Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio is the archive for the premiere website that covered the melodic pop scene with in-depth reviews of new and reissued recordings, and a wide variety of features. We are now closed for new activity.
Join Ameripopacana Musical Mirth Makers The Taters and Your Humble Halloween Host for a Booriffic, Very Special Pop Tunes Deejay Show Halloween Party!
Join ameripopacana musical mirth makers The Taters and me, your humble Halloween host, tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm ET for a very special, booriffic edition of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show, first broadcast on October 26, 2015.
The Taters and yours truly, dressed to the nines in our spooky garb, will be in our scary, spooky haunted broadcasting house complete with living skeletons, booing ghosts, and your favorite pun-wielding, joke-telling, pop culture fanatical Taters, sitting in front of our orange (hey, it’s Halloween!) microphones, for a really fun time. Join us, won’t you? Costumes optional!
To get you in the ghostly spirit, The Taters have recorded a very special Halloween greeting for you, our treasured Pop Tunes fans. Press the button, if you dare!:
That’s right–Craig Evans, Brad Tucker and Chris Mendez from the jolly ameripopacana band The Taters are my special guests tomorrow afternoon at 2 pm ET, talking about their scary good EP, Don’t Scream! Songs to Keep You Up at Night! (Get it here!) The boys, puns ‘n’ jokes ‘n’ pop culture references at the ready, help me, in between the greatest puns and jokes ever told, to play some well and not-so-well-known Halloween tunes. Who from? The late, great Zacherle, The Tremblers, Caravan of Thieves, Jackdaw 4, Groovie Goolies, Blue Ash, Jamie and Steve, and, of course, The Taters! The tunes, the laughs and the scares come fast and furious in this 90-minute holiday spook-a-thon!
Gather ’round the Halloween radio receptacle for a blast through our musically-appointed haunted house for a very special rebroadcast of Alan Haber’s Pop Tunes Deejay Show’s Halloween Party! Tune in at 2 pm ET tomorrow…that’s Halloween! Scare you there!
… we’ve gotten lots more great music in the past week, so it looks like we’re going to have to keep our noses to the grindstone next week. We’ve got to admit that it’s fun, and pretty spectacular at that, to see the number of songs in our library continue to rise. As of today, we’ve passed the 5,000 mark appreciably. That means more songs, more artists, more variety for you, our faithful listeners.
So let’s get the show on the road, shall we? Let’s begin with a couple of hurrahs for three of our favorite artists, each of whom took the time to record an original jingle for Pure Pop Radio. Let’s clap for the great Jay Stansfield, the lovely and talented The Taters, and the master of a thousand instruments and banjo player extraordinaire Jacob Panic. We love you and thank you all! You’re tops of the pops!
With that said, here are some more artists and songs that we’ve added to the playlist. They’re all streaming now in rotation on your home of the hits–the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop songs from the ’60’s to today.
* The Penguin Party. With their new album Mesherlek just a hop, skip and a jump rope from being released on July 21, we’re playing a couple of typically clever tunes from the album that will burrow inside your noggin and stay there through the coming spring. We’d been playing an early version of the wild and woolly song “The Anti Russell Brand, ” but now we’re spinning the completed track, sporting a rather emotionally-invested choir to open the proceedings. It’s very cool. We’re also spinning two more songs from Mesherlek: the radio edit of the atmospheric, kind-of spooky “My Big Bad Self,” complete with horns!, and the piano pop of the jaunty “Glorious.” All three of these classics point to Mesherlek being one of 2014’s greatest recorded triumphs.
* The Squires of the Subterrain – The Squires of the Subterrain. We’ve been playing the Squire’s unique brand of pop music for many years. We simply dig his take on the catchy tune. The Squire always delivers the goods. From his new, self-titled album, we’re chosen five wonderful songs: “History,” “This Charming Place,” “Private Gherkin’s Psychedelic Silly Mustache Band,” “Attitude and Altitude,” and “You Gave Me the Cold Shoulder (to Cry On).” A splendid time will be had by all who listen to this consistently top-shelf artist and his new collection of top tunes.
* The Jeremy Band – All Over the World. We’ve been spinning Jeremy Morris’s great music since we started Pure Pop Radio nearly 20 years ago. Jeremy’s music is always fun to listen to, and now he’s done it again with this new album stacked high with songs recorded all over the world (Hey! That’s a catchy title!). We treasure Jeremy’s music and are thrilled to be able to bring you more of it. We know you’ll dig the three songs we’ve chosen to add to the playlist: “Cool Your Jets,” “Rise Above the Clouds,” and “Not of this World.”
* Silver Ships. Songs from a Room that Never Moves. Wonderful, creative tunes are the order of the day when multi-instrumentalist Chazz Bessette is at the helm. From the contemporary pop-meets-vaudeville opener, “Poor Thief of Hearts,” to the charming, melodic campfire stomper “My Dear Friend” and the pretty, tempo-changing closer, “We Believe in Love,” Songs from a Room that Never Moves delivers the goods like no other pop album you’ll hear this year. In addition to the previously-mentioned songs, we’ve also added “There Were Trees,” “Summer’s Gone,” “Silver Moon,” and “A Room that Never Moves.” Pure genius.
* Nine Times Blue – Matter of Time. We’re happy to bring to you a couple of songs from Nine Times Blue’s latest release. Based in Atlanta, Georgia, the band plays power pop with just a hint of Gin Blossoms in their DNA. Listen for these cool tunes: “Sometimes” and “Matter of Time.”
* Three Minute Tease – Bite the Hand. With longtime Pure Pop Radio favorite Anton Barbeau in the mix, you know you’re going to get an eclectic approach to pop music, and this new release doesn’t disappoint. In fact, it’s a solid fun-to-listen-to album full of great songs and Anton’s expressive vocals. We’re thrilled to be spinning the mighty catchy “Drinking Horn,” which, without warning, takes a decidedly and cool left turn into the psychedelic zone with about a minute and thirty-seven seconds left. We’re also thrilled to be spinning “Ciao Ciao Chicken,” “Tie My Laces,” “Coffee that Makes the Man Go Mad,” and “Wave Hello.” Very Anton! Very wonderful!
* Edward Rogers – Kaye. A New York City dweller since the age of 12, Rogers serves up a dozen great songs inspired by the late Kevin Ayers. We’re excited to be bringing to you five numbers, including a cover of Ayers’ “After the Show,” and original tunes “Worry for the World,” “What Happened to the News Today,” “Copper Coin,” and “Borrowed and Blue.”
* Steve Caraway – Upon this Rock. From Steve’s latest album, we’ve added two terrific tunes: the emotional title song and the rock and pop number “Justine.”
But wait…there will be more! The newest releases and songs from yesteryear are starting to pile up once again, so look for more adds to the playlist next week and beyond. We’re committed to bringing you, our dear listeners, the greatest pop in the universe, and that’s what we’re going to continue to do! Have fun listening to Pure Pop Radio (just click on one of the handy listening links below) and have a great weekend!