Jim Boggia
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Jim Boggia


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"LA Times Review"

With the success of Ryan Adams and Jack Johnson, its entirely possible that we’re on the cusp of a new Golden Age of singer-songwriters. Philadelphia’s Jim Boggia looks to follow in their footsteps with a collection of songs that can approach the sweetness of Ben Harper’s most delicate moments or even the charm of Matthew Sweet or Dave Matthews. Either way, the songs from his album “Fidelity is the Enemy” are welcome reminders of the days when “pop” wasn’t a dirty word synonymous with Orlando-based svengalis or soft drink commercials. - Chris Barton

"New York Press"

Michael Penn, Jim Boggia. Michael Penns upcoming summer release, Mr Hollywood Jr., 1947, will not exactly be the feel-good record of the year. He is currently on a short tour previewing songs from this deeply personal record which deals with a post-World War II society. On the flipside, Jim Boggia is a breath of fresh air with his warm inviting rasp and masterful songwriting abilities. One listen to Jimís upcoming release Safe in Sound and you can't help but to be drawn into his addictive pop lair 7, 9:30, $20. [Rock/Country/Hiphop] - Joe's Pub

"Singer Jim Boggia Finds Comfort in Music"

"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." - AP Associated Press

"Jim Boggia is absolutely brilliant!""

"Once in a great while the mind boggles at the imagination of some artists. In regards to Jim Boggia, that is definitely the case. He never ceases to amaze with his wit and charm - both on stage on and CD. His first album - 'Fidelity is the Enemy' is a collection of 'Yester-Pop' tunes that must be heard to be appreciated since no words will do it justice.

From the dazzling hit single 'Several Thousand' to the Rock/R&B mix of "Toy Boat" to the soul bearing 'Peter Pan' to the infectious 'Bubblegum 45's', this album is one that will live forever in the hearts of music lovers everywhere.

Jim Boggia is absolutely brilliant!" - - Dean Sciarra - ItsAboutMusic.com

"Boggia blooms"

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. - Philadelphia Daily News

"Anything But ‘Safe’"

Jim Boggia’s star in the Philadelphia music community is firmly cemented. The multi-talented singer-songwriter is a scene fixture, and he drew regional acclaim as a member of local supergroup 4 Way Street (with Ben Arnold, Scott Bricklin and Joseph Parsons). Boggia is making a national push with his new solo CD, “Safe in Sound,” due Tuesday on New York City label Bluhammock Music. The 12-song effort is chock full of well-crafted pop songs, and features guest appearances by Aimee Mann, Emitt Rhodes, Jill Sobule and Wayne Kramer. Metro caught up with the West Philadelphia resident before a gig at The Point in Bryn Mawr, where he opened for Mann’s husband, Michael Penn.

You decided to go out to Los Angeles to record this one?

JIM BOGGIA: It was for a couple reasons. One was to just be away from my day-to-day routine - having all the stuff of your normal life encroaching on the making of a record ­- and also because I decided to work with Julian Coryell and Joe Zook as the producers. They’re both based out there and knew a lot of musicians and studios ... Also, I was making the record in the fall and I have such bad winter depression that the idea of being in sunshine for an extra two and a half months was a great draw.

Did that change the feel of it?

This album has a fairly broad range. There’s some very upbeat, very happy tunes, and then there’s some quasi-suicidal tunes, and then stuff in the middle. That comes more from the writing process. Once you have the songs you know you’re going have, that determines what the tone of the album is going to be.

Your first solo CD ( “Fidelity is the Enemy” ) came out in 2001. Were you already working on the follow-up when 4 Way Street came about?

Yeah. I thought it was going to be another DIY, indie thing. What people don’t really understand about 4 Way is that none of us intended it to be such a big project. It really was supposed to be one show here (at The Point) at Christmastime, a cool thing to do for all of our fans. It just started taking on a life of its own, but we were having fun doing it and people seemed to enjoy it. That was all great but the longer we did it the more allencompassing it became.

Do you still play songs from the 4 Way CD (“Pretzel Park”) like ”Several Thousand”?

It’s amazing with “Several Thousand” (which also appeared on “Fidelity is the Enemy”). Even on as small a scale career as I’ve had, you get that experience of “the hit that people want to hear” and the experience of “the hit that I just don’t want to play.” I’ve absolutely promised myself that I don’t slavishly play it all the time, but I also play it enough of the time that people who come to a few shows will get their ”Several Thousand” fix. The hope is that as this album comes out there will be one or two more songs that get to the “Several Thousand” level.

You’ve been doing music full-time for a couple years?

Yeah, seven or eight. I started playing in other people’s bands, doing session work and jingles, and writing stuff for other people. More and more of my income is playing my own shows and selling my own records. It’s nice. I’m trying to push that bigger and bigger. What I really hope to accomplish with this record is, at least throughout most of the country, to have a core audience so I have the ability to go to different cities and play.

Jim Boggia celebrates the release of “Safe in Sound” 7:30 p.m. Wednesday at World Cafe Live, 3025 Walnut St., Philadelphia. General admission tickets cost $15 advance, $17 day of show; mezzanine tickets cost $42 advance, $44 day of show, and include a buffet. Call: 215-222-1400 or visit www.world cafelive.com. Jim Boggia on the Web: www.jimboggia.com. By Matt Smith - Metro

"Jim Boggia "Safe in Sound""

I have waited five years for a new musical opus from Philadelphia native Jim Boggia . Well the wait was worth it as this is one of the pop albums of the year. And by far. I already knew how important this man was when I first heard his 2001 release “Fidelity is the Enemy” which is a virtual musical shooting star. This status was confirmed when I had a chance to meet Jim when he accompanied Jill Sobule and Mary Kate O’Neil four some acoustic concerts in France. His presence, his sense of humor, his guitar playing and his voice literally captivated me. He is part of the grand tradition of great songwriters in the pop pantheon: Jason Falkner, Tomy Keene, Paul McCartney (which he can sing magnificently, I have never heard such an incredible cover of “Maybe I’m Amazed” as the one sung by Jim). On this album he has some magnificent people helping out: from Pete Thomas (from Elvis Costello’s Attractions) to Butch (the Eels) to Aimée Mann to Wayne Kramer (yes the guitarist from the MC5) to Emitt Rhodes (another member of the pantheon of Pop I alluded to above) to Justin Meldal Johnsen (Beck). But most importantly the heart of the matter are the songs: luminous, powerful, melodic, intimate, essential. You will listen to these pop classics again and again as the days go by after you first play this record. A true goldsmith. If there is one pop album to buy this year (along with the latest from Brendan Benson) you must get “ Safe in Sound .” This is not merely a recommendation, it is an order!

By Girard Gérard - The Rock and Roll Report

"In Brief"

AIMEE MANN, JILL SOBULE, EMITT RHODES and WAYNE KRAMER will appear on Philadelphia singer-songwriter JIM BOGGIA's new album Safe in Sound due May 3rd . . - Rolling Stone

"Entertainment Newsmakers"

The HMV store rooftop on Walnut Street was the stage yesterday for a 30th-anniversary recreation of the Beatles’ last concert. Kyra Kennedy holds a song sheet for Jim Boggia (left) and Eric Bazillian, Scott Bricklin, Roger Cox and Mike Frank rounded out the group.
Entertainment Newsmakers: A group of musicians will re-create the Beatles’ last concert 30 years ago today on the roof of HMV Music, 1510 Walnut Street. D11 - The Philadelphia Inquier

"At SXSW, it's the thrill of the unknown"

The sea of sounds at SXSW spanned angular avant rock, retro-soul revivals, assaultive metal mania, and an island of straight-up pop classicism from Jim Boggia. The Philadelphia singer-songwriter possesses a voice whose grain has surely been earned by a lifetime of hearty laughter and intense conversation. A student of melody with a gift for the clever and cutting, he played songs that split your sides one minute and made you cry the next. - Boston.com


Misadventures in Stereo
August 2008 Bluhammock Music

Safe in Sound
2005 Bluhammock Music

Guest appearances by Aimee Mann on 'Where's the Party?', Jill Sobule on 'Made Me So Happy', Wayne Kramer (MC5) on 'Underground' and Emitt Rhodes on 'Let Me Believe (Evan's Lament)'..

Fidelity is the Enemy
2001 scrApple Records

Red Cross Hurricane Katrina Relief Fund

Transitorized 220 Volume 2

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Transistorized 220

Tragical Blistery Lure




Misadventures in Stereo

Street date August 5, bluhammock music

Misadventures In Stereo, the third album by widely lauded singer/songwriter/multi-instrumentalist Jim Boggia, is unmistakably the work of a true believer and pop craftsman who's closely acquainted with music's capacity for transcendent uplift. His confessional, deeply personal lyrics tap into the deepest and most universal of human emotions. Born blind in one eye and with limited vision in the other, Boggia grew up an only child with an acutely developed ear for music. His early fascination for such iconoclastic pop classics as the Kinks' Village Green Preservation Society, Nilsson Sings Newman and Stevie Wonder's Innervisons helped to inform an aesthetic sensibility that would push him to create album-length listening “experiences” on his own releases.

Boggia has gained impressive career momentum in a short amount of time. Blackberry selected one of his tracks for a new ad campaign and his songs have also been featured on MTV's Real World and ABC-TV's Men In Trees. He's developed a loyal grass-roots fan base for his dynamic, improvisational live shows. His work has been embraced by numerous fellow artists and kindred spirits, many of who have lent their talents to Boggia's albums. His sophomore release, Safe In Sound (2005, bluhammock music), featured key contributions from such notable admirers as Aimee Mann, Jill Sobule, MC5 guitar hero Wayne Kramer, Attractions drummer Pete Thomas and legendary '70s cult-pop icon Emitt Rhodes.

Boggia's first two releases, 2002's Fidelity Is the Enemy and 2005's Safe In Sound, established him as a critical favorite. Harp magazine described his songs as "captivating," adding that he "delivers the sort of intelligent, melodic pop music that ought to be a staple of radio playlists." Paste called Boggia a "first-rate audio architect" and praised his use of "lush instrumental flourishes, intriguing sound bites and naturalistic found sounds." The Washington Post made note of his "soulful voice, experimental instrumentation and an encyclopedic knowledge of pop music."

The qualities that have endeared Boggia to fans, critics and his fellow musicians are abundant throughout Misadventures In Stereo (which, appropriately, was mastered at London's fabled Abbey Road studios where the Beatles recorded virtually all of their '60s classics). His knack for merging melodic bliss and bittersweet, richly detailed lyrical substance is prominent on such tracks as the ironically jaunty-sounding "Johnnie's Going Down," the pensive "No Way Out" and the dreamily melancholy "So." Another standout is the baroque-pop underdog anthem "Chalk One Up for Albert's Side," which Boggia co-wrote with Tony Asher, legendary lyricist of the Beach Boys' landmark Pet