Reviews: 1.31.19: Tim Jackson’s Pure Pop Debut is Right on Time

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Tim Jackson | Better Late than Never (2018) The thing you need to understand about Tim Jackson, whose debut album is one of the finest first musical volleys in recent memory, is that his record collection is likely pretty similar to the one that has overtaken your living … Read moreReviews: 1.31.19: Tim Jackson’s Pure Pop Debut is Right on Time

Reviews: 1.30.19: Smith and Jones’ Top-Flight “Secondhand Heart”

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Smith and Jones “Secondhand Heart” (from the forthcoming album Something Worth Learning (2019) Deftly chronicling the lack of an in-for-a-penny, in-for-a-pound element of romance missing from a relationship, Abby Smith and Sophie Jones’ glorious and catchy new single, released in advance of their forthcoming second album, Something Worth … Read moreReviews: 1.30.19: Smith and Jones’ Top-Flight “Secondhand Heart”

Reviews: 1.29.19: Rogers & Butler, and Coke Belda

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Rogers & Butler | Diana Dors (Zip, 2019) Edward Rogers teams up with Smash Palace’s Stephen Butler for a smashing four-song EP full of rock and pop swing, anchored by the pretty title song, a love letter to the English actress Diana Dors, “forgotten to the past.” Rock … Read moreReviews: 1.29.19: Rogers & Butler, and Coke Belda

Reviews: 1.22.19: The Details’ Majestic Album, To Charles Dickens and Back

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The Details To Charles Dickens and Back (2018) The way you get there begins here: a crash of glass and a high-pitched whistle and an orchestra tuning up and the audience settling in; the comforting strum of an acoustic guitar atop singular bass notes; water waving; a high-pitched … Read moreReviews: 1.22.19: The Details’ Majestic Album, To Charles Dickens and Back

Reviews: 1.16.19: Berlin Horse Rides a Psych Pop Road

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Berlin HorseAfter The Headrush (2018)First off, the question shouldn’t be what comes after the headrush, but rather what exactly is the headrush? And the answer? It’s simple, really: the headrush is what you get listening to this outstanding collection of songs from Brit Adam S. Leslie, working primarily … Read moreReviews: 1.16.19: Berlin Horse Rides a Psych Pop Road

Reviews: 1.11.19: The April Family Pops the Cork on “Champagne”

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The April Family “Champagne” (2018)“Boys are mean and girls let you down,” Kylie Whitney testifies from her heart in the April Family’s catchy, foot-stomping new single “Champagne,” the trailer for the trio’s highly-anticipated upcoming album House of Cards. Love, as it happens, can scale the higher highs but … Read moreReviews: 1.11.19: The April Family Pops the Cork on “Champagne”

Reviews: 1.10.19: Addison Love’s Energetic Two-Tune Single

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Addison Love“Endless” b/w “Unsolicited Phone Calls” | (Big Stir Digital Single #10, 2018) The youthful Orange County, California singer-songwriter builds on his growing reputation as an ace popster (his album Thoughts on Lunch has made pop people sit up and take notice) with this energetic two-tune single that … Read moreReviews: 1.10.19: Addison Love’s Energetic Two-Tune Single

Reviews | 1.9.19: Astral Drive Rockets into 2019 with Soaring New EP

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Astral Drive | Love is Real (Lojinx, 2019)Aimed squarely at the melodic pop cosmos and with all rockets super-charged, Phil Thornalley’s 2018 hit Todd Rundgren homage Astral Drive lands in the early days of 2019 with an enticing, exciting three-track digital single. Built around super mix engineer Dave … Read moreReviews | 1.9.19: Astral Drive Rockets into 2019 with Soaring New EP

Favorite Records of the Year: Stars of 2018

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Happy New Year, and welcome to the list. About said list…it was the subject of my one and only New Year’s resolution: to keep the number of entries to 15. Well, good luck with that, I told myself, and wouldn’t you know it…I couldn’t make that work. How … Read moreFavorite Records of the Year: Stars of 2018