Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio

Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio is the archive for the premiere website that covered the melodic pop scene with in-depth reviews of new and reissued recordings, and a wide variety of features. We are now closed for new activity.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts

Listen to and download episodes of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the Internet’s premiere melodic pop music talk show, featuring in-depth discussions with your favorite artists. Look for new shows to appear here on (All episodes are scoped and presented without music due to copyright concerns.)

Recent Shows:

  • Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor of The Flat Five stopped by to talk about the band’s latest lovely musical missive, Another World. In-depth chat and laughter ensued. (Original airdate: November 17, 2020)
  • Dave Sheinin, Washington Post sports scribe and melodic popster, joined me to talk about his top-flight album First Thing Tomorrow, a must-get for lovers of melodic pop music.
    (Original airdate: June 27, 2018)
  • Astral Drive’s Phil Thornalley talks about one of this year’s best albums, Astral Drive, which is nothing less than the Todd Rundgren album that Todd Rundgren never made in the 1970s.
    (Original airdate: June 6, 2018)
  • The Quick’s Danny Benair talks about Real Gone Music’s welcome reissue of the band’s 1976 pop-rock masterpiece, Mondo Deco.
    (Original airdate: May 30, 2018)
  • The Grand Leve’s Göran Hjertstedt talks about the Grand Leve’s self-titled debut album, a wonderful collection of pop-rock tunes.
    (Original airdate: May 30, 2018)
  • David Myhr talks about his new album Lucky Day and a host of other timely musical topics.
    (Original airdate: May 16, 2018)
  • Roger Joseph Manning Jr., late of Jellyfish and now a once-again solo artist, talks about his new EP Glamping, working with Emitt Rhodes, and, of course, Jellyfish.
    (Original airdate: May 2, 2018)
  • Michael Carpenter talks about the new Supahip album, The Two Sided Face, the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, creativity, and a whole lot more.
    (Original airdate: April 25, 2018)
  • Anton Barbeau sits behind our microphones, direct from Berlin, Germany, to talk about his wonderful new album, Natural Causes.
    (Original airdate: April 18, 2018)
  • Michael Simmons (sparkle*jets u.k., Yorktown Lads, Popdudes) talks about his new solo album, First Days of Summer.
    (Original airdate: April 11, 2018)
  • Secret Friend’s Steven Fox talks about his new release, The Divorce Album, a wide-ranging and catchy pop and roll experience.
    (Original airdate: April 4, 2018)
  • Linus of Hollywood talks about his latest album, the lovely Cabin Life.
    (Original airdate: March 28, 2018)
  • Kyle Vincent visits to chat about his latest soft-pop long-player, Miles and an Ocean.
    (Original airdate: March 21, 2018)
  • Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor sits behind the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation microphones to talk about his band’s new album, Longwave.
    (Original airdate: March 14, 2018)
  • Graham Gouldman talks about his EP Play Nicely and Share, a person Beatles remembrance, the Hipgnosis-inspired design of his latest release, and much more.
    (Original airdate: February 21, 2018)
  • Klaatu’s Terry Draper returns to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his latest release, Once Upon a Memory…and other stuff!
    (Original airdate: February 14, 2018)
  • Colin Moulding talks about TC&I’s EP Great Aspirations and some of his XTC songs (TC&I is Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers, both ex-XTC).
    (Original airdate: February 7, 2018)
  • Bill Lloyd talks about It’s Happening Now, his latest album full of acoustic-based melodic pop goodness.
    (Original airdate: January 31, 2018)
  • Dave Caruso talks about his current, smash album, Buddha Pesto Manifesto.
    (Original airdate: January 24, 2018)
  • Dana Countryman talks about his joyous album, The Joy of Pop.
    (Original airdate: November 8, 2017)
  • Scott Gagner, talks about his new album, Pins and Needles.
    (Original airdate: October 4, 2017)
  • The Corner Laughers’ Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh, and Fun of the Pier’s Mark and Helen Luker, talks about their respective new albums.
    (Original airdate: September 27, 2017)
  • Marc Jonson, talks about the re-release by Real Gone Music of his 1972 folk-pop album, Years.
    (Original airdate: September 20, 2017)
  • Peggy March, talks about the new Ace Records compilation, If You Loved Me: RCA Recordings from Around the  World 1963-1969.
    (Original airdate: September 6, 2017)
  • Zeek Weekling, talks about The Weeklings’ fab version of the Beatles’ “Paperback Writer.”
    (Original airdate: September 6, 2017)
  • Coke Belda, talks about Coke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees.
    (Original airdate: August 23, 2017)
  • Richard X. Heyman, talks about his 12th album release, Incognito.
    (Original airdate: August 9, 2017)
  • Jamie and Steve (Jamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel), talks about their EP, Sub Textural.
    (Original airdate: August 16, 2017)

Archived Shows:

  • Klaatu’s Dee Long looks back at the group’s classic album, Sir Army Suit, during this rebroadcast of a show from November 26, 2013.
  • Jeffrey Foskett, recording artist and performer with the Beach Boys and Brian Wilson, talks about his career and first batch of solo releases during this show, originally broadcast on January 19, 1997.
  • Emitt Rhodes, March 20, 1997. A career retrospective, and a chat with Emitt’s mom!
  • Brian Ray (Paul McCartney’s Band), talks about the Bayonets’ Crash Boom Bang! (Original airdate: May 9, 2017)
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