Ho Ho Ho! Jingle Jingle Jingle! Pure Pop Radio’s Annual Holiday Popapalooza Begins Tomorrow, Christmas Eve, at Noon ET

happy holidaysPure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza is almost here: Beginning tomorrow, Christmas Eve, at noon ET, we’ll be spinning 36 straight hours of Christmas pop classics from across the decades. You’ll hear all of your favorite artists and beloved standards as you wrap presents, visit with family and friends, and enjoy the happiest day of the year.

In addition to our deep vault of Christmas pop music, we’ve got new Christmas classics from a wide variety of favorite artists, including Jeremy, Adam Walsh, Peter Lacey, Seth Timbs, Trolley, and the PondHawks. Plus, we have a wonderful new Christmas message from Coke Belda. And so much more.

If you wouldn’t mind visiting our Facebook event page and clicking on one of the buttons to let us know you’re interested or going to listen, we’d really appreciate it. Click here to be magically transported.

christmas cheerTune your Internet radio receptacles to Pure Pop Radio tomorrow, Christmas Eve, at noon ET, and listen straight through to the last moments of Christmas day. We’re spinning 36 straight hours of merry sounds and Christmas cheer…don’t miss a single musical snowflake!

purepoplogoAlan Haber’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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Timmy Sean Inches Closer to the Finish Line: We look at the latest Songs of the Week

timmy sean thursdaysWith only two weeks left to go in Timmy Sean’s yearlong Songs of the Week project, we look back at the last four songs and, well, there’s at least a couple of tears in each of our eyes because we’d really like it if this would just go on and on. Yeah, that’s probably not going to happen, but wouldn’t it be nice?

Week 47’s Song of the Week is a powerful, live version of Sir Video’s “Bottle of Wine,” recorded at the band’s first live show this past October 21st. This incredible take features the off-the-charts drumming of Punky Balfour, who wins the award, hands down. This song was followed by Week’s 48’s tender power ballad, “Your Sorry,” which Timmy points out is not “You’re Sorry”: “…yes, the ‘Your’ is not a mistake.”

For Week 49, Timmy handled all of the instruments for a percussively poppy version of Brian Wilson’s “Merry Christmas, Baby” that sounds as if it were inspired by both Slade and Status Quo. Timmy says: “Not to be confused with the other ‘Merry Christmas Baby’ covered by Chuck Berry, Otis Redding, B.B. King, Elvis Presley, Bruce Springsteen…and on and on…THIS is the version written by Mr. Brian Wilson as featured on the 1964 classic Beach Boys Christmas album.

“I did a version of ‘Little Saint Nick’ with LUZER on our Yule Rock EP. At the time, it was a close call between covering that song or this one. ‘Little Saint Nick’ won out, and I’ve been itching to lay down an arrangement of this ever since.”

Week 50’s spirited, reverent cover of John Lennon’s “Instant Karma,” is a live version recorded at New York City’s Bitter End on Lennon’s birthday last year. Timmy says: “To mark the tragic anniversary of losing John 35 years ago, I decided to release this Song of the Week a couple days early.

“We recorded this at the legendary NYC club The Bitter End when Timmy Sean and the Celebrities played there last year on John Lennon’s birthday. I jumped back to the drums for this one and we brought up special guests Brian Mahoney and Jay Swanson from the Mahoney Brothers.” Brian Mahoney takes the lead vocal on this iconic song.

There are but two Songs of the Week left for Timmy Sean to share with the world. Stay tuned!

You can add Sir Video’s live version of “Bottle of Wine” to your Songs of the Week collection by clicking here. “Your Sorry” can be yours by clicking here. To get “Merry Christmas, Baby,” click here; for the live version of “Instant Karma,” click here. To get all of Timmy’s music, click here.

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Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing Lights Up Pure Pop Radio’s 25 Days of Holiday Cheer

everylittlethinglogo-smallKen Michaels’ Every Little Thing is brand-new tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio. This fun episode is one of our gifts to you during our 25 Days of Holiday Cheer.

Ken kicks off the fun with a wonderful opening, varied segment that brings tracks from the Beatles, John Lennon, George Harrison, and the Bellfuries, who roll through an energetic cover of the Fabs’ “She’s a Woman,” a track suggested to Ken by our own Alan Haber.

Tonight’s second segment presents an interview with Beatles author Kit O’Toole, who offers that Paul McCartney’s Press to Play is one of the overlooked albums in the bassist’s solo career. You’ll hear two songs from Press to Play: the grand ballad, “Only Love Remains,” and the experimental wonder, “Pretty Little Head.”

The show concludes with a set of album closers from Beatles and solo Beatles classic long players, including John Lennon’s “Oh Yoko!” from John’s album Imagine, and “You and Me (Babe),” which was the final cut on Ringo Starr’s Ringo.

happy holidaysHelp ring in our 25 Days of Holiday Cheer by tuning in tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) for a brand-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. It’s fab!

purepoplogoEvery Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs a mix of new and archived shows on Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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Buckle Up: We Begin the Long Rundown of New Music and Artists Recently Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist

purepoplogoA message from Alan Haber:

For the past few months, I have been adding hundreds of new songs and artists to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. For a lot of reasons, most notably ongoing health concerns, I have been unable to report on these adds.

Since time is marching on at a rather rapid pace, and 2015 will be over before you know it, I have decided to simply list the adds with minimal commentary because, otherwise, this task, as important as it is, would never get done. I thank you for your understanding.

So, join with me today by perusing this first in a series of lists of new music and artists recently added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. All of these artists and songs are wonderful specimens that have contributed to this year being one of the best, if not the best, years for melodic pop music in a very long time. It has been my privilege and honor to preview this music and ultimately make it part of the Pure Pop Radio listening experience.

Without further ado, let’s get to it. Installment number one:

Pete Kennedy | Heart of Gotham The third Kennedys-related release this year puts Pete Kennedy in the spotlight for a glorious song cycle about New York City. We’ve added all but the album-ending reprise of the song “Union Square”: “The Bells Rang,” “Williamsburg Bridge,” “Never Stopped Believin’,” “Unbreakable,” “Rise Above,” “People Like Me,” Harken,” “Asphodel,” Riot in Bushwick,” “New York,” “Gotham Serenade,” and “Union Square.”

The Del Zorros | Wilmington Now playing in rotation are all but two of the stellar songs on the Del Zorros’ wonderful new album, a love letter to Wilmington, North Carolina, the duo’s adopted home town. Stede and Monte sing and play their hearts out on “The Bells of Wilmington,” “Biscuits for Breakfast,” “The Henrietta,” “The Carriage Man,” “Bella’s,” “Halfway to Heaven,” “Orange Street,” “Surfin’ Wrightsville Beach,” “The King of Wilmington,” and “The House on Dawson’s Creek.” A real winner of an album that’s one of the best of the year.

Tommy Sistak | “A Better Time” Since his great Short Songs album appeared, Tommy has released a few additional tracks that prove he is one of the great practitioners of the retro sound. “A Better Time” is a danceable rave-up, as good as anything he has released.

The Dahlmanns | “Girl Band” Speaking of rave-ups, this happy celebration of the girl band-as-“kick-ass rock and roll band” makes us smile and yearn for a nearby dance floor. Plus, it’s a great pop song, and of course we’re playing it in rotation. More Dahlmanns tracks added are noted in an upcoming list.

Adam Walsh | “High Time (at Frisco Bay)” Here is yet another classic track, written and performed by an artist we are quite enamored with. A sort-of seventies-styled, mid-tempo ballad, this one is, as you would expect, a real keeper.

Strangely Alright | “I See the Sun” A recent song from this hard-charging pop group fronted by the great Regan Lane, “I See the Sun” boasts a powerful, hooky chorus and a whole lot of heart.

Silver Ships | “Roads that Lead Us Home” This group, led by Chazz Bessette, has released a single track from their upcoming album. It’s very pop, so singalongable and it will make you smile, so job well done.

Arvidson | Arvidson From Sweden comes this majestic 2001 pop album that we’re thrilled to be playing from stem to stern. Featuring the ultra-catchy power pop number “I Hear a Sound” and 11 other great numbers, this is one of the great finds for us this year. We’re playing “Wake Up,” “I’ll Bear It In Mind,” “Get Well,” “Will Never Know,” “Get In(to) the Car,” “I’d Hate to See You Go,” “Our Days,” “You Caught My Eye,” “Still on the Wrong Side,” “Slide,” “I Hear a Sound,” and “Daffodil.”

Kurt Baker Combo | “Give It Up” It’s no surprise that this is another electric, quite alive number from one of power pop’s top recording artists. One side of a new single (the other side will be noted in a future report), it’s a guaranteed favorite for fans that ends in spectacular fashion with a warmhearted Beatles chord.

Jeri Sykes, Scott McPherson and KC Bowman | “Sweet Talkin’ Woman” Recorded for the Tower of Song Challenge, this slightly-slowed-down cover of the Electric Light Orchestra’s famed song is reworked in the manner of an early rock ‘n’ roll number, kinda sorta, and features Jeri Sykes on most of the instruments (Pop 4’s KC Bowman plays bass and drums, and Pop 4’s Scott McPherson sings). Pretty awesome.

Kontiki Suite | The Greatest Show on Earth The follow-up to this much-loved British band’s 2013 inaugural release, On Sunset Lake, finds Kontiki Suite in fine form, delivering another set of lovely Americana/country songs with a decidedly smooth pop edge. We’re playing nearly all of this album, in rotation: “Bring Our Empire Down,” “My Own Little World,” “Free from Sound,” “Here for You Now,” “Pages of My Mind,” “Keep Up With My Old Self,” “All I Can Say,” and “Years Roll On.”

There is much more to come. We’ll try to report on all of the recent adds to the playlist before Christmas. As we said, there’s a lot of adds to report, which really is a very good thing. Thanks for hanging in there with us.

purepoplogoAlan Haber’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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The Beatles Anthology Turns 20: Ken, Steve, Al and Allan Discuss This Milestone on Tonight’s Things We Said Today

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayYou just know that important anniversaries related to the world of the Beatles are going to be discussed on the weekly Fab roundtable, Things We Said Today, so it should come as no surprise that Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn talk about the 20th anniversary of the Beatles Anthology on tonight’s all-new episode at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

It’s almost hard to believe, but it was 20 years ago that ABC television in America broadcast the six-hour-long Anthology program that breathtakingly premiered two new Beatles recordings, based on a cassette containing three John Lennon demos (the third song was never completed).

beatles anthology

Of course, the television program was just the start of a series of Anthology releases; the ABC telecasts were followed by videotape and DVD versions of the shows, both with extra material; three, two-CD sets of outtakes and alternate versions of Beatles numbers; and a coffee table Anthology book.

The members of our regular panel of Beatles experts discuss everything you could possibly ever want to know about the Anthology project, arguably the most important Beatles release of the post-breakup years alongside the recent Beatles 1 video and audio packages.

Don’t miss this chance to get inside the Anthology experience on tonight’s all-new edition of Things We Said Today. The discussion begins tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio.

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. Things We Said Today airs every Thursday night at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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John, Paul, George, Ringo, David, Patti, Charlie and Harry: Tonight’s Needle Meets Vinyl Has It All!

needle meets vinylYour lucky number for tonight is 18: That’s how many top-flight, straight-from-vinyl nuggets Brian Bringelson is bringing you on an all-new edition of Needle Meets Vinyl. The fun begins at 8pm ET (5 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio.

Bob Dylan, with the Band in tow, kicks off tonight’s festivities. Next up: tracks from the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix and Neil Young, who’s featured with a trio of top tunes: “Out On the Weekend,” “Revolution Blues,” and “Little Thing Called Love.”

brian bringelson

Brian Bringelson

Brian continues to bring the vinyl love with tracks from Stevie Wonder, Patti Smith, David Bowie, Paul McCartney and Wings, Etta Jones, Charlie Rich, Big Star and lots more.

Don’t miss tonight’s all-new Needle Meets Vinyl. Tune into Pure Pop Radio at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) and dig the tunes.

Needle Meets Vinyl is the weekly show during which all songs are played from vinyl records. The music spans the decades during which popular music has flourished. Curated and presented by Brian Bringelson, a member of the band Anchor and Bear and a solo artist under the name Paul Starling, the show airs every Wednesday night at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). An encore performance runs on Sunday afternoons at 1 pm ET (10 am PT).

purepoplogoAlan Haber’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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