Monthly Archives: July 2016

Pure Pop Radio’s Swinging New Music Dance Party Begins August 1st!

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Put on your dancing shoes and join the fun! Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio has added hundreds of songs from new and heritage artists to our playlist for your listening, dancing and romancing pleasure! Our Swinging New Music Dance Party kicks off on Monday, August 1st at 6 am ET and continues through Friday, August 5th at 11 pm ET.

We’ll be posting reviews of these new, tasty nuggets that we’ve added to our ever-growing playlist throughout the week of August 1st. Tune into Pure Pop Radio to hear them by clicking on the listen links below.. It’s the melodic pop soundtrack of your life,summer style! Don’t miss a minute!

dance party singleWe’ve got a festive Facebook event page that you’re sure to love! Please visit the page and join up–the fun won’t be the same without you!

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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New on Pure Pop Radio 7.27.16

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Spins and Reviews | 7.27.16 | by Alan Haber

Tops of the pops today, tomorrow and beyond…

cotton mather - death of the cool coverCotton Mather | Death of the Cool
Putting pen to paper with the purpose of writing and recording a song for each of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching, Robert Harrison quickly found himself knee-deep in the process of bringing his band Cotton Mather back to life. The first of four projected albums collecting these songs, Death of the Cool is a powerhouse release, as good or better than the classic Kontiki, which was reissued in a deluxe edition in 2012. The jaunty mid-tempo “Candy Lilac,” lovely ballad “The Land of Flowers,” and the poised-to-be-a-hit-at-radio catchy pop song “Child Bride” are prime Cotton Mather and only three reasons to dig into this classic band again.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “The Middle of Nowhere,” “Candy Lilac,” “The Land of Flowers,” “Never Be It,” “Queen of Swords,” “Child Bride,” and “The End of DeWitt Finley.”

look parkLook Park | Look Park
Chris Collingwood, endeavoring to write songs as far away from Fountains of Wayne as can be, winds up writing songs that, for the most part, could have found their way onto just about any Fountains of Wayne album–at least that’s the way I hear them. Named after the Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park, an actual municipal park in Northampton, Massachusetts, Look Park is a sturdy vehicle for Collingwood’s wonderful songs, from the sweet-sounding, upbeat “Shout Part 1″ to”I’m Gonna Haunt this Place,” a lovely waltz (with an eventual military snare pattern taking hold). The singer’s uniquely-sweet vocals are as attractive as ever.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Shout Part 1,” “Breezy,” “Aeroplane,” “You Can Come Round If You Want To,” “I’m Gonna Haunt this Place,” and “Save Yourself.”

richard barone and john sebastianRichard Barone featuring John Sebastian | “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?”
A spirited, joyous take on John Sebastian’s classic song from the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Do You Believe in Magic album, this single, a taster for Richard’s long-awaited, forthcoming Sorrows and Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, features, in addition to Richard on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, Sebastian on autoharps, harmonica and voice, the Smithereens’ Dennis Diken on drums, and Steve Addabbo on electric guitar. Beautifully done.
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seth timbs line of demarcationSeth Timbs | “Line of Demarcation”
A song that won’t fit snugly into the album he’s currently working on, “Line of Demarcation” finds Seth Timbs singing about the tussle between people who just can’t get along. This is becoming our life in 2016, in this fractured political year. Seth has said that the song is “about long distance telepathy and the sweeping consequences of papal decree,” which is probably more to the point, but still…I can posit a supposition, can’t I? Seth plays everything on this wonderful, folky track (his vocal is smooth and sure)–kind of a contemporary number with a folky ’60s heart, and a big favorite around these parts.
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mark bacino not that guyMark Bacino | “Not that Guy”
Just released, “Not that Guy” charts the course of someone who wants to be invested in his relationship but finds himself relegated to persona non grata status. This toe-tappingly perky, happy sounding , and catchy-as-catchy-can-be song is nothing less than the marriage of perfect melodic pop music and a lyric that puts a musical spin on a familiar emotional situation. It’s prime Bacino, and the first of many more new songs to come. Essential.
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corey landis and the attacksCorey Landis and the Attacks | Corey Landis and the Attacks
This is the kind of amazing record that, played at full volume for the love of everything that is holy, wakes up the neighbors in the middle of the night but doesn’t piss them off; they wind up inviting themselves over for tea and cookies just as dawn is breaking. Because they have to hear every song again, so infectious is this vibrant collection of 12 floor shaking, ivory keys busting, blood pressure rising slabs of pure piano pop. This Ben Folds Five-meets-Elton John-meets-Jerry Lee Lewis platter takes no prisoners: Landis digs into the keyboard with wild abandon on the pumping “Accident,” strolls with purpose on the mid-tempo, horn-laden “Hard Reaction to Love,” and makes things happen on the amazing tour de force-with-strings “Dress for the Weather.” Co-produced by Landis and Beatles veteran Geoff Emerick, who also engineered and mixed, this is a wild ride you’ll want to take over and over again.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Accident,” “Hard Reaction to Love,” “See You Next Tuesday,” “Loose Ends,” “White Elephant,” “The Ballad of Mikey Stone,” “Dress for the Weather,” and “I Love You (But You’re Crazy).”

More tomorrow.

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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Our Mystery Guest Unmasked: Mark Bacino Stars in Tonight’s All-New Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

mark bacinoWe’ve unmasked our timely mystery guest appearing on tonight’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation: It’s Mark Bacino, longtime Pure Pop Radio favorite, whose smashing, poppy, hey-everybody’s-saying-it’s-jaunty new song “Not that Guy” is being greeted with hugs throughout the melodic pop universe. The show airs tonight at 8 pm ET.

mark bacino not that guyJust released, “Not that Guy” charts the course of someone who wants to be invested in his relationship but finds himself relegated to persona non grata status. Mark sums up the feeling thusly: “Bad guys finish first/They always run in packs of lies/Nice guys bear the curse/Forever at the starting gate, holding your purse…” Who wants to be “that guy” instead of the viable other half in a relationship?

“Not that Guy” is all toe-tappingly perky and happy sounding and above all catchy as catchy can be–perfect melodic pop music married to a lyric that puts a musical spin on a familiar emotional situation. It’s prime Bacino, and the first of many more new songs to come.

mark bacino with gutiarOn tonight’s In Conversation, Mark goes in-depth on “Not that Guy,” talking about the song’s lyrics and the song’s clever construction. Plus, we enter the WABAC (pronounced Wayback) Machine and pop out in 1998 for the release of Mark’s first album, Pop Job…the Long Player!, released on Parasol Records. Mark talks about the album’s song “Kay,” and we spin it, along with “Not that Guy.”

Don’t miss master tunesmith Mark Bacino on tonight’s timely, all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Tune in at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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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Timely Mystery Guest Pops Tomorrow Night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

mystery guestPure Pop Radio: In Conversation is well-known for featuring the top pop performers talking about and playing the soundtrack of your lives; tomorrow night, July 26 at 8 pm ET, Alan Haber will be speaking to just such a luminary–an esteemed mystery guest whose just-released, top-flight earworm is putting the spotlight on the ever-so-catchy number that compels you to sing along the first time it plays.

spill the beansTelling you any more will spill all of the beans, so let’s leave you in guessing mode until tomorrow at somewhere in the neighborhood of 11:45 am ET when all of the beans will topple toward you along with the identity of tomorrow night’s In Conversation guest.

That’s tomorrow night, July 26, at 8 pm ET. Tune in for another timely and tuneful edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. See you on the radio!

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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This Week’s Specialty Shows: There’s a Lot of “Love” in an All-New Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl Serves Up a Little Tenderness. Plus…A Timely Mystery Guest on In Conversation

mystery guestThis week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio stress love and tenderness and bring on the happy for all to cherish. All-new editions of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl, where every note pops from vinyl records, are going to keep the good feelings flowing, as is the timely mystery guest on this Tuesday night’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (see separate story today; mystery guest’s identity unveiled tomorrow).

needle meets vinylMusician Brian Bringelson, who records solo under the name Paul Starling and powers the melodic ship known as Anchor and Bear, spins the platters this Wednesday night, July 27, at 8 pm ET on Needle Meets Vinyl. This week’s slabs of vinyl include tunes from Stephen Stills, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys, Todd Rundgren and the Beatles. And Otis Redding, who, in classic mode, tries a little tenderness.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayOur regular panel of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn– gather around the microphones this Thursday night, July 28, at 8 pm ET on Things We Said Today for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Beatles’ Love show in Las Vegas. Steve and Allan, fresh from attending said anniversary performance, report on the goings-on in every detail imaginable, from the sketchy performance of the air conditioning unit in the car to the 100-degree temperatures they had to endure. Oh, and they talk about the persons of note that attended the show–Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Giles Martin, and Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years Director Ron Howard.

Also on the agenda: the exciting pre-show audio program, comments from Paul and Ringo and Giles Martin post-show, and a whole lot more. Plus: Ken talks about seeing Paul in Boston at Fenway Park on July 16. It’s another great program from the Beatles community’s most-knowing commentators.

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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New on Pure Pop Radio 7.21.16

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alan 5 small Spins and Reviews | 7.21.16 | by Alan Haber

Cheerful ear worms for a Thursday…

brain circus use this jpeg instead of the other oneBrain Circus | Brain Circus Smashing collection of impossible-to-resist songs performed in grand style by ace songwriter and keyboard wizard Brian Curtis, late of the much-loved band the Oohs. Thirteen numbers in all, Brain Circus, performed entirely by Curtis, provides ample proof, as if any was needed, that this transplanted Virginian’s ability to craft striking, kenspeckle melodies working in concert with clever chord structures and vocal invention puts him at the top of his game. The gorgeous harmony vocals at the heart of the jangly “If You Only Knew” and the creatively-arranged mid-tempo ballad “Smile is a Thin Disguise” are but two examples of how good this album is, but the majestic, heartfelt love song “Finally Found the One” is the pearl here, a musical sculpture formed with smiles and tears and a whole lot of heart. You’ll detect essence of Beach Boys, Jellyfish and Queen, among other classic touchstones, but this is all Curtis and don’t you forget it.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Forget All About It,” “I Don’t Want to Know,” “If You Only Knew,” “Keep My Hands to Yourself,” “Letter Bomb,” “No Secret,” “Smile is a Thing Disguise,” “The Man Who Saw Tomorrow,” and “Try to Ignore Me.”

fernando perdomo with legendFernando Perdomo | Voyeurs Los Angeles-based producer to the stars Perdomo stitches together a mix of songs sung and instrumentals played for a singularly immersive listening experience. Seventies-styled, catchy nugget “Stay With the Friends” invites clapping to the beat; the beautiful ballad “The One You Run To” wraps its loving arms around you. Instros “Sunday Afternoon” and “Waltz for Doug” are gorgeous and impeccably performed highlights. Much to admire and hug.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Feels,” “Holding Back I Love Yous,” “Stay With the Friends,” “Home,” “Cruiser,” “Sunday Afternoon,” and “Waltz for Doug,” “The One You Run To.”

chris bolger no promisesChris Bolger | No Promises Recorded in New Jersey and seasoned with top flight performances from an array of special guest stars such as the Smithereens’ super drummer Dennis Diken, Graham Maby (Joe Jackson) and James Mastro (The Bongos), No Promises is a pop fan’s delight–13 catchy, melodic works like the upbeat “Easier,” kicking off with just a hint of the Kinks’ “Picture Book,” and the pop-rock workout “Geraldine.” The saxified rocker “Barbara Feldon,” a tribute to the actress who played Agent 99 on the classic television show Get Smart, is a joyous foot-stomping treat. Produced by Bolger, engineer/mixer Kostadin Kamcev and Diken. Terrific.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: The entire album: “Atlantic City Expressway,” “Barbara Feldon,” “Easier,” “Everything,” “Geraldine,” “Learning to Paint,” “Maybe,” “No Promises,” “She might Look My Way,” “Ships,” “Souls Turn Blue,” “Tear that Cabin Down,” and “What’s it Got to Do With Me.”

alice bierhorst 5Alice Bierhorst | Now Entering Liberty Heights, The Vigil, All Shall Be Revealed, Oxygen New York City native and Pure Pop Radio favorite Bierhorst’s catalog is rich with releases highlighting her vibrant songs that paint lovely soundscapes. Now added to the playlist are songs from four more of the immensely-talented singer-songwriter’s 15 albums (her latest release, The Beacon, has been part of our playlist since this past March).
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: From 2000’s Now Entering Liberty Heights: the soulful, bluesy “Legendary Pillow” and the pretty ballad “Lovable.” From 2007’s The Vigil: “I Will Always Love You (When I’m Alone),” the driving “Thank You,” “Come Little Baby,” “Do You Dream” and the title track. From All Shall Be Revealed: the sumptuous, catchy “Airborne,” “Better Angels,” the lovely “Bright at the End of the Day,” “Farther to Go,” “Golden Hours,” the title track and “I Have Always Been Free.” And from Oxygen, “Not the One” and the title track.

look parkLook Park | “Aeroplane” Chris Collingwood’s new group project, which takes its name from the Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park, an actual municipal park in Northampton, Massachusetts, kicked off with this pre-album-release song, a breezy, Fountains of Wayne type of breezy construct. As catchy as any of Collingwood’s Fountains of Wayne songs, it bodes well for the full release, available tomorrow, July 22.
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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcast Page Updated with Three New Shows

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Pure Pop Radio’s In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page has been updated with three new shows first broadcast earlier this month.

lucy wainwright roche and suzzy roches mud and applesAlan Haber’s exclusive interviews with Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, Tricia and Dana Countryman, and the Weeklings’ Lefty and Zeek Weekling are now available for listening and downloading from In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

tricia countryman march2016the weeklings at abbey roadHear Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche talk about their recently-released smash album, Mud and Apples. Listen to Tricia Countryman talk about her new solo album, Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…; husband Dana joins in to discuss his arrangements of the album’s songs, and much more. Join Lefty and Zeek Weekling (Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger) for a detailed account of the Weeklings’ time spent at Abbey Road Studios recording their upcoming second album.

It’s all for you and ready to listen to and download now–three new, smashing interviews done the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation way!

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.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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And the New Solo CD from Tricia Countryman Goes to…

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tricia countryman march2016…Steven Bardo. Congratulations, Steven–you’re the lucky winner of our latest Pure Pop Radio contest! A copy of Tricia Countryman’s brand-new solo CD, Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…, will soon be making its way to you.

More cool contests coming soon! Watch this space!

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.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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This Week’s Specialty Shows: Pure Pop Radio Visits Things We Said Today, Plus All-New Editions of Every Little Thing and Needle Meets Vinyl

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayken michaels“Catch the latest installment of Things We Said Today as we interview Alan Haber, who programs the wonderful Pure Pop Radio music (station),” said Ken Michaels in his promotional blurb posted last week on Facebook. “Alan discusses many of the Beatlesque artists featured on the channel, which all lovers of great pop music should listen to!!!”

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!And I couldn’t have said it better myself. Indeed, I am the guest on this week’s all-new edition of Things We Said Today (TWST), the weekly Beatles roundtable hosted by Fab experts Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn (8 pm this Thursday night, July 21). During this program, I tell the esteemed panel about Pure Pop Radio and answer their questions about various aspects of its operation. Plus, as a follow-up to a TWST aired this past February, I talk about Beatlesque music played on the station.

Tune in this Thursday night, July 21 at 8 pm ET, to hear me on Things We Said Today, the premier Beatles talk show.

Before then, you should get your weeknight listening in gear with tonight’s all-new edition of Every Little Thing, airing at 8 pm ET. Ken Michaels talks to author Kit O’Toole and plays a selection of songs that were released as singles in the United States but not in the United Kingdom.

needle meets vinylThis Wednesday night, July 20 at 8 pm ET, Brian Bringelson rolls out a fascinating edition of his Needle Meets Vinyl show. This week, Brian spotlights some of music’s most influential drummers, with tracks featuring Ringo Starr, Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, and Richard Pistol Allen. And it’s all played from vinyl! You won’t want to miss this one!

To recap: Join me when I guest this Thursday on Things We Said Today, listen to Ken Michaels on an all-new edition of Every Little Thing, and keep the backbeat along with Brian Bringelson on an all-new Needle Meets Vinyl. Indeed, it’s another fun week of specialty shows right here on your number one source for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe, Pure Pop Radio.

– Alan Haber

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Spins and Reviews | July 14, 2016 | by Alan Haber

Another basket teeming with new music added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist…

arvidson and butterfliesArvidson & Butterflies | Arvidson & Butterflies Ensconced in the Gothenburg, Sweden music scene playing in bands and then going solo with an album released in 2001, Roger Arvidson has fashioned a vehicle for his songs. The six-member Arvidson and Butterflies announce themselves with an explosive collection of dynamic pop songs, each one imbued with catchy melodies and played with verve, like the upbeat, hit-songs-in-the-making “Tired of Running” and “Changing All the Time.” The mid-tempo charmer “Will Follow” is nearly a song that the Byrds could have pulled off. The cover drawing, from French popster Tommy Lorente, is among the most attractive to grace a pop release in many years. Top drawer all the way.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Tired of Running,” “Lights Go Out,” “Butterflies,” “Will Follow,” “Changing All the Time,” “Want What I Can’t Have,” and “Not a Dream.”

the del zorros marriedThe Del Zorros | “Yes I Want You (We’re Gonna be Married)” Monty and Stede continue their appropriation of all things melodically satisfying with a sweet, sentimental mid-tempo ballad that boils down to a single truth between two who love each other: “You’re the only one I want.” A pretty melody drives this song, perfect for weddings and toasting nuptials. Gorgeous.
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adam walsh thoughts in time 5Adam Walsh | Thoughts in Time Wonderful, rustic folk-pop, played in toto by Walsh, recorded in the quiet sanctity of Dublin’s Cabin Studios with Martin and Gibson acoustic guitars, Fender, Hofner and Epiphone guitars and basses, Pearl drums and a Korg synthesizer at the ready, all played by Walsh, making his songs come to melodic life. Like a determined river flowing at sunset, these tunes ripple through the senses: “Life With You,” pretty and determinedly driving, and “Rosemary,” a warm finger-picking exercise dripping with love, are decidedly tops. A single listener or a full house, lights lit silently, would be spellbound if Walsh were on stage, playing these songs. Really special.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “(I See Her Dance) Across the Ballroom” “(I’m a) Fool in Love,” “Drifting (Requiem for the Lost Soul),” “High Time (at Frisco Bay),” “Life With You,” “Rosemary,” “Sweet Dakota Blue,” “The River,” “Thoughts in Time,” “Waiting for Someone.”

Duerte Sanchez - Mournin' Glory Story - coverDuerte Sanchez | “Mournin’ Glory Story” Trading under cover of alias Duerte Sanchez, the Lunar Laugh’s Jared Lekites sings and percusses over Taylor Johnson’s nimble acoustic guitar and mellotron stylings, delivering a lovingly-rendered version of Harry Nilsson’s 1969 classic, “Mournin’ Glory Story.” Essential, and quite lovely.
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sally stitchesSally Stitches | End Up on 98 An offshoot of Vista Blue, the Hons, and 35 PSI, the technicolor-y named Sally Stitches offers up a powered, plugged-in bubblegum tune from their rocking EP that might have found a home in Buddah Record’s stable back in the good old days. Probably not, actually, but it’s chewy nonetheless and carries on its shoulders some catchy do-do-do-dos. Sing along.
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maps and his mothball fleet 1maps and his mothball fleet portraitMaps and His Mothball Fleet | Fighting Season The story goes: Matt Wanamaker, a Philadelphia railyard worker, goes to Afghanistan to build hospitals for the Navy. While he’s there, he records songs on a handheld cassette dictation machine to pass the time as the sting of war surrounds him. After he gets home and time passes, friends take his tapes and add overdubs and a musical record of his time away from home is complete. Releasing on August 5 via Azteca Records, Wanamaker’s diary of audio impressions painted with notes and words really resonates. “Walk With Me Madeline,” played out with lovely pedal steel, sounds like a song that would be sung around a campfire as emotions felt are recounted, and “Rocket Sled” is a pop song with a catchy chorus and just as much feeling. A particularly fine waxing in a year teeming with them.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “A Lot Becomes a Little,” “Walk With Me Madeline,” “Private Planes of the Old West,” and “Break Up With a Poet (Manas).”

the well wishersThe Well Wishers | Comes and Goes Pop and rock meet at the net and jump over together with a dozen slices of pop and roll fueled by multi-instrumentalist Jeff Shelton, who knows a thing or three about making a musical impact. Lisa Mychols adds a layer of sweetness to the choruses of speedy pop-rocker “Come Around,” just one song here sounding like an outtake from early R.E.M.; “In Love With” chimes in with upbeat balladry. Another home run from Shelton.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Comes Around,” “Love Lies Last,” “Tomorrow,” “In Love With,” and “Nobody’s Dancing Alone.”

the beat parade rainy dayThe Beat Parade | “Rainy Day” Back just about a year and a half after first gaining spins here, Sydney, Australia’s Matthew Shacallis returns as part of a three-piece band with a jangly song about love supplying the light to cut through the cloudy, rain-soaked skies (“So put the kettle on/And make a tea/I will light the way for you to see”). A pretty melody combines with expert playing. Album on its way.
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