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http://sickmouthy.com/musicdiaryproject/ - run by Nick Southall who at one time or another was a DiS contributor
I been doing that "30 Day" thing which was interesting to begin with but it's got a bit tiresome as time's gone by. Think this is a much more interesting, and concise, concept.
isn't the first day of that your favourite song, ever? i found that too hard to answer and not bothered doing it.
I used it as an excuse to indulge in some writing and thought it might get better, but have found myself feeling more obliged than anything to see it through. It's all just far too subjective unless you can wrap some words around each one.
But I found myself mapping it out quite early on to make sure there was a good representation of stuff, which maybe isn't the most honest way to approach it. And some of the categories are pointlessly similar. It could have been done much better.
According to the comments, at least 3 people read it too! Must've been bored at work.
But thought the categories they provided were RUBBISH. So, I asked my friends on Facebook to suggest new ones for me, and they've come up with some excellent things, I have to say. Highlights include 'A song that reminds you of the beauty of humanity', 'a song that would use to dance on the grave of your worst enemy' and 'a song'.
which song did you choose for that dancing-on-enemy's-grave one?
...but a start nonetheless
you'll have to excuse my utterly shit handwriting.
I don't think you know what last.fm actually does. It's also totally passive but you can use it if you want to, encouraging artists by showing them you're listening to them whilst being affected by it not one iota. amongst a lot of other things.
that was rubbish. but I feel like shit, so it's the best I can do. Jus don hate on last.fm!
i like to use it as something that can recommend me music/events based on what i actually listen to. and for that, it works pretty well.
relentlessly ranting about things you don't even want to try to understand
Some people sniff glue. BAN GLUE.
they played Radiohead 'High & Dry' and Ryan Adams 'The Shadowlands' on this http://www.bbc.co.uk/iplayer/episode/b010758h/My_Brother_the_Islamist/ - I grew up in Weymouth and think I went to school with this guy...
I listened to the new Cold Cave doing email correspondence. My emails were pretty good, the Cold Cave record was fair.
Then I listened to shuffle: Led Zep, Surfer Blood, Yo La Tengo and Wolf Parade were songs that came up.
Now, I'm listening to the new Glasvegas. Big and pompous and I kinda like it. I'll be heading out for a bike ride on the boardwalk-- girls in bikinis, warm sunshine, maybe I'll stop off for a beer. No iPod. Only the soothing sounds of the surf. Oh, and the metal drums at the pier, the goof-ball lounge act dude that plays at the one snack stand and the classic rock that plays at another snack stand. Sometimes there's a dude that plays the Mancini Pink Panther theme on his sax over and over again (Learn a new song, man. I'm not giving ya another dollar until you do!)
Why is Nick interested in this again?
I had a go, anyways.
Bath music, hit shuffle on new TV on the Radio album, reviewing that one for DiS this weekend, sounds OK, haven’t made mind up yet I guess. Skeptical. Actually, come to think of it I won’t be doing anything of the sort this weekend - plans be to go scamping about with eager young Scots The View for an NME On The Road piece... It’ll be eventful, I’m sure. Events... will happen. So yeah, listened to that lot’s new record shortly after, it’s ‘pretty good for what it is’, etc.
Took a break from emails and shizz to read Sean’s Singles of the Week column over at DiS towers, played many a snippet, enjoyed a few, got all the way thru the Kode9 & Spaceape tune. It was a real good read, but it was #nowendyroby.
And after that jaunt was up, was back to iTunes and some Okkervil River b-side, ‘No Key, No Plan’. One that Will Sheff played during his LITERALLY AWESOME gig at Old St. Pancras Church last week - man, just... mm - but the tune wasn’t as good as I remember and actually I guess I probably got the wrong one, but that’s cool, I still remember the thing.
Shortly after lunch I got the mail-out from NME for this week’s On Repeat, bagsied David Thomas Broughton, listened to his albums new and old, a wonderful time was had, wrote 50 words on the song ‘Ain’t Got A Sole’ for the mag, compared his voice to “dismal hippo” and I think that pretty much hits the nail square on the head. This reminded how great Tom Waits is, so I listened to him, too.
Then, as the fear of writing a boring 600-word review and wasting the world’s time began to set in, as it does Monday after Monday after Tuesday, Wednesday, etc., more TV on the Radio - starting to see something, on this one song at least, this distant, gliding guitar sound I hadn’t noticed before... Whatever, maybe the record’s one of the dreaded Growers, maybe not.
Spotted a thread about the new Young Knives on DiS, the poster was pashing on it so I had a listen to make sure my review for the site wasn’t too far off the mark, offensive. Read back the review... T’was a rambling overwrought heap of self-serving shit but the sentiment’s spot-on. It’s not an amazing album, but perhaps by Britpop’s standards it deserves some credit.
And just before spaffing this out I finished off this week’s v delayed installment in my track by track Okkervil River blog. Listened to the song in question, ‘Hanging from a Hit’, about three times, had a bit of a moment, as I always do with that album, threw some words together, typed out the monologue that sees the song out because, you know, sometimes there just are No Words for great music. And that’s about it.
Monday 4th (To work): Juke and Ghettotech mixtape thing I did
Monday 4th (From work): The Juan McLean DJ Kicks Mix
Monday 4th (Evening): Disfear "Misanthropic Generation" and "Live the Storm; Cursed "Two"; A New Silent Corporation "Everything is Exactly as it Seems";
Tuesday 5th (to work): Hawtin's Closer to the Edit
Tuesday 5th (from work): various motown and 60's soul tracks
Tuesday 5th (evening): LCD Soundsystem live in Madison Square Garden
Heres a link to my rubbish blog http://asoundbetweentwoholes.blogspot.com/
Destroyer - Kaputt: On the train to work. Was fairly ambivalent about this record on first listening but there's something about it now -- maybe it's that spring is properly here -- which warms me. It certainly warmed me this morning.
Kemialliset Ystävät – 'Kajastusmuseo': At home at the desk, whilst attempting to write. It was a bit too spiky for my mood so had to bail on the rest of the record, even though it's actually quite weird and brilliant at the same time.
Destroyer - Kaputt: Again, I can't get enough of this today. "I write poetry to myself" is now one of my favourite lyrics, even though it doesn't really mean anything, even to me. Did this whilst unpacking some clothes and making my bed.
Atlas Sound – 'Shelia': Picked up the acoustic guitar to play and sing along to this one, with moderate success in terms of tunefulness.
Favours For Sailors - S/T EP: Probably one of my favourite EPs ever released, and one of the happiest, too. More work whilst this goes on...
FaltyDL - You Stand Uncertain: Thought it was about time I listened to this. Mainly did it whilst reading this thread (META) and that other one about Mohammad Al Fayed's choice of a Michael Jackson statue.
The Dø - A Mouthful: Nick Southall gave it 9/10, so probably worth a listen. Put it on whilst starting to write this very post. Even more meta. It's probably a bit dark and late for this to have the desired effect than if I was, for example, lying in a field somewhere.
Mostly only listened to the Austra album yesterday http://seaninsound.tumblr.com/post/4387519132/musicdiaryproject-day-two
Most 'normal' people would just put
Radio 7:30 til 9:00
Radio 17:00 til 18:30
Songs used in tv programs and adverts 19:30 til 22:00
or something similar.
and I'm not a office drone. The rest is spot on.
because in a week I'll invariably listen to my own music in various states of preparedness and/or roughly finished, interspersed with whatever shuffle throws at me via my iPod whilst walking to and from my studio
Yes, I have become one of those people - I have a wall of vinyl I haven't touched in aeons
Here's mine http://asoundbetweentwoholes.blogspot.com/
i didn't get chance. maybe i will at some point.
then gave up. not intentionally as such, but the weekend rolled around and i was too busy to do it, plus on one of those days i didn't even have time to listen to any music.
I used a spreadsheet to record my listening habits across the week. I only logged tracks that I chose to play, simply because I didn’t feel as though I’d be able to keep track of songs playing on radios, friends’/clubs’ stereos etc. I’m not a last.fm user, but I imagine the approach I took is much the same as scrobbling: recording artist, track and time of listening. I also recorded the source of the music (iTunes, Spotify, etc), any ostensible reason for listening and I recorded the data in ‘sittings’, which I loosely defined as continuous periods of listening to music.
Here are some statistics for my week in music:
I logged a total of 263 plays (not 263 different tracks), by 76 different artists. I listened to approximately 18 hours of music and my average (mean) sitting lasted around 36 minutes.
Just over 70% (191) of the total plays were from my own collection (iPod: 106; iTunes, 85), with the remainder from sources such as Spotify (27), Soundcloud (10), We7 (10), Hypem (10), etc.
My most played artists were: Dr Dre (22), Clive Tanaka Y Su Orquesta (20), The dB’s (19), Arcade Fire (15) and Beck (13). My most played track was ‘Black And White’ by The dB’s (5).
I listened to all of the logged music alone, the vast majority of which was through headphones and most of the listening took place in my living room.
A couple of common reasons for listening to tracks were: making playlists; following reading reviews (Dirty Beaches, Peaking Lights, The Psychic Paramount); if an album was made available to stream ahead of release (TVOTR – Nine Types of Light; Crystal Stilts – In Love With Oblivion).
Other conclusions: I do most of my listening in the evening/night/early hours of the morning (roughly between 18:00 and 02:00). and when listening via iPod it tends to be listening to albums rather than individual tracks. Not once did I play music directly from its physical format.
fellow music dickheads:
To everyone who took part. Here's a vague explanation of what it was about, and some percentages - http://sickmouthy.com/2011/04/12/what-was-the-musicdiaryproject-for/
that music doesn't get the attention it deserves from listeners. I'm also inclined to say that that is why it's so awesome: that pretty much no matter what I'm doing, I can turn on the tunes and make that experience better.
I'm gonna go outside right now, wash my car, and listen to something really loud. Cheers!