Two Als Talking Tunes, Episode One: Perfect Spins for Halloween

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

al sussman2 twoalanWelcome to the very first episode of our new, exclusive show, Two Als Talking Tunes. Once a month, give or take, Beatlefan Executive Editor Al Sussman (pictured at far right) and I will get together to talk in-depth about three songs apiece. We’ll wax poetic about each song’s significance, relate pertinent chart information and anecdotes, and just generally rap about what makes our song choices oh so very special.

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This month, Al and I engage in a timely discussion of songs that are especially appropriate to play on and around Halloween. They’re not necessarily the songs you might normally hear on the radio at this time of year, although a few of them are; a few others are songs you might not necessarily associate with All Hallow’s Eve. All are very cool examples of the art of Halloween-appropriate pop.

Below you will find two official Two Als Talking Tunes playlists so you can listen to the songs we talk about (O.C. Smith and Dickey Lee’s songs are not available in their original versions on Spotify, so they are offered as YouTube links).

pprListen to the very first edition of Two Als Talking Tunes by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

The Official Two Als Talking Tunes Playlists for Episode One: Perfect Spins for Halloween

Spotify Playlist:
https://open.spotify.com/embed/user/1214510552/playlist/4OfbfWsaLcHci6ThYZ7ZEN

YouTube Playlist:
* “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp” | O.C. Smith

* “Laurie (Strange Things Happen)” | Dickey Lee

Please let your friends know about Two Als Talking Tunes. We hope you enjoy the show.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Two Als Talking Tunes Premieres Exclusively This Thursday on purepopradio.com

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

alan2 twoal sussmanBuilding on previous duo shows broadcast under the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation banner, Beatlefan Magazine Executive Editor Al Sussman (pictured at left) and yours truly have joined forces for a brand-new series of programs to be broadcast exclusively here on purepopradio.com, the first of which premieres this Thursday, October 26.

Our show, Two Als Talking Tunes, brings together hundreds of years (at least!) of pop music facts, figures and opinion logged by the show’s hosts, who’ve never met a catchy, memorable song they couldn’t chat about. Each show will have a theme, or not; the first episode concerns itself with songs that make spin sense in and around Halloween, which just happens to be poised to appear next Tuesday. According to the calendar, that is.

o.c. smith the son of hickory holler's trampOn the docket are six songs; Al and I have each chosen three. We talk about them and you listen to them by clicking on the supplied links in the official Two Als Talking Tunes playlist. You’ll thrill to tunes from Harry Nilsson, Randy Newman, Dickey Lee, Tiny Tim, and O.C. Smith, who essays the sad story of “The Son of Hickory Holler’s Tramp.”

Al and I invite you to join us roughly once a month exclusively here on purepopradio.com for get-togethers that are sure to please one and all. Join us for the first go-round this Thursday, October 26, when we talk about songs that are pleasingly perfect for playing on or near Halloween. Spooky? Yes. Entertaining? You bet! It’s Two Als Talking Tunes, exclusively here on purepopradio.com.

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, playing the latest and greatest melodic pop songs from today and across the decades, and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop talk show, air weekly on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallin conversation new graphic blueListen to the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8 pm ET (two different shows every week); In Conversation airs every Wednesday night at 9 pm ET. Don’t miss a minute!

Tune in to Pop that Goes Crunch Radio by clicking on the following snazzy-looking button:

 

Sun, Surf, Sand, Weird and Wonderful, and Big-Beat Fun Power This Week’s Specialty Show Lineup

mic-small 10A fun mix of sun, sand, weird and wonderful, and big-beat blasts power this week’s lineup of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows.

everylittlethinglogo-smallWe kick off the excitement tonight at 8 pm ET with an all-new episode of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. On this week’s show, Ken talks to Jude Kessler, author of a series of books, written as historical narratives, covering the life of John Lennon. In addition, a theme set of songs with the word road in the title, a variety of top Beatles and solo Beatles tracks, and a cover of “You’ve Got to Hide your Love Away” by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder are played.

waveTonight at 9 pm ET, Jammin’ James Riley negotiates the sun-drenched waves for another set of fabulous summer sounds on Catching a Wave. You’ll dig a set of Beach Boys numbers, a pair of classic tracks from Glen Campbell, and tunes from the Rivingtons, Santo and Johnny, Surfer Joe, Duane Eddy, and many more of your favorites.

ww-logo-longScott McPherson’s got your midweek lunchtime festival of pure pop sounds to go along with your soup and sandwich combo on the latest get-together known as The Weird and the Wonderful. This Wednesday, October 26 at 1 pm ET, heritage sounds from Florapop and Klaatu mix with tracks from Eric Barao, Prefab Sprout, Frank Bango, Nilsson, Pop 4 and lots more. Plus: Scott remembers back to his first show, on which “Sammy Davis, Jr.” made a memorable visit…

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayComing up this Thursday at 8 pm ET on Things We Said Today, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn gather around the Beatles roundtable for a fun discussion with Lefty and Zeek Weekling, aka Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger, respectively, from the fabulous Weeklings. Lefty and Zeek speak with our panel about the Weeklings’ new album, Studio 2, which is full of  big-beat fun and releases on November 18. (We’re all about the Weeklings here at Pure Pop Radio; this is the second interview with Lefty and Zeek that we’ve aired; Alan Haber’s chat with the boys on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation ran on October 18.)

Gather ’round your Internet radio receptacle for this week’s specialty shows. Pure Pop Radio is the place to be this week!

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This Week’s Specialty Shows: There’s a Lot of “Love” in an All-New Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl Serves Up a Little Tenderness. Plus…A Timely Mystery Guest on In Conversation

mystery guestThis week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio stress love and tenderness and bring on the happy for all to cherish. All-new editions of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, and Needle Meets Vinyl, where every note pops from vinyl records, are going to keep the good feelings flowing, as is the timely mystery guest on this Tuesday night’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (see separate story today; mystery guest’s identity unveiled tomorrow).

needle meets vinylMusician Brian Bringelson, who records solo under the name Paul Starling and powers the melodic ship known as Anchor and Bear, spins the platters this Wednesday night, July 27, at 8 pm ET on Needle Meets Vinyl. This week’s slabs of vinyl include tunes from Stephen Stills, Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers, the Traveling Wilburys, Todd Rundgren and the Beatles. And Otis Redding, who, in classic mode, tries a little tenderness.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayOur regular panel of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn– gather around the microphones this Thursday night, July 28, at 8 pm ET on Things We Said Today for a celebration of the 10th anniversary of the Beatles’ Love show in Las Vegas. Steve and Allan, fresh from attending said anniversary performance, report on the goings-on in every detail imaginable, from the sketchy performance of the air conditioning unit in the car to the 100-degree temperatures they had to endure. Oh, and they talk about the persons of note that attended the show–Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr, Yoko Ono, Giles Martin, and Eight Days a Week: The Touring Years Director Ron Howard.

Also on the agenda: the exciting pre-show audio program, comments from Paul and Ringo and Giles Martin post-show, and a whole lot more. Plus: Ken talks about seeing Paul in Boston at Fenway Park on July 16. It’s another great program from the Beatles community’s most-knowing commentators.

alan-mic-zeeAlan 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 Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, 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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Classic Servings of Vintage Tunes and Vintage Video Star in this Week’s Specialty Shows

alan-mic-zClassic servings of vintage tunes, and vintage video coming in September, are the hot buttons in the spotlight on this week’s specialty shows being broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

needle meets vinylThis Wednesday night, June 29, at 8 pm ET, musician Brian Bringelson delivers what is arguably his best Needle Meets Vinyl episode yet; 16 songs from 15 spectacular artists make the grade, all spun from vinyl and curated by the Anchor and Bear singer-songwriter.

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Songs from Iron & Wine, Steely Dan, Dusty Springfield, Jackie Wilson, the Doors, Paul and Linda McCartney and the Beach Boys will fill your ears with joy, and Brian’s expert commentary will raise the proceedings to the highest of highs. It’s a program you won’t want to miss.

Needle 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 every Wednesday night at 8 pm ET.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThis Thursday night, June 30, our regular panel of Beatles experts says goodbye to the sixth month of the year with another timely, Fab discussion, this time talking about director Ron Howard’s upcoming Beatles music documentary, Eight Days a Week, which rolls out in theaters this September and settles in on the Hulu streaming network directly after.

There are many questions on the minds of our panel. Beatlefan’s Al Sussman asks, “How much really good quality, new material could there be?” Are Jimmy Nicol, who briefly filled in on tour for a sidelined-by-tonsilitis Ringo Starr in 1964, and Pete Best represented? These questions and more are bandied about in this engaging show featuring Sussman, Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci and Allan Kozinn.

Things We Said Today is the 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. Things We Said Today airs every Thursday night at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

alan-mic-zeeAlan 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 Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, 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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Coke Belda and Pure McCartney in the Spotlight on this Week’s In Conversation and Things We Said Today

coke belda 2Musician Coke Belda and another lively discussion of the merits of the just-released Pure McCartney compilation are in the spotlight on this week’s episodes of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation and the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today.

coke belda nummer zweiTomorrow night, Tuesday, June 14, at 8 pm ET, musician Coke Belda checks in on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about the spirited cover he recorded of the Cowsills’ “Poor Baby,” his latest long player release, Nummer Zwei, and his love for the music of Jeff Lynne. You’ll hear Coke’s rendition of “Poor Baby,” two songs from Nummer Zwei, and Coke’s favorite Jeff Lynne song, which just happens to be Alan Haber’s. Plus: a special bonus number that sits lovingly alongside that song.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayThis coming Thursday, June 16, also at 8 pm ET, the regular panel sits around the Things We Said Today microphones to talk about a recent show performed by Ringo Starr and His All-Starr Band. Ken Michaels was in attendance at the Paramount Theatre in Port Chester, New York to see a top flight band, including Todd Rundgren and Santana’s Gregg Rolie, rock the house with a joyous noise. “The band just sounded really killer,” said Ken. Also on the docket: a look at the relationship between the Beatles and Muhammed Ali, who just passed, and another discussion of Paul McCartney’s Pure McCartney compilation that’s kicked off by Ken, which develops into another examination of the release’s plusses and minuses.

Enjoy this week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio, where everything you hear is special!

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

Things We Said Today is the 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. Things We Said Today airs every Thursday night at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

alan-mic-zeeAlan 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 Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, 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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David Bash and Michael Oliver Star in Next Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Twofer

alan-mic-zDavid Bash, lifelong popster, music scholar and head honcho at International Pop Overthrow, and master musician and songwriter Michael Oliver star in next week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer, airing Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7.

DavidOn Monday June 6, meet David Bash like you’ve never known him before, in the most in-depth interview he’s likely ever given. David has been presenting International Pop Overthrow, the premiere pop music festival, in various cities and countries for nearly two decades, all the while giving bands from across the pop spectrum a forum in which to play their music for people who more than appreciate a good hook. His love for pop music, from the Raspberries to the Beatles and beyond, his ability to express that love through passionate reviews he’s written for various music publications, his ever-burgeoning music collection, and his tireless dedication to the cause have served him well.

ipo cd 18During this program, David will also talk about and play four songs from the various IPO CDs released through the years (volume 18 is depicted at right). These are songs that David believes typify what the festival is all about. The selections are well-chosen, classic sides that will leave you wanting more.

Don’t miss David Bash in conversation with Alan Haber next Monday night, June 6, at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

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On Tuesday, June 7 at 8 pm ET, Michael Oliver, another of our favorite musicians and songwriters, joins Alan for a trip through the twists and turns of his musical life. The Glouster, Massachusetts native, who grew up in Buffalo, New York, talks about the music that shaped his direction, the bands he’s played in, including Go, Dog, Go! and the Sacred Band, and the new songs he’s recording for what will be his next album, Everything Sunny All the Time Always.

During this program, you will exclusively hear a few songs that Michael has been working on. They’re all fantastic numbers; perhaps our favorite one, “Sabina,” is about living memory and it will absolutely break your heart…in a good way.

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Don’t miss International Pop Overthrow’s David Bash on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Monday night, June 6 at 8 pm ET, and musician and songwriter Michael Oliver next Tuesday night, June 7, also at 8 pm ET, both in conversation with Alan Haber. There are more exclusive interviews coming–more announcements are on their way.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

alan-mic-zeeAlan 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 Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, 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.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and 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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