Archive for the 'Tom Waits' Category

Thursday, December 20th, 2012

In December of 1978, Tom Waits recorded an episode of Austin City Limits. The now-mainstay music program was in its relative infancy – only its fourth season – and had built a solid fanbase of Americana music enthusiasts. As the ACL website notes: “…the show came in through the back door, so to speak. Terry […]

Wednesday, March 21st, 2012

Twelve or so years ago Birdman Records released More Oar, a 17 track tribute to the music of Alexander ‘Skip’ Spence. Outside of his work with Jefferson Airplane and Moby Grape the compilation was my introduction to Spence’s solo work. Among others, participants include Mark Lanegan, Robert Plant, Beck, Robyn Hitchcock, Jay Farrar and Alejandro […]

Monday, October 24th, 2011

You’d be forgiven for not realizing it had been seven years since the last Tom Waits album of new material. Between the enormous wealth of fantastic, previously unreleased songs on 2006’s Orphans boxset and the 2008 Glitter and Doom tour and subsequent live album, it hardly seems like Waits was relaxing exactly. But it’s also […]

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

The collective Waits-ian growl has reached near audible levels as fans anticipate the release of October’s Bad As Me. If you haven’t yet, do check out the teaser video that was unveiled last month for the record — It’s pure Waits. So, to help quell your jones, here’s a captured radio broadcast (WXRT) from 1976 […]

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

Recorded at the BBC Studios London, for the “Tonight In Person” show in July of 1979, this vinyl bootleg finds Waits working up material from his Asylum years. This particular performance hit the spot recently as I’d been spending a lot of time with Waits’ transitional Heartattack And Vine LP—which ultimately reinvigorated an interest in […]

Thursday, July 14th, 2011

After stumbling upon this the other day, it appears a number of the Under Review DVD series are now available (free) via YouTube. Following the standard Under Review M.O., the Tom Waits: 1983-2006 entry rounds up a number of music scribes (Anthony DeCurtis, Robert Christgau, Barney Hoskyns, etc) asking them to reflect upon the material […]

Thursday, May 19th, 2011

I enjoy a good magic trick, a bit of slight of hand. I enjoy an entertainer, as in someone who understands the art of entertainment—a changeling, a shapeshifter, a master of ceremonies. While there are fewer and fewer artists tapping into the primordial, the supernatural, we thankfully still have the self-made myth that is Tom […]