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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Day Eight is Great! Pure Pop Radio’s New Music Explosion Logs Two Weeks of Cool, New Sounds, and Week Three is Just Around the Corner! Welcome to the Weekend!

weekendHey! It’s the weekend! The weekend’s here! You know what that means, right? It means that week two of Pure Pop Radio’s New Music Explosion is rolling into the weekend and week three, day number nine is merely days away.

Today is day eight, and we’ve got a typically diverse and exciting lineup of new adds to the Pure Pop Radio playlist to lay out for you. Let’s get started!

pop-powerVarious Artists | Pop Power from the Garage – Australian Power Pop * 74-86 We’ve been digging the very sweet, new releases from Australia’s Zero Hour Records. This one shares the basic approach that previous compilations of Australian power pop have taken over the last, many years, although this time around the focus is on the years 1974-1986. This mighty fine collection dishes up 22 great tracks. Of course, we’ve chosen the poppier ones to add to our playlist, and they are: Beathoven – “Do You Remember the Time,” The Clones – “Tired of Hiding,” Lee Cutelle – “You’ve Got the Power Over Me,” Heroes – “Baby’s Had a Taste,” Riffs – “I’m Not Just Another Boy,” The Prefects – “Wait Until Midnight,” Young Homebuyers – “Boyfriend,” and the Eighty Eights – “What Would Your Mother Say.” Your mother would say “Spin ’em if you’ve got ’em!” Listen for these very cool tracks now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

lost-boys-1lost-boys-2The Lost Boys | Answers On a Postcard and Not ‘Arf It’s…The Lost Boys This Southampton, England foursome puts their guitars up front where they belong and turns out track after track of catchy, melodic pop music. We’ve taken tracks from Answers On a Postcard and Not ‘Arf It’s…The Lost Boys and added them to our playlist. Listen for “Broken Story,” “From Love to Hate,” “Flowers,” “In My Sleep,” and “Crazy for You (I Guess that I’m).” Great melodies, singing and playing…what more can you ask for?

johnny-popstar-1johnny-popstar-2Johnny Popstar and the Luv Explosion | Whining and Crying and A Day at the Beach A great pop band, with perhaps a smattering of punk aesthetic and influences from across decades of catchy songs, Johnny Popstar and the Luv Explosion is a real find. We hear the Turtles, the Archies, the Dave Clark Five and a host of other sixties and seventies bands bouncing around in this clever mix of sounds. This is the kind of music you might have heard on the radio way back in the day. Heck, it’s music you should be hearing on the radio today. And you will, because a total of 10 Popstar tunes are now spinning in rotation on Pure Pop Radio, including “Daphne Blake,” “Karen Palangi,” “A Day at the Beach,” “Dr. Wiggley,” “Oh Valerie (I Really Hate Your Boyfriend),” “We Could Get Along,” “Oh Louise,” “Social Status Crisis,” “Fit to Be Tied,” and “Don’t Ban the Wolfman.” And yes, “Daphne Blake” is indeed a shout-out to Scooby Doo’s own. Great stuff.

mylittlebrothermylittlebrother | If We Never Came Down As perfect as a beautiful day in the country or a clear, wondrous night under the stars, mylittlebrother is a wonderful British band that specializes in lovely, clever, insanely catchy pop songs that capture the imaginations of listeners. Entrancing melodies, gorgeous harmonies and a sense of humanity makes this album the find of the year. We’ve added seven songs to our playlist: “Lovers of Life, Unite!,” “NoseDive,” “Gold,” “My Hypocritical Friend,” “If We Never Came Down,” “Slow Dance,” and “Profiterolls.” Sort of reminiscent, in spirit, of the Wilson Hospital’s equally lovely, lone album. Truly special and quite magical.

solicitorsThe Solicitors | Blank Check We’re probably the first pop radio entity to have played the Solicitors. Well, we’re at least one of the first. In any case, we were way early spinning tracks from one of Australia’s greatest pop ‘n’ roll bands working today. Lee Jones’ catchy songs, performed with great gusto and made for radio play, are aces all around. The band’s debut album is one of the classic releases of this or any other year. Sounding like a lost act on the Stiff label, the Solicitors make great pop ‘n’ roll music and this album is proof. Several of the tracks here are previously released, and we’ve been playing them for awhile; we’ve now added “If You Let Me Hold You,” “I Need You More,” “For This Evening’s Entertainment,” “(You Should See the) Look On Your Face,” “I Love Your Love,” “My Secret is Safe With Me,” and “Goodbye.” It hardly ever gets better than this.

kurt-bakerKurt Baker – Brand New B-Sides The pop and roll of Kurt Baker is as intoxicating today as it was on his very first release. If anything, Kurt elevates his craft ever higher with each new record. With producer and engineer extraordinaire Wyatt Funderburk at his side, there are no limits to what Kurt can achieve. This latest release, composed of songs that didn’t make 2012’s Brand New Beat album–some of which were released as bonus tracks in France and Japan–is a collection that, quite rightly, sets the bar even higher for future records, so good are the 10 songs included here. We’ve added seven to our playlist: “Emma Stone,” “Since You’ve Been On My Mind,” “What’s that Got to Do with Rock ‘n’ Roll,” “On the Run,” “I’ve Tried Everything,” “Think It Over,” and “So It Goes.” Pure pop with a rockin’ beat, served up by a master.

the-singlesThe Singles | Four Tracks Recorded around 1980 at Unique Recorders in New York City, these four catchy songs pop along like old friends. Great melodies and strong hooks ensure repeat plays. Here’s what we’re now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio:”It’s All My Fault,” “Leave that Girl Alone,” “Off and Running,” and “We’re Not Kids Anymore.” Tony, who sang lead and background vocals and played some bass, was joined in the studio by Les Fradkin, Rich Tuske, Marty Shapiro, JP Patterson and Joe Servello. Fradkin produced “It’s All My Fault” and “Off and Running.” Prepare to smile and tap along with the tunes.

my-brother-woodyMy Brother Woody | Football Musings Set to Music You can now add to the (however slowly) growing pop sports sub-genre begun by The Duckworth Lewis Method, who sing about cricket, My Brother Woody’s album, which concerns itself with football (or, I believe in this case, soccer). We are, as usual, confused about the meaning of sports words in different parts of the world, but we do know our pop music, and this is pop music of the first order. Some fetching melodies and deep hooks propel these great songs into the consciousness. We’re spinning four songs in rotation: “50p Head,” “Panini Sticker Album Blues (1987),” “Bouncebackability,” and “The A-Z of Football.”

the-cryThe Cry | Dangerous Game (US Edition) This isn’t the Cry’s first dance in the pop music arena, but it is their first full-length release here in the United States. This US version of Dangerous Game cobbles together 13 songs that have previously been released in Europe and Asia, plus a new track, “Last Thing that I Do,” a relatively sensitive, mid-tempo ballad with great guitar work that is rather unlike their usual upbeat, more rocking material. Fast or slow, this is a great band that deserves your time and attention. “Last Thing that I Do,” along with a host of other great tracks, is now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

winterpillsWinterpills | Echolalia Nine years on from their first, self-titled album, Winterpills returns with a collection of cover songs. But this is not your father’s cover songs album: This isn’t a collection of versions of chart smashes and wedding band favorites. Nick Drake, Jules Shear, XTC and other lesser-known artists get the call here, along with such new-to-the scene groups as the Beatles, Beck and Buddy Holly. The sum total of Echolalia‘s parts is an album that belongs to Winterpills and plays like a song cycle composed of like-minded compositions. We’re playing six re-imagined, emotional, newly shaped songs: Sharon Van Etten’s “One Day,” Jules Shear’s “Open Your Eyes,” Matthew Sweet’s “We’re the Same,” Damien Jurado’s “Museum of Flight,” XTC’s “Train Running Low on Soul Coal,” and Mark Mulcahy’s “A World Away from this One.” A great record.

And so we come to the end of our second week of postings about new music added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. On tap, we’ve got another week’s worth of very cool releases joining the more than 5,300 other classic tunes on the air; all the fun starts next Tuesday, October 28. We’ve also got a very special review for you, and news of something to look out for here on the Pure Pop Radio website in November. So, stay tuned!

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