On Friday, July 13, J.A. Ziemba found out about what went on at The Loft. That night, he picked up a guitar again. Six months later, Love At Thirty was completed. Love At Thirty was released by Parasol Records on September 30, 2008. Written and recorded chronologically at home, the album documented the events surrounding Friday, July 13. As it were, that’s when one life ended and another began...
Still, there was much work to be done. Alone for the first time in a decade, fate had given J.A. the opportunity to focus on something that he’d neglected and feared for years: himself.
Eight months later, on Friday, February 13, Admirations was completed. Written and recorded at home, Admirations documents the second year of a new life, one rife with fear, wonder, sexuality, and a fight for happiness.
Its completion helped Ziemba to grow into the person he was meant to be, while providing a final closure on the events surrounding Friday, July 13.
Previously, J.A. spent the better part of a decade making music and traveling with The Like Young and Wolfie. He was born in Chicago Heights, IL (1977) and was kicked out of his junior high school jazz band. Ziemba remains passionate about every aspect of graphic design, which is how he makes his living. Furthermore, J.A. knows a bit of French, but not nearly as much as he’d like. He deeply admires Françoise Hardy, Brian Wilson, his Tascam four tracks, and all types of vintage cinema. He also tends to read a lot.
Popmatters: "The zenith of his creativity in terms of the ‘concept album’, and in terms of expanding his music."
All Music Guide: "Its honesty and sheer emotional power put it on a level with Richard & Linda Thompson’s Shoot Out the Lights , Marvin Gaye’s Here, My Dear , and Bob Dylan’s Blood on the Tracks as an impressively honest and emotional album about divorce."