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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

Philadelphia Daily News: Boggia blooms

No Comments 29 April 2005

By Jonathan Takiff

Philly’s adopted son Jim Boggia is another first-rate audio architect, as you’ll hear on his new "Safe in Sound" album, coming out on Tuesday (May 3), and with his CD release party/concert the next night (May 4) at World Cafe Live.

Known for his encyclopedic knowledge and appreciation of music, Boggia likes to recall, "I’ve been told I was singing melodies before I started speaking words, and I started playing the guitar when I was 5. I have no conception of a life before music."

A fine storyteller, Boggia has slightly raspy, earnest vocals and a refined tune sense that evolve the story of Weather Underground fugitive Bernadine Dohrn into a great, rocking anthem ("Underground"), and he makes the lushly arranged "Where’s the Party?" an anti-drug morality play you won’t soon forget.

His auditory powers heightened by partial blindness, Boggia, with producer Julian Coryell, layers the album with lush instrumental flourishes, intriguing sound bites and naturalistic found sounds – plus an especially great surprise at album’s end.

You’ll surely detect his deep appreciation of Paul McCartney on the likes of "Let Me Believe (Evan’s Lament)" a co-write with the semi-legendary McCartney emulator Emmitt Rhodes.

And Boggia’s admiration for Elvis Costello comes to the fore on "Final Word" and "Made Me So Happy," the latter featuring a vocal assist by friend/fan Jill Soubule.

But I’m equally taken with songs that are undeniably Original House of Boggia, especially the glorious "Once," which deserves to be a rock radio staple.

Jim Boggia album release party, World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St. 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, May 4, $15 and $44 (with buffet). 3025 Walnut St., 215-222-1400, www.worldcafelive.com.

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