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.