Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Coke Belda (Airdate: August 23, 2017)

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By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

Singer-songwriter and world traveler Coke Belda returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on August 23 in a different role–that of classic melodic pop interpreter, helping to spin and talk about songs from his majestic new album, Coke Belda 3 (Gs): A Tribute to the Bee Gees, now available on CD from Kool Kat Musik and as a download from Futureman Records.

I love what Coke has done, pouring his heart out with his peerless covers of some of the greatest melodic pop songs ever recorded; check out my review of Coke’s album here and watch how fast you click on one of the above links.

During this program, Coke talks about his commitment to his Bee Gees project, and why he chose the songs he eventually covered. It’s another in-depth back-and-forth with one of our most creative musicians that you can only hear on In Conversation, the premiere Internet melodic pop music talk show.

pprListen to my interview with Coke Belda from August 23 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)

Test drive the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following links residing on the Futureman Records Bandcamp page:

“Claustrophobia” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/claustrophobia

“Sir Geoffrey Saved the World” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/sir-geoffery-saved-the-world

“You Win Again” | https://futuremanrecords.bandcamp.com/track/you-win-again

Listen to the entire album by clicking here, and don’t forget to purchase either the CD or a digital download.

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews.

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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.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Emitt Rhodes (Airdate: March 20, 1997)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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On this sunny Friday, we go way, way back to 1997. The weekly Pure Pop Radio show was two years old and the number one name on my interview want list was heritage pop artist Emitt Rhodes.

Way back when, WCBS-FM in New York, New York, the city so nice they named it twice, was the place to be for new rock music. Before it became “New York’s Oldies Station,” it was a whole other station. It was the station that broadcast George Harrison’s All Things Must Pass in its entirety, back in the days when radio could do that sort of thing, and it was the station that introduced me to Emitt Rhodes.

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Emitt Rhodes, 1970

The deejay, Bobby “Wizard” Wayne, waxed poetically, with just the right dose of enthusiasm, about this wunderkind who played all of the instruments on his debut, self-titled record, who sounded like Paul McCartney; hearing the first 60 seconds of “With My Face on the Floor,” it was obvious that Wayne had hit upon something very special. And the McCartney reference was right on.

Ever since then, Rhodes’ amazing albums have been rotating in and out of my daily playlists, including his most recent release, Rainbow Ends, from last year. I’d always wanted to meet him, but never got the chance… until the very first International Pop Overthrow in Los Angeles. But I’m getting ahead of myself.

As I said, when I started doing my Pure Pop radio show in 1995, Rhodes was at the top of my list of artists to interview. But getting to him was another matter. Ray Paul, then head honcho at the great, much-missed Permanent Press record label, came to my rescue, and set up the interview.

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Mirror, 1971

Imagine my surprise and delight when I came home one day from doing errands and checked my answering machine and found that Emitt had called me and left his number. Long story short, we spoke later that day and scheduled a day and time for him to be on Pure Pop.

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Farewell to Paradise, 1973

That day was March 20, 1997. Talking to Emitt was like a dream come true. We spoke about his three albums that had been released, his songwriting, and much else. At one point, when Emitt took a bit of a break from the interview, I spoke on the air to Emitt’s mother, who related some wonderful, warm anecdotes about her son growing up, and the influence of music on the Rhodes family. I also asked Emitt questions submitted by listeners.

Pop maestro Emitt Rhodes and Pure Pop Radio programmer and host Alan Haber put their heads together in Los Angeles.

Emitt Rhodes and Alan Haber, IPO Los Angeles, 1998

I finally met Emitt, at the first International Pop Overthrow (IPO) festival in 1998. He remarked that he had enjoyed our talk, and that his mother, who had recently died, had enjoyed it, too. He even bought me a soda!

For me, having any contact whatsoever with one of my musical heroes instantly qualifies as a high point of my life. I hope you feel the same way after listening to this interview from 20 years ago.

I hope you enjoy the show.

pprListen to my interview with Emitt Rhodes from March 20, 1997 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)


Listen to the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following
Spotify links:

“Farewell to Paradise” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0EbcnHIeCryuJ2sqdPVvVQ

“Somebody Made for Me” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5N6UGAAjtWe6NyQ9pMxo45

“Only Lovers Decide” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/6OQa2wBtfw1YvajQMsPdUS

“Live” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3LQZ52GYA5V0QjDZyUFlXj

“Bubblegum the Blues/I’m a Cruiser” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5sxJazadYQIhhzvamt86vH

“Ever Find Yourself Running” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0f2o0yWXzHGhgD3p6EvjqV

“Nights are Lonely/Bad Man” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/3ia1kM7EI2CJLfP5lANPqs

“Tame the Lion” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5LUHwnRiRfE10bz8pLUrBj

“You Must Have” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5GdAhgRQfFwaQilX8x2tHU

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews.

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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.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Brian Ray (The Bayonets, Paul McCartney’s Band) (Airdate: May 9, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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The Bayonets’ Brian Ray, who you may well know from playing in Sir Paul McCartney’s band for so many years, appeared on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation this past May 9 to talk about the expanded edition of the band’s album Crash Boom Bang! on JEM Records.

the bayonets coverBrian and Oliver Lieber, son of rock royalty classic songwriter Jerry Lieber (of Lieber and Stoller fame), have fashioned a pop album for the ages. It pops, it rocks, and it thrills!

The Bayonets CaracaturesDuring this lively program, Brian talks about how he met Oliver and decided to form The Bayonets. Brian also waxes poetic about songwriting and, in particular, lyric writing. Two songs from Crash Boom Bang! were played: “Sucker for Love,” and the Rolling Stones-y slow burner, “Cotton Candy.”

 

pprListen to my interview with the Bayonets’ Brian Ray from May 9 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer). (This interview is presented in scoped format; the songs have been removed due to copyright concerns.)


Listen to the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following
Spotify links:

“Sucker for Love” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/5YMk9uHxf3rWl8B5cyeDYY

“Cotton Candy” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0BsHq9AoYGdc3Fs140KeK0

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews.

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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!

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Jamie and Steve (Airdate: August 16, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio alan 5 small

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jamie and steve sub texturalJamie Hoover and Steve Stoeckel, better known these days as the melodic pop duo Jamie and Steve, sat behind the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation virtual microphones on August 16 to take me and listeners through the ins and outs of their latest hit EP, Sub Textural.

Jamie and Steve talked about three of the smashing songs on Sub Textural: the poptastic “Sword of Love,” the autobiographical “410,” and the basically a cappella “Cry,” a top-flight tour de force that closes out the proceedings. It’s the kind of in-depth back-and-forth that you can only hear on the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show.

pprListen to my interview with Jamie and Steve from August 16 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save the file to your computer).

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Listen to the songs played during this interview by clicking on the following
Spotify links:

“Sword of Love: | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0mR9TA5UKtf4URTPbWt1gM

“410” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/4KA10Sr3TePqhPRCQlgq5b

“Cry” | https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/2N0dZh3AP6wLXXN8z0J51f

Look out for more current and archived Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews.

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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:

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Richard X. Heyman (Airdate: August 9, 2017)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

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One of melodic pop’s most cherished singer-songwriters and performers, Richard X. Heyman, returned to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on August 9, 2017 to talk about his recently-released, 12th top-flight album, Incognito.

During this spirited show, you’ll hear about how Incognito came to be and go inside the writing of the songs. It’s the kind of in-depth conversation you can only hear on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the Internet’s premiere melodic pop talk show.

pprListen to my interview with Richard X. Heyman from August 9 by clicking the play button on the following player, or click on the Pure Pop Radio button to the left to download (then right click and choose “Save audio as” to save file to your computer).


Listen to samples of the songs played during this interview by clicking here or by clicking on the following links:

“A Fool’s Errand” (on Spotify): https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/6r3ygJ02oldRlvKaxJfJGC

“Her Garden Path” (on Spotify): https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/0R06BDTnL2RqItGJJMViU4

“So What” (on Spotify): https://open.spotify.com/embed/track/2Zdxww4CgW0IifMytCGmHR

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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:

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s Podcast Page is Now Fully and Newly Stocked!

Visit the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation PodOMatic Podcast Page!

Eight podcast versions of recent Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows are now available for listening and downloading from our PodOmatic podcast page.

A mere mouse click or two will open a wonderful world of Alan Haber’s in-depth chats with your favorite melodic pop artists:
* The Legal Matters, whose new Omnivore Records album is the harmony-drenched Conrad
* Steve Eggers from The Nines, whose recently-released album is Alejandro’s Visions
* Glen “Lefty” Weekling and Bob “Zeek” Weekling from New Jersey’s fabulous beat group The Weeklings, whose second smashing collection is the Beatlesque Studio 2
* Dana Countryman, who reveals details of his upcoming tribute to early 1960s girl groups, Dana Countryman’s Girlville! New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits
* Terry Draper, whose new album is Window on the World: The Lost 80’s Tapes
* Bubble Gum Orchestra’s Michael Laine Hildebrandt, whose latest release is Sticky Love Songs

But that’s not all: The two-part In Conversation tribute to the great entertainer Tiny Tim is also ready to be listened to and downloaded. The first part features Now Sounds Records’ Steve Stanley and musician Kristian Hoffman, who talk about the comprehensive Now Sounds release Tiny Tim: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-1970). The second part features musician Richard Barone and Tiny biographer Justin Martell talking about the recent release, Tiny Tim’s America.

All of the above-noted shows are now available for listening and downloading. Simply click on any of the links and enjoy!

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.

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A Podcast and a Giveaway, Oh My! Listen and Win!

winDid you miss Seth Swirsky’s August 30 appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation? Would you like to win a copy of Seth’s new CD, Circles and Squares? If the answer to both questions is yes, head on over to In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page to listen to Seth’s back-and-forth with Alan Haber, and enter our exclusive contest below.

seth swirsky new album coverseth swirsky photoSeth spoke to Alan about how his career accomplishments have brought him to his most recent compositions; Seth takes a look at three of Circles and Squares’ songs in particular and peels back the layers of emotion that define them.

We have three copies of Circles and Squares to give away. Simply fill in the form below and send it to us by this Thursday, October 20 at 12 noon ET. Don’t forget to include your email address and type “Circles and Squares” in the Comments box. Only one entry per person.

Enjoy listening to Seth Swirsky’s appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and good luck on winning a copy of Circles and Squares.

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