Holly? Jolly? Christmas? We’ve Got All Three! And More Melodic Pop Gift-Giving Suggestions

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

We continue with our Holly Jolly Christmas Party here on day four, reviewing the latest and greatest holiday releases that are perfect for gift giving. You’ve still got some wrapping paper on hand, right?

Before we get to today’s gift suggestions, let’s give our last two-pack of holiday presents to one lucky person. Today, Curry Cuts’ White Lace and Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams and Now Sounds’ deluxe expanded edition of the Mamas and the Papas’ People Like Us are up for grabs. Enter below.

This is our last post of 2018. As we gather with friends and family to enjoy the holiday season, and prepare our annual Favorite Records of the Year feature (coming in early January), we wish you all the best and thank you for your support. We couldn’t do this without you. Have a Merry Happy and a Gear New Year!

Well then, let’s get to talking about the tunes…

Brad Marino | Almost Here (2018)
The Connection’s Marino, singing all of the vocals and playing all of the instruments, turns in a trio of Christmas musings set to a holiday beat. The title song is an uptempo number about keeping holiday commotion to a bare minimum (“This Christmas is for you and me”). “Merry Christmas, Happy New Year” is another uptempo track celebrating the season (“A time for us to come together/A time for us all to remember/Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”). An uptempo, Rockpile-styled cover of the holiday chestnut “Blue Christmas,” usually delivered in a bluesy frame of mind, caps off a fun EP, perfect for this time of year.

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Michael Simmons | “Christmas All Over Again” (2018)
Capping off a really good year in which he released his bravura solo album, First Days of Summer, sparkle*jets u.k.’s Simmons whipped up this bit of holiday joy. Covering Tom Petty’s beloved Christmas tune with good cheer and including Simmons’ best Petty impersonation, sweet background vocals, a nifty electric guitar solo, and bits and bobs of a couple of Christmas classics before the first verse (spot the homages!) is certainly an honest day’s work that we, the listeners, benefit from. Well done, sir.

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Bob Burger | Christmas Can’t Wait (2016)
This sterling five-track holiday EP shows Zeek Weekling as his actual self, Bob Burger, the long-time New Jersey music man whose solo albums are highly recommended.

Burger helps you celebrate Christmas with, among other top tracks, the upbeat “Gonna Be Christmas,” offering up an enticing melody and attractive harmonies; the humorous, vaguely countryish story song “Santa’s Gonna Crash (Right Through the Ceiling),” which wonders why the big guy can’t just use the front door instead of weighing down the roof, and a knockout version of “Ave Maria,” which features an impassioned lead vocal.

Burger even helps you usher in the new year with the rock shuffle “Happy New Year to Ya.” Whether with the Weeklings or solo, Bob Burger is one of music’s sturdiest artists. Gift this EP to everyone you know, is my suggestion.

Here’s a live version of “Gonna Be Christmas,” with Bob and Jimmy Leahey:

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The Butties | “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” (from 12 Greatest Carols) (2005)
If the Beatles recorded “Santa Claus is Coming to Town” in their early style and modeled it after their version of “Twist and Shout,” you’d have this classic side, just one of a dozen such clever holiday workouts contained on the album 12 Greatest Carols. The Butties also wrap bits of “Let It Be” around “Let It Snow,” and rework “We Wish You a Merry Christmas” with the spirit of “Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band.” Plus many more smile-inducing tracks, perfect for Beatle fans on your gift list. The Butties are really fab!

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Pop Co-Op | “Wrap Yourself in Christmas Eve” (from Happy Holidays from the Co-Op Communique) (2018)
On this holiday-themed release, a free download, the Co-Op Communique matches the 12 days of Christmas with a dozen holiday tracks that celebrate the season from artists as diverse as John T. McMullan, the Bradburys, Dw. Dunphy, and Pure Pop Radio favorite Super 8.

Pop Co-Op’s quartet of popsters–the Spongetones’ Steve Stoeckel, Mr. Encrypto’s Bruce Gordon, Stacy Carson, and Joel Tinnel–lead the pack with my favorite offering, written by Stoeckel, “Wrap Yourself in Christmas Eve.” This is a clever acoustic number about availing oneself of the warmth of the night before the big day. The deft acoustic guitar figures are truly special.

Give this one as a gift for maximum good cheer.

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Win a Pair of Presents!

Enter below to win a pair of melodic presents for the holiday season from Pure Pop Radio (Curry Cuts’ White Lace and Promises: The Songs of Paul Williams and Now Sounds’ deluxe expanded edition of the Mamas and the Papas’ People Like Us). Be sure to fill in all fields (type “Curry Now” in the Comment field), and send the completed form to us by tomorrow, Saturday, December 22, at 10 am ET. US residents only. Good luck.


Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the premiere website covering the melodic pop scene with in-depth reviews of new and reissued recordings, and a wide variety of features. We’ve been around since the first weekly Pure Pop Radio shows, which began broadcasting in 1995 and ended this past August. Welcome to your number one home for coverage of the greatest melodic pop music in the universe from the ’60s to today. Happy holidays!

Stop Your Running Around! We’ve Got Winners!

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallOur 11-day-long Eight Days a Weekling marathon, celebrating the release (today!) of Studio 2, the latest beat-o-riffic album from New Jersey’s fabulous foursome, the Weeklings, has come to a close.

But we’re still celebrating! Every track from both Studio 2 and the Weeklings’ first fab album, lovingly called Monophonic, and select solo tracks from Glen “Lefty” Burtnik and Bob “Zeek” Burger, will continue to spin in rotation on our air.

glen-burtnik-and-alan-at-webr-1997During the last 11 days, we’ve brought you command performances of Lefty’s 1997 appearance on the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show, during which he performed live in the studio, and Lefty and Zeek’s appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, during which the duo chronicled their adventures recording Studio 2 in London’s famous Abbey Road studios. And don’t forget those Weeklings Double Shots that were rocking the airwaves every hour during the marathon!

the-weeklings-cassetteWe also ran a contest: Up for grabs were two Weeklings Prize Packs, containing the Studio 2 CD and the cassette version that features three, count ’em, three extra tracks–covers of the Beatles’ “It Won’t Be Long,” “All I’ve Got to Do,” and a screaming version of “I’m Down” that will leave you absolutely, positively breathless!

winnerWe’re pleased as Merseybeat punch to announce that James Rosen and Patricia Rossi are the winners of our latest contest. James and Patricia will each be receiving a Weeklings Prize Pack in the mail. Congratulations!

the-weeklings-on-abbey-roadThanks to everyone who entered. And extra-special thanks to the Weeklings–Glen “Lefty” Burtnik, Bob “Zeek” Burger, John “Rocky” Merjave, and Joe “Smokestack” Bellia–for making such great music. More contests are coming soon. Keep enjoying Pure Pop Radio, your original 24-hour source for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe! Listen online or on the go! And keep coming back to these pages for reviews of the latest and archival releases, articles, columns, and station updates.

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“Just say you believe in me and send me all your love…”

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The Weeklings ‘ Studio 2 captivates with Beatlesque charm

The Weeklings | Studio 2 | 2016 (Jem Records)

A review/essay by Alan Haber alan 5 small

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallWho would ever have thought, who would ever have dreamt that, in the 60 minutes that passed between eight and nine o’clock on Sunday, February 9, 1964, everything, every single hope and dream poised to define so many of the youngsters sitting only a short distance from their family’s television sets would change or at least be significantly altered?

During those historic 60 minutes, a mixed bag of performers paraded onto and then off of the stage on the ground floor of what was originally known as Hammerstein’s Theatre and came to be known as the Ed Sullivan Theater. Families, gathered together in front of their television sets in their living rooms as they usually were on Sunday nights, watched the cast of the Broadway show Oliver! (with future Monkee Davy Jones, then only 19, in tow) sing “I’d Do Anything.” Comedian and impressionist Frank Gorshin, soon to become famous as the Riddler on the Batman television show, also performed, as did Welsh entertainer Tessie O’Shea and acrobatics ensemble Wells and the Four Fays.

unused VIP ticket to a taping of The Ed Sullivan ShowAlso performing that fateful night was a group of youngsters called the Beatles. They hailed from Liverpool, England, which seemed to be a world and a half away from just about anywhere anyone could imagine. Parents were befuddled with the attention their kids paid to the four mop tops, who would obviously constitute the proverbial flash in the pan, gone in sixty seconds, or at least the sixty minutes it took for Ed to open and close that night’s show.

History tells us that the Beatles’ performance that night, five songs strong, was anything but a flash in the pan. Indeed, there was plenty of flash on the Ed Sullivan Theater stage, but not a single pan in sight. That night, as referenced in Vinyl Kings’ song “A Little Trip,” was responsible for convincing legions of kids that they could do just what John, Paul, George and Ringo were doing, if only their parents would buy them a guitar and let them grow their hair long.

vinyl-kings-a-little-tripWritten by Vinyl Kings’ Josh Leo, “A Little Trip” begins by recounting a conversation a father has with his son about what the son wants to be when he grows up. The answer is clear to the son as Ed Sullivan’s 2/9/64 show, a really big show, carries on. “I promise to send you a letter/When I am a big jet-setter,” the son sings. “Just say you believe in me/And send me all your love.”

Beyond the spectacle of the pomp and circumstance of rock and roll is the song, without which the flash means nothing. One of the innumerable characteristics that distinguished the Beatles throughout their career and beyond was, and continues to be, their mastery of melody, their ability to create songs that resonate with listeners and, in their own way, help to change the world.

Perhaps that’s too grandiose a thought, but perhaps not: Music has always had the power to affect listeners in many ways, some tangible and others less clearly defined. Good music, even great music, has the power to charm and captivate, to wash the blues away, to make us think, to make us smile.

the-weeklings-stage-setupThe Weeklings, the Beatlesque, New Jersey big-beat foursome who know all about the power of music, are Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, John Merjave, and Joe Bellia, music veterans all. They go by the nom de plumes Lefty, Zeek, Rocky, and Smokestack, respectively. By any measure, their passion and dedication to the art of making music would tower above most practitioners’ efforts. It would not be wrong to say that they are fab.

Studio 2, the Weeklings’ second record, about to be released, follows the quartet’s first, self-titled album, affectionately known as Monophonic, which combined covers of six songs that John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave away to other artists with six Beatle-flavored originals penned by Burtnik and Burger. Studio 2 takes somewhat of a different tack than Monophonic: this time around, eight original songs share real estate with four rare Lennon/McCartney numbers not given away to other artists, none of which were released by the Beatles and are unknown to all but the most fervent Beatles fans.

the-beatles-second-albumthe-weeklings-studio-2-smallMonophonic and Studio 2, both presented in mono, spring from the same DNA, even though they take slightly different approaches. What they share, more than anything else, is an intrinsic love of Beatles music, more so the sound of the group’s earlier albums than the later ones. Even the cover of Studio 2 is a knowing nod to the Beatles, affectionately modeled after the frontispiece of The Beatles’ Second Album, right down to the legend The Monophonic Sound placed at the top, the album title subhead (NEW HITS BY THE WEEKLINGS Plus 4 Rare Lennon/McCartney Songs), and the short list of featured tunes and Jem Records legend on the right.

The details count, and that counts for the music on Studio 2 as well as the wrapper it’s contained within. So it will come as no surprise that the original songs, seven of which are co-written by Burtnik and Burger (“You’re the One” is a Burger/Merjave composition), and the more or less unknown Lennon/McCartney numbers are top-notch and injected with the spirit of the early Beatles records and other musical touchstones, for an overall sound that is uniquely Weeklings-esque. The whole affair is inspired, and the effect is akin to taking a lovely walk in the park on a beautiful, warm summer’s day. Listening to these songs is nothing less than a delightful experience.

the-weeklings-in-studio-2-in-abbey-roadSpeaking of delightful, you get to play everyone’s favorite musical game, Spot the Reference, also known as Suss Out the Easter Eggs, while you listen to Studio 2. The band has woven a good number of musical and lyrical quotes into the fabric of these songs; it’s a blast to try and uncover them. I wouldn’t propose to totally spoil the fun for you, so I’ll only note a few: the sustained piano chord at the end of the rocking “Little Elvis” not only echoes the end of the Beatles’ “A Day in the Life,” it was played on the actual piano used on that song in the actual Studio 2. (By the way, Studio 2, the album, was recorded in the actual Studio 2 at London’s Abbey Road Studios, a fact which I’ve neglected to mention so far because I’ve covered it in detail here. Lefty and Zeek talked about it at length on a recent edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, which re-airs tomorrow night at 8 pm ET; click on any of the listen links below to dig in.)

cilla-black-love-of-the-lovedHere is another tasty Studio 2 Easter egg: The Weeklings’ take on Paul McCartney’s “Love of the Loved,” essayed most assuredly by Cilla Black, is recast as a lovely lullaby with rich vocal harmonies; it is ushered into the sound field with a recreation of the chord thrash that welcomes in “Her Majesty” on the Beatles’ Abbey Road album. And here is another one: The guitar stabs that open the unreleased Lennon/McCartney number “You Must Write” are right out of the kick off to the Beatles’ version of Chuck Berry’s “Rock and Roll Music”; the end section is a musical quote from the group’s “The Ballad of John and Yoko.”

There is more, of course–much, much more. There is the opening, mid-tempo, harmonica-rich charmer “Morning, Noon and Night”; the energetic rocker “Don’t Know, Don’t Care,” which rolls through to its conclusion like a wild, runaway train; and the lovely harmony-drenched “Melody,” which sounds like it could have been plucked from the soundtrack of A Hard Day’s Night (plus, it has a quite satisfying key change near the end, which is always a plus in my book).

the weeklings equipment at abbey roadRecords are time capsules, audio snapshots of the years in which they were conceived. At the same time, they are also snapshots of the times that influenced them. Burtnik and Burger have studied the Beatles’ music inside and out, soaking up every aspect that made it great and everlasting. The Weeklings’ Studio 2 and, for that matter Monophonic, are not only passionate love letters to the music that continues to inspire Burtnik and Burger, but also a demonstration of how that inspiration manifests itself in their own music. The result is a wonderful, memorable experience for listeners–an experience that will last a lifetime.

the-weeklings-cassettethe-weeklings-studio-2-smallblack box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: Every song: “Morning, Noon and Night,” “Little Elvis,” “Don’t Know, Don’t Care,” “Love Can,” “You’re the One,” “Next Big Thing,” “Stop Your Running Around,” “Melody,” “You Must Write,” “Because I Know You Love Me So,” “Some Days,” and “Love of the Loved.” Plus three bonus tracks from the limited edition cassette version of the album: “It Won’t Be Long,” “All I’ve Got to Do,” and “I’m Down.”
black box When and Where to Get It: Beginning November 18 at the usual locations. Links to purchase this wonderful album are coming soon.

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Pure Pop Radio’s Eight Days a Weekling Marathon Starts Keeping the Beat this Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET!

Keep in touch with fellow Weeklings fans by joining our Facebook event page by clicking here!

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallIt’s the biggest promotion Pure Pop Radio has ever done because, well, The Weeklings!

The Weeklings, New Jersey’s Beatlesque big-beat combo playing original songs that echo the sweet sounds of the Fab Four’s recordings and rare Lennon and McCartney compositions, take over the Pure Pop Radio airwaves beginning this Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET.  The Eight Days a Weekling marathon continues through Friday, November 18, the day that The Weeklings’ smashing new album, Studio 2, will be released. (Please join our Facebook event page by clicking here.)

What will you hear during the Eight Days a Weekling marathon? Here’s your official schedule; cut it out and affix it to your refrigerator and next to your Internet radio receptacle so you don’t miss a single moment:


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the-weeklings-on-abbey-roadBeginning this Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET, Glen Burtnik, Bob Burger, John Merjave and Joe Bellia, collectively known as the fabulous modern, Beatlesque beat combo The Weeklings will take over the Pure Pop Radio airwaves for a total of 11 toe-tapping days.

What will you be listening to, Weeklings wise? Here is everything you need to know:

* Monday, November 7, 6 am ET-Friday, November 18:
Weeklings Double Shots begin airing hourly, with one Weeklings track from either the band’s forthcoming album, Studio 2, or the debut, Monophonic, plus a solo song from either Glen Burtnik or Bob Burger

* Wednesday, November 9, approximately 12 noon ET:
Alan Haber’s in-depth review of The Weeklings’ Studio 2 album is posted on the Pure Pop Radio website (http://atomic-temporary-62113929.wpcomstaging.com)

glen-burtnik-and-alan-at-webr-1997* Wednesday, November 9, 9 pm ET:
Glen Burtnik’s 1997 in-studio session with Alan Haber on the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show is heard for the first time in nearly 20 years! Includes two live acoustic performances by Glen and lively conversation

* Thursday, November 10, 8 pm ET:
Glen “Lefty” Weekling and Bob “Zeek” Weekling visit with Alan Haber on a repeat airing of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The boys go in-depth on the recording of Studio 2 in Abbey Road’s Beatles sanctuary, and talk about a few of the album’s songs, which you’ll hear in glorious monophonic sound!

win* Friday, November 11, approximately 11:45 am ET:
Enter our Eight Days a Weekling contest to win Studio 2 CDs and an extra special surprise! Pure Pop Radio website link to follow.

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Get Ready, Steady and Go: It’s Eight Days a Weekling as Lefty, Zeek, Rocky and Smokestack–The Weeklings–Take Over the Airwaves at Pure Pop Radio

november-7Pure Pop Radio’s Eight Days a Weekling marathon, beginning Monday, November 7, features:
* Weeklings Double Shots;
* An in-depth review of The Weeklings’ upcoming album, Studio 2;
* A repeat of Lefty and Zeek’s recent appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on Thursday, November 10 at 8 pm ET;
* An in-studio live performance and interview with Glen “Lefty Weekling” Burtnik that hasn’t been heard in nearly 20 years (airs Wednesday, November 9 at 9 pm ET),
*And much more!

Preview by Alan Haber alan 5 small

the weeklings at abbey roadRoll over, Beethoven and tell Tchaikovsky the news! Beginning next Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET, Lefty, Zeek, Rocky and Smokestack Weekling, the fabulous Weeklings, the hot four-piece big-beat band bursting across the universe with their soon-to-be-released, smash hit-bound album Studio 2, take over the airwaves here at Pure Pop Radio during our high-energy Eight Days a Weekling marathon, a 12-day explosion of Beatles-inspired sound.

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallThe Weeklings‘ second album, Studio 2, recorded, as was the band’s initial long player, in majestic monophonic sound, is being released to the world on Friday, November 18 by Jem Records (the album will be available on CD, on vinyl, as a download, and, get ready…on cassette with three extra tracks. How cool is that?!).

november-7Beginning next Monday, November 7, Pure Pop Radio, during our smashing Eight Days a Weekling marathon, will be playing all 12 of Studio 2’s tantalizing tracks as part of our hourly Weeklings Double Shots (Studio 2 was recorded in Abbey Road’s Studio 2, the historic studio in which the Beatles made their magic). During our hourly Weeklings Double Shots, you’ll hear a Weeklings track from either Studio 2 or the first, self-titled album, along with a solo track from either Lefty (Glen Burtnik) or Zeek (Bob Burger), from albums such as Glen’s Palookaville and Bob’s The Day After. Weeklings Double Shots are cool!

glen-burtnik-and-alan-at-webr-1997But that’s not all, Weeklings watchers! During the week of November 7, and leading up to the release of Studio 2 on November 18, we’ll be rocking and rolling with more big-beat fun: an in-depth review of Studio 2; a repeat airing of Lefty and Zeek’s recent big-beat appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on Thursday, November 10 at 8 pm ET ; an in-studio live performance and interview with Glen “Lefty Weekling” Burtnik from 1997 from the archives of the original run of Pure Pop Radio shows on Wednesday, November 9 at 9 pm ET (see separate story tomorrow), and much, much more.

the-weeklings-crowdsjem-recordsWe’re thrilled that The Weeklings are taking over our airwaves beginning Monday, November 7 at 6 am ET. The crowds are bulging as Weeklings fans take to the streets (see photo at right) to welcome back Lefty, Zeek, Rocky (John Merjave), and Smokestack (Joe Bellia) with hourly Weeklings Double Shots, featuring tracks from their exciting new big-beat album, Studio 2, to be released by Marty Scott’s Jem Records on Friday, November 18. Don’t miss a single minute!

We’re your radio home for Weeklings excitement this November! Gather ’round, kids: It’s Eight Days a Weekling on Pure Pop Radio!

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcast Page Updated with Three New Shows

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Pure Pop Radio’s In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page has been updated with three new shows first broadcast earlier this month.

lucy wainwright roche and suzzy roches mud and applesAlan Haber’s exclusive interviews with Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, Tricia and Dana Countryman, and the Weeklings’ Lefty and Zeek Weekling are now available for listening and downloading from In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

tricia countryman march2016the weeklings at abbey roadHear Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche talk about their recently-released smash album, Mud and Apples. Listen to Tricia Countryman talk about her new solo album, Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…; husband Dana joins in to discuss his arrangements of the album’s songs, and much more. Join Lefty and Zeek Weekling (Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger) for a detailed account of the Weeklings’ time spent at Abbey Road Studios recording their upcoming second album.

It’s all for you and ready to listen to and download now–three new, smashing interviews done the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation way!

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.

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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The Weeklings Speak: Album #2 Update and a Fly-on-the-Wall Account of their Fab Abbey Road Recording Sessions

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 this Wednesday, July 13 at noon, 4 pm and 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. Read on for all the details…

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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 this 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.

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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 this 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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The Weeklings Keep the Beat on Tonight’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

the-weeklingsThe Weeklings roll into a conversation with Alan Haber on tonight’s repeat edition of the premiere melodic pop music talk show, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The fun begins at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT).

The-Weeklings-buttonWith the band having just taken the Windy City by storm at the Fest for Beatles Fans, it’s a great time to listen again to the band’s Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger talk to Alan about  their popular self-titled, debut album, recorded in glorious monophonic sound. Glen and Bob talk about how the band got together and other fun topics, including the challenge of recording in mono and covering some of the choice tunes that John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave away.

It’s a must-listen show, with three monophonic Weeklings classics coming at you. Listen in tonight at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) and dig the cool, period sounds from the Weeklings.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation airs Tuesday nights at 7 pm ET (4 pm PT) and repeats on Sunday afternoons at 5 pm ET (2 pm PT). New interviews with your favorite artists are coming soon. Stay tuned to this website for news you need to know about future episodes!

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the Internet’s Premiere Melodic Pop Music Talk Show Podcast Returns to PodOmatic With Five New Shows!

Tell all your friends, wake up your neighbors and let the melodic pop music conversation flow freely from sea to shining sea: Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation has returned to PodOmatic with five brand-new shows featuring your favorite melodic pop artists and personalities.

Now posted and available for online listening and/or download on In Conversation’s PodOmatic page: five new shows featuring the Weeklings’ Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, Kyle Vincent, Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman, Terry Draper (Klaatu), and the Dowling Poole’s Willie Dowling and Jon Poole. Each show delivers in-depth, behind-the-scenes talk that you need to hear about each artist’s music and topics of importance. Plus, Spotify and YouTube direct song links are provided for each show, where available.

The artists and personalities featured in the five new shows just posted:

the-weeklings* The Weeklings’ Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, speaking about their just-released, self-titled monophonic album and how the project got off the ground.

kyle-vincent* Kyle Vincent, talking about his new album, Detour, and his approach to songwriting. Listen also for Kyle’s reminiscences of famed music legend Kim Fowley.

al-sussman* Al Sussman, talking about his informative book, Changin’ Times, November 22, 1963 – March 1, 1964: 101 Days that Shaped a Generation. Listen for 13 songs from 1963 with expert commentary from Al.

when-the-world-was-young* Terry Draper, talking about his latest solo album, When the World was Young; his studio, Swamp Manor; and other fascinating topics.

dowling-poole-2* The Dowling Poole’s Willie Dowling and Jon Poole, discussing their debut album as a duo. Willie and Jon also talk about how they got together and made music magic in the studio.

More new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows are coming soon. Meanwhile, listen online and/or download these exciting shows. And while you’re at our PodOmatic podcast page, check out all of the previous shows we’ve posted. You’ll love them!(P.S. Give us a like if you like what you see and hear!)

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Meet the Weeklings Again on Tonight’s Special Rebroadcast of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

the-weeklingsFor those of you who missed the Weeklings’ Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger on this past Thursday night’s premiere of their appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, we have great news: The show will be airing again tonight at 6 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio (listening links below).

the-weeklings-drum-headThis is a fun hour with Lefty (Glen) and Zeke (Bob) Weekling, who talk with Alan Haber about their smashing, self-titled debut album, being released tomorrow, March 10. The album was recorded in glorious monophonic sound…naturally! Glen and Bob talk about the music, how the band got together, and other fun topics, including the challenge of recording in mono and covering some of the choice tunes that John Lennon and Paul McCartney gave away. A splendid time…well, you know!

That’s tonight at 6 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. It’s the Weeklings, folks! Don’t miss it!

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