Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Returns with the Flat Five’s Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor

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The Flat Five

A new season of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation kicks off next Tuesday, November 17 with a timely back-and-forth between yours truly and the Flat Five’s Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor, presented in See! Hear! Pop!, Pure Pop Radio’s finely-tuned video-riffic sight and sound format.

This first in a new series of In Conversation shows featuring your favorite and new-to-you melodic pop artists is a timely one indeed. This lively conversation comes as the Flat Five’s sophomore album, Another World, is released by Pravda Records. Another World continues in the storied tradition begun by the band in 2016, when their first, smash album, It’s a World of Love and Hope, made its way into the universe, charming music lovers from here to there and everywhere in-between.

Another World’s 11 eminently catchy and clever songs run the style gamut, embracing waltzes, shuffles, swing, retro and soft pop, and jazz, among other music types, and reflect the influence of bands such the Free Design, NRBQ, Randy Newman and Harry Nilsson. A massive influx of melody and, especially, harmony, drives this second Flat Five album’s classic-sounding numbers.

Here is nothing less than an infectious taste of what you’ll find when you put your CD player or turntable’s spin on the Flat Five’s Another World:

The Flat Five, a tried-and-true supergroup, its members having played and sung with artists such as Neko Case, the Decemberists, NRBQ, the New Pornographers and Brian Wilson, have neat and nifty stories to tell; during this program, Kelly and Nora will tell them all (well, some of them at least!).

Don’t miss the Flat Five’s Kelly Hogan and Nora O’Connor on the first in a new series of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows, next Tuesday, November 17, right here on the Pure Pop Radio website. (An audio version of this show will run on the Pure Pop Radio station soon.)

It’s another world, baby!

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England Swings Like a Pendulum Do on This Week’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, and Klaatu’s Terry Draper Visits Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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ppr logo breaking out of paperThis week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows kick off with Roger Miller’s “England Swings,” swinging pendulum and all. From there, it’s nothing less than a potpourri of melodic pop classics, along with a visit to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation from Klaatu’s Terry Draper.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night–Tuesday, February 13, at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio–Roger Miller sings “England Swings,” ushering in a parade of top pop stars performing both their latest hits and beloved sides from across the decades on the first of two Pop Tunes Deejay Shows. New this week: Chris Price’s latest collection that easily equals or even surpasses his last Ominvore release, the momentous Stop Talking; Graham Gouldman’s EP, Play Nice and Share; Amy Rigby’s The Old Guys; Juliana Hatfield’s upcoming Juliana Hatfield Sings Olivia Newton-John; and Daisy House’s Crossroads. And from the archives: The Four Tops, Culture Club, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Aimee Mann, and lots more.

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Terry Draper

Wednesday night, February 14 at 9 pm ET, Klaatu’s Terry Draper drops in to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to speak with me about his latest top-flight collection, Once Upon a Memory. We play, and Terry talks about, three songs from the album, including “All Over Morocco,” a song written in 1979 that was brought up for inclusion on Klaatu’s Endangered Species record but ultimately given a thumbs-down from producer Chris Bond. The recording, which originally appeared on Terry’s Civil War album, features Dee Long on classical guitar and vocals, and John Woloschuk on bass and vocals. You won’t want to miss this show.

pop tunes disc smallThis Thursday, February 15 at 8 pm ET, the second all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show of the week begins with the Monkees’ “Forget that Girl” and ends with the Happenings’ “I Got Rhythm” from 1967’s Psycle album. In between, you’ll hear Robyn Gibson, Dave Caruso, more from Graham Gouldman and Juliana Hatfield, and a double-shot of Beach Boys-influenced love from Tim Smolens’ I.S.S., plus a whole lot more.

All told, it’s three hours of melodic pop love this week from Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Can you dig it? We believe you can!

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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:


Here at Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, We’re Working Feverishly…

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!
When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

…on our next big, huge, overflowing-with-goodness episode airing next week–Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1. On those very special days, we’ll be talking to one of the original DIY music guys, the great and powerful Scott Brookman, whose latest album, Smellicopter, is roaring up the charts, as well it should be.

See you on the air next Wednesday and Thursday for some very cool back-and-forth and, exclusively, some brilliantly-conceived music recorded exclusively for Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Yes, we said exclusively. As in, you can’t hear it anywhere else.

By the way, we’re taking a break over at our well-stocked PodOMatic podcast page, where we’ve got a wide array of interviews with melodic pop music’s greatest stars that you can listen to and/or download. Check ’em out as they say, will you?

Remember, as always, we’re working hard so you don’t have to. And it’s our pleasure.


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