Last Night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show Rocked Your Labor Day With…

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pop tunes disc…lots of great melodic pop tunes from today, yesterday and everywhere in between. Alan celebrated Labor Day, Buddy Holly, your summer soundtrack, and some of the latest songs now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

In short, it was another fun 75 minutes (give or take) of melodic pop goodness, and a proportionate amount of snappy deejay patter!

Here’s what Alan played, and what you can expect to hear when the show repeats this Thursday, September 10 at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sunday, September 13 at 3 pm ET (noon PT):

the-davenports-don't-be-mad-at-meSet One: One and Begun
The Davenports | “Don’t Be Mad at Me”

The BritannicasSet Two: Workaday World!
The Beatles | “We Can Work It Out” from Past Masters
The Lilac Time | “Work for the Weekend” from Paradise Circus
New Sincerity Works | “American Beauty Works” from 44
The Britannicas | “I Work at the Post Office” from High Tea
Sgt. Popgrass (Graham Elvis and Jacob Panic) | “We Can Work It Out”

denny laineSet Three: Holly Daze!
Buddy Holly | “That’ll Be the Day” from From the Original Master Tapes
Denny Laine | “Rave On” from Holly Days
Paul McCartney | “Maybe Baby” from Maybe Baby (Original Soundtrack)
Buddy Holly | “Heartbeat” from From the Original Master Tapes

myrtle parkSet Four: New and Nearly New at Pure Pop Radio
Scot Sax and Suzie Brown | “Good Everything” from Our Album Doesn’t Like You Either
William Duke | “Many Years Away” from The Dark Beautiful Sun
Spencer Albee | “Put Your Sweatshirt On” from Mistakes Were Made
Myrtle Park’s Fishing Club | “Wonderful You” from Nothing to Be Afraid Of
Maura Kennedy | “She Worked Her Magic On Me” from Villanelle

vinyl kingsSet Five: Summer in the Rearview Mirror
Michael Carpenter | “You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone” from Hopefulness
Dean Torrence | “Vegetables” from Legendary Masked Surfer Unmasked
Vinyl Kings | “Pale Blue Dot” from Time Machine
Anthony Rivers | “Caroline, No” from Into the Great Unknown
Dave Edmunds | “Beach Boy Blood (In My Veins)” from Plugged In

harpers bizarreSet Six: One and Done
Harpers Bizarre | “The Biggest Night of Her Life” from Anything Goes

We hope you enjoyed the show. And remember that you can catch it again, or for the first time, by tuning into Pure Pop Radio this Thursday, September 10 at noon ET (9 am PT) and/or Sunday, September 13 at 3 pm ET (noon PT). Let the good pop roll!

Until next week at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT), keep playing those Pop Tunes!

purepoplogoAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes is a cool deejay show playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. The show airs every Monday night at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio, and repeats on Thursday afternoons at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sundays at 3 pm ET (noon PT). Please like us on Facebook by clicking here.

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Pop Tunes’ Labor Day Special Works Big-Time Melodies into Your Holiday Mix!

pop tunes disc smallTonight’s special edition of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show works a run of melodies and harmonies for a super program designed to pop and roll! The tunes, and Alan’s snapy deejay patter, start rolling at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT).

the-davenports-don't-be-mad-at-meKicking off with the Davenports’ spectactular “Don’t Be Mad at Me”–this week’s One and Begun track–the show presents a set called Workaday World!, which offers a group of classic indie pop numbers sandwiched between two versions of the Beatles’ “We Can Work It Out.” Stupendous!  (Cue the Britannicas, the Lilac Time and Sgt. Popgrass!)

maura-kennedywilliam-dukescot sax and suzie brown

A set of Buddy Holly songs, Paul McCartney-centric (don’t you know), a set of new and nearly new tracks now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio–including another winner from Scot Sax and Suzie Brown, the latest from William Duke and Maura Kennedy, and recent numbers from Spencer Albee and Myrtle Park’s Fishing Club–and a quintet of songs celebrating summer will thrill and delight your ears.

Plus, there’s more! Tune in tonight at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) for the sixth edition of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, hosted by…you-know-who. Settle into your easy chair for 75 minutes of the greatest melodic pop in the universe, and enjoy!

purepoplogoAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes is a cool deejay show playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. The show airs every Monday night at 9 pm ET (6 pm PT) on Pure Pop Radio, and repeats on Thursday afternoons at noon ET (9 am PT) and Sundays at 3 pm ET (noon PT). Please like us on Facebook by clicking here.

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If It’s Tuesday, It Must Be Day Two of Pure Pop Radio’s New Music Explosion. Here We Go Again!

wow-2We know, we know… You’re still buzzing from yesterday’s list of new songs and artists added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. We’re buzzing, too! And while we’re all in new music mode, let’s run down another list of the latest melodic pop gems playing in rotation on our airwaves. Wow! Here we go!

maura-kennedyMaura Kennedy | Villanelle You know that the stars have aligned with grace and glory when a new Kennedys album and a Maura Kennedy solo offering show themselves within two months of each other. Maura’s album, a collaboration with poet B.D. Love, is, not surprisingly, a strong showcase for Maura’s lovely, expressive voice–never better on record, in our view–and her melodies, set here to Love’s vibrant words. With Maura’s husband Pete playing a variety of instruments, and some notable guest stars lending their talents, including popster Gary Frenay, Villanelle’s 15 songs shine brightly, from the classically-styled pop song, “Bicycles With Broken Spokes,” with its ringing guitars and clever wordplay (“”A way with words, that boy, I swear, could tell a tale/We rode in tandem for some time.”); to the gently driving, soulful “She Worked Her Magic On Me”; and the magical, swampy “Be the One,” which wouldn’t have been out of place on a Creedence Clearwater Revival album. Villanelle is a sterling example of the arts of craft and performance. If we gave out stars, there would be five of them in both Maura’s and B.D.’s baskets. We’re playing the aforementioned songs, plus: the title track, “I Cried to Dream Again,” “Soldier’s Wife,” “Mockingbird,” “Borrowed Dress,” “Coyotes,” “Father to the Man,” “I’ll Be Alone Tonight,” and “Breathe Deeply Love.” Breathtaking.

dana-countryman-thrill-meDana Countryman | “Thrill Me (2015 Remaster)” This song first appeared on Dana’s smashing 2013 album, The Incredible, Fantastic Retro Pop World of Dana Countryman. Remixed especially for release on Bandcamp, this version of the song features great vocals (those backgrounds really pop!) and guitar from Klaatu’s Dee Long. Dana’s next album is coming very soon–keep an ear out for more glorious retro-pop sounds from a master of the pop form!

garfields-birthdayGarfield’s Birthday | You Are Here Pink Hedgehog Records’ Simon Felton, his brother Shane and drummer Alan Strawbridge join for an album’s worth of shimmering, melodic pop songs. Full of great numbers, “Radio” is perhaps our favorite (for obvious reasons!); it sports a classic pop melody, great harmony vocals, and a beat you can dance to! “It’s Your Lucky Day” is a bopping pop song with rocking guitar lines and more, inviting harmony vocals. “Carpet Ride” is a nod to sixties songcraft with a mesmerizing, 4/4 beat and, yes, great vocals. An immensely entertaining album that we’re thrilled to be playing. In addition to the songs we’ve already mentioned, we’re spinning, in rotation, “Magic Bike,” “Fancy Dress,” “I’m a Star Tonight,” “Oxford,” “Lunar Eclipse,” “Rheinhold Paisley,” “Sunday Best,” and “Water (It Looks Like Rain).” The whole album, in fact. Great stuff.

toxic-melons-four-playToxic Melons | “Today Didn’t Go” A teaser, released ahead of the upcoming EP, Four Play, which features “brand new improved versions of classic Toxic Melons tracks.” This song, originally a cut on the Melon Jam album and presented here in a stripped mix, features the talents of Jellyfish’s Roger Joseph Manning, Jr. and Eric Dover. It’s another fine song from the Melons. We look forward to Four Play.

the-damnwellsThe Damnwells | The Damnwells New to Pure Pop Radio, Brooklyn, New York-based the Damnwells have released an album featuring all of the original band members–the first such release since 2006. We dig the band’s pop and rock sound, so much so that we’ve added six songs to our playlist, including “Heavy Heart,” an upbeat tune recalling the Jayhawks; the jangly “The Girl That’s Not In Love With You”; “None of These Things,” a heartfelt ballad with an emotive lead vocal; “Lost”; This Ship of Ours”; and “Too Old to Die.” Quite fine.

mike-tesch-1Mike Tesch | Mike Tesch These songs, which ride a fine line between folk and pop, are beautifully constructed and performed. We were immediately taken with Mike’s sound. Of course, we were immediately attracted to the ballad, “My Radio,” given the title and all. The song’s introspective nature draws the listener in, and those vocals…pure gold. Interestingly, the drums sound like they would have been comfortable on Carly Simon’s first album. Teeming with pure pop spirit, “Same Old Song” sports great vocal harmony stacks and a wonderfully catchy melody. We’re now playing, in rotation, both of these songs, and “The Blackbird Files,” “I’m Gone,” and “Old Ideas.” Great stuff. Look for the album later this summer.

daniel-wylie-fakeDaniel Wylie | Fake Your Own Death Daniel’s 2011 album is making its debut on Pure Pop Radio with five standout tracks: “Forgotten Songs,” “Rivers Flow,” “Make a Sound,” “Love Hurts (Sometimes),” and “It’s Always Been You.” The combination of Daniel’s wonderfully melodic songs and his smooth vocal delivery gets us every time (we’re big fans of Daniel’s band, Cosmic Rough Riders). We’ve taken these songs from Kool Kat Musik’s 2015 reissue of Fake Your Own Death, which includes two bonus tracks. There can never be enough Daniel Wylie songs on Pure Pop Radio.

Cameron-Lew---welpCameron Lew | welp. If the Interwebs are to be believed, “welp” is another way of saying “well…”; in other words, “Welp…I have nothing more to say” (refer to the movie Dumb and Dumber). Except in this case, Cameron Lew, from the fine band the Yorktown Lads (heard on Pure Pop Radio, naturally), there is certainly plenty to say. Cameron’s first solo album, recorded in the proverbial bedroom studio, is a delightful, varied collection of pop songs that fits nice and snugly among the other songs on our playlist. The opener, “Adieu,” is a catchy number with wonderful background vocals. “Antique Mall” is equally catchy–an upbeat pop song with a great hook and interesting subject matter. “Goodnight” is a fun, clever tune–a live wire goodbye song, with sharply-realized lyrics (“My records hiss but at least they stay clean/A dirty mess you’ll find it oh so pristine/I guess things really were as bad as they seem/So it’s best to say goodnight”). We’ve added all three of these songs, and three more: “Season 4,” “Change,” and “Picture Show.” Keep an eye, and an ear or two, on this guy.

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That’s it for day two of our mammoth New Music Explosion. And there’s much more to come–we’re continuing with this big event all through this week. Check back tomorrow for day three’s entries! We know you’re going to love them!

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The Kennedys’ West is a Musical Journey Well Worth Taking

the-kennedysThe Kennedys | West | 2015 | A review by Alan Haber

The overarching theme of the Kennedys’ splendid new album, West, is traveling along purposeful roads. The booklet illustration depicts a rural road–one lane going west, the other east, while the album’s cover shows the couple in a field after the leaves on the trees have gone; two horses–one looking left, the other gazing forward–breathe silently in sturdy thought as thick, white clouds float above. There appears to be a chill in the air, but warmth is likely on the horizon.

Pete and Maura Kennedy have always been keen observers of hopeful travels. The 13 songs on West follow hopeful characters on their way or already there. The voices carrying the melody in the title song, all musical bounce and joy, sing about looking for a new home out west, but really that could mean moving in any direction. Their aim is true, even if there are potentially hazardous signposts along the way: “We traveled west into the sunset/Never reckoned with the cost/We laid it all down on a wildcard bet/Time will tell if we won or lost.”

In the sweet-sounding, country-pop charmer “Jubilee Time,” a cousin of some distance of the songs on the Byrds’ Sweetheart of the Rodeo album, a person appears to be off his mark and conflicted as he travels his path; the narrator wishes safe travels, but offers cautionary advice: “Choose your steps like crossing ice/And cut just once if you measure it twice.” There is a light up ahead. “May your load be light my friend/May the road be bright on the way you wend/And when you’re standing with your hat filled with rain/Just remember that we will meet again.”

the-kennedys-5Some of the songs on West find their characters at a crossroads and offer blissful solutions. Painting with Buddy Holly and Roy Orbison brushstrokes in the enchanting “Locket,” the singer tells the tale of her broken heart, healed when love comes her way. “So put your hand into your pocket/You’ll find that I slipped you the key/It will open my heart if you give yours to me.” Dotted with Holly Easter eggs, this song is among the Kennedys’ best. Maura’s vocal is heavenly, painted with golden hues.

“Perfect Love,” written especially for Pete and Maura by the Records’ John Wicks, is a lovely number that posits a union as blissful as two hearts might imagine to be possible. “Riding along together, playing for you and me/Theirs is the perfect two-part harmony,” the narrator sings. It’s a lovely sentiment, perfectly realized with a loving pen put to paper, a heartfelt poem set to a beautiful melody.

There’s plenty of beauty in the rock and roll shuffle of “Travel Day Blues.” Keen harmony vocals and Pete’s rocking Chuck Berry guitar lines chug along, carrying a series of images of people going from here to there in a kind of E.L. Doctorow narrative. Jack Kerouac, Herman Hesse, Jesse James, Johnny B. Goode, Stagger Lee and others make their way to their promised lands. We’re all making our way in our own time: “Louisiana road house to Carnegie Hall/Sometimes it seems like we’ve seen it all/Feelin’ kinda beat but we still walk tall/Walking’ off the travel day blues.”

the-kennedys-2Pete’s “Good, Better, Best,” written for Maura on the occasion of the couple’s twentieth anniversary, is about all-encompassing love saving the day . “When my way was dark and the road did wind/You came along and you showed me a sign,” the couple sings. “I’ve tried to tell you a thousand times/But I always seem to flub my lines/Life is good, better, best/’Cause I’ve loved you/’Cause I’ve loved you.” In other words: If you stumble and fall along the way, I’ll be there to pick you up. We’ll travel this journey together.

West chronicles the journey, wherever it leads, in the most magical of ways; it is alive from first note to last and it is perhaps the Kennedys’ best work. West is alive, alive with the purpose of the journey, and it sings. West is a journey taken along purposeful roads; it is a journey worth taking again and again.

[Eleven songs from West have been added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist: the title track, “Elegy,” “Sisters of the Road,” “Signs,” “Jubilee Time,” “Locket,” “Southern Jumbo,” “Travel Day Blues,” “The Queen of Hollywood High,” “Perfect Love,” and “Good, Better, Best.” Now spinning in rotation.]

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