Archive for Rival Sons

Segarini: Rival Sons – Finally leading Rock into the 21st Century Part One

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 8, 2014 by segarini

The Bobcast Bob May 6th 2013 CroppedFor the past several months, I have had difficulty finishing anything I start. I don’t know why, exactly, but it has been an ongoing problem that bothers me not because it makes me think that maybe I am running out of steam, but rather because I’m afraid it may mean that I am something I have never been, nor want to be.



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Segarini: Rival Sons – Prelude to my next column

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on July 7, 2014 by segarini

The Bobcast Bob May 6th 2013 CroppedThis column was originally posted on September 12, 2011. I am reposting it today as a prelude to today’s NEW column, which will be posted later tonight. Four years since my introduction to Rival Sons in 2010, and over three years after this column was written, Rival Sons not only continues to be the best rock band currently working, they may be the best rock band ever.

I have not tweaked or changed anything in this column, so some of the info is out-of-date, but that doesn’t change the things that were true and happening at the time. Rival Sons represent much more than the music they play. Rival Sons may be the catalyst for a monumental shift in the musical landscape as it currently exists. Regardless, this is music that if you haven’t heard it and call yourself a fan of rock, will put a huge-ass smile on your face, a bounce in your step, and some new LPs/CDs to wear out from beginning to end.

Read this, then come back later for the update.

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Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 17, 2014 by segarini

250_23750261354_2817_nI’ve done previous columns about the vacuous business that has become nostalgia-peddling so I have no interest in rehashing that…but I’m fascinated by the idea that people cling to it so desperately. The Boomer Generation has become really good at criticizing the newest trends in music but cannot shine the mirror back on their own sacred cows and say, in all honesty, “Hey, wait a minute. I’m getting half as much entertainment value as I used to at triple the price.” Folks would rather see (and hear) a simulation of The Who’s former selves with its surviving members doing the 32nd anniversary tour of their final show in various stages of disability (Townshend’s deafness and Daltrey’s failing vocal range) for $500 than something new and organic for $10 at the local pub. They’d rather watch the decrepit mummified remains of The Rolling Stones trot out predictable, laughable, cartoonish interpretations of their own back catalog and pay 10x the price for the insult because they copped their first boobie feel during ‘Angie’ in the 1970s.

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Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2014 by segarini

vernon_19972Well, we survived 2013. Most of us anyway. The entertainment industry lost nearly an entire generation of scenemakers from Jackie Lomax to Ray Manzarek to Slim Whitman to James Gandolfini to Annette Funicello to Peter O’Toole. The people making some of the greatest art of the last century have left it up to us to carry on without them. And we’re failing to do so at an alarming rate. Can you imagine anyone mourning the old-paris-hiltonloss of a Jonas Brother or Paris Hilton in 50 or 60 years time other than their families? The global glue that connects us through the arts has been replaced by the transient flypaper brought to us by Snatch Chat and Twatter.  No wonder we hold onto our pop icons from the past for so long. Once they’re gone, we might very well lose the soul of music, film, stage, etc., forever. And that’s not just me spewing my usual dramatic hyperbole. I usually say let sleeping dogs lie while the new generation wages their own rebellion. Except the new rebellion wears designer logos, auto-tunes and sues the estates of dead soul singers pre-emptively in case the estate sues them first for stealing said dead soul singer’s music [Yeah, I’m talking about you Robin TheDicke].

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Nadia Elkharadly: Summertime Songs 2013

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on July 31, 2013 by segarini

Nadia LogoHave you ever had a song just completely change your mood?  There are some songs out there that can infuse you with energy, happiness and excitement.  Having a day where you just can’t muster the fucks to give about…well, anything?  Currently in the throes of one of those days, I decided to turn to my newly acquired Rdio account, and peruse my growing collection of tracks and playlists for a song or seven to drag me out of the hum drum existence I’d found myself in.

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Segarini: The Stockton/Toronto Connection – Food, Radio, and Music, PLUS Blackberry Smoke, and Brower’s Book

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 12, 2013 by segarini

BobI have been caught up for almost 2 months writing about my hometown, (the sadly on the ropes, Stockton, California), which these days can be compared to the once mighty Muhammad Ali, and like him, still loved by those who knew him, but now not quite himself and well past his glory days. Those of us who grew up there can still revel in the halcyon days of the ‘40s, ‘50s, ‘60s, ‘70s, and early ‘80s, and even though I was born in San Francisco, Stockton will forever and always be my hometown, my foundation, and the place where my dreams were born; the launching pad of my long, strange trip.


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Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 8, 2012 by segarini


GrumpyCatThis week I was told not once, but twice, that I “sound bitter”. You mean an antagonistic hostility? Hell, yeah. Guilty as charged. The provocation for being called bitter was my two brutally honest music comments online in separate conversations.
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Nadia Elkharadly: How I met Bob and other Funny Moments

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 28, 2012 by segarini

I’ve been writing about music for a couple of years now, and have attended countless live shows.  Generally I like to take a buddy to this things, as it’s just more fun to have someone to drink with, chat with and sometimes commiserate with, depending on how good/bad the band is.  On one particular December night my show buddy wasn’t feeling well and begged off.  Left to my own devices, I braved the cold winter night and walked up to Dundas and Bathurst to check out a young group of musicians in a bar I’d never been to before.  The venue was the Hard Luck Bar. The band was Courage My Love.

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Segarini: New Rival Sons and Real Rock and Roll Redux

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , on August 13, 2012 by segarini

I have some news about one of my favourite bands of all time. Based in California, (but with a bassist from Markham, Ontario), these guys came across my radar around two years ago and have yet to fall off. The Reason? They are the living, breathing, embodiment of everything great about ‘classic rock’…except they’re now, new, and in my opinion, much better.

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Segarini: Dear Diary – Rock and Roll, Estrogen in Film, and a Long Lost Song

Posted in Opinion with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 29, 2012 by segarini

I’ve been so busy staying one step ahead of the bill collectors, looking for a new home (we have to move yet again at the end of June), sharing stories from my past with you, and editing the fine writers that entertain you here at DBAWIS, that I have not had time to share my current exploits with you, or even collect my thoughts about them and catch up on all the sleep I’ve missed. Today, we try to clear the desk of at least some of the latest adventures, and revisit a song I wrote 30 years ago that I have been desperate to find because I want to re-record it as part of a series of new recordings I’m going to start making as soon as I have the time (and the money). Anybody want to contribute?

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