Tuesday, August 16, 2016

Minus 5's Monkees tribute gets stand-alone release

Of Monkees and Men – with it's sweet 16 Magazine-inspired sleeve – is being released by Yep Roc on August 19.

Here's the press release...

The Minus 5, the folk/rock/pop collective captained by Scott McCaughey, announce their latest release, Of Monkees and Men, out August 19 on Yep Roc Records. An imaginative tribute to the Monkees’ legacy in music and popular culture, the album was previously only available in a five-LP, limited edition 2015 Record Store Day release.

Of Monkees and Men, as a separate LP, comes on the heels of The Monkees’ 50th Anniversary. “I was eleven years old when I first heard ‘Last Train To Clarksville,’” McCaughey remembers. “And I became a lifelong Monkees fan in that moment.” With Of Monkees and Men, McCaughey’s fandom has reached new heights, and of his obsession with ‘60s rock, AXS notes, “The Minus 5 always adds up to a good time for nerdy rock history buffs,” but adds, “It’s also fantastic, even if you aren’t a nerd.”

The album features nine original songs, that pay heartfelt homage to the Monkees as well as other friends and artists influential to McCaughey’s musical psyche. Side One tackles each member of the Monkees in song, starting with the ten-minute epic “Michael Nesmith,” followed by "Davy Gets the Girl" (see clips below) and ending with “Boyce & Hart,” which praises the songwriting team behind many beloved Monkees hits. Side Two bows to iconic actor Robert Ryan, the brilliantly literate Portland-based Americana band Richmond Fontaine, and, in “Blue Rickenbacker” and “Weymer Never Dies,” two lost comrades that loom large in McCaughey’s development into a rock and roll lifer.

Oft-seen over the years with the Young Fresh Fellows, R.E.M., the Baseball PRoject, Tired Pony, Tuatara, Robyn Hitchcock & the Venus 3, etc., McCaughey guides the band as a singer, songwriter, and multi-instrumentalist. The Minus 5’s lineup on recordings and performances is constantly and intentionally in flux, dependent on “musician availability, whim, and wind direction.” Of Monkees and Men includes members of R.E.M., The Smithereens and Laura Gibson. If your local record shop doesn't stock it, you can order a copy directly from Yep Roc right here.

Of Monkees and Men (Yep Roc) tracklist:
1. “Michael Nesmith”
2. “Davy Gets the Girl”
3. “Song for Peter Tork”
4. “Micky Is a Cool Drummer”
5. “Boyce & Hart”
6. “Blue Rickenbacker”
7. “Robert Ryan Is Among Us”
8. “Richmond Fontaine”
9. “Weymer Never Dies”

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