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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcasts: Dana Countryman’s Girlville! (January 17, 2017)

Frequent Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation guest Dana Countryman returned to the program on January 17 to talk about his wonderful new album, Dana Countryman’s Girlville! New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits! This loving tribute to the girl group sounds of the early 1960s, which features, among other guests, Klaatu’s Dee Long, is Dana’s passion project, fully realized with the help of many fantastic singers who bring to life the emotions of a 16-year-old girl living during the period that brought to light so much terrific music.

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We’ve Got Winners, and Lots of New Music!

Thanks to all who entered our latest contest. There are more contests on the horizon, and lots of new music playing on our air. Watch this space for your chance to win some great sounds from Pure Pop Radio!

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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 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.

New on Pure Pop Radio: The Nines’ Alejandro’s Visions: A Harmony- and Melody-Drenched Delight, Chris Murphy with Michael Carpenter, Dana Countryman, and More

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Lovingly crafted and full of heart, Alejandro’s Visions is Steve Eggers’ masterpiece

The Nines | Alejandro’s Visions | 2016

the-nines-alejandros-visionsAfter incorporating a variety of styles into a stream of releases spanning a nearly-20-year-long career, the Nines’ Steve Eggers has delivered perhaps his most heartfelt musical statement—a love letter to the classic song structures that populated the output of artists in the pre-1962 era and the more contemporary sounds that have influenced him.

Rolling and then filtering the influence of the music of writers such as George Gershwin and Rodgers and Hart into a mix peppered with the harmony styles of the Beach Boys, the Four Freshmen and even doo-wop, and then topping the resulting flow with his love of artists such as the Electric Light Orchestra and XTC, Eggers has delivered a harmony- and melody-drenched soundtrack to an imaginary film, somewhat of a sequel to the last Nines album, Night Surfer and the Cassette Kids.

In the story that drives the songs on Alejandro’s Visions, Alejandro, one of the main characters of the garage-rock-centered Night Surfer, travels back in time to an alternate version of the late 1950s, where he falls in love with a girl named Marie. Unfortunately, it’s a love that doesn’t last.

The songs on Alejandro’s Visions bring Eggers’ ideas to life. Witness such lovingly crafted creations as the beautiful, bittersweet, old-fashioned “When Our Love Was in Bloom,” stacked deep with gorgeous harmonies and an irresistible melody; and the early rock and roll/pop hybrid “Operator (Coming Home to You),” which sports a meaty, catchy, percussive piano riff, opens with an aural allusion to the Ronettes’ “Be My Baby,” and lays out a delectable Jeff Lynne-ish bridge that will make you smile.

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A student of popular songs created across the decades, Eggers continues to write and record music that moves him and, as evidenced by his ongoing popularity, his ever-growing audience. Alejandro’s Visions, while perhaps a collection of songs that is unexpected, is moreover a sterling addition to a body of work that stands tall among pop music’s greatest achievements. This is Eggers’ best and most assured work yet, an immensely satisfying work that belongs in every melodic pop music fan’s collection.

black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “And Suddenly,” “Beachfront in New York,” “Can’t Go Back to Ocean Town,” “Darling I Adore You,” “Escape from a Small Town,” “Everybody Knows Me,” “I Have Found You,” “I’m an Old Soul and You’re Old Fashioned,” and “Operator (Coming Home to You)”
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Kool Kat MusikCD Baby, and Amazon (mp3)

Here are four more recent additions to the Pure Pop Radio playlist:

chris-murphy-and-michael-carpenter-real-love-sleeveChris Murphy with Michael Carpenter | “Real Love” This absolutely gorgeous ballad recasting of John Lennon’s song, released in 1996 on the Beatles Anthology 2 as the second new group track after “Free as a Bird,” is one of this year’s major triumphs in melodic pop music. For one thing, the tempo has been slowed, allowing Murphy to lovingly communicate the depth of the emotional lyric. Murphy’s vocal may well be the best vocal performance of the year. His ability to hold a melody line’s final note in such an artful way, to sustain its resonance and maximize its impact on the listener, is something to behold.

Recorded with precision and heart by Carpenter on the occasion of singer Kylie Whitney’s wedding (Whitney also sang background vocals), this new version of this wonderful song is proof positive that covers can reveal new layers of emotion not previously brought to the surface. Murphy, whose superb solo work can also be heard on Pure Pop Radio, proves, in the space of four minutes and ten seconds, all this and much more. Carpenter plays all of the instruments. Essential listening.
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black box When and Where to Get It: iTunes. Hear it on Spotify, and see the lovely video on YouTube

dana-countrymans-girlvilleLisa Mychols | “I’ve Run All Out of Tears (To Cry Over You)” I had the great pleasure and distinct honor of premiering this lovely retro-charmer, the first single from the forthcoming labor of love, Dana Countryman’s Girlville! New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits, on November 10. The occasion was an exclusive interview with Dana on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, during which he talked publicly for the first time about this album, which I predict will be one of the most talked-about long players of 2017.

Close your eyes while listening to this three-minute-long, lovingly-crafted number, built on a genuine love for the girl group and Brill Building sounds of the early 1960s, and you will find yourself transported back to a much simpler time, perhaps, when melody and joy were king. Lisa Mychols’ authentic, warm-hearted vocal is a blast of musical love. Dana paints his soundscape with colorful, period brushstrokes, even as he tops his creation off with a Brian May-like guitar solo from Klaatu’s Dee Long.

You will hear more, much more, about the girl group sounds lovingly celebrated on Dana Countryman’s Girlville! New Songs in the Style of Yesterday’s Hits closer to the album’s January 13, 2017 release by Australia’s Teensville Records. Until then, savor this lead track and smile.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio (exclusively through November 15)
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the-flat-fiveThe Flat Five | It’s a World of Love and Hope From out Chicago way comes this group of harmony-centric harmony hounds. A supergroup of sorts due to the member’s affiliation with artists such as Neko Case and the New Pornographers, the Flat Five took a long road toward making this, their first album, playing a growing number of gigs during which they performed songs written by group member Scott Ligon’s brother Chris. Intent on getting a wide audience for Chris’s songs, they set about recording them. The result is a deliciously wondrous assortment of luscious pop dressed in a variety of comfortable musical clothing that runs the gamut from the Manhattan Transfer-meets-hep cat vibe of the delightful “Buglight” to the Paul McCartney retro-sway of “I Could Fall in Love with You” and the pretty back porch balladry of Roches-like “Bottom Buck.” Records like this one don’t come along every day, which makes It’s a World of Love and Hope pretty special.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Florida,” “Buglight,” “Bottom Buck,” I Could Fall in Love with You,” “Birmingham,” and “This is Your Night,” which sounds like a cross between the Free Design and the Association, an unlikely combination perhaps, but oh so tasty.
black box When and Where to Get It: Bloodshot Records, Amazon, and Bandcamp

cult-of-wedge-loch-nessCult of Wedge | Loch Ness Monsters and Motherships This latest musical missive from UK parish Rowley Regis’s Pete Hackett notches a best-album-yet nod for its top-notch selection of catchy songs, all performed with gusto. Hackett’s obvious love of the pop form glistens on the half-dozen songs from this album now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. Earworms all.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “That Song Last Summer,” “When I Was Young,” “Miss America,” “Oh Lindsay,” “Wish Ourselves Away,” and “Shine on Me”
black box When and Where to Get It: Bandcamp

carl-funk-black-horizonCarl Funk | Black Horizon Vanilla fans will be familiar with Carl Funk from his widescreen lead vocal on “The Angel of Swain’s Lane” from the group’s 2.0 album (also appearing here), sung, as I said in my October 15, 2014 review of the song, “with deep emotion and old world style.” Carl’s committed, soulful voice drives these songs, carved with (and yes, I am coining a new word) an Amerisoulfulcana blade which fit perfectly among the various pop colors in our on-air mix. Wonderful stuff.
black box Now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio: “Time and Time,” “Resolution,” and “The Angel of Swain’s Lane”
black box When and Where to Get It: carlfunk.com

More tomorrow.

Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Weeklings to Dana Countryman, Pop 4, Tiny Volcano, and Kurt Baker, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Become a fifth Weekling by clicking on one of the listen links below.

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Don’t Miss Tonight’s In Conversation Double Shot: Dana Countryman Tells All, and Lefty and Zeek Weekling are in Studio 2 Heaven

Tonight’s double shot of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation is a can’t-miss night of all kinds of fun.

the-weeklings-abbey-roadthe-weeklings-studio-2-smallLefty and Zeek Weekling’s recent appearance on In Conversation rolls again at 8 pm ET. Find out all about the group’s historic sessions in the House that the Beatles Built: Abbey Road, London, England’s Fab mecca, where Lefty, Zeek, Rocky and Smokestack recorded their smashing new album, Studio 2, which will be released on November 18 by the House that Builds the Hits, Jem Records.

dana-countryman-bwPure Pop Radio favorite Dana Countryman’s next album, due out in January, is preceded by a wonderful single that releases tomorrow, Friday, November 11. Dana joins Alan Haber on In Conversation tonight at 9:15 pm ET to talk about the song and the album in an exclusive chat you won’t want to miss! That’s right: Dana unveils the scoop about his exciting new album exclusively on In Conversation tonight. You won’t want to miss it! You’ll hear the new song, exclusive to our humble station through November 15 (it’s destined to be one of your favorite tracks of the year) and Dana’s voice-and-piano demo! Wow!

Stay tuned to Pure Pop Radio: We’re playing the greatest melodic pop music in the universe from the ’60s to today, 24 hours a day!

Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Weeklings to Dana Countryman, Pop 4, Tiny Volcano, and Kurt Baker, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Become a fifth Weekling by clicking on one of the listen links below.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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The Weeklings and Dana Countryman Star in this Week’s Specialty Show Lineup. Plus: Weeklings Two-Fers! You Can Win the Weeklings’ New Album on CD and Cassette!

mic-small 10This week’s lineup of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio is set to wow listeners with the premiere of the first single from Dana Countryman’s upcoming super secret album on the great Australian label, Teensville Records, the kickoff of our Eight Days a Week marathon, celebrating the imminent release of the Weeklings’ new album, Studio 2, and a whole lot more. Plus: Dig our hourly Weeklings Two-Fers, now playing through November 18. Now, looking ahead…

the-weeklings-abbey-roadNext week: A Pure Pop Radio First Airing:
A very special edition of Ken Michaels’ Beatles extravaganza Every Little Thing with the Weeklings! Details forthcoming.

Okay. Let’s get to the info you need to know! Here’s the quick hit list of this week’s shows:

  • Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave (Tonight, 9 pm ET)
  • Scott McPherson’s The Weird and the Wonderful (Wednesday, November 9, 1 pm ET)
  • Glen “Lefty Weekling” Burtnik’s in-studio appearance on the old, weekly Pure Pop Radio show (Wednesday, November 9, 9 pm ET)
  • Lefty and Zeek Weekling on a rebroadcast of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation
    (Thursday, November 10, 8 pm ET)
  • Dana Countryman on an all-new Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Thursday, November 10, 9:15 pm ET)

And here’s the inside scoop on each of this week’s shows:

  • the-weeklings-studio-2-smallWe’re celebrating the imminent release of the Weeklings’ fab new album, Studio 2, recorded in Abbey Road’s same-named Beatles sanctuary, with our Eight Days a Weekling marathon. Beginning today, hear hourly Weeklings Double Shots through Friday, November 18; Glen “Lefty” Burtnik’s 1997 in-studio live performance on the weekly Pure Pop Radio Show (Wednesday, November 9, 9 pm ET), and a rebroadcast of Lefty and Zeek’s appearance on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation (Thursday, November 10, 8 pm ET).
    Your handy-dandy cutoutable Eight Days a Weekling schedule can be found here. Also here: Find out about this week’s contest to win not only a Studio 2 CD but also the album on cassette with three Beatle cover bonus tracks unavailable anywhere else. (Look for the contest this Thursday, November 10).
  • dana-countrymanPure Pop Radio favorite Dana Countryman’s next album, due out in January, is preceded by a wonderful single that releases this Friday, November 11. Dana joins Alan Haber on In Conversation to talk about the song and the album in an exclusive chat you won’t want to miss! You’ll hear the song, exclusive to our humble station through November 15 (it’s destined to be one of your favorite tracks of the year) and Dana’s voice-and-piano demo! (Thursday, November 10, 9:15 pm ET)
  • waveThis week’s all-new edition of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave features part one of a two-part interview with none other than Dean Torrence of Jan and Dean and tracks from the Atlantics, Dick Dale, the Beach Boys and so much more. (Monday, November 7, 9 pm ET)
  • scott-mcphersons-the-weird-and-the-wonderfulPop 4 and Tiny Volcano’s Scott McPherson checks in with the sixth all-new episode of The Weird and the Wonderful lunchtime show (Wednesday, November 10, 1 pm ET). This time around, it’s a tribute to the great band Prefab Sprout, featuring tracks from the band and artists covering and tipping their musical hats. It’s an hour of pure delight!

Pure Pop Radio has your specialty show needs covered this and every week!

Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Weeklings to Dana Countryman, Pop 4, Tiny Volcano, and Kurt Baker, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Become a fifth Weekling by clicking on one of the listen links below.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcast Page Updated with Three New Shows

Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation on PodOMatic!

Pure Pop Radio’s In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page has been updated with three new shows first broadcast earlier this month.

lucy wainwright roche and suzzy roches mud and applesAlan Haber’s exclusive interviews with Suzzy Roche and her daughter Lucy Wainwright Roche, Tricia and Dana Countryman, and the Weeklings’ Lefty and Zeek Weekling are now available for listening and downloading from In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

tricia countryman march2016the weeklings at abbey roadHear Suzzy Roche and Lucy Wainwright Roche talk about their recently-released smash album, Mud and Apples. Listen to Tricia Countryman talk about her new solo album, Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…; husband Dana joins in to discuss his arrangements of the album’s songs, and much more. Join Lefty and Zeek Weekling (Glen Burtnik and Bob Burger) for a detailed account of the Weeklings’ time spent at Abbey Road Studios recording their upcoming second album.

It’s all for you and ready to listen to and download now–three new, smashing interviews done the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation way!

Alan Haber: Proud Music Geek!Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, the premiere melodic pop interview program hosted by Alan Haber, airs Tuesday nights at 8 pm ET. Archived, podcast versions of interviews are posted on the In Conversation PodOmatic podcast page; click here to listen to shows previously broadcast on Pure Pop Radio.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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Win Tricia Countryman’s Sometimes When I’m Dreaming CD

tricia countryman march2016Tricia Countryman’s new solo album, Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…, is a wonderful, melodic treat. Produced by husband Dana Countryman, this is nothing less than a lovely musical journey built on classic song craft and Tricia’s golden voice.

You can win Tricia’s Sometimes When I’m Dreaming… CD by filling in the form below and sending it on to us by next Wednesday, July 20 at noon ET. (This is a new entry deadline; this contest was part of a story about this week’s specialty shows posted yesterday and may have been missed by some readers.)

Please enter only once, and don’t forget to include your email address and type “Tricia” in the Comment box. Good luck!

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Tricia and Dana Countryman Speak Sweetly on Next Week’s Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation

tricia countryman march2016Tricia Countryman’s just-released, wonderful solo album, Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…, produced and arranged by her husband Dana, is a lovely musical journey built on classic song craft and Tricia’s golden voice.

Next Tuesday night, July 12, at 8 pm ET, Tricia and Dana visit with Alan Haber on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about Sometimes When I’m Dreaming…. You’ll hear how the 16 songs (plus one bonus track) were selected, how Dana came up with the sweetly-realized arrangements, and much more. You’ll also be treated to three songs from the album, including the beautifully sung Jimmy Webb masterpiece, “Adios.”

Your chance to win a copy of Tricia’s album is coming next week. Look forward to more new episodes of Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, coming soon to an Internet radio receptacle near you.

alan-mic-zeeAlan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio is the original 24-hour Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60s to today. From the Beatles to the Monkees, the Posies, McPherson Grant, the Connection and the New Trocaderos, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Tune in by clicking on one of the listen links below.

Listen to Pure Pop Radio on the go using your Android and iOS devices! Download Our Mobile App.

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

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