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"Jim Thomas - The Blue Floor"

The Blue Floor is the solo debut of Philadelphia singer-songwriter, Jim Thomas. Born and raised in New Jersey, Thomas cultivated his musical chops while attending school in South Carolina, playing in several musical outfits including the progressive jazz group, That’s Not Jazz. While there, Thomas began to cutting 4-track demos of what would eventually become The Blue Floor.

Recorded during the winter of 2008 in New York and Philadelphia, The Blue Floor attempts to act as a survey course of Thomas’s own musical journey. Tracks range from a love for straight piano pop to melodic yet maudlin acoustic cuts.

For this album, Thomas recruited the rhythm section of Jordan Block (Bass), Nero Catalano (Guitar, and Jonas Oesterle (Drums) in addition to a several other musical friends and associates based in ever growing Fishtown, Philadelphia Music Scene.

Thomas was heavily influenced by The Zombies, The Association, Emitt Rhodes, The Grass Roots, and The Beau Brummels during the recording of this album.

The Blue Floor was produced and mixed by Jim Thomas at Salmon Street Studio in Philadelphia and Mastered by Doug Van Sloun (She & Him, M. Ward) at Focus Mastering in Omaha, NE. - powerpopoverdose.com


"New Music "Billy on 4th""

Clean Equations member Jim Thomas set out to make a soap-scrubbed piano pop record with The Blue Floor, his solo debut. He landed just south, singing like a Tennessee-born Jackson Browne (who’s originally from Germany, believe it or not) and embracing bluesy Memphis guitars. He’s at his best on tracks such as “Billy On 4th,” a bright, Brion-esque song that leans closer to the modernist indie rock of his regular band, but the whole collection is miles away from running on empty. - Rawkblog


Discography

2010 - Berry Jones - Self Titled LP

2009 - Clean Equations - EP
2009 - Jim Thomas - The Blue Floor

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The solo debut of Philadelphia's Jim Thomas, "The Blue Floor" came about conceptually in 2007 when Jim Thomas moved to Philadelphia full time from Atlantic City. The row home he moved into was primarily characterized by the color of the flooring throughout the house. A very rustic blue which came to embody the double edge sword we know as pop music. Thomas always gravitated to music that hid somewhat somber subject matter behind overtly pop arrangements. It was that idea in mind that supplied the framework for "The Blue Floor."

What began as a recording project, soon swelled into an all out production, enlisting musical friends in and around the Philadelphia and New York areas.