New on Pure Pop Radio 05.18.17: Songs, Bond Songs: The Music of 007; Chris Price; Fun of the Pier, and More

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Spins and Reviews | 05.18.17
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Various Artists | Songs, Bond Songs: The Music of 007 (2017)
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Curry Cuts’ third release, after swimming with lite rockers and second British Invasioneers, continues the label’s successful run of specially-curated themed compilations with this gathering of 26 covers of all of the songs featured in James Bond films.

This merry mix of moods invites repeat listens: standouts include Popdudes’ straight-ahead, rocking take on Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Live and Let Die”; Lannie Flowers’ Merseybeat-ish “James Bond Theme,” which glistens with power pop polish and a pair of nifty nods to Fab notions; and Zach Jones’ brightly-lit, soulful run through “All-Time High.” The Corner Laughers’ sprightly, jazzy version of “Diamonds are Forever” is a keeper, and don’t count out Big-Box Store, aka The New Pornographers’ Joe Seiders, who turns in a commanding, moody performance of “Die Another Day.”

Grab a martini–shaken, stirred, or otherwise appointed–and know how it feels to have an all-time high. (If you missed out on Curry Cuts’ first two releases, Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock and Here Comes the Reign Again: The Second British Invasion, click here with due speed.)

black box Now playing on Pure Pop Radio: “All Time High,” Zach Jones; “Diamonds are Forever,” The Corner Laughers; “Die Another Day,” Big-Box Store; “For Your Eyes Only,” Freedy Johnston; “From Russia with Love,” The Stereo Twins; “Golden Eye,” Identical Suns; “James Bond Theme,” Lannie Flowers; “Live and Let Die,” Popdudes; “Moonraker,” Gary Frenay; “The Living Daylights,” Cirrone; and “Writing’s On the Wall,” Cliff Hillis
black box Where to Get It: Bandcamp

chris price stop talking coverChris Price | Stop Talking (2017)
The blue-gray washed inner, two-panel spread of Chris Price’s second album shows Price in contemplative repose standing at the foot of the ocean, at the beach, wearing a suit and tie, his hands in his pockets, his longish hair being blown back softly as the tempered waves draw close behind him. Even the blue-tinted dog on the cover looks like he, or she, has a few things on his mind.

chris price ocean photo 5Five years on from his first solo album, and after producing Emitt Rhodes and Linda Perhacs, these 14 songs recorded by Price between 2013 and 2016 make up the ironically-titled Stop Talking, which isn’t really what this thinking-man’s popster wants you to do after hearing the catchy “One of Them,” the Paul McCartney-meets-Stephen Bishop-meets-Rupert Holmes “Man Down,” and the tour de force, “Darkness.”

Stop talking? No, no. What Price wants you to do is listen and then talk about these songs. Tell your friends, your family, your neighbors–the guy who delivers bread to your local supermarket, even. In this social media age especially, it’s word of mouth, communicated far and wide, that moves souls in search of the next big thing from point a to b.

So let’s start talking. This album’s highlights are many, brought to life by Price who, in addition to being the artist, wore the hats of producer, engineer and mixer, and a number of additional musicians. The tender, Nilsson-esque “You and Me (And Everyone Else),” co-written by Price and The New Pornographers’ Joe Seiders, who plays a delicate piano here, puts the spotlight on Price’s voice, a strong, emotional instrument. The pounding piano song “One of Them” is a pure pop delight. And the toe-tapping, orchestrated charmer “Once Was True” puts a lovely chord progression and melodic structure center stage.

Perhaps the centerpiece of Stop Talking is “Darkness,” a patchwork of a song, rallying different time signatures around a handsome melody for a bravura performance that takes less than three minutes to bring to a close.

The man at the foot of the ocean can stop contemplating now. Stop Talking is a keeper.

black box Now playing on Pure Pop Radio: “Hi Lo,” “Man Down,” “Once Was True,” “You and Me (And Everyone Else),” “Sigh,” “Darkness,” “James Bond Theme,” “One of Them,” and “Anhedonia”
black box Where to Get It: Kool Kat Musik, Amazon

cover artFun of the Pier | “Cavern Song” and “(In) My Town” (from the forthcoming album, 14:42)
Nottingham, England’s Mark and Helen Luker, along with Richard Hattersley, make a welcome return to the pop landscape with two new songs that will feature on the duo’s forthcoming, long-awaited album, 14:42.

band shot“Cavern Song” is a sprightly toe-tapper about getting into the world famous venue on a number of fronts. Taking to task entitlement (“What d’you mean we have to pay?”), expressing the excitement of being there on social media in the most basic of terms (“Take a photo of a photograph/Now upload it to your page/Oh we’re havin’ such a laugh/Take a selfie on the stage”), and the power of the artist (“And at least I get to work it out/With some lyrics…”), the song is perhaps the very first lively, happy-sounding cautionary tale of 2017. Somewhat recalling the vibe of Paul McCartney’s “Hope of Deliverance,” “(In) My Town” examines life in a small burg under siege, from which youth is unable to break out (“Is it any wonder they can’t meet/The demands of a world unknown”). All three players shine, but let’s give Mark top marks for some quite inventive bass playing.

A CD containing both of these songs is slated to be given away at the Cavern Club in conjunction with Fun of the Pier’s performance at International Pop Overthrow this coming weekend. Meanwhile, bring on the album. We’ve loved Fun of the Pier’s sound for a long time. Welcome back.

black box Now playing on Pure Pop Radio: “Cavern Song” and “(In) My Town”
black box Where to Get It: Not yet available

Now Is The Time Cover ArtStrangely Alright | “Now is the Time” (2017)
Regan Lane and company return to the Pure Pop Radio airwaves, and your stereo components, with this spacey, Marc Bolan-in-space vibe-y number. Hypnotic and inviting, the song fills the here-and-now stereo soundfield with ’60s-inspired joy. Don’t miss it.

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black box Where to Get It: iTunes, CD Baby

Crime Scene - Carnival Queen coverCrime Scene | “Carnival Queen” and “The Highs and Lows of Love” (2017)
Former members of the great Swedish Longplayer Orchestra–Ulf Holmberg, Jon Sundberg, and Göran Holmberg–join Per Östling to deliver one of the big treats of the spring on this nifty digital single.

“Carnival Queen” is a majestic mid-paced, McCartney-esque ballad with a catchy chorus; “The Highs and Lows of Love” starts out as a rockin’ blues belter that becomes a pure pop delight in the chorus, which is preceded by a sly nod to the Electric Light Orchestra (spot it if you dare!) and topped off with a surprise coda. Whew! Lots of fun.

black box Now playing on Pure Pop Radio: “Carnival Queen” and “The Highs and Lows of Love”
black box Where to Get It: Not yet available

Also added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist and currently spinning in rotation:

your gracious host boomerangYour Gracious Host | Boomerang (2017) | “Boomerang,” “Honor the Aim,” “Rest of Us in the Third World,” “Spritely,” and “You See Right Through Me” Bandcamp, Kool Kat Musik

Plasticsoul - Therapy coverPlasticsoul | Therapy (2017) | “Her Raincoat,” “The Girl of Many Tribes,” and “Babylon” Plasticsoul Pre-Order

love minus zeroLove Minus Zero | “Mary Says” Bandcamp

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In Conversation Interview with Emitt Rhodes Producer Chris Price is Now Posted on Our PodOmatic Podcast Page

chris priceAlan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Alan Haber’s in-depth interview with Emitt Rhodes producer Chris Price, first broadcast on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on February 16, is now posted on the show’s PodOmatic podcast page for listening and downloading.

emitt rhodes rainbows endDuring the interview, Chris takes listeners on a tour of his magical time with Emitt, from the friends’ initial meeting in 2006 to Chris’s production of what may well wind up ranking as fans’ favorite Rhodes recording. The album, Rainbow Ends, releases this Friday, February 26, on CD and vinyl from Omnivore.

Emitt Rhodes

Rainbow Ends, tracks from which we are now proudly playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, brings pop classicist Emitt Rhodes back into the spotlight with terrific songs so good they could only have come from this master of the pop form. Supporting Emitt on this album is a band stocked deep with top-flight musicians–many, if not most, familiar names to pop fans: Jellyfish’s Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., Jason Falkner, Fernando Perdomo, the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, Bleu and many more.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!Click here to listen to and download Alan’s interview with Emitt Rhodes producer Chris Price. While you’re on In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page, why not listen to and/or download any of the nearly 60 other interviews with melodic pop music artists? You’ll love them all.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET (5 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 more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

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Emitt Rhodes’ Rainbow Ends: Go Inside the Album with Producer Chris Price Tomorrow Night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

emitt rhodes rainbows endOnly 11 days to go until the release of Emitt Rhodes’ first album in 43 years: Rainbow Ends joins the pop craftsman’s peerless catalog on February 26, courtesy of Omnivore Records, in both CD and vinyl formats.

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To get you ready for the February 26 release of Rainbow Ends, producer Chris Price joins Alan Haber tomorrow night, February 16, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation for an extensive, in-depth look at the album. (Alan was among the first critics to review Rainbow Ends. If you missed the review, click here to read it.) During the interview, Chris takes listeners on a tour of his magical time with Emitt, from the friends’ initial meeting in 2006 to Chris’s production of what may well rank as fans’ favorite Rhodes recording.

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Emitt Rhodes, Hawthorne, California. 16 October 2015.

Rainbow Ends, tracks from which we are now proudly playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, brings the pop classicist back into the spotlight with terrific songs so good they could only have come from this master of the pop form. Supporting Emitt on this album is a band stocked deep with top-flight musicians, many, if not most, familiar names to pop fans: Jellyfish’s Roger Joseph Manning, Jr., Jason Falkner, Fernando Perdomo, the Bangles’ Susanna Hoffs, Bleu and many more. During the interview, you’ll hear three songs from Rainbow Ends, and Emitt’s cover of a favorite Bee Gees song, “How Can You Mend a  Broken Heart,” which was first released as a limited edition vinyl 45 for Record Store Day 2014 and subsequently included on a Bee Gees tribute album.

emitt rhodes farewell to paradiseemitt rhodes mirroremitt rhodes emitt rhodesPure Pop Radio is your home for this exciting salute to Emitt Rhodes, leading up to the long-awaited release of Rainbow Ends on February 26. To celebrate, in addition to airing Alan’s extended interview with producer Chris Price tomorrow night, February 16, we’ve added to our playlist the lion’s share of tracks from all of Emitt’s albums, including Rainbow Ends. We’ve also added the bulk of tracks appearing on the Merry-Go-Round’s Listen, Listen: The Definitive Collection. All of these tracks, and more, are now playing in rotation on our air.

In the meantime, why not click on one of the listen links below so you can enjoy our continuous, original 24-hour stream of the greatest melodic pop in the universe? Enjoy!

purepoplogoAlan 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 Spongetones, the Nines, Kurt Baker, 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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Specialty Shows Dazzle This Week on Pure Pop Radio

Alan Haber's Pure Pop RadioThe hosts of our regularly scheduled specialty shows are ready to go with brand-new episodes crafted for you, our loyal listeners. This week on Pure Pop Radio, every little thing is ready to roll!

everylittlethinglogo-smallSpeaking of Every Little Thing, host Ken Michaels is rolling out a tribute to the Everly Brothers tonight at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT). What’s more, he’s speaking to author Chip Madinger, whose book Lennonology charts the day-to-day lives of John Lennon and Yoko Ono, and playing through an opening, varied set featuring a pair of Paul McCartney classics, a choice Ringo Starr cut, and a couple of Beatles numbers that are sure to please: “You’ve Got to Hide Your Love Away” and “Good Day Sunshine.”

emitt rhodes rainbows endchris priceYou can read about tomorrow night’s in-depth interview with Chris Price, producer of Emitt Rhodes’ first album in 43 years, Rainbow Ends, by clicking here. Fans of one of pop’s original, defining artists won’t want to miss this show. Set your alarm clocks for Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, tomorrow night at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

needle meets vinylBrian Bringelson spins vinyl and only vinyl this Wednesday night, February 17, at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on his always-entertaining show, Needle Meets Vinyl. This all-new episode opens with none other than famed comedian W.C. Fields, who gives way to tracks from the Beatles, Steely Dan, Dusty Springfield, Johnny Rivers, Julie Andrews, Ricky Nelson and many more. It’s another fabulous show you won’t want to miss.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThis Thursday night at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) on Things We Said Today, our regular panel of Beatles experts talks about their favorite Beatles cover songs and albums. Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn bring to mind both well-known and perhaps not-so-well-known examples that will surely get your Beatle bells a-ringing, like Stevie Wonder’s “We Can Work It Out,” Sergio Mendez’s “Fool on the Hill,” Emmylou Harris’s “Here, There and Everywhere,” Del Shannon’s “From Me to You,” and tracks from classical guitarist Steven King and Steeleye Span. It’s another example of the best Beatles talk on radio…anywhere.

everylittlethinglogo-smallEvery Little Thing is the premiere, syndicated program playing Beatles group and solo recordings. Hosted by longtime radio personality Ken Michaels, the show airs a mix of new and archived shows on Monday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

needle meets vinylNeedle 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 Wednesday nights at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT).

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThings We Said Today is a 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. Other well-known Beatles experts sometimes sit in with the core group. Things We Said Today airs Thursday nights at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

purepoplogoAlan 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 Spongetones, the Nines, Kurt Baker, 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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Go Inside Emitt Rhodes’ New Album With Producer Chris Price and Visit with Terry Draper on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Alan Haber's Pure Pop RadioPure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Internet radio’s premiere melodic pop talk show, returns on Tuesday, February 9th, for the first of two brand-new installments. First up: Terry Draper, whose new album, Searching, Alan reviewed on January 21st, calling it the “first great album of 2016.” On February 16th, producer Chris Price will take listeners through every step along the way to the completion of Emitt Rhodes’ Rainbow Ends, the first album from the pop master in 43 years.

terry draper phototerry draperOn February 9th at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT), Terry Draper engages with Alan in a lively discussion of his recently-released album, Searching, released by Bullseye Records of Canada. The album’s clever songwriting and three-dimensional arrangements, not to mention top-flight performances from Terry and guests such as Jamie Hoover and Ray Paul, and the usual vivid artwork created by Ted Jones, whose mark was indelibly left on the many Klaatu albums he illustrated, sit center stage. Terry talks about it all. You won’t want to miss a second.

chris priceemitt rhodes rainbows endProducer Chris Price takes listeners on a magical tour from the first time he met Emitt Rhodes through to the production and pending release of Emitt’s first album in 43 years, Rainbow Ends. This fantastic album brings the pop classicist back into the spotlight with terrific songs so good they could only have come from this master of the pop form. This chat brings new meaning to the idea of “in-depth,” the kind of interviews we’re known for. You’ll hear three songs from Rainbow Ends, and a bonus cover of a favorite Bee Gees song.

Set your alarm clocks for Tuesday, February 9th at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) for Alan’s talk with Terry Draper, and Tuesday, February 16th at 8 pm ET (5 pm PT) for an in-depth chat with Chris Price, the producer of Emitt Rhodes’ forthcoming album, Rainbow Ends, being released by Omnivore Records on February 26th.

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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 more than 60 shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android or iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

Click on the image to listen to Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio through players like iTunes

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