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Pure Pop Radio’s Countdown to Christmas Kicks Off With a Quality Quartet of Specialty Shows

21We're counting them down: There are just 21 days until melodic pop fans will find melodic pop treasures under their Christmas trees. Beginning today, we're starting to unwrap some melody-rich presents especially for you. Herewith, a quality quartet of Pure Pop Radio's specialty shows airing this week.

waveTonight at 9 pm ET, Jammin' James Riley gets into the Christmas spirit on Catching a Wave by mixing some choice holiday classics from Man or Astroman?, the Trashmen, and Jimmy Buffett, among others, in with his usual array of beach-riffic tunes. Oh, and Jammin' James presents the first of two parts of his exclusive interview with Beach Boy Mike Love.


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I Love that Song! #14: “Mrs. Vandebilt” by Paul McCartney and Wings

by Alan Haber  aln

So you're in the jungle, you're living in a tent, you have zero financial obligations, you have all the time in the world, and you just plain don't care. Is this a call for celebration?

paul-mccartney-and-wings-mrs-vandebiltRight off the bat, I'm probably being too literal, trying to make sense of the lyrics of Band on the Run's "Mrs. Vandebilt," one of the great showcases for Paul McCartney's runaway bass inflections, because that first verse is a slightly-changed, tumbling tip of the hat to British comedian Charlie Chester.


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Welcome Home. Pure Pop Radio’s New Web Digs Make Beautiful Melodic Pop Music. And Here Come the Holidays!

by Alan Haber aln

Within these virtual walls beautiful melodic pop music is being played while our virtual carpenters and paperhangers shape the virtual layout...virtually speaking.

homeHere in Pure Pop Radio's new digital domain, we are no less than jazzed about the possibilities afforded us by the technology-charged pages we now have at our diposal. Sure, we're still in the business of playing the greatest melodic pop music from the '60s to today on the radio and writing about it in the form of reviews and articles and such at purepopradio.com, but somehow it seems like we can accomplish even more given the breadth of this new playground.


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There’s a New Site in Town! Dig Pure Pop Radio’s New Digs!

by Alan Haber aln

Welcome home.

homeHere at Pure Pop Radio, everything old is new again. New drywall, custom flooring, all sorts of neat places to put stuff, and colorful, eye-popping art to hang on the walls combine with all of the content we've published since we went live at the end of 2013 to bring you a snazzy new website with all the bells and whistles we could ever dream of calling our own.


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Dig Into this Week’s Trio of Top-Flight Specialty Shows

We offer to you, as November gets ready to morph into December and work of a holiday nature within these hallowed halls continues apace, a trio of our regular specialty shows to keep things of all sorts on track. Your nighttime soundtrack on Pure Pop Radio? Why, we don't mind if we do.

Oh, and work of a something's-new-under-the-sun nature is also continuing apace. In fact, this something new should be arriving any time now. Oh, just you wait...! waveTonight at 8 pm ET, Jammin' James Riley fires off another summer-infused set of sun-drenched tunes on Catching a Wave. Perched in front of your Internet radio receptacle, you will delight in Jammin' James' spins from artists such as Keith Sykes, Eddie and the Showmen, Jan and Dean, the Beach Boys, Dick Dale, and many more.


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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s Podcast Page is Now Fully and Newly Stocked!

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Visit the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation PodOMatic Podcast Page!Eight podcast versions of recent Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows are now available for listening and downloading from our PodOmatic podcast page.

A mere mouse click or two will open a wonderful world of Alan Haber’s in-depth chats with your favorite melodic pop artists:
* The Legal Matters, whose new Omnivore Records album is the harmony-drenched Conrad
* Steve Eggers from The Nines, whose recently-released album is Alejandro’s Visions
* Glen “Lefty” Weekling and Bob “Zeek” Weekling from New Jersey’s fabulous beat group The Weeklings, whose second smashing collection is the Beatlesque Studio 2
* Dana Countryman, who reveals details of his upcoming tribute to early 1960s girl groups, Dana Countryman’s Girlville! New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits
* Terry Draper, whose new album is Window on the World: The Lost 80’s Tapes
* Bubble Gum Orchestra’s Michael Laine Hildebrandt, whose latest release is Sticky Love Songs


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The Thanksgiving Playlist

“Cornbread, oysters, water chestnuts, andouille sausage,”says President Josiah Bartlet, in answer to White House Communications Director Toby Ziegler’s question about the kind of stuffing his boss will be serving on Thanksgiving.

“What kind of stuffing are we talking about?” Ziegler asks, knowing full well that if the stuffing falls short, the rest of the offerings sharing table space with it–candied yams topped with tiny, melted marshmallows; cranberry sauce; baked-to-perfection crescent rolls; cole slaw; green beans; gravy; and warm pecan, sweet potato or pumpkin pie–will also curry little favor. To surround the Thanksgiving turkey with heartless, tasteless, unwanted stuffing is to practically guarantee that the holiday gathering will sink like a deeply sorrowful stone.


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We’ve Got All the Trimmings! Jammin’ James Riley and Al Sussman Serve Up Tasty Thanksgiving-Week Specialty Shows

twoThis being a short week, what with Thanksgiving looming large in our legend (your obligatory George Harrison reference for today), we’ve got just two, tasty specialty shows for you, sure to spice up any festive holiday spread (and let us not forget, our music library is 9,100-plus tunes strong).

waveTonight’s all-new episode of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave (8 pm ET) serves up a potpourri of summertime sounds from such artists as Dick Dale, Kylie Hughes, the Monkees, Papa Doo Run Run, the Explorers Club, and Dion. Wax up your surfboards and tune in to feel the warmth of the musical summer sun.


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Stop Your Running Around! We’ve Got Winners!

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallOur 11-day-long Eight Days a Weekling marathon, celebrating the release (today!) of Studio 2, the latest beat-o-riffic album from New Jersey’s fabulous foursome, the Weeklings, has come to a close.

But we’re still celebrating! Every track from both Studio 2 and the Weeklings’ first fab album, lovingly called Monophonic, and select solo tracks from Glen “Lefty” Burtnik and Bob “Zeek” Burger, will continue to spin in rotation on our air.

glen-burtnik-and-alan-at-webr-1997During the last 11 days, we’ve brought you command performances of Lefty’s 1997 appearance on the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show, during which he performed live in the studio, and Lefty and Zeek’s appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, during which the duo chronicled their adventures recording Studio 2 in London’s famous Abbey Road studios. And don’t forget those Weeklings Double Shots that were rocking the airwaves every hour during the marathon!


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I Love that Album! #2: The Roches (s/t) (1979)

by Alan Haber alan 5 small

the rochesIt seemed to fall from out of the sky, so different was it from everything else, its descent to earth slow and determined and harmony bound, as if protected by angels who knew that it was a gift from heaven. So it was, and on into the marketplace it went.

The Roches, Maggie, Terre and Suzzy, clearly a collective gift so pure and honest and true, recorded their first album as a trio with Robert Fripp, who produced the self-titled collection at New York’s Hit Factory in “audio verité,” with engineer Ed Sprigg at the controls. Instrumentation was spare throughout, with only acoustic guitars, synthesizer, bass, triangle, and shaker supporting the sisters’ lovely lead and harmony close-miked vocals, positioned up front where they clearly belonged. These are intimate performances, beautifully realized.


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