"And now, from the elegant pump room of the magnificent Palmer House..." This is not a real episode, but a mini 10 minute announcement (with fun soundbites). I'll explain. Wanting to keep podcasting, but not jazzed about going back to the old format, I finally entertained the great suggestion of my old friend, and fellow rock geek, John Hendrickson, that he and I team up and co-host a "sidecast" which deals in seldom-explored aspects of...THE MONKEES. Their final tour was announced recently, and so it seemed the mood was right. When combining the totals, John and I have seen The Monkees and/or solo endeavors close to 50 times since 1987. That's a total guess. Maybe it's more like 30.. We'll find out together. On one hand we want to talk about our personal experiences as Monkees fans--it's a lonely road a lot of the time.. The peaks (the first time hearing "Circle Sky") and valleys (our personal "Marge Simpson Monkees Lunchbox Moment"). John and I are both lifelong musicians. We're also equally admiring of old school punk rock as we are The Grateful Dead. So our knowledge comes from a deep well of having listened to, read about and played a LOT of music in our lives. Which is why we also want to explore things like "why Eddie Hoh's drumming defines much of the best Monkees songs". Or "Nesmith's best rhythm guitar work" or "Davy ballad that went from worst to first as we got older". Oh, and there will occasionally be special guests! We have two lined up already! Anyway, stay tuned. This will be fun.