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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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Buckle Up: We Begin the Long Rundown of New Music and Artists Recently Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist

purepoplogoA message from Alan Haber:

For the past few months, I have been adding hundreds of new songs and artists to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. For a lot of reasons, most notably ongoing health concerns, I have been unable to report on these adds.

Since time is marching on at a rather rapid pace, and 2015 will be over before you know it, I have decided to simply list the adds with minimal commentary because, otherwise, this task, as important as it is, would never get done. I thank you for your understanding.


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Bill Lloyd Raises the Bar…Again

bill lloyd ep 2015Bill Lloyd | “Yesterday” b/w “Miracle Mile” (iTunes Download) | “Yesterday,” “Miracle Mile,” “Frank,” “It’s Happening Now,” and “Today’s Soundtrack” (Limited Edition CD-EP)

Review by Alan Haber

With today’s release of his fantastic new single, the master musical magician Bill Lloyd once again aims for the stars and far surpasses them.

The double A-side spinner, pairing two tremendous and powerful melodic pop songs, “Yesterday” and “Miracle Mile,” is fine and dandy all on its own as a download from iTunes, and you should spring for it immediately if not sooner, but the limited edition CD comes with three extra tracks that quite simply can not be denied, making this collection an EP that raises the bar and then some. So it’s both of these things for you, and you too.


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Tune In and Turn Us On: Pure Pop Radio has More New Music for You, You and You, Too!

what's-newWe’re always listening to music here at the well-appointed, Ikeafied Pure Pop Radio headquarters. Headphones on or headphones off, we’re constantly looking for just the right sounds that we can add to our ever-growing playlist. We’re dedicated, we’re steadfast, and we’re here to say we’ve found some more great platters that do indeed matter.

So, without further ado, here are the latest songs and artists now spinning in rotation:

vanilla-2.0Vanilla | “South Tacoma Way” It goes without saying that Jayson Jarmon and his band of merry musical souls are held in the highest of esteem by our singular staff. Releasing one song a month toward the completion of an album-length release to be called Vanilla 2.0, Vanilla have been wowing us with their seemingly no-holds-barred way of coloring outside of the lines. The retro, clarinet-fueled, Harpers Bizarre vibe of the group’s latest song, “South Tacoma Way,” is a kind-of close cousin to last month’s wacky and quite insane (in a good way) “Monkeypox,” because, well, monkeys play a prominent role here, as well they should.


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What’s that You Hear? New Songs and Artists Have Been Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist!

It was inevitable, of course; we couldn’t possibly go too long without another round of adds to our playlist! Herewith, then, are some of the latest new songs and artists now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

nick-piunti-beyond-the-staticNick Piunti | Beyond the Static Nick Piunti’s smashing followup to last year’s 13 in My Head is another outstanding collection of melodic pop classics sporting great, catchy and hooky choruses and top-notch playing from, among others, Nick, the Legal Matters’ Andy Reed, and music pal Ryan Allen, from Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms. Melodic winners abound, from the oh-so-luscious “Heart Stops Beating” and the gorgeous “Quicksand,” which sports one of this album’s most delectable choruses, to the amazing “Six Bands,” about a gal who’s in “six bands, none of them good.” Hopefully, she realizes that she’s spinning wheels that won’t take her anywhere. Nick’s lead vocals are strong and assured and quite musical. One of the finest albums of this young year, and a surefire candidate for top honors in the best of 2015 sweepstakes. Outstanding stuff.


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Are You Ready? Thursday’s Big Blast of New Music Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist Is Here!

day-twoWe’re back with another extra special, vitamin-rich group of great new and new-to-you melodic pop music added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist.

Let’s get right to it, then. We’ll begin by taking an extended look at a fantastic new tribute to Elvis Costello.

beyond-beliefVarious Artists | Beyond Belief/A Tribute to Elvis Costello We’ve talked about the compiler’s art before, and make no mistake about it–compiling a tribute album is an art. Practicing the art for this three-disc tribute to Elvis Costello are compilers Olivia Frain and John M. Borack, both longtime Costello fans. Frain, a dedicated music fan, and Borack, a music journalist who has also served as executive producer for 2002’s Right to Chews: Bubblegum Classics Revisited and 2001’s Shoe Fetish: A Tribute to Shoes, set about contacting artists and putting into motion all of the behind-the-scenes nuts-and-bolts tasks necessary to bring the set to market.


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We’ve Got the Pop Goods, and Lots of Them! Day One of Our Two Day New Music Event Starts Now!

day-onehuge music2015 is quickly shaping up to be a banner year for melodic pop music. With only a month and a few days behind us, we’ve already seen some pretty wonderful sounds coming across our desk and leaping from there onto our playlist.

Today and tomorrow, we’re bringing you the latest adds to our station: a marathon, two-day communique detailing the new (and heritage) artists and songs now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio.

Our playlist is now 6,200 songs strong. We’re excited to bring to you what we feel is the best of the best–the greatest melodic pop music in the universe!


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We’ve Added Hundreds of New Songs…Again! It’s Pure Pop Radio’s Wednesday and Thursday After Tuesday Event! Come Join Us!

huge musicWe’re on an exciting mission to expand the Pure Pop Radio playlist yet again! Hundreds of new songs have been added over the past couple of weeks; this week–today and tomorrow, day one and day two–we’ll be rolling out posts filled to the brim with heritage and newly-added artists and songs currently spinning in rotation.

As usual, we’ve put up a Facebook event page, which we hope you’ll visit and join by clicking here. The fun starts tomorrow morning at 8 am ET. Join us and tune in to hear the latest additions to the Pure Pop Radio playlist. Hundreds of songs and artists! The greatest pop music in the universe! Wow!


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The Surfin’ Harmony King Rides the Waves: Matt Tyson’s Melodious Monuments to Good Time Music

by alanvneckAlan Haber  (See below for 35 songs that have been added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist)

The act of musicians paying tribute to a favorite artist’s art for the purposes of expressing adulation and exposing some other idea or sound to fans is not a new concept, but it is a great and honored tradition that is happily carried out by adept craftspeople who know a thing or two about quality and wish to communicate their joy.

the-beach-boysIn the case of musicians paying their respect to the Beach Boys (and Jan and Dean and others that have blossomed under the California sun), it is a longstanding tradition that continues to this day. Witness XTC’s spot-on “Pale and Precious” as an example from years back, and point to the work of current pop artisans like Dave Caruso, who captures the Boys of Summer’s sound and spirit in the audio bottle known as “Champion,” and Dana Countryman, whose vocal arrangements evoke the kind of depth of construction favored by the Beach Boys’ central spirit, Brian Wilson. And also factor in the songs of The Dukes of Surf, Hawaii based and steeped in the same melodic tradition.


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How About a Short and Sweet Basketful of New Music for Your Wednesday? We’ve Got the Goods Right Here!

For your wonderful Wednesday, we’ve got a short and sweet, but no less wild and wooly stack of wax–a triumphant trio of platters that matter!–to roll out to your ears. Without any further ado, let’s get to it!

New and currently spinning in rotation on Pure Pop Radio (more coming tomorrow):

ryan-allenRyan Allen and His Extra Arms | Heart String Soul With this exhilarating followup to 2011’s Ryan Allen and His Extra Arms, Ryan and his arms prove that they’re no longer the best kept secret in power pop. Heart String Soul has enough oomph and pomp and confidence to blow the doors off your grandma’s shack in the woods. It’s a heck of a record and a heck of an achievement and, heck, we’ll just have to add six great tracks to the Pure Pop Radio playlist, including the pure pop confection “Keep Me Around,” the blistering power pop anthem “Looking Forward to Looking Back,” and the made-for radio, straight-ahead pop of “Should Be Me.” Also now playing in rotation: “Born Radical,” “Not Hanging Out,” and the sensitive ballad that closes the album, “Bonded by Blood.” Destined to be a favorite with many a pop fan, Heart String Soul drops March 25. It’s pretty great.


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