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Ron Sexsmith on World Cafe | November 29, 2013

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Our final session from Toronto for our Sense of Place series is with Ron Sexsmith and his band. Sexsmith walked around the corner from his house in Toronto's West End to the studio for a set mostly drawn from his new disc, Forever Endeavor.

Sexmith came to Toronto in his 20s to play open mics and join a burgeoning singer-songwriter scene. Self-released discs led to 1995's self-titled album, a masterpiece.

Sexsmith played "Secret Heart" from that album for us and talked about not knowing Feist's cover until he first heard her sing it. (via World Cafe)


(( )) for interlude music

Donald Fagen "Ruby Baby" The Nightfly
Cults “High Road” Static
Iron & Wine ”Grace for Saints and Ramblers” Ghost on Ghost
Donald Fagen “The Nightfly” The Nightfly
Donald Fagen “Tomorrow’s Girls” Kamakiriad 
((Steely Dan “Janie Runaway” Two Against Nature))
Steely Dan “My Old School” Countdown to Ecstasy 
Steely Dan “Do It Again” Can’t Buy a Thrill 
Steely Dan “Deacon Blues” Aja
((Donald Fagen “New Frontier” The Nightfly))
Walter Becker “Down at the Bottom” 11 Tracks of Whack 
The Police “Driven to Tears” Zenyatta Mondatta 
Lucius “Turn it Around” Wildewoman
((Donald Fagen “The Goodbye Look” The Nightfly))
U2 “Walk On” All That You Can’t Leave Behind
Brett Dennen “When We Were Young” Smoke & Mirrors
Deer Tick “The Dream’s in the Ditch” Negativity 
Caitlin Rose “Pink Rabbits” Pink Rabbits 
The National “Fake Empire” Boxer
((Jim James “Dear One” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Ron Sexsmith “Snake Road” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ron Sexsmith “Nowhere Is” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Ron Sexsmith “Secret Heart” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
((Ron Sexsmith “If Only Avenue” Recorded Live for the World Cafe))
Buffalo Springfield “Bluebird” Buffalo Springfield