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

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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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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’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

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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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Win Dana Countryman’s The Joy of Pop!

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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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Two Als Talking Tunes Premieres Exclusively This Thursday on purepopradio.com

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

alan2 twoal sussmanBuilding on previous duo shows broadcast under the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation banner, Beatlefan Magazine Executive Editor Al Sussman (pictured at left) and yours truly have joined forces for a brand-new series of programs to be broadcast exclusively here on purepopradio.com, the first of which premieres this Thursday, October 26.

Our show, Two Als Talking Tunes, brings together hundreds of years (at least!) of pop music facts, figures and opinion logged by the show’s hosts, who’ve never met a catchy, memorable song they couldn’t chat about. Each show will have a theme, or not; the first episode concerns itself with songs that make spin sense in and around Halloween, which just happens to be poised to appear next Tuesday. According to the calendar, that is.

o.c. smith the son of hickory holler's trampOn the docket are six songs; Al and I have each chosen three. We talk about them and you listen to them by clicking on the supplied links in the official Two Als Talking Tunes playlist. You’ll thrill to tunes from Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Dickey Lee, Tiny Tim, and O.C. Smith, who essays the sad story of “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp.”

Al and I invite you to join us roughly once a month exclusively here on purepopradio.com for get-togethers that are sure to please one and all. Join us for the first go-round this Thursday, October 26, when we talk about songs that are pleasingly perfect for playing on or near Halloween. Spooky? Yes. Entertaining? You bet! It’s Two Als Talking Tunes, exclusively here on purepopradio.com.

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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 on the Air This Week: Top Tracks Sizzle on Two All-New Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, and a Classic 1996 Interview with Wondermints’ Darian and Nick Rolls on In Conversation. Plus the Debut of a New Website Series!

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

pure pop radio radioNew and new-to-you tracks currently top of mind for melodic pop fans team up with favorite songs from across the decades on two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, airing tomorrow and Thursday night at 8 pm ET. And that’s not all: A classic 1996 interview with Wondermints’ Darian Sahanaja and Nick Walusko on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation rolls this Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. It’s a broadcast week to remember. All shows air, as always, on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) features an extended set of much-loved songs from pop icon Emitt Rhodes, and new spins from the Seven and Six, featuring Lisa Mychols, the Tomboys, Dave Caruso, and Dana Countryman. Add in top-flight tracks from Richard X. Heyman, Chris Von Sneidern, Klaatu and more and you’ve got an hour-long show you won’t want to miss.

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wondermintsWednesday night’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (9 pm ET) takes you back to December 12, 1996, when Wondermints’ Darian Sahanaja and Nick Walusko guested on the weekly Pure Pop Radio Show on WEBR. Wondermints’ current album was Wonderful World of Wondermints, a sparkling collection of covers that still delights today. The band had just played a gig with none other than Brian Wilson, which led to the guys joining Wilson’s touring band. It was a fortuitous time to be speaking to Darian and Nick; the interview was lively and informative, and lots of fun.

pop tunesCapping off a week of melodic pop joy, a second, all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET) features a great track from Tommy Lorente from the new Twelve String High, Vol. 2; a new single from Richard Snow; a terrific spin from Ed Ryan’s Furious Mind album, and some tracks not heard on Pure Pop shows for quite awhile. A real crowd pleaser, I must say.

This Thursday, I’ll be debuting a brand-new series featuring two life-long music fans (who can they be, now?),  talking about tunes and such, exclusively here on the Pure Pop Radio website; look for all of the details tomorrow. You won’t want to miss it.

See you on the 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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