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A Monkey, a Horn Section, and a Temper Tantrum Walk Into a Bar…

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Spins and Reviews | 9.27.16 | by Alan Haber

Vanilla | “Don’t Lose Your Temper”
A Pure Pop Radio Exclusive Through 9/29

vanilla-dont-lose-your-temperA monkey, a horn section, and a temper tantrum waiting to happen walk into a bar… It sounds like the start of one of those stale jokes that pours through a drinking establishment where equally stale pretzels and drunken callouts for another round of on-tap fill-‘er-ups power through the late, pre-last-call hours, but it’s just another of my catchy headline hustles that set the stage for an exclusive look at the latest musical missive from Tacoma, Washington’s favorite magical, musical sons, the men of Vanilla.


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New Tunes for Pure Pop Radio’s Swinging New Music Dance Party | 8.5.16

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Swinging Spins and Reviews | 8.5.16 | by Alan Haber

We fold up our well-worn dance floor as our Swinging New Music Dance Party comes to a close. We hope you enjoyed all of the new music we’ve added to our playlist, all of it now spinning in rotation.

In case you missed the reviews we posted this week, you can read them all below. They’re preceded by a new review of a terrific new compilation, the Mahoney Brothers’ Rarities Vol. 1, put together with heart and soul by one of our favorite singer/songwriter/performers, Timmy Sean.


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New Tunes for Pure Pop Radio’s Swinging New Music Dance Party | 8.4.16

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We’ve applied an extra coat of protective dancing fever polish to our dance floor since I was in touch on Tuesday; we’re ready to go with another round of new artists and music added to the Pure Pop Radio playlist during our Swinging New Music Dance Party! Our dancers (including, we hope, you) are ready to shake this virtual building to its foundation, so here we go!

Swinging Spins and Reviews | 8.4.16 | by Alan Haber

vanilla be not coy coverVanilla | “Be Not Coy”
A Pure Pop Radio Thursday Exclusive 
Robert Herrick, born in 1591 and never married, was a vicar and a poet whose gaze was trained, for the most part, on themes that were pastoral in nature. One of his works, a short poem entitled To the Virgins, to Make Much of Time, was partial inspiration for Jayson Jarmon’s potent song.


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New on Pure Pop Radio 7.8.16

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Spins and Reviews | July 8, 2016 | by Alan Haber

Melodic pop shines in today’s listing…

vanilla - sweet shopVanilla | “Sweet Shop” Gather round, kids, for another game of guess what Jayson’s on about, dressed up this time in catchy minor-to-major-key-and-back-again Beatlesque romping clothes adorned with backward cymbal; strangled, wah-wah-dipped lead guitar, and a “Hey Jude”-type playout that encourages head swaying to and fro. And listening to the lyrics.


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We’ve Got Winners! Vanilla’s Latest Smash Hit Goes to…

vanilla on a night like thiswinner…David Hanson, Coke Belda, Mark Cunningham, John Borack, and Harold Oxborough. So we not only have one winner, we have five of them!

Congratulations to you and you and you and you and you too! You will each receive Vanilla’s “On a Night Like This” forthwith. And thanks to all who entered the contest!

More cool contests that will capture your imaginations are coming soon. Stay tuned!

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.


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Win Vanilla’s Latest Pop Smash!

winWe’ve lately been firmly set in contest mode; our latest giveaway finds five downloads of Vanilla’s catchy song, “On a Night Like This,” ready to be won by some of our lucky listeners and website visitors.

vanilla mystik nights of tacoma“On a Night Like This,” a song we here at Pure Pop Radio are very excited about and love so much, is from the mystikally titled Mystik Nights of Takoma, Vanilla’s next album. Once again, Jayson Jarmon’s ace outfit is releasing one song a month on the way toward completing the collection.


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Looking for New Music? You’ve Come to the Right Place!

alan-mic-zWe’ve said it before and we’ll say it again: Our most favorite thing in the world is to take receipt of music from both new and heritage melodic pop artists, spin it, and add it to our ever-growing playlist. Every day is akin to unwrapping presents; the treasures contained within these virtual packages are sweet gifts that we’re thrilled to be able to pass on to you.

Here are five of the latest groovy additions to our playlist, now playing in rotation (more new adds posts coming next week):


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New Interview with Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon Posted on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic Podcast Page

vanilla 2.0jayson jarmonAlan Haber’s marathon interview with Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon is now available for listening and downloading from Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOmatic podcast page.

Jayson goes behind-the-scenes for a detailed tour through his musical life that includes an ongoing membership in Liar’s Club and his current band, Vanilla. Three songs from Vanilla’s new album, 2.0, were played during this program, including a straight-ahead pop number, what sounds like a centuries-old traditional, and one of our favorite songs of this year, “Monkeypox!,” which deals with…well, you know. (In case you were wondering, and we know that you were, Alan discusses Jayson’s fixation with monkeys, which also make an appearance in 2.0’s “South Tacoma Way.”)


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We Have a Winner!

vanilla 2.0Put your hands and toes together for Steve Kutney, who is the winner of our Vanilla 2.0 contest. Congratulations! Your CD will be winging its way to you shortly.

Watch for more contests coming soon!

Alan Hpurepoplogoaber’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 Spongetones, the Nines, Kurt Baker, 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.


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Fancy Some Vanilla? Win Vanilla’s 2.0 CD and Make the Dream a Reality!

vanilla 2.0Last night, Vanilla’s Jayson Jarmon appeared on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation to talk about his musical career and his band Vanilla’s new 2.0, one of the best albums of this or any other year.

jayson jarmonTonight at a special time–9 pm ET (6 pm PT), Jayson appears on a special edition of In Conversation to world premiere two new songs, neither of which appears on 2.0. “On a Night Like This” is a drinking song; “The Big 5” is all about accounting firms. Intrigued? Certainly you are! Wait until you hear these wonderful tunes, which may or may not appear on the next Vanilla album. These are world premiere, acoustic performance you can’t hear anywhere else!


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