Classic Ron Dante Interview from 1999 Posted to the Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation Podcast Page

Today, we’ve got a great interview for you on Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation’s PodOMatic podcast page. For this one, we take the Wayback Machine to October 23, 1999 and the weekly Pure Pop Radio show. Ron Dante joined Alan Haber to talk about his storied career singing on the Archies great hits (including, of course, “Sugar, Sugar”), the Cuff Links’ “Tracy,” and the Detergents’ “Leader of the Landromat.” Plus much more!

Navigate over to our PodOMatic podcast page, where you can listen to or download this wonderful interview. Enjoy!

 

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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!

Air dates: Tuesday, January 14 and Wednesday, January 15 at 8 pm ET; and Friday, January 17 at 4 pm ET. If you miss any of these airings, you can catch up with this interview on Monday, January 20 on our PodOMatic podcast page. In fact, all of our programs in this series are available on this page for listening online or downloading.

Enjoy!

 

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Andy Klingensmith is Bright Again

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Andy Klingensmith

Bright Again

Futureman Records (2014)

If Pictures Of found Andy Klingensmith in fine, mid-period Simon and Garfunkel mettle, then the new EP Bright Again finds the young singer-songwriter wiping his sonic canvas clean and adding a few, new, sparkling layers on top of his folk-pop leanings.

Klingensmith’s overall approach, in fact, is decidedly different and fresh this time around, only five months after the release of his freshman offering. Whereas Pictures Of, as accomplished a work of musical art as was released last year, featured only bright and vibrant acoustic guitars underpinning the gorgeous vocal stacks of three-dimensional harmonies and astute, majestic lyrics, Bright Again adds bass, keyboards, drums (deftly performed by Riley Smith), percussion and woodwinds (played sensitively by Jay Gummert) to the mix, and paints a decidedly pop picture while still retaining the already-established folk-pop foundation.

Recording at home again, Klingensmith, whether on purpose or not, channels Curt Boettcher, the vocal sound of the Roches, and the Free Design and sets out to twist and turn preconceived notions about his approach, even as he posits that his basic notions haven’t really changed. The title song, for example, rolls along on the wings of gorgeous harmonies and a lovely woodwind melody line delivered pleasingly over an acoustic guitar strum. The artist begins singing about a communicative bond with a partner. Cheery chords, drums and percussion propel the upbeat tune along as the words paint a yin-yang picture that suggests all might not be well now but may be in the future. “Stop me if you have heard this one before,” the narrator suggests. “Man walks into the world, stays a while/What’s the use of a mind? What’s it good for?/When everything is erased with her smile.”

Lofty questions such as these kick off this sophomore release. The questions do not stop after “Bright Again” plays out. In the breezy, second song, “No Control,” Klingensmith plays with varied rhythm structures as he spins a tale that touches on duality (“Something in the words we choose makes the things we say come in twos/Which do you wish that I prefer?”) and one’s path in life (“There’s fate but that’s just a wait/A key with no gate/A line much too straight/And though the things that we know are not fading slow/There’s one place to go.” Once again, lovely, inventive harmony stacks both surprise and delight.

Feelings that manifest as delicate notions are at the heart of “Oh Miss No Name.” Suggesting that such realizations may be fleeting, Klingensmith sings “I’ll write a few words with water from the fountain/But, soon as it’s done, it dries.” Crestfallen or not, he addresses his thoughts in the final verse: “Oh miss no name, perpetual love/Feels just like we are hand in glove/I’m just musing, remove the “m”/Now just using my mind ’til then.”

And so it goes with lyrics that are wise and ring true for all manner of listener, whether Klingensmith is writing about the open air in “The Parade” (“And I would ask the sky to take a seat if it wasn’t still under my feet”), ruminating on the mysteries of life in “The Penultimate Color” (“And so how long will nature still pen its overture/Where will the notes fall in the dark without us knowing?”), or musing about anticipation in “Peels and Feels” (“I forget just what I was, waiting for/A thousand days, out the door”). And so it goes, as well, with every note rightly expended within the confines of these richly wrought songs, cleverly realized creations that stand with the best of them.

Released on January 14, 2014, Bright Again would signal the arrival of a major artist had the full-length Pictures Of not already done that in 2013. Another full album, recorded out of the safety of home, is next on Klingensmith’s plate. It cannot help but reveal additional, emotional layers befitting a musician whose vision sees more detail with each new composition, whose every new step takes him into the great unknown with an eye toward completing his next musical chapter. For the sky is the limit, and the limit is endless and just around the corner. Andy Klingensmith, once again and forevermore, has arrived.

– Alan Haber

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414 Songs Added to the Pure Pop Radio Playlist! Film at 11!

We’ve been busier than ever fattening up our little playlist, though it’s not so little anymore! During the past few weeks, we added 414 songs from 135 melodic pop artists. That’s 414 songs from 136 albums, singles, and EP’s. That’s almost a day’s worth of music streaming out to the masses on Pure Pop Radio. So now our library is nearly 4,300 songs strong. Wow, huh?

Here’s the scoop on the artists whose latest tunes are now streaming in rotation (take a deep breath, ’cause this is going to knock your socks clean off!):

Terry Draper (“The Tea Horse Road,” the new single from his forthcoming album), Vegas With Randolph (special Pure Pop Radio version of “Snow Day”), Tricia and Dana Countryman (glorious harmonies and delicious melodies), and the following fine musical folks:

8 x 8, The Bye Bye Blackbirds, The CRY!, DC Cardwell, Pop is Art, Wesley Stace, Redd Kross, The Flamin’ Groovies, Nick Piunti, Squeeze, Nick Capaldi, John Paul Keith, Butch Walker, Goldspot, Lucas Bartlett, Any Version of Me, Chris Stamey, Hilly Michaels, Caddy, Jeff Litman, The Pendletones (featuring Wyatt Funderburk), Timmy Sean and the Celebrities, Shaun Cassidy, The Chapin Sisters, The Fratellis, The Taters, Throwback Suburbia, Wiretree, Dana Countryman, Second Saturday (featuring Wyatt Funderburk), Radio Days, the Leftovers (featuring Kurt Baker), and…

The Longplayer, Orchestra, The Brigadier, Hector and the Leaves, Paul McCartney, Scot Sax, The Solicitors, The Floor Models, Del Shannon, The Charlie Watts Riots, The Del Zorros, The Real Impossibles, The Connection, Gleeson, The Most, Ron Flynt, Harry Nilsson, Dee Long, the Paley Brothers, Lily and Madeleine, The Britannicas, Caryl Parry Jones and Christian Phillips (The Sonic Executive Sessions), The Cool Whips, and…

Songs from the Del Shannon Tribute: Songwriter Volume 1 by Kelley Ryan, Marshall Crenshaw, Dave Smalley, Carla Olson and Peter Case, The Britannicas, The Drysdales, Richard Snow, The Rubinoos, Overlord and Don Dixon; Jimmy Haber (no relation!), Brinsley Schwarz, songs from It Was 50 Years Ago Today: A Tribute to the Beatles Vol. 1 by Goddo, the Lolas, Sun PK and Tom Hooper; Brendan Benson, the 1957 Tail-Fin Fiasco, Longplayer, The Grapes, and…

The New Trocaderos, the Well Wishers, Sgt. Popgrass, Eytan Mirsky, the New Amsterdams, Bee Gees, The Len Price 3, Matthew Sweet and Susanna Hoffs, Georgia Fields, Michael Simmons, Jasko, Magic Eight Ball, The Miles, Airwaves, The Crickets, Jake Bugg, Neil Finn and Paul Kelly, Billie Joe Armstrong and Norah Jones, the Little Stevies, Dave Edmunds, and…

Songs from Sproutless: Insights from Retrospect: A Prefab Sprout Tribute by Scott McPherson (Liar’s Club) and the great Andrea Perry, Jay Stansfield, Scott Gagner, Marc Platt, Bob Kemmis, Greg Pope, Jellyfish, The Amazing Pink Things (featuring Dana Countryman), the Magic Theatre, Thomas McConnell, Ben Smith, Missing Palmer West, Wise and Foolish Builders, Math and Physics Club, Jeff Lynne, Jeff Thomas’s All-Volunteer Army, Katie Goes to Tokyo, and…

The Grip Weeds, Richard X. Heyman, Kelly Jones, The Knobs, Gary Ritchie, The Doughboys, Candy Butchers, Pezband, David Brookings, The Pengwins, The Beat Rats, Epicycle, The Nomads, Brandon Schott and Andy Reed, Marshall Holland, Identical Suns, The Allrightniks, Ruthann Friedman, and…

Songs from Book a Trip 2: More Psych Pop Sounds of Capitol Records by Timothy Clover, Unforscene, James Fleming, New Kicks, Griffin, and the Surf Symphony; and–whew!–the Beatles.

Well, that’s a mouthful, huh?! All of these songs are now playing in rotation on Pure Pop Radio. All 4,279 of them. That’s a huge library of great melodic pop songs playing in rotation for you, 24 hours a day. Tune in, turn on and treat your ears to the greatest melodic pop music in the world! Enjoy!

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Welcome to Alan Haber’s Pure Pop Radio!

Pure Pop Radio is the Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60′s to today. From the Beatles and the Spongetones to the Kinks, Richard X. Heyman, the Connection and Vegas With Randolph, we play the hits and a whole lot more. Our library is nearly 4,300 songs strong, so you’ll always be presented with the most variety, 24 hours a day. Our signature interview program, Pure Pop Radio: In Conversation, presents pop music’s greatest artists talking about their careers and playing their coolest tunes. Listen to Pure Pop Radio day or night and enjoy the greatest melodic pop in the world.

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A new adventure awaits! Let’s go exploring together!

As we prepare to enter a new year and take advantage of new adventures and explorations, let’s go back in time to December 31, 1995 and see what my good friends Calvin and Hobbes were up to as they prepared to do as they always did on snowy, winter days…

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This is the start of something big.

Four of me is better than one.

Four of Alan Haber is better than one.

This is the start of something big. Or at least our first post. Since this is a short “hello” sort of missive, let us simply leave you with directions to Pure Pop Radio, our award-winning (well, we can only hope) Internet radio station playing the greatest melodic pop music from the ’60’s to today. See you again soon.

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