Harkive 2016 – The Final Countdown – 9 days to go

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On Tuesday 19th July Harkive will return for its fourth year to once again collect stories online from people about the detail of their music listening experience.

The project asks people to tell the tale of HowWhere and Why they listen to music on a single day each year, with the aim of capturing for posterity a snapshot of the way in which we interact with the sounds and technology of today. Since launching in 2013 the project has gathered over 8,000 stories, and on Tuesday 19th July we’ll be doing it all again. We hope you’ll join us by telling Harkive your story.

We’re now on the final countdown to Harkive 2016, with just 9 days to go. As we have done in previous years, in the run up to the big day we’ll be posting some ‘example’ stories from people who do interesting things with their music listening. Today we’re pleased to welcome John Jervis, owner of Where It’s At Is Where You Are Records (or WIAIWYA for short).

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The intro on the label’s Facebook page says it all: “daft ideas, ridiculous concepts, incredible records… lots of incredible records” – John and team are arguably one of the most prolific and consistently entertaining independent record labels in the UK, with a beautifully curated 7″ single series and a fine line in compilations, including this superb collection of James Bond theme covers. Added to that, WIAIWYA also release singles and albums by the likes of Darren Hayman, David Tattersall, Woodpigeon, The Leaf Library….the list goes on. Whilst reading John’s story below, head over to the label site and Bandcamp page to have a listen.

John kindly agreed to write the story of his listening day on 7th July, and here it is..

Most mornings I wake up with an unexplainable ear worm. Yesterday it was I’m Gonna Get You by Bizarre Inc, this morning it was Celebrate Summer by T Rex (specifically the Summer is Heaven in ’77 bit) – I looked it up on Youtube, so I heard it properly too:

I get ready for work with the radio on – 6Music – not enough songs, too much chat – anyway, I bought the song I didn’t already have, so that’s pretty good:

Creation – Beyond The Wizards Sleeve
My Silver Lining – First Aid Kit
Return Of Django – The Upsetters
Rhinestone Cowboy – Glen Campbell

For the commute I set up a playlist of songs i hadn’t played before (I’d forgotten tracks would be on compilations as well as proper albums, so i skipped a few other ABBA songs… that Barbara Howard song is a belter, so i played it twice)

After Last Night – the A’s
Mamma Mia – ABBA
Octagon – Anton Barbeau
The Weight – Aretha Franklin
Wayside – Artful Dodger
Somewhere In My Heart (12″) – Aztec Camera
Come And Get It – Badfinger
Since You Caught My Eye – Banner Barbados
I Don’t Want Your Love – Barbara Howard *2
Girls (DLake remix) – Beastie Boys

Other people listen to music at work, but I find it hard to concentrate on the spreadsheets, and the questions, so the only music I hear during the day is hold music, humming or the occasional song chat. I hadn’t really thought about it before, but after one person has hum/sung, a song others tend to sing it too… today was:

Einstein-A-Go-Go – Landscape
Indiana Jones Theme
Letters – Abel Korzeniowski (from the W.E soundtrack)
something by Katy B that no one could name
I Don’t Want To Talk About It – Rod Stewart
Wild Thing – The Troggs
Rock the Casbah – the Clash
Soul Limbo – Booker T and the M.G.s
Live It Up – Mental As Anything
I Will Wait – Mumford and Sons

(there was more Mumford and Sons, as a few people are going to see them tomorrow, but one is enough for this i think… )

Some of these songs are easily explainable (there was cricket chat, so Soul Limbo cropped up, someone asked “when’s Caz Back?”, Rock the Casbah followed) but i have NO IDEA where that Mental As Anything song came from.

The journey home was one of the Warner Brothers Loss Leaders releases – The Whole Burbank Catalog (1972)… I’m playing records at a gig in a couple of weeks, so was looking for suitable things to play – the Jerry Garcia, Seals & Crofts and Todd Rundgren songs are on the list:

Sgt Preston – Funky Fruit
The Wheel – Jerry Garcia
It Hurts To Want It So Bad – Arthur Alexander
Fingers and Toes – Allen Toussaint
Lavender Dream – Jackie Lomax
Eagle Rock – Daddy Cool
Manhattan Merry-Go-Round – Heavy Herbs
Memphis – Faces
Nena – Malo
Show Me A Smile – Fleetwood Mac
Sweet Dream – Jethro Tull
Be My Lover – Alice Cooper
Inner Sanctum – Wonderous Weeds
Get It On – T Rex
Click Clack – Captain Beefheart
Biology II – halfnelson
Sudan Village – Seals & Crofts
A Long Time, A Long Way To Go – Todd Rundgren
Sandman – America

Back home to get promos ready for a couple of forthcoming releases. Listened to the Nancy Sin record (the next single from the 7777777-2016 series) a few times before burning CDs for radio, also Pete had sent me one of the tracks from the new Great Electric single, and Matt had posted a new Leaf Library remix

Room For Rent – Nancy Sin *2
Again and Again – Nancy Sin *2
Top of the Tower – The Great Electric *2
Marsangst (The Leaf Library remix) – Hologram Teen *2

and then to write this, i put on the soundtrack to Rollercoaster, i’ve been listening to it a lot lately – creepy fairground funk is my jam

Prologue, Montage – Lalo Schifrin
Magic Carousel – Lalo Schifrin
Portrait of Harry – Lalo Schifrin
Movement from String Quartette – Lalo Schifrin
Penny Arcade – Lalo Stiffen
Cotton Candy – Lalo Schifrin
One Track Mind – Lalo Schifrin
Merry-Go-Round – Lalo Schifrin
Calliope of Death – Lalo Schifrin
Rollercoaster – Lalo Schifrin
Children’s Ride – Lalo Schifrin
Another Side of Harry – Lalo Schifrin
Apple Turnover – Lalo Schifrin
Magic Carousel – Lalo Schifrin

And now, as it’s 10pm i’m going to make some tea, and watch an episode of Buffy. Without any doubt, this is the song i have heard most this year

Buffy The Vampire Slayer Theme – NerfHerder

If you enjoyed John’s example and would like to tell your own Harkive story in a similar way, you can do so by emailing submit@harkive.org on or after 19th July with the tale of your listening day, writing as much or as little as you want. If email is not your thing, you can contribute your story in a number of other ways, such as by Tweeting with the hashtag #harkive, posting something to the Harkive page on Facebook, or by adding stories and images to Tumbr and Instagram – just remember to add the hashtag #harkive to your posts. More information on the ways in which you can tell your story are on the How To Contribute page.

Harkive 2016 is just 9 days away. We do hope you’ll join us on Tuesday 19th July by telling us the story of your listening day. If Harkive sounds interesting, please do help us spread the word by telling your friends about the project. In the meantime you can keep an eye on the project by following us on Twitter, or by liking our Facebook page. If you have any question about the project please feel free to email us.

Thanks again to John for his hugely detailed and interesting story. If you’d like to follow his activities, you’ll find him as WIAIWYA on Twitter. We’ll have another story for you tomorrow as the Harkive 2016 countdown continues.