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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Astral Drive’s Phil Thornalley (Airdate: June 6, 2018)

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Fans of 1970s Todd Rundgren will thoroughly enjoy my in-depth interview with Astral Drive’s Phil Tornalley, which aired June 6 on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

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Mr. Astral Drive

Longtime producer and songwriter Phil Thornalley has made nothing less than the Todd Rundgren album that Todd Rundgren never made in the 1970s. Astral Drive, the album, being released on July 6 by Lojinx, is nothing less than one of the best albums of the year.

 

astral drive coverAstral Drive finds Phil Thornalley doing most of the heavy lifting for a joyous tour de force composed of original songs that echo the catchy sounds that the Hermit of Mink Hollow made all those many years ago. Thornalley, a legendary producer and songwriter whose lengthy list of credits includes co-writing Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” producing the Cure’s album Pornography when he was 21 years old, and working as an engineer at London’s RAK Studios for producers Mickie Most, Steve Lillywhite and Alex Sadkin, fell in love with Todd Rundgren’s music when he heard Todd’s song “Useless Begging.” The rest, as they say, is history.

Within Astral Drive’s catchy, Rundgren-esque grooves, Thornalley celebrates the sound of Rundgren’s ’70s work with 11 original compositions. Standout songs like the album’s first single, the infectious, ultra-catchy and so-much-fun-to-listen-to “Summer of ’76” (watch the official lyric video below) might as well come with a singalong module; the songs don’t invite listener participation so much as pretty much require it. And mark my words–you will want to sing along, whether you know the words or not.

During this supersized edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, which began with Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” Thornalley talked about, and we played, three of Astral Drive’s standout songs: the aforementioned “Summer of ’76,” which you can now hear playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio; the warm ballad “Wishing I Could Change the World,” which honors the classic Todd-meets-Philly-Soul bond; and the glorious, melody-infused upbeat number “Love is Real.” You’ll hear Thornalley talk about how he wrote these songs, and take a tour through his illustrious career. Towards the beginning of this typically in-depth In Conversation back-and-forth, Thornalley charted the path that “Torn” took prior to being recorded by Imbruglia.

Help celebrate the wonder and joy delivered by Phil Thornalley by way of the lovingly-rendered songs on Astral Drive by listening to this very special episode of In Conversation.  Prepare for one of those very special experiences that only great melodic pop music can provide.

Preorder Astral Drive at the Lojinx shop, Kool Kat Musik, Amazon, and iTunes.

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pprListen to my interview with Astral Drive’s Phil Thornalley from the June 6 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation 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 a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

ppr radio purple background - insetPure Pop Radio plays the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day. Listen by clicking on the Live365 Listen Now button at left. Hear us once and you’ll be a listener for life. Join us, won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!

Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

This Week’s Specialty Shows: Phil Thornalley Celebrates the Sound of ’70s Todd Rundgren on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, and a Host of New and New-to-You Tunes Spin During an All-New Pop Tunes Deejay Show

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alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Fans of 1970s Todd Rundgren will want to gather in front of their Internet radio receptacles this Wednesday night (June 6) at 9 pm ET for an all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Longtime producer and songwriter Phil Thornalley has made nothing less than the Todd Rundgren album that Todd Rundgren never made in the 1970s, and it is nothing less than one of the best albums of the year. Read on to find out why.

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astral drive coverThe self-titled Astral Drive finds Phil Thornalley doing most of the heavy lifting for a joyous tour de force composed of original songs that echo the catchy sounds that the Hermit of Mink Hollow made all those many years ago. Thornalley, a legendary producer and songwriter whose lengthy list of credits includes co-writing Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” producing the Cure’s album Pornography when he was 21 years old, and working as an engineer at London’s RAK Studios for producers Mickie Most, Steve Lillywhite and Alex Sadkin, fell in love with Todd Rundgren’s music when he heard Todd’s song “Useless Begging.” The rest, as they say, is history.

Astral Drive finds Thornalley celebrating the sound of Rundgren’s ’70s work with 11 original compositions. Catchy songs like the album’s first single, the infectious “Summer of ’76,” might as well come with a singalong module; they don’t invite listener participation so much as pretty much require it. And mark my words–you will want to sing along, whether you know the words or not.

During this supersized, 74 minute edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, which begins with Natalie Imbruglia’s “Torn,” you will hear and listen to Thornalley talk about three of Astral Drive’s standout songs: the aforementioned “Summer of ’76,” which you can now hear playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio; the warm ballad “Wishing I Could Change the World,” which honors the classic Todd-meets-Philly-Soul bond; and the glorious, melody-infused upbeat number “Love is Real.” You’ll hear Thornalley talk about how he wrote these songs, and take a tour through his illustrious career. Towards the beginning of this typically in-depth In Conversation back-and-forth, he charts the path that “Torn” took prior to being recorded by Imbruglia.

On this very special edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, we celebrate the wonder and joy delivered by Phil Thornalley by way of the lovingly-rendered songs on Astral Drive. Prepare for one of those very special experiences that only great melodic pop music can provide.

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Don’t miss producer-songwriter Phil Thornalley talking with me this Wednesday night at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. I believe this is a shining highlight of this year’s crop of shows–one you won’t want to miss.

pop tunes disc smallWhile you’re scribbling down a reminder to listen to this week’s all-new edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, why not add a note to dig the scene on Thursday night at 8 pm ET, when the 55th Pop Tunes Deejay Show airs, with lots of new and new-to-you songs from Astral Drive, Wilkerson, Blaine Campbell, Peter Holsapple, Lannie Flowers, Arthur Alexander, the Davenports, Dave Sheinin, Ian Thompson, Tom Guerra, Lisa Mychols, Starbelly, Zuider Zee, and classics from Andrew Gold, Paul McCartney, and the Spongetones. You won’t to miss this hour-long spin, punctuated by spirited and snappy deejay patter from yours truly. And who wouldn’t want to enjoy a spot of spirited and snappy deejay patter?

There’s this week’s nighttime listening sorted, then. Don’t miss a minute!

Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

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This Week’s Pure Pop Radio Specialty Shows: An In Conversation Double-Shot, and Peter Noone Pushes the Red Button on the Pop Tunes Deejay Show

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This week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows, broadcast exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, offer up a powerful Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer and an all-new Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show with a new release featuring guest vocalist Peter Noone from Herman’s Hermits.

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This week’s special Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation twofer delivers a total of two-plus hours worth of joyous chat and music from two longtime melodic pop denizens. First, tomorrow (Wednesday) night at a special time–8 pm ET–Danny Benair, from ’70s power pop band the Quick, joins me for a fun talk about Mondo Deco, the 1976 classic long-player melding pop, rock and classical influences.

coverThe Quick, which featured Danny Wilde, later of the Rembrandts, as lead vocalist, were shepherded by the legendary Kim Fowley and producer and engineer Earle Mankey, who was a member of Halfnelson, which later became Sparks. The Quick’s one and only album, featuring clever arrangements and harmonies galore, pops and rocks with abandon. Danny and I talk about the origins of the Quick, recording Mondo Deco, and other topics, including how he came to get Rolling Stone Charlie Watts’ drum sticks (hint: Charlie gave them to Danny). Plus, you’ll hear three songs from Mondo Deco, including their mondo-creative cover of the Beatles’ “It Won’t Be Long.”

Following tomorrow night at 9 pm ET, the second half of our In Conversation twofer stars Göran Hjertstedt, formerly of Pure Pop Radio favorite band Longplayer and now the creative force behind the Grand Leve.

TGL-RecoveredThe Grand Leve’s self-titled album is a wonderful mix of pop-rock songs performed by Göran, Ulf Holmberg (ex-Longplayer), and Ian Haugland, the drummer for Swedish rockers Europe. Grand melodies abound in this new collection, a must for fans of melodic pop music. Göran and I talk about the Grand Leve, and survey his musical journey from his time in the hit pop band Visitors to his work with Ian in Brains Beat Beauty and his time with Ulf in Longplayer and, subsequently, the Longplayer Orchestra.

During this hour-plus program, you’ll hear songs from Visitors, Brains Beat Beauty, Longplayer, and, of course, the Grand Leve. Göran will relate the stories behind these numbers, all of which will become your favorites.

pop tunes disc smallThis Thursday night at 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, I’m back with another all-new edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show, this time around featuring the Red Button’s latest release, “Ooh Girl,” featuring Herman’s Hermits’ Peter Noone on lead vocal. You won’t want to miss this one.

Also on the docket on this edition of the Pop Tunes Deejay Show: Astral Drive, Lisa Michaels, David Myhr, Ken Sharp, Gilbert O’Sullivan, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., Matt Tyson, the Oohs, Richard Harris, and a set of California-themed tunes from the Beach Boys. It’s another hour-long spin you won’t want to miss.

Join me for a Wednesday night In Conversation twofer with the Quick’s Danny Benair at 8 pm ET and the Grand Leve’s Göran Hjerstedt at 9 pm ET, and come back on Thursday night at 8 pm ET for an all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show. Both shows are proudly and exclusively broadcast on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. Mark your calendars!

Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

ppr radio purple background - insetPure Pop Radio plays the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day. Listen by clicking on the Live365 Listen Now button at left. Hear us once and you’ll be a listener for life. Join us, won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: David Myhr (Airdate: May 16, 2018)

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On May 16, David Myhr was my very special guest on an all-new hour-long edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The topic of conversation, fittingly, was David’s wonderful new album, Lucky Day, which was released by Lojinx. A festival of pure pop pleasures, Lucky Day presents eight songs co-written with some of the best and brightest pop song scribes working today, from Bill DeMain to Linus of Hollywood. The other two tunes are solo Myhr compositions, one of which, “The Perfect Place,” is pretty well perfect.

LJX115 David Myhr - Lucky DayDuring this program, we played, and David spoke about, three songs from Lucky Day: Room to Grow,” written with Pure Pop Radio favorite Bill DeMain; “Lovebug,” co-written by David and another Pure Pop Radio favorite, Linus of Hollywood; and the aforementioned “The Perfect Place.” (Listen to each of these songs on Spotify by clicking on the song titles.)

David also spoke to me about the trip he took from Sweden to the United States, during which he met with his co-writers to come up with snappy songs, some of which appear on Lucky Day. Also on our agenda: David’s work as a senior lecturer at a music university in the north of Sweden, and the big musical surprise in store for folks who purchase the CD version of Lucky Day.

Don’t miss this information-packed and delightful conversation with one of melodic pop music’s great talents. Purchase David Myhr’s Lucky Day at the Lojinx store, and at Amazon and iTunes.

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pprListen to my interview with David Myhr from the May 16 edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation 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 a wide selection of previously-aired Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation interviews by clicking here.

ppr radio purple background - insetPure Pop Radio plays the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day. Listen by clicking on the Live365 Listen Now button at left. Hear us once and you’ll be a listener for life. Join us, won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!

Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

Your Lucky Day: David Myhr Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. World Radio Premiere: Vanilla’s Small Faces. This Week’s Specialty Shows are All Too Beautiful!

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

This week’s specialty shows are all too beautiful, serving up a lucky day on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation and a world radio premiere of Vanilla’s punchy Small Faces cover on Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show. And that’s only scratching the surface of what’s in store.

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This Wednesday, May 16 at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, David Myhr guests on an all-new hour-long edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. The topic of conversation, fittingly, is David’s wonderful new album, Lucky Day, which releases this Friday, May 18, via Lojinx. A festival of pure pop pleasures, Lucky Day presents eight songs co-written with some of the best and brightest pop song scribes working today, from Bill DeMain to Linus of Hollywood. The other two tunes are solo Myhr compositions, one of which, “The Perfect Place,” is pretty well perfect.

LJX115 David Myhr - Lucky DayDavid talks to me about a trip he took from Sweden to the United States, during which he met with his co-writers to come up with snappy songs, some of which appear on Lucky Day. Did you know that, in addition to being a heralded songwriter, David is also a senior lecturer at a music university in the north of Sweden? You’ll hear all about this during the hour. Plus you’ll find out about the big surprise in store for folks who purchase the CD version of Lucky Day!

pop tunes disc smallAlan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show shifts to once-a-week status beginning this Thursday night, May 17. Thursday nights will kick off at our usual time, 8 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch, with super-sized episodes that you won’t want to miss. This week, we’ve got the world radio premiere of Vanilla’s new recording, a spirited cover of the Small Faces’ “Itchykoo Park,” which features none other than Strangely Alright’s Regan Lane.

astral drive coverPlus, you’ll hear new tracks from TSAR’s Jeff Whalen; Astral Drive, which out-Rundgrens Todd Rundgren; Al Shields and the Delahayes; We Are Muffy; the Kennedys; the Tearaways; Gretchen’s Wheel; Rob Bonfiglio; Scot Sax; Seth Timbs; Simon Love; the Electricoke, from the new ’80s-themed compilation, Back in Time; and a choice Beatles cover from the Quick (their 1976 album, Mondo Deco, will soon see reissue from Real Gone Music). And, if that weren’t enough, my snappy deejay patter! It’s an exceptional hour-plus of great melodic pop music.

Don’t miss a minute of this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty shows on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. They’re all too beautiful! And tune in to Pure Pop Radio, the greatest mix of melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day!

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Pure Pop Radio’s signature shows, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Wednesday, 9 pm ET) and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Thursday, 8 pm ET), air exclusively on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

ppr radio purple background - insetPure Pop Radio plays the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, 24 hours a day. Listen by clicking on the Live365 Listen Now button at left. Hear us once and you’ll be a listener for life. Join us, won’t you? You’ll be glad you did!

Pure Pop Radio Is Back!

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

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Pure Pop Radio, your premiere, 24-hour-a-day Internet radio source for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe from across the decades, is back on the air!

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Alan Haber, your host and programmer

After 10 months of inactivity, Pure Pop Radio has reemerged as a full-fledged 24-hour-a-day Internet radio station blasting the latest new and new-to-you melodic pop music to waiting ears. Our new streaming home is Live365, Internet radio’s new home for smart, enjoyable programming.

Pure Pop Radio began in 1995 as a weekly show on Northern Virginia’s cable radio station WEBR. From the start, the show’s mix of independent and commercial artists thrilled listeners worldwide with catchy sounds that couldn’t be so easily found on the air. When the show became a 24-hour Internet radio station in 2012, the mission was the same and continued as such through the end of July 2017, when the station went dark due to circumstances beyond our control.

Now that those circumstances are no longer an issue, Pure Pop Radio is back and bigger and brighter and full of more melody and hooks than ever before. Our sound is the same as it always has been: a vibrant mix of your favorite and new-to-you melodic pop artists from both the indie and commercial sectors of the world of music.

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On our air, indie artists such as Lannie Flowers, Rob Bonfiglio, The Weeklings, Caper Clowns, Anton Barbeau, Linus of Hollywood, Gretchen’s Wheel, Dana Countryman, Ken Sharp, David Myhr, Dave Caruso, Seth Timbs, Michael Carpenter, Nick Piunti, Dropkick, Tommy Lorente and Scot Sax rub elbows with the likes of Gilbert O’Sullivan, the Posies, Harpers Bizarre, the Spongetones, Paul Revere and the Raiders, Klaatu, NRBQ, Matthew Sweet, the Electric Light Orchestra, Sagittarius, Graham Gouldman, 10cc, Buddy Holly, the Four Seasons, First Class, Stephen Bishop, the Association, the Everly Brothers, the Beach Boys, and a little group from Liverpool, England called the Beatles. Pure Pop Radio offers the ultimate mix of catchy melodic pop music for your listening, dancing and romancing pleasure, 365 days a year.

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pop tunes disc smallWe can also be found at our other longstanding Internet home, Pop that Goes Crunch Radio. There, you will continue to exclusively hear both of our long-running specialty shows: Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the Internet’s premiere melodic pop music talk show (Wednesdays, 9 pm ET) that brings your favorite artists to the microphones to talk about their records and careers, and Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 8 pm ET), a twice-weekly, hour-long mix of new and new-to-you releases. And, let us not forget, my snappy deejay patter!

ppr logo breaking out of paperPure Pop Radio, your premiere 24-hour-a-day source on the Internet for the greatest melodic pop music from across the decades, has returned to the airwaves, pumping into your favorite Internet radio receptacles the catchiest sounds around. We’re thrilled to be back!

Don’t miss a minute!

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Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Talks New EP, Jellyfish, Emitt Rhodes, Secret Friend and More This Wednesday Evening on Special Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

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Jellyfish’s Roger Joseph Manning Jr. talks about his soon-to-be-released EP, Glamping, his first set of new, original songs in 10 years, and much more on a very special, hour-long episode of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation this Wednesday, May 2 at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

roger joseph manning jr. glamping coverGlamping’s four hooky songs lasso a variety of pop styles from pure to power for an exhilarating listening experience, helped along by friends such as Chris Price, Jason Falkner and Bleu McAuley. “Operator” tells the sweet story of a lonely man aching for a relationship with a telephone operator. “Funhouse” injects a rock stance into the pop proceedings with Jason Falkner’s guitars and Freddie Mercury-style background vocal harmony stacks. “Is It All a Dream” is an uptempo pop ride, and the closing power ballad “I’m Not Your Cowboy” rides to its finish atop a 10cc-esque approach.

During this program, Roger goes in-depth on the making of Glamping, due May 18 via PledgeMusic, his work on Emitt Rhodes’ 2016 record Rainbow Ends and Secret Friend’s new release, The Divorce Album. He also talks about his time in Jellyfish, and helps me discover the engine that powered one of the band’s most inventive songs, Spilt Milk’s “Sebrina, Paste and Plato.” You won’t want to miss this landmark show. Plus: What exactly is glamping? The answer will be revealed.

Tune in this Wednesday, May 2, at 9 pm ET for an hour-long chat with one of pop music’s great talents, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is the place to be!

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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:

 

Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Talks New EP, Jellyfish, Emitt Rhodes, Secret Friend and More on Special Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

Jellyfish’s Roger Joseph Manning Jr. talks about his soon-to-be-released EP, Glamping, his first set of new, original songs in 10 years, and much more on a very special, hour-long episode of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Save the date: this Wednesday, May 2 at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio.

roger joseph manning jr. glamping coverGlamping’s four hooky songs lasso a variety of pop styles from pure to power for an exhilarating listening experience, helped along by friends such as Chris Price, Jason Falkner and Bleu McAuley. “Operator” tells the sweet story of a lonely man aching for a relationship with a telephone operator. “Funhouse” injects a rock stance into the pop proceedings with Jason Falkner’s guitars and Freddie Mercury-style background vocal harmony stacks. “Is It All a Dream” is an uptempo pop ride, and the closing power ballad “I’m Not Your Cowboy” rides to its finish atop a 10cc-esque approach.

During this program, Roger goes in-depth on the making of Glamping, due May 18 via PledgeMusic, his work on Emitt Rhodes’ 2016 record Rainbow Ends and Secret Friend’s new release, The Divorce Album. He also talks about his time in Jellyfish, and helps me discover the engine that powered one of the band’s most inventive songs, Spilt Milk’s “Sebrina, Paste and Plato.” You won’t want to miss this landmark show. Plus: What exactly is glamping? The answer will be revealed.

Tune in next Wednesday, May 2, at 9 pm ET for an hour-long chat with one of pop music’s great talents, Roger Joseph Manning Jr. Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is the place to be!

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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: Michael Carpenter Talks Supahip, Beach Boys and Paul McCartney on In Conversation, and Catchy New Tunes from Roger Joseph Manning Jr. and Gilbert O’Sullivan Anchor Two All-New Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Shows

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Michael Carpenter

Ace musician Michael Carpenter, busy as always and always wonderfully productive, joins me on this week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to go inside the writing and production of the grand new album from the Supahip, his pop and roll project with also ace musician Mark Moldre.

coverAiring this Wednesday night at 9 pm ET on Pop that Goes Crunch Radio, my interview with Michael tackles The Two Sided Face, the Supahip’s followup to 2007’s debut, Seize the World. A mix of rock and roll, pop and country influences fuels this fun collection from Michael and Mark Moldre, who entered the studio each day without a written song to sing; by the end of each day, a song was written, performed and mixed. Working without a net has never sounded so good.

During this program, we play and Michael talks about three songs from The Two Sided Face: “With the Radio On,” “Fourarms,” and “Motor,” the latter a free-swinging pop-rocker with a decidedly Rolling Stones center. We also talk about the Beach Boys–we play Michael’s 2000 loving cover of the group’s “You Need a Mess of Help to Stand Alone”–and the influence of the Beatles and Paul McCartney. There is more, too, including a particularly apropos track that plays after “Fourarms”; listen and enjoy.

roger joseph manning jr. glamping coverpop tunes disc smallTwo all-new editions of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show roll tomorrow and Thursday night at 8 pm ET. A catchy pure melodic pop song from ex-Jellyfisher Roger Joseph Manning Jr.’s upcoming EP Glamping and a lovely new midtempo popper from the always great Gilbert O’Sullivan shine tomorrow night during a show that also features the latest from the Connection’s Brad Marino; Simon Love; Wilson; Blake Jones and the Trike Shop; McPherson Grant; the Ice Cream Conspiracists; the Supahip; Carpenter, Smith and Jones; David Myhr; the Quick; Lane Steinberg, and Soft Hearted Scientists.

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Thursday night, catchy pop tunes fill the air on another all-new Pop Tunes Deejay Show. Stepping up to the bandstand, Secret Friend, Roger Joseph Manning Jr., the Grand Leve, Ancient Babies, Jon and Julia, Daisy House, Tawny Thiele, the Turtles, Beaulieu Porch, Lane Steinberg, Magpie, Caper Clowns and Nancy Sinatra pop the house with new and new-to-you sounds that will delight you through and through.

That’s this week’s Pure Pop Radio specialty show lineup, broadcast as always 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:

 

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

alan headshot from schoolBy Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio

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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