By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Ken Sharp | “Hold Me, Touch Me” and “Mr. Make Believe” (2021)Despite never having been a member of the KISS Army, I remember greeting the simultaneous release on September 17, 1978 of four KISS solo albums with some measure of curiosity, even though I was a defiant non-fan … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 2-17-21: Ken Sharp Kisses Paul and Gene, The Legal Matters Return, and Kenny Herbert Prescribes Love
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Because there have been and continue to be fairly long periods of time without any posts in this space, I thought it would be a good idea to provide a short update on what’s new and happening, as the kids often say. First, more new and new-to-you melodic … Read moreWhat’s New? Lots.
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Do you hear what I hear? You will when you add the following tasty musical holiday treats, newly released, to your gift lists (and don’t forget yourself; you deserve some gifts, too!). Christmas will be here soon (there are only 13 shopping days until the big day), so … Read moreReviews: 12.11.19: Do You Hear What I Hear? Stockings Full of Musical Holiday Cheer Abound!
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Ray Paul | Bloody Rubbish (Kool Kat Musik, 2019) The slim, trendy, smiling pop art-ish musician, drawn with angles, feet slipped into Beatle boots and holding a familiar looking bass is depicted on the cover of his album as a guy you should get to know if you … Read moreReviews: 6.11.19: Songs and Stories from Ray Paul, Smith and Jones, and Kenny Herbert
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The Big Believe | “Tania Was a Truth Teller” b/w “Girl With Cassettes” (2018) A paean of four-on-the-floor Blondie in 2018? That’s the engine driving the intrigue-laced “Tania Was a Truth Teller,” the first of the two top tracks that make up The Big Believe’s late-2018 pop blast; … Read moreReviews: 3.5.19: The Big Believe Meets Tania, Kenny Herbert is the Luckiest Man in the World, and the Well Wishers are Feeling Fine
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio We are now officially in the 2018 holiday gift giving season. I know…it seems like only yesterday, blah blah blah… Well, it does, but here we are again, faced with making those decisions that, year after year, are just plain hard to make. Well, we’re here to make … Read moreNeed Gift Ideas for the Melodic Pop Fans In Your Life? For You? We’ve Got ’em, All This Week
Spins and Reviews | 05.11.17 By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Cait Brennan | Third (2017) Quite simply, and before I say anything specific about Cait Brennan’s miraculous, astounding, audacious new album, the pairing of this one-of-a-kind artist and multi-instrumentalist and ace producer Fernando Perdomo is surely one of those fortified-in-heaven happenings that make … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 05.11.17: Cait Brennan, Bryan Estepa, The Wellingtons, Kenny Herbert, Pat Walsh, and More
By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio (Originally posted 01.03.17) 2016 was a terrific year for melodic pop music from both new and heritage artists, perhaps the best in recent memory. My list of 28 Favorite Records of the Year from 27 artists–The Stars of 2016–is presented below in random order. It has long been … Read moreFavorite Records of the Year: Stars of 2016
Spins and Reviews | 8.31.16 | by Alan Haber We’re playing these, and many thousands more, in rotation… Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms | Basement Punk For his third album as the multi-instrumentalist with more upper limbs than a normal person would know what to do with, Ryan Allen rolls through eleven supercharged sides, … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 8.31.16