Jim Boggia reveals some of his craft, part I

Posted in Artist, Music Business with tags , , , on November 11, 2008 by Chris

You may all remember a particularly unctuous post a month or two back when I reviewed Jim Boggia’s Misadventures in Stereo. In my defense, doesn’t the name of this blog at least hint that I might tend to gush a little from time to time?

Well, the spell hasn’t lifted. I still listen to Jim’s latest album all the time. At the risk of showing up on some stalker website, I badgered Jim with requests for an interview and, despite his better instincts, he has finally complied. Today, I give you part one of my Q&A with Jim. By the way — get this album!

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Science Unravels “The Beatles Chord”

Posted in Miscellaneous Static, Pop culture with tags , , , , , , on November 3, 2008 by Andy

If you’re a guitarist, there’s at least one chord you know with a “given” name (like the “Hendrix” chord — the dom7#9 shape in the beginning of “Purple Haze”). For a long time, there’s been a mystery surrounding the opening jangle of the Lads’ “A Hard Day’s Night”… some people think it’s George’s Ricky 12-string and John’s Ricky 6… others think it’s multiple layers of 12-string guitar. But now a Canadian professor/researcher thinks he’s cracked the code.

Run away!

Run away!

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New “Fireman” (Macca) Due Out in November

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , , , , , on October 21, 2008 by Andy

Big thanks to Too Poppy for bringing this to my attention! Looks like Paul McCartney is dusting off his alternate persona The Fireman after a few mellow electronica albums in the 1990s.

But this time promises to be different. As heard on NPR’s Song of the Day, Macca’s new direction for his mythical extinguisher of flames is decidedly more rock/pop than downtempo — and still different from his two most recent solo releases. Think U2. Think Peter Gabriel. Think Arcade Fire.

Think I’m gonna get it when it comes out on November 17.

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Good Times Never Seem So Good

Posted in Pop culture with tags , , , on October 17, 2008 by Andy

If Chris can diverge into politics, I can tie pop music into baseball…

Just when you through the Red Sox would have an 8:30 a.m. tee time this morning (Friday), they pulled their bacon from the flames. Go Sox!

There’s nothing like being at Fenway — the greatest ballpark in the world, despite its flaws. Sausage and peppers cooking on the way in? MAGIC.

Feelin’ Groovy with Leonard Patton

Posted in Artist with tags , , , , , , , , on October 15, 2008 by Andy

Leonard Patton is a local (San Diego) singer I play with occasionally. One of the most talented musicians I know, and a really nice guy.  He’s also quite short, but that’s neither here nor there.

Leonard in the Gaslamp

Leonard in the Gaslamp

He performs all over the place with local jazz luminaries like Peter Sprague, Duncan Moore, Bob Magnusson, Gunnar Biggs, and others. Here’s a bit of his poppier side, in a McFerrin vibe. Continue reading

Keane – Perfect Symmetry (drops today in the U.S.)

Posted in Album, Artist with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by Andy

After more than two years (since “Under the Iron Sea”), UK pop trio Keane releases their third major label album, “Perfect Symmetry” today, October 14, in the U.S.

Here’s a sample tune (“Spiralling”):

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All I’ve Got is Your Autograph…

Posted in Artist, Pop culture with tags , , , , , on October 14, 2008 by Andy

So the world’s luckiest man is now officially too busy to sign autographs.

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