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The Longplayer Orchestra's How's Life on Earth?

The Longplayer Orchestra’s How’s Life on Earth?

Congratulations to Chris Kouzes, the winner of the Longplayer Orchestra’s How’s Life on Earth? CD. This wonderful 2013 disc will be winging its way to you shortly.

Keep an eye or two out for our next contest. We love to give stuff away, and our next winner could be you!

 

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Two Music Geeks Geek Out With Maximum Musical Geekiness Tomorrow Night!

Pure Pop Radio's Alan Haber: A hundred years of music knowledge put to good use!

Pure Pop Radio’s Alan Haber: A hundred years of music knowledge put to good use!

It’s a veritable geek feast, we’re telling you! Tomorrow night at 9 pm ET, Pure Pop Radio’s Alan Haber and former KBEK-FM on-air host and Assistant Station Manager Scott W. McKinney turn the tables on cool radio shows by being even cooler! It’s the debut of the new program Two Music Geeks and it’s a-gonna be great!

Join Alan and Scott as they get in deep and spin some of their favorite pop songs while also presenting a poppin’-good array of trivia, facts and figures, and indubitable insight. With 200 years of music knowledge between then, Alan and Scott can’t help but tell you everything they know…and then some!

Scott W. McKinney: From live and local radio to the world over. Welcome, Scott, to Pure Pop Radio!

Scott W. McKinney: From live and local radio to the world over. Welcome, Scott, to Pure Pop Radio!

All the fun starts tomorrow night–Tuesday, April 22–at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. It’s the coolest show on the planet, hosted by the coolest duo that Mora, Minnesota and Northern Virginia can assemble. It’s Alan and Scott: Two Music Geeks who request your presence in front of your Internet audio device. See you on the radio, fellow music geeks!

 

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“Hello, San Francisco!” and Other Tales from the World of Fab

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

In addition to the leaves on the trees, there’s a whole lotta Beatle-riffic cool going on tonight, February 21, at 9 pm ET. Yes, it’s the latest edition of Ken Michaels’ hour-long celebration of all things John, Paul, George and Ringo: Every Little Thing.

On tonight’s show, Ken offers up an interview with Pete Best, who talks about the Beatles’ first recording at EMI studios; a “Ringo and Peter Frampton Two-Fer”; and, during the always-fab third segment, a fun collection of songs and an interview with none other than Paul McCartney. It’s a little thing Ken calls Beatles Anatomy 101.

Pete Best

Pete Best

Sounds like another great show. You oughta be there, and you can. Set your Merseyside alarm clocks for 9 pm ET tonight and have your Internet listening device tuned to Pure Pop Radio.

Yeah, yeah, yeah!

 

 

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Here at Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, We’re Working Feverishly…

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

…on our next big, huge, overflowing-with-goodness episode airing next week–Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1. On those very special days, we’ll be talking to one of the original DIY music guys, the great and powerful Scott Brookman, whose latest album, Smellicopter, is roaring up the charts, as well it should be.

See you on the air next Wednesday and Thursday for some very cool back-and-forth and, exclusively, some brilliantly-conceived music recorded exclusively for Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Yes, we said exclusively. As in, you can’t hear it anywhere else.

By the way, we’re taking a break over at our well-stocked PodOMatic podcast page, where we’ve got a wide array of interviews with melodic pop music’s greatest stars that you can listen to and/or download. Check ‘em out as they say, will you?

Remember, as always, we’re working hard so you don’t have to. And it’s our pleasure.

 

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Ooh, Scary Good! A Look Back at Harry Nilsson’s Son of Schmilsson

(The following essay was written for the Discoveries Magazine website as part of their countdown to the release of the Harry Nilsson RCA Albums Collection on July 30, 2013, and is reproduced here by permission.)

Harry Nilsson's Son of Schmilsson. Ooh, scary good!

Harry Nilsson’s Son of Schmilsson. Ooh, scary good!

Without question, Harry Nilsson’s Son of Schmilsson was the right album for the right time. When it was released in 1972, I was 17 and had my sights set on college. I was especially open to new ideas. Enter into my record collection this completely unhinged set of songs that perfectly summed up the artist’s newfound penchant for baiting the listener with a love song and, in the next heartbeat, pulling out the rug from under you and dialing up an in-your-face rocker preceded by a healthy belch.

Despite all that, this was a pretty typical Nilsson album. He hadn’t abandoned his gifts for melody or whimsy; he just dressed them in funkier clothes. For every lowbrow joke on the record—the aforementioned belch preceding the wild and wooly rock ‘n’ roll oldie, “At My Front Door,” there was a straight-ahead, old-fashioned, sweet little number like “The Lottery Song,” in which a couple flirts with winning the big prize amidst hopes of growing its value in Las Vegas. Well, sort of sweet, anyway. And there was “Turn On Your Radio,” a beautifully-arranged, pretty song about hope and being at peace with the one you love, even if that person is far away.

There were other, more sanguine numbers that threatened to eclipse the less dainty ones. “Remember (Christmas)” was one, a beautiful, wistful look back at a life lived to the fullest. There were a few, emotionally-invested rockers, too: the bluesy, horn-infused “Spaceman”; the equally bluesy, late-night jazz club vibe of “Ambush”; and “Take 54,” a take-the-chick-and-run song of the highest order. And—oh yeah, that was about it.

That leaves the jokes, and they were plentiful. Low and even lower still, but plentiful. And melodic, too, wonderful compositions that showed that Nilsson hadn’t abandoned the things that got him here, wherever that was. There was the faux country song “Joy,” delivered in a mock country crooner tone and actually—somewhat suspiciously, some might say—released as a country single under the pseudonym Buck Earl by RCA. And let’s not forget the jokey-on-the-surface “I’d Rather Be Dead,” sung with gusto by Harry and a group of senior citizens. Believe me, even at 17, the sentiment was not lost on me. Who wants to wet their bed?

Of course, the song on everybody’s lips was the infamous “You’re Breaking My Heart,” which proudly flaunted the f-word and sent parents around the world running towards their kids’ stereos with hammers. Such language!

The backside of Son of Schmilsson!

The backside of Son of Schmilsson!

That leaves this album’s centerpiece, the anthemic love song “The Most Beautiful World in the World,” a two-part number that eschewed the obvious frat boy jokes for a more sentimental approach. Sort-of. The song’s first section, adopting a catchy, pop construction colored with a faux island beat, finds Harry professing his love for the whole, entire world. The second section is an altogether loftier proposition. Here, Harry gets down to business, calling out the world’s various attributes (“Your mountains when you’re mad/Your rivers when you’re sad/And those deep blue seas/I love you for your snow/Your deserts down below/I love the way you wear your trees”) and declaring that he “just couldn’t stay here without you.”

But Harry’s not fooling anyone. The punch line is right around the corner. “So when you get older/And over your shoulder/You look back to see if it’s real/Tell her she’s beautiful/Roll the world over,” he sings, and, bingo, the payoff!: “And give her a kiss/And a feel,” as the orchestra and Hollywood blockbuster chorus swell behind him. A beautiful setup followed by a tiny, smutty joke. Really, a song about a girl? Who knows. Pure Harry.

Surely, Son of Schmilsson was not the work of the man who made Pandemonium Shadow Show. Or Harry, even. This was the work of an artist bent on market self-destruction, a man who began making the recorded left turn his raison d’etre. But it’s the Harry album that I always come back to because it synthesizes the various colors of the artist’s writing and performing gifts. The songs make you laugh, cry, laugh again, and shut the door and put a towel at the bottom to keep your parents from hearing the smutty jokes.

"Seven ball in the corner pocket, eh John?"

“Seven ball in the corner pocket, eh John?”

Son of Schmilsson is the most beautiful album in the world, to put it mildly, and an astounding 42 years after its initial release, it remains my favorite Nilsson platter. Plus it’s got Richie Snare, George Harrysong, Nicky Hopkins, Peter Frampton and Klaus Voorman making the songs come alive, and it’s got a deep, resonating belch. Who could ask for anything more?

Alan Haber
June 16, 2013

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Two Music Geeks Show Debuts Next Tuesday on Pure Pop Radio! Join Our Facebook Event Page, Won’t You?

For those of you who missed our announcement on Facebook earlier this week, we’ve got a very cool new show called Two Music Geeks debuting at 9 pm ET this coming Tuesday, April 22. (We’ve got a nifty Event page on Facebook, too; we’d appreciate it if you’d join the fun by going to https://www.facebook.com/events/503946419712098/ and signing up. Thanks!)

Pure Pop Radio's Alan Haber: A hundred years of music knowledge put to good use!

Pure Pop Radio’s Alan Haber: A hundred years of music knowledge put to good use!

Scott W. McKinney: From live and local radio to the world over. Welcome, Scott, to Pure Pop Radio!

Scott W. McKinney: From live and local radio to the world over. Welcome, Scott, to Pure Pop Radio!

Two Music Geeks is our latest specialty show here at Pure Pop Radio, and we’re pretty excited about it. Here’s the skinny: Every three weeks, for an hour (give or take), Alan Haber (hey, that’s me!) and former KBEK-FM on-air host and Assistant Station Manager Scott W. McKinney will play ‘em, talk about ‘em and just generally have a heck of a time with ‘em. In other words, we’ll be spinning great pop songs and slathering love all over them!

This new program is a natural outgrowth from the every-so-often Saturday morning interview programs on KBEK, during which Scott and I alternated, playing a favorite pop song and talking about it. These sessions, always a fun time, turned out to be pretty popular. However, due to the recent closing of the live and local radio station serving Mora, Minnesota and surrounding areas, those sessions are no longer possible.

Enter Pure Pop Radio. It seemed natural to continue to conduct the sessions here, on our air, and broadcast them to our audience around the world. Plus, now those sessions have a proper name: Two Music Geeks! Finally, we have a new place to ply our catchy trade: putting our combined 200 years of music knowledge to use during a rock ‘em, sock ‘em hour (or more). What could be more fun?

(l to r) Alan and Scott

(l to r) Alan and Scott

Join us for an hour of great pop songs and chat, won’t you? And please join the ranks on our Facebook Event page at https://www.facebook.com/events/503946419712098/

See you next Tuesday, April 22 at 9 pm ET!

 

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Yes, the Rumors are True: We’ve Got Another CD Up for Grabs, and the Winner Could Be You!

Hey! It's Pure Pop Radio's pile of CDs!

Hey! It’s Pure Pop Radio’s pile of CDs!

See, the way it works is we’ve got this pile of CDs and every time we look at that pile, we’ve got to give one of those CDs away. And so we shall.

The Longplayer Orchestra's How's Life on Earth?

The Longplayer Orchestra’s How’s Life on Earth?

Up for grabs this rainy Tuesday morning is the latest album from one of Pure Pop Radio’s favorite melodic pop collectives, a group from Sweden that mixes their love for the music of Jeff Lynne and the Electric Light Orchestra with a mastery of contemporary, hook-laden tunes. How’s Life on Earth? is the Longplayer Orchestra’s second album, released last November. You can sample a few of the songs from this spectacular album by clicking on the links below.

It's a whole lot of the Longplayer Orchestra!

It’s a whole lot of the Longplayer Orchestra!

We would love to send a copy of How’s Life on Earth? straight to your mailbox, but you’ve got to be in it to win it. Simply fill in the form below and make sure to type “Excellent!” in the Comment field. Contest ends this coming Sunday, April 20, at midnight. Enter only once. Have fun and good luck!

“In the Corner of My Dreams” – http://open.spotify.com/track/7pwUGg2DeSKm5mEumlMn2B

“New Dreams” – http://open.spotify.com/track/65ZE2SrgYWqWGOVEB6SE9G

“If it ain’t Broke, Don’t Fix It” – http://open.spotify.com/track/51FqE0oIUjKpqGDk1ndtuo

 

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Listen! Download! How About Doing Both? Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Andy Klingensmith and Riley Smith is Now Posted on Our PodOMatic Podcast Page

Andy Klingensmith's Bright Again

Andy Klingensmith’s Bright Again

Missed it last week? No worries: Our exclusive Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interview with Andy Klingensmith and his pal and drummer Riley Smith is now posted on our PodOMatic podcast page. Listen! Download! Do both! We all love ya either way!

Andy and Riley talk exclusively to us about Andy’s latest smash EP, Bright Again. This is another hall-of-fame release from one of pop’s brightest new lights. Don’t miss our sit down with Andy and Riley!

Enjoy!

 

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Yeah! Yeah! Yeah! It’s Early Lennon and McCartney Tonight on Every Little Thing!

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels has a real corker of a show for you tonight–a fab kind of corker, if you will! It’s Every Little Thing night on Pure Pop Radio tonight at 9 pm ET–another in our series of celebrations of all things fab!

Ken has Anthology kind of tracks on his mind tonight, along with a Paul McCartney song written for none other than the great vocalist Peggy Lee. But wait–there’s more! In the third segment of tonight’s program, he’s bringing seven very cool, early Lennon and McCartney songs to your ears–from “Hello Little Girl” to “Catcall.” You don’t want to miss this!

Set your Ringo alarm clocks for tonight’s hour-long, can’t-miss edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, right here on your home for the melodic pop hits–the original 24-hour pure pop music Internet radio station!

 

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In Conversation is Taking a Weeklong Siesta, But Just Wait ‘Til Next Week!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

Our hardworking, nose-to-the-grindstone staff–our dedicated Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation writers, engineers and general do-this, do-that folks–are checked in at some high-end hotel this week–one of the ones that have those fluffy, white bathrobes you can buy for a whole lot of coin. They’re taking a break for whatever reason, meaning that there will not be one of those wonderful, new-to-you shows this week.

But next week, and here’s your aha moment for the day: Next week, we’ll be bringing you a lively, no-holds-barred session with the one and only Scott Brookman. It’s a good one, you betcha.

So have a great week–have a siesta and a cocktail on us–and be here next Wednesday and Thursday for another classic back-and-forth on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation! Until then!

 

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