Me & Magdalena - The Monkees
Last week, my buddy Justin texted me a link and said "Here's a song for you." It was this song - Me & Magdalena - by The Monkees. Yeah. The Monkees. It is in the YouTube player above. (If you are reading this in your email and can't see the player above, click here to see it.) I can't stop listening to it. I haven't even been able to check out much more of the album because I keep coming back to this one song.
Have a listen. I think you'll like it.
Over on All Songs Considered, they give more background about how this album and this song in particular came together. In honor of The Monkees 50th anniversary, they've put out a new record full of previously unreleased songs and a few new ones written for the band. Including this song that was written by Ben Gibbard from Death Cab for Cutie. From the story:
And, though Mike Nesmith won't tour to support Good Times! — he left the band a few years back — he does appear on the album, The Monkees' first since 1996. In fact, he sings lead in this song, "Me & Magdalena," which was written for the band by Death Cab For Cutie's Ben Gibbard. Though more introspective and subdued than The Monkees' best-known songs, it's quite lovely, like... well, like The Monkees performing a Ben Gibbard song.You can listen to it on your various listening services. Google Music. Spotify. What have you.