Timmy Sean Serves Up “This Magic” and “April” in July. The Songs of the Week Project Rolls On!

timmy sean thursdaysThe latest two songs served up in pop and roll style as part of Timmy Sean’s continually vibrant, all-year-round burst of creativity take a decidedly catchy stance, with one taking the slightly softer road and the other taking a louder, more in-your-face route.

Named after the video rental store situated across the street from where he grew up in Yardville, New Jersey, Timmy’s side project, Sir Video, makes a Songs of the Week appearance with the ultra-poppy “This Magic,” a track that will be part of a Sir Video EP being released in October. This EP will buddy up with last summer’s Light Years release to form a limited edition set coming from Timmy’s new Noisewater Records, also in October. All of this only scratches the surface of what Timmy has in store; a detailed road map of the artist’s plans is laid out on the Bandcamp information page for “This Magic.”

“This Magic” is a typically infectious slice of upbeat pop, performed entirely by Timmy. We’re convinced that if you look up the word “catchy” in the dictionary, you’ll find the artist’s picture next to the definition. The hooky chorus is one of Timmy’s best; another delicious chord sequence draws you in. When the song is finished, you’ll be poised to push the play button for an instant repeat of this tremendous song, delivered squarely in radio-friendly and hit-bound Hall and Oates territory.

“April” tips the scales more to the rock side of the equation, while still hitting all of the usual pop touchstones. Punchy electric guitars lead the way, softened by Timmy’s poppy vocal delivery. The story behind this track, which melds a touch of yesterday with a whole lot of today, is delivered by Timmy:

“This [is] a tune that I wrote in my late teens that never made it on a LUZER record. I originally planned to just re-mix and release the original recording this week, but in the last 36 hours I ended up re-recording everything except the drums. So with the magic of modern technology, here is me in 2015 playing along with an 18-year old Timmy Sean on drums.”

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Coming up: You’ll want to keep a look out for the next four entries in the Songs of the Week project. Beginning next Thursday, the project takes a decidedly Fab turn. Timmy says: “Next week kicks off a month-long Songs of the Week tribute to John, Paul, George, and Ringo, so keep an eye out…for the first of four installments of my spin on some Beatles tunes!” Very cool!

Add Sir Video’s “This Magic” to your collection by clicking here. Get Timmy’s “April” by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.

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Tonight on Things We Said Today: Author Dave Schwensen Talks About the Beatles at Shea Stadium

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayTonight’s very special edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, travels back in time to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Beatles’ first concert at New York’s Shea Stadium. On August 15, 1965, the Beatles descended on the home of the New York Mets to play for just over 55,000 of the group’s most devoted fans…and never looked back.

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Author Dave Schwensen

dave schwensenAuthor Dave Schwensen, whose book, The Beatles at Shea Stadium: The Story Behind their Greatest Concert, looks back at the historic show that even fans that didn’t attend look back at with great fondness, talks to Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn. In addition to writing about the Beatles’ Shea Stadium concert, Schwensen has written a book about the Beatles in Cleveland, Ohio, The Beatles in Cleveland: Memories, Facts and Photos About the Notorious 1964 and 1966 Concerts.

beatles at shea stadium august 15 1965Ken gets the discussion rolling by asking Schwensen why he thinks the Shea Stadium concert was the Beatles’ greatest show, and then it’s off to the Fab races for a wide-ranging discussion that you won’t want to miss.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today currently airs every Tuesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio; the show moves to Thursday nights at 8 pm on August 13.

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Tonight at 8 pm ET: Pure Pop Radio Worldwide Premieres from Brandon Schott and the Jangle Band

purepoplogoTwo weeks ago, Pure Pop Radio brought you the world radio premiere of Pop 4’s luscious, melodic gem, “Don’t You Be Like That.” Tonight at 8 pm ET, we’re bringing you not one, but two premieres: “Wake Up, Mary,” a charming, bouncy tune from Brandon Schott’s new, forthcoming album, Crayons and Angels; and another jangly, hooky, Byrdsian number from the aptly-named Jangle Band, which counts Pure Pop Radio favorite Joe Algeri amongst its members.

brandon schott crayons and angelsFirst up at 8 pm ET: Brandon Schott’s “Wake Up, Mary,” a bouncy, clap along song that could sit comfortably alongside Simon and Garfunkel’s “Cecilia.” Opening with the steady sound of a ticking alarm clock that suddenly goes off as the rise-and-shine wake up jingle artfully pans across the stereo sound field and gives way to acoustic guitars and percussion, the singer signals the day’s beginning with guarded optimism: “Wake up, Mary/The night is done/There’s so much more for us out in the sun/We’ve been sleeping for too long my dear/And if we stay too long we’ll settle here.”

Not simply a song about waking up and getting the day started, “Wake Up, Mary” is about rehabilitating a perhaps slightly stale relationship; it’s about getting in the car and driving to greener pastures for a new start and growing the weary bones of a union that holds so much promise. “Can’t hide it any longer,” the singer intones. “My spirit’s falling under/Maybe we should wake up, Mary.” The song ends with a cacophony of sound–the rush of cymbals, the sound of birds cooing, the outdoors watching over the souls of the earth. This is a grand musical achievement–just one example of the treasures awaiting you when Crayons and Angels is released. (Connect with Brandon Schott on his Facebook page by clicking here.)

jangle band picksImmediately following Brandon’s “Wake Up, Mary,” we have the worldwide radio premiere of the Jangle Band’s melodic, Byrdsian wonder, “Love You Too.” Following a drum intro echoing the glory of the immortal “Be My Baby,” guitars, organ, bass and drums signal in the instantly memorable, seductive melody in the first verses and middle eight, which leads to the golden chorus, a joyous celebration of everything that captures the fans of melodic pop music. All this and some groovy Beatlesque vocal harmonies at 3:14. Sweet. (Connect with the Jangle Band on their Facebook page by clicking here.)

We’re thrilled to be bringing you these worldwide radio premieres! Enjoy both of these great songs, and look out for more from the artists. The release of Brandon Schott’s Crayons and Angels is imminent; the Jangle Band’s “Love You Too” is slated for release later this year.

Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour-a-day Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s through today. Featuring the great heritage bands, such as the Beatles and the Beach Boys, and contemporary artists carrying on the melodic tradition, from the Legal Matters and Bill Lloyd to Cloud Eleven, Jamie & Steve and Dana Countryman, the station is supported by a comprehensive website featuring station updates, reviews and articles touching on the wonders of melody, harmony and downright catchy songs.

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Pure Pop Radio’s Premiere Week Starts Monday, August 10! New DJ Show! New Time Slots! Lots of Pure Pop!

purepoplogoWe’re stepping it up a notch here at Pure Pop Radio! In just two weeks, we’re kicking off our exciting Premiere Week with a brand-new deejay show hosted by our own Alan Haber. And we’re bringing back one of our most popular shows, and slotting our signature Beatles shows into new time slots. We’re making things happen at your original 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe!

pop tunesAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes Debuts Monday, August 10 at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT)

Alan’s been itching to get back to spinning the pop platters that matter on a good, old-fashioned deejay show; his new hour-long program, Pop Tunes, debuts at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on August 10.

Pure Pop Radio's Alan Haber

Pure Pop Radio’s Alan Haber

Each week, Alan will bring you the latest releases from your favorite new and heritage artists, world radio premieres, the weekly Pick Hit that’s zooming up the virtual pop charts and into your heart, theme sets, favorite songs from across the decades, and a treasured segment from the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show on WEBR: the Student-Teacher Conference, which features a cover of a great melodic pop tune and the original version.

Each week’s new show will repeat on Thursday afternoons at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sunday afternoons at 3 pm ET (noon PT). It’s an extravaganza of pop hosted by Alan Haber and airing each and every week, right here on Pure Pop Radio.

microphone-5Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Hosted by Alan Haber, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, our signature, melodic pop talk show returns on Tuesday, August 11 at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) with a mix of new episodes and programs from the archives. We kick things off with the 10th anniversary airing of perhaps our most popular show–a marathon interview with XTC’s Andy Partridge, from May 3, 2005. It’s two hours of in-depth back-and-forth with one of pop music’s greatest writers and performers. You won’t want to miss it!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation will repeat on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). New interviews with your favorite artists are coming soon. Stay tuned to this website for news you need to know about future episodes!

Our Signature Beatles Shows: Things We Said Today and Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing

The weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Ken Michaels’ magical mystery tour of all things Fab, Every Little Thing, are shuffling over to new time slots, beginning the week of August 10.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThings We Said Today is moving to Thursday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), beginning August 13. Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. It’s the premiere weekly meeting place for Beatles fans, and it’s here at Pure Pop Radio.

everylittlethinglogo-smallKen Michaels’ Every Little Thing, now in is second year of broadcasting on Pure Pop Radio, is moving to Monday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), beginning August 10. New episodes will mix with repeats of past programs, giving Beatles fans their weekly fix of group and solo era tracks and Ken’s insightful commentary, plus the weekly Beatles trivia quiz.

Every Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs on Monday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), beginning August 10, on Pure Pop Radio.

It’s a Wrap!

We’re pretty excited to be bringing you the most entertaining shows designed to put a smile on the faces of fans of melodic pop music. From the brand-new Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation and our two, signature Beatles shows–Things We Said Today and Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing–and, let us not forget, the greatest mix of new and heritage melodic pop music in the universe, Pure Pop Radio has it all!

Join us for all of the excitement, and keep checking back for more information about Pure Pop Radio’s Premiere Week, kicking off on August 10! See you on the radio!

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It’s a Fab Grab Bag of Topics on Tomorrow Night’s Edition of Things We Said Today

things we said today bannerOur esteemed panel of Beatles experts tackles a grab bag of timely topics on tomorrow night’s edition of the weekly Fab roundtable, Things We Said Today. The in-depth discussion begins at 9 pm ET here on Pure Pop Radio.

Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn talk about Ringo Starr’s gala 75th birthday celebration outside of Capitol Records in Los Angeles; the next round of Paul McCartney album reissues (are Tug of War and Pipes of Peace coming September 18?); McCartney’s recent, in-depth interview with Esquire magazine; and whether or not McCartney has been practicing revisionist history. Tantalizing topics, to be sure.

Things We Said Today is a weekly survey of all things Beatles that is hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs every Tuesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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First “Seventeen” and Now “Eighteen.” Can “Nineteen” Be Far Behind In Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week?

timmy sean thursdaysWeek 28’s entry in Timmy Sean’s Songs of the Week project was entitled “Seventeen.” Timmy has followed up that Ben Folds-ian track with the logically-named successor “Eighteen,” a transcendent number that shows off the artist’s acoustic guitar dexterity and his love and mastery of melody.

“Eighteen” previously existed as a vehicle for Timmy’s band Luzer, having appeared on the group’s Fake Ass Rock Star EP-isode II album in 2002. This sensitive, acoustic version shows off everything we love about Timmy’s work: powerful, emotive vocals and his ability to hook the listener right out of the box. Light percussion and feather-light keyboard touches complement the seemingly effortless acoustic guitar parts.

Timmy says: “After releasing the brand new song ‘Seventeen’ last week, which I described as a prequel of sorts to a LUZER song I wrote at the age of 18 entitled (appropriately enough) ‘Eighteen,’ I decided to go back and revisit the original song. When LUZER formed, I was the oldest member, being all of 16 year old. Suffice it to say, there’s some songs in our early catalog that I’m embarrassed by. This one though, although a little on the melodramatic side lyrically (I mean, what isn’t melodramatic when you’re in high school), I thought held up pretty well. So, I decided to dust this one off for the first time in many-a-year as a little companion track to last week’s ‘Seventeen.’ Here is a brand new acoustic version of the LUZER track ‘Eighteen,’ as written by 18-year old Timmy Sean.

This is another must-get for Timmy Sean fans. Add Timmy Sean’s acoustic version of Luzer’s “Eighteen” to your collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.

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The Hits Just Keep On Coming! Pure Pop Radio’s Big Week of Summer Fun Continues With More New Music. Sing Along If You Know the Words!

music at the beachWe hope you’ve been enjoying Pure Pop Radio’s Big Week of Summer Fun. We’ve certainly enjoyed bringing lots of new music to you. We’ve enjoyed bringing you new editions of our signature Beatles programs, Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing and the weekly Fab roundtable, Things We Said Today. And let’s not forget, we brought you the exclusive worldwide broadcast premiere of Pop 4’s “Don’t You Be Like That” this past Tuesday evening.

Now, we’ve got more new music from your favorite, heritage artists and out-of-the-box artists we think you’ll come to know and love.

Let’s run down the latest list, shall we?

firekingFireking | Double Trouble Pop and rock meet each other head on in the music of Fireking. The group’s double album bristles with energetic, windblown guitar power and commanding melodies for a can’t miss experience. You can just hear the sweat pouring off the band as they deliver song after song–they’re invested in their material, and it shows. We’ve chosen five numbers for our rotation: “Built to last,” “A Sentimental Education,” “Contagious,” “(Untitled),” “So You Say You Lost Your Baby,” and “Power Pop Chords,” the last of which really says it all as the band stakes their claim in their bid to keep the spirit of power pop alive. Great stuff.

zach jonesZach Jones | Love What You Love From the very first song on this terrific album, it’s obvious that Zach Jones is a master of the art of bringing together various influences. The result is a punchy, giddy love for melody in every song, which is why we have added every song to our playlist. There’s a loving attention to detail, as genres swirl around each other to great effect, like in the wonderfully addictive “Away from You,” which mixes pure pop and easy soul for a verse-chorus construct that’s awfully hard to resist. Save for drums, percussion and strings, Jones plays every instrument, which puts him in the pilot seat as he showers his songs with lots of love. In addition to “Away from You,” we’re playing, in rotation, “Everything’s Fine,” “Hate What You Hate,” “Song in the Sunshine,” “In Love,” “Lucky One,” “Nothing’s Changed,” “Some Other Day,” “Little Light,” and “Out On the Town.” Lovely.

each soulstephen kalinich and jez grahamStephen J. Kalinich | “Start Your Day With Gratitude” (with Jez Graham) and Each Soul Has a Voice (with Jon Tiven) More music for Pure Pop Radio from a veteran poet who has logged many decades of service bringing art to hungry, musically-minded listeners all over the world. We previously added songs from Stephen’s album made with Dave Humphries, No One Like U, under the name the Hollywood Project. First up this time around, a smiling collaboration with Jez Graham, “Start Your Day With Gratitude,” from the album You Can Soar. A sunny song about positivity, it’s an infectious number. We’re playing that song in rotation, and serving up seven songs from the fantastic album Stephen recorded with veteran music man Jon Tiven, Each Soul Has a Voice: the title cut, the inspirational “Choose Life”; “Usually” (shades of Adam Ant!); “Harmony”; the medium-tempo, bluesy “Blue Teal Wall”; the bouncy “Addicted to Pain”; and “To Each and Every Soul.” More to come from Stephen and his magical creations.

the big believeThe Big Believe | Illuminate and Various Tracks From the southeast of the United Kingdom comes Amanda Thompson’s recording project, which boasts some really great pop songs that we’re thrilled to be able to play in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. We’ve added to our playlist two songs from the forthcoming album, Illuminate: the pretty title cut, and the pop/new wave hybrid, “Creatures.” We’re also playing three additional songs you’re sure to love: “Let’s Pretend We’re Spies,” another mighty catchy new wave/pop confection; and the equally new-wavey “Eternal Youth.” We look forward to more from Amanda Thompson and the Big Believe.

tiny rhymesTiny Rhymes | A Kinder History Buffalo, New York’s Tiny Rhymes, led by guitarist Sharon Mok, packs a lovely chamber pop punch on this wonderful EP, released just a few weeks ago. Guitars, cello, violin, percussion and trombone meet up with beautifully rendered vocals to deliver warm, pastel-tinted, heartfelt songs. Tiny Rhymes is a collective to watch. We are now playing, in rotation, “Arrows,” “Oh, Amaranta!,” and “Gold Mountain.” Gorgeous.

summer fictionSummer Fiction | Himalaya Summer Fiction’s second album, following on four years from the group’s self-titled debut in 2011, is teeming with pure pop treasures. Lovely melodies, lovely vocals, and lovely everything else abound. We’ve added six songs, all made for group hugs and big smiles: the made-for-radio, Todd Rundgren-esque bouncy confection,” Dirty Blonde”; the straight-ahead, poppy “On and On”; the gentle, pretty “Lauren Lorraine”; the acoustic, folky “By My Side”; the also-radio-friendly and jangly “Perfume Paper”; and the gliding, melodic charmer, “Religion of Mine.” A classic platter.

b and not bB and Not B | Popular Pastimes Longtime Pure Pop Radio favorite B and Not B returns with their latest release, from which we’ve taken two upbeat tunes that are now playing in rotation: the rock ‘n’ popper “All the Lonely Kids,” which features horns, guitars and great harmony vocals; and the pulsating, upbeat toe-tapper (kinda sorta in the pop mode of Chicago, no fooling), “Winter.” PPR loves B and Not B.

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That’s it for today. You know we’ve got more new music to be added to our playlist; check back next week for another list of wonderful songs that will be filling your summer soundtrack with delight and beauty!

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