David Bash and Michael Oliver In Conversation Interviews Now Available on Our PodOmatic Podcast Page

DavidLast week’s exclusive interviews with IPO impresario David Bash and musician Michael Oliver on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation are now available for listening and downloading from the show’s PodOmatic podcast page.

Alan Haber’s discussion with David Bash must rank as the longtime pop music observer’s most in-depth interview ever. David talks about his early days listening to and collecting music through to his presenting the work of artists worldwide at IPO. You’ll be able to hear, by way of Spotify and YouTube links, four songs that have appeared on the annual IPO CD collections. David talks about these songs that he feels epitomize what the festival is all about. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of pop music’s top observers; you won’t want to miss it.

michael oliver 5Michael Oliver guested on In Conversation last week to talk about his music career and his forthcoming album, Everything Sunny All the Time Always. During the show, three songs from the album were played; since they are not yet released, there are no links that we can provide for you to hear them. You will be fascinated by Michael’s story and your appetite for the new songs will be considerably whetted.

Listen to and download the latest In Conversation shows featuring David Bash and Michael Oliver. You’ll love them both. More to come!

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Another Fun Week of Brand-New Specialty Shows Begins Tonight

alan-mic-zIt’s all new this week on Pure Pop Radio: we’ve got another Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer, a brand-new Every Little Thing (at a special time), a new Needle Meets Vinyl, and a new Things We Said Today. Make a date to have some fun with us!

DavidTonight, June 6, at 8 pm ET, longtime pop music critic and the man behind the International Pop Overthrow festivals, David Bash, checks in to talk with Alan on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. This must rank as David’s most in-depth interview ever. David will take you from his early days listening to and collecting music through to his presenting the work of artists worldwide at IPO. You’ll hear four songs that have appeared on the annual IPO CD collections–songs that David feels epitomize what the festival is all about. This is a rare opportunity to hear from one of pop music’s top observers; you won’t want to miss it.

michael oliver 5Tomorrow night, June 7, at 8 pm ET, musician Michael Oliver checks in behind the microphone to talk about the wonderful songs he’s working on for his next album, Everything Sunny All the Time Always. Michael’s rich, heartfelt melodies are something to behold; we feel these new songs are among his best yet. Don’t miss an hour with one of pop music’s most talented practitioners.

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’s Every Little Thing is all new tonight, June 6, at a special time, 7 pm ET. Ken talks to musician Jeff Slate, whose latest album, Secret Poetry, includes a song called “The Same” that is a nod to Wings and even includes a familiar riff from Paul McCartney’s “Jet.” Also on tonight’s show: Ken spins a theme set of Beatles and solo Beatles songs in triple time, and an opening set that features George Harrison and John Lennon.

needle meets vinylBrian Bringelson is once again behind the turntables this Wednesday night, June 8, for another edition of the all-vinyl program, Needle Meets Vinyl. Show 33 spotlights classic numbers from The Idle Race, the Zombies, John Phillips, the Hollies, the Supremes, Harry Nilsson and many more of your favorite artists.

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayKen Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman and Allan Kozinn gather around the Beatles roundtable this Thursday night, June 9, on Things We Said Today to talk to none other than famed singer Billy J. Kramer. Billy’s new book is Do You Want to Know a Secret, written in conjunction with Alyn Shipton, author of Nilsson: The Life of a Singer-Songwriter. Billy talks about his history as a performer, meeting the Beatles, and much more.

That’s this week’s specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. A pretty striking bunch! We’ve got your evening entertainment covered!

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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David Bash and Michael Oliver Star in Next Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Twofer

alan-mic-zDavid Bash, lifelong popster, music scholar and head honcho at International Pop Overthrow, and master musician and songwriter Michael Oliver star in next week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer, airing Monday, June 6 and Tuesday, June 7.

DavidOn Monday June 6, meet David Bash like you’ve never known him before, in the most in-depth interview he’s likely ever given. David has been presenting International Pop Overthrow, the premiere pop music festival, in various cities and countries for nearly two decades, all the while giving bands from across the pop spectrum a forum in which to play their music for people who more than appreciate a good hook. His love for pop music, from the Raspberries to the Beatles and beyond, his ability to express that love through passionate reviews he’s written for various music publications, his ever-burgeoning music collection, and his tireless dedication to the cause have served him well.

ipo cd 18During this program, David will also talk about and play four songs from the various IPO CDs released through the years (volume 18 is depicted at right). These are songs that David believes typify what the festival is all about. The selections are well-chosen, classic sides that will leave you wanting more.

Don’t miss David Bash in conversation with Alan Haber next Monday night, June 6, at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio.

michael oliver

On Tuesday, June 7 at 8 pm ET, Michael Oliver, another of our favorite musicians and songwriters, joins Alan for a trip through the twists and turns of his musical life. The Glouster, Massachusetts native, who grew up in Buffalo, New York, talks about the music that shaped his direction, the bands he’s played in, including Go, Dog, Go! and the Sacred Band, and the new songs he’s recording for what will be his next album, Everything Sunny All the Time Always.

During this program, you will exclusively hear a few songs that Michael has been working on. They’re all fantastic numbers; perhaps our favorite one, “Sabina,” is about living memory and it will absolutely break your heart…in a good way.

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Don’t miss International Pop Overthrow’s David Bash on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next Monday night, June 6 at 8 pm ET, and musician and songwriter Michael Oliver next Tuesday night, June 7, also at 8 pm ET, both in conversation with Alan Haber. There are more exclusive interviews coming–more announcements are on their way.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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Pure Pop Radio’s New Music Explosion, Day 2: Kaboom Redux!

day-2Welcome to Day Two of Pure Pop Radio’s New Music Explosion, or, as it’s also known, Another Day in the Life of the Ever-Growing Playlist!

We’ve already added hundreds of new songs to Internet radio’s biggest, deepest and most varied collection of melodic pop songs, and we’re not done. We will, in fact, be adding even more tunes over the coming weeks. We’ve got lots of surprises in store, so keep checking back for the latest rundown.

Let’s put the spotlight on some of the latest and greatest songs and artists to be added to our playlist. Today’s gallery? Glad you asked. Here we go:

maxi-dunnMaxi Dunn | “Perfect Sorrow” We literally just got this song in last night. A quick spin, and another spin after that, and we were moved to get this on the air right away. We’ve loved Maxi’s music so much (her last album was a hit on the air) and we’re always thrilled to hear something new from her. The first fruit of her recent recording labors is this fantastic song and production, an imaginative burst of creativity that has more than a bit of Kate Bush in its DNA. Add in a great melody and vocal interplay that is really quite impressive and you’ve got another classic from one of pop music’s brightest stars. It’s now playing in rotation. You’re going to love it.

vegas-girl-holding-outVegas with Randolph | “The Girl Holding Out for Me.” The first song from our local, Washington D.C. musical cousins’ upcoming album is a typically catchy, power popping number blessed with an intoxicating melody, superior musicianship (loud guitars, plugged-into-the-wall drums and other really cool stuff), sumptuous harmonies and that certain something that always makes Vegas with Randolph’s songs pop. We’re thrilled to have this tune in rotation. Tune in for it and keep an ear out while listening to Pure Pop Radio for lots of other songs from Vegas with Randolph’s ever-growing catalog.

pop 2Dana Countryman | Pop 2! The Exploding Musical Mind of Dana Countryman Even if we weren’t in love with the sweet pop sounds of the early 1970s–even if our hearts weren’t married to such classic, melodic songs as Edison Lighthouse’s “Love Grows (Where My Rosemary Goes),” the Partridge Family’s “I Think I Love You,” and Gallery’s “Nice to Be with You”–we would be in love, love, love with Dana Countryman’s music. If 2014 were 1972, all would be right with the world. All is right with Dana’s wonderful, just-released album. We’ve added seven songs to our playlist: “Baby, I’ll Be Your Star,” “The Summer I Turned Seventeen,” “Good Radio Day,” “And Suddenly, Love Just Happened,” “Just Look into My Eyes,” “How to Make It In Hollywood,” and “You’re My Heart and Soul.” They’re now spinning in rotation, and Pure Pop Radio sounds all the better for it.

mothboxerMothboxer | Sand and the Rain This British band, led by the wonderful songwriter and performer Dave Ody, continues to amaze with pop songs crafted with care, heart and a boatload of talent. This fourth long-player–Mothboxer’s best yet–is overflowing with great songs. We liked them so much that we decided to add all of them to the playlist. And they are: “One and Only,” “Looking Out for Summer,” “In the Morning,” “We’re All Out of Our Minds,” “Everything’s Changed,” “Stop,” “Sand and the Rain,” “Take Me Down,” “On Your Side,” and “All that I Want.” One of the best releases of 2014, for sure. [Bonus: We’ve also added terrific covers of two songs that Mothboxer has recorded. They’ve put their considerable stamp on two classic pop songs: Brian Wilson’s “God Only Knows” and Tears for Fears’ “Head Over Heels.” Beautiful.]

vanilla-2.0Vanilla | “The Angel of Swain’s Lane” The sixth song from Vanilla’s upcoming, musically diverse album 2.0 (one song a month (give or take) will be released until the record is complete) is, according to head flavor Jayson Jarmon, “a 19th-Century style waltz about a famously overgrown, haunted cemetery in London. Nice early autumn Halloween fare.” And this being mid-October, well, pretty timely. Sung with deep emotion and old world style by Carl Funk, the song’s first verse sets the stage: “The Angel of Swain’s Lane is calling me again/She shines through the railings/And sycamores wailing/ A figure of pity and pain/The Angel is crying again.” Short and sweet and full of three-dimensional atmosphere, this is quite unlike anything you’ve heard in pop music this year. Or years, even. Truly outstanding all around, and now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

difficult-strangerThe Difficult Stranger | “Fall in Love with You” Direct from Cebu City in the Philippines comes this quite accomplished three-piece band fronted by the talented Michael Anthony Curran, who wrote and sings this classically-styled slice of power pop. Melodically rich and quite singalongable, we think you’ll look forward to this band’s next release. We know we will.

nick-piuntiNick Piunti | “Time Machine” Nick Piunti, who just this past May released a great pop album called 13 in My Head, has already released a new song destined for his next album, which he decrees will not be called 14 in My Head. Sort of an anti-walking-down-memory-lane song, “Time Machine” is a humdinger of an upbeat power pop number with loud guitars, an awesome riff, great harmonies and an intoxicating melody. Now playing in rotation, this is another great song from a great talent.

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver

Michael Oliver and the Sacred Band | “Sabina” This song, which we reviewed here on the Pure Pop Radio website, is “an expertly crafted, lovely, mid-tempo ballad–a heartstring tugger about loss, about sensory memory, about love, about life.” That’s what we said in our review. We also said this: “Michael says the song is about a cat or life. Yes and yes.” All of these words are still true. Slated to appear on Michael’s upcoming album, now being recorded, “Sabina” is one of those must-hear songs…meaning you must hear it one thousand times. It’s that good. Listen for it playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

smiling-manGrahame Steinberg | “Mr. Pitchfork” A bonus track associated with the third collaboration between pop music stalwarts David Grahame and Lane Steinberg, “Mr. Pitchfork” is a relatively short, catchy song about the perils of getting involved with the Devil. Don’t, would be the operative suggestion. A cool little number.

bobbleheadsThe Bobbleheads | Make Yourself Happy On the group’s website, it is stated that the Bobbleheads “have been delighting audiences with their songs of playful yet adult elementary-school infused pop.” We rather think that this is pop music for all ages–music that is fun to listen to and enjoy. But, go on, bring the kids along. We’ve added to the playlist five lively songs from the band’s latest album: “Prove Yourself,” “Mean Girls,” “Get That,” “Turn the Radio On (The Perfect Song),” and “Sofa.” They’re pretty cool, even for adult elementary school.

secret-friendSecret Friend | Sleeper | “Orbital” Coming up on two years ago, Steven Fox released a gorgeous collection of melodic pop songs on a most wonderful album called Time Machine. The first song from Secret Friend’s early 2015 album, Sleeper, is a quite different beast, about as 360-degree a turn as you might think possible. A seductive arrangement, anchored in a sea of electronic instrumentation a la OMD, gives way to a Pink Floydian sad, yet hopeful, piano riff, a serene melody and a deftly-played acoustic guitar. It’s not really pop, per se, but it’s awfully intriguing and quite memorable and anything from Steven Fox is a must-listen in our book. Different? Yes. Pure Pop Radio worthy? Definitely. And it’s now playing in rotation.

That’s it for day two of Pure Pop Radio’s New Music Explosion. And we’re just getting started! Tune in to this site tomorrow for more adds to our playlist. And thanks, as always, for listening!

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