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.

The radio is on when I creep downstairs [Triple R again, as usual].  They’re playing “The Black Night” by The Dodos, and I let the song finish before I switch the stereo off.

I have a few errands to run before class, so I leave home early.  My iPod is on shuffle for the tram/bus ride, and I find myself listening to the following:
Ned Collette – “Sell Your Life”
Silverchair – “Anthem for the Year 2000”
Seahorses – “Love is the Law”
The Hooters – “All You Zombies”
You Am I – “Wankers”
Marina & the Diamonds – “Hollywood”
Elvis Costello – “Watching the Detectives”
Dead Letter Circus – “Cage”
Hole – “Awful”
Kaiser Chiefs – “Born to be a Dancer”
Fastball – “The Way”
Arctic Monkeys – “Love Machine”
Kate Nash – “Stitching Leggings”
Stereophonics – “Dakota”
4 Non Blondes – “What’s Up”

A dress catches my eye in Sportsgirl, so I take out my headphones as I walk into the store.  They’re playing an Adele track, which I assume is off her latest album.  I make a note to buy myself a copy as soon as I have money.  The headphones go back in for the rest of my shopping:
Frightened Rabbit – “Poke”
British India – “The Golden Years”
The Dead 60s – “Riot Radio”

I drop into magnation to flick through the latest import of NME.  I end up sitting upstairs for about half an hour.  They’re playing a varied mix that includes Best Coast and Wagons.

As I get on the tram up Swanston St, a busker starts performing a cover of “Hold Me Now”.

One of my tutorials this afternoon is for Ragtime to Rap – a chronological look at the progression of popular music.  Six weeks into semester, we’ve finally hit the 1960s, focusing particularly on folk and psychedelia.  We start with some Bob Dylan, taking a vote to decide which track to listen to.  “The Times They Are A-Changin'” wins against my choice of “Blowing in the Wind”.  We discuss the political themes of Dylan’s work, as well as the basic acoustic instrumentation of most folk music.  Track 2 is “We Shall Overcome” by Joan Baez, and I’m annoyed at the awful sound quality of the YouTube video our tutor has chosen [most tracks played in the class are on CD, through the music departments fairly decent audio setup, but occasionally we’re shown a clip to add some visual context].  Janis Joplin’s “Ball & Chain” is played as a supposed segue between the two genres [despite not having all that much in common with either], but discussion moves back to Dylan and his influences, and we find ourselves watching a YouTube clip of Woody Guthrie’s “This Land is Your Land [which always makes me think of the Thanksgiving pageant scene in Stepmom].  Up next is Jimi Hendrix with “Purple Haze”, and I’m amazed at how many people in the class have never heard it before.  The psychedelia genre sparks discussion about drugs, and we therefore listen to “Lucy in the Sky With Diamonds” [The Beatles].  We’re told to listen to the entirety of Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band as homework.  Once again, I’m amazed that some of the people who’ve chosen to take this class haven’t done so already.  I know I’m being judgemental and elitist in my music snobbery, but I really am bewildered at people’s ignorance.  With a couple of minutes left, I get to choose our final song [one of the perks of being the only person who speaks up during class], so we listen to the title track: “Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band”.

After class, I’m in the mood to listen to some more Beatles, but I’m disappointed with the selection on my iPod.  For some reason, I haven’t got Sgt Pepper’s on there, and I end up scrolling halfway through their 1 compilation, and listen to “Get Back”, “The Ballad of John & Yoko”, “Something” and “Come Together”, while on the tram.

I have to find a copy of a film for my French Cinema class, so I go to JB Hi-Fi.  They’re playing Beyonce.  I don’t recognise any of the songs, but I’m familiar enough with her voice.  On the tram home I put on The Stone Roses and read some streetpress that I picked up along the way.  I don’t pay much attention to the music, aside from a mental singalong to “I Am the Resurrection”.  I’m quite close to home when the album ends, and play Third Eye Blind’s “Semi Charmed Life” twice to complete the journey.

Glenn and I are at the cinema, and we’re about twenty minutes early for the film.  We sit in the empty theatre, and the background music is a mixture of 50s and 60s pop.

Incredibly depressed after seeing Never Let Me Go [brilliant film, but it did kill me a little inside], I watch Adam Hills Live in Gordon St Tonight on iView because Mark Watson was on.  There are two musical performances – Immigrant Union with a cover of Rose Tattoo’s “Bad Boy for Love”, and KD Lang, who puts me to sleep singing “I Confess”.

My new radio show, “Under the Covers” premiered last night, with only a few minor glitches [okay, so perhaps turning on the wrong mic at the start of the show is more than just a minor glitch, but let’s just try and forget about that one].  For the first show, I tried to keep the playlist as broad and varied as possible, while still sticking to the overall “indie” theme of Monday nights on SYN.

In case you missed it, here’s the tracklisting:

01.  Rufus Wainwright – “Hallelujah”
[Leonard Cohen]

02. José Gonzalès – “Hand on Your Heart”
[Kylie Minogue]

03. Mark Ronson & Kyle Falconer [from The View] – “Valerie”
[The Zutons]

04. Lily Allen – “Mr Blue Sky”
[Electric Light Orchestra]

05. Richard Cheese – “Only Happy When it Rains”

06. Stereophonics – “You Sexy Thing”
[Hot Chocolate]

07. Wagons – “Never Been to Spain”
[Elvis Presley]

08. Newton Faulkner – “Foundations”
[Kate Nash]

09. Arcade Fire – “Maps”
[Yeah Yeah Yeahs]

10. Nouvelle Vague – “Ever Fallen in Love?”
[The Buzzcocks]

11. David Bowie – “Penny Lane”
[The Beatles]

12. The Fratellis – “Ooh La La”

13. Noah & the Whale – “You Can Call Me Al”
[Paul Simon]

14. Tripod – “Throw Your Arms Around Me”
[Hunters & Collectors]

Make sure you tune in next week [Monday, 9pm, SYN 90.7fm], where I’ll be talking movie soundtracks [including Across the Universe, I am Sam and Walk the Line], and for the second half of the show, will be joined in the studio by the lovely Flavia [ex-1700 host, currently seen on The Wrap], who’ll be chatting about some of her favourite covers, and also the phenomenon that is YouTube. Don’t miss it!