Premiere Week Continues With More New Music and Artists Added to Our Playlist. Dig in!

purepoplogoAs Pure Pop Radio’s Premiere Week rolls on, we ask that you open up your hearts and your ears, of course, for an avalanche of songs and artists just added to our playlist. We’re talking hundreds of songs, and not just new ones–we’ve also significantly beefed up our Beach Boys and Beatles playlists (remember that we ring the bell for America’s Band and the Fab Four every hour of our broadcast day!).

All this week, we’ll be telling you about the new music we’re now playing in rotation on our air. Here’s today’s list, all shiny and sparkly and Tuesday-riffic, full of melody and harmony!

brady harrisBrady Harris | Ukulele Days We’ve been happily playing Brady Harris’s music on Pure Pop Radio for many years, enjoying his creativity and melodic gifts, album after album. So it was with great pleasure that we played this new album, released just two weeks ago. Centered around the glorious sounds of the ukulele, this entrancing mix of originals and covers makes for a beautiful listening experience. From his gorgeous cover of Brian and Carl Wilson’s “Good Timin’,” which features Brady’s vocal harmony stacks to magical effect, to the perfect-for-a-summer’s-day sojourn, banjo accented “Welcome Me Back,” this is one of the best albums we’ve heard in a long while. We’re playing the entire run of songs, including the ones just mentioned. And: “‘Til the End of Days,” “Wear Your Love Like Heaven,” “Save Yer Love for Me,” “I’ll Miss These Days,” “Right Down the Line,” “End of May,” “Points of View,” “Lauren, Lauren,” “This Boy,” “Bring Flower Power Back,” and the wonderful instrumental, “Camarillo Beach,” which wouldn’t have been out of place on the Beach Boys’ Pet Sounds album. Nice job, Brady. Very, very nice.

secret friend sleeperSecret Friend | Sleeper Steven Fox’s musical vision, a three-dimensional soundscape of aural imagery, is at play on his alter ego Secret Friend’s second album. Sleeper, which releases this Friday, August 14. Sleeper is somewhat different in execution than Secret Friend’s first album, Time Machine, but it’s no less affecting.  Dressing up lovely melodies in a suit of electronic clothes fashioned on top of traditional instrumentation, Fox has created an expansive, electronic group of songs that is a singular, original experience. The original lineup that performed on Time Machine is back and joined this time around by the Nines’ Steve Eggers and Kurt Baker producer, and pop artist extraordinaire, Wyatt Funderburk. We added two songs to our playlist about a month ago; these nuggets are now joined by five additional tracks: “Something’s Happening,” “Any Day Now,” “And Ever,” “Nobody Listens,” and “Do You.” We’re proud to be featuring Secret Friend’s music on Pure Pop Radio.

all day sucker the big pretenddenim daysAll Day Sucker | Denim Days and The Big Pretend We were in on the All Day Sucker craze back in 2004 when the group’s self-titled album came out. In fact, we’ve been playing the anthemic, fast-paced “Get High” on our air ever since. Now, we’re playing songs from All Day Sucker’s latest album, Denim Days, and their 2008 record, The Big Pretend. The band favors a decidedly pop-rock sound, with the most emphasis placed on the pop side of the equation. From Denim Days, we’re now playing the title track, “The Single,” “Listening to the Liars,” “Faded,” “Sweet Surprise,” “Crossword Puzzle,” and the astounding, beautiful “One Long Day,” which opens with a gorgeous a cappella section that will send chills down your spine. From The Big Pretend, we’re spinning six songs: the old-fashioned sound of “Beverly Park” and the following pop numbers which will roll around in yours heads as treasured earworms: “Santa Ana,” “The Picture (That Took Me),” “Nobody Somewhere,” “Strange Orbits,” and “The Man (From the Big Pretend).” Joyous.

the unswept todaythe unsweptThe Unswept | The Unswept Today! and The Unswept Cousins Charlie, Liz, and Ryan O’Brien came together as the Unswept in Chicago after leaving their native Sheffield in England. We’re a bit late in reporting on our adding of both this groovy band’s 2014 self-titled album and their latest long player, The Unswept Today! So, let’s play catchup, shall we? We’ve added every song from both albums, so one might say it’s a clean sweep for the Unswept! From Today!, we’re playing “Super Sad,” “Peace of Mind,” “Please Look My Way,” “Another Bubble,” “(You Can) Do the Math,” “Unimpressive,” “Magnet’s Coil,” a cover of Teenage Fanclub’s “Mellow Doubt,” “Cheater,” “Getaway,” and the wonderfully titled “Surf Song (I Wish I Was a Beach Boy).” From the self-titled album, we’re spinning “So It Goes,” “I Can’t Sleep,” “Cynical Girl” (Marshall Crenshaw cover), “Certain Flowers,” “You’re Going Home,” “I Must Be in Love” (Rutles cover), “You Trip Me Up,” “Listen to the Band” (Monkees cover), and “She’s So Cool.” And what’s cool about the Unswept? Their unerring sense of melody, great songs and a terrific presentation. We love the Unswept!

the foreign filmsThe Foreign Films | The Record Collector (Side 3)  On October 21st of last year, we added four tracks from the second side of the in-progress, two-record set that Bill Majoros has been recording up in Canada under his band nom de plume, the Foreign Films. Side three of the album, called The Record Collector, was recently released. This time around, we’re adding all six songs on offer because they’re just so incredibly wonderful. “Northern Love Songs,” which we played on last night’s premiere edition of Alan Haber’s new deejay show, Pop Tunes, is an old-fashioned, dramatic, beautifully written song with an indelible hook and allusions to World Party, the Wondermints, and the arrangements of early Elton John records; “Empire of the Night” is an upbeat pop-rocker sounding like it could have sat quite comfortably on the Beach Boys’ Wild Honey album; and “A Foolish Symphony (Wait)” centers its lovely melody around a classically-styled chord progression where varied instrumentation–including emotive pedal steel lines–lead up to a satisfying ending. We’re playing these three songs, and three more still: “Stars in Her Eyes,” “Girl by the River,” and “The DeLuxe.” The Record Collector looks to be a top contender for best-of-the-year honors when the ballots are counted later this year. Stunning.

larry o. deanLarry O. Dean | Good Grief If the individual albums in Larry O. Dean’s back catalog were bricks, we could all get together and build a 4,000 square-foot house, such is the depth of his output. It’s all led to Larry’s forthcoming album (due September 25) called Good Grief, which is in the dictionary (we checked) next to a sign that proclaims “Good Music is Here.” Sounding like a cross between Lou Reed and Neil Young (if Lou and Neil favored pop more than rock), Larry has a poet’s heart (which makes sense, since he is a poet and teaches English at Indiana University Northwest and Northeastern Illinois University). Good Grief’s strong set of songs are catchy and commanding, possessed of fertile imagery and good humor. We’re playing, in rotation, six songs from this great album: “(Driving) Under the Influence (of Love),” “Didn’t See it Coming,” “Don’t Climb the Mountain,” “Heather’s Diary,” “Sniper,” and the lovely “Botox Party,” in which the art of improving one’s self worth turns out not to be an art at all (we love the Van Dyke Parks-styled string arrangement, done by Wim Oudijk). A fine album through and through, and highly recommended.

jeff litmanJeff Litman | Primetime Longtime Pure Pop Radio favorite Jeff Litman’s new EP, which drops next Tuesday, August 18, is a coming together of three previously-released singles tracks that haven’t been on an album (“Nothing,” “Debutante,” and “Go”) and three previously-unreleased songs (“That’s On You,” “Primetime,” and “Don’t Slow Down”). The title song is a driving, slightly punky number; “Debutante” is a slow burning, bluesy rocker; and “That’s On You” is Beatlesque pop song with a John Lennon-like vocal. We’re playing all of these songs in rotation, and proudly so. Good stuff all around.

chris stameyChris Stamey | Euphoria The dB’s co-founder delivers another great collection of melodic songs on this new album. The lovely, upbeat number, “Dear Valentine,” surprises with a nod to the Beatles about two-thirds of the way through. “Invisible,” a mid-tempo pop song, is a delightful, beautifully constructed piece of work. We’ve added both of these songs to our playlist, plus three others: the spacey rocker “Rocketship”; “Where Does the Time Go?,” another mid-tempo pop song with a more-than-pleasing chord construction; and the quite pretty, Paul McCartney-esque “You are Beautiful,” with George Harrison-y guitar lines. All now playing in rotation.

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That’s it for today. We’ve got more new songs and artists to let you know about tomorrow. With the music we’ve added to our playlist over the past few days, our grand total of songs in rotation has passed the 7,300 mark. Is there any doubt that Pure Pop Radio, the original 24-hour-a-day melodic pop radio station on the Internet, has the widest variety of songs from the ’60s to today?

See you tomorrow with another list of adds!

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25 Artists. 94 Songs. How’s that for a Mega-Add to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist? Pretty Great!

It's New!
It’s New!

The amount of new music waiting to be added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist has been mounting up, so we thought it was time to get those cool songs playing on the radio! And indeed we did just that. We’ve added 94 songs by 25 great artists. Here’s the rundown:

* Marshall Holland. Marshall was kind enough to send us his 2010 album, Don’t Jettison the Memories, which we love along with his latest release, And the Etceteras, which has been playing on our air for awhile. We’ve added the following fine songs from Memories: “Damage Control” and “Moored as Before.”

* Toxic Melons. We were already playing a bunch of songs from this great group’s upcoming album, Bus Therapy. We’ve now added another: “Let Me Sleep.” But that’s not all. We’ve also added a couple of songs from the Melons’ previous releases: “Diffidence,” from International Accident; and “Tomorrow” from Melon Jam.

* Spencer McGillicutty. We’ve loved this wonderful group’s previous releases and have been spinning tunes from them for a long time. Spencer McGillicutty’s third album, from 2012, All the Happy People, somehow escaped our gaze, but we’ve got it now, and have added nearly the entire melodically-charged album to our playlist. The songs: “That Makes Two of Us,” “Tell,” “Regards,” “It’s Not Over,” “Up Half the Night,” “How it Goes,” “Magic Cash Machine,” “Waltz #3,” “1944 (Think of Me),” “June,” and “You Haunt Me.” We’ve also added three tracks that don’t belong to a specific record: “Baby, Don’t Go,” “Used to Think,” and “Wish I Was Your Girl.” If there’s a group that deserves to be at the top of the charts, it’s these guys. Seek them out and buy all of their wares. You won’t be sorry.

* Jeff Litman. Jeff has long been a Pure Pop Radio favorite. His latest release is a 2014 remix of “Debutante,” and it’s really great.

* Willie Wisely. Another Pure Pop Radio favorite, Willie has just released a “re-imagined” version of his song “No Surprise,” and, no surprise, we’ve got it for you.

* B and Not B. Before David Ricardo got the Zags together, he was in this quirky pop-rock band. We were blown away by B and Not B, so we added an even dozen of their tracks to the playlist. From the self-titled album: “The Benefits of Friendship,” “Traffic Jam of Stars,” “Unlucky Break,” “The Notes Within,” and “I Forgot.” From Colors, Shapes and Lines: “I Get Mired,” “Build You a Castle,” “Mars,” and “Hands in Fists.” From Tomorrow Never Comes: “Not Quite Early,” “Earth” and “Hurry Home.” This is great stuff. Check B and Not B out on Bandcamp.

* The Zags. And, of course, we had to add some Zags tracks to the playlist. Here are two: “Red-Eyed Dawn” and “Tattoo.”

* The Farewell Drifters. Produced by pop legend Neilson Hubbard, these guys bring the melody home in a big way. We’ve added three songs to the playlist from the band’s album Tomorrow Forever: “Brother,” “Coming Home,” and “To Feel Alive.” Great stuff.

* Jeremy Messersmith. We’ve long been big fans of this wonderful songwriter and performer. We think his new album, Heart Murmurs, is his best release yet. We’ve got five songs from this platter that most certainly matters: “It’s Only Dancing,” “Steve,” “Ghost,” “I Want to Be Your One Night Stand,” and “Someday, Someone.” We would be surprised if this album doesn’t wind up on a lot of best-of lists this year. And about “Steve”…it’s one of the most affecting songs we’ve heard in a very long time.

* Nick Batterham. Nick’s upcoming album, Lucky Cat, on Australia’s Popboomerang Records, releases on March 1. We think you’re going to like it a lot. We’ve got three songs for you: “Make it Through this Long,” “Liar,” and “What are You Waiting For.”

* Identical Suns. We’ve added the group’s wonderful new song, “Yesterday Ended at Midnight.” Check out the great melody. We look forward to more wonderful tunes.

* Marc and the Plattitudes. These three  cleverly-done Beatles covers come from Marc Platt’s 2009 album, The Real Me. We love Beatles covers at Pure Pop Radio. We’re happy to be able to bring these to you. They’re fab!

* Matt Kabus. Matt came to us through Marc Platt. Matt is the real deal. He has quite the way around a great melody and a hooky hook. We think you’ll dig him. We’ve got four songs for you: “In My Head,” “Could I Say,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Wide Awake.” There will be more from Matt soon.

* The New Mendicants. Featuring Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), this wonderful album, Into the Lime, will hit home for all fans of melodic pop music. We’ve added four songs to the playlist: “Cruel Annette,” “Shouting Match,” “High On the Skyline,” and “Out of the Lime.”

* Kevin Martin. Kevin is another one of our favorite artists. He will soon be releasing a new album, Future Friends, and we’ve got one song from it as a very cool teaser: “Overrated.”

* Shake Some Action. Seattle’s Shake Some Action will release its fifth, and arguably best, album, Catch the Sun, at the beginning of March. We predict you will be blown away by these great songs. We’ve got seven in advance of the album’s release: “Colors Exploding,” “Between My Dreams,” “Fall into the Sky,” “Never Want to Lose Again,” “Come and Get It,” “Sketches of Spain,” and “Underground.”

* The Bamboo Trading Company. This great group, which counts Randell Kirsch, Matt Jardine, and Miami Dan Yoe amongst its members, has followed up its self-titled album with an EP called Shrewd Awakening. We’ve added the title cut.

* Magic Brothers. Woody, the drummer for Madness, and his younger brother Nick are Magic Brothers. Their fine, fine album The Magic Line is represented now on Pure Pop Radio by the songs “Always Be With You” and “Sunshine.”

* Matt Hires. From Tampa, Florida, Matt Hires is an exciting find–this second album, This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend is a great collection of pop-rock tunes. We’ve got four of them for you: “Forever,” “The Sound of Falling in Love,” “Over You,” and “Miles Past Midnight.”

* The Autumn Defense. This wonderful band’s latest album, Fifth, will be hugged tightly by fans of melodic pop music. We’ve got five great songs for you: “None of this Will Matter,” “This Thing that I’ve Found,” “Calling Your Name,” “Under the Wheel,” “Things on My Mind.”

* Stephen Bishop. One our all-time favorite writers and singers, Stephen Bishop has just released his latest album, Be Here Then. It’s another great collection of Bishop standards, impeccable in every way. We’re playing five songs: “Pretty Baby,” “Rescue You,” “Vacant,” “Cry of the Broken Hearted,” and “Loveless.”

* Katey Laurel. Ever since we found Katey’s music many years ago, we’ve been big fans. She’s just released her new album, Periscope, and it’s her best yet. Full of great, melodic songs, Periscope is top of the pops. We’re spinning five songs: “The Optimist,” “All the Way Home,” “Periscope,” “Thanks for Loving Me,” and “Beautiful World.”

* Scott’s Garage. This Richmond, Virginia-based group makes a great pop-rock sound. We’re spinning four cool songs: “She Means Everything,” “Some Day Some Way,” “Somewhere in My Dreams,” and “Wait Too Long.”

*The Grip Weeds. It’s possible that you may have missed this song, as it was released as a bonus track to go along with the group’s latest album, Inner Grooves, which we’ve been spinning on Pure Pop Radio for awhile. “I Believe (Uncut Version)” is essential Grip Weeds.

That’s it for this go-around! We hope you enjoy these great numbers, now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. More song adds coming soon! Thanks for listening!

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