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Tip-toe through Tiny Tim’s America Next Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

tiny-tim-1Join us next Tuesday and Wednesday nights on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation for a festive and wide-ranging celebration of one of the most passionate pop culture performers ever to grace the world stage. Come along with Alan Haber and his guests as they tip-toe through Tiny Tim’s America and discover a world defined by some of the great songs of the early 20th century.

tiny-tim-tiptoeHerbert Khaury, better known as Tiny Tim, may best be remembered by people of a certain age for two milestones: He married Miss Vicki on The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson on December 17, 1969–in front of an audience of somewhere in the neighborhood of 40 million viewers–and hit big with his top 20 recording of “Tip-toe Thru’ the Tulips with Me” in 1968.

tiny-tim-2Fact is, Tiny Tim was more than a curiosity–more than just a guy with long hair and an aversion to germs who appeared on Howard Stern’s radio show to talk about his love of cleaning products and other such eccentricities. Tiny was a human jukebox, able to play, on his always-at-hand ukelele, a seemingly unlimited number of songs from the early 20th century and beyond. Tiny was a passionate performer, devoted to keeping the songs he knew in his heart alive.

Next week’s two-night Tiny Tim spectacular on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is a must-listen for fans of Mr. Tim and music lovers who enjoy beautifully written and performed tunes from the various golden eras of song.

tiny-tims-americaOn Tuesday night, September 13 at a special time–9 pm ET, Alan is joined by musician Richard Barone and Mr. Tim biographer Justin Martell for an in-depth look at Tiny Tim’s America, a recent vinyl release of a recording Tiny made in a New York City hotel room back in 1974. Richard teamed up with Tiny’s pianist and arranger cousin, Eddie Rabin, to flesh out the original recording with new instrumentation. The result is a marvelous, totally enjoyable tour of a selection of turn-of-the-century songs as only Mr. Tim could deliver. You’ll hear a few selections from this highly enjoyable, and collectible, release.

tiny-tim-eternal-troubadourrichard-barone-sorrow-and-promises-coverJustin Martell is the author of the exhaustive biography, Eternal Troubadour: The Improbable Life of Tiny Tim. Richard Barone has a long history working with and bringing to market the recordings of Mr. Tim; he has steered the voyage of his group, The Bongos, and produced a rich solo discography; Richard’s latest album, the glorious Sorrows & Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, will be released in October.

tiny-time-complete-singlesOn Wednesday night, September 14 at 8 pm ET, producer Steve Stanley, who steers the good ship Now Sounds Records, and musician Kristian Hoffman, join Alan to talk about Now Sounds’ top-flight Tiny Tim: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-1970). A grouping of beautifully remastered, by Alan Brownstein, recordings, including Mr. Tim’s amped-up, rocking version of “Great Balls of Fire,” most famously essayed in explosive style by Jerry Lee Lewis, this is an essential component of any exhaustive collection of pop music.

steve-stanleykristian-hoffmanSteve talks about The Complete Singles Collection from a producer’s and record company standpoint; Kristian, who is a Tiny Tim expert, talks about his passionate liner notes and Mr. Tim’s technicolor history. You’ll hear a selection of songs from this terrific release.

Both of these special In Conversation shows must rank as two of the most entertaining broadcast in a very long time. Don’t miss Richard Barone and Justin Martell talking about Tiny Tim’s America on Tuesday, September 13 at a special time–9 pm ET–and Steve Stanley and Kristian Hoffman talking about Now Sounds’ Tiny Tim: The Complete Singles Collection (1966-1970) on Wednesday, September 14, at 8 pm ET. A splendid Tiny Tim-eriffic time is guaranteed for all.

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Spins and Reviews | 7.27.16 | by Alan Haber

Tops of the pops today, tomorrow and beyond…

cotton mather - death of the cool coverCotton Mather | Death of the Cool
Putting pen to paper with the purpose of writing and recording a song for each of the 64 hexagrams of the I Ching, Robert Harrison quickly found himself knee-deep in the process of bringing his band Cotton Mather back to life. The first of four projected albums collecting these songs, Death of the Cool is a powerhouse release, as good or better than the classic Kontiki, which was reissued in a deluxe edition in 2012. The jaunty mid-tempo “Candy Lilac,” lovely ballad “The Land of Flowers,” and the poised-to-be-a-hit-at-radio catchy pop song “Child Bride” are prime Cotton Mather and only three reasons to dig into this classic band again.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “The Middle of Nowhere,” “Candy Lilac,” “The Land of Flowers,” “Never Be It,” “Queen of Swords,” “Child Bride,” and “The End of DeWitt Finley.”

look parkLook Park | Look Park
Chris Collingwood, endeavoring to write songs as far away from Fountains of Wayne as can be, winds up writing songs that, for the most part, could have found their way onto just about any Fountains of Wayne album–at least that’s the way I hear them. Named after the Frank Newhall Look Memorial Park, an actual municipal park in Northampton, Massachusetts, Look Park is a sturdy vehicle for Collingwood’s wonderful songs, from the sweet-sounding, upbeat “Shout Part 1″ to”I’m Gonna Haunt this Place,” a lovely waltz (with an eventual military snare pattern taking hold). The singer’s uniquely-sweet vocals are as attractive as ever.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Shout Part 1,” “Breezy,” “Aeroplane,” “You Can Come Round If You Want To,” “I’m Gonna Haunt this Place,” and “Save Yourself.”

richard barone and john sebastianRichard Barone featuring John Sebastian | “Did You Ever Have to Make Up Your Mind?”
A spirited, joyous take on John Sebastian’s classic song from the Lovin’ Spoonful’s Do You Believe in Magic album, this single, a taster for Richard’s long-awaited, forthcoming Sorrows and Promises: Greenwich Village in the 1960s, features, in addition to Richard on lead vocal and acoustic guitar, Sebastian on autoharps, harmonica and voice, the Smithereens’ Dennis Diken on drums, and Steve Addabbo on electric guitar. Beautifully done.
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seth timbs line of demarcationSeth Timbs | “Line of Demarcation”
A song that won’t fit snugly into the album he’s currently working on, “Line of Demarcation” finds Seth Timbs singing about the tussle between people who just can’t get along. This is becoming our life in 2016, in this fractured political year. Seth has said that the song is “about long distance telepathy and the sweeping consequences of papal decree,” which is probably more to the point, but still…I can posit a supposition, can’t I? Seth plays everything on this wonderful, folky track (his vocal is smooth and sure)–kind of a contemporary number with a folky ’60s heart, and a big favorite around these parts.
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mark bacino not that guyMark Bacino | “Not that Guy”
Just released, “Not that Guy” charts the course of someone who wants to be invested in his relationship but finds himself relegated to persona non grata status. This toe-tappingly perky, happy sounding , and catchy-as-catchy-can-be song is nothing less than the marriage of perfect melodic pop music and a lyric that puts a musical spin on a familiar emotional situation. It’s prime Bacino, and the first of many more new songs to come. Essential.
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corey landis and the attacksCorey Landis and the Attacks | Corey Landis and the Attacks
This is the kind of amazing record that, played at full volume for the love of everything that is holy, wakes up the neighbors in the middle of the night but doesn’t piss them off; they wind up inviting themselves over for tea and cookies just as dawn is breaking. Because they have to hear every song again, so infectious is this vibrant collection of 12 floor shaking, ivory keys busting, blood pressure rising slabs of pure piano pop. This Ben Folds Five-meets-Elton John-meets-Jerry Lee Lewis platter takes no prisoners: Landis digs into the keyboard with wild abandon on the pumping “Accident,” strolls with purpose on the mid-tempo, horn-laden “Hard Reaction to Love,” and makes things happen on the amazing tour de force-with-strings “Dress for the Weather.” Co-produced by Landis and Beatles veteran Geoff Emerick, who also engineered and mixed, this is a wild ride you’ll want to take over and over again.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Accident,” “Hard Reaction to Love,” “See You Next Tuesday,” “Loose Ends,” “White Elephant,” “The Ballad of Mikey Stone,” “Dress for the Weather,” and “I Love You (But You’re Crazy).”

More tomorrow.

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Richard Barone Interview from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Now Posted On Our Podcast Page

Richard Barone

Richard Barone

Our career-spanning interview with Richard Barone is now posted for listening and downloading on our PodOMatic podcast page.

Comprising two separate talks, our latest program goes the extra mile to bring Richard’s fans up to the minute with his latest goings-on. The very first Bongos platter, Drums Along the Hudson, was recently released on Jem Recordings, where it belongs. Richard talks extensively about this welcome release, his growing up days as a young deejay and musician, his upcoming tribute (put together with Alejandro Escovedo) to Lou Reed at this year’s South by Southwest festival, and his solo career, among other important topics. He also talks about his feelings toward his friend and mentor, Lou Reed, and another good friend and mentor, Pete Seeger. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Richard Barone.

This interview originally aired on Pure Pop Radio on February 25, 2014. We hope you enjoy the show.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Richard Barone Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Tomorrow, February 25

The Bongos in front of Maxwell's in Hoboken, New Jersey

The Bongos in front of Maxwell’s in Hoboken, New Jersey

We’ve got a wonderful treat for you tomorrow night: Richard Barone joins us on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation for a wide-ranging chat about his musical life with the Bongos and as a solo recording artist and performer.

Just released this past week on February 18 is a 27-track reissue of the very first Bongos platter, Drums Along the Hudson, and it’s on Jem Recordings, where it belongs. Richard talks extensively about this welcome release, his growing up days as a young deejay and musician, his upcoming tribute (put together with Alejandro Escovedo) to Lou Reed at this year’s South by Southwest festival, and his solo career, among other important topics. He also talks about his feelings toward his friend and mentor, Lou Reed, and another good friend and mentor, Pete Seeger. It’s everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Richard Barone, including choice cuts from the Bongos and Richard’s solo years.

Listen to this historic conversation with Richard Barone tomorrow night, February 25, at 8 pm ET. The show repeats on Thursday, February 27, at 8 pm ET. It’s all for you on your original 24-hour-a-day home for the greatest melodic pop music in the universe–Pure Pop Radio.

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Richard Barone Guests on Next Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Richard Barone

Richard Barone

Continuing our penchant for featuring only pop music’s brightest lights in talk and song, next week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation features Richard Barone, who has consistently made great music with his band, The Bongos, and in his thriving solo career.

We spoke with Richard about a variety of topics, including his friendship with the late Pete Seeger and the late Tiny Tim; the re-release, on CD, of a classic Bongos album; details on Richard’s many ongoing projects; and much more. You’ll hear a few, choice classic cuts from both the Bongos years and Richard’s solo career.

Our latest, in-depth interview airs next Tuesday and Thursday at 8 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio. Don’t miss it!

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