The BobChart – Week 6

 

The Bobcast Bob May 6th 2013 CroppedThe BobChart is made up of tunes I think you would like or songs I feel are worth listening to. Most will be current, some will be lost gems, others may be older songs you may have missed, and some will just be live tracks that bring it. At any rate…It’s the BobChart. There are no fixed positions in the chart, so I am not listing the songs in any particular order. These are PERSONAL favourites and what has my ear and attention this week. Popular music may come and go, but Great music is timeless. Some songs and performances never die or fade away….

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Some old, some new, some borrowed, and some rhythm and blue, this week’s BobChart is FULL of great music that is out there for you to find. We live in an era where all things are available, and the only “Best Before” music is the disposable product made for young people to share and enjoy together. We are blessed with an archive of music so rich and diverse, that it is amazing that, even as I type this, NEW music is being made that is as good if not better than what has gone before. Music is life, and it reflects us as much as it entertains us. Turn it up, relax, and float downstream….

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Courage My Love - Hot TopicCourage My Love – Low

I have been a fan of this trio since I first saw them play at Cherry Cola’s when they were accompanied by their parents because they were brutally underage. I have watched them become the confident, polished, professional band they have become, still channeling the same boundless energy they have had since forever. They are playing every stop on the Vans Warped Tour this summer and you need to get out and see them live. Having already won fans all over the world, played Japan, and toured the Northeast of the USA, they now have another fan in the form of clothing chain Hot Topic. You can get a Courage My Love T-shirt there, and hear this as well.

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Liam Mackenzie and Young Rust – Wrote it All Down

Speaking of Cherry Cola’s, walked in on these guys mid-set last Friday night and spent the rest of the evening listening to them play. One of their songs positively floored me, a combination of ‘Do Ya’ and another rock classic that totally won me over. There is no video for that song yet, but this is another fine rocker from the band. Toronto (and Ontario, and Canada) keeps turning out musicians and songwriters that deserve international attention. Per Capita, we produce more great entertainment than any place I can think of.

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Tommy Ambrose – People City

Music isn’t the only reason I love this city. More than the music, the incredible food, and the choices we have in the ability to roam this “City of Villages”, the people who call Toronto home are from all walks of life and all 4 corners of the world, and free to share their culture here without impediment. This song still touches me deeply. It was the sign off/sign on music and video for CITY TV, a television station that was totally Toronto-centric back in the ‘70s and ‘80s. The song still holds true, the station, sadly, like so many other things these days, does not.

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Greg and Duane Allman – Nobody Loves You When You’re Down and Out

A dear friend from Stockton California tours with Gregg and the Allman Brothers these days after having done stints with Carlos Santana, Robben Ford, and Bob Dylan for years. Daved Kohls arranged for my friends and I to sit onstage behind Gregg’s Hammond B3 the last time they were here at Casino Rama, just like he had done with Dylan and Santana in the past. Gregg still burns it like he did when brother Duane was still with us, and is one of the great, true, voices of the American South and Southern Rock. Here he is, first with Duane, followed by a track from his new CD, “All of My Friends”, which will be released any day now….

Gregg Allman, Vince Gill and Zak Brown – Midnight Rider

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Paul Simon – Still Crazy After All These Years

The musicians on this track are Barry Beckett – electric piano; David Hood – bass; Roger Hawkins – drums; Mike Brecker – saxophone solo. Woodwinds and strings arranged by Bob James, but the live performance of this song and the other wonderful tunes on the album that bears this name was done with members of ‘Stuff’, a verrry funky and soulful group of musicians whose main playlist consisted of covers that they took to the next level. You’ll see (and hear) what I mean after Paul performs what I consider to be the best song he ever wrote.

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Stuff – Live at Montreux ’76

On a day off on tour and relaxing in a Philadelphia hotel, a phone call from our label rep saw a couple of us gifted with tickets to a Paul Simon show at Irvine College, where we had played earlier in the week. This is the band that backed him up. Eric Gale, Richard T and Steve Gadd are just unbelievable here, as are Cornel Dupree and the rest. This is Stuff’s whole set from Montreux. If you don’t have time to enjoy it now, come back when you do. No pedal boards, distortion, or loops…just incredible musicians doing what real musicians do…play with soul, groove, and feel.

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Cameo Blues Band – Rockin’ My Life Away

Jerry Lee Lewis may have written this, but the Cameos OWN this song. Every note played and every note sung on the track is pure, undiluted, perfection. Sweetness….

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Buckshot Bebee and the Secret Boyfriends – Money

Tom Wilson, Harlan Pepper, Teenage Head, and all the other great artists from The Hammer are joined by this entertaining bunch. Love the name, love the band, and Hamilton’s Lou Molinaro and This Ain’t Hollywwod, keep the Hammer hopping.

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Fear Zero – Are You There?

Back when I was at SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg station, this band had a track called Porno Nation that was a personal favourite. There is no video available for it, unfortunately, but the band’s other material is just as strong. Look for a new CD, “Whole Damn Nation”, that may contain the track I’m looking for. In the meantime….

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Aerosmith – Dude Looks Like a Lady

Grandma TylerThere was a time when Aerosmith was called America’s Rolling Stones, a sobriquet probably tossed at them in hopes of starting a War of the Lips between Tyler and Jagger. Truth is, Aerosmith is just a smart, real, rock and roll band of the first water. Not only do they have Keith Richard class survival skills, they continually surprise us with great stuff when we least expect it. The picture to the right has been circulating on Facebook for a little while, and seeing it reminded me of this GIANT earworm of a song penned by Tyler, Perry, and song doctor Desmond Child. My fave Aerosmith track of all time…well…this and Steve and Joe’s team up with Run DMC for a VERY important version of Walk This Way.

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And Finally….

94.9 The Rock – Doug Elliott’s Pick of the Week

The Meds – Running the Edge Down

Even the tiny island of PEI births fine music. Must be the water up here….

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Segarini’s regular column appears here every Friday whenever he can finish one in time.

Contact us at dbawis@rogers.com

DBAWIS ButtonBob “The Iceman” Segarini was in the bands The Family Tree, Roxy, The Wackers, The Dudes, and The Segarini Band and nominated for a Juno for production in 1978. He also hosted “Late Great Movies” on CITY TV, was a producer of Much Music, and an on-air personality on CHUM FM, Q107, SIRIUS Sat/Rad’s Iceberg 95, (now 85), and now publishes, edits, and writes for DBAWIS, and continues to write music, make music, and record.

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