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More New Music Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist During Premiere Week

purepoplogoYesterday’s list of new songs and artists added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist was only the beginning: We’re just getting started making our unique mix of melodic pop songs from the ’60s to today sing with joy!

Here is another list of just some of the new songs and artists we’ve added to the playlist in the past few days. All are now spinning in rotation on your original 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest pop music in the universe.

Let the melodies begin flowing!

the ravinesThe Ravines | Everything’s Fine We suppose it would have been a bit cheeky to call this album Everything’s Really Super Great, but that’s the way we felt the first time we took these songs for a spin. Just over a half hour long, the 10 songs here will simultaneously lift your spirits if they need lifting, make you smile when you’re thinking frown, and put a lilt in your step. The band’s press materials draw comparisons to Tom Petty, Teenage Fanclub and Crowded House, and boy, are they spot on. I’d add James Taylor into the mix, especially considering the deftly played acoustic guitar in “Queen Bee.” When the harmonies and background vocals come in, you’d swear heaven had deposited itself on earth. The song’s lovely melody is simply icing on a very tasty cake.

“Right Man Wrong Time” is an uptempo, catchy guitar pop number reminiscent of the much-loved band Venice. “Working Class Girl” is a charmer, a message to the one who can make the singer happy; the message is “don’t go where you’re not appreciated–come here, come home.” The songs, by vocalist and guitarist Chris Corney, are spectacular, and the band plays like they’re having the best time of their lives. We’ve added the entire album: the aforementioned songs, and the title cut, “Blue Eyes,” “Tambareen,” “Daydream,” “Dead Letters,” “Indigo,” and “It’s Only Love,” which starts off in the Who’s “My Generation” territory and quickly becomes a bit of a beat number driven by tapping toes. Yes, yet another entry in the best-of-2015 sweepstakes. Really great.

carlie mariCarlie Mari | “Share Your Loving,” “When You Were Mine,” and “Sweet Setting Sun” Thanks to Cloud Eleven’s Rick Gallego, whose new album, Record Collection, is tearing up the Pure Pop Radio airwaves, for alerting us to this talented young woman and her fine songs. Produced by Rick, who played most of the instruments, these three songs are top of the pops with us. “Share Your Loving” is a pop torch song with a strong melody and Carlie’s expressive vocal. “Sweet Setting Sun” moves from gentle ballad to a more fully realized arrangement, again buoyed by Carlie’s great vocal. And “When You Were Mine” is a lovely number adorned with a gorgeous melody. We look forward to hearing more. Now playing in rotation.

the big believe handsThe Big Believe | “Hands Heads Triangles” We added a number of songs from Amanda Thompson’s recording project almost a month ago, and noted in our review that we looked forward to hearing more. Our wishes have been granted: Now playing in rotation is this delicious, piano-based ballad complete with double-tracked and harmony vocals, a catchy melody, and atmosphere to spare. Of course, this song only makes us want to hear more; we hope that wishing will make that so.

seth timbs one man argumentSeth Timbs | One Man Argument This 2011 album from the former front man for the group Fluid Ounces (who has played with the Long Players) is a wonderful melodic pop collection full of wonderful songs. In a word, it’s wonderful. We’ve added five songs to our playlist: the beautifully arranged folk-popper “Loved to Pieces,” which is as cuddly and melodic a tune as could possibly be; “Don’t Worry,” another cuddly tune with a beautiful melody; “Horsefeathers,” a popping stomper of a tune; and “Meant to Be Apart” and “Trophy Wife,” the latter of which is another stomper, and Nilsson-esque to boot! Great stuff.

tommy sistak a new dayTommy Sistak | “A New Day” This inventive pop tapestry, bursting with influences from Herman’s Hermits to Roy Wood, is a typically catchy and fun creation from the creative master behind the wonderful Short Songs album, which we continue to spin in rotation here at Pure Pop Radio. It hardly gets better than this.

Tony Valentino and Dan Markell

Tony Valentino and Dan Markell

Tony Valentino and Dan Markell | “Late Night Radio” The Standells’ Tony Valentino has teamed up with Pure Pop Radio favorite Dan Markell for this modern garage-tinged rock and roll classic. Pounding drums and sizzling electric guitar punctuate the toe-tapping proceedings. Now playing in rotation, and proudly so.

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Not bad for a Wednesday, right? We’ll have more new adds to our playlist for you tomorrow, including a big blast of now-playing-in-rotation songs from the Beatles and the Beach Boys. Til then!

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Welcome to Week Two of Our New Music Explosion. We’re Still Packing a New Music Punch. Pow!

powHello and welcome, friends, to the show that never ends, and for good reason! It’s week number two, cumulative day five of Pure Pop Radio’s New Music Explosion. We’ve added many hundreds of new songs by your favorite artists and artists new to you. We’re still packing quite a punch. Can you say “Pow!”?

We’ve added rockin’, poppin’ fast-, slow- and medium-paced numbers that will make you smile, laugh, cry and even, perhaps, think. But most of all, we’ve enriched all of our lives with the sound of singable, danceable melodic pop music.

Here are some more tunes and artists we’ve added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist and, remember, there’s more coming every day this week:

cliff-hillisCliff Hillis | Song Machine We suspect that Cliff Hillis is, deep down, an old, musical soul. His songs come straight from the heart and, in a particularly stylish, old-fashioned way, they come to you as old friends. They feel right. They glisten with craft and feeling. The seven songs on Cliff’s particularly grand new EP are among his best yet, and we’re spinning all of them in rotation, from the lovely, opening, mid-tempo, atmospheric examination of fractured identity, “Dashboard,” to “Goodnight Sunlight,” in which the night washes away the gangly day. This is an astounding collection of songs we all will wish we could have written. Also spinning: “Could You Be the Enemy,” “Hang On to the Moment,” “Just One More,” “Tonight,” and “Turn On a Dime.”

foreign-filmsThe Foreign Films | The Record Collector The musical magician, Bill Majoros, has quietly been recording a four-sided opus up in Canada he calls The Record Collector. He’s releasing one side at a time, at which point he’ll join the four corners of his world into one seamless long player. Side Two is currently out there–five songs that bode well for the next side that will soon be a tangible reality. From side two, we’ve added four tracks to the Pure Pop Radio playlist: the upbeat, rock number “Broken Dreamers”; “Land of 1000 Goodbyes,” a sixties pastiche mixing James Bond melodies, classical flourishes, catchy, pure pop choruses and hints of the Beach Boys; “State of the Art,” a modern power pop tune with sixties overtones; and “Teardrop Town,” sporting spooky echoes of the Eagles’ “One of These Nights” and more James Bondian touches. Very cool, very fun, and all playing now, in rotation.

yorktown-ladsYorktown Lads | Songs About Girls and Other Disasters This promising trio, led by sparkle*jets u.k. and Popdudes veteran Michael Simmons, makes melodic pop music magic on their debut album, which boasts endearingly catchy songs like the Lovin’ Spoonful-esque “Sick of Me” and the pure poppy, ELO vibe of “When You’re Famous.” Yorktown Lads are all about the hook, and there’s enough hooks here to fill a very large tackle box. We’ve added seven songs to our playlist: “Something to Write About,” “La La,” “Rewind,” “Home,” “Stairway to Heather,” and the above mentioned pair of classics.

martin-gordonMartin Gordon | Include Me Out Martin Gordon has a long history in the music biz, with stops along the way that include membership in Sparks and Radio Stars and production work galore. Still an artist in his own right, his latest album is a marvel. He lands somewhere between Ray Davies and another Martin with the surname Newell. Both pop and rock with captivating melodies run through Gordon’s veins, and ears around the world are all the better for it. We’ve added a half-dozen songs to our playlist: “Gotta Go Green,” “Stanley Green,” “Nobody Went to the Moon,” “Still Not Lovin’,” “Include Me Out,” and “Girls from the Country.”

steve-dawsonSteve Dawson | An Introduction to Steve Dawson of Dolly Varden We’ve been playing songs from Dolly Varden on Pure Pop Radio for a while. A wonderful collection of songs from songwriter Steve Dawson, crafted for his solo career and for the band, have been brought together by Noisetrade as a sampler of sorts–one that shows this masterful songwriter and performer’s range. From the standards-worthy, emotional, soulful mid-tempo ballad, “Love is a Blessing,” to the melody-infused, Squeeze-like charmer, “Preaching to the Choir,” Dawson proves himself to be as good as it gets. We’re spinning, in rotation, the two aforementioned songs and five others: “Del Mar, 1976,” “I’m the One I Despise,” “Long Overdue,” “Obsidian,” and “Today She Found the Way to Break My Heart.”

campbell-apartmentThe Campbell Apartment | Sundogs This veteran band’s upcoming EP is a great showcase for some fine melodic pop music. From this collection, we especially enjoyed the delicious and quite catchy “Love of My Life” and the straight-ahead pop of the upbeat “Something in the Way.” We’re spinning both of these songs in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. We think you’ll enjoy them immensely.

fernando-warmFernando Perdomo | Warm Originally from Miami Beach, Fernando Perdomo is a talented melody man whose first album, Warm, was released in May. At home with both ballady and upbeat pop numbers, Ferando channels Prefab Sprout on the lovely “Girl With a Record Collection,” and tells the story of a couple whose life together is in the moment and perhaps etched in the darkness of a darkroom in “Photographers in Love.” We’re playing these two songs, and four more, in rotation: “Home is Wherever You Are,” “California Moon,” “This Too Shall Pass,” and “On Sunday Morning.”

dan markellDan Markell | “Carried Away” It’s been a long time since we first played music from Dan Markell’s album Big Ideas on the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show on WEBR–nearly 15 years ago, in fact. We’re quite happy to have a new track from Dan to spin–an upbeat tune with horns and cool acoustic guitar figures with the usual hook that grabs you and doesn’t let go. Welcome back, Dan.

kenny herbertKenny Herbert | “Caroline” One of our favorite songwriters and performers since the old Herbert and Howat days, Kenny is back with a new, heartfelt ballad that tugs at the heart strings, and in itself is a virtual master class in writing songs for the ages. It’s now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

livingstone-daisiesLivingstone Daisies | Waiting On the Last Minute One of the sweetest gifts to come from Australia in many a moon, the Livingstone Daisies are back with an eight-song long player packed tight with straight-ahead pop and roll, great melodies and the promise of a long career ahead of them. The epic “Pistol Pete,” which begins with an a cappella choir that will send shivers up your spine, is the centerpiece here, and we’re playing it, along with two other songs, in rotation: “Around Here” and “Risking It All.”

Well, there you have it: Another day, another 10 examples of some of the best melodic pop music out there and now spinning in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, along with more than 5,200 other songs you will cherish and love. Be back here tomorrow for another list of some of the latest adds to our playlist, and keep listening to Pure Pop Radio by clicking on one of the handy listen links below. Thanks!

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