I got things off to an early listening to Spotify via my iPhone at quarter past midnight as I tried to get to sleep. Music helps me shut down and there aren't many nights I go to sleep without some form of music playing.
Kicking off #Harkive with a 2nd spin of Torres via Spotify on my phone. Doubt I'll still be awake by the end but need music to get to sleep.— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 20, 2015
Despite the late night I was up before Seven the following morning and listening to BBC 6 Music via the Digital Radio in the Kitchen. This isn't something I normally do but I was motivated to do the washing up I'd failed to do the night before after getting sidetracked into watching a couple of ropey old movies.
The ever excellent Chris Hawkins ended his show with a bit off Jimi Hendrix ...
Then Craig Charles, a welcome stand-in for regular breakfast show host Shaun Keaveny, opened with the Ramones, a choice guaranteed to put me in a good mood.
21st July 2015 was also my youngest's last day at Primary school and therefore the very last time I'd ever do the familiar walk to school to drop him off. I did my best to put a brave face on for the relentless passing of time.
Jumped in the car and headed off to work with sounds provided by my iPod. I was in work by 9:30 which meant no music until lunchtime at the earliest.
New album by Thee Oh Sees "Mulilator Defeated At Last" soundtracks commute to work. Haven't been able to stop playing it since 1/2 #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
I picked it up two weeks back. Playing via in car stereo on my iPod nano 2/2 #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
Thankfully I managed to have a proper lunch hour today and dragged myself to the gym for a long overdue bit of exercise. I took my iPhone with me and listened to a playlist of new music on shuffle as I plodded along on the cross-trainer.
Lunch time work out in the gym. Listening to a playlist of new albums via Spotify on my phone #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
Playlist includes; Du Blonde, Tender Prey, Richard Thompson, dbh, Samantha Crain & Wilco. It's very good #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
Then no music again until the drive home, continuing to listen to my current favourite Thee Oh Sees album.
Back in the car with Thee Oh Sees for the drive home #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
A blast of Sauna Youth for tail end of commute. Home now, music off #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
After eating tea & washing up I did a bit of ironing and caught up with a Marc Riley show from last week. I record these on my TV Hard Drive Recorder which saves me having to rely on the BBC iPlayer and gives my ears a break from using headphones.
Opened with a BC Camplight track from his stunning album, one of many contenders for my favourite of the year #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
Ironing done. Riley featured great tracks by The Smoking Trees, PINS & The Beta Band and a session from Pete Astor #harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
Had planned an early night but ended up listening to the last half hour of the Gideon Coe show live via a portable digital radio.
Oof! Wandering Star by Portishead #Harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
Squeezed in my final Harkive tweet of the day at 23:59 ...
Final track of the day is the CCS version of Whole Lotta Love via Gid Coe Night all #Harkive— Chop Stick (@Chops_Top_Fives) July 21, 2015
... which turned out to be the final UK Harkive tweet too.
The Harkive website now has a data explorer section which provides all sorts of possibilities for examining what people are listening too and how they listen. My summary of facts and figures looks something like this (no visual stats yet as I've not got time but I might come back to this later as I reckon everyone loves a Pie Chart).
Devices used: iPhone, Digital Radio, iPod Nano, TiVo HDR, Portable Digital Radio
Music Sources: Spotify, BBC 6Music, my MP3 library
Music choices: Bit of a mixed bag but generally fairly recent alternative guitar based rock