This Week’s Specialty Shows: There’s a Lot of “Love” in an All-New Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl Serves Up a Little Tenderness. Plus…A Timely Mystery Guest on In Conversation

mystery guestThis week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio stress love and tenderness and bring on the happy for all to cherish. All-new editions of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl, where every note pops from vinyl records, are going to keep the good feelings flowing, as is the timely mystery guest on this Tuesday night’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (see separate story today; mystery guest’s identity unveiled tomorrow).

needle meets vinylMusician Brian Bringelson, who records solo under the name Paul Starling and powers the melodic ship known as Anchor and Bear, spins the platters this Wednesday night, July 27, at 8 pm ET on Needle Meets Vinyl. This week’s slabs of vinyl include tunes from Stephen Stills, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys, Todd Rundgren and the Beatles. And Otis Redding, who, in classic mode, tries a little tenderness.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayOur regular panel of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn– gather around the microphones this Thursday night, July 28, at 8 pm ET on Things We Said Today for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Beatles’ Love show in Las Vegas. Steve and Allan, fresh from attending said anniversary performance, report on the goings-on in every detail imaginable, from the sketchy performance of the air conditioning unit in the car to the 100-degree temperatures they had to endure. Oh, and they talk about the persons of note that attended the show–Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Giles Martin, and Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years Director Ron Howard.

Also on the agenda: the exciting pre-show audio program, comments from Paul and Ringo and Giles Martin post-show, and a whole lot more. Plus: Ken talks about seeing Paul in Boston at Fenway Park on July 16. It’s another great program from the Beatles community’s most-knowing commentators.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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This Week’s Specialty Shows: Pure Pop Radio Visits Things We Said Today, Plus All-New Editions of Every Little Thing and Needle Meets Vinyl

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayken michaels“Catch the latest installment of Things We Said Today as we interview Alan Haber, who programs the wonderful Pure Pop Radio music (station),” said Ken Michaels in his promotional blurb posted last week on Facebook. “Alan discusses many of the Beatlesque artists featured on the channel, which all lovers of great pop music should listen to!!!”

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!And I couldn’t have said it better myself. Indeed, I am the guest on this week’s all-new edition of Things We Said Today (TWST), the weekly Beatles roundtable hosted by Fab experts Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn (8 pm this Thursday night, July 21). During this program, I tell the esteemed panel about Pure Pop Radio and answer their questions about various aspects of its operation. Plus, as a follow-up to a TWST aired this past February, I talk about Beatlesque music played on the station.

Tune in this Thursday night, July 21 at 8 pm ET, to hear me on Things We Said Today, the premier Beatles talk show.

Before then, you should get your weeknight listening in gear with tonight’s all-new edition of Every Little Thing, airing at 8 pm ET. Ken Michaels talks to author Kit O’Toole and plays a selection of songs that were released as singles in the United States but not in the United Kingdom.

needle meets vinylThis Wednesday night, July 20 at 8 pm ET, Brian Bringelson rolls out a fascinating edition of his Needle Meets Vinyl show. This week, Brian spotlights some of music’s most influential drummers, with tracks featuring Ringo Starr, Hal Blaine, Jim Gordon, Jim Keltner, and Richard Pistol Allen. And it’s all played from vinyl! You won’t want to miss this one!

To recap: Join me when I guest this Thursday on Things We Said Today, listen to Ken Michaels on an all-new edition of Every Little Thing, and keep the backbeat along with Brian Bringelson on an all-new Needle Meets Vinyl. Indeed, it’s another fun week of specialty shows right here on your number one source for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe, Pure Pop Radio.

– Alan Haber

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It’s Weeklings Wednesday on Pure Pop Radio! Hear Lefty and Zeek on In Conversation…Three Times!

the weeklings equipment at abbey roadIt’s Weeklings Wednesday on Pure Pop Radio! Today, you can hear Lefty and Zeek talk about the group’s adventures recording their upcoming second album at London’s famed Abbey Road Studios.

This very special all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation airs today at noon, 4 and 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. To listen, simply click on one of the listen links below.

Meanwhile, the following story ran here this past Monday. I hope you enjoy it, and I hope you enjoy listening to Lefty and Zeek Weekling. It’s Weeklings Wednesday on Pure Pop Radio!

– Alan Haber

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They shook with delight and didn’t want to leave! The story behind the Weeklings recording their second album at Abbey Road Studios airs three times on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation today, Wednesday, July 13 at noon, 4 pm and 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. Read on for all the details…

the weeklings at abbey road
by Alan Haber

If you’re the Weeklings, what do you do after album number one proves itself a big hit? You start thinking about album number two. You gather the boys and their suitcases and axes and such and fly across the pond and through the proverbial woods and check into your accommodations and then you walk up to the front door of Abbey Road Studios, make your way to the famed Studio Two and set up your gear and your wherewithals and plug in and belt out two or sixteen songs, the cream of the crop of which will make it to album number two, which will follow up album number one in a big way, and look out kids, here they come, walking down the street…no wait, that’s that other band.

This past June 8 and 9, Lefty and Zeek and Rocky and Smokestack Weekling,* surrounded by all kinds of authentic period gear and feet planted firmly inside one of the world’s most famous, well-known recording studios, stood in front of microphones as their adrenalin-fueled wits took charge and they recorded what will surely stand out as one of the most anticipated pop albums of the year. The Weeklings’ second album, looking good for a late-October-to-early-November release, is in the can and currently undergoing post-production work to make it the best that it can be, which is a sure thing, no doubt.

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!And you can hear all about it, straight from Lefty and Zeek Weeklings’ mouths when they talk to me today, Wednesday, July 13 at noon, 4 pm and 8 pm ET (three times to listen!) on a very fab, very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. You will hear all about the Weeklings’ second album and the group’s trek to Abbey Road Studios in London, England, which swings like a pendulum do.

the weeklings in the studio at abbey road
What was it like to record in Abbey Road’s Studio Two, where the Beatles made so much everlasting magic, or hang out in the well-appointed control room with engineer Toby Hulbert (see above photo)? How many songs did the Weeklings cut? Is this new album going to follow the structure of the first? Which equipment did they use? Was said equipment used back in the good old days of the sixties? And, last but certainly not least, what is the album’s provisional title? Lefty and Zeek have the answers!

abbey road tea cupsEnergized in Abbey Road’s Studio Two, the Weeklings shook with delight and didn’t, under any circumstances, want to leave, which will come as no surprise to anyone. Find out what it’s like to record an album where the Beatles stood and waxed poetic and had wonderfully brewed cups of tea by tuning into Pure Pop Radio today, Wednesday, July 13 at noon, 4 pm and 8 pm ET. All will be revealed and, hey, why not say it–a splendid time is guaranteed for all.

  • The Weeklings are Lefty (Glen Burtnik), Zeek (Bob Burger), Rocky (John Merjave), and Smokestack (Joe Bellia).

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We’re Serving Up the Cream of the Crop On This Week’s Specialty Shows

mic-small 10It’s a week of stars on Pure Pop Radio’s specialty shows: Cream, Denny Laine and Muddy Waters are on the turntable during an all-new Needle Meets Vinyl; Paul McCartney’s golden voice is discussed on an all-new Things We Said Today, and Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche talk about their latest album on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

lucy wainwright roche and suzzy roches mud and appleslucy and suzzy rocheTonight at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Suzzy Roche and her daughter, Lucy Wainwright Roche, talk with Alan Haber about Mud and Apples, a sparkling duo collection that features warm harmonies, clever original songwriting and the inclusion of beautifully-sung covers such as Paul Simon’s “Bleecker Street” and the Cascades’ “Rhythm of the Rain.” Mud and Apples is one of this year’s top expressions of musical joy.

needle meets vinylTomorrow night, July 6 at 8 pm ET, Brian Bringelson spins the classic sides that light up your musical life on Needle Meets Vinyl. Brian pours a bit of Cream, the Hollies, the Mindbenders, The Journeymen, and man more of your favorite artists, and it’s all from vinyl. It’s another spectacular episode of your favorite all-vinyl program.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThis Thursday night, July 7 at 8 pm ET, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn man the microphones on Things We Said Today. They discuss the state of the Beatles’ inner circle, which is getting smaller due to some wonderful people passing on. Also under discussion: the quality of Paul McCartney’s voice. Does this do damage to his legacy? All this, and, yes, the Pure McCartney discussion makes another appearance!

Don’t miss this week’s selection of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio!

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Classic Servings of Vintage Tunes and Vintage Video Star in this Week’s Specialty Shows

alan-mic-zClassic servings of vintage tunes, and vintage video coming in September, are the hot buttons in the spotlight on this week’s specialty shows being broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

needle meets vinylThis Wednesday night, June 29, at 8 pm ET, musician Brian Bringelson delivers what is arguably his best Needle Meets Vinyl episode yet; 16 songs from 15 spectacular artists make the grade, all spun from vinyl and curated by the Anchor and Bear singer-songwriter.

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Songs from Iron & Wine, Steely Dan, Dusty Springfield, Jackie Wilson, the Doors, Paul and Linda McCartney and the Beach Boys will fill your ears with joy, and Brian’s expert commentary will raise the proceedings to the highest of highs. It’s a program you won’t want to miss.

Needle Meets Vinyl is the weekly show during which all songs are played from vinyl records. The music spans the decades during which popular music has flourished. Curated and presented by Brian Bringelson, a member of the band Anchor and Bear and a solo artist under the name Paul Starling, the show airs every Wednesday night at 8 pm ET.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThis Thursday night, June 30, our regular panel of Beatles experts says goodbye to the sixth month of the year with another timely, Fab discussion, this time talking about director Ron Howard’s upcoming Beatles music documentary, Eight Days a Week, which rolls out in theaters this September and settles in on the Hulu streaming network directly after.

There are many questions on the minds of our panel. Beatlefan’s Al Sussman asks, “How much really good quality, new material could there be?” Are Jimmy Nicol, who briefly filled in on tour for a sidelined-by-tonsilitis Ringo Starr in 1964, and Pete Best represented? These questions and more are bandied about in this engaging show featuring Sussman, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci and Allan Kozinn.

Things We Said Today is the weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Things We Said Today airs every Thursday night at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Coke Belda and Pure McCartney in the Spotlight on this Week’s In Conversation and Things We Said Today

coke belda 2Musician Coke Belda and another lively discussion of the merits of the just-released Pure McCartney compilation are in the spotlight on this week’s episodes of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today.

coke belda nummer zweiTomorrow night, Tuesday, June 14, at 8 pm ET, musician Coke Belda checks in on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about the spirited cover he recorded of the Cowsills’ “Poor Baby,” his latest long player release, Nummer Zwei, and his love for the music of Jeff Lynne. You’ll hear Coke’s rendition of “Poor Baby,” two songs from Nummer Zwei, and Coke’s favorite Jeff Lynne song, which just happens to be Alan Haber’s. Plus: a special bonus number that sits lovingly alongside that song.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThis coming Thursday, June 16, also at 8 pm ET, the regular panel sits around the Things We Said Today microphones to talk about a recent show performed by Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band. Ken Michaels was in attendance at the Paramount Theatre in Port Chester, New York to see a top flight band, including Todd Rundgren and Santana’s Gregg Rolie, rock the house with a joyous noise. “The band just sounded really killer,” said Ken. Also on the docket: a look at the relationship between the Beatles and Muhammed Ali, who just passed, and another discussion of Paul McCartney’s Pure McCartney compilation that’s kicked off by Ken, which develops into another examination of the release’s plusses and minuses.

Enjoy this week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio, where everything you hear is special!

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

Things We Said Today is the weekly survey of all things Beatles that’s hosted by a quartet of Beatles experts–today’s Fab Four, if you will. Ken Michaels, host of Every Little Thing, is joined by Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Steve Marinucci (Beatles Examiner), and Allan Kozinn, longtime music critic. Things We Said Today airs every Thursday night at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Another Fun Week of Brand-New Specialty Shows Begins Tonight

alan-mic-zIt’s all new this week on Pure Pop Radio: we’ve got another Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer, a brand-new Every Little Thing (at a special time), a new Needle Meets Vinyl, and a new Things We Said Today. Make a date to have some fun with us!

DavidTonight, June 6, at 8 pm ET, longtime pop music critic and the man behind the International Pop Overthrow festivals, David Bash, checks in to talk with Alan on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. This must rank as David’s most in-depth interview ever. David will take you from his early days listening to and collecting music through to his presenting the work of artists worldwide at IPO. You’ll hear four songs that have appeared on the annual IPO CD collections–songs that David feels epitomize what the festival is all about. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of pop music’s top observers; you won’t want to miss it.

michael oliver 5Tomorrow night, June 7, at 8 pm ET, musician Michael Oliver checks in behind the microphone to talk about the wonderful songs he’s working on for his next album, Everything Sunny All the Time Always. Michael’s rich, heartfelt melodies are something to behold; we feel these new songs are among his best yet. Don’t miss an hour with one of pop music’s most talented practitioners.

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’s Every Little Thing is all new tonight, June 6, at a special time, 7 pm ET. Ken talks to musician Jeff Slate, whose latest album, Secret Poetry, includes a song called “The Same” that is a nod to Wings and even includes a familiar riff from Paul McCartney’s “Jet.” Also on tonight’s show: Ken spins a theme set of Beatles and solo Beatles songs in triple time, and an opening set that features George Harrison and John Lennon.

needle meets vinylBrian Bringelson is once again behind the turntables this Wednesday night, June 8, for another edition of the all-vinyl program, Needle Meets Vinyl. Show 33 spotlights classic numbers from The Idle Race, the Zombies, John Phillips, the Hollies, the Supremes, Harry Nilsson and many more of your favorite artists.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayKen Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn gather around the Beatles roundtable this Thursday night, June 9, on Things We Said Today to talk to none other than famed singer Billy J. Kramer. Billy’s new book is Do You Want to Know a Secret, written in conjunction with Alyn Shipton, author of Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter. Billy talks about his history as a performer, meeting the Beatles, and much more.

That’s this week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. A pretty striking bunch! We’ve got your evening entertainment covered!

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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