Wednesday 6 April 2011 – #musicdiaryproject

A trip to London to attend a course meant that I had more listening time than for my regular commute however the walk to the train station, the 25 minute trip to London and the subsequent tube journey was largely taken up by Collings and Herrin Podcast No. 157 which Andrew Collins and Richard Herring had just released.

Prior to leaving it was Shaun Keaveny as usual on 6Music, only for a short time I was in a rush to get out and get the train plus I was feeling really ill, songs of note were:

Freak Scene – Dinosaur Jr.

Silver – Echo & The Bunnymen

When I reached London I decided I would put on the Current – April 2011 Playlist after the podcast finished and was rewarded with the following:

Mermaid – Okkervil River (the first single from the new album, and sounds more beautiful with each listen which has raised my expectations for the album)

With Love – Elbow (that piano part is definitely stolen from the Moon soundtrack by Clint Mansell)

After the course finished, I decided to head back to the office (maybe via the Doctors) and then home and not being in the best of health just stuck on the Current – April 2011 Playlist again for the trip home. Although I wasn’t feeling great the fantastic weather counteracted that along with the following tunes that really lifted me up:

Bad Girls – M.I.A

The Stars Came Out Once The Lights Went Out – The Veils (the new EP is simply wonderful and I love the concept of an EP, especially in the current age of music)

Civilian – Wye Oak

Amazing and Wonderful – Peaking Lights

Never Change – Parts & Labor

Hurricane – Parts & Labor

Monoform – Vessels

Ego – Burial & Four Tet & Thom Yorke (this is my own vinyl rip from the 12″ and definitely the stronger of the two tracks  as it is more Four Tet whilst Mirror is more Burial. I love the popping vinyl noises on the MP3)

105 – Banjo or Freakout

Bloom – The Veils

Pumped Up Kicks – Foster The People (think this will be massive at some stage, I do hope the rest of the material is as strong)

Grey Lynn Park – The Veils

Albatross – Wild Beasts ( I remember something finally clicked with this track on this listen as I got off the train and walked through the station back to the office, looking forward to the album now)

Take My Hand – Matt Berry

I’m Comin’ Down – Primal Scream (felt like this summed up the situation when it came on as I walked home as I was really unwell at this stage)

The Wall – Yuck

When I got in new symptoms had presented so I rang NHS Direct who put me straight through to a nurse who told me to go straight to A&E, so I did and therefore no more music was listened to for nearly 18 hours. I did ask my wife that if they kept me overnight could she bring me my iPod and headphones so I had company throughout the night, but luckily they let her stay with me so there was no need.

I should note that from memory I wouldn’t have been able to recall the above so I do have the benefit of using my profile at Last FM, which I have been using for nearly five years. In some ways I don’t like Last.FM and I never use the radio function, I used this briefly more as novelty when it was new but the audio quality is terrible. However Last.FM does appeal to my nature of documenting what I listen to and what I’ve listened to (along with iTunes Play Counts), sometimes it’s interesting to look back. However it also makes you a slave to scrobbling and listening to music though devices which can scrobble, browsing the website messageboard is always an amusing read to see how precious people are over their scrobbles and stats. I intend to buy some Hi-Fi separates in the next 12 months so it will be interesting to see if my use of Last.FM will decrease.

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