Emitt Rhodes’ Triumphant Return

Emitt Rhodes | Rainbow Ends (Omnivore, 2016) A review by Alan Haber Emitt Rhodes released three tremendous and influential solo albums during the first four years of the 1970s and then, as quick as that, withdrew from the pop music scene he helped to create and grow after the pressures of writing and recording more … Read moreEmitt Rhodes’ Triumphant Return

Next Week: Welcome Back Pure Pop Radio’s Specialty Shows

Next week marks the triumphant return of three of Pure Pop Radio’s popular specialty shows. Welcome back Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, the weekly Beatles music program of record; Things We Said Today, the weekly Beatles roundtable hosted by a quartet of Fabs experts; and Brian Bringelson’s Needle Meets Vinyl, where all of the music … Read moreNext Week: Welcome Back Pure Pop Radio’s Specialty Shows

Terry Draper’s Searching is the First Great Album of 2016

As we wrote last week, we’ve been spinning some sumptuous sounds with an ear toward adding them to our ever-growing playlist, now nearly 8,200 songs strong. We’ve been busy doing just that; here is a¬†featured review of one of our favorite artist’s new album; we’ll run down reviews of other recent playlist adds early next … Read moreTerry Draper’s Searching is the First Great Album of 2016

I Love that Album! #1: Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (1999)

Fountains of Wayne | Utopia Parkway (Atlantic, 1999) by Alan Haber If Frank Capra had made a movie based on the songs populating Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway album, he might have called it It’s a Mundane Life. For 14 songs, Adam Schlesinger and Chris Collingwood explore the normal, everyday concerns of a population of … Read moreI Love that Album! #1: Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (1999)

We Serve Up a Quartetly Add to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist

The past few days saw us spinning some sumptuous sounds from a top-flight quartet of artists. We’ve added these sounds to our playlist; they’re now spinning in rotation, making the world a brighter, more melodic place. From our old friend JoDee Purkypile comes a new song that the artist describes as “a sad waltz” that … Read moreWe Serve Up a Quartetly Add to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist

So How Was Your Vacation?

Well, technically, my time away from these pages wasn’t a vacation. In fact, it was anything but a bout of fun in the sun. As those of you who follow me on Facebook already know, I’ve had some medical issues to deal with these past few months. On New Year’s Eve, I had an operation … Read moreSo How Was Your Vacation?