Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show Plays the Greatest New and New-to-You Melodic Pop in the Universe

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Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

Yes, it’s undeniably true: Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show plays the greatest new and new-to-you melodic pop songs in the whole, entire universe.

If you’ve been listening to our humble shows, you already know you can hear the latest waxings from such top and beloved melodic pop artists as Bill Lloyd, Kyle Vincent, Dana Countryman and countless more, along with great tracks from more of your favorite artists from across the decades. We roll for an hour twice a week–Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET–on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio (click on the Listen link below to check it out).

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Partial playlist from 11-30-17, Show 28

Our playlists are posted in the Notes section of our Facebook page, which you can peruse at your leisure by clicking here or on the partial playlist at left. Our latest show is number 28, and we’re just getting started. And say…while you’re looking at our playlists, why not click on the Like button and follow us so you don’t miss future playlists and show news.

Don’t miss and minute, and thanks so much for listening!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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Pure Pop Radio’s Feast for Your Ears Week Commences Tomorrow Night

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As we count down the days until Christmas (29 to be exact), we search for some melodic joy to play us through. Pure Pop Radio comes to your rescue this week with two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, and a classic Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation show from the archives, featuring Jeffrey Foskett.

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Tuesday and Thursday nights at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

We kick off Feast for Your Ears week with tomorrow night’s first of two premiere Pop Tunes Deejay Show get-togethers (8 pm ET). First up in the show is the world radio premiere of Vanilla’s new song, “Let’s Call It a Day.” Part of the Mystik Knights of Takoma album, being assembled one track at a time, this is a beautiful, orchestrated song with lovely vocals from Pop 4’s Kirk Adams. Also spinning on the show: New tracks from Bill Lloyd, Caddy, The Weeklings, Tony Valentino from the Standells, Kyle Vincent, Mike Daly and the Planets, and Daniel McGeever. We also pay tribute to two recently fallen pop giants: David Cassidy and Tommy Keene.

Thursday night at 8 pm ET, this week’s second all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show rolls with a tribute to the great radio personality Wolfman Jack (with a sidestep to Cousin Brucie Boulevard); another new song from Bill Lloyd; new tracks from Scott Brookman, Dave Caruso, Pat Walsh, , The Nines, and Squeeze; and a twin-spin from the Scaffold. Plus, we get you in the mood for the upcoming holiday season with some warm holiday melodies.

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Wednesday nights at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio

Wednesday night at 9 pm ET, we revisit an interview with current Beach Boy Jeffrey Foskett. My talk with Jeffrey from January 19, 1997, the first of many that were aired on the weekly Pure Pop Radio Show back in the 1990s, came after Jeffrey’s first two solo CDs were released. We talk about and play a few tracks from them, and touch on meeting Brian Wilson and Mike Love for the first time, his first money-paying gig at age 14, his love of the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album, and the greatness of sleigh bells. Don’t miss this one.

Two all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and an interview with Jeffrey Foskett from 1997 on In Conversation? Why, that sounds like a pretty great Feast for Your Ears week! Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio and enjoy!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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The Weeklings Decked Out for the Holidays, a Simon and Garfunkel Triple Play, Jeffrey Dean Foster, Orbis Max, and Dana Countryman’s Joy of Pop Star in this Week’s Pure Pop Specialty Shows

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pure pop radio radioIt’s a week of explosive broadcasts that will knock your popping and rocking socks off, what with the latest top side from Orbis Max, the Weeklings’ ode to the upcoming holiday season, and Dana Countryman’s appearance on an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation leading the charge. If ever there were a don’t-miss-a-minute week of Pure Pop Radio shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, this is it.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night’s Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) kicks off with a Simon and Garfunkel triple play from the duo’s smash 1970 album, Bridge over Troubled Water: “Keep the Customer Satisfied,” “Baby Driver,” and “Why Don’t You Write Me.” A set devoted to songs about someone named “Jesse,” and the Weeklings’ ode to the upcoming holiday season, a mash-up of the perennial Christmas classic “Winter Wonderland” and the Beatles’ “Revolution,” are top of the pops, alongside a plethora of melodic pop jewels, including some top-notch holiday classics like Ringo Starr’s “Christmas Time is Here Again” and Dana Countryman’s “Amazon.com Kind of Christmas,” from Dana’s new album, The Joy of Pop (hey it is only 49 days until Christmas!). Plus: The Reed Brothers, the JAC, and Orbis Max!

in conversation new graphic blueSpeaking of Dana, he’s in the spotlight this Wednesday night on the latest all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, talking about The Joy of Pop in the kind of detail listeners have come to expect from the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show (9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio).

pop tunes disc smallAnother all-new group spin of new and new-to-you tunes, and classics from across the decades, awaits you Thursday night at 8 pm ET on this week’s second Pop Tunes Deejay Show. You’ll hear numbers from Gilbert O’Sullivan, Badfinger, John Holk and the Sequins (from the just-released Hit the Hay Vol. 9), two tips-of-the-melodic-pop-hat to the Bee Gees, an Association-centric set, and a whole lot more. More melodic fun you cannot possibly have.

Don’t miss a minute of this week’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and Dana Countryman on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. This is a broadcast week to remember!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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New on Pure Pop Radio 11.01.17: Dave Caruso’s Career-Defining Buddha Pesto Manifesto

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By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Spins and Reviews | 11.01.17

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Because you can be doing one thing and attending to another in the same space, you can be forever pulled apart in the service of inner peace. So when Dave Caruso sings “We’re diagramming Goldblum and punctuating Shatner” in the clever construct “Punctuating Shatner,” he’s asking you to resolve the eternal question that plagues us all: Do you want to fit in or stand out in a crowd?

Across the board, Caruso’s new songs, which form the whole of his career-defining new album, Buddha Pesto Manifesto, play with the duality of the times in our lives when decisions must be made. Easy or hard to fathom, these decisions are the fabric of our lives, set within this album to glide along atop durable melodies that beat to the heart of the matter.

The protagonist in the upbeat Elvis Costello-esque attraction “Go Ahead–Don’t Listen” is aching to convince his partner to stay in his orbit by suiting up for a bit of understated psychological warfare: “…you can go ahead–don’t listen to me/Go ahead–don’t listen to me/Cause I’ve got nothing to say and it won’t change anything anyway,” he posits, hoping she will get what he’s really going on about. Her reward? A pleasing Beatles chord as the song comes to a close.

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Dave Caruso performing live on the “Strange Magic” radio show, on Rewind 94.3 WERW. Photo by show co-host Brad Schreiber.

In the lithely dramatic, baroque, beautifully-sung “God’s Green Acre,” the narrator is trying to convince someone to cut ties with a less-than sincere, game-playing woman. “She won’t strike you down/But she’ll knock you good whenever you’re not around,” he sings, trying to point out the obvious. In the infectious, Merseybeat-styled “Hanging With You,” the decision to be made is plainly stated and easy to make: “I know what I wanna do/I’m only happy when I’m hanging with you.” But will his decision be that easy and, ultimately, fulfilling?

It really is that easy, or hard, or impossible, caught as we can be in a situation that is seemingly impossible to negotiate to our advantage, and no more so within the space that this album occupies than in the heartbreaking ballad that closes these proceedings. “I Get to Make You Laugh,” delivered emotionally by Caruso’s tender vocal and keyboard, finds the narrator self-realizing that another man has the woman’s commitment at the same time that the narrator has her soul.

“So tell me: who is the ‘have not’ and who’s the ‘have?’,” he wonders. “He gets to hold you, but I get to make you laugh.” The decision is clear, but how does the narrator make it, and is it the right one? And under which circumstances? What is best for the situation, for the hearts swirling in the mix?

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(l to r) Dave Caruso and Andy Reed

That Caruso is able to negotiate the waters of decision in his lyrics while painting delicious landscapes with his melodic brush is a testament to his skill as a writer and performer. He is on his own in these 10 songs, playing all of the instruments and singing all of the vocals. Aided masterfully by Andy Reed, who mixed and mastered, bringing each element of these songs to glorious life, Caruso has made a career-defining album stocked deep with catchy songs that does nothing less than offer him the chance to make a decision of his own.

What does Dave do next? Buddha Pesto Manifesto, coming three years after the bravura performances captured within his breakout album Cardboard Vegas Roundabout, sets a high bar for future musical endeavors. From the outside looking in, it seems this decision, at least, is an easy one.

black box Where to Get It: DaveCarusoMusic, Amazon, iTunes, CD Baby

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop’s Specialty Shows This Week: The Red Button’s Seth Swirsky and Mike Ruekberg Star on an All-New In Conversation, and We Celebrate Halloween and the Latest Top Tracks on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show

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We’ve checked all the boxes with this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows, and we begin tonight with a spooky treat!

pop tunes disc smallTonight at 8 pm ET, we take over the airwaves over at Pop that Goes Crunch Radio with an hour-long salute to Halloween on Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show. Trick or treat–your choice!–with me as I spin scary-good numbers from Dwight Twilley, Harpers Bizarre, Donovan, the Fifth Estate, Paul Starling, John Hunter Phillips, Hidden Pictures and many more of your favorites. And, of course, my snappy deejay patter. Boo!

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the red button now it's all this coverTomorrow night (Wednesday) at 9 pm ET, the Red Button’s Seth Swirsky and Mike Ruekberg star on an all-new hour-long episode of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Seth and Mike talk about their new retrospective-meets-new-six-song-EP-and-unplugged-rarities release, Now It’s All This! Go inside the writing and production of some truly fabulous songs, and hear three tunes you’re going to love.

pop tunes disc smallWe wind up the week with another brand-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Thursday night at 8 pm ET with a mix of new and new-to-you tunes, including a pair of jangly tracks from Twelve String High Vol. 2, the latest from the Nines, the Stanleys, Orbis Max, Dave Caruso, Cotton Mather, the Del Zorros, Kenny Herbert and more. Plus my snappy deejay patter!

Join me for a week’s worth of catchy melodic pop tunes on two new Pop Tunes Deejay Shows and an in-depth hour of talk and tunes with the Red Button’s Seth Swirsky and Mike Ruekberg on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Don’t miss a minute of our shows airing, as always, on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Two Als Talking Tunes, Episode One: Perfect Spins for Halloween

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

al sussman2 twoalanWelcome to the very first episode of our new, exclusive show, Two Als Talking Tunes. Once a month, give or take, Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman (pictured at far right) and I will get together to talk in-depth about three songs apiece. We’ll wax poetic about each song’s significance, relate pertinent chart information and anecdotes, and just generally rap about what makes our song choices oh so very special.

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This month, Al and I engage in a timely discussion of songs that are especially appropriate to play on and around Halloween. They’re not necessarily the songs you might normally hear on the radio at this time of year, although a few of them are; a few others are songs you might not necessarily associate with All Hallow’s Eve. All are very cool examples of the art of Halloween-appropriate pop.

Below you will find two official Two Als Talking Tunes playlists so you can listen to the songs we talk about (O.C. Smith and Dickey Lee’s songs are not available in their original versions on Spotify, so they are offered as YouTube links).

pprListen to the very first edition of Two Als Talking Tunes 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.)

The Official Two Als Talking Tunes Playlists for Episode One: Perfect Spins for Halloween

Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/1214510552/playlist/4OfbfWsaLcHci6ThYZ7ZEN

YouTube Playlist:
* “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp” | O.C. Smith

* “Laurie (Strange Things Happen)” | Dickey Lee

Please let your friends know about Two Als Talking Tunes. We hope you enjoy the show.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Win Dana Countryman’s The Joy of Pop!

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enter-to-win-kidTwo copies of Dana Countryman’s new CD, The Joy of Pop, are up for grabs in our latest exclusive Pure Pop Radio contest.

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The Joy of Pop, most definitely one of this year’s best releases, is Dana’s fourth top-notch collection of retro-pop; in my view, it is his best collection thus far, offering up 14 perfectly realized melodic gems with the help of Klaatu’s Dee Long, Dana’s wife Tricia, and Matt Tyson.

We have two copies of The Joy of Pop to give away. Simply fill in the form below and send it on its way to me by this Friday, October 27 at 6 pm ET. Be sure to type “Dana” in the Comment field. Only one entry per person, U.S. only. Good luck!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button: