Feb: NY, LA, Boston, Philly

No Comments 28 January 2002

Hi Everyone,

Lotta shows this month in a bunch of cities, some may be near you. So .
. .

I start out this month on the 2.01.02 (a good place to start the month)
with a show in NEW YORK CITY at THE LIVING ROOM. The show starts at 8p.
Really. I get to play a full 45/50 minute set. Really. I’ll be handing
out $100 bills to everyone who comes to this show. Not really. This show
will be WEBCAST (see bottom for details).

Then, I fly to LOS ANGELES for a couple of shows. On 2.10.02, I’ll be at
CLUB CAFE FAIS DO DO (I’m not sure how to pronounce that or what it
means. I think it may translate as “Club Fancy Poop”) as part of the LOS
ANGELES POP MUSIC FESTIVAL. I go on at the extremely popular time of 5p.

The next night (2.11.02) I will again play LOS ANGELES, this time at
GENGHIS COHEN. This show is at 7p. See the bottom of the email for a
discount to this show.

To those of you not in LA, but with friends, relatives, ex spouses,
parole officers, etc. in the LA area, please help to spread the word.
I’d appreciate it.

PHILADELPHIA is not forgotten. On 2.15.02, I’ll be playing with 4 WAY
STREET (me, Ben, Joseph, Scott, you know the guys) for 2 SHOWS at the
TIN ANGEL (7:30p and 10:30p).

Then, I hop in a car early the next morning (2.16.02) and get to BOSTON
in time for an 8p show at CLUB PASSIM. I’m opening for Ann Heaton at her
record release party. This show will be WEBCAST (see bottom for

The month closes in PHILADELPHIA on 2.23.02 with 2 SHOWS at THE POINT. I
am very excited to again play this venue. These Point shows have become
quite special. Yes, you can get tix in advance from or
at the Point.

Yes, there will be some bribe, er make that GIVEAWAY CD available only
to those who preorder tix. No, I don’t know what that will be yet. Stay

The Recap:
Friday, 2.01.02 : 8p
The Living Room
84 Stanton Street : NYC

WEBCAST available at the Living Room’s website.

Sunday, 2.10.02 : 5p
Club Cafe Fais Do Do
5257 W. Adams Blvd. : Los Angeles, CA

Part of the Los Angeles Pop Music Festival.

Monday, 2.11.02 : 7p
Genghis Cohen
740 N. Fairfax Ave. : Los Angeles, CA

DISCOUNT: Print out this email and present it at the door and get in for
only $5. Neato!

Friday, 2.15.02 : 7:30p/10:30p
The Tin Angel
20 S. 2nd St. : Philadelphia, PA

Saturday, 2.16.02 : 8p
Club Passim
47 Palmer St. : Boston, MA
$12/$10 members

Opening for Ann Heaton.

Broadcast is carried on Channel 5.

Saturday, 2.23.02 : 7p/10p
The Point
880 W. Lancaster Ave. : Bryn Mawr, PA

Tickets available in advance at the Point or on the web at .

Order in advance to receive a special, one time only FREE CD.

I hope you can make some shows. Please help spread the word. I promise
to return to my usual humorous email stylings as soon as there’s less to
say and I need to pad with some nonsense.


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Daily Vault: Review: Fidelity is the Enemy

No Comments 23 January 2002

Review by: George Agnos

Jim Boggia – scrApple Records

When I was in college, I went through a phase where I listened to almost nothing
but the Beatles and Simon & Garfunkel. I suppose this would not be unusual
if my college days were in the 60’s, but I went to college in the 80’s. Singer/songwriter
Jim Boggia, who appears to be younger than me, seems to have gone through the
same phase, and if you include The Beach Boys, Todd Rundgren, and Cat Stevens,
you have a good chunk of the influences that make up his new CD, Fidelity Is
The Enemy.

Boggia plays up the nostalgia element by dividing up the track listing on the
CD into two sides, including track 7, which is a snippet asking the listener
to turn the record over. Also the CD cover is a young boy listening to a portable
record player, while the back cover shows Boggia doing the same, with a bunch
of 45’s scattered all over the table. However, while the music on Fidelity Is
The Enemy is a tribute to the pop, folk, and rock of an earlier era, Boggia
proves there are still new wrinkles to this sound.

The CD starts off with “So Full”, a heartfelt, acoustic-oriented
song that is folk-pop perfection. But wait: fasten your seatbelts because the
second track, “Toy Boat,” jars the listener and is the one concession
to modern music with an alternative rock sounding chorus in what seems to be
slight parody as Boggia sings with modern day angst, “Say Toy Boat/Fast
Three Times/In A Row/I’m Tongue Tied”.

While that may be a rocky beginning, the rest of Fidelity Is The Enemy deftly
balances between soulfulness and technique, much like fellow Pennsylvanian Todd
Rundgren did on his classic Something/Anything. On the technique side, you have
the bouncy “Bubblegum 45’s”, which surely would have been a hit at
a time when songs became popular because of their catchy melodies. His Rundgrenesque
sense of humor shows up on the bonus track which I will call “Humbug”
and literally sounds like it could be part of the How The Grinch Stole Christmas
soundtrack right down to the “You’re A Mean Man, Mr. Grinch” type

But the most ambitious track is “Peter Pan”, an unapologetically
psychedelic track that celebrates the playful spirit of the title character.
The instruments played on this track include a basketball, a bicycle bell, an
indian drum, a slinky, toy piano and flute, and air organ, to create the woozy
sound that is topped off with a sample from the Beatles instrumental, “Flying”.

OK, that takes care of the Beatles, next comes Simon & Garfunkel with the
pretty folk ballad, “Weather” where Boggia sings both parts of the
harmony, in different pitches, and steals the guitar part from “Homeward
Bound”. The Beach Boys? Well, this is where I am a bit peeved. I saw on
the track list “Don’t Talk (Put Your Head On My Shoulders)” from Pet
Sounds , but playing the CD, Boggia only gives us twenty seconds of the harmony
part. Bummer.

Playing name that tune is enough to make me smile, but what puts Fidelity Is
The Enemy over the top for me is Boggia’s ability to write strong songs. The
lost love ballad “Black And Blue” will break your heart, but there
is a sardonic wit at work here to keep the song from becoming maudlin. Boggia
also hits the mark in the soulfulness department with “Several Thousand”
and “That, For Me, Is You” that show the sunny side of love. Not only
are they well-written songs, but Boggia has the vocals to deliver them. I would
say his voice resembles a more soulful, less whiney Don Henley.

If those songs show Boggia’s sweetness, he also displays a sour side with “O/P”,
which I presume stands for Optimist/Pessimist because he tells whoever to stop
whining and bitching like a pessimist and be an optimist. There’s also the playful,
slightly bossa nova track, “Nothing Wrong With Me”, which defiantly
proclaims that the relationship ended because of you, not me.

Fidelity Is The Enemy is a tour-de-force, and quite an amazing CD for a debut.
Heck, it’s quite an amazing CD, period.


? 2002 George Agnos and “The Daily Vault”. All rights reserved.
Review or any portion may not be reproduced without written permission. Cover
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