More Music! More Music! More Music! Go, Cat…Go! We’ve Added More New Tuneage to Our Playlist! What’s Up, Pussycat?

more-new-musicWe continue to beef up our ever-growing playlist (5,400 songs and counting) with more new artists and songs. You know our motto: All the music that’s fit to…add! And have we got some cool new tunes for you today? Indeed we do, and here they are…the latest music playing in rotation:

bill-lloyd-reset2014Bill Lloyd | Reset2014 We gave a rave review to Bill Lloyd’s super-great 2014 interpretation of his 1994 classic, Set to Pop (read it here). This quite wonderful look back, within which the entire original album is recreated with remakes and early and live takes, is now available to the masses, so give a big group hug to the latest release from one of music’s top innovators and musical journeymen. We’re playing all 17 songs in rotation: “I Went Electric” (remake), “This is Where I Belong” (remake), “Trampoline” (early mix), “In the Line of Fire” (remake), “I Know What You are Thinking” (live), “Forget About Us” (remake), “Alright” (early recording–never before released), “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (remake), “Niagara Falls” (live), “In a Perfect World” (remake), “The S.W.A.T. Team of Love” (live), “A Beautiful Lie” (remake), “Channeling the King” (remake), “Out of the Picture” (remake), “Anything Less than Love” (early mix), “Forget About Us” (early recording–never before released), and “Niagara Falls” (live at the Bluebird). Not to be missed.

david-myhrDavid Myhr | “Vänta inte på mig” (“Don’t Wait for Me”) Ever since his work with the merry Merrymakers began gracing our airwaves, we’ve been playing just about everything David Myhr puts out. This song, which will be heard during the upcoming romantic comedy, Micke and Veronica, releasing in Sweden this Christmas, will also be part of the film’s soundtrack. David has released this song as a single; we predict it will be a huge hit. It would have fit snugly on David’s album Soundshine. It’s another wonderful, catchy, melodic number as only David can write and record, and we’re now playing it in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. Now, that’s cause for celebration!

twilley-won't-mindVarious Artists | Twilley Won’t Mind Another of Zero Hour Records’ fabulous compilations currently making the rounds amongst pop fans worldwide is this humdinger of a disc, a tribute to the great Dwight Twilley, whose new album, Always, is now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. Twilley Won’t Mind gathers together 23 covers of beloved songs from artists you know and love, and some who will be new to you. This is another fine example of the compiler’s art and should be at home in everyone’s collection of great pop music. We’ve added 11 tracks to our playlist: Honeychain, “I’m on Fire”; Donovan’s Brain (featuring Bobby Sutliff), “Sincerely”; Matt Keating, “TV”; Sitcom Neighbor, “Release Me”; Popdudes, “Baby Let’s Cruise”; Michael Carpenter, “Here She Comes”; Lannie Flowers, “That I Remember”; Jared Lekites, “Trying to Find My Baby”; Esa Linna and Neverheard, “Twilley Don’t Mind”; The Bottle Kids, “Chance to Get Away”; and Chris Silagyi, “Shark (In the Dark).” Another Zero Hour classic.

pengwinsThe Pengwins | “If U Want 2” Plus The second in a quite regal series of box sets culling together various tracks from the Pengwins’ rich history presents “If U Want 2,” “Look Around” and “Betty and Johnny,” upbeat power pop classics all. A fourth track, “If U Want 2 (Abbey Road Rage Version)” appears on the CD that comes in the box with a colored vinyl 45, a guitar pick and all sorts of other goodies. The first three? We’re playing them in rotation as we type these words. The Pengwins rule!

mitchell-adam-johnsonMitchell Adam Johnson | Half Moon Lane From another favorite Pure Pop Radio band, Spencer McGillicutty, comes that group’s Mitchell Adam Johnson with a solo EP that is right up our melodic music alley. Half Moon Lane finds Mitchell in similar, McGillicutty-esque territory with four sterling examlpes of mid-tempo and ballad-style pop. We’re playing all of them: “Anyone Else,” “The Closing Door,” “Round and Around,” and “Abbey Brown.” Lovely.
brian-lindsayBrian Lindsay | The Monkey, the Tango and the Boogaloo We’re playing two hard-charging (well, as hard-charging as Pure Pop Radio gets) songs from Brian Lindsay’s new album: “Long Shot” (dig the decidedly Beatlesque ending!) and “Charley.” Tuneful and hot on the beat.

tim-anthonyTim Anthony | “Never Enough” and “What’s It to You” Tim Anthony returns with two typically melodic pop numbers: the jangly “What’s It to You” and the upbeat “Never Enough.” We’re pleased as punch to be playing them in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

Not bad for a Tuesday, eh? We’ve got more new adds on the way. Keep a close eye on this very website for the latest new artists and songs joining the Pure Pop Radio playlist. And thanks for listening (and reading these updates!).

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25 Artists. 94 Songs. How’s that for a Mega-Add to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist? Pretty Great!

It's New!

It’s New!

The amount of new music waiting to be added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist has been mounting up, so we thought it was time to get those cool songs playing on the radio! And indeed we did just that. We’ve added 94 songs by 25 great artists. Here’s the rundown:

* Marshall Holland. Marshall was kind enough to send us his 2010 album, Don’t Jettison the Memories, which we love along with his latest release, And the Etceteras, which has been playing on our air for awhile. We’ve added the following fine songs from Memories: “Damage Control” and “Moored as Before.”

* Toxic Melons. We were already playing a bunch of songs from this great group’s upcoming album, Bus Therapy. We’ve now added another: “Let Me Sleep.” But that’s not all. We’ve also added a couple of songs from the Melons’ previous releases: “Diffidence,” from International Accident; and “Tomorrow” from Melon Jam.

* Spencer McGillicutty. We’ve loved this wonderful group’s previous releases and have been spinning tunes from them for a long time. Spencer McGillicutty’s third album, from 2012, All the Happy People, somehow escaped our gaze, but we’ve got it now, and have added nearly the entire melodically-charged album to our playlist. The songs: “That Makes Two of Us,” “Tell,” “Regards,” “It’s Not Over,” “Up Half the Night,” “How it Goes,” “Magic Cash Machine,” “Waltz #3,” “1944 (Think of Me),” “June,” and “You Haunt Me.” We’ve also added three tracks that don’t belong to a specific record: “Baby, Don’t Go,” “Used to Think,” and “Wish I Was Your Girl.” If there’s a group that deserves to be at the top of the charts, it’s these guys. Seek them out and buy all of their wares. You won’t be sorry.

* Jeff Litman. Jeff has long been a Pure Pop Radio favorite. His latest release is a 2014 remix of “Debutante,” and it’s really great.

* Willie Wisely. Another Pure Pop Radio favorite, Willie has just released a “re-imagined” version of his song “No Surprise,” and, no surprise, we’ve got it for you.

* B and Not B. Before David Ricardo got the Zags together, he was in this quirky pop-rock band. We were blown away by B and Not B, so we added an even dozen of their tracks to the playlist. From the self-titled album: “The Benefits of Friendship,” “Traffic Jam of Stars,” “Unlucky Break,” “The Notes Within,” and “I Forgot.” From Colors, Shapes and Lines: “I Get Mired,” “Build You a Castle,” “Mars,” and “Hands in Fists.” From Tomorrow Never Comes: “Not Quite Early,” “Earth” and “Hurry Home.” This is great stuff. Check B and Not B out on Bandcamp.

* The Zags. And, of course, we had to add some Zags tracks to the playlist. Here are two: “Red-Eyed Dawn” and “Tattoo.”

* The Farewell Drifters. Produced by pop legend Neilson Hubbard, these guys bring the melody home in a big way. We’ve added three songs to the playlist from the band’s album Tomorrow Forever: “Brother,” “Coming Home,” and “To Feel Alive.” Great stuff.

* Jeremy Messersmith. We’ve long been big fans of this wonderful songwriter and performer. We think his new album, Heart Murmurs, is his best release yet. We’ve got five songs from this platter that most certainly matters: “It’s Only Dancing,” “Steve,” “Ghost,” “I Want to Be Your One Night Stand,” and “Someday, Someone.” We would be surprised if this album doesn’t wind up on a lot of best-of lists this year. And about “Steve”…it’s one of the most affecting songs we’ve heard in a very long time.

* Nick Batterham. Nick’s upcoming album, Lucky Cat, on Australia’s Popboomerang Records, releases on March 1. We think you’re going to like it a lot. We’ve got three songs for you: “Make it Through this Long,” “Liar,” and “What are You Waiting For.”

* Identical Suns. We’ve added the group’s wonderful new song, “Yesterday Ended at Midnight.” Check out the great melody. We look forward to more wonderful tunes.

* Marc and the Plattitudes. These three  cleverly-done Beatles covers come from Marc Platt’s 2009 album, The Real Me. We love Beatles covers at Pure Pop Radio. We’re happy to be able to bring these to you. They’re fab!

* Matt Kabus. Matt came to us through Marc Platt. Matt is the real deal. He has quite the way around a great melody and a hooky hook. We think you’ll dig him. We’ve got four songs for you: “In My Head,” “Could I Say,” “Piece of My Heart,” and “Wide Awake.” There will be more from Matt soon.

* The New Mendicants. Featuring Joe Pernice (Pernice Brothers) and Norman Blake (Teenage Fanclub), this wonderful album, Into the Lime, will hit home for all fans of melodic pop music. We’ve added four songs to the playlist: “Cruel Annette,” “Shouting Match,” “High On the Skyline,” and “Out of the Lime.”

* Kevin Martin. Kevin is another one of our favorite artists. He will soon be releasing a new album, Future Friends, and we’ve got one song from it as a very cool teaser: “Overrated.”

* Shake Some Action. Seattle’s Shake Some Action will release its fifth, and arguably best, album, Catch the Sun, at the beginning of March. We predict you will be blown away by these great songs. We’ve got seven in advance of the album’s release: “Colors Exploding,” “Between My Dreams,” “Fall into the Sky,” “Never Want to Lose Again,” “Come and Get It,” “Sketches of Spain,” and “Underground.”

* The Bamboo Trading Company. This great group, which counts Randell Kirsch, Matt Jardine, and Miami Dan Yoe amongst its members, has followed up its self-titled album with an EP called Shrewd Awakening. We’ve added the title cut.

* Magic Brothers. Woody, the drummer for Madness, and his younger brother Nick are Magic Brothers. Their fine, fine album The Magic Line is represented now on Pure Pop Radio by the songs “Always Be With You” and “Sunshine.”

* Matt Hires. From Tampa, Florida, Matt Hires is an exciting find–this second album, This World Won’t Last Forever, But Tonight We Can Pretend is a great collection of pop-rock tunes. We’ve got four of them for you: “Forever,” “The Sound of Falling in Love,” “Over You,” and “Miles Past Midnight.”

* The Autumn Defense. This wonderful band’s latest album, Fifth, will be hugged tightly by fans of melodic pop music. We’ve got five great songs for you: “None of this Will Matter,” “This Thing that I’ve Found,” “Calling Your Name,” “Under the Wheel,” “Things on My Mind.”

* Stephen Bishop. One our all-time favorite writers and singers, Stephen Bishop has just released his latest album, Be Here Then. It’s another great collection of Bishop standards, impeccable in every way. We’re playing five songs: “Pretty Baby,” “Rescue You,” “Vacant,” “Cry of the Broken Hearted,” and “Loveless.”

* Katey Laurel. Ever since we found Katey’s music many years ago, we’ve been big fans. She’s just released her new album, Periscope, and it’s her best yet. Full of great, melodic songs, Periscope is top of the pops. We’re spinning five songs: “The Optimist,” “All the Way Home,” “Periscope,” “Thanks for Loving Me,” and “Beautiful World.”

* Scott’s Garage. This Richmond, Virginia-based group makes a great pop-rock sound. We’re spinning four cool songs: “She Means Everything,” “Some Day Some Way,” “Somewhere in My Dreams,” and “Wait Too Long.”

*The Grip Weeds. It’s possible that you may have missed this song, as it was released as a bonus track to go along with the group’s latest album, Inner Grooves, which we’ve been spinning on Pure Pop Radio for awhile. “I Believe (Uncut Version)” is essential Grip Weeds.

That’s it for this go-around! We hope you enjoy these great numbers, now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. More song adds coming soon! Thanks for listening!

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