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WXPN Artist to Watch / Tower In-store

No Comments 30 April 2005

Hi Folks,
Well, this is the week - ‘Safe in Sound’ hits the stores this Tuesday, 5.3.05. There’s been a lot going on in anticipation of the release. Here’s some of the latest happenings:
WXPN ‘ARTIST TO WATCH’ FOR MAY:
WXPN in Philadelphia has named me their ‘Artist to Watch’ for May. This is a really big deal, because they’ll be spotlighting the album all month long. David Dye kicks it off this Monday, 5.2.05 in the 4p hour. You can learn more about it by clicking below:
WXPN Artist to Watch webpage
In other WXPN news, I’ll be dropping in on Helen Leicht the morning of the record release - Tuesday, 5.3.05. I’ll be on in the 10a hour yakking, strumming and crooning.
You can listen to all these WXPN happenings by clicking this link:
WXPN Listen Live
The people at XPN have been supportive of me for a long time and I’m so thankful they’ve decided to get behind the new record in such a big way.
TOWER RECORDS PHILADELPHIA IN-STORE APPEARANCE - TUESDAY, 5.3.05 AT 1P:
I’ll be playing an afternoon acoustic set at Tower Records in Philadelphia on Tuesday, 5.3.05 at 1p to kick-off the release of ‘Safe in Sound’. Tower Records is located at?100 South Broad Street. Come out and spend your lunch hour with me. Oh, I think you can buy the album while you’re there. too.
STEPH HAYES AND SUSAN ROSETTI TO OPEN THE WORLD CAFE LIVE RECORD RELEASE PARTY ON 5.4.05:
Now it’s a party! I’m extremely happy to announce that Steph Hayes and Susan Rosetti, who, until 8 days ago were one-half of the amazing Stargazer Lily, have agreed to come play an acoustic set to open up the Philadelphia Record Release Party at World Cafe Live on Wednesday, 5.4.05. Plan on getting there early and hearing two of Philadelphia’s finest songwriters.
Oh yeah, then stick around as me and my ragtag squad of musicians rock out on a bunch of songs from ‘Safe in Sound’ and maybe even one or three of the old-time hits from way back at the turn of the century. The band is sounding scary good, so tell your friends.
RADIO, RADIO:
‘Live the Proof’ “went to radio” as they say this week and is currently being played by about 35 or 40 stations. We’re trying to get a list together, but in the meantime why not call your favorite station and request it? It will make you feel good about yourself to be helping society by causing good music to flow through the airwaves AND all that dialing keeps your fingers looking slim and young. “You’re 30? Why, your hands don’t look a day over 23!!” See how good that felt?
The Recap:
Tuesday, 5.3.05 - 1p
JIM BOGGIA ACOUSTIC IN-STORE APPEARANCE
Tower Records
100 South Broad Street - Philadelphia, PA
215.568.8001
FREE
Wednesday, 5.4.05 - 7:30p
JIM BOGGIA - ‘SAFE IN SOUND’ RECORD RELEASE PARTY
World Cafe Live
3025 Walnut Street - Philadelphia, PA
215.222.1400
PRE-ORDER TIX
ALL-AGES
Tuesday, 5.10.05 - 9:30p
JIM BOGGIA - ‘SAFE IN SOUND’ RECORD RELEASE PARTY
Joe’s Pub
425 Lafayette Street - NYC
212.239.6200
PRE-ORDER TIX
ALL-AGES
See you this week.
Peace,
Jim

Press

Associated Press: Singer Jim Boggia Finds Comfort in Music

No Comments 29 April 2005

By Dave Bauder

A die-hard Beatles fan, Jim Boggia wasn’t satisfied with throwing "Get Back" on the CD player to celebrate an anniversary of the band’s final live performance on the rooftop of a London music studio.

No, the Philadelphia-based singer had to recruit friends to recreate it — song by song, note for note. It had to be on the same January day the Beatles did it, at the exact same time. He even insisted the rooftop be on a building the same number of stories as the London studio.

And, in a serendipitous coincidence Boggia couldn’t quite plan, angry cops arrived to pull the plug — just as they had done to the Beatles.

Get the idea Boggia is a music geek?

"Safe in Sound," Boggia’s collection of, appropriately enough, Beatlesque pop-rock, is his first national release and includes guest shots by Aimee Mann), Jill Sobule), the MC5’s Wayne Kramer) and 1970s cult artist Emitt Rhodes.

"It’s a very positive side of not getting signed for a really long time," he said of his crowded address book.

Along with making his music easy on the ears of casual listeners, Boggia adds layers that music history buffs will appreciate. His song "Underground" tells the story of a former Weather Underground fugitive, so he asked Kramer — whose Detroit-based band was in the center of radical politics in the late 1960s — to play guitar on it.

Music has always been a refuge for Boggia, who had a record collection when he was four years old. He’s liable to love a song simply for a clever bass line in the third verse, or for how a tambourine kick-starts a chorus.

Blind in one eye with only partial sight in another, that disability intensifies the aural experience for him.

That’s the secret to why he called the disc "Safe in Sound."

"I don’t feel very comfortable in a lot of social situations," he said. "I don’t feel very good with people. But I’m OK with a record player or an instrument — or even a McDonald’s cup with a straw in it that I can move up and down into something that sounds musical.

"I’m much more comfortable in that realm," he said. "It’s definitely my safety zone."

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