Reviews: 12.19.19: Last-Minute Melodic Stocking Stuffers!

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

And now, a few more melodic Christmas goodies to add to your gift lists (another 11 are reviewed here). There are only five more shopping days until the big day, so you’d better get clicking…

Have a very Merry Christmas and a happy New Year, everyone. We’ll see you again in January, with the kind of reviews and articles you expect from the premier website covering the many moods of melodic pop music.

Dana Countryman and Matt Tyson, featuring Scott Bennett | “It’s Christmas Time” (2019)

Pure Pop Radio favorites Dana Countryman and Matt Tyson stir up a cheery, upbeat, non-alcoholic cocktail echoing the sounds of the Beach Boys, Jan and Dean, and Jeffrey Foskett–a joyous two minutes and forty-five seconds worth of catchy musical magic. With a rocking guitar solo played with “I Get Around” aplomb by Scott Bennett, this is Southern California pop under sunny holiday skies.

Where to Hear It and Get It: Bandcamp

Bearkat | A Very Bearkat Christmas (2019)

Aka Katy Pearson (Anchor & Bear), Bearkat’s richly drawn holiday collection, bringing together a pair of previously-released EPs–2012’s It’s Christmas Time and 2013’s A Winter Suite–and two new recordings, is an endearing survey of vocal harmony pop painted atop spare instrumentation and a whole lot of holiday heart.

Pearson’s sweet voice quietly dazzles, whether as a strong solo instrument or as elements within rich harmony stacks. Her songs paint a snowy, emotional portrait of holiday feelings, each one alive with lovely melodies.

Here is just one example, the banjo-driven, folky, harmony-laden, wintry wonder, “Snow”:

And here is another, a breathtaking, a cappella version of “Auld Lang Syne,” sung passionately by Pearson and her husband, Brian Bringelson, also from Anchor and Bear:

Where to Hear It and Get It: Bandcamp, Apple Music. Listen on Spotify

Zach Jones | “I’ll Be Home (Xmas Day)” b/w “Joy to the World” (2019)

Zach Jones paints his pair of holiday tunes with a quite different, yet catchy, soulful brush. The emotionally-cast, mid-tempo ballad “I’ll Be Home (Xmas Day)” and the slightly funky instrumental take on perennial carol “Joy to the World” are soulful pop gems. A wonderful holiday listening experience.

Where to Get It: CD Baby, Apple Music

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Melodic Pop Sounds of the Season for You!

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Now, this is how you wrap gifts for the melodic pop music fans in your life:

We’ve got suggestions for you: a long list of some of the top musical holiday offerings being released during this festive season.

It all comes to you here, tomorrow, December 11.

So, there is only one question left to ask…

Do you hear what I hear? Hmm?

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Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the premier 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 the 24-hour Pure Pop Radio station, which ended last August.

Welcome to your number one home for coverage of the greatest melodic pop music in the universe from the ’60s to today.

Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza Returns for a Second Year, Serving Up a Delicious Soundtrack of Jingle and Jangle on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day

christmas bellsEveryone’s excited about Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza–even Santa and his reindeer can’t wait until the sounds of cheery jingle and jangle hit the airwaves at noon ET on Christmas Eve day!

Come Dasher, come Dancer, come Donner and Blitzen and Brian Wilson and Christian Phillips and the Beatles and Bill Lloyd and Cliff Hillis and the Grip Weeds and the JAC and the Ramones, the Spongetones and the Butties and hundreds of other artists and songs of the season! Come one and all to your Internet radios and computers for 36 straight hours of holiday joy punctuated by a snow-covered mountain’s worth of melody and harmony! Come for the music and don’t forget to bring the mistletoe!

Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza kicks off at noon ET on December 24 and continues straight through to 11:59 pm on Christmas Day. New this year: Custom IDs and jingles from many of your favorite melodic pop artists. Assembled by our team of music-minded elves, our merry mix of classic Christmas favorites and contemporary holiday song craft will provide the soundtrack for the happiest time of the year. And rejoice in the knowledge that this year, you can take our Holiday Popapalooza with you wherever you go by downloading our handy apps for listening on Android and iOS devices. See the link below to take the music with you!

Why not ride your sleigh to our Facebook event page and join your fellow melodic pop music fans in the happiest holiday event of the season? Click here to be magically transported. And keep a lookout for updates and pictures and all sorts of goodies leading up to the big event: Pure Pop Radio’s Holiday Popapalooza.

Grab a glass of egg nog, wear your favorite Christmas sweater proudly, and join us on December 24 for a good time that will be had by all. Music, memories, and Pure Pop Radio make the holiday season bright!

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