More New Music Debuts! Join Us for Top of the Pops Thursday!

You say you want more new music added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist? We’re only too happy to accommodate! Let’s get right to it, shall we? Here are more of the new songs and artists that are now shaking the walls in rotation here at our sumptuous broadcasting headquarters:

michael-carpenterMichael Carpenter | “The Only One” Longtime Pure Pop Radio top fave Michael Carpenter returns with an instant classic track, a taster for his upcoming long player that may drop as early as May. It’s a great song–a great performance–that kicks in with a sumptuous Rolling Stones rocking vibe and settles into a typically catchy pop groove with great background vocal harmonies, a killer melody, and joy to spare. This is one you won’t want to miss; it’s now playing in rotation for you to enjoy, and enjoy it you most certainly will.

the-windThe Wind | Re-Wind We love it when old favorites come together again and make more beautiful music. For their first album in three decades, Lane Steinberg, Steven Katz, and Steve Burdick have teamed up with pop maestro David Grahame, who co-produced and mixed, for an album featuring the much-loved band’s unique blend of pop goodness. From the easy sixties soul pop of “Baby, I Can Take a Punch” and the Buddy Holly-meets-modern pure pop vibe of “Fight Like a Girl” to the breathless piano-led pop of “Weak Spot” and the straight-ahead melodic joys of the mid-tempo ballad “Yes and No,” Re-Wind is a major triumph and one heck of a kick-start to the year. We’ve added all of the aforementioned numbers, plus “Can’t Find the Words,” “Just Play Along,” “Let Me Show You How It’s Done,” “There’s a Clamoring,” “Think On Your Feet,” and “Unattainable.” Glorious.

graham-alexander-repeat-deceiver-coverGraham Alexander | Repeat Deceiver We’ve already reviewed this phenomenal album (read that here), so anything we add will just drive the point home with more fervor. Well, okay…why not? As we wrote, “(Graham Alexander has) upped his game considerably for a powerful pop and roll tour de force that dazzles every step of the way.” Enough said. We’ve added eight tunes to the Pure Pop Radio playlist: the title song, “Romeo Blue,” “Games,” “Two Ships Passing in the Night,” “Third Wheel,” “People are Only Sorry When They’re Caught,” “Total Cartography,” and “Wait in the Rain.” A great album through and through, and proof that this is an artist that will continue to deliver the goods for many years to come.

mothboxer-2Mothboxer | We’re All Out of Our Minds EP It seems like kind of just yesterday that we proclaimed Mothboxer’s Sand and the Rain to be one of our favorite albums of 2014 (it was this past November 18 to be exact; read our review here). Hot on the heels of that momentous record comes this EP, featuring perhaps our favorite song on Sand, “We’re All Out of Our Minds.” Three new recordings make their debut here, and we’re spinning them all because, well, they’re great and chief ‘boxer Dave Ody is making every note count these days and, well, we think they’re pretty great. Now spinning in rotation are “One Day at a Time,” “I’m Working” (featuring Finchey, Ody’s wonderful side project), and “Laughing Out Loud. Classics all, of course.

jay-stansfieldJay Stansfield | Birth and Death Pure Pop Radio favorite Jay Stansfield’s latest album is another typically adventurous collection of songs concerned with the human condition. Delivered with Jay’s usual attention to classic song construction, these songs are valuable additions to a growing and vital catalog. We’ve added three songs to the Pure Pop Radio playlist: the gorgeous “Sex on My Mind,” with its welcome Pink Floyd overtones; the relaxed, poppy vibe of “Superman Thief,” with its McCartney-esque up-and-down bass line; and “The Sadness,” a folky, hymn-like, emotional wonder. Welcome back, Jay.

the-martinetsThe Martinets | Rock and Roll Will Probably Never Die There is probably no probably about it, but these guys have their eye on the prize, so we think it’s all going to be good. Nestled somewhere between Rolling Stones swagger and sixties pop, the Martinets load up the guitar buzz with melody-infused attacks on the senses. Perfect for practicing air guitar, for sure. We’ve added five songs: “Good Friends For,” “I Know Where I’m Going,” “Good Times to Come,” “Places You Go,” and “If We’re Going Down.” Rock and pop and roll…one of our favorite combinations.

little-boy-jrLittle Boy Jr | Here’s Your Hat, What’s Your Hurry? and “Tell Me” Thanks to old friend Francesc Sole for the tip on this wonderful pop band from Chicago, who write and perform catchy songs that demand repeat listens. These guys, with a little 1950s flash and a decidedly sixties-ish approach, know how to write a sturdy hook, and they know how to deliver them to your ears. We’ve added seven tasty tracks from their latest album, released last February: “Perhaps, Annie,” “Full of Lies,” “Don’t Forget,” “Let Me Bleed,” “Mine,” “Dead Radio,” and “Blame.” We’ve also added one track from the band’s 2012 single, the energetic pop number, “Tell Me.” Both the album and single are free downloads on Bandcamp. Head right over and get ’em.

the-lsb-experience-flashbacksThe LSB Experience | Flashbacks Just over a month ago, we added tracks from this Netherlands trio’s wonderful album, The Experience. At the beginning of this past December, we wrote that “Fans of exquisite vocal harmony matched with genuinely catchy songs will embrace the LSB Experience with a great big hug of love.” We stand by that assessment, and present a half-dozen examples of how this trio’s approach makes a bunch of well-known songs from other artists their own. You’ll hear the band cover “Helplessly Hoping,” “Shower the People,” “You Can Close Your Eyes,” “Our House,” “You’ve Got a Friend,” and “Suite: Judy Blue Eyes,” and there won’t be a dry eye in the house. Just gorgeous.

kylie-hughesKylie Hughes | Calipopicana Pop, dipped in a gloriously happy glaze, is the name of the game on this lovingly produced EP, capturing the essence of Southern California pop and answering the musical question: What would the Beach Boys sound like in 2015 if the lead singer was a female? The hooks run deep in these delightful, harmony-drenched songs. There’s some supreme ear candy happening here. We’re playing four of Kylie’s very cool tunes, co-writes with the likes of John “Fin” Finseth of the Tearaways, and Brent Bourgeois from Bourgeois-Tagg: “Calipopicana,” “Short Skirts,” “Dream Dream Dream,” and “Leave ’em Wanting More.” That last song title really says it all: More please, and real soon!

We hope you enjoy the latest adds to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, now playing in rotation. We’ve got lots more coming up next week. Don’t miss a single note!

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Graham Alexander Dazzles With New Album, Repeat Deceiver

graham-alexander-repeat-deceiver-coverGraham Alexander | Repeat Deceiver | Victor Talking Machine Company | 2014

A review, by Alan Haber

With his first, self-titled record in 2011, Graham Alexander hit the bricks as the real deal right out of the gate, swinging for the fences with his finely-honed pop sense, great songwriting and performing skills. To up the baseball metaphor, he’s not just swinging for the fences on his sophomore record, Repeat Deceiver–he’s swinging past the fences. He’s upped his game considerably for a powerful pop and roll tour de force that dazzles every step of the way.

Everything is somehow different this time around. The fresh-faced Alexander, shown t-shirted and Beatle coiffed on the cover of his first album, looks, four years on, more serious, determined and, above all, more confident. And it shows: A more soulful pop and rock stance is in place. Real strings and horns shine in the mix, and Alexander’s voice is stronger, showing more range and, at times, a bit of a rasp as he reaches for the top of his register. The new songs are performed with gusto. Swinging past the fences, Alexander the performer is poised to wake up some neighbors.

The slam-bang attack of the title track, a propulsive, catchy number, is propelled by a herky-jerky, four-on-the-floor beat. It  makes for an exciting listening experience. The singer’s vocal is sharp, the melody purposeful and instantly memorable. That the song has a deep hook is a given. We’re talking about Graham Alexander, after all. This is a great way to open the album, and it only gets better from here.

graham-alexander-repeat-deceiver-center-spreadThere is a strong sense of soulfulness throughout these songs. For proof, look no further than the album’s second tune, “Romeo Blue,” striped with layers of Motown and Stax goodness and a copious dash of Memphis guitar licks and poppy background vocal stabs. “Games” opens with a luscious, orchestrated entree, punctuated by jazzy guitar lines and driven by Alexander’s emotional vocal. Once the drums kick in, all bets are off and the singer is off to the races, with another Stax-fueled performance that oozes a particularly romantic musical notion. Do I detect a bit of an Elton John influence here? I do.

Singing above a seductive, soulful riff and a weighty horn section, Alexander takes charge as the emotional dance-pop of “She’s a Chameleon” plays. The gorgeous ballad, “Two Ships Passing in the Night,” matches its lovely melody and vocal performance with an equally arresting string part. The soul-stomper “Third Wheel” follows, which sports perhaps the singer’s most elastic vocal of the set. A great horn chart and more string goodness top the proceedings.

The final three songs on this record are perhaps the poppiest and closest to the spirit of Alexander’s debut. The singer delivers the enticing melody of “People are Only Sorry When They’re Caught” as the marching beat provides a steady foundation. The wonderfully named “Total Cartography” is surely a hit single in the making, one that announces itself as an instant favorite as it bursts at the seams with pop goodness. The energetic dah-dah-dah background vocals are delicious, and the cold ending is correct and really satisfying. Alexander’s vocal is all over the closer, “Wait in the Rain,” which quickly trades its swampy opening for an inventive pop sensibility with great chord changes, a tasty guitar solo and a winsome middle eight. It’s a veritable invite for radio to spin it, over and over again.

graham-alexander-repeat-deceiver-inside-panelWhich can be said for all of the songs here. Alexander is only two albums into his career and look what’s already come to pass–twenty terrific songs between two long players that really provide only a hint of what this artist can deliver. There is really no limit. That we all are able to witness and experience his mastery is a gift from heaven, a sweet reminder of how great music can change the world. A home run? This one is way out of the park.

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