Reviews: 2.15.19: Friday (on My Mind) Special: The Weeklings Rock Out at High Noone

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The Weeklings featuring Peter Noone“Friday on My Mind” (Jem, 2019) It’s Friday, it’s special, and it’s time for this important question: What happens when a quartet of old pros meet up with an old pro from the 1960s, get amped-up, plugged in and blast out, in smashing fashion, … Read moreReviews: 2.15.19: Friday (on My Mind) Special: The Weeklings Rock Out at High Noone

Reviews: 1.31.19: Tim Jackson’s Pure Pop Debut is Right on Time

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Tim Jackson | Better Late than Never (2018) The thing you need to understand about Tim Jackson, whose debut album is one of the finest first musical volleys in recent memory, is that his record collection is likely pretty similar to the one that has overtaken your living … Read moreReviews: 1.31.19: Tim Jackson’s Pure Pop Debut is Right on Time

Reviews: 1.22.19: The Details’ Majestic Album, To Charles Dickens and Back

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The Details To Charles Dickens and Back (2018) The way you get there begins here: a crash of glass and a high-pitched whistle and an orchestra tuning up and the audience settling in; the comforting strum of an acoustic guitar atop singular bass notes; water waving; a high-pitched … Read moreReviews: 1.22.19: The Details’ Majestic Album, To Charles Dickens and Back

Reviews: 1.11.19: The April Family Pops the Cork on “Champagne”

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio The April Family “Champagne” (2018)“Boys are mean and girls let you down,” Kylie Whitney testifies from her heart in the April Family’s catchy, foot-stomping new single “Champagne,” the trailer for the trio’s highly-anticipated upcoming album House of Cards. Love, as it happens, can scale the higher highs but … Read moreReviews: 1.11.19: The April Family Pops the Cork on “Champagne”

I Love that Album! #3: Klaatu’s Sir Army Suit (1978)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio “We all rose to the challenge,” Terry Draper says about “Calling Occupants (Of Interplanetary Craft),” Klaatu’s momentous signature song that opened the band’s debut album, 3:47 E.S.T., but he might as well have been referring to Sir Army Suit, the Canadian trio’s triumphant third album, released in August … Read moreI Love that Album! #3: Klaatu’s Sir Army Suit (1978)

New on Pure Pop Radio 7.25.18: The Quite Grand Debut of the Grand Leve

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Spins and Reviews | 7.25.18 The Grand Levé | The Grand Levé (2018) The music reviewer’s job, the same as it ever was, is to paint a picture with words that convince you that an album either isn’t worth a scintilla of your time (which, of course, we … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 7.25.18: The Quite Grand Debut of the Grand Leve

New on Pure Pop Radio 4.19.18: Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Where Did You Go To”

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Spins and Reviews | 4.19.18 Gilbert O’Sullivan | “Where Did You Go To” | Gilbert O’Sullivan, 2018 All it takes is a song, not necessarily new but often so, to bring me back to my youth, back to my days listening to records in my bedroom, one after … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 4.19.18: Gilbert O’Sullivan’s “Where Did You Go To”

I Love that Song! #16: “Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio It’s just five or maybe six notes ascending and pounded out to merge into traffic at the start, a way of getting to what amounts to a chorus of a sort, except it’s more a verse, really, and there really isn’t a chorus to speak of in this … Read moreI Love that Song! #16: “Your Smiling Face” by James Taylor

New on Pure Pop Radio 4.3.18: Secret Friend’s The Divorce Album

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Spins and Reviews | 4.3.18 Secret Friend | The Divorce Album (2018) This third Secret Friend album, whose vibe falls somewhere between 2013’s Linus of Hollywood-produced Time Machine and 2015’s sound expansive Sleeper, could well be the ultimate breakup record, but with a pop twist. In any case, … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 4.3.18: Secret Friend’s The Divorce Album