Pure Pop Radio In Conversation

Scott Brookman Plays the Hits and More Tonight on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

Are you ready for some football?! Well, we can’t help you there, but if you’re ready for some great pop music fueled by great melodies and imagination, performed with gusto by one of the premier practitioners on today’s pop scene, yeah, we can help you with that.

Virginia’s own Scott Brookman, whose latest album is the creatively titled, aery Smellicopter, joins Alan Haber on tonight’s spirited edition of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Settle in at 8 pm ET for 90 minutes of cool chat about some of Scott’s favorite songs sung by female singers and, oh yeah, Smellicopter. You’ll hear two songs from the album–“Inspected by Curly” (think of those itty-bitty, tiny slips of paper you find in new shirt and pants pockets) and “Weirdos” (think–aw, never mind…everybody knows one or two!).


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Scott Brookman Rocks the House, Pop Style, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation This Wednesday Night

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

I’ve been knowing the melodic pop artist they call Scott Brookman for some time now. His recordings are cherished in the pop community, and rightly so–the man has a keen sense of melody that he injects into every song he writes and records. Scott’s latest release, the long-awaited Smellicopter, is typical Brookman, which means that it’s a must-have for your collection.

We were able to snag Scott for a live appearance on the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show, for which the master melody man pedaled steadily from his home to our studios in Fairfax, Virgina. His trusty acoustic guitar slung over his shoulder, he performed live for a waiting audience and talked about all things musical. That appearance remains one of the great memories of our nearly 20 years in pop music radio.


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Here at Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, We’re Working Feverishly…

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

…on our next big, huge, overflowing-with-goodness episode airing next week–Wednesday, April 30 and Thursday, May 1. On those very special days, we’ll be talking to one of the original DIY music guys, the great and powerful Scott Brookman, whose latest album, Smellicopter, is roaring up the charts, as well it should be.

See you on the air next Wednesday and Thursday for some very cool back-and-forth and, exclusively, some brilliantly-conceived music recorded exclusively for Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Yes, we said exclusively. As in, you can’t hear it anywhere else.


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In Conversation is Taking a Weeklong Siesta, But Just Wait ‘Til Next Week!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

When in the air, Scott Brookman flies in his Smellicopter!

Our hardworking, nose-to-the-grindstone staff–our dedicated Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation writers, engineers and general do-this, do-that folks–are checked in at some high-end hotel this week–one of the ones that have those fluffy, white bathrobes you can buy for a whole lot of coin. They’re taking a break for whatever reason, meaning that there will not be one of those wonderful, new-to-you shows this week.


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Scott Gagner Interview from In Conversation Now Posted on Our Podcast Page

Scott Gagner's marvelous Rise and Shine

Scott Gagner’s marvelous Rise and Shine

Now added to the most comprehensive body of interviews with melodic pop music’s biggest stars is our exclusive talk with the great Scott Gagner, whose new album Rise and Shine is a hall-of-fame-worthy collection of sweetly-realized balladry and one of the best records of 2014. If the stars are properly aligned at the end of the year, this album will wind up on many best-of lists. Yes, it’s that good.


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Andy Klingensmith and Riley Smith are Behind the Microphones Next Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Two Cool Popsmiths: Andy Klingensmith (right) and Riley Smith (left)

Two Cool Popsmiths: Andy Klingensmith (right) and Riley Smith (left)

Andy Klingensmith makes a welcome return visit next week to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, hot on the heels of the release of his latest hit platter, Bright Again.

Bright Again comes only months after Andy’s first, groundbreaking melody- and harmony-infused folk-pop masterpiece, Pictures Of. Andy’s harmony stacks are something to behold, and he’s a heck of a writer. He’s a major, big-time favorite here at Pure Pop Radio. We’re proud to bring him to you again, in conversation, and on record.


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Kurt Reil Interview Podcast Fever, Every Little Thing is Fab, Scott Gagner Wednesday Night on In Conversation. It’s the Week Ahead on Pure Pop Radio!

Get down, get funky pop fans! The week ahead on Pure Pop Radio is nothing less than a sweat-induced, feverish pinata full of melodic pop excitement!

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

First, the fab and gear vibes go crazy tonight at 9 pm ET, March 31, with the latest installment of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. Ken delivers the Fab Four vibes as he presents an interview with George Harrison in which George speaks about perhaps his biggest Beatles number, selections from the McCartney II remaster, and a salute to the great Larry Williams, featuring his songs as recorded by the Fabs, John Lennon and the Plastic Ono Band, Paul McCartney, and John Lennon. Don’t be a “Bad Boy” or a “Dizzy Miss Lizzie”–join Ken for another hour-long slice of Beatles fun!


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Scott Gagner Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on April 2 and 3; Exclusive Acoustic Session Included

Scott Gagner. His new album, Rise and Shine, is spectacular.

Scott Gagner. His new album, Rise and Shine, is spectacular.

On Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, we love to talk to artists who may be new to listeners. Next week, we’re thrilled to be chatting with a singer-songwriter who’s been releasing great records for a number of years and has recently released one that will surely wind up on this year’s best-of lists–a record that is about as perfect as the greatest gifts in life can be.

This record, Rise and Shine, is a lovely document–a melodic creation with a warm, beating heart worn on its sleeve. Every once in a while, an album like this comes at you at a hundred miles an hour and demands that you pay close attention. In these still early days of 2014, Scott Gagner’s song cycle is that wonderfully-realized album. This collection of lovely melodies stands tall from the gorgeous opening ballad, “I’ve Taken a Shine to You” to the closing, achingly beautiful number, “Sentimental Lullaby.” Gagner’s soulful vocals are alive, resonating from the emotional foundation that grounds these dozen gems. Rise and Shine is nothing short of a masterpiece, as affecting a collection of songs as you’re likely to hear all year.


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Pure Pop Radio Sizzles this Week!

It's sizzling on Pure Pop Radio!

It’s sizzling on Pure Pop Radio!

Despite the fact that it’s not summer here at Pure Pop Radio headquarters, we’re hearing the chorus of Sly Stone’s “Hot Fun in the Summertime,” because our airwaves are sizzling with the excitement of this week’s special programming.

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

First up tonight, at 9 pm ET, is this week’s notable edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing–notable because it’s show number nine, number nine, number nine… That should raise the neck hairs on end for most Beatlemaniacs. For this go-round, Ken is spinning a cool Beatles cover from Emmylou Harris (“Here, There and Everywhere”); playing a couple of Wings classics; running a special, archival interview with Billy Preston, accompanied by a quartet of spiritual numbers such as Preston’s “Sing One for the Lord”; and presenting the weekly theme segment, this time focusing on songs with years in the titles, like Paul McCartney and Wings’ “Nineteen Hundred and Eighty Five.” And don’t miss the weekly trivia question at the end of the show. Sounds like an hour well spent! Number nine, number nine, number nine…


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It’s Time to Spill the Beans! Next Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, We Present…

Mystery drummer!

Who’s hiding in the drummer’s shadow?

So we were playing around yesterday, teasing you all about the identity of next week’s guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation. Who was going to emote behind the In Conversation microphones? Who was going to go in-depth and lay the details of their musical life on the line?

Well, a couple of folks guessed the identity of next week’s guest. We didn’t think our clues were going to make the guessing such an easy process! But that’s the way it goes, and now it can be revealed: Next week’s guest is none other than the great Kurt Reil from the Grip Weeds!


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Top Secret! Who’s Next Week’s Mystery Guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation?

Mystery drummer!

Mystery drummer!

The name of next week’s guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, which we’ll announce tomorrow at noon ET, is cloaked in mystery for no other reason than it’s fun to guess…for you. We already know who we’re talking about!

We’ve put the spotlight on more than three dozen melodic pop artists since In Conversation began. We’re thrilled to next fix our lights on this person, whose band we have admired and enjoyed for a very long time.


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This Week’s Gonna Be Like Finding Brigadoon Two Days a Year! Fantabulous!

It's like finding Brigadoon, we tell ya!

It’s like finding Brigadoon, we tell ya!

It’s like a volcano erupting, like finding Brigadoon two days a year, like winning a stuffed animal in one of those drop-the-claw-and-win-a-prize machines you find in restaurants along the New Jersey Turnpike. It’s like, wow, a pretty darned exciting week ahead on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing...For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!

Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing…For the Beatles Fan Who Craves All Things Fab! Airs Every Monday at 9 pm ET on Pure Pop Radio!


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Jamie and Steve Circle Around the Microphone on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on March 18 and 19

Jamie & Steve's Circling

Jamie & Steve’s Circling

Jamie and Steve’s just-released EP, Circling, is arguably their keenest, most absorbing release yet. The set takes chances, allows the dynamic duo to stretch a bit, introduces horns to their ever-creative musical mix, presents some complex chord progressions, and rewards listeners with a rousing good time. In other words, business kinda sorta as usual, with a twist.

Making a return visit to Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Jamie and Steve take listeners through the writing and production of four of the songs on Circling, most notably the alternately soft and muscular centerpiece, “Spin Drift.” Songwriters, recording artists and fans will be riveted by the in-depth discourse. Additionally, four songs from Circling will be played. Glorious sounds for everyone!


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Lisa Mychols Interview from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Now Posted on PodOMatic Podcast Page

Lisa Mychols

Lisa Mychols

Our exclusive interview with Lisa Mychols, from last week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, is now posted on our PodOMatic podcast page and is available for listening and downloading.

You won’t want to miss this heartwarming, deeply moving conversation with one of pop music’s brightest lights. A handy list of Spotify links will allow you to listen to the songs talked about in the interview.

Simply click on the link above or the link below to check out this wonderful conversation. Enjoy!


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Pure Pop Radio Welcomes Lisa Mychols to the Airwaves Tomorrow Night!

Lisa Mychols' latest album is Above, Beyond & In Between

Lisa Mychols’ latest album is Above, Beyond & In Between

We are honored and thrilled to welcome Lisa Mychols as tomorrow night’s very special guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Lisa has been a longtime favorite at Pure Pop Radio since the very early days of her career. During this wide-ranging interview, we hear from her about her music making process and spin some Mychols classics, including a track from her latest and perhaps best album, Above, Beyond and In Between. We also find out about Lisa’s life process, about her spirituality and her pure and honest approach to life. We can guarantee that you have never heard Lisa reveal so much about herself. If you’re a fan of this truly gifted artist, you won’t want to miss this 80 minute chat.


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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.


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Lisa Mychols Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on March 4 and 5

Lisa Mychols' latest album is Above, Beyond & In Between

Lisa Mychols’ latest album is Above, Beyond & In Between

We are honored and thrilled to welcome Lisa Mychols as next week’s very special guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation.

Lisa has been a longtime favorite at Pure Pop Radio since the very early days of her career. During this wide-ranging interview, we hear from her about her music making process and spin some Mychols classics, including a track from her latest and perhaps best album, Above, Beyond and In Between. We also find out about Lisa’s life process, about her spirituality and her pure and honest approach to life. We can guarantee that you have never heard Lisa reveal so much about herself. If you’re a fan of this truly gifted artist, you won’t want to miss this 80 minute chat.


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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.


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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.


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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Takes a Break This Week

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is taking a break this week. We’re recharging our batteries so we can bring you another outstanding, in-depth interview with one of melodic pop music’s greatest stars next week. To tide you over while we tidy up our studio and watch reruns of NYPD Blue, why not venture on over to our PodOMatic Podcast page and listen to or download some of our past chats? There are tons of programs to choose from…we think you’ll enjoy them all! Simply click on the link to the left and have at it!


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Walter Clevenger Interview from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Posted on PodOMatic

The great Walter Clevenger!

The great Walter Clevenger!

Missed last week’s A-Z interview with the great Walter Clevenger? Fear not. This career spanning talk, which takes you through Walter’s life in music, from the first songs he heard and his early influences to getting his performing feet wet and overcoming obstacles as his life and art meet the future, is now posted on our PodOMatic podcast page. As always, you can listen or download, or you can do both! Simply click on the link below.


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Come and Get It! In Conversation Interview with Lee Jones (The Solicitors) is Now On Our Podcast Page

Meet The Solicitors

Meet The Solicitors

Fear not if you missed our emotional, in-depth interview with Lee Jones from the great Australian band, The Solicitors. The interview is now posted on our PodOMatic podcast page for listening and/or downloading. Lee’s story is equal parts heartbreaking and triumphant. You won’t want to miss this one.

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Click on the image to listen to Alan Haber's Pure Pop Radio through players like iTunes

Click on the image to listen to Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio through players like iTunes


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EXCLUSIVE: Walter Clevenger Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation the Week of February 10; 3 New Songs to Be Played

Walter Clevenger and the Dairy Kings rock, pop and roll!We say it all the time, but that’s because it’s true: Our raison d’être is talking to pop music’s brightest lights and getting under the hood, so to speak. What makes these great artists tick? How do life’s twists and turns inform their art?

The great Walter Clevenger, who’s been releasing terrific records since 1997, is our guest on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation next week, February 10-13. During this fascinating two-part interview, Walter takes listeners on an A-Z tour of his life in music, from the first songs he heard and his early influences to getting his performing feet wet and overcoming obstacles as his life and art meet the future. And that’s not all.


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Scott McPherson In Conversation Interview Now Posted on Our PodOMatic Podcast Page

Don’t worry if you missed our interview with the creator and artist behind the wonderful tributes to Prefab Sprout, Sproutless: Insights from Retrospect and Moveable Feast. You can listen and/or download the interview now by going to the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation PodOMatic podcast page.

The podcasts now come with handy, dandy Spotify links to the songs originally played during our interviews. So, now you can listen and sing along to the tunes spotlighted! Enjoy!


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Lee Jones from The Solicitors Guests on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on February 4

Meet The Solicitors

Meet The Solicitors

It’s no secret that of all of the elements that go into an interview on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, my favorite is the human one. As much as I live for spreading the word on great music, I’m even more dedicated to telling the stories behind the songs. What is the songwriter’s history? How did he grow up? How did life treat him along the way? How does all of this help shape his music?

We’ve got a wonderful human story for you beginning next Tuesday, February 4. Lee Jones, from the great Australian band The Solicitors, joins me for the deeply felt story of how he got from the many roadblocks that life has delivered to him to his position as songwriter and singer in a band that is destined, I believe, for the top of the pops. I think you will be riveted as Lee unravels quite a heartfelt tale that negotiates a bumpy road, but winds up in a good place, delivering to the world a happy, talented man with a happy life who can strike up the band and get any place rocking and popping in no time.


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Win an Autographed Sproutless: Insights from Retrospect CD from Scott McPherson and Pure Pop Radio!

Sproutless: Insights from Retrospect

Sproutless: Insights from Retrospect

In conjunction with Scott McPherson’s appearance this week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, during which Scott is talking about the two CD’s he’s just released in tribute to the band Prefab Sprout, we’re giving away an autographed copy of Sproutless: Insights from Retrospect.

All you have to do to win is fill out the form below. Be sure to include your name and email address and type the word “Sprout” in the Comments window. Entries must be received by Sunday, February 2 at midnight ET. Only one entry per person, please.


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What’s It All About? Listen and Download All of The Interiews from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s Special Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock Week

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s special Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock Week ended this past Saturday, capping off six days of talks with Producer Andrew Curry and nine of the artists who contributed tracks to the project. All 10 interviews are now posted on the In Conversation PodOMatic podcast page, ready for you to listen to and download.

In addition to the extensive and in-depth interview with Andrew Curry, you’ll find talks with:


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Bill Lloyd on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Now Available to Listen and Download

Bill Lloyd on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Bill Lloyd on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Our in-depth, career-spanning interview with musician Bill Lloyd is now available on our PodOMatic podcast page for listening and/or downloading. Bill talked to us about his early bands, such as Sgt. Arms, his writing for other artists, his time with Foster & Lloyd, his wonderful solo career, and much more.  Don’t miss this chance to get to know Bill Lloyd, In Conversation style! Navigate on over to our PodOMatic podcast page.


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Drink a Toast to Innocence Interview Extravaganza Coming Next Week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

We shouted it from the rooftops throughout 2013, and now it’s come true: Drink a Toast to Innocence: A Tribute to Lite Rock has been showered with huzzahs from seven music critics, websites and a rockin’ National Public Radio affiliate down in sunny Florida. And we’re going to celebrate all next week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation with six days of in-depth interviews with the compilation’s executive producer, Andrew Curry, and nine of the artists who contributed tracks. All told, these interviews constitute the bible on one of the best various artist collections to be released last year or any other year.


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Bill Lloyd Talks Career and Much More on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

Coming up next week on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, Pure Pop Radio’s signature pop music interview program, the great Bill Lloyd talks about his career, writing and performing songs with Radney Foster for the great duo Foster and Lloyd, writing songs for other artists, and, of course, writing and performing songs in his solo career that have captivated pop music fans for many, many years. Bill reveals his favorite Beatles number and a whole lot more. It’s an engaging, detailed conversation during which we spin a number of Lloyd’s classic tunes, including one from his old band, Sgt. Arms and a great song from his most recent solo record, Boy King of Tokyo. It’s our first new program for 2014; you won’t want to miss this one!


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