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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The Weeklings and Kyle Vincent Make Pure Pop Magic this Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation!

microphone-5Last week, Pure Pop Radio’s signature melodic pop music talk show, In Conversation, electrified the airwaves by airing first-time-broadcast interviews with Terry Draper and the Dowling Poole. We’re still fired up; this week, the Weeklings, with Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, and Kyle Vincent step in front of our microphones and speak with Alan Haber for a couple of fun, in-depth talks that feature tracks from their latest, stellar recordings.

kyle-vincentKyle Vincent is up first tomorrow night, March 3, at 8 pm ET with the inside story of the making of his latest album, Detour. We also talk about Kyle’s approach to recording. And that’s not all: Kyle reminisces about the late Kim Fowley, for whom Kyle worked for a few years. Plus, you’ll hear some songs from Detour. It’s another in our series of spirited talks about the greatest music in the universe…melodic pop! (This show repeats on Wednesday, March 4 at 3 pm ET.)

the-weeklingsThe Weeklings’ Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger are up next on Thursday, March 5 at 8 pm ET with a lively back-and-forth about their self-titled, debut album, recorded in glorious monophonic sound. Glen and Bob talk about the album, 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. You can also “Meet the Weeklings” when this program airs again on Monday, March 9 at 6 pm ET, the night before the album’s release on March 10. It’s gonna be real fab!

We’re excited about both of these programs; we know you will be too! There are lots of new In Conversation shows coming up–details to come very soon!

See you tomorrow and Wednesday for Kyle Vincent, and Thursday and next Monday for the Weeklings. You couldn’t have this much fun on your own if you tried!

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Put Your Hands Together and Meet the Weeklings! Yeah, yeah, yeah!

the-weeklingsThe Weeklings | The Weeklings | Jem Recordings | 2015 | A review by Alan Haber Every red-blooded wannabe rock star gathers his or her tools accordingly: one floor-to-the-ceiling mirror; a tennis racket (real or imagined); hair aplenty (real or imagined); an audience (usually imagined); and a room-busting stereo system to provide the soundtrack to every mother’s son’s transformation from neighborhood lawn mower extraordinaire to working musician with a huge, screaming audience and a rider that makes prominent mention of dishes overflowing with brown M&M’s and red licorice whips tied in the shape of boa knots.

Whether the members of the Weeklings, who draw considerable breath from the sound of the Beatles circa 1963, 1964 and 1965, had their first encounters with try-it-on-and-see-how-they-sparkle rock star outfits and poses is not known. What is known is their collective pedigree: Lefty, who masquerades as recording artist and ace songwriter Glen Burtnik, began his career playing Paul McCartney in the Broadway production of Beatlemania. Zeek, also known as Bob Burger, has performed with McCartney, Bruce Springsteen and Billy Joel, co-written songs with Burtnik and played with him in Beatle Bash theater shows. Rocky, aka John Merjave, plays in the house band Liverpool at the Fests for Beatles Fans (as does Burtnik). Ramblin’ Dave, otherwise known as Dave Anthony, makes Ringo Starr’s drumming style come alive when he picks up a pair of drumsticks and begins to bash at his kit.

The-Weeklings-buttonThe Weeklings’ tremendous self-titled, debut album on Jem Recordings–recorded and presented in sweet monophonic sound, as God and nature intended–combines six snazzy and finger-snapping Burtnik-Burger originals, written and performed in the ’63-’65 Fabs style, with another half-dozen songs that Lennon and McCartney gave away. The Lennon and McCartney songs come alive not like Frampton, but as exciting aural calling cards that demonstrate the Weeklings’ retro and shiny beat music sound. The album’s originals all sound as though they were written back in the bygone days of the early-to-mid 1960s, as well they should.

The Weeklings kicks off with the pounding, three-note-into-the-fourth start of the high-energy “Little Tease.” Cheery bop-bop-shu-wahs, a for-the-ages ooh!, energetic vocals, cymbal-heavy percussion, a middle-eight to die for, and a runaway bass line will let loose drops of sweat on your brow, set your feet a-tappin’ and your head a-bobbin’. This is the perfect album opener and introduction to beat music’s new favorite sons.

the-weeklings-drum-headThe easygoing warmth of the mid-tempo toe tapper “Breathing Underwater” spotlights Burtnik and Burger’s more romantic and McCartney-esque sides. “Though we can’t see what’s to come, I know just how it could be,” the Weeklings sing in a song about diving into a relationship head first and surviving through all of the ups and downs. Interestingly, an early breathing-underwater-cassetterecording of this song was broadcast about 18 years ago during a live telephone interview with Burtnik on the original, weekly run of the Pure Pop Radio show (note that on the cassette sent by Burtnik, the “B” in Breathing is the notification of the “B” side of the cassette). A happy cousin to the Beatles’ “Hold Me Tight,” Burtnik and Burger’s driving “Mona Lisa” spirits along as a beat-driven number that begs to be played at an old-fashioned dance party or on the floor of the original Cavern Club.

What is evident is the joy the group projects as they disappear inside these lovingly crafted songs. Burtnik, Burger, Merjave and Anthony play through the Lennon and McCartney covers with heightened spirit and, I’ll bet, wide smiles on their faces. “One and One is Two,” originally released in 1964 by the Strangers with Mike Shannon, is a masterfully rendered, infectious miracle (watch the official video below); “I’m in Love,” the Fourmost’s 1963 top 20-charting record, is given an emotionally-charged reading by the Weeklings with all manner of period-sounding guitar runs. Even “If You’ve Got Trouble,” a Ringo Starr Time number intended for the Help! soundtrack, shines in all its glittery glory in the hands of the Weeklings, with a “Tomorrow Never Knows” foundation and slightly over-modulated guitar lines straight out of the “Ticket to Ride” playbook.

the-weeklings-personnelWith Lefty, Zeek, Rocky and Ramblin’ Dave at the helm of the good ship Weeklings (catch them live at your local music hall!), the 12 songs on this hall-of-fame worthy album pop with maximum pizzazz. It doesn’t get much better than this. So, clap your hands and count ’em off: one, two, three…fawh!

The Weeklings’ self-titled album drops anywhere and everywhere on March 10.

Watch the Weeklings in the studio in the official video for “One and One is Two”!

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