Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Michael Carpenter (Airdate: April 25, 2018)

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Longtime Pure Pop Radio favorite Michael Carpenter took to the road, literally, and on the way to a gig spoke with me about his latest musical endeavors on the April 25 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

coverTop of our agenda was the Supahip’s terrific new album, The Two Sided Face. Michael has crafted, with Mark Moldre, a classic collection of songs incorporating such varied influences as rock, pop, and country. Michael and Mark entered the studio each day without a written song to sing; by the end of each day, a song was written, performed and mixed. Working without a net has never sounded so good.

Michael and I also talked about creativity, the Beach Boys, Paul McCartney, and a whole lot more. We played three songs from The Two Sided Face: the upbeat, joyous “With the Radio On,” the country toe-tapping (and Rolling Stones leaning) “Fourarms,” and the four-on-the-floor rocker “Motor” (Listen to these songs from Big Radio Records’ Bandcamp page). Plus: we played Michael’s rousing, one-man-band cover of the Beach Boys’ “You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone” and a surprise track from Beatle Paul.

Purchase the Supahip’s The Two Sided Face here (get the digital download right away; the CD will be available June 1).

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pprListen to my interview with Michael Carpenter from the April 25 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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Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show | Playlist: Show #51 | 4-24-18

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Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show #51 | 4-24-18

The Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme
2. The Monkees | “Forget that Girl” | Headquarters, 1967

Set Two: New!
3. Brad Marino | “Hey Girl” | Four Track Attack, 2018
4. Simon Love | “Joey Ramone” | Sincerely S. Love x, 2018
5. The Ice Cream Conspiracists | “We All Need Someone to Love” | Single, 2018
6. Wilson | “Right Here” | Single, 2018

Set Three: New Too!
7. Gilbert O’Sullivan | “Where Did You Go To” | Gilbert O’Sullivan, 2018
8. Scot Sax | “Writer of This Song” | Drawing from Memory, 2018
9. John Howard | “Comic Strip” | The Inner Beauty, 2018
10. Blake Jones and the Trike Shop | “Alchemy C’Mere” | Make, 2018

Set Four: More New…Plus!
11. Roger Joseph Manning Jr. | “Operator” | Glamping, 2018
12. Jellyfish | “Bye Bye Bye” | Spilt Milk, 1993
13. McPherson Grant | “Life is Good (At the DMV)” | Single, 2018

Set Five: New New!
14. The Supahip | “You Can’t See Me” | The Two Sided Face, 2018
15. Carpenter, Smith and Jones | “End of the Line” | Petty, 2018
16. David Myhr | “The Perfect Place” | Lucky Day, 2018

Set Six: More New!
17. The Quick | “It Won’t Be Long” | Mondo Deco, 2018 (Reissue)
18. The Beatles | “It Won’t Be Long” | With the Beatles, 1963
19. Lane Steinberg | “That’s as Close as We Could Get” | Lane Steinberg and His Magical Pony, 2018
20. Soft Hearted Scientists | “I Wanted You” | Take Time to Wonder in a Whirling World, 2018

Set Close:
21. Cotton Mather | “Lily Dreams On” | Kontiki, 1997

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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This Week’s Specialty Shows: Michael Carpenter Talks Supahip, Beach Boys and Paul McCartney on In Conversation, and Catchy New Tunes from Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Gilbert O’Sullivan Anchor Two All-New Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows

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Michael Carpenter

Ace musician Michael Carpenter, busy as always and always wonderfully productive, joins me on this week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to go inside the writing and production of the grand new album from the Supahip, his pop and roll project with also ace musician Mark Moldre.

coverAiring this Wednesday night at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, my interview with Michael tackles The Two Sided Face, the Supahip’s followup to 2007’s debut, Seize the World. A mix of rock and roll, pop and country influences fuels this fun collection from Michael and Mark Moldre, who entered the studio each day without a written song to sing; by the end of each day, a song was written, performed and mixed. Working without a net has never sounded so good.

During this program, we play and Michael talks about three songs from The Two Sided Face: “With the Radio On,” “Fourarms,” and “Motor,” the latter a free-swinging pop-rocker with a decidedly Rolling Stones center. We also talk about the Beach Boys–we play Michael’s 2000 loving cover of the group’s “You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone”–and the influence of the Beatles and Paul McCartney. There is more, too, including a particularly apropos track that plays after “Fourarms”; listen and enjoy.

roger joseph manning jr. glamping coverpop tunes disc smallTwo all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show roll tomorrow and Thursday night at 8 pm ET. A catchy pure melodic pop song from ex-Jellyfisher Roger Joseph Manning Jr.’s upcoming EP Glamping and a lovely new midtempo popper from the always great Gilbert O’Sullivan shine tomorrow night during a show that also features the latest from the Connection’s Brad Marino; Simon Love; Wilson; Blake Jones and the Trike Shop; McPherson Grant; the Ice Cream Conspiracists; the Supahip; Carpenter, Smith and Jones; David Myhr; the Quick; Lane Steinberg, and Soft Hearted Scientists.

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Caper Clowns

Thursday night, catchy pop tunes fill the air on another all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show. Stepping up to the bandstand, Secret Friend, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., the Grand Leve, Ancient Babies, Jon and Julia, Daisy House, Tawny Thiele, the Turtles, Beaulieu Porch, Lane Steinberg, Magpie, Caper Clowns and Nancy Sinatra pop the house with new and new-to-you sounds that will delight you through and through.

That’s this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty show lineup, broadcast as always by Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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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: Anton Barbeau (Airdate: April 18, 2018)

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anton barbeau natural causes cover from cd babyOn April 18, singer-songwriter and longtime Pure Pop Radio favorite Anton Barbeau guested on an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his latest album, the fantastic Natural Causes.

During this in-depth hour, you will hear Anton wax poetic about three of the songs on Natural Causes: 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.

Listen to the songs played from Natural Causes during this program by clicking here.

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pprListen to my interview with Anton Barbeau from the April 18 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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Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show | Playlist: Show #50 | 4-19-18

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Hey, Kats and Kittens! Dig this:

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show #50 | 4-19-18

Special Supersized 50th Show Celebration! We went deep into the Pure Pop Radio archives for this…

pop tunes disc small…Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme
2. Emitt Rhodes | “With My Face on the Floor” | Emitt Rhodes, 1970

Set Two: Happy 50th Part 1
3. The Cherry Drops | “Let’s Bug Out” | Everything’s Groovy, 2013
4. Dave Edmunds | “Return to Sender” | Brace Yourself: A Tribute to Otis Blackwell, 1993
5. Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs | “Towers of London” | Under the Covers Vol. 3, 2013

Set Three: Happy 50th Part 2
6. DC Cardwell | “Magic for Everybody” | Pop Art, 2015
7. B and Not B | “The Benefits of Friendship” | Colors, Shapes and Lines, 2013
8. Magic Brothers | “Always Be With You” | The Magic Line, 2013
9. Spencer McGillicutty | “That Makes Two of Us” | All the Happy People, 2012

Set Four: Happy 50th Part 3
10. Frank Bango | “Ape” | Fugitive Girls, 1999
11. Jamie Hoover and Bill Lloyd | “Show and Tell the World” | Paparazzi, 2004
12. Ray Paul with Emitt Rhodes | “Some Sing, Some Dance” | The Charles Beat, 2000

Set Five: Happy 50th Part 4
13. Don Dixon | “Do So Well” | The Invisible Man, 2000
14. Herbert and Howat | “Look What You’ve Done to My Heart” | 8-1-2-1-9-8-0 Across the Universe, 2004
15. Huw Jacob | “Find You as a Friend” | Higher Every Day, 2009

Set Six: Happy 50th Part 5
16. The Davenports | “Thinking About You, Maryann” | Thinking About You, Maryann, 2008
17. Tamas Wells | “True Believers” | Thirty People Away, 2000
18. Lee Feldman | “River” | Album No. 4: Trying to Put Things Together that Never Been Together Before, 2012

Set Seven: Happy 50th Part 6
19. Gerry Beckley | “Carousel” | Carousel, 2016
20. Myrtle Park’s Fishing Club | “Not My Circus, Not My Monkeys” | Benches, 2016
21. Richard Barone | “Learning the Game” | Sorrows and Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, 2016
22. The 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco | “Kiki vs. Alice from the Breakers” | The 3 Song Drive E.P., 2016

Set Close:
23. The Archies | “Sugar, Sugar” | Essentials, 2016

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 #49 | 4-17-18

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Hey, Kats and Kittens! Dig this:

Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show #49 | 4-17-18

pop tunes disc smallThe Playlist:

1. Dana Countryman | Pop Tunes Theme
2. The Detergents | “Leader of the Laundromat” | The Many Faces of the Detergents, 1964

Set Two: New Plus Todd!
3. Wilson | “Right Here” | Single, 2018
4. Scot Sax | “I Never Loved You” | Drawing from Memory, 2018
5. Todd Rundgren | “Cliché” | Faithful, 1976
6. John Howard | “No More Crying” | The Inner Beauty, 2018

Set Three: New!
7. The Ice Cream Conspiracists | “We All Need Someone to Love” | Single, 2018
8. The Sleep Junkies | “The First Time is Never the Last Time” | The Fowl Tone Sampler, 2018
9. Secret Friend | “Castaway” | The Divorce Album, 2018

Set Four: New Plus Too!
10. Soft Hearted Scientists | “I Wanted You” | Take Time to Wonder in a Whirling World, 2018 (Reissue)
11. The Connection | “Wish You Success” | Wish You Success, 2018
12. Roger Klug | “She’s a Singer” | Toxic and 15 Other Love Songs, 2000

Set Five: New and Fab!
13. Lannie Flowers | “Lost in a Daydream” | Single, 2018
14. The Beatles | “I Am the Walrus” | Magical Mystery Tour, 1967
15. Badfinger | “Meanwhile, Back at the Ranch/Should I Smoke” | Wish You Were Here, 1974

Set Six: New Plus!
16. Scot Sax | “Parade of No’s” | Drawing from Memory, 2018
17. Harry Nilsson | “Turn On Your Radio” | Son of Schmilsson, 1972
18. Bill DeMain | “Brewster, IL, April 3, 1952” | Transatlantic Romantic, 2017
19. Bill Lloyd | “Let Me In Your Life Again” | It’s Happening Now, 2017

Set Close:
20. Graham Alexander | “Biggest Fan” | Graham Alexander, 2011

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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New on Pure Pop Radio 4.19.18: Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Where Did You Go To”

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Spins and Reviews | 4.19.18

Gilbert O’Sullivan | “Where Did You Go To” | Gilbert O’Sullivan, 2018

All it takes is a song, not necessarily new but often so, to bring me back to my youth, back to my days listening to records in my bedroom, one after another after another still, closing my eyes and feeling each note and change and anticipating, because that’s what you did, the song’s fade. I swear that I could pick up the tone arm of my Symphonic all-in-one turntable without even peering ever so slightly through my closed eyelids and drop it at the beginning of a record to start the listening process all over again with hardly any effort at all and, it should be said, 100-percent accuracy.

gilbert o'sullivan 2018 albumSuch was the memory that overtook me after listening to the lovely first single from the brand-new, self-titled album from veteran singer-songwriter Gilbert O’Sullivan, releasing August 10. “Where Did You Go To” finds Gilbert in peak form, sounding all the world like he always has, singing warm melodies atop his singular piano playing and, this is the most important part: sounding like no one else in the whole wide world.

As “Where Did You Go To” was ending, and the sustained organ note at the close was coming to a full stop, I shut my eyes and remembered the feeling of listening to Gilbert’s first album, the one with “Alone Again (Naturally),” which I’d gotten from the Columbia Record Club. I became obsessed with that album, with that big hit single that graced the top spot on Billboard’s Hot 100, that was all over the radio back in the day.

But it was another song on that first album that captured my imagination even more. “Houdini Said,” a bonanza of melody and clever, stream-of-consciousness wordplay about anything and everything (and then some) seemed somehow otherworldly, yet completely relatable. I continue to play it frequently today. It is, as are so many of Gilbert’s songs, part of me.

I look forward to Gilbert O’Sullivan, to a dozen new songs that will undoubtedly capture my imagination in the same way that most all of the artist’s work has. In anticipation, I will close my eyes and sing to my inner self the opening lines of “Houdini Said”: “Doctor in love who is above/All others close to you…”

black box Where to Get It: Pre-order Gilbert O’Sullivan in various bundle configurations in Gilbert’s store. Pre-order CD, vinyl or cassette at Amazon. Pre-order the digital download and/or purchase “Where Did You Go To” immediately at Amazon.

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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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