New on Pure Pop Radio 1.16.18: XTC’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers Return as TC&I

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Spins and Reviews | 1.16.18 TC&I | Great Aspirations (2017) On this delightful, ruminative and playfully earnest four-song EP, Colin Moulding, clever, melodic bassist, singer and warmhearted songwriter, ex of XTC, continues his earthy exploration of human exploits and foibles, joined by equally ex-XTC drummer and brother-in-arms Terry … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio 1.16.18: XTC’s Colin Moulding and Terry Chambers Return as TC&I

Pure Pop Radio’s Hall of Fame Inducts Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (Atlantic, 1999)

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio What Is It? Pure Pop Radio’s Hall of Fame celebrates unparalleled work in the field of melodic pop music. All kinds of melodic pop are eligible for induction, from soft-pop to power-pop and all points in-between. Country-pop, bubblegum, art-pop and the like are welcome. Singles, EPs, and albums … Read morePure Pop Radio’s Hall of Fame Inducts Fountains of Wayne’s Utopia Parkway (Atlantic, 1999)

I Love that Song! #15: “Rockin’ My Life Away” by Jerry Lee Lewis

By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio It’s one of those records that just sounds right. It’s 1979, and Jerry Lee Lewis, with Bones Howe in the producer’s chair, is working his sweaty way through a Mack Vickery romp, banging mercilessly on the keys, a-thump-thump-thumpin’ until his fingers are sore, singing some perfunctory lyrics and … Read moreI Love that Song! #15: “Rockin’ My Life Away” by Jerry Lee Lewis

Cherry Parkes’ Basement Tapes: A Pure Pop Radio World Premiere

* Listen to the world radio premiere of Cherry Parkes’ previously-unheard ’60s classic, “The Man of the Moment,” tonight at both 8 and 9 pm ET! Thanks to the Charlatan Record Cartel. * Cherry Parkes | “The Man of the Moment” (Charlatan Record Cartel, 2017) “These were in my basement.  Maybe you can do something … Read moreCherry Parkes’ Basement Tapes: A Pure Pop Radio World Premiere

Still Whimsical After All These Years: Ray Paul’s “I Need Your Love Tonight” is Top of the Pops

Ray Paul | “I Need Your Love Tonight” | This is Rock ‘n’ Roll Radio Volume 4 (Kool Kat Musik) 2017 Just one month shy of a year since the release of Whimsicality, Ray Paul’s glorious, rock ’em, sock ’em return to recording, which in July of 2016 we called “one of this year’s best … Read moreStill Whimsical After All These Years: Ray Paul’s “I Need Your Love Tonight” is Top of the Pops

Bill DeMain’s Gorgeous, Piano-Based Magic

Spins and Reviews | 05.02.17 By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio A Pure Pop Radio Exclusive: Bill DeMain | “Honey Bear” and “Leroy Boy” (from the forthcoming album Transatlantic Romantic, 2017) Last December, I had the great pleasure of adding to the Pure Pop Radio playlist a gorgeous cover of the Beach Boys’ “Wendy,” … Read moreBill DeMain’s Gorgeous, Piano-Based Magic

New on Pure Pop Radio: Dana Countryman’s Girlville! Sparkles!

Spins and Reviews | (Originally posted 1.10.17) By Alan Haber – Pure Pop Radio Dana Countryman’s Girlville! New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits (Teensville) 2017 And now for something completely different? Not completely, actually, because this heartfelt, loving tribute to the sounds of 1960s girl groups shares the same depth of commitment and … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio: Dana Countryman’s Girlville! Sparkles!

I Love that Album! #2: The Roches (s/t) (1979)

by Alan Haber  It seemed to fall from out of the sky, so different was it from everything else, its descent to earth slow and determined and harmony bound, as if protected by angels who knew that it was a gift from heaven. So it was, and on into the marketplace it went. The Roches, … Read moreI Love that Album! #2: The Roches (s/t) (1979)

New on Pure Pop Radio: The Nines’ Alejandro’s Visions: A Harmony- and Melody-Drenched Delight, Chris Murphy with Michael Carpenter, Dana Countryman, and More

   Spins and Reviews | 11.15.16 | by Alan Haber  Lovingly crafted and full of heart, Alejandro’s Visions is Steve Eggers’ masterpiece The Nines | Alejandro’s Visions | 2016 After incorporating a variety of styles into a stream of releases spanning a nearly-20-year-long career, the Nines’ Steve Eggers has delivered perhaps his most heartfelt musical … Read moreNew on Pure Pop Radio: The Nines’ Alejandro’s Visions: A Harmony- and Melody-Drenched Delight, Chris Murphy with Michael Carpenter, Dana Countryman, and More