Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche Guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Next Tuesday

lucy and suzzy rocheIt is my great pleasure to speak with Suzzy Roche and her daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday night, July 5, at 8 pm ET.

Listeners will likely be familiar with Suzzy Roche from her many years singing with her sisters Maggie and Terre in the Roches, New Jersey’s first family of musical wit and harmonic sophistication. If Lucy Wainwright Roche is familiar to you, then you’ll be ahead of the game. If not, you’re in for a treat.

lucy wainwright roche and suzzy roches mud and applesMud and Apples, Lucy and Suzzy’s recently-released album, is a sparkling duo collection that features warm harmonies, clever original songwriting and the inclusion of beautifully-sung covers such as Paul Simon’s “Bleecker Street” and the Cascades’ “Rhythm of the Rain.” Mud and Apples is an 11 track masterpiece that is surely one of this year’s top expressions of musical joy.

During this program, Lucy and Suzzy talk about, and I spin, three songs from Mud and Apples. The duo will also talk about how they approach the art of songwriting, and much more.

This is a charming half-hour that you will treasure listening to. Be with me next Tuesday night, July 5, at 8 pm ET for Lucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

– Alan Haber

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Spins and Reviews | June 29, 2016 | by Alan Haber

There’s so much new music spinning on Pure Pop Radio’s airwaves. Here are some more choice melodic wonders, now playing in rotation…

bob lind magellanBob Lind | Magellan Was Wrong Fifty years on from his iconic top five smash, “Elusive Butterfly,” and four years after releasing his last long player, Finding You Again, Bob Lind returns with a typically heartfelt collection of new songs that deliver his always magical one-two punch: emotional lyrics and beautiful melodies. Add in stellar arrangements and production, much of it supplied in grand fashion by the Spongetones’ Jamie Hoover, and you’ve got a recipe for success.

The title cut, a wonderful 1970s bopper, is only one highlight; the romantic, catchy From the Road, awash with poppy background harmonies from Hoover and perceptive, picturesque lyrics from Lind (“In moments others call mundane/My soul is warming by your flame/Turning just like a sailor to the harbor/And I will carry back my songs and tales/Of calms and gales/And sing and tell them all/To you”), and Lind’s emotional cover of Tom Paxton’s “Bottle of Wine,” are two more. Joyous.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “I Don’t Know How to Love You,” “Blind Love,” “Bottle of Wine,” “From the Road,” “I Turn to You,” “Magellan Was Wrong,” “The Outsider’s Dream,” and “You are Home.”

deadbeat poetsDeadbeat Poets | “It’s Summertime” and “I’ll Be Standing By” As great a warm weather pairing of must-hear songs as you’ll encounter during this summer season. Pete Drivere’s toe-tapping “It’s Summertime” lays down a lively Lovin’ Spoonful vibe, inviting handclaps all the way, and Frank Secich’s “I’ll Be Standing By” is a delightful slice of pure pop with a particularly catchy bridge and delectable Byrdsian guitar lines. Another great release from Pop Detective Records.
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hurryHurry | Guided Meditation Philadelphia trio channels Teenage Fanclub for a sterling set of magnetic songs that are quite simply unforgettable and always singalongable. Matthew Scottoline and his cousins Rob and Joe Decarolis roll along with hook after hook in 10 can’t-miss numbers, including the impossible-to-resist slow burner, “When I’m With You.” Hooky and grand.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “When I’m With You,” “Fascination,” “Shake It Off,” and “Wanna Be You.”

swedish polarbearsSwedish Polarbears | The Great Northern More Teenage Fanclub love from this Swedish band, formed in 2006 and just now releasing their harmony-drenched debut album, a winner in every way possible. The gorgeous “Sleeping/Dancing” could and should be their musical calling card, with its adoring harmony vocals and hooky melody. Don’t miss the equally terrific “Sun of a Gun.” An outstanding release.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Winter,” “Sleeping/Dancing,” “Sun of a Gun,” “Computer Crash,” “Rewinder,” “Stay Young,” “Snow on the Roof,” and “Commotion.”

smile factory king of nothing at allSmile Factory | “King of Nothing At All” As ever, anything Keith Klingensmith is involved in warms my heart (witness the soon-to-arrive, second Legal Matters album, coming soon but not quite soon enough). Keith and pals Brandi Ediss, Lee Wiggins, Zeus Henderson, Bill Shaouy and Torbjorn Petersson deliver a sweet, soft-pop classic. 3D background harmonies, a lovely melody and a passionate lead vocal bring Petersson’s song to life.    A Pure Pop Radio Exclusive!
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The PondHawks | Blue Light Third album and the first in four years from this Chicago trio is a melodic treat, melding retro and contemporary influences for a decidedly catchy listening experience. Clever touches delight across the whole program, from the mandolin-powered “Armadilla,” with its playful vocal harmonies, to the pop pleasures of four-on-the-floor pop-rocker “Bitter Game.” Mario Novelli, Jorie Gracen and Michael Gillespie deliver a highly desirable album and win on all cylinders.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Bitter Game,” “Far Away,” “Orange Sunset Time,” “Incredible Dream,” “Rhythm and Purples” (love the a cappella tag), and “Armadilla.”

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 Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, 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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Spins and Reviews | June 28, 2016 | by Alan Haber

More hot spins now rattling the airwaves on Pure Pop Radio:

gary ritchie poptimistiGary Ritchie | pop·ti·mis·tic Texas popster, by way of the Windy City, returns with another master class in how to do it right as rain, sitting behind an authentic Ludwig drum kit and slinging guitars over his musical shoulders. Fifteen songs, and not a duff one in the bunch, including the Merseybeat-styled charmer “Let’s Pretend,” the echoes-of-Duane-Eddy-esque “Look Away Girl,” and the Roy Orbison-rooty mid-tempo ballad “Dial 9” (“for an outside line”). Worth, as the set kicker says, a million dollars.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Book of Answers,” “Carol Says,” “Dial 9,” “It’s Not Automatic,” “Let’s Pretend,” “Long Live Love,” and “Look Away Girl.”

tommy and the rocketsTommy and the Rockets | Beer and Fun and Rock ‘n’ Roll Another ace project powered by the pop and roll genius of super criminal defense attorney Michael Chaney, whose handiwork can also be heard in the grooves of the New Trocaderos. Ten pop-rockers, co-written, except for one, by Chaney and Thomas “Tommy” Stubgaard, who plays all of the guitars, bass, and provides handclaps, shake the house, as it were, with a catchy, Beach Boys-influenced sunshine anthem (“Here Comes Summer”) and a couple of  energetic Ramones nods (“Silly Teenage Love” and “You Want Me (But I Don’t Want You)”). Cheery, toe-tapping fun prevails throughout.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio:  The entire album. “Beer & Fun & Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “Here Comes Summer,” “Need Your Love,” “Silly Teenage Love,” “Miss You So Much,” “What am I S’pose Ta Do,” “Take My Advice,” “Mommy’s Little Girl,” “You Want Me (But I Don’t Want You),” and “Time to Rock.”

ken sharp new mourningKen Sharp | New Mourning Veteran music man Ken Sharp delivers an album crafted for summer listening and featuring guest turns from Pure Pop Radio favorite Rob Bonfiglio and some guy named Rick Springfield. Although informed by the emotional rollercoaster he’s had to ride during the last few years, and taking into account producer Fernando Perdomo’s description of this record as “the feel-bad album of the year, but in a good way,” these songs emit a joyous sound. Check the very-Merrymakers sound of the ringing guitars-grounded “I Should Have Known” and the very-Raspberries pop-rocker “Let’s Be Friends.” For more muscle, turn to “Mr. Know It All,” powered by crunchy guitars and a strong, catchy melody. But definitely turn to New Mourning, a towering achievement.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Let’s Be Friends,” “Solid Ground,” “Burn and Crash,” “L.A. Can Be Such a Lonely Town,” “Mr. Know It All,” and “Put the Blame on Me.”

cliff hillis summerpop mixCliff Hillis | “Love Not War (Summerpop Mix)” The title song from Hillis’s most recent EP gets a summer sound makeover, which is to say it’s perhaps lighter in tone, and about a minute shorter, than the original, but with the same sound pronouncement: “It’s time to make love, not war.” Gather up the beach balls, hot dogs, and blankets and celebrate the warmer weather while simultaneously keeping a thought or two for peace in our time. Cliff nails it…again.
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laurie biaginiLaurie Biagini | “Busy Body” From Canada way comes a happy-sounding new song from this always bright and cheery singer-songwriter. “Busy Body,” which will be part of the forthcoming album Stranger in the Mirror, shuffles along merrily, telling the tale of the office person to avoid. Another great track from a performer who never disappoints.
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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 Monkees, Gary Ritchie, McPherson Grant, Tommy and the Rockets, 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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Spins and Reviews | June 27, 2016 | by Alan Haber

We kick off this last week of June with a trio of tempting platters…

lucy wainwright roche and suzzy roches mud and applesLucy Wainwright Roche and Suzzy Roche | Mud & Apples Fans of the Roches, New Jersey’s first family of musical wit and harmonic sophistication, will be over the moon for this sparkling duo release from Suzzy Roche and her daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche. Warm harmonies, clever songwriting and the inclusion of  beautifully-sung covers such as Paul Simon’s “Bleecker Street” and the Cascades’ “Rhythm of the Rain” push this 11 track masterpiece into hall-of-fame territory. Surely one of this year’s top expressions of musical joy.
Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: The entire album. “Cold October Day,” “Melancholy Ways,” “Mary,” “Rhythm of the Rain,” “Mud and Apples,” “Bleecker Street,” “There’s a Guy,” “Both Sides Now,” “Desperado,” “Dinner Out,” and “Landslide.”


james starflower- so let's bring on the gershwin girlsjames starflower pet your stereoJames Starflower | Pet Your Stereo
 Pop smarts shower these 10 imagination-fueled songs, produced by Fernando Perdomo with his usual magic touch. The Lennonesque “Baby This is Your Life,” which takes a 360-degree turn towards the end with a Paul McCartney-accented “Hello Goodbye” fade, and the rocker “Echolocation,” with its shimmering guitars and impassioned vocals, lead the pack. Pet’s bonus track, the amazing, 1930s-meets-Beatles-meets-today retro gem “So Let’s Bring on the Gershwin Girls,” is another winner. Another great album, full of invention and whip-smart performances, that will surely hang its hat on a variety of best-of lists this year.
Now Playing in Rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Baby this is Your Life,” “Black Light Star Flower,” “Fade,” “The Geisha’s Guru,” “Mister Goodheart,” “Pet Your Stereo,” “Rabbithole Blues,” and “Welcome 2 Heaven.”

bryan estepaBryan Estepa and the Tempe Two | Every Little Thing Sydney, Australia’s Bryan Estepa, veteran of late ’90s band Swivel and a long-standing solo artist, takes center stage with this top-notch collection of melodic etchings. Single-worthy popper “Don’t Hurry Baby” is a wonderful highlight, as is the gorgeous ballad “Sooner or Later.” Missing this one shouldn’t be an option. Put Every Little Thing on your to-own list.
Now Playing in Rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Headlights,” “Object of My Disaffection,” “Sooner or Later,” “Don’t Hurry Baby,” “Empty Handed,” and “Count Your Blessings.”

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Classic Servings of Vintage Tunes and Vintage Video Star in this Week’s Specialty Shows

alan-mic-zClassic servings of vintage tunes, and vintage video coming in September, are the hot buttons in the spotlight on this week’s specialty shows being broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

needle meets vinylThis Wednesday night, June 29, at 8 pm ET, musician Brian Bringelson delivers what is arguably his best Needle Meets Vinyl episode yet; 16 songs from 15 spectacular artists make the grade, all spun from vinyl and curated by the Anchor and Bear singer-songwriter.

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Songs from Iron & Wine, Steely Dan, Dusty Springfield, Jackie Wilson, the Doors, Paul and Linda McCartney and the Beach Boys will fill your ears with joy, and Brian’s expert commentary will raise the proceedings to the highest of highs. It’s a program you won’t want to miss.

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.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThis Thursday night, June 30, our regular panel of Beatles experts says goodbye to the sixth month of the year with another timely, Fab discussion, this time talking about director Ron Howard’s upcoming Beatles music documentary, Eight Days a Week, which rolls out in theaters this September and settles in on the Hulu streaming network directly after.

There are many questions on the minds of our panel. Beatlefan’s Al Sussman asks, “How much really good quality, new material could there be?” Are Jimmy Nicol, who briefly filled in on tour for a sidelined-by-tonsilitis Ringo Starr in 1964, and Pete Best represented? These questions and more are bandied about in this engaging show featuring Sussman, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci and Allan Kozinn.

Things We Said Today is the 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 every Thursday night 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 Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, 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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Coke Belda’s In Conversation Appearance Now Available for Listening and Downloading

coke belda nummer zweiSinger-songwriter Coke Belda returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on June 14 to talk about his latest releases and his love for the music of a certain musician who is a favorite of pop music fans around the world. This episode of the premiere pop music talk show is now available for listening and downloading from our PodOmatic podcast page.

Topics on the table during this fun interview include Coke’s latest album, Nummer Zwei, for which Pure Pop Radio’s Alan Haber contributed a lively introduction and liner notes; the spirited version of the Cowsills’ “Poor Baby” that Coke placed on Rock Indiana’s Pop Parade Vol. 7 compilation; and Coke’s love for Jeff Lynne’s music (it turns out that both Coke and Alan consider “Wild West Hero” their favorite song by the ELO head honcho).

Coke is always fun to speak with; we think you’ll enjoy hearing from this native of Spain who now calls Germany his home. Listen to and download it from our PodOmatic podcast page. Enjoy!

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast 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 Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, 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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We’ve Got Winners! Vanilla’s Latest Smash Hit Goes to…

vanilla on a night like thiswinner…David Hanson, Coke Belda, Mark Cunningham, John Borack, and Harold Oxborough. So we not only have one winner, we have five of them!

Congratulations to you and you and you and you and you too! You will each receive Vanilla’s “On a Night Like This” forthwith. And thanks to all who entered the contest!

More cool contests that will capture your imaginations are coming soon. Stay tuned!

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 Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, 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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