Saturday, 9 April 2011

Music Diary Project - Thursday & Friday

THURSDAY
By the time the 21st hour of this day ticks over, I only have listened to one song:
Robyn - Dancing On My Own (CD, in the car, with Mom & Sister)
It's the longest any CD has ever lasted in the family car. I like it, my sister likes it, my mom likes it. This is nigh-on a miracle.
...From 21:00 onwards, music as background to the holy process of Hanging Out and Getting Internet Stuff Done with my man Dominic Parsons breaks loose, beginning with
Childish Gambino - Break (with Dom, on Spotify)
The 'her pussy tastes like vanilla' line gets a snigger from Dom. I still think it's genuinely sweet.
Neon Neon - I Told Her On Aldeeran
Black Kids - I'm Not Gonna Teach Your Boyfriend How To Dance With You
Which I don't get much pleasure from, but which -with the aid of Neon Neon - transports me back to a certain time in my first year at university, so I break the purity of the shuffle and queue up
Those Dancing Days - Hitten
which I just remembered falling back in love with, having heard it in a bar on Monday night.
Kanye West - All of the Lights
Britney Spears - I Wanna Go
The Indelicates - Roses
Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
The Streets - It's Too Late
And booking hostels in Poland leads to hilariously searching for songs with titles based on locations we'll be visiting, namely:
The Mo - Krakow Love
Krakovia - The Last Train to Krakow (with Dom, all on Spotify)
The latter proves a definite success ("cheap hotels" indeed!) and I consider making a travelling playlist/mix CD based on these principles.
Gogol Bordello - Through The Roof 'n' Underground
Thom Yorke - And It Rained All Night
R. Kelly - Ignition [Remix] (alone, all on Spotify)
seems the right place to end the evening.

And before you know, it's
FRIDAY! FRIDAY!
And, as we both know, you've got to get down on Friday.
07:30 So kick things off with
At The Drive-in - One Armed Scissor (alone, on Spotify)
because wake up with "THIS STATION IS NOT OPERATIONAL" on repeat in my brain, and this saves me having to Tweet it to release the pressure. I don't enjoy it as much as hoped (maybe too quiet?) so a couple more motivational tunes before work
Robyn - With Every Heartbeat
The Arcade Fire - Sprawl II [Mountains Beyond Mountains]
Kanye West - Power (alone, all on Spotify, though played at a volume that probably meant any family members still in the house heard it too)
Friday: let's do this!
12:30 Lunchtime with Miles & co., which brings
At The Drive-in - Pattern Against User
(which probably makes today a record of ATD-I listening frequency. Congrats, Friday! Apologies, ATD-I and fans!)
Life Without Buildings - Love Trinity
St Etienne - Finisterre
Friendly Fire - Paris [Aeroplane remix, feat Au Revoir Simone] (walking, all through my phone)
Japandroids - Younger Us
...and lunch is over.
17:00 A trip home with
Los Campesinos! - 'Romance is Boring' (tracks 1-4, on train platform, through DS)
Then a fat break whilst on the train as I watch a film (I haven't been counting the music from TV and films, specifically, for reasons threefold: a) it's a lot of effort, b) I don't want to give away the approaching FFoF, but also c) it doesn't really count, does it?) then once I'm off the train back onto
Los Campesinos! - 'Romance is Boring' (tracks 5-10, walking, DS)
Which seems a little clearer than usual, and lyrics I'd never picked out before stand out(I've never been one for accurately hearing the proper words, or remembering them, and I would never break the sacred law of Cocker: "Please do not read the lyrics whilst listening to the recordings").
19:00 A cookin'-moussaka playlist, initially put together by the three of us
Roots Manuva - Buff Nuff (with Dav & Lex, all on Spotify)
Bon Iver - Skinny Love
Childish Gambino - Break
but then we surrender and just put it on shuffle
The Arcade Fire - Wake Up
Kenickie - How I Was Made
The Arcade Fire - Modern Man
Dr Dre - Light Speed
Radiohead - Up On The Ladder
Neutral Milk Hotel - The Penny Arcade in California
which supports my thoery that Spotify is somehow Arcade Fire-sponsored, but also throws up some weaker tracks by beloved acts, so I put on
Afghan Whigs - Band of Gold
before Shuffle throws up - surprise surprise! -
The Arcade Fire - Black Mirror
Robyn - U Should Know Better
Girl Talk - Play Your Part, Pt. 2
LCD Soundsystem - New York I Love You, But You're Bringing Me Down
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Man (with Dav & Lex, all on Spotify)
And then we go to the pub, where we consume numerous alcohols, The Religion Argument is had, and this very Music Diary is discussed.

...I can't help noticing I haven't listened to enough new stuff, which means a dearth of review-type stuff, and a more heavily archival/anecodtal skew. I'm sorry, peeps! Take it as a lesson in how working days affect your listening capabilities, perhaps?

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