Next Week: Super. Spectacular. Off-the-Charts Fantabulous.

alan-mic-zsurpriseWe’ve had big weeks before, but next week promises to be perhaps our biggest of all time: We’re rolling out four days of new songs and artists just added to our playlist, three brand-new specialty shows, and maybe a few surprises. You never know what surprises are up our sleeves (even Lucy looks surprised)!

mayThe big event next week is our Four-Day New Music Songfest (join our Facebook event page by clicking here (thank you!)), during which hundreds of new songs and artists are being added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, just as May enters our musical lives. It may well be our biggest playlist add ever! We’re excited for you to hear what we’ll be spinning for the very first time on our airwaves. The fun starts next Tuesday morning, May 3, at 6 am ET and goes through to Friday night, May 6, at 11 pm ET, but, of course, all of these new songs and the more than 8,600 others already playing in rotation will continue to be heard any time you click on one of our handy listen links.

bill lloydbill lloyd lloyderingAnd the fun continues! We’ve got an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday night, May 3, at 8 pm ET. Bill Lloyd is Alan’s guest; he’ll be talking about his new covers compilation, Lloyd*ering, in the in-depth way that only we can muster. You’ll hear songs from Lloyd*ering, hear what it takes to deliver a great version of a favorite song, and much more. Don’t miss it.

needle meets vinyl

But that’s not all. Brian Bringelson checks in with another edition of his all-vinyl show, Needle Meets Vinyl, next Wednesday night at 8 pm ET, and our panel of Beatles experts sits around the roundtable to talk about the passing of Prince, and a whole lot more. This new edition of Things We Said Today airs next Thursday, May 5, at 8 pm ET.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todaySo: hundreds of new songs are airing during our festive Four-Day New Music Songfest (next Tuesday through Friday), Bill Lloyd is starring in a new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Brian Bringelson is spinning vinyl on Needle Meets Vinyl, and Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn will be gathered around the Fab roundtable on Things We Said Today.

Sounds like a great week of programming to us. Pure Pop Radio is all set to deliver the pop goods!

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Pure Pop Radio’s Four-Day New Music Songfest Will Be…A-May-Zing!

mayCome this Sunday, April slides into May, and we’re celebrating big time! In fact, we’ve reserved next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, May 3-6, for Pure Pop Radio’s Four-Day New Music Songfest! We’ve gathered together a wide-ranging, melodic melange of new songs and artists that we’re adding to the Pure Pop Radio playlist so we can usher May in with a bang!

You can help us with all of our ushering by checking out our festive Facebook event page and joining in on the fun. Click here to be magically transported.

joyBe with us next week for four days of swinging new sounds we’ll be mixing in with the more than 8,600 songs we’re now spinning in rotation. Pumping power-pop delights, beautiful ballads, soulful serenades, retro workouts and a whole lot more are getting ready to take over the airwaves and bring a happy helping of joy to melodic music fans all over the world!

Please join us next Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday–May 3-6–for Pure Pop Radio’s Four-Day New Music Songfest! Don’t forget to swing on over to our festive Facebook event page and join in on all of the fun!

alan-mic-zeeAlan 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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Bill Lloyd Talks About his New Covers Collection on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

bill lloydBill Lloyd makes a return appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). The topic of the hour is Bill’s smashing new covers collection, cleverly titled Lloyd*ering; Bill talks about the songs he’s covered through the years and his process for choosing and recording them.

bill lloyd lloyderingThe dozen suits of clothes, if you will, on Lloyd*ering are spiffy to the max, showing, in addition to Bill’s ability to make another artist’s song his own, the wide breadth of musical styles Bill adores and cherishes. So, there are easy jumps on this collection from covering songs from the dB’s and Wreckless Eric to classics from Harry Nilsson and the Lovin’ Spoonful. You get Bill’s take on Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” and, in the next breath, the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Always, you get the sound of Bill Lloyd, the golden payoff for your price of admission.

On this all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, airing next Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), Bill goes behind-the-scenes and talks about the making of Lloyd*ering, a truly wonderful collection of covers of great songs, each and every one delivered by Bill with heart and soul. You won’t want to miss a minute.

alan-mic-zPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 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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Version Vision: Covers in the Key of Bill Lloyd

bill lloyd lloyderingBill Lloyd | Lloyd*ering (SypderPop, 2016)
Review by Alan Haber

It’s easy to be an armchair musician sitting in front of your stereo with the remote in front of you, an ice cold beverage always within reach, and the air instrument of your choice at the ready. Your favorite musician belts out his version of one of your favorite songs, and you shake your head with the might of a gale force wind and bellow, “If you had a clue, you’d be doing that tune this way!

This is why the professionals take on the task of doing the heavy lifting. In the hands of a master musician, one whose vision and ability are well regarded and keenly tuned, a cover version of a favorite song sounds suddenly fresh and new. Such is the case with the twelve favorite songs gathered together on the cleverly titled Lloyd*ering, a new release from SpyderPop that presents proof positive that Bill Lloyd is the man for the job–the job, in this case, being the wearing of someone else’s suit of clothes and making them look just as, or even more, spiffy.

These dozen suits of clothes, if you will, are indeed spiffy, showing, in addition to Bill’s ability to make another artist’s song his own, the wide breadth of musical styles he adores and cherishes. So, there are easy jumps from covering songs from the dB’s and Wreckless Eric to ones from Harry Nilsson and the Lovin’ Spoonful. You get Bill’s take on Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” and, in the next breath, the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Always, you get the sound of Bill Lloyd, the golden payoff for your price of admission.

bill lloyd with guitarA sweet, country-flavored reimagining of Nilsson’s “The Lottery Song,” capped by a highly satisfying, a cappella close, is only one of the highlights of an equally sweet bunch. A weighty take on Badfinger’s “Lonely You” draws out the sadness in Pete Ham’s lyric, surrounding it with ramped up electric guitars and a deeply-felt drum track. A reverent take on the Byrds’ “The World Turns All Around Her” celebrates, with an energetic presence, the song’s gorgeous melody, golden-voiced harmony vocals, and deft electric guitar work.

Bill has an enormous amount of fun playing through the Bobby Fuller Four’s joyous “Let Her Dance,” stomping with glee as the mix of percussive hits, lyrical bass and that incredible melody swirl around him. His take on the Hollies’ equally joyous upbeat confection “Step Inside” may well be the best thing here, which is truly saying something: the glorious harmonies, intoxicating melody and the head-turning key change near the end are simply out of this world, which you might think is the only possible place this kind of magic could be performed.

But, of course, you’d be mistaken, for we regularly encounter this kind of legerdemain right here on earth as the tricks of the trade of such inventive, decidedly brilliant musicians as Bill Lloyd, who dazzles whether he is working in pop, country, rock or who knows where else.

Lloyd*ering, twelve cover versions of favorite songs, are presented here in the key of Bill Lloyd for your listening pleasure, wrapped in an eye-catching package fronted by one of the most colorful, effective covers I’ve seen this year. We’re playing all of these songs in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. Sing along if you know the words.

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Listen to and Download the Dowling Poole’s Appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

dowling pool one hyde park largeThe members of the Dowling Poole visited with Alan Haber last Tuesday evening on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about their smashing new album, One Hyde Park. You can now listen to and download the program by making your way over to our PodOmatic podcast page.

TDP 1HP - CD Booklet Pages 16 & 1It’s always fun to converse with Willie Dowling, Jon Poole and Givvi Flynn; it’s a recipe for a wildly entertaining (if we do say so ourselves) hour of conversation and music. During this fun hour, you’ll hear all about the making of One Hyde Park, the stories behind the atmospheric lyrics, and other wonderful musical topics.

givvi flynnGo inside the making of the Dowling Poole’s One Hyde Park with Willie Dowling, Jon Poole and Givvi Flynn (pictured at left) by listening to and downloading their appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Bonus: You’ll learn just about everything you need to know, as it were, about Level 42 (sort of)! It’s another rousing program, sure to make you smile!

alan-mic-zPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 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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X Marks the Spot: Richard X. Heyman Tops the Bill as This Week’s Specialty Shows Make Magic

alan-mic-zRichard X. Heyman stars in an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation tomorrow night, April 26, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). In fact, all of our specialty shows are new this week.

richard x heyman yeh man 2016Richard X. Heyman joins Alan Haber on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his re-realization of his classic Hey Man! album, released in 1991 and celebrating its 25th anniversary. The new versions of these great songs exhibit deeper bass and a wider stereo sound field. Many of the instrumental parts are new. It’s a fantastic listening experience (we’re playing all of the new versions of these songs in rotation on Pure Pop Radio).

richard x heyman photoDuring the program, Richard talks about the making of the original Hey Man!, starting from his signing to Sire Records and moving on through the making of the album, its release, and initial reception among the media. It’s another in-depth show you won’t want to miss, tomorrow night, April 26, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

needle meets vinyl

This Wednesday night, Brian Bringelson checks in with an all-new episode of Needle Meets Vinyl, where all of the music is played from records. This week, Brian spins classic tracks from the Box Tops, Linda Ronstadt, the Move, Big Star, the James Gang, Father John Misty and, yes, the Beatles. The Fabs’ “Savoy Truffle” gets things going this Wednesday night, April 27, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThis Thursday night, April 28, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), the usual gang of Beatles experts gathers around the microphones for an all-new edition of the weekly Fab roundtable, Things We Said Today. Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn talk about Paul McCartney’s current tour; Steve gives his man-on-the-spot report concerning the first show on April 13 at Fresno, California’s Save Mart Center. The crowd was “going crazy,” Steve reports (no surprise there!). The panel also talks about rumors that McCartney will be featured at the upcoming Coachella Festival along with the Who and other classic artists, takes a look at the imminent appearance on streaming media sites of the Traveling Wilburys’ catalog, and looks back on the recently-held Fest for Beatles Fans. It’s another must-listen-to show.

Plan to listen to all of our specialty shows this week–you won’t want to miss a minute!

And now, the fine print:

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to nearly 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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 Wednesday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

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

alan-mic-zeeAlan 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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Richard X. Heyman Celebrates 25th Anniversary of Hey Man! on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Preview by Alan Haber

richard x heyman yeh man 2016In 1991, the Space Shuttle Atlantis was launched from Florida’s Cape Canaveral; the very first website, info.cern.ch, was created; and Terminator 2: Judgment Day was the number one movie of the year. But the biggest event, for pop music fans, at least, was the release of Richard X. Heyman’s classic album, Hey Man!

Richard celebrates the 25 year anniversary of this seminal album on next week’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Mark your calendars for next Tuesday, April 26, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

richard x heyman photoFrom getting signed to Sire records to recording the album on the west coast with producer Andy Paley, you will get the full, in-depth story of the making of one of the greatest pop music albums. Just the mere mention of some of the songs on Hey Man! makes the hairs on my neck stand on end: “Falling Away,” “Loud,” and “Bad Business in Town.” You’ll marvel at the stories behind two of the album’s songs: “To Whisky Flats” and “Monica.”

To celebrate Hey Man!’s anniversary, Richard and his band performed the album in its entirety on March 19th at Arlene’s Grocery on Manhattan’s lower east side. Prior to the show, Richard re-realized the album, recording new parts and increasing the power of the tracks. Copies of the re-realization, entitled Yeh Man!, were given away at the concert; each of the new versions is now available for purchase on Richard’s website. Click here to add these songs to your collection. We’re now playing all of the new versions of these songs in rotation on the air–each one of them exhibits a wider sound field; tight, deep bass, and increased clarity. The effect is quite thrilling.

It is my privilege to bring you the inside story of Hey Man! on this all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Richard X. Heyman. The show airs next Tuesday night at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). This is another in a long line of new shows ready to roll. Don’t miss this one!

alan-mic-zPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 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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