Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Secret Friend’s Steven Fox (Airdate: April 4, 2018)

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

secret friend divorce albumSecret Friend’s new record, The Divorce Album, may well be the ultimate breakup long player, but it sounds like a happy, peppy pop album, and I predict it will be a favorite of many pop fans this year.

Falling somewhere sound-wise between the expansive second Secret Friend album, Sleeper, and the Linus of Hollywood-produced pure pop debut, Time Machine, The Divorce Album serves up six Secret Friend songs, written and produced by Steven Fox, and six reinventions of those songs produced by other artists. It’s a fascinating approach, heady lyrically but effervescent musically. It’s a clear winner by an artist not afraid to stretch and keep things interesting.

secret friend steven foxDuring this lively edition of In Conversation, you’ll learn about the origins of this album and hear all about the writing and production of the songs. Direct from Thailand, meet Secret Friend’s Steven Fox as you listen to this in-depth podcast, originally broadcast on April 4.

Secret Friend’s The Divorce Album is available from a variety of e-tailers at the album’s website.

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pprListen to my interview with Secret Friend’s Steven Fox from the April 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.)

 


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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: Kyle Vincent (Airdate: March 21, 2018)

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

kyle vincent miles and an oceanKyle Vincent sat in front of the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones on March 21 to talk with me about his new album Miles and an Ocean. We discussed a variety of topics, including the wonder of Barry Manilow and working with the Rubinoos’ Tommy Dunbar. We also played, and talked about, songs from Miles and an Ocean and 2016’s Kyle Vincent Sings the Great Manilow Songbook. Soft-pop, and Kyle Vincent, fans will not want to miss this show.

Kyle Vincent’s Miles and an Ocean is available in the store at kylevincent.com, and on Amazon and iTunes.

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pprListen to my interview with Kyle Vincent from the March 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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Anton Barbeau Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show Celebrates Its 50th Edition: This Week’s Specialty Show Lineup Sparkles

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We’ve got another week of sparkling specialty shows ahead, all airing as usual on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. What’s in store?

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anton barbeau natural causes cover from cd babyThis Wednesday, April 18, at 9 pm ET, Anton Barbeau guests on an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his latest album, the fantastic Natural Causes. You’ll hear Anton wax poetic about three of the songs on the album: the wild and woolly “It’s the Coffee that Makes the Man Go Mad,” “Down Around the Radio,” and a remake of “Creepy Tray,” which first appeared as an upbeat bubblegum track on Anton’s 1999 release, Splendid Tray, and is recast in a new version as…well, you’ll have to listen to find out. It’s a truly heartfelt story.

pop tunes disc smallThe first of two all-new Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows rolls tomorrow night at 8 pm ET with new spins from Wilson, the Ice Cream Conspiracists, Secret Friend, the Connection, Lannie Flowers, and Scot Sax, whose new album, Drawing from Memory, is one of the highlights of this year’s crop of melodic pop releases.

pop tunes disc smallThursday night at 8 pm ET, we celebrate the 50th edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show with a deep dive into the archives, culminating in a supersized episode featuring such artists as Frank Bango, the Cherry Drops, Dave Edmunds, B and Not B, Ray Paul with Emitt Rhodes, Don Dixon, Huw Jacob, the Davenports, Tamas Wells, the 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco, and the Archies. You won’t want to miss this one. Come join the celebration!

Don’t miss a minute of this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows, broadcast on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, always poppin’ and rockin’. We’re going to have a great time–join us, won’t you?

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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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Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show | Playlist: Show #48 | 4-12-18

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Hey, Kats and Kittens! Dig this:

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show #48 | 4-12-18

pop tunes disc smallThe Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme
2. Michael Penn | “Lucky One” | MP4: Days Since a Lost Time Accident, 2000

Set Two: Fab!
3. The Beatles | “I Should Have Known Better” | A Hard Day’s Night, 1964
4. Paul McCartney | “Run Devil Run” | Run Devil Run, 1999
5. Ringo Starr | “Weight of the World” | Time Takes Time, 1992
6. John Lennon | “You Can’t Catch Me” | Rock ‘n’ Roll, 1975

Set Three: New!
7. The Wrecking Two | “West Coast City” | Single, 2018
8. The Grand Leve | “Ride the Wind” | The Grand Leve, 2018
9. Daisy House | “Over the Hill” | Bon Voyage, 2018

Set Four: New New!
10. The Junior League | “I Only Want to Begin Again” | Eventually is Now, 2018
11. The Supahip | “You Can’t See Me” | The Two Sided Face, 2018
12. Karla Kane and Secret Friend | “Difficult” | The Divorce Album, 2018

Set Five: New New Too!
13. Jeff Litman | “Only You” | Crowded Hour, 2018
14. The Gold Needles | “Eventide” | Pearls, 2018
15. McPherson Grant | “Come Around Again” | Single, 2018

Set Six: Hot Platters!
16. David Myhr | “The Perfect Place” | Lucky Day, 2018
17. Lannie Flowers | “Lost in a Daydream” | Single, 2018
18.. Mitchell Adam Johnson | “At Another Step” | Marigold, 2018
19. Michael Simmons | “Do Your Best to Care” | First Days of Summer, 2018

Set Close:
20. The Kennedys | “Keep the Place Clean” | Evolver, 2000

Plus: Alan’s Snappy Deejay Patter!

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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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Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show | Playlist: Show #47 | 4-10-18

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Hey, Kats and Kittens! Dig this:

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show #47 | 4-10-18

pop tunes disc smallThe Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme
2. Bette Midler | “Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy” | The Divine Miss M, 1972

Set Two: Bandstand Boogie!
3. Roy Wood | “Rattlesnake Roll” | Mustard (Bonus Track), 1999
4. Alice Spencer | “Drop in the Bucket” | Single, 2018 (Written and produced by Andrea Perry)
5. The Tubes and Olivia Newton-John | “Dancin'” | Xanadu, 1980

Set Three: Pretty Melodies
6. David Myhr | “The Perfect Place” | Lucky Day, 2018
7. Daisy House | “Bon Voyage” | Bon Voyage, 2018
8. The Junior League | “Teenage Bigstar” | Eventually is Now, 2018

Set Four: Beatlesque!
9. Lannie Flowers | “Lost in a Daydream” | Single, 2018
10. Tears for Fears | “Sowing the Seeds of Love” | Single, 1989
11. McPherson Grant | “Coming Around Again” | Single, 2018

Set Five: New Plus
12. The Grand Leve | “All in the City” | The Grand Leve, 2018
13. Electric Light Orchestra | “Four Little Diamonds” | Secret Messages, 1983
14. Bryan Estepa and Coke Belda | “Heal the Pain” | Single, 2018

Set Six: New Too!
15. The Boy With the Perpetual Nervousness | “Nervous Man” | Single, 2018
16. Dropkick | “Blue Skies” | Longwave, 2018
17. The Supahip | “Fourarms” | The Two Sided Face, 2018
18. Ginger Root | “Call It Home” | Single, 2018

Set Close:
19. The Scaffold | “Thank U Very Much” | Single, 1967

Plus: Alan’s Snappy Deejay Patter!

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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: Michael Simmons (Airdate: April 11, 2018)

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michael simmons album front coverMichael Simmons, long-standing member of the west coast melodic pop community, crafted his smash, just-released solo album, First Days of Summer, at home, recording in sparkling Kitchen-o-Phonic sound (guess where the studio resides). The results are no less than magical.

michael simmons photoMichael joined me in a spirited conversation about First Days of Summer on the April 11 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. We talked about how he wrote and recorded his new songs, and played three of them: “Fuzzy Green Hat,” the roots of which were in a dream; “Let’s Fall in Love,” a song that would rightly be thought of as Prince Pop; and “Bucket List,” a song that happily circles a mix of NRBQ, Nick Lowe and Rockpile vibes.

First Days of Summer is available in a variety of bundles, each featuring the vinyl and CD versions of the album. Get yours at Michael’s Bandcamp site (where you can listen to the songs played during this program).

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pprListen to my interview with Michael Simmons from the April 11 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.)

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: Linus of Hollywood (Airdate: March 28, 2018)

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

LOH - Cabin Life Cover V2-3Linus of Hollywood’s fifth album, Cabin Life, is yet another fine offering from an artist whose mastery of the melodic pop form continues to dazzle. Linus visited with me on the March 28 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his new songs and revisit some of his musical history, charting a course from his Florida roots to his time in Los Angeles and a life spent luxuriating in the many-tiered world of music.

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Linus of Hollywood

During this typically in-depth interview, Linus talked about his time in the punk-pop group Size 14, his reinvention of Nick Gilder’s classic song “Hot Child in the City,” his first solo recordings, and the rich textured compositions that fuel Cabin Life, the songs for which were written in cabins in the Lake Arrowhead, California area. Five songs were played amidst the detailed conversation: “Let’s Rob a Bank” (Size 14), “Hot Child in the City,” “Sunday Morning,” “Cabin Life,” and “It Was You.”

Linus of Hollywood’s Cabin Life is available for purchase from the artist’s web store; Bandcamp, where you can listen to the songs played from Cabin Life during this program; Amazon, and iTunes.

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pprListen to my interview with Linus of Hollywood from the March 28 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.)

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.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

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