Bill Lloyd’s In Conversation Appearance Is Now Available on Our Podcast Page

bill lloydBill Lloyd’s May 3 appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, during which he talked about his smashing new collection of covers, Lloyd*ering, is now available for listening and downloading from our PodOmatic podcast page.

bill lloyd lloyderingThe dozen suits of clothes, if you will, on Lloyd*ering are spiffy to the max, showing, in addition to Bill’s ability to make another artist’s song his own, the wide breadth of musical styles Bill adores and cherishes. So, there are easy jumps on this collection from covering songs from the dB’s and Wreckless Eric to classics from Harry Nilsson and the Lovin’ Spoonful. You get Bill’s take on Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” and, in the next breath, the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Always, you get the sound of Bill Lloyd, the golden payoff for your price of admission.

Listen to Bill talk about the process he uses to choose songs to cover and how he approaches recording them. It’s another rousing hour of in-depth conversation you won’t hear anywhere else. Simply click here to be magically transported to our PodOmatic podcast page and listen to and download this show. And while you’re there, why not check out the other interviews from throughout the history of Pure Pop Radio? You’ll love them all.

alan-mic-zPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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Next Week: Super. Spectacular. Off-the-Charts Fantabulous.

alan-mic-zsurpriseWe’ve had big weeks before, but next week promises to be perhaps our biggest of all time: We’re rolling out four days of new songs and artists just added to our playlist, three brand-new specialty shows, and maybe a few surprises. You never know what surprises are up our sleeves (even Lucy looks surprised)!

mayThe big event next week is our Four-Day New Music Songfest (join our Facebook event page by clicking here (thank you!)), during which hundreds of new songs and artists are being added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, just as May enters our musical lives. It may well be our biggest playlist add ever! We’re excited for you to hear what we’ll be spinning for the very first time on our airwaves. The fun starts next Tuesday morning, May 3, at 6 am ET and goes through to Friday night, May 6, at 11 pm ET, but, of course, all of these new songs and the more than 8,600 others already playing in rotation will continue to be heard any time you click on one of our handy listen links.

bill lloydbill lloyd lloyderingAnd the fun continues! We’ve got an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday night, May 3, at 8 pm ET. Bill Lloyd is Alan’s guest; he’ll be talking about his new covers compilation, Lloyd*ering, in the in-depth way that only we can muster. You’ll hear songs from Lloyd*ering, hear what it takes to deliver a great version of a favorite song, and much more. Don’t miss it.

needle meets vinyl

But that’s not all. Brian Bringelson checks in with another edition of his all-vinyl show, Needle Meets Vinyl, next Wednesday night at 8 pm ET, and our panel of Beatles experts sits around the roundtable to talk about the passing of Prince, and a whole lot more. This new edition of Things We Said Today airs next Thursday, May 5, at 8 pm ET.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todaySo: hundreds of new songs are airing during our festive Four-Day New Music Songfest (next Tuesday through Friday), Bill Lloyd is starring in a new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Brian Bringelson is spinning vinyl on Needle Meets Vinyl, and Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn will be gathered around the Fab roundtable on Things We Said Today.

Sounds like a great week of programming to us. Pure Pop Radio is all set to deliver the pop goods!

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Bill Lloyd Talks About his New Covers Collection on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

bill lloydBill Lloyd makes a return appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). The topic of the hour is Bill’s smashing new covers collection, cleverly titled Lloyd*ering; Bill talks about the songs he’s covered through the years and his process for choosing and recording them.

bill lloyd lloyderingThe dozen suits of clothes, if you will, on Lloyd*ering are spiffy to the max, showing, in addition to Bill’s ability to make another artist’s song his own, the wide breadth of musical styles Bill adores and cherishes. So, there are easy jumps on this collection from covering songs from the dB’s and Wreckless Eric to classics from Harry Nilsson and the Lovin’ Spoonful. You get Bill’s take on Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” and, in the next breath, the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Always, you get the sound of Bill Lloyd, the golden payoff for your price of admission.

On this all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, airing next Tuesday, May 3, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), Bill goes behind-the-scenes and talks about the making of Lloyd*ering, a truly wonderful collection of covers of great songs, each and every one delivered by Bill with heart and soul. You won’t want to miss a minute.

alan-mic-zPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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Version Vision: Covers in the Key of Bill Lloyd

bill lloyd lloyderingBill Lloyd | Lloyd*ering (SypderPop, 2016)
Review by Alan Haber

It’s easy to be an armchair musician sitting in front of your stereo with the remote in front of you, an ice cold beverage always within reach, and the air instrument of your choice at the ready. Your favorite musician belts out his version of one of your favorite songs, and you shake your head with the might of a gale force wind and bellow, “If you had a clue, you’d be doing that tune this way!

This is why the professionals take on the task of doing the heavy lifting. In the hands of a master musician, one whose vision and ability are well regarded and keenly tuned, a cover version of a favorite song sounds suddenly fresh and new. Such is the case with the twelve favorite songs gathered together on the cleverly titled Lloyd*ering, a new release from SpyderPop that presents proof positive that Bill Lloyd is the man for the job–the job, in this case, being the wearing of someone else’s suit of clothes and making them look just as, or even more, spiffy.

These dozen suits of clothes, if you will, are indeed spiffy, showing, in addition to Bill’s ability to make another artist’s song his own, the wide breadth of musical styles he adores and cherishes. So, there are easy jumps from covering songs from the dB’s and Wreckless Eric to ones from Harry Nilsson and the Lovin’ Spoonful. You get Bill’s take on Bobby Fuller’s “Let Her Dance” and, in the next breath, the Beatles’ “Across the Universe.” Always, you get the sound of Bill Lloyd, the golden payoff for your price of admission.

bill lloyd with guitarA sweet, country-flavored reimagining of Nilsson’s “The Lottery Song,” capped by a highly satisfying, a cappella close, is only one of the highlights of an equally sweet bunch. A weighty take on Badfinger’s “Lonely You” draws out the sadness in Pete Ham’s lyric, surrounding it with ramped up electric guitars and a deeply-felt drum track. A reverent take on the Byrds’ “The World Turns All Around Her” celebrates, with an energetic presence, the song’s gorgeous melody, golden-voiced harmony vocals, and deft electric guitar work.

Bill has an enormous amount of fun playing through the Bobby Fuller Four’s joyous “Let Her Dance,” stomping with glee as the mix of percussive hits, lyrical bass and that incredible melody swirl around him. His take on the Hollies’ equally joyous upbeat confection “Step Inside” may well be the best thing here, which is truly saying something: the glorious harmonies, intoxicating melody and the head-turning key change near the end are simply out of this world, which you might think is the only possible place this kind of magic could be performed.

But, of course, you’d be mistaken, for we regularly encounter this kind of legerdemain right here on earth as the tricks of the trade of such inventive, decidedly brilliant musicians as Bill Lloyd, who dazzles whether he is working in pop, country, rock or who knows where else.

Lloyd*ering, twelve cover versions of favorite songs, are presented here in the key of Bill Lloyd for your listening pleasure, wrapped in an eye-catching package fronted by one of the most colorful, effective covers I’ve seen this year. We’re playing all of these songs in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. Sing along if you know the words.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Interview with Bill Lloyd Now Available for Listening and/or Downloading on Our PodOmatic Podcast Page

bill lloydAlan Haber’s interview with Bill Lloyd, first broadcast last Tuesday on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, is now available for listening and/or downloading on the show’s PodOmatic podcast page.

bill lloyd ep 2015 2Bill talks extensively about his new single, which pairs two great pop songs, “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile.” The single, available for download on iTunes, also appears on an extended CD-EP, along with three additional, never-before-heard numbers from the artist’s archives. The CD-EP is available from Bill’s website.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to and/or download more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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Bill Lloyd Guests on Tonight’s New Edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

bill lloydpurepoplogoVeteran music maker Bill Lloyd sits down with Alan Haber to talk about his new single on tonight’s brand-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. It’s another great hour of talk and tunes that you won’t want to miss. The fun begins at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT).

bill lloyd ep 2015 2Bill’s new single, pairing two terrific tracks, “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile,” the former written with Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson and the latter with singer-songwriter Pat Buchanan, is available as a digital download from iTunes. The CD-EP version, available from Bill’s website, adds three additional tracks recorded in the artist’s home studio: “Frank,” “It’s Happening Now,” and the clever stitching-together of homegrown instrumentals, “Today’s Soundtrack.”

On tonight’s show, Bill goes in-depth about the writing and recording of the new songs and how he chose the bonus tracks appearing on the CD-EP. During the hour, you’ll hear both “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile,” as well as the one-of-a-kind experience that is “Today’s Soundtrack.” It’s the kind of musical back-and-forth you’ve come to expect from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT).

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Bill Lloyd Raises the Bar…Again

bill lloyd ep 2015Bill Lloyd | “Yesterday” b/w “Miracle Mile” (iTunes Download) | “Yesterday,” “Miracle Mile,” “Frank,” “It’s Happening Now,” and “Today’s Soundtrack” (Limited Edition CD-EP)

Review by Alan Haber

With today’s release of his fantastic new single, the master musical magician Bill Lloyd once again aims for the stars and far surpasses them.

The double A-side spinner, pairing two tremendous and powerful melodic pop songs, “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile,” is fine and dandy all on its own as a download from iTunes, and you should spring for it immediately if not sooner, but the limited edition CD comes with three extra tracks that quite simply can not be denied, making this collection an EP that raises the bar and then some. So it’s both of these things for you, and you too.

Coming off last year’s grand reimagining of his classic 1994 album, Set to Pop (entitled Reset2014) and the typically astounding 2012 record Boy King of Tokyo, Lloyd has raised the bar even higher, playing the one-man-band with two of his best-ever songs. A-side number one, “Yesterday,” is a straight-ahead power pop number with an oh-so-catchy melody and lots of oomph in the form of lyrical electric guitars; inventive, rollercoaster bass lines (performed by special guest star and co-writer, Cheap Trick’s Tom Petersson), and just generally smart and inspired songwriting.

Over on A-side number two, “Miracle Mile,” it’s a Who-like opening (think Bill, not Keith, Moon on drums) that slides into a mid-tempo charmer that sneaks up on you and quickly grabs you by the throat as the drums and vocals kick defiantly with purpose. The song was co-written by frequent musical cohort Pat Buchanan, whose band Idle Jets released the classic 1999 album, Atomic Fireball.

bill lloyd ep 2015 2Two of the three bonus tracks appearing on the CD-EP were fashioned back in the early 2000s in Lloyd’s home studio and are corkers, all (“Frank” was recorded in 1998). Following a slick backwards section that’s thrown a loop when the sound of a needle draws across a slab of vinyl, “Frank” gets down to the business of an uptempo pop song with another great melody. “It’s Happening Now” is a lovely acoustic number with an equally lovely melody and a sensitive, understated background vocal arrangement. It would sound all warm and snugly played directly after Paul McCartney’s “Put It There.”

The mindblower among these bonus tracks–the slambang, whizbang, tree shaking, volcano erupting, hell of a thing is the 11 minute instrumental stew called “Today’s Soundtrack,” which could very well be the last word on instrumentals if it’s last words you’re looking for. Stitching together seven distinct pieces, the titles of which are worth the price of admission alone, Lloyd has struck instrumental gold.

To wit: “Gothish” feeds into “Mr. Haney Flips His Wig,” which feeds into “Slinkette,” which becomes “Beautiful Creeps,” which ushers in “Clubbing” and follows with “Let It Come to You” and “40 Watts.” All in all, this is a collective, surprising trip down the Route 66 of the musical mind, a ride with tantalizing twists and turns whose passengers are a short, opening mood poem; a scratchy, early rock and roll workout coming out of the tiny speaker of a transistor radio sitting on Oliver Douglas’s kitchen table in Green Acres; a tiny snippet of electronic sound that plays like it was orphaned after being cut from Todd Rundgren’s A Wizard, A True Star track, “Dogfight Giggle”; a slow burning, blues-cum-jazz tone poem; an energetic dance, club workout; a Prince-styled, funky guitar-centric attack; and a relatively straight-ahead pop rocking bed for what would undoubtedly be a big hit song. It’s a wild, stylish, way-satisfying ride–a perhaps unexpected one that, frankly, sizzles.

bill lloydLloyd has always been a reliable creator, issuing record after record of top-flight songs played and sung to perfection. With this new release, he has reached new heights, turning in a pair of phenomenal recordings supported, on the CD-EP, by three additional tracks that beg the question, “What other treasures are lurking in the cupboards in Bill’s home studio?”.

For now, these are the treasures, all of which are now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. This is one of the great releases of the year. You know what to do.

Purchase the download of “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile” from iTunes by clicking here. Purchase the CD-EP, boasting three bonus tracks, by clicking here.

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