Pop Tunes! Michael Simmons Summons Summer! This Week’s Pure Pop Radio Shows are Simmering with Pop Joy!

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Gather up sufficient gobs of SPF 30, a basketful of tasty snacks, and your Internet radio receptacle: This week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows are hot,and beaming from here to there on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio!

in conversation new graphic greyOn this week’s all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Michael Simmons (sparkle*jets u.k., Yorktown Lads, Popdudes) summons sweet summer vibes as he talks to me about  his just-released top-pop platter, First Days of Summer.

michael simmons album front coverDuring this hour-long show, we take a tour through Michael’s musical history and hear all about how he wrote and produced his new songs. First Days of Summer is a spectacular album, no matter the season; join us to hear all about it. (9 pm ET, Wednesday, April 11).

pop tunes disc smallTwo new hour-long Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows spin this week. Tomorrow (Tuesday) night at 8 pm ET, new and new-to-you tracks will be spun from Roy Wood, The Tubes and Olivia Newton-John, David Myhr (the fourth song from his upcoming Lucky Day album), Daisy House, The Junior League, Lannie Flowers (in full Beatlesque mode), McPherson Grant (a lovely new number), The Grand Leve (featuring Longplayer’s Göran Hjerstedt), Bryan Estepa and Coke Belda (a catchy George Michael cover), and more. Plus, my snappy deejay patter!

pop tunes disc smallThis Thursday night at 8 pm ET, another Pop Tunes Deejay Show delivers new and new-to-you tunes from Michael Penn, The Wrecking Two (featuring Teensville Records’ Kyler Schwartz and The Lunar Laugh’s Jared Lekites), The Junior League, Karla Kane (from Secret Friend’s new The Divorce Album), The Supahip (featuring Michael Carpenter and Mark Moldre), Mitchell Adam Johnson (from Spencer McGillicutty), The Kennedys, and lots more. Plus–you guessed it–my snappy deejay patter!

Catch some rays, ’cause here come the sunny sounds of two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show and the latest edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with special guest Michael Simmons. Don’t miss a minute!

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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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It’s an All-Star Week for Pure Pop’s Specialty Shows. Secret Friend’s Steven Fox Stops By Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and Top Popsters Populate Two All-New Editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show

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This week, Secret Friend’s affable head musical pal Steven Fox pops in to spread the cheer on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and your favorite popsters sing sweetly on two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show.

secret friend divorce albumSecret Friend’s new record, The Divorce Album, releases this Friday, April 6. It may well be the ultimate breakup long player, but it sounds like a happy, peppy pop album, and I predict it will be a favorite of many pop fans this year. Falling somewhere sound-wise between Secret Friend’s expansive second album, Sleeper, and the Linus of Hollywood-produced pure pop debut, Time Machine, The Divorce Album serves up six Fox-written and produced songs and six reinventions of those songs produced by other artists. It’s a fascinating approach, heady lyrically but effervescent musically. It’s a clear winner by an artist not afraid to stretch and keep things interesting.

During this lively edition of In Conversation, you’ll learn about the origins of this album and hear all about the writing and production of the songs. Direct from Thailand, meet Steven Fox this Wednesday at 9 pm ET.

pop tunes disc smallThe first of two Pop Tunes Deejay Shows airs tomorrow night, Tuesday, at 8 pm ET. Don McLean kicks things off with the complete version of his hard-to-beat-after-all-these-years classic “American Pie.” Also on the agenda: new and recent top tracks from Adrian Whitehead, Ian Thompson, The Gold Needles, Jeff Litman, Farrington, Magpie, and more top sounds from across the decades.

michael simmons album front coverWe’re back with another Pop Tunes Deejay Show this Thursday night at 8 pm ET. All Day Sucker’s classic 2004 track “Get High” leads this packed show, which features new and new-to-you spins from Matt Bruno, Roger Klug, Crime Scene, Michael Simmons, Lord High Admirals, Fireproof Sam and the Network Stars, Dropkick, The Orange Peels, Radio Days, and TC&I (XTC’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers). And more, too, including my snappy deejay patter!

It’s all for you–another all-star week of top pop programming from Pure Pop Radio, as broadcast by Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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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:

 

This Week’s Specialty Show Lineup: Linus of Hollywood Tells All on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and Two All-New Pop Tunes Deejay Shows Thrill With the Latest Melodic Pop Sounds

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

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This week, Linus of Hollywood brings a sense of good old cabin-essence to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show thrill with the latest and greatest melodic pop sounds from across the decades.

LOH - Cabin Life Cover V2-3It’s been nearly 20 years since Linus of Hollywood’s debut platter, Your Favorite Record, charmed listeners for whom melody was, and continues to be, king. Linus’s new release, Cabin Life, is the main topic of conversation during his 70-minute appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation this Wednesday at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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In addition to talking about and playing a pair of wonderful songs from Cabin Life, Linus also dishes about his move to Los Angeles as a 21-year-old looking for his big musical break, his time spent as a member of the punk-pop band Size 14 (and wait until you hear who played keyboards on their album!), his work with soft-pop queen Margo Guryan, and the writing and recording of what may well be his best album, Cabin Life. It’s another in-depth back-and-forth you won’t want to miss.

pop tunes disc smallTomorrow night (Tuesday) on Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET), you’ll dig a set of pretty ballads from Bread, PFR and Jellyfish; new songs from Farrington, Magpie, Chris Richards and the Subtractions, Fireproof Sam and the Network Stars, Lord High Admirals, Radio Days, Nick Batterham, and Chris Price; and classics from Paul McCartney, Marc Jonson and more.

This Thursday night, also at 8 pm ET, another hour of new and new-to-you melodic pop tunes comes at you on another all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show from the Hudson Brothers, the Carousels, Brian Jay Cline, the Jeremy Band, the Bonzo Dog Band, Dropkick, Ken Sharp, Todd Rundgren, and lots more, including a triple play from David Myhr. Plus, as on all Pop Tunes Deejay Shows, my snappy deejay patter!

Don’t miss another week’s worth of outstanding Pure Pop Radio programming, heard on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Enjoy!

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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:

Pop Springs Eternal! Pure Pop’s Salute to Spring…Showers the World with Tunes and Talk this Week

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springThe world will be a groovier place tomorrow. How could it not be? Tomorrow is the first day of Spring, when flowers bloom, birds are heard singing their hearts out, the air becomes more agreeable, and baseball season begins. How could the first day of Spring be anything other than the day the world turns ’round?

pop tunes disc smallIt is nothing less than a lucky stroke that the first of two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show airs tomorrow night, Tuesday, at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. The program blooms with Crowded House’s lovely song “Weather With You” and slides from there into an extended set of songs celebrating the beginning of the Spring season; Henry Gross, the Paley Brothers, the Lilac Time, the Beach Boys, Gleeson and Elvis Presley, among others, bow to the wonder of it all.

secret friend divorce albumBut that’s only the beginning: We’ve got an exclusive first play of a groovy new song from Secret Friend’s forthcoming record, The Divorce Album, bowing April 6; the new single from Caper Clowns; Marc Jonson’s rollicking and tuneful tribute to Pat DiNizio and the Smithereens; new music from Anton Barbeau and Michael Simmons, and much, much more.

david myhr lucky day coverThursday night at 8 pm ET, another all-new hour-long spin fills the airwaves and the Pop Tunes Deejay Show brings you new music from Brian Jay Cline, David Myhr, Spencer McGillicutty’s Mitchell Adam Johnson, Fireproof Sam and the Network Stars, and Linus of Hollywood, plus classics from Bertling Noise Laboratories, Longplayer, and Chris Brown. And my snappy deejay patter!

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This Wednesday night on an all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Kyle Vincent stops by to talk with me about his new album Miles and an Ocean. We discuss a variety of topics, including the wonder of Barry Manilow and working with the Rubinoos’ Tommy Dunbar. We also play, and talk about, songs from Miles and an Ocean and 2016’s Kyle Vincent Sings the Great Manilow Songbook. It’s another in-depth chat you won’t want to miss.

Join us as we celebrate the wonders of Spring by tuning in to two all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show and a wide-ranging conversation with Kyle Vincent on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Pop springs eternal with Pure Pop Radio’s specialty shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio!

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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:

 

This Week’s Specialty Shows Pop: Dropkick’s Andrew Taylor Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and The Latest Hits Zoom Up the Charts on Two All-New Pop Tunes Deejay Shows

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Settle into your comfy chair. The pop is catchy on this week’s Pure Pop Radio shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. To wit: Scotland’s master of melodic pop, Andrew Taylor, guests this Wednesday night on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and the latest hit sounds from such top popsters as Anton Barbeau, David Myhr and Lannie Flowers spin on two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show.

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dropkick longwave 2018 coverDropkick is one of the current kings of melodic pop, showcasing their glorious rich harmonies on album after album of winning sounds. The group’s Andrew Taylor, direct from Scotland, talks to me this Wednesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation about his group’s fantastic new album, Longwave. Andrew goes in-depth on three of the record’s songs, and we take a look at his influences and the striking album cover design.

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Tomorrow (Tuesday) night’s 60-minutes-plus, all-new edition of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET) features a bevy of top popsters singing their wares. You’ll hear from Fireproof Sam and the Network Stars, featuring, among a cast of seemingly thousands, KC Bowman, Karla Kane and Khoi Huynh from the Corner Laughers and Bradley Skaught from the Bye Bye Blackbirds; Anton Barbeau; David Myhr; Ken Sharp (his tribute to Todd Rundgren’s Utopia is a wonderful slice of tip-of-the-hat love); Lannie Flowers, and Michael Simmons, among others. Plus: thrill to my snappy deejay patter!

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On this Thursday night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (8 pm ET),
new platters from Radio Days, the Weeklings, the Well Wishers, the Rallies, Linus of Hollywood and the Orange Peels spin alongside tunes from Anton Barbeau, Michael Simmons and David Myhr. It’s a super-sized, 70-plus minutes of pure melodic pop joy. And, of course, my snappy deejay patter!

That’s this week’s specialty show lineup from Pure Pop Radio, broadcast by none other than the rockin’ and poppin’ Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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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:

 

This Week: Graham Gouldman Stars in an Exclusive Interview on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and the Romance of Trains and New, Hit-bound Tunes (Plus a World Internet Radio Premiere) Power Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows

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ppr logo breaking out of paperIt’s another big week for Pure Pop Radio’s specialty shows, all broadcast on the powerhouse Internet radio station Pop that Goes Crunch. Veteran singer-songwriter and performer Graham Gouldman stars in an exclusive wide-ranging interview on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and the romance of trains–and terrific, hit-bound new releases, including a World Internet Radio Premiere of a brand-new track from The Weeklings–power two all-new episodes of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show.

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tomorrow night–Wednesday, February 21 at 9 pm ET. Gouldman, whose history writing and performing wonderful melodic pop songs is long and prosperous, will be my guest on an exclusive, hour-long edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, airing on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP (Wienerworld)

Graham Gouldman’s work is peerless, from the songs he wrote for other artists in the 1960s, such as  “Bus Stop,” “No Milk Today,” and “For Your Love,” to the songs he wrote and sang while a member of 10cc and Wax and the songs he writes and performs today for his top-shelf solo releases. His delectable current EP, Play Nicely and Share, continues his ongoing tradition of producing only the best melodic pop music for waiting ears around the world.

During this exclusive program, Graham speaks with me about Play Nicely and Share, and we play three of the EP’s six songs. We talk about his approach to songwriting and the delightful art direction, by StormStudios, that graces the panels of his latest release. StormStudios, whose lineage is directly connected with that of the classic design firm Hipgnosis, created so many rich cover designs for 10cc and Pink Floyd and many other recording artists. And there’s more on our docket, including a Beatles nugget and news about Graham’s place in Ringo Starr’s All-Starr Band in Europe this summer. It’s a rich hour you won’t want to miss.

enter-to-winTo celebrate this very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, we’re giving away a copy of Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share; to enter, simply click here. Featuring five new songs and a very different cover of Buddy Holly’s “Rave On,” it will be your instant favorite new release.

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The romance of trains and new release magic, including a World Internet Radio Premiere of the new single by the Weeklings, power this week’s two all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, airing tonight–Tuesday, February 20–and this Thursday, February 22 at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

pop tunes disc smallAfter hearing the O’Jays’ classic “Love Train” on a favored Internet radio station, I got the idea to explore the romance of trains for a special themed edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show. So, I put on my engineer’s hat and placed the pop train on our tracks to deliver an hour’s worth of songs about all kinds of trains and songs with the word “train” in the title. You’ll hear Albert Hammond’s “I’m a Train,” Johnny Cash’s “Train of Love,” P.F. Sloan’s “Lollipop Train (You Never Had It So Good),” the Monkees’ “Last Train to Clarksville,” songs from West Coast Consortium, the Marthas and Arthurs, the Hardy Boys, the Kinks, and a whole lot more. All aboard tonight at 8 pm ET!

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This Thursday night, February 22 at 8 pm ET on the week’s second edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, we broadcast the World Internet Radio Premiere of the Weeklings’ punchy new single, “In the Moment.” Is it Beatlesque? Is it Fab? Is it in keeping with the rich pop traditions that fuel the Weeklings’ substantial efforts? All will be revealed here on the Pure Pop Radio website this Thursday. (By the way, the song, recorded at famed Abbey Road Studios, goes on sale March 2.)

In addition to the World Internet Radio Premiere of the new Weeklings track, we’ve got two new songs from Linus of Hollywood’s upcoming Cabin Life, and two archival tunes from Winterpills’ Philip B. Price, whose two-CD collection, Without Your Love I’d Be Nowhere at All: Best of the Solo Archives 1988-2004, is a clear winner.

But that’s not all: Thursday night’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show offers up new songs from Juliana Hatfield, who is channeling the majesty of the records of Olivia Newton-John on her forthcoming release; Christopher Cash and the Brilliant Deductions; Chris Price; Dragsterbarbie; Brady Harris Band; Daisy House, and the aforementioned Graham Gouldman. It’s another can’t-miss hour.

ppr radio green backgroundDon’t miss a minute of this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows, featuring an exclusive, hour-long interview with Graham Gouldman, and two all-new editions of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show, with the World Internet Radio Premiere of the Weekling’s “In the Moment” in the spotlight on Thursday night. See you on the radio!

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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:

 

Veteran Songwriter and Recording Artist Graham Gouldman Guests on a Very Special Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP (Wienerworld)

Graham Gouldman, whose songs have provided a sweet soundtrack for so many lives, guests next Wednesday night, February 21, at 9 pm ET on a very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Two of Gouldman’s classic songs–“Bus Stop,” a top five Billboard magazine chart-topper in 1966, and “No Milk Today,” a top 40 hit in 1967–are my top favorite pop songs of all time, and that’s just scratching the surface of this veteran songwriter’s output achieved over a veritable lifetime of service to music lovers around the world.

Whether you’ve heard and loved his music from his years with 10cc; Wax; GG06, his duo with 10cc’s Kevin Godley; his extensive solo career, or all of these periods, you’re sure to enjoy listening to this in-depth conversation with one of music’s greatest talents.

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Booklet illustration from Graham Gouldman’s Play Nicely and Share EP

Gouldman joined me for a spirited and informative In Conversation talk about his wonderful new EP, Play Nicely and Share, stocked deep with five new classic compositions and a reimagining of the classic Buddy Holly track “Rave On.” But wait…there was more: We talked about the creative and wonderful design for this EP’s package, created by StormStudios, and if you feel a connection with the equally creative and wonderful album covers designed and realized during the days of yore by the design group Hipgnosis, it’s because there is one. And, by the way, you’ll hear all about it.

Of course, we talked about the process of songwriting and other topics, including the writing of the aforementioned “No Milk Today.” You’ll hear three songs from Play Nicely and Share, and one from Gouldman’s previous release, Love and Work. This was a fascinating conversation that you will treasure.

Don’t miss this very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with Graham Gouldman, next Wednesday, February 21, at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Don’t miss a minute!

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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: