Only about 16 hours a day to listen music

There's just so much music to listen to and unfortunately, only about 16 hours a day to listen to it. Music is constantly playing around me. Sometimes it's just background noise. Other times it's a world I get completely lost in. If I didn't have to sleep, music would be there 24 hours a day. It wouldn't be enough though. I'd still feel like I was falling behind. Thousands of albums are released each year. That's hundreds of thousands of songs. It's a Sisyphean task. I'll never make it, but I must continue on. Anyhow, here's a recap of what I've been listening to this week:

Ambulance Ltd. - LP: I picked this one up based on the positive review on 75 Words or Less. I've always been a fan of Shoegazer rock, from Ride to My Bloody Valentine. Ambulance Ltd. writes catchy, old-fashioned shoegazer anthems, nothing wrong with that. It's not incredibly original, but very enjoyable to listen to. Great guitar hooks.

Architecture in Helsinki - Fingers Crossed: Now for something very original. With a name like that I assumed the obvious: this band is from Brooklyn. Oh, wait. It's actually from Melbourne, Australia. This is some of the most fantastically unique indie pop I've heard in awhile. There are eight members in the band and probably twice as many instruments used. Besides the kitchen sink there's samplers, brass, clarinets, analog synths, records, guitars, glockenspiels and lots of wispy vocals. It's like the indie kids were let loose in your kindergarten teacher's music closet.

The Beastie Boys - "Ch-Check It Out": I haven't listen to the Beasties in awhile, but this damn catchy single gets at least five spins a day. I haven't listened to an entire Beasties album since 1992, but I'll definitely check out To the 5 Boroughs. I hear they have a shout out to Murray's Cheese Shop, which is about a block away from my apartment.

Well, the day has finally come

So I finally saw Morrissey in action last night, and he doesn't seem to have lost much over the years. His voice hasn't slipped a bit, and he's a great showman - always playing to the crowd and chatting it up, whipping his mike cord around. I wasn't sure what Smiths material to expect, and I figured it'd be near the end, so I pretty much lost it when they dropped into "A Rush and a Push..." 4 or 5 songs in. One of my favorite Smiths tunes, totally out of the blue, and the night's high point for sure. Though "There is a Light That Never Goes Out" (!!) and "Hand in Glove" came close.

He concentrated mainly on his upcoming album - all good stuff, though the crowd wanted more old songs based on the big responses to "Hairdresser on Fire" and "Everyday is like Sunday". His band was tight, but they felt like session musicians - just playing the parts and letting Morrissey carry the songs. On "There is a Light...", the two guitarists struggled to match what Johnny Marr was doing on his own. So as good as it was, it was hard not to think about how much better Morrissey could be with a more dynamic band behind him.

Morrissey - you haven't lost a step so just get it over with, make good with Marr, and bring back the Smiths. You know you wanna.