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New on Pure Pop Radio 02.15.17: The New Trocaderos and the Nerk Twins

This week's second batch of reviews of new and new-to-you songs and artists added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist includes the latest powerhouse release from the New Trocaderos, and a quartet of rare songs from the Nerk Twins. Take it away, Kurt, Geoff, Brad, Kris, Rick, Herb and Jeff:


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New on Pure Pop Radio 02.14.17: Starring Pop Co-Op (with the Spongetones’ Steve Stoeckel), James Starflower, The Lunar Laugh, and More

We're continuing to add more new and new-to-you music to the Pure Pop Radio playlist just about every day. Today, we've got reviews of seven albums from which we're now spinning tracks in rotation. Click below to read all about it!


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New on Pure Pop Radio 02.09.17: Michael Carpenter Times Two, and The Del Zorros

We continue to add new and new-to-you songs and artists to the Pure Pop Radio playlist; here are just a few of the latest nuggets playing in rotation, from Michael Carpenter (a duo song with Allan Caswell, and an album with the April Family), and the Del Zorros.


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New on Pure Pop Radio 1-26-17, Starring Kelley Ryan, The Simple Carnival, and More

We continue to add new and new-to-you songs and artists to our playlist; hundreds have made their Pure Pop Radio debut in the last few weeks. Here are just some of the most recent treasures we're now playing in rotation. Welcome to Pure Pop radio the latest from Kelley Ryan, The Simple Carnival, Vegas With Randolph, and more...


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New on Pure Pop Radio 1.25.17: Feet First in the Dowling Poole! Jump In…The Water’s Fine!

Willie Dowling, late of the much-loved Jackdaw 4 conclave, and Jon Poole, workhorse musical magician of Cardiacs and Wildhearts fame, first joined forces as the Dowling Poole in 2014, releasing the smashing, hall-of-fame worthy long player Bleak Strategies. The equally amazing, if not more so, One Hyde Park followed last April. Folding into their classic and melodic sound a deep well's worth of influences and making good on an unspoken pledge to surprise both themselves and their listeners with gonzo song construction that makes everything they record pop like fireworks, Dowling and Poole remain fearless creators whose music is stimulating and, above all, fun. Their three most recent EPs follow along on this most alluring path.


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

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 heart that Dana Countryman put into his much-loved pop songs trilogy, concluded in 2015 with Pop 3! Welcome to My Time Warp!.


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New Music, New Specialty Shows are New Next Week

Hey, 2017: We're bursting out of the gate with a big year ahead, stocked full of new music, new specialty shows, new interviews, new features and, well, a whole lot of new!


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New on Pure Pop Radio: 2017 Preview, Starring Bill DeMain, Nick Bertling, and Dana Countryman

Very soon I will dip my toes into the best-of-the-year waters with my Favorite Records of the Year: Stars of 2016 feature (coming in early January). Even as I gather my candidates for that feature, I am looking forward to the early days of 2017, during which a number of outstanding recordings that I have had the pleasure and honor to have heard will be released.


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Al Sussman on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation The Podcast

(Note: Podcast versions of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation shows will now exclusively be available for listening here on the Pure Pop Radio website, under the In Conversation Podcasts tab. Podcast versions now listed on our PodOMatic podcast page will no longer be available as of tomorrow, Saturday, December 10. The following interview with Al Sussman is our first offering here. Enjoy.)

al-sussman-fans-on-the-run-buttonAl Sussman, Beatlefan executive editor and co-host of the weekly Beatles roundtable Things We Said Today, heard on Pure Pop Radio, recently joined me for another of In Conversation's "just for fun" shows.


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New on Pure Pop Radio: Picking in the Panic Room, Disconnected at Third Man Records, and More

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Spins and Reviews 12.7.16

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Jacob Panic Jacob Panic (2016)

Picker extraordinaire Jacob Panic traverses his banjo's fretboard with a sure-footed sense of purpose on five tunes borne from fertile ground rooted in pop and bluegrass. This self-titled EP finds the Baltimore-Maryland singer-songwriter's multi-instrumentalist clothes, which he wore for 2012's Pop Grass, in storage; for this release, he concentrates on the banjo as a crack team of players backs him up on his ace originals.


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