The Latest Hits! Pure Pop Radio is Your Home for the Greatest Pure, Melodic Pop (until August 25)

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

pure pop radio radioThe latest and greatest pure, melodic pop hits are streaming on Pure Pop Radio, but hurry–you have only until August 25 to bop to the catchiest beats in town!

the turnback new album cover august 2018What’s new and now playing in rotation on Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio? “California Moon,” Fernando Perdomo’s new single, featuring Pat Sansone (Wilco, Autumn Defense), is top of the pops, as are four standout, propulsive tunes from the Turnback’s soon-to-be-released album, Spinning the Earth in Reverse.

coverSpeaking of spinning, the Jangle Band’s new single, featuring the Byrdsian “The Guy Who Used to Care,” is playing in hot rotation, as are new songs from Azwel’s latest long player, Phantasmagoria, and new releases from Scott Brookman, Yani Martinelli and Friends; Lannie Flowers (another in his growing line of free songs being released prior to Lannie’s new album coming due in the fall); and McPherson Grant, whose debut album features the Klaatu-ish tune “The Marvelous and Mysterious Adventures of Sir Ollie and His Ox,” supported percussively by Klaatu’s Terry Draper.

wilkerson album coverNew songs from Optiganally Yours, Tsar’s Jeff Whalen, George Usher and Lisa Burns, Michael Slawter, Jeffrey Foskett and Jeff Larson, Sean Solo, Miami Dan and the Hayes Street Band, Farrington, Wilkerson, Tony Valentino, and many more of your favorite artists are also being featured in these last 11 days of broadcasting.

Remember that we will be active as active can be here on the Pure Pop Radio website, even though Pure Pop Radio will be going off the air on August 25. So fire up your Internet radio receptacle, groove to the pop tunes, and we’ll see you on the air.

ppr radio purple background - insetPure Pop Radio plays the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day (until August 25). Listen by clicking on the Live365 Listen Now button at left. Hear us once and you’ll be a listener for life. Join us, won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!

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Classic In Conversation: Meet Ben Folds

Listen to this Classic Ben Folds Interview from 1996 as You Lose Yourself in the Just-Released Box Set, Brick

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ben folds brick box set coverThe release of the massive, 13-disc box set Brick (Edsel), covering all of the Ben Folds Five and Ben Folds solo releases and a whole lot more, prompted me to set the WAYBAC machine for March 26, 1996–just one year after the original, weekly Pure Pop Radio show began.

On that day, more than 22 years ago, I conducted a short but oh-so-sweet interview on the run with the great Ben Folds, just after his high-energy (read: energetic and LOUD) Ben Folds Five show at Washington, D.C.’s 9:30 Club concluded. The self-titled, first Five album had been released only seven months prior, but you would never have known it by the roaring reaction from the packed crowd.

My power-packed chat with Ben began just outside his dressing room and continued down to the stage where he and his band set to breaking down his setup and packing their instruments and equipment into a waiting U-Haul truck. This included Ben’s 1972 well-worn Baldwin piano, a well-used specimen if ever there was one. Ben and I talked about his approach to playing piano, being compared to Elton John and Billy Joel, and his love of  the Buggles’ “Video Killed the Radio Star,” which the band played that night and subsequently covered on record. And lots more.

This is one of my favorite interviews that I’ve done over the years. I hope you enjoy it.

pprListen to my interview with Ben Folds from March 26, 1996 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 


Listen to a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

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Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio Goes Off the Air on August 25

* Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show Also Goes Off the Air; Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Moves to the Pure Pop Radio Website *

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alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

The good news? The Pure Pop Radio website will continue to put the spotlight on the greatest melodic pop music in the universe with in-depth reviews, features and occasional, new episodes of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

The bad news? Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio will stream its last set of catchy melodic pop music on August 25, owing to my ongoing health issues that have become more prevalent over the past year. Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show has already stopped broadcasting.

pop tunes disc smallThe decision to take Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio and the Pop Tunes Deejay Show off the air was a difficult one; I have been broadcasting various forms of Pure Pop Radio on and off for 23 years. I had hoped to continue broadcasting for a long time to come but, sadly, my health issues have come between me and that possibility.

klaatu sir army suit coverI will now be concentrating on writing reviews and features here on the Pure Pop Radio website. Soon, I will be presenting a multipart salute to Klaatu’s classic Sir Army Suit album, which was released 40 years ago this month. You’ll be treated to in-depth audio interviews with the band members, who talk about Sir Army Suit and three of their favorite Klaatu tracks from across the band’s catalog. Plus, I will take a long look at Sir Army Suit in an extensive review.

More on the upcoming Klaatu coverage soon.

I appreciate all of your support for Pure Pop Radio throughout the years. I hope you will continue to stick around for all that is to come across these pages.

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New on Pure Pop Radio 7.25.18: The Quite Grand Debut of the Grand Leve

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alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Spins and Reviews | 7.25.18

The Grand Levé | The Grand Levé (2018)
the grand leve coverThe music reviewer’s job, the same as it ever was, is to paint a picture with words that convince you that an album either isn’t worth a scintilla of your time (which, of course, we don’t do here) or should rise to the top of your must-buy list. So, we talk about an artist’s influences and how he or she fits into the scheme of things that matter to you and yours. Are the songs good? Are they catchy? Do they matter?

Then, it’s up to you, and if we’ve done our job, your next move is easy.

Göran Hjertstedt, who made the quite grand The Grand Levé with Europe’s (the Swedish rock band, not the continent) Ian Haugland, Ulf Holmberg, Göran Holmberg, Staffan Ebbesten, and Jonas Karlberg, knows that making the next move–the creative move, in this case–is never easy. His more than four decades making music, primarily with hit duo Visitors in the late 1980s, Brains Beat Beauty in 1997, and Longplayer beginning in 2010, can be looked at as an extended ramping-up period during which he soaked up the key attributes that attracted him to his favorite artists and led to his new songs (even if two of them date back to the time of Visitors).

Basically, Göran Hjertstedt has the same record collection as you do, which means that you and his new songs will get along just fine.

Although The Grand Levé fairly obviously shares cell structure with the music of Jeff Lynne, 10cc, Queen, Tom Petty and other members of the usual suspects club, and traffics in motifs pioneered during such periods as the 1960s and 1700s (note the classically-inclined first track, “And Light Appeared,” which straddles influences by either consciously or subconsciously quoting Elton John), the artist Hjertstedt is his own man, and The Grand Levé is his album.

This enticing mix of catchy, well-crafted songs knows how to command your attention. “All in the City,” very Electric Light Orchestra in every imaginable and loving way; “Free,” very melody-rich Tom Petty; and “Yesterday Man,” very pure pop and Göran Hjertstedt by way of Longplayer, lead the more than sufficiently well-appointed pack. The mutli-retro “Two to Tango,” a bluesy drawing room number about love and dancing that namechecks Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers, and “What Am I Gonna Do (Lunar City Heartache),” a luscious, romantic mid-tempo ballad with sci-fi overtones, are two more superlative melodic wonders. The alluring, closing instrumental, “Memory Lane,” is perhaps the perfect ruminative end to these proceedings, marked by lovely, expressive electric guitar lines that sing.

When all is said and done, The Grand Levé makes its mark because its sound pictures, drawn with love and affection, tell an affecting, collective tale. The Grand Levé is nothing less than a triumph for fans of melodic pop music. Same as it ever was, in fact.

black box Now Playing in Rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Ride the Wind,” “All in the City,” “Two to Tango,” “Free,” “What Am I Gonna Do (Lunar City Heartache),” and “Yesterday Man”
black box Where to Get It: Digital download at Amazon. Stream on YouTube and Spotify

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: The Davenports’ Scott Klass (Airdate: July 18, 2018)

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

the davenports don't be mad at me album coverThe Davenports’ Scott Klass joined me for a typically in-depth hour on the July 18 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his wonderful new album, Don’t Be Mad at Me, another feather in the Davenports’ cap. That’s a particularly apt way to describe a collection of 10 melodically-charged, literate pop songs gathered under one roof.

The lovely title song, one of my favorites from Klass’s esteemed catalog, and one of the finest melodic pop songs in recent memory, barely scratches the surface of the joys that this album brings. “I Don’t Know What to Do,” a miraculous Klass and David Myhr cowrite, and the first single, a fine ballad called “Where Shall We Hang Elena?”, are two more gems that will no doubt burrow in your brain upon first listen.

Scott and I spoke about his songwriting, collaborating with Pure Pop Radio favorite David Myhr, and Don’t Be Mad at Me’s attractive art direction (by Winterpills’ Philip B. Price). We also played and looked deep into three of the songs on his miraculous new album, and took a Davenports classic from Speaking of the Davenports, “I’ll Come Down,” for a spin.

Get your vinyl or CD copy of the Davenports’ Don’t Be Mad at Me at the band’s website store. Alternatively, purchase the download version at Amazon or iTunes.

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pprListen to my interview with the Davenports’ Scott Klass from the July 18 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 


Listen to a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

ppr radio purple background - insetPure Pop Radio plays the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day. Listen by clicking on the Live365 Listen Now button at left. Hear us once and you’ll be a listener for life. Join us, won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!

Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show | Playlist: Show #59 | 7-19-18

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Hey, Kats and Kittens! Dig this:

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show #59 | 7-19-18

pop tunes disc smallThe Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme
2. Harpers Bizarre | “The Biggest Night of Her Life” | Anything Goes, 1967

Set Two: The Weeklings Pop!
3. The Weeklings | “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” | Single, 2018
4. The Weeklings | “Breathing Underwater” | The Weeklings, 2015
5. The Weeklings | “One and One is Two” | The Weeklings, 2015
6. The Weeklings | “In the Moment” | Single, 2018

Set Three: New!
7. Nick Piunti | “No Return” | Temporary High, 2018
8. Bubble Gum Orchestra | “Tomorrow’s Overrated” | Zentopia, 2018
9. Farrington | “Hey Mr. Rock and Roll” | Single, 2018
10. Dana Countryman | “Summer Sand” | Single, 2018

Set Four: New Too!
11. Ginger Root | “Shmoopie” | Mahjong Room, 2018
12. Sean Solo | “In Love Again” | Depth Perception, 2018
13. Astral Drive | “Summer of ’76” | Astral Drive, 2018
14. Vanilla | “Itchykoo Park” | Single, 2018

Set Five: Mind Your NRBQs!
15. NRBQ | “Waitin’ On My Sweetie Pie” | High Noon – A 50 Year Retrospective, 2016
16. NRBQ | “Advice for Teenagers” | High Noon – A 50 Year Retrospective, 2016
17. NRBQ | “Imaginary Radio” | High Noon – A 50 Year Retrospective, 2016
18. Jim Boggia | “Listening to NRBQ” | Misadventures in Stereo, 2008

Set Close:
19. Matthew Sweet and Susannah Hoffs | “And Your Bird Can Sing” | Under the Covers Vol. 1, 2006

Bonus:
20. Harpers Bizarre | “You Need a Change” | Anything Goes, 1967 (With Dick Scoppetone Intro)

Plus: Alan’s Snappy Deejay Patter!

ppr radio purple background - insetPure Pop Radio plays the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day. Listen by clicking on the Live365 Listen Now button at left. Hear us once and you’ll be a listener for life. Join us, won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!

Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show | Playlist: Show #58 | 7-12-18

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Hey, Kats and Kittens! Dig this:

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show #58 | 7-12-18

pop tunes disc smallThe Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme
2. The Beatles | “Hello Goodbye” | Magical Mystery Tour, 1967

Set Two: Well, It’s Fab!
3. The Weeklings | “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” | Single, 2018
4. The Beatles | “Love Me Do” | Please Please Me, 1963
5. The Beatles | “Baby, You’re a Rich Man” | Magical Mystery Tour, 1967
6. Paul McCartney | “Hot as Sun/Glasses” | McCartney, 1970

Set Three: New!
7. Poppermost | “Pictures of Matchstick Men” | Single, 2018
8. Status Quo | “Pictures of Matchstick Men” | Picturesque Matchstickable Messages from the Status Quo, 1968
9. Farrington | “Hey Mr. Rock and Roll” | Single, 2018
10. My Little Brother | “Cyanide” | Single, 2018

Set Four: New Too!
11. Nick Piunti | “If This Was Right” | Temporary High, 2018
12. Lannie Flowers | “The One” | Single, 2018
13. The Crushing Violets | “That’s My Desire” | Ghost Fields, 2018

Set Five: New Plus!
14. Astral Drive | “Wishing I Could Change the World” | Astral Drive, 2018
15. William Duke | “Cue Up the Memories” | Quatro, 2018
16. Andy Partridge | “Apples and Oranges” | Apples and Oranges/Humanoid Boogie, 2018
17. The Dukes of Stratosphear | “Bike Ride to the Moon” | 25 O’Clock, 1985

Set Six: New Also!
18. Paul McCartney | “Come On to Me” | Egypt Station, 2018
19. The Doughboys | “Play with Fire” | Single, 2018

Set Close:
20. The Honeycombs | “Have I the Right” | Single, 1964

Plus: Alan’s Snappy Deejay Patter!

ppr radio purple background - insetPure Pop Radio plays the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day. Listen by clicking on the Live365 Listen Now button at left. Hear us once and you’ll be a listener for life. Join us, won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!

Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.