Forever Song”
Darwin Deez – “DNA”
Hockey – “Four Holy Photos”
Puddle of Mudd – “Piss it All Away”
The Nymphs – “My Deadly Rabbits”
Arctic Monkeys – “Brianstorm”
Royal Treatment Plant – “Hearts and Minds”
The Kinks – “You Really Got Me”
Modest Mouse – “Dance Hall”

Mum’s been telling me to listen to Adalita‘s self-titled solo album, so I play it on the stereo downstairs.  The CD gets stuck around track four [this particular stereo can be temperamental at times], so I turn it off.  I’m a little disappointed with what I hear of the album.  After the hype surrounding the release [okay, after I read a couple of good reviews, and heard Mum raving about it], I had pretty high expectations, especially considering how much I like Magic Dirt.  I’ll have to give it another listen.  Maybe it’ll grow on me.

I’m helping shoot some footage for 1700 at the SYNapproved gig, so I once again venture into the city on public transport.  This time, I select Codeine Velvet Club‘s self-titled album, and it lasts me the exact length of the journey.  Perfect.

The gig is loud, and the music is not to my liking.  All of the acts on the line-up are DJs mixing instrumental hip-hop tracks.  I can appreciate their talent, but this kind of gig is not for me.  The music is managing to both hurt my ears and make me sleepy.  I’m there for two of the support acts – Mikekay and Wooshie – but leave before the end of the show because I’m not needed.  It’s difficult to film someone mixing music and make it look interesting, particularly when it’s dark and there aren’t any special lighting effects or other visuals to focus on.  I don’t listen to anything on the way home because I think my eardrums need a rest.

It’s that time of year again: SYN radio applications are open for season three.  If you’ve always dreamed of hosting your own radio show [as I have], then now’s the time to make your pitch!  [A few things to keep in mind, though: you’ll need to be radio trained, and a paid-up SYN member].

I’m quite excited about the new radio season, because with my overseas subject I’ve got a little bit of spare time on my hands this coming semester. So, I’ve decided that it’s time for me to pitch my own radio project. With the working title of “Under the Covers”, the series will focus on my love of [you guessed it] cover versions, with hopefully a few musical guests along the way.

A weekly show, I’ll hopefully get an hour block on a Monday evening [indie night], and you’ll be able to hear all sorts of wonderful interpretations – from Codeine Velvet Club’s take on “I Am the Resurrection”, to Cold Chisel’s “Saturday Night” sung by Tripod. “Under the Covers” will be a celebration of everything you love [and hate] about cover versions.

The pitch has been made, so now all I can do is sit tight and wait. Wish me luck!

The Fratellis are done and dusted, according to  This saddens me a little, but, you know, these things happen.  I was an avid Fratellis fan, but they peaked with their first album, and after the youthful energetic brilliance of Costello Music, their sophomore effort, Here We Stand was something of a disappointment.  But although the Fratellis may no longer be singing about Chelsea, Tina, Rosie and Lucy, there are still many excellent Scottish bands floating around.  Here are four of my current favourites:

Biffy Clyro
Listen to: “Bubbles”, Only Revolutions 2009

The Biff are coming to Australia in just a few short weeks to tour their fifth [and best] studio album, Only Revolutions. Q magazine called them a Scottish version of the Foo Fighters, which is a fairly accurate description, but only if you like the Foo Fighters. If you don’t, then it’s best that you ignore that comment, and have a listen for yourself. Then look up their Radio 1 Live Lounge cover of Justin Timberlake’s “Love Sex Magic”. It’s pretty spectacular.

Codeine Velvet Club
Listen to: “Little Sister”, Codeine Velvet Club 2009

People like to compare this duo to Alex Turner’s side project, The Last Shadow Puppets.  This isn’t quite fair, firstly because Codeine Velvet Club have a different kind of sound, a little jazzier, with both male and female vocals.  And secondly, because it’s not fair to compare people to Alex Turner.  Because Alex Turner is brilliant.  Anyway, this is what’s keeping Jon Lawler busy, now that he’s not performing with the Fratellis.  Think smoky jazz clubs with burlesque performers, and a scallywag with curly hair.

The View
Listen to: “One Off Pretender”, Which Bitch? 2009

When I saw The View at the start of the year, I think the entire Scottish population of Melbourne were there with me, chanting, “The View, The View, The View are on fire!”  Now working on their third album, these boys from Dundee are churning out some of the most honest music around.  And on this track, Kieren raps.  It’s pretty awesome.

Frightened Rabbit
Listen to: “Keep Yourself Warm”, The Midnight Organ Fight 2008

“It takes more than fucking someone you don’t know to keep warm,” sings Scott Huchison [whose name I always thought to be David, due to some confusing lyrics in their song “The Twist” – glad I did my research!].  These songs are heartbreakingly honest, bleak yet beautiful, and incredibly striking.  Frightened Rabbit will be back in Australia for Splendour in the Grass, to promote their new album, The Winter of Mixed Drinks.

This mix doesn’t have a theme or a story, as such, but it’s a mix of frustration. It just kind of works, from the hate to the drugs to the love to the haircuts. I like to listen to it when I’m in a bad mood and I’m stuck on slow-moving public transport.

Track 01
“Glass Smash” – The View

I was in a bad place, sent on a goose chase
was running on the long blue mile of sweet disgrace
I’m taking this time to say sorry

Track 02
“Hate to Say I Told You So” – The Hives

gonna get through your head
what the mystery man said
because I’m gonna

Track 03
“Semi-Charmed Life” – Third Eye Blind

and I wish I could get back there
someplace, back there
smiling in the pictures you would take
doing crystal meth will lift you up until you break

Track 04
“Hey Jealousy” – Gin Blossoms

it might not be that bad
you were the best I’d ever had
if I hadn’t blown the whole thing years ago
I might not be alone

Track 05
“I Know What I Am” – Band of Skulls

gasoline, saccharine
I got no reason for the state I’m in

Track 06
“My Own Worst Enemy” – Stereophonics

I’d just turned 26, and she was 23
she wore a crucifix, but never preached at me

Track 07
“Plastic Loveless Letter” – Magic Dirt

there’s not enough hours in my day
to tell you that you’re getting in the way
there’s not enough words in my book
to explain how I got over you

Track 08
“Cut Your Hair” – Pavement

I’m just a boy with a new haircut
and it’s a pretty nice haircut

Track 09
“Little Sister” – Codeine Velvet Club

they’ll keep selling it
cast your spell
and it’s not that easy to find

Track 10
“Getting Wise” – Yves Klein Blue

but I’m gonna teach you different this time
I’m awful clever
as you most certainly know

Track 11
“The Girl from the BBC” – Official Secrets Act

and when summer comes
we’ll go to Paris or Rome
and when summer comes
I will not be alone