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.

Last week, I was invited back behind the decks at Mr McClelland’s Finishing School.  This is what I played.

Set #1.
Kaiser Chiefs – “I Predict a Riot”
Employment [2005]
Lash – “Take Me Away”
The Beautiful and the Damned [2001]
Gorillaz – “Dare”
Demon Days [2005]
Regurgitator – “Polyester Girl”
Unit [1997]
Jebediah – “Leaving Home”
Slightly Oddway [1997]
Kate Nash – “Pumpkin Soup”
Made of Bricks [2007]
Third Eye Blind – “Semi-Charmed Life”
Third Eye Blind [1997]
You Am I – “Cathy’s Clown”
Hi Fi Way [1995]
Spin Doctors – “Little Miss Can’t Be Wrong”
Pocket Full of Kryptonite [1991]
Kylie Minogue – “What Do I Have To Do?”
Rhythm of Love [1991]
Blur – “Song 2”
Blur [1997]
Counting Crows – “Mr Jones”
August and Everything After [1993]
Gin Blossoms – “Hey Jealousy”
New Miserable Experience [1992]

Set #2.
Hall & Oates – “You Make My Dreams”
Voices [1980]
Arctic Monkeys – “Love Machine”
Radio 1 Live Lounge [2006]
Florence + the Machine – “Drumming Song”
Lungs [2009]
Blur – “There’s No Other Way”
Leisure [1991]
Garbage – “Cherry Lips”
beautifulgarbage [2002]
CDB – “Let’s Groove”
Glide With Me [1995]
Ladyhawke – “My Delirium”
Ladyhawke [2008]
Franz Ferdinand – “Do You Want To?”
You Could Have it So Much Better [2005]
Machine Gun Fellatio – “Rollercoaster”
Paging Mr Strike [2002]
Yeah Yeah Yeahs – “Date With the Night”
Fever to Tell [2003]
Magic Dirt  – “Plastic Loveless Letter”
Tough Love [2003]
The View – “Don’t Look Back into the Sun”
Radio 1 Established 1967 [2007]
The Pigeon Detectives  – “I’m a Liar”
Emergency [2008]
The Fratellis – “Creepin’ Up the Backstairs”
Costello Music [2006]
Steriogram – “Walkie Talkie Man”
Schmack! [2004]

Set #3
Coolio – “Gangsta’s Paradise”
Gangsta’s Paradise [1995]
Klaxons – “No Diggity”
Radio 1 Established 1967 [2007]
Bus Stop – “Kung Fu Fighting”
Ticket to Ride [1998]
Marina & the Diamonds – “Shampain”
The Family Jewels [2010]
Florence + the Machine – “Hurricane Drunk”
Lungs [2009]
Toto – “Rosanna”
Toto IV [1982]
The Killers – “All These Things I’ve Done”
Hot Fuss [2004]
Arctic Monkeys – “I Bet You Look Good on the Dancefloor”
Whatever People Say I Am, That’s What I’m Not [2005]
Jane’s Addiction – “Been Caught Stealing”
Ritual de lo Habitual [1990]
Backstreet Boys – “Everybody [Backstreet’s Back]”
Backstreet’s Back [1997]
Aaron Carter – “Crush on You”
Aaron Carter [1997]
Spice Girls – “Who Do You Think You Are?”
Spice [1996]
Kylie Minogue – “I Should Be So Lucky”
Kylie [1988]
Robbie Williams – “Let Me Entertain You”
Sing When You’re Winning [2000]
Pulp – “Common People”
Different Class [1995]

Kaiser Chiefs – Palace Theatre, April 2009

My sister is listening to “Criminal” by Britney Spears very loudly.  I head downstairs to escape.  Mum is listening to Triple R, as usual.  I don’t note down what songs are played [nothing sounds familiar], but make myself a reminder to check the playlist on the website.  It hasn’t been updated yet.

Still struggling with this Global Screen Cultures essay, I decide to walk to the local library [via McDonald’s] to remove myself from distractions.  I put my iPod on shuffle for the journey:
John Mayer – “Something’s Missing”
Ned Collette – “Sell Your Life”
Biffy Clyro – “Christopher’s River”
Veronica Falls – “Stephen”
Black Kids – “I’ve Underestimated My Charms (Again)”
Little Red – “Misty, I”
The Pigeon Detectives – “Love You For a Day (Hate You For a Week)”
Kinito – “10 Ans Déjà”
Sarah Blasko – “Don’t U Eva”
The Dead Weather – “Blue Blood Blues”

I try to choose some background music on my iPod.  I think some classical piano might do the trick, but Schumann’s “Tramerei Dreaming” proves too distracting.  I end up playing Arcade Fire’s The Suburbs.  When the album ends, I decide I’ve had enough essay writing and walk home.  I go back to shuffle, and listen to “Comeback (Light Therapy)” by Josh Rouse, and “Good Days and Bad Days” by Kaiser Chiefs along the way.

One of my goals for the week is to finish unpacking my bedroom.  We moved into this house in January last year, and I still have several boxes sitting around.  One acts as a bedside table, others are stacked at the end of my bed.  My bookshelves are stacked at random, and my stereo is sitting in the garage because I’ve got nowhere to put it.  Motivated by this imaginary deadline, I plu my speakers into my iPod and play the Kaiser Chiefs’ second album, Yours Truly Angry Mob.  The up-tempo music is fun to sing along to, as I start to sort things.  I’m organising my magazines when the album ends, and my next choice is Marina & the Diamonds’ The Family Jewels – an excellent sountrack for putting your issues of NME in chronological order.

After dinner I spend a couple more hours on operation room tidy, listening to The Pigeon Detectives’ This Is An Emergency, and then The Cribs’ The New Fellas.  I still haven’t finished when the Jarman brothers stop playing, but I give up for the night and decide to watch a DVD before going to bed.