Scott Brookman Plays the Hits and More Tonight on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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

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

Are you ready for some football?! Well, we can’t help you there, but if you’re ready for some great pop music fueled by great melodies and imagination, performed with gusto by one of the premier practitioners on today’s pop scene, yeah, we can help you with that.

Virginia’s own Scott Brookman, whose latest album is the creatively titled, aery Smellicopter, joins Alan Haber on tonight’s spirited edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Settle in at 8 pm ET for 90 minutes of cool chat about some of Scott’s favorite songs sung by female singers and, oh yeah, Smellicopter. You’ll hear two songs from the album–“Inspected by Curly” (think of those itty-bitty, tiny slips of paper you find in new shirt and pants pockets) and “Weirdos” (think–aw, never mind…everybody knows one or two!).

Not only will you hear two songs from Smellicopter, you’ll also hear a live, keyboard-driven take on “Very Anne,” also from the album, and a song that was cut and has never been heard…until now, and it’s performed live. Yes, these two performances are a collective Pure Pop Radio exclusive!

It’s all about female singers, Carole King chords, the influence of jazz on Scott’s songwriting and much, much more, tonight on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Set your Internet radio devices for 8 pm ET tonight. We love Scott around here, and we know you will too.

 

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Spinning Gold: Record Store Day 2014 Delights Vinylites in Catonsville, Maryland

Spinning the coolest sounds!

Spinning the coolest sounds!

Record Store Day 2014!

Record Store Day 2014!

The national holiday of vinyl worship, held on one blessed day a year, has once again come and gone, but this year–this year of limited releases from big names; medium names; and smaller, perhaps hungrier names, and a special, most smile-inducing, now coveted item–was perhaps the best of them all, a day in the year that will go down as the day that the lure of vinyl became part of the way of life for even more new vinyl lovers than ever before.

The art of embracing the vinyl experience, of holding an album cover and experiencing every pixel of the art, of unfolding the included posters and examining the other included tchotchkes–stickers, cutouts and the like–is an art unlike any other. The whole vinyl experience is an all-encompassing one that can not come alive in a CD store or during an online purchase. Today, as in days gone by, the real vinyl experience occurs in a record store, independent in nature, owned by a music guy who has dedicated his life to the pursuit of the great platter. This store is staffed by similarly-schooled kids-to-adults who take the right amount of pleasure in turning a customer on to some cool, real, really real sounds.

Alan Haber and Trax on Wax store owner Gary Gebler

Alan Haber and Trax on Wax store owner Gary Gebler

On Record Store Day, which has been going strong and now stronger still since 2007, vinyl people–true music fans all–converge on their local, independent record stores to purchase Record Store Day releases that are noted with a sticker, announcing themselves as honest-to-goodness Record Store Day platters. Also in the mix: used records and 45’s and the usual new release suspects. This year, the stars in the bright sky converged to create the Crosley Peanuts Cruiser Record Store Day Turntable, a highly-coveted item adorned with Peanuts comic strip record-related illustrations. The turntable, as you might imagine, sold like the highly-coveted hotcake it is. From inside the box, the turntable screams “Oh Wow!” You are drawn to stare at the box for as long as you must, but really you must open the box eventually and get to spinning.

Record Store Day 2014 set Catonsville, Maryland alight!

Record Store Day 2014 set Catonsville, Maryland alight!

At Trax on Wax in Catonsville, Maryland, owner Gary Gebler, a deeply-knowledgeable record man with more than 40 years experience in the music industry, worked tirelessly with his manager, unpacking Record Store Day boxes bulging with Record Store Day releases as a line of vinyl hounds, long as can be, hugged the sidewalk outside of the store. The hounds pushed gently through the door when the store opened and, for the first hour of business on the Saturday, focused on the official Record Store Day releases, snapping up the Wizard of Oz soundtrack on green vinyl; a Donny Hathaway live album, recorded in 1971 at the Bitter End in New York City ; and a Devo disc, among other treasures.

It's customer mania on Record Store Day 2014 at Trax on Wax!

It’s customer mania on Record Store Day 2014 at Trax on Wax!

Gebler spoke exclusively with Pure Pop Radio’s Alan Haber about the 2014 Record Store Day experience. Through the eyes and ears of a music industry veteran, you get the inside-out view of the day’s purchasing and hoopla. If you’ve ever wanted to know the inside story of Record Store Day, you’ll want to listen to this spirited conversation about every vinyl fan’s time spent in the platter’s favorite mecca. Oh, and by the way: Record Store Day 2015 begins spinning in 353 days and 11 hours. The next meeting of vinyl minds is just around the corner.

Click on the play button below to hear Alan and Gary relive the Record Store Day 2014 experience!

 

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Our New Specialty Show, Two Music Geeks, is Rockin’ the House on Our Podcast Page…Go Get It!

(l to r) Alan and Scott

(l to r) Alan and Scott

The most successful specialty show ever aired on Pure Pop Radio, Two Music Geeks is now rockin’ the house on our PodOMatic podcast page. The very first episode, aired on Earth Day, April 22, is now available for listening and/or downloading. And we’ve provided a handy Spotify playlist with direct links to all but two of the songs played during the show (sadly, they weren’t available).

On Two Music Geeks, our own Alan Haber and Minnesota radio veteran Scott W. McKinney play their favorite pop songs and talk about them, throwing around a whole lot of trivia, facts and figures, and the kind of cool stuff you’d expect from twin sons of different mothers who share a lifetime of music between them–200 years, in fact!

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!

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!

Go get it, then! By the way, the second edition of Two Music Geeks airs on May 13 at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss it! Enjoy show number one if you haven’t heard it, and enjoy it again if you have. Very cool!

 

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Listen to Two Music Geeks on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Listen to Two Music Geeks on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Tune In for another Fab-a-palooza Tonight on Ken Michaels’ 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!

We love our Monday nights here at Pure Pop Radio, and we know you do too, so let’s crank up the Internet radio thingamajig and make this gear thing happen!

It’s time for another episode of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, our weekly celebration of all things Beatles. This week, Ken’s spinning a cool mix of Fabs, Macca, Ringo, Al DiMeola (!), the Traveling Wilburys, John, and a special segment focusing on the Beatlesque music of 1982. Tug of War, anybody? (And don’t miss Ken’s interview with Beatles engineer Geoff Emerick!)

Don’t miss a second of the festivities, of course, and you won’t as long as you’re tuned in to Pure Pop Radio tonight at 9 pm ET. Don’t forget to stick around at the end of the show for Ken’s weekly Beatles trivia question. It’s a stumper!

Remember: Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing airs each and every Monday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. Cool!

 

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Scott Brookman Rocks the House, Pop Style, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation This Wednesday Night

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

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

I’ve been knowing the melodic pop artist they call Scott Brookman for some time now. His recordings are cherished in the pop community, and rightly so–the man has a keen sense of melody that he injects into every song he writes and records. Scott’s latest release, the long-awaited Smellicopter, is typical Brookman, which means that it’s a must-have for your collection.

We were able to snag Scott for a live appearance on the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show, for which the master melody man pedaled steadily from his home to our studios in Fairfax, Virgina. His trusty acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder, he performed live for a waiting audience and talked about all things musical. That appearance remains one of the great memories of our nearly 20 years in pop music radio.

And now we’ve got Scott again, this time in front of the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones talking about Smellicopter, the art of writing a melodic masterpiece, and so much more, including a session he recorded exclusively for Pure Pop Radio. You’ll hear all of this on Wednesday night, April 30, at 8 pm ET.

As we’ve said so many times before, set your alarm clocks and be in front of your Internet audio device for an in-depth chat with the one and only Scott Brookman. Come on, come on, ride the Smellicopter with us!

 

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What’s Next for Two Music Geeks, the Biggest Show Yet for Pure Pop Radio?

(l to r) Alan and Scott

(l to r) Alan and Scott

What’s next for Two Music Geeks, Pure Pop Radio’s latest specialty show that stands as our most successful standalone program, garnering strong, positive comments and strong listenership? And, what’s more, what can you say about a show that, right out of the box, fired up the melodic imaginations of listeners worldwide?

Well, you can say that we’re forging ahead and looking to entertain you even more in show 2, airing Tuesday, May 13 at 9 pm ET. Join Alan and Scott as they spin songs about the pop songwriter’s favorite subject–girls! And just in time for warmer weather, too! Nice girls, happy girls, maybe even a couple of devious girls…they’ll all be on the musical menu. Our dynamic melodic pop duo will spin their carefully considered selections and turn them inside out with a whole lot of background and trivia, drawing from their collective 200 years of musical knowledge. As with the first installment of Two Music Geeks, this second excursion is going to be a wonderful, wild ride!

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!

And that’s not all the news that’s fit to post! On Monday, May 26 at 9 pm, there will be a special, bonus episode of Two Music Geeks airing in celebration of Memorial Day 2014. Details on this very exciting show will be coming soon.

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!

Thanks again for your out-of-the-box support of Two Music Geeks. Alan and Scott are quite and well chuffed about it all and look forward to stretching out in front of the Pure Pop Radio microphones and doing it all over again, and again, and again. You folks pop and roll!

 

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We’ve Got Another Winner!

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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