Special Contest: Win June and the Exit Wounds’ “a little more Haven Hamilton, please” on Vinyl, with Bonus EP

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june and the exit wounds vinyl photoBack at the tail end of the 1990s, a veritable lifetime ago it seems, Todd Fletcher, working with popster Ellis Clark, perhaps best known to Pure Pop Radio followers as a member of Epicycle, fashioned a lovely, genre-defining album of luscious, melodic, classic harmony-filled soft pop under the perhaps unlikely name June and the Exit Wounds.

The 1999 album, titled “a little more Haven Hamilton, please,” delivers a whole lot of joy with its aural allusions to, most especially, Todd Rundgren’s Something/Anything? phase and the Beach Boys and the Big Dish and Danny Wilson and, likely, countless other masters of melodic excellence. The first song, the very Rundgren-esque soft popper “How Much I Really Loved You,” tells you all you need to know. It’s gorgeous through and through.

As is the entire album. Back in 1999, when “a little more Haven Hamilton, please” was released by Parasol Records, Pure Pop Radio received a number of vinyl copies, which was accompanied by a vinyl EP that contains two demos of songs not on the album. I recently discovered these in our archives; one of them can be yours.

No soft pop collection is complete without this album. On vinyl, it’s quite a catch. To enter, simply fill out the form below–be sure to include your email address and type “June” in the Comment field–and send it on its way.

Entries must be received by this Friday, August 4 at 6 pm ET. One entry per person. Only US residents, this time around. Good luck!

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And the Winners are…

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Actually, we have two winners!

In our prize dossier are two copies of Curry Cuts’ outstanding collection of James Bond theme covers, Songs, Bond Songs: The Music of 007. Said dossier will now be emptied and dispatched to Rebecca Aldape and Terry Hrovat. Both Rebecca and Terry are now bona fide members of Her Majesty’s Not-So-Secret Melodic Pop Service. Welcome!

Thanks to all who entered our Curry Cuts contest. More cool, as we not-so-secret agents are wont to say, contests are coming soon. Meanwhile, keep listening to Pure Pop Radio, your 24-hour source on Internet radio for the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. We’re continually adding new and new-to-you songs to our playlist. Hear what’s new by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Shake (Don’t Stir!) This Contest! Win Curry Cuts’ Songs, Bond Songs: The Music of 007 CD

bond james bond cdWe’ve got a Bond, you and I…well, we’ve got two copies of Curry Cuts’ smashing CD compilation, Songs, Bond Songs: The Music of 007, to give away. And you could be one of the winners!

shaken not stirredWe’ll pick two winners from entries received by next Tuesday, July 4, at 5 pm ET. Each winner will snag a Bond compilation CD and a sticker that depicts the cover. It’s easy to win–simply fill out the form below and type the answer to the following question in the Comment field: What is James Bond’s drink of choice? You must answer this question to enter.

And now, the usual small and rather fine print: Only one entry per person. U.S. residents only. Don’t forget to type your email address and answer the Bondian question. Deadline for entering is next Tuesday, July 4, at 5 pm ET.

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Win one of two copies of Curry Cuts’ Songs, Bond Songs: The Music of 007. Shake (don’t stir!) your entry and best of luck, 007!

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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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All You’ve Got to Do is Enter to Win Weeklings CDs and Cassettes, Morning, Noon and Night!

enter-to-winmic-small 10You could be the one, and you too! Enter below to win a Wonderful Weeklings Prize Pack, featuring the new Weeklings album, Studio 2, on both CD and cassette.

the-weeklings-studio-2-smallthe-weeklings-cassetteOn cassette? Yes, on cassette, and here’s why that’s a big deal: The cassette edition of Studio 2 features not one, not two, but three bonus tracks–three Beatles covers. Thrill to the Weeklings bashing through “It Won’t Be Long,” “All I’ve Got to Do,” and “I’m Down.” Particularly “I’m Down”!

enter-to-win-kidIt’s easy to enter. We’ve got two Wonderful Weeklings Prize Packs to give away. For this contest only, you can enter as many times as you want. Simply fill in the form below and be sure to type “Weeklings” in the Comment box and include your email address so we can get in touch with you if you’re one of the two winners. Enter by Thursday, November 17 at 12 noon ET. Good luck!

the-weeklings-on-abbey-roadPure Pop Radio’s big-beat-o-riffic Eight Days a Weekling marathon continues through Friday, November 18, the day Studio 2 is released by Jem Records. Listen for Weeklings Double Shots every hour, featuring one Weeklings and one Glen “Lefty” Burtnik or Bob “Zeek” Burger tune. And don’t forget to listen tonight, November 9 at 8 pm ET for a rebroadcast of Lefty and Zeek’s recent appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Pure Pop Radio is your 24-hour-a-day home for the most extensive Weeklings coverage on the Internet. We love the Weeklings. Stay tuned for more!

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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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Pure Pop Radio’s Eight Days a Weekling Marathon Schedule:
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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://purepopradio.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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A Podcast and a Giveaway, Oh My! Listen and Win!

winDid you miss Seth Swirsky’s August 30 appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation? Would you like to win a copy of Seth’s new CD, Circles and Squares? If the answer to both questions is yes, head on over to In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page to listen to Seth’s back-and-forth with Alan Haber, and enter our exclusive contest below.

seth swirsky new album coverseth swirsky photoSeth spoke to Alan about how his career accomplishments have brought him to his most recent compositions; Seth takes a look at three of Circles and Squares’ songs in particular and peels back the layers of emotion that define them.

We have three copies of Circles and Squares to give away. Simply fill in the form below and send it to us by this Thursday, October 20 at 12 noon ET. Don’t forget to include your email address and type “Circles and Squares” in the Comments box. Only one entry per person.

Enjoy listening to Seth Swirsky’s appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and good luck on winning a copy of Circles and Squares.

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