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The Weird and the Wonderful Travels Back to the Days of New Wave: This Week’s Specialty Shows are a Collective, Very Cool Trip!

This week's lineup of specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio is a cool trip back to the coolest sounds around! Cool! We start this week's proceedings with tonight's all-new edition of Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing at 9 pm ET. Ken spins an hour-long tribute to George Harrison, whose birthday we'll be celebrating in just five days...


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Pure Pop Radio’s Countdown to Christmas Rolls On with All-New Specialty Shows This Week

cropped-ppr-radio-white.jpgPure Pop Radio's Countdown to Christmas rolls on this week with all-new editions of our festive specialty shows. everylittlethinglogo-smallTonight at 8 pm ET on Ken Michaels' Every Little Thing, the longtime spinner of fab Beatles tunes delivers a tasty two-fer that celebrates one of Ringo Starr's best solo albums, Time Takes Time. Also on tap: Paul McCartney sits behind the drum kit on a variety of songs for which the Cute Beatle provided the snappy backbeat, including Steve Miller's "My Dark Hour" and the Wings classic, "Helen Wheels."


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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

by Alan Haber aln

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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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Sun, Surf, Sand, Weird and Wonderful, and Big-Beat Fun Power This Week’s Specialty Show Lineup

mic-small 10A fun mix of sun, sand, weird and wonderful, and big-beat blasts power this week’s lineup of Pure Pop Radio specialty shows.

everylittlethinglogo-smallWe kick off the excitement tonight at 8 pm ET with an all-new episode of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. On this week’s show, Ken talks to Jude Kessler, author of a series of books, written as historical narratives, covering the life of John Lennon. In addition, a theme set of songs with the word road in the title, a variety of top Beatles and solo Beatles tracks, and a cover of “You’ve Got to Hide your Love Away” by Pearl Jam’s Eddie Vedder are played.


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Paul McCartney Startles Desert Trip Crowd with First-Ever Live Performance of “Why Don’t We Do It In the Road?”. I Think I Know Why!

the-beatles-white-albumPaul McCartney stunned and delighted the crowd at this past weekend’s Desert Trip classic rock festival in California by playing live, for the first time, the Beatles’ legendary track “Why Don’t We Do it in the Road?” Aiding and abetting Paul was classic rocker Neil Young, who seemed to be overjoyed at essaying this beloved track from the Fabs’ 1968 self-titled double-album.

Here is the dynamic duo, pounding out a beat-heavy rock take on “Road”:


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Dial into a Weird and Wonderful Week of Specialty Shows on Pure Pop Radio

mic-small 10This first full week of October brings to you a full slate of weird and wonderful specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. What’s in store?

ww-logo-longThis week’s big event is the premiere of the new show hosted by Pop 4 and Tiny Volcano’s melody maker, Scott McPherson. Scott’s The Weird and the Wonderful debuts this Wednesday afternoon at 1 pm ET. Yes, we’re filling your mid-week lunchtime slot with sounds spun by a master of melodic wonder, including, during this first go-around, songs from The Major Labels, Seth Swirsky, Roswell, and Jon Brion. Plus, Scott converses celestially with one of the top hep cats ever to tread the show business boards, Sammy Davis, Jr. (Scott has, you know, connections.)


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Paul McCartney’s Press to Play and the Beatles’ Candlestick Park Show Discussed on Tonight’s Things We Said Today

the-beatles-things-we-said-todayTonight’s all-new edition of the weekly Beatles roundtable, Things We Said Today, is another can’t-miss get-together.

kit o'toolepress-to-playBeginning at 8 pm ET, our panel of Beatles experts–Ken Michaels, Steve Marinucci, Al Sussman, and Allan Kozinn–are joined by author Kit O’Toole (the popular Deep Beatles column on the Something Else website, and the book Songs We Were Singing: Guided Tours through the Beatles’ Lesser-Known Tracks) to talk about the 30th anniversary of the release of Paul McCartney’s album Press to Play on September 1, 1986.


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Just in the “Nick” of Time: Great Talk, Tunes, and Beatles too on This Week’s Specialty Shows

mic-small 10In other words, it’s another week of spectacular specialty shows coming up right here on Pure Pop Radio.

everylittlethinglogo-smallchuck gundersonWhat’s on tap? We kick off the cool proceedings on Monday, September 5 at 8 pm ET, with an all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing, which this time around features an interview with Beatles author Chuck Gunderson and a pair of tracks from the Fab new Live at the Hollywood Bowl album, releasing on September 9.

waveFollowing Every Little Thing on Monday night, it’s the second show from Jammin’ James Riley in our new series, Catching a Wave, at 9 pm ET. Groove along with tracks from the Surfaris, the Chantays, Jan and Dean, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, and many more.


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Bob Lind, Jamie Hoover, the Beatles, and Classic Pop and Rock Star in this Week’s Specialty Show Lineup

mic-small 10Gather ’round your Internet radio receptacles this week for some top-flight specialty shows starring classic singer-songwriters Bob Lind and Jamie Hoover, the Beatles, and some of the greatest classic rock and pop artists of all time. It’s another cool week of fun specialty shows on Pure Pop Radio. (And don’t forget: The debut of Jammin’ James Riley’s Catching a Wave makes a big splash next Monday night, August 28, at 8 pm ET!)

bob lind posebob lind magellanTomorrow night, Tuesday, August 23, classic singer-songwriter Bob Lind talks with Alan Haber about his new album, Magellan Was Wrong, on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation at 8 pm ET. Bob goes in-depth on three of the album’s songs, talking about what he was trying to get across, his writing process, and his views on a number of informative topics. He also talks at length about his iconic song “Elusive Butterfly,” which is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year. You’ll hear “Elusive Butterly,” as well as “Blind Love,” “From the Road,” and the title song from Magellan Was Wrong.


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Beatle Scribes, Vinyl Spins and Fab Sounds on this Week’s Pure Pop Radio Specialty Shows

mic-small 10Another week chock full of top-flight specialty programming is in store for listeners this week on Pure Pop Radio.

everylittlethinglogo-smallKicking off the festivities tonight at 8 pm ET is an all-new edition of Ken Michaels’ Every Little Thing. The usual varied opening set, this time featuring classic songs from Wings, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, is followed by an interview with Elephants Memory’s Gary Van Scyoc, during which Ken plays a double shot of Memory tunes. The third, thematic set features songs with the words yesterday, today and tomorrow in the titles, plus an interview with the late Sir George Martin. It’s another outstanding show, number 83 in the series.


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