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by Bill Pearis

Django Django @ MHOW 2013 (more by David Andrako)
Django Django

It's been two years since Django Django released their terrifically inventive debut album. The band are busy working on its follow-up but have dropped a cover of The Monkees' "The Porpoise Song" for their turn at the popular Late Night Tales mix series. The organ-drenched original, which was written by Carol King, is from the Head soundtrack, and is used in the film's opening scene where they all jump off a bridge, committing literal career suicide. If you've never seen Head, it remains a deeply weird, uncommercial film and required viewing. Django Django's version hews close to the original for the first half of the song, before pulling it fully into their own rhythmic territory in the latter half. You can stream it below.

In addition to its inclusion on Late Night Tales (out May 11), DD's "The Porpoise Song" will be released as a 7" for Record Store Day, which is Saturday (4/19) if you didn't realize. The b-side is a spoken word piece by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch (!). Full tracklist for Django Django's edition of Late Night Tales, plus "The Porpoise Song" cover and streams of The Monkees original and Carol King's demo, below...

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by Bill Pearis

The Monkees

The Monkees are touring this summer, kicking things off at The Capitol Theatre in Port Chester, NY on July 15 and will play two other NY-area shows: Red Bank, NJ's Count Basie Theatre on July 17 and Westbury, NY's NYCB Theatre on July 19. Tickets to the Cap show go on sale Friday (5/3) at noon; tickets to NYCB Theatre go on sale Friday (5/3) at 10 AM with a Live Nation presale starting Wednesday (5/1) at 10 AM. Tickets to the Count Basie Theatre show also go on sale Friday at noon.

While Davy Jones died of a heart attack in February 2012, the surviving Monkees (Mickey Dolenz, Peter Tork, Michael Nesmith) will all be involved. (Nesmith has sat out of previous tours since 1970 up until last year.) Dolenz sang lead on some of the band's most famous songs ("Last Train to Clarksville", "Take a Giant Step" and "I'm a Believer"). For this tour, which they're calling "A Midsummer's Night With the Monkees," the setlist will go in chronological order, using videos and photographs from throughout their career. It's an interesting approach, and one that will put their biggest hits at the start of the show.

All tour dates are listed below.

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by Bill Pearis

Head

The Monkees made their motion picture debut in the 1968 film, Head, which took the TV pop icons into seriously whacked-out psychedelic territory, courtesy screenwriter Jack Nicholson and director Bob Rafelson (Five Easy Pieces) and threw their teenybopper rep into the fire. A parody of the entertainment industry and anything else they could think of, Head was a flop, but has grown in status over the last 44 years. It holds up quite well.

The Bell House will hold a screening of the cult classic on Thursday, September 20 with a post-show discussion featuring veteran rock journalist Kurt Loder, author/podcaster Julie Klausner, Rolling Stone writer Rob Sheffield, and Monkees historian Eric Lefcowitz. Tickets are on sale now.

If you can't make it to this screening, a newly-restored print of Head was included with the Criterion Collection's America Lost and Found: The BBS Story box set that compiles the films of BBS Productions that includes such late-'60s/early-'70s classics as Easy Rider, Five Easy Pieces, The Last Picture Show and more. If you just want the individual movie, you have to still settle for the 1998 pan-n-scan Rhino DVD.

Trailer for Head is below.

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Davy Jones

An official from the medical examiner's office for Martin County, Florida confirmed with TMZ they received a call from Martin Memorial Hospital informing them that Jones had passed away.

Jones is survived by his wife Jessica and 4 daughters from previous marriages. He was 66-years-old. Jones was married to Jessica Pacheco -- his 3rd wife.

Jones joined The Monkees in 1965 ... along with Micky Dolenz, Michael Nesmith and Peter Tork ... and together they churned out a bunch of hugely popular songs including 3 number 1 hits -- "Daydream Believer," "Last Train to Clarksville" and "I'm a Believer."

Davy Jones passed away from a heart attack this morning at the age of 66. Mike Nesmith posted the following message:
All the lovely people. Where do they all come from?

So many lovely and heartfelt messages of condolence and sympathy, I don't know what to say, except my sincere thank you to all. I share and appreciate your feelings.

But let's not get ahead of ourselves here.

While it is jarring, and sometimes seems unjust, or strange, this transition we call dying and death is a constant in the mortal experience that we know almost nothing about. I am of the mind that it is a transition and I carry with me a certainty of the continuity of existence. While I don't exactly know what happens in these times, there is an ongoing sense of life that reaches in my mind out far beyond the near horizons of mortality and into the reaches of infinity.

That David has stepped beyond my view causes me the sadness that it does many of you. I will miss him, but I won't abandon him to mortality. I will think of him as existing within the animating life that insures existence. I will think of him and his family with that gentle regard in spite of all the contrary appearances on the mortal plane.

David's spirit and soul live well in my heart, among all the lovely people, who remember with me the good times, and the healing times, that were created for so many, including us.

I have fond memories. I wish him safe travels.

RIP Davy.

The Monkees frontman recently played NYC on Feb 18th at BB King's, one of his last shows ever. Video of Jones at that show, along with some other classic Monkees tracks, below....

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by Bill Pearis

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The Paperhead
Paperhead

First up is The Paperhead who are in town for two shows: Tonight (7/2) at Death by Audio and Friday (7/22) at Bruar Falls. I caught The Paperhead at SXSW during the Trouble in Mind day party where the Nashville band stood out from than the rest of the bands on the bill (or the label). Instead of fuzzed-out garage rock, The Paperhead favor paisley-powered psych. Their Trouble in Mind debut is a nice cup of mushroom tea and the band (who also look the part) are pretty good live.

The Gytters
Gytters

Tonight's show at DBA is with fellow Nashville residents and tourmates D Watusi, plus The Gytters, The Hairs and which is a pretty good bill all around. Get there early to check out openers The Gytters who I caught a couple weeks ago at Bruar Falls. The band is fronted by Scott Rosenthall who plays keyboards in Class Actress and has played with (and produced) The Beets. Sorta twangy new wave, you can download their song "Divebombers" from their bandcamp site. And The Hairs play this show too. Their 7" on Magic Marker is four songs of near-perfect snarky indiepop.

Friday's show at Bruar Falls is headlined by Conversion Party who manage to be anthemic without the pretense that often comes with it. D Watusi also play, plus Pennsylvania's Royal Shoals and Tank.

Pursesnatchers
Pursesnatchers

You may remember Doug Marvin from mid-'00s band Dirty on Purpose where he played drums and also sang (and wrote) some of the neo-shoegazers' catchiest material. Since DoP went kaput, Doug has continued making music under the Pursesnatchers moniker. Originally a true solo project, Pursesnatchers have become a real band with Doug moving to guitar, for a lineup and that also includes his wife Annie Hart (one third of Au Revoir Simone, and they both play in Uninhabitable Mansions) who also takes lead vocals on a couple songs.

That band made Pursesnatchers' new album, A Pattern Language, which just came out this week. The sound is an extension of what Doug did in Dirty on Purpose: melodic, brittle songs that are bolstered by waves of guitar. It's a really nice record. You can download "Baseball on the Radio" at the top of this post.

The point of all this is that Pursenatchers are playing a record release party for the album Friday night (7/22) at Union Hall with The Thieves and Finding Fiction.

Title Tracks
Title Tracks

John Davis' post-Georgie James group, Title Tracks, are also here this weekend, playing Cake Shop on Saturday (7/23) with Face Time, Steel Phantoms and Follower. There's been a little shifting in the Title Tracks camp who are now playing as a (power) trio. There's a new Title Tracks album too, In Blank, which is another platter of terrific power pop in the Nerves/Shoes/Nick Lowe tradition. You can download "All Tricks" at the top of this post. I haven't seen the new line-up but if it's anywhere near as good as previous incarnations, I heartily endorse seeing Title Tracks live.

Parlovr
Parlovr

And finally, Montreal trio Parlovr are in town for two shows: Friday night (7/22) at Glasslands and then Monday (7/25) at Mercury Lounge opening for Cloud Control. Parlovr make good use of their visa and play here fairly often but I really do think they're great live and are absolutely worth checking out. As I wrote before:

Singers Louis Jackson and Alex Cooper semi face each other from opposite sides of the stage rocking back and forth like manic Drinking Birds, flipping their '90s skate rat hair around, while mountain man drummer Jeremy MacCuish holds down the beat. They clearly enjoy playing, and it's a lot of fun to watch too.
Their new EP, Heaven/Hell/Big/Love, goes a long way to getting that live energy to a recording. You can download the title track, a live favorite of mine, at the top of this post.

That's it for this week. There are a few more day-by-day picks below.

Dent May

THURSDAY, JULY 21

Dent May has been on tour with Real Estate but plays a smaller show with Real Estate's Alex Bleeker and (underwater) peep Julian Lynch, at Glasslands. Prince Rama will be your DJs for the evening. Dent ditches the ukulele for his great new single "Fun" which is almost a dance track with its groovy bassline, keyboards and electronic handclaps. It's available digitally now, and the 7" is out physically in September. You can stream it below.

Cass McCombs, Lower Dens should make for a lovely evening of mellow music at Music Hall of Williamsburg.

The Monkees play for free at Coney Island at the Cyclones Stadium. While a lot of people just remember them for "Daydream Believer" they made a lot of great music, actually, and hopefully they'll play some deep cuts like "Randy Scouse Git" and "Forget That Girl." Hopefully they won't play that Davy Jones song from the Brady Bunch. Actually that songs pretty good.

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Joan Jett

Though no longer in Asser Levy Park (for now), Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz returns for the 33rd time with his Seaside Summer Concert Series in Coney Island in 2011. Now located at West 21st Street and Surf Avenue (next to the home of the Brooklyn Cyclones), there will be free shows every Thursday through August 18. All shows start at 7:30 PM.

The series kicks off right on July 14 with a free show by Joan Jett and the Blackhearts, and ends with one by Cheap Trick! Full schedule, mystery night included, and more info, below...

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