Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Graham Gouldman (Airdate: February 21, 2018)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP (Wienerworld, Rosala Records)

Veteran singer-songwriter Graham Gouldman guested last night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his new EP, the lovely collection of songs known as Play Nicely and Share.

Gouldman, whose history writing and performing wonderful melodic pop songs is long and prosperous, has amassed a collection of work that is nothing less than peerless, from the songs he wrote for other artists in the 1960s, such as  “Bus Stop,” “No Milk Today,” and “For Your Love,” to the songs he wrote and sang while a member of 10cc and Wax and the songs he writes and performs today for his top-shelf solo releases.

During this exclusive program, Graham spoke with me about Play Nicely and Share, and we played three of the EP’s six songs (we also played one song from Graham’s previous album, Love and Work). We talked about his approach to songwriting and the delightful art direction, by StormStudios, that graces the panels of his latest release. StormStudios’ lineage is directly connected with that of the classic design firm Hipgnosis, which created so many rich cover designs for 10cc and Pink Floyd and many other recording artists. And there was more on our docket, including a personal and perhaps surprising Beatles nugget and news about Graham’s place in Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in Europe this summer. What a fun hour this was!

Sample the songs played during this show: “Let’s Get Lost,” “Come to Mine,” “Play Nicely and Share” (from Play Nicely and Share) Amazon and “The Halls of Rock ‘n’ Roll” (from Love and Work) Amazon.

Purchase Play Nicely and Share: Amazon. Purchase Love and Work: Amazon.

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pprListen to my interview with Graham Gouldman from the February 21 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 

 

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Bill Lloyd (Airdate: January 31, 2018)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

bill lloydBill Lloyd’s It’s Happening Now is yet another in a long line of sterling albums from one of pop music’s most proficient practitioners. Bill’s first set of original songs since 2012’s Boy King of Tokyo extends his unwavering winning streak. Acoustically based and typically heartfelt, these melodically-charged numbers touch the heart and soul.

bill lloyd it's happening now coverBill joined me on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on January 31 to talk about It’s Happening Now. He talked about, and we played, three songs that are among the best he has written and recorded thus far: “Ruby Falls,” which cleverly references Mel Tillis’s song “Ruby, Don’t Take Your Love to Town,” driven hit-bound by Kenny Rogers and the First Edition in 1969; the pretty, mid-tempo “Let Me In Your Life Again”; and the gorgeous waltz, “Happiness,” powered by Bill’s strong vocal and a lovely melody.

It is always a pleasure to welcome Bill to the In Conversation microphones. Enjoy this latest visit, and be sure to purchase a copy of It’s Happening Now, one of Pure Pop Radio’s Favorite Records of 2017. Click here to add this glorious album to your collection.

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pprListen to my interview with Bill Lloyd from the January 31 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 

 

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Dave Caruso (Airdate: January 24, 2018)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Dave Caruso performing live on the “Strange Magic” radio show, on Rewind 94.3 WERW. Photo by show co-host Brad Schreiber.

Singer-songwriter Dave Caruso released in 2017 Buddha Pesto Manifesto, his shining masterwork, an album that raises the stakes from his 2014 release, Cardboard Vegas Roundabout, itself quite a momentous collection of melodic pop gems.

Dave sat before the mobile Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones on January 24 to speak with me about Buddha Pesto Manifesto. Among the topics discussed: Dave’s exacting songwriting process, his wide-ranging music-oriented activities, the importance he places on lyrical content, and three of Buddha’s great songs: the baroque “God’s Green Acre,” the early-Beatlesque “Hanging With You,” and the heartbreaking album closer, “I Get to Make You Laugh.” This is another can’t-miss show.

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pprListen to my interview with Dave Caruso from the January 24 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

 

 

Purchase Dave Caruso’s Buddha Pesto Manifesto by clicking on the following link: Dave Caruso Music’s website.

Listen to a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: TC&I’s Colin Moulding (Airdate: February 7, 2018)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Colin Moulding | Still from TC&I’s “Scatter Me” video (Credit: Director Laima Bite)

Colin Moulding, ex-and-for-all-time-XTCer visited with me on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on February 7 for an hour-long chat about Great Aspirations, the EP he recently released with also-ex-and-for-all-time-XTCer Terry Chambers under the group name TC&I (Colin is the “I”!). During the program, Colin talked about working again with Terry after a long layoff; recording the EP in his garage; and three of his new songs, including the pure pop smash “Scatter Me,” the lovely “Greatness (The Aspiration Song),” and the pop-rocker “Kenny.”

(Listen to “Scatter Me” by clicking on the following link: Soundcloud)

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(Left to right) TC&I’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers

xtc apple bite coverDuring this show, you will also hear about three of my favorite of Colin’s compositions, written and sung during the XTC years: “Frivolous Tonight,” from Apple Venus; “One of the Millions,” from Oranges and Lemons; and “Say It,” from the Apple Bite EP that was released in conjunction with the Apple Box, a compilation of Apple Venus and its followup Wasp Star, along with the demos for both. Colin goes in-depth on all of this and more during one of our top shows of the year, now available for listening and downloading from our podcast page.

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pprListen to my interview with TC&I’s Colin Moulding from the February 7 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)


Purchase TC&I’s Great Aspirations EP by clicking on the following links at Burning Shed: Signed EP, Unsigned EP.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Scott Gagner (Airdate: October 4, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Pins_and_Needles_Cover_Art_Scott_GagnerSinger-songwriter Scott Gagner, whose 2014 album Rise and Shine was a big Pure Pop Radio favorite, has made a welcome return to the melodic pop landscape with Pins and Needles, another top-flight collection of songs peering into the effects of the human condition, always with a melody in its heart.

Scott returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on October 4 to speak with me about his new release. Along the way, he related deeply felt stories regarding the creation of his wonderful new songs. We played three during this program–“Heart Attack,” “You Don’t Know,” and “America the Beautiful”; listen to them by clicking here.

pprListen to my interview with Scott Gagner from the October 4 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Purchase Scott Gagner’s Pins and Needles (the album, not Scott’s actual pins and needles!) by clicking on the following link: Bandcamp.

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews, coming soon.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: The Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh, and Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker (Airdate: September 27, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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karla kane king's daughters home for incurables coverThe September 27 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation took on a bit of an international flavor: California popsters and husband and wife Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh from the Corner Laughers sat side-by-side with Nottingham, England’s Mark and Helen Luker, from Fun of the Pier. The lovely musical quartet joined me for a fun half-hour to talk about their new album releases that melodic pop fans will love.

the-corner-laughersThree tracks from their respective albums were spun: the lively, heartfelt song about Karla and Khoi’s daughter, “Octavia A,” from the Corner Laughers’ 2015 album, Matilda Effect; “Past/Future,” from Fun of the Pier’s lovely, new, and very first album, 14:42; and Karla’s imaginatively arranged pop song, “All Aboard,” from her about-to-be-released, fantastic solo album, King’s Daughters Home for Incurables.

fun of the pier 1442During this program, you’ll find out what makes these magical, musical magicians sing, and you’ll discover exactly what Fun of the Pier’s album title means (hint: always keep batteries at hand!).

pprListen to my interview with the Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh and Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker from September 27 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

You can listen to samples of the songs played during this program by clicking on the following links:

Purchase Karla Kane’s King’s Daughters Home for Incurables by clicking on the following link: Bandcamp. Purchase the Corner Laughers’ wonderful music, including Matilda Effect, here. And add Fun of the Pier’s lovely 14:42 to your collection by clicking here.

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews, coming soon.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Marc Jonson (Airdate: September 20, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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Marc Johnson-YEARSOn September 20, singer-songwriter Marc Jonson, best known for his seminal 1992 album 12 in a Room, joined me on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his 1972 debut album Years, released on the Vanguard label.

Along the way, Marc met up with such luminaries as Harry Chapin and Eric Clapton, and went from recording songs in his Long Island bedroom to recording in Vanguard’s mammoth studios. In doing so, his new songs were transformed into majestic landscapes that set a young musician on his musical path. This show is a detailed look at the creative process, as in-depth as it gets on pop music’s premiere interview program.

pprListen to my interview with Marc Jonson from September 20 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

You can listen to samples of the songs played during this program by clicking on the following links:

Purchase Marc Jonson’s Years by clicking on the following link (you’ll be so very glad you did!): Amazon

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews, coming soon.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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