New on Pure Pop Radio 3-11-21: Famous Groupies’ Furry with the Fringe on Top

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Famous Groupies | The Furry White Album (2020) Seanair Patrick “Paisley” McKenzie isn’t the first rediscovered or discovered-for-the-first-time-after-a-long-time compositional savant I have encountered, but he is clearly the most prodigious, as evidenced by the trove of delightful songs from the sixties and seventies, both complete and in-process, left … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 3-11-21: Famous Groupies’ Furry with the Fringe on Top

Reviews: 7.9.19: The Ebb and Flow of a Life: Cloud Eleven’s Illuminating Song Cycle

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Cloud Eleven – Footnote (West Coast, 2019) The minimalist front cover that houses Rick Gallego’s latest, meticulously crafted songs is bathed in a wash of lightened, sun-soaked grains of sand; at bottom right, water reaches a line on an ethereal beach. The new song’s titles are typeset within … Read moreReviews: 7.9.19: The Ebb and Flow of a Life: Cloud Eleven’s Illuminating Song Cycle

Reviews: 5.9.19: When Joy was Job One: Ken Sharp’s “World’s Fair” is an Affectionate Trip Back in Time

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Ken Sharp | “World’s Fair” (Jetfighter, 2019) Think back to when you were a kid; think back to the things you had that were cool and full of joy, that you just had to bring to school the next day and show your friends and the kids who … Read moreReviews: 5.9.19: When Joy was Job One: Ken Sharp’s “World’s Fair” is an Affectionate Trip Back in Time

Reviews: 4.11.19: Brad Marino Makes a Rock, Pop and Roll Connection

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Brad Marino | Extra Credit (Rum Bar, 2019) The Connection’s Brad Marino serves up a dynamic and breathless 11-song rock, pop and roll romp on his beat-driven solo album, Extra Credit, paying homage to a group once dubbed “England’s Newest Hit Makers,” Nick Lowe, Dave Edmunds, Elvis Costello … Read moreReviews: 4.11.19: Brad Marino Makes a Rock, Pop and Roll Connection

Reviews: 4.10.19: Brian Gari Paints a Heartfelt Musical Picture

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Brian Gari | Jeanne’s Album (Original Cast, 2019) A kind of old-fashioned, heartfelt song cycle, Brian Gari’s tremendously affecting and musical Jeanne’s Album chronicles his life with his wife Jeanne through their ups and downs and up agains. With keyboards and guitars primarily played by Gari and Peter … Read moreReviews: 4.10.19: Brian Gari Paints a Heartfelt Musical Picture

Reviews: 4.4.19: The Armoires’ Two Songs of the Moment

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The Armoires | “(How Did You Make) A Mistake Like Me?” b/w “Not a Good Man” (Big Stir Digital Singles, 2019) The 23rd release in the ongoing Big Stir Digital Singles series is a whizzing whizbang that juggles velocity and an ever-present cadre of moving parts that sizzle … Read moreReviews: 4.4.19: The Armoires’ Two Songs of the Moment

Reviews: 3.21.19: The Squires of the Subterrain’s Radio Silence: Ghosts are Afoot

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The Squires of the Subterrain | Radio Silence (Rocket Racket, 2019) In the achy, far-from-silent world that the characters of Christopher Earl’s new songs inhabit, ghosts, or feelings that go bump in the night, are afoot, the past is a bubbling mess ripe for healing, and actions have … Read moreReviews: 3.21.19: The Squires of the Subterrain’s Radio Silence: Ghosts are Afoot

Reviews: 3.7.19: Vanilla’s Mystikal Trip is Quite a Show

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Vanilla | Mystik Knights of Tacoma (Charlatan Record Cartel, 2019) Win one of two copies of Vanilla’s Mystik Knights of Tacoma. Enter below. Vanilla’s latest, a remarkable, cogent collection of songs, some of which have trickled out over the past few years, tackles universal themes of self-preservation, love, … Read moreReviews: 3.7.19: Vanilla’s Mystikal Trip is Quite a Show

Reviews: 2.26.19: The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousness Craft a Masterpiece of Melody and Harmony

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousness | Dead Calm (Pretty Olivia, 2019) When Spain’s Pretty Olivia Records released a split single with The Tree House Melodies and the mysterious-but-familiar-sounding The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousness back in July of last year, it was fairly obvious, at least to … Read moreReviews: 2.26.19: The Boys With the Perpetual Nervousness Craft a Masterpiece of Melody and Harmony