Monthly Archives: September 2015

Win Dana Countryman’s Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp!

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Dana Countryman

dana pop 3In conjunction with tonight’s brand-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Dana Countryman, rolling at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio, we’re giving away four copies of Dana’s new CD, Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp!

As always, it’s easy to enter. Simply fill in the form below; be sure to include your email address and type “Pop 3!” in the Comments box. Send your entry our way and that’s it. The Fine Print: Entries must be received by Friday, October 2 at 5 pm ET. Only one entry per person. Winners will be notified after October 2.

So, go on. Enter. Maybe you’ll be a winner. Fingers crossed! Good luck!

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Your Official Pop Tunes Deejay Show Track List is Here!

pop tunes disc smallWe’re continuing to throw a party every Monday night on Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show. Did you hear show seven last night? If you missed it, or want to hear it again, you can listen this Thursday at noon ET (9 am PT) and this Sunday at 3 pm ET (noon PT).

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!

Your host, Alan Haber

Here’s what Alan played last night:

Set One: One and Begun
Bay City Rollers | “Saturday Night” from The Definitive Collection

Set Two: Rolling Stones Now!
The Rolling Stones | “I Wanna Be Your Man” from GRRR!
The Rolling Stones | “Get Off of My Cloud” from December’s Children (and Everybody’s)
The Rolling Stones | “Let’s Spend the Night Together” from Between the Buttons
The Connection | “Connection” from the “Crawling from the Wreckage” single)
The Rolling Stones | “Dandelion” from Through the Past, Darkly: Big hits, Vol. 2

Set Three: New at Pure Pop Radio (1)
Michael Ryther | “I Love the Dirt” from Kids of the Earth – Songs for the Green Generation
mylittlebrother | “Steve” from We’re All Gonna Die
The Nines | “Cathy” from Night Surfer and the Cassette Kids
Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders | “I’m Out of My Mind” from Chrome Cassettes

Set Four: You Rock!
Mister Fusty | “I Knew You” from Cloth Ears
Freiheit | “Baby It’s You” (Single)
Ze Malibu Kids | “I Won’t Forget You” from Sound It Out
Carl Wayne and the Vikings | “You Could Be Fun (At the End of a Party)” from Ripples, Vol. 4
Rick Nelson | “You are the Only One” from Million Sellers

Set Five: New at Pure Pop Radio (2)
Strangely Alright | “Paint Outside the Lines” (Single)
The Sunchymes | “Time Will Tell” from Present
Nevski | “Alligator” from Nevski
Maxi Dunn | “Operation Bubble” from Operation Bubble

Set Six: Beatle Blast
Wings | “Tomorrow” from Wild Life

Set Seven: One and Done
Nick Lowe | “Cruel to be Kind” from Labor of Lust

There you go…Pop Tunes, show number seven, is in the can. We hope you enjoyed it. You can listen again this coming Thursday, September 24 at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sunday at 3 pm ET (noon PT). We’re taking the next couple of weeks off–the next new Pop Tunes show will air on Monday, October 12. Until then, pop happy!

purepoplogoAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes is a cool deejay show playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. The show airs every Monday night at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio, and repeats on Thursday afternoons at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sundays at 3 pm ET (noon PT). Please like us on Facebook by clicking here.

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New Interview with Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon Posted on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic Podcast Page

vanilla 2.0jayson jarmonAlan Haber’s marathon interview with Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon is now available for listening and downloading from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

Jayson goes behind-the-scenes for a detailed tour through his musical life that includes an ongoing membership in Liar’s Club and his current band, Vanilla. Three songs from Vanilla’s new album, 2.0, were played during this program, including a straight-ahead pop number, what sounds like a centuries-old traditional, and one of our favorite songs of this year, “Monkeypox!,” which deals with…well, you know. (In case you were wondering, and we know that you were, Alan discusses Jayson’s fixation with monkeys, which also make an appearance in 2.0’s “South Tacoma Way.”)

A link to Vanilla’s Bandcamp page is provided so you can listen to the songs played in the broadcast version of this program: “Perfect Year,” “The Angel of Swain’s Lane,” and “Monkeypox!”. After you listen to these wonderful songs, why not purchase the album, which will become a treasured part of your music collection.

You can listen to Alan’s interview with Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon by clicking here. You can also listen to more than 60 additional interviews with pop’s greatest artists. Enjoy!

purepoplogoPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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We Have a Winner!

vanilla 2.0Put your hands and toes together for Steve Kutney, who is the winner of our Vanilla 2.0 contest. Congratulations! Your CD will be winging its way to you shortly.

Watch for more contests coming soon!

Alan Hpurepoplogoaber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Spongetones, the Nines, Kurt Baker, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Simply click on one of the following listen links and enjoy the greatest melodic pop music in the universe from the ’60s to today! You can listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android or iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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Pop Tunes: Show Seven Rolls Tonight! Rocking, Popping and Rolling the Night Away!

pop tunes disc smallAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show catapults out of your speakers tonight at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) with the Rolling Stones’ pop side, lots of songs new to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, songs about “you,” the weekly Beatle Blast, and a whole lot more.

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Alan gets cooking with a set of numbers that show off the Rolling Stones’ pop side, including some of the band’s hits from the ’60s, and a cover from Pure Pop Radio favorite, the Connection. A set of songs about “you” follows, from Mister Fusty, Freiheit, and Rick Nelson, among other artists not normally heard on the air.

maxi dunn operation bubbledaniel wyle chrome cassettesOf course, Alan’s got a whole bunch of songs that are new to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, including the latest from Strangely Alright, Maxi Dunn, the Sunchymes, the Nines, Daniel Wylie’s Cosmic Rough Riders, and lots more.

wings wild lifeAll this, plus the weekly Beatle Blast, featuring Wings’ “Tomorrow” from the Wild Life album, and the traditional One and Begun and One and Done opening and closing songs are coming to you tonight at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show. You can hear this show again this coming Thursday, September 24 at noon ET (9 am PT) and this Sunday, September 27 at 3 pm ET (noon PT). It’s show number seven. Don’t miss a beat!

purepoplogoAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes is a cool deejay show playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. The show airs every Monday night at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio, and repeats on Thursday afternoons at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sundays at 3 pm ET (noon PT). Please like us on Facebook by clicking here.

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Dana Countryman Delivers the Pop on Tomorrow Night’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Dana Countryman

dana pop 3Tomorrow night’s first-run edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation presents Mr. Pop, or as he’s more commonly known, Dana Countryman, in another in-depth discussion that melodic pop fans all over the world will treasure. The show begins tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 22, at a special time: 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio.

In this typically wide-ranging program, Dana goes behind-the-scenes about his smashing, new album, Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp! What goes into making such a wonderful record? How does Dana approach songwriting? How does he record? All of these questions and more will be answered. And you will hear three songs from Pop 3!

Dana also takes listeners through his musical history, from when he first started playing in bands to his years in The Amazing Pink Things, his work with electronic music wizard Jean-Jacques Perrey, and his current, solo career, which has now produced three albums of late-’60s-early ’70s pure pop perfection.

We cap off this delightful program by playing three of the great songs from yesteryear that have influenced Dana: Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Clair,” Harry Nilsson’s “Me and My Arrow,” and the Carpenters’ “Goodbye to Love.” Dana talks about each of these songs, giving his unique perspective on them.

Don’t miss this chance to spend 90 minutes with one of the masters of retro pop music, Dana Countryman. Set your alarm clocks for tomorrow night, Tuesday, September 22, at a special time: 9 pm ET (6 pm PT). See you on the radio! (Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is taking a few weeks off. The next new show will be on Tuesday, October 13.)

purepoplogoPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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Maxwell’s Silver Hammer vs. Pretty Much Everything Else: We’re Taking a Break

purepoplogoFor those of you who think that some things never change, you’re probably right. Nevertheless, here’s one shining exception to the rule: Summer is almost ready to swap places with autumn, at least according to the calendar we got from the local garden center, yet temperatures outside the spacious Pure Pop Radio headquarters are still hovering around the low 90s like a spot that won’t come out of the hall carpet.

hammerAlso, it’s true, as it ever was, that despite your best efforts, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer, or one of its cousins or nearby neighbors, will occasionally knock you on your head, or at least pull the hall carpet out from under your feet.

Which brings me to the here and now, within which several, ongoing, health issues are being met head on with the feeling of being so in the thick of it that the only sane course of action is to take a break from deadlines and work instead in the background, putting, at the same time, Maxwell’s Silver Hammer as far back in the rearview mirror as possible.

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Some people have been listening to Pure Pop Radio for a long time!

So, for the next two weeks and until around October 5, we’ll be taking a break: work will continue apace behind the scenes, but none of our specialty shows will air. Pure Pop, the Radio Station, however, will continue to run, so fear not: you will still be able to get your daily dose of the greatest melodic pop music in the universe from the ’60s to today (click on one of the listen links below for proof). Hundreds of new songs have been added to the playlist in the past few weeks; they will be reported in our usually fairly frequent posts in due course.

pop tunes disc smallWe do have a new edition of Pop Tunes running tonight at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT), and a brand-new interview sit-down with melodic pop magician Dana Countryman airing tomorrow night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, at a special time: 9 pm ET (6 pm PT). Plus, we’re giving away copies of Dana’s new CD, Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp!; see a separate story today to enter.

We’ll be back in full force soon enough, as long as the creek don’t rise and the Cabbage Patch dolls still don’t actually speak. This is a good thing. We know you’ll miss us, and we’ll miss you.

october 5So until we return on or about October 5, when, presumably, autumn will be fully set in its ways and the new television season will be set firmly in stone (well, as much as it can ever be), we bid you a fond have-a-great-time-listening-to-Pure-Pop-Radio-while-we’re-gone and wish you a pleasant good night.

– Alan Haber

Alan Hpurepoplogoaber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Spongetones, the Nines, Kurt Baker, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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An Old Tune Is Reborn as the Latest Song of the Week from Timmy Sean

timmy sean thursdaysAs Timmy Sean mentions in his notes for this week’s entry in his ongoing Songs of the Week project, his first offering after “a month of Beatles covers, a live track, and an acoustic version of a Sir Video [song]” is “a brand new original…well, brand new for anyone outside of the members of my old band LUZER.”

Timmy says: “We workshopped this tune a little bit back in 2006 under the name ‘Too Late,’ and even attempted to record it, but I was never really happy with how the final product was turning out. I always loved the chords and the chorus, but felt like the lyrics and arrangement needed a complete overhaul. So this week, I did just that. I built it from the ground up using all new lyrics and a new verse melody, and I’m finally really happy with it.

“Fighting a bit of a cold this week, I was worried my voice would be a bit too torn up to sing, but I was determined to get this one done in time for Thursday. In fact, in the end, I think the hoarseness gave me just a hint of that great Don Henley raspiness, which actually fit the vibe of this tune pretty well.

“Here is the song once known as ‘Too Late’ (not to be confused with an upcoming Song of the Week by essentially the same name), but now and forever known as ‘Been So Down.'”

“Been So Down” is one of our favorite Songs of the Week thus far–a seventies-styled pop-rocker with an entrancing melody, the great chord structure Timmy makes note of, and a typically strong vocal, despite the artist’s cold. Plus, there’s a pair of contrasting mood guitar solos that take the song to another level entirely. It’s another top-notch tune that makes us smile and thank our good fortune for being a witness to such great music.

You can add Timmy Sean’s “Been So Down” to your Songs of the Week collection by clicking here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.

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We’re Playing It Cool! Guess What’s Now Spinning and Brand-New at Pure Pop Radio!

purepoplogoThis is our busy season–well, they’re all busy in one way or another, but it’s that time of the year, what with summer just about over and done and fall just a step ahead. Perhaps fruitful is a better word than busy; the air is ripe with good sounds coming in almost daily to the spacious Pure Pop Radio headquarters. These sounds, catchy and all decked out in just the right aural bling, are being created across the country and across the oceans by the best practitioners of melodic pop music.

Song for song, we can’t remember a better year for melodic pop in just about all of the years we’ve been behind the microphones and nestled comfortably in front of our computers (cold, non-alcoholic beverage always at hand). Today’s crop of new and new-to-you music, now playing in rotation, is just a punch of the arrow-down button away. We’ll have many more adds to the playlist to share with you next week; here are four to savor now:

kurt baker play it coolKurt Baker | Play It Cool It’s frankly hard to imagine this consistently home-run-hitting artist playing it any other way. Kurt’s latest collection makes its play for being one of this year’s best releases by delivering a strong set of pop-rockers, one after the other, while proving he’s not only on form but ahead of the curve. From the rock ‘n’ roll swagger and pop punch of “I Can’t Wait” and the melody-infused “Back for Good” to the zippy power of “Just a Little Bit” and the seventies DNA that fuels the title cut, Play It Cool delivers the goods. Kurt’s voice is as powerful as ever, and the production by the always-sharp Wyatt Funderburk (who shares co-writing credit with the artist) makes these songs explode from the speakers. We’re playing everything just mentioned, plus “Enough’s Enough,” “Monday Night,” and “Talk is Talk.” Another winner, as if there were any doubt.

the bellfuriesThe Bellfuries | Workingman’s Bellfuries Their third long player finds this Texas-based band rolling out a mix of songs steeped in all the right influences–echoes of Roy Orbison, the Everly Brothers, early rock ‘n’ roll, and rockabilly collide with passion and heart and top-notch musicianship for a great listening experience. Certainly there is a strong Orbison and Everlys influence in the passionate “An Illusion Believed,” and the Everlys touch is evident in the rocking and rolling “Beaumont Blues.” Even the Beatles get the rockabilly treatment in a spirited rendition of “She’s a Woman.” And “Make the Mystery No More” opens with the ghost of “Be My Baby” as the familiar drum part gives way to another classic sounding tune. We’re playing all of the songs from this great album in rotation–the above-mentioned numbers, and “Loving Arms,” “Bad Seed Sown,” “Why Do You Haunt Me,” “Letter to My Maybe Baby,” “Just Remembering,” “Under the Light of the Moon,” and “Baltimore.” Great stuff that sounds great on the air.

my little brothermylittlebrother | We’re All Gonna Die! Well, yeah, but what are we going to do until then? It’s what we’re going to do for ourselves, as the title song points out: We’ve got to make our time count and live! The happy, peppy Beatle-esque number, with a very Klaatu-styled ending, is sort of a call to arms and the centerpiece of this terrific EP. The lovely, country-tinged, old-style ballad “Obvious” uses pedal steel lines to enhance the gorgeous melody. “Steve,” a kind of soft-shoe show tune of a song, is another highlight; “Ghost Trains” is an enticing toe-tapper with appropriately ghost-like, choral background vocals. We’re playing all four of these songs in rotation, and hoping the next release from this band is a full-length. Good job.

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Michael Ryther

Michael Ryther | Kids of the Earth: Songs for the Green Generation Question: When is an album for kids also an album for adults? Answer: When both groups can benefit from that album’s message. Elementary school teacher and musician Michael Ryther co-wrote an album’s worth of songs about keeping the planet green and alive with Pure Pop Radio favorite Willie Wisely. And so the story begins.

“I was looking for a producer and knew from the moment I heard a few bars of his pop rock masterpiece Go that I had to find a way to work with him,” says Ryther. “My friend, singer/songwriter/guitarist Ali Handal introduced us and Willie took to the material immediately. He and I had so much fun collaborating and our songwriting sensibilities were similar.” Michael and Willie wrote most of the songs together; Willie produced and arranged.

The album’s press materials classify these songs as “eco-conscious children’s music,” to which we would add “for kids and kids at heart,” which means all of us, short and tall and so in love with our planet that we want to find ways to help it thrive for all eternity. That these 14 songs are poppy, power poppy and catchy as catchy can be is a big bonus, and the reason we’ve added six songs to our playlist, all of which are now playing in rotation.

“Put It In the Compost” is like an early Beatles number put into eco-conscious service. “I Love the Dirt” is a singalong-y, poppy slice of rock ‘n’ roll with a great melody and, like all of these songs, built from a vital foundation. The song implores us to “…get down on our hands and knees, and wiggle around like centipedes and sing I love the dirt.” Perhaps the strongest notion offered on this album is contained within the beautiful ballad, “In This Together.” Michael sings: “Every single action can start a chain reaction, so choose which path to take with extra care.”

Pop fans will relish Willie’s musicianship; he plays a lot of instruments on these recordings. Among the guest musicians are bassist John Fields, and Probyn Gregory, who plays horns on “In This Together”. We love this album, and we think you will too.

Be with us next week for more new and new-to-you music that’s been added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. Why not tune in now, while you’re at work or doing errands or just taking in another beautiful day on planet Earth?

Alan Hpurepoplogoaber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Spongetones, the Nines, Kurt Baker, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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