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Tom Waits' Private Listening Party The whole thing's gonna to have to be rethought. [SLYT]
posted by misterG (37 comments total) 24 users marked this as a favorite

 
Clearly, the Internet ramp onto the information highway has ruined it for everyone.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:22 AM on August 23, 2011


WHY CAN'T I HANG OUT IN AN OLD CAR WITH TOM WAITS
posted by Kitteh at 9:23 AM on August 23, 2011 [26 favorites]


It would have never crossed my mind to describe anything related to Tom Waits as cute before, but this was... cute.
posted by kingbenny at 9:34 AM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


And not like cute in a bad way.
posted by kingbenny at 9:35 AM on August 23, 2011


Well, Mr. Waits did send me a private email re: his private listening party this morning. It doesn't feel so private anymore.
posted by Benny Andajetz at 9:35 AM on August 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


I wouldn't mind having Tom Waits tell me my wife was pregnant. It'd be a relief, really. Better than him asking if he can use my skull for a bowl.
posted by justsomebodythatyouusedtoknow at 9:36 AM on August 23, 2011 [12 favorites]


"look, i appreciate the enthusiasm but if you're all going to clap to the beat, you're going to need to elect some kind leader or something"
posted by radiosilents at 9:36 AM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


I wouldn't mind having Tom Waits tell me my wife was pregnant.

Maybe he could offer this as a service. It would be more successful that the "Have Tom Waits Propose for You" service from a few years back.
posted by GenjiandProust at 9:40 AM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


It's bad enough I wasn't invited to his press conference.
posted by orme at 9:47 AM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


what's he doin in there?
posted by victors at 9:50 AM on August 23, 2011


What's he doing in there? Listening to smooth music on the radio? Smothers Brothers maybe?
posted by 4Lnqvv at 9:56 AM on August 23, 2011


It would be more successful that the "Have Tom Waits Propose for You" service from a few years back.

If there had been a "Have Tom Waits Propose For You" service in the late '80s, my life would be very different than it is. Probably not in a good way, though.
posted by The World Famous at 10:00 AM on August 23, 2011 [4 favorites]


God I love his music. One track hits you with a thunderstorm's fury, the next, warm and sweet as a morning meadow after the rain, the next cold and dark as a forgotten grave. It's so honest. It says, "this is the way the world really is", and you believe it.

Thanks for posting this--I needed to see it. That knowing smile, that wink; they give me hope.
posted by buzzv at 10:04 AM on August 23, 2011 [3 favorites]



What's he doing in there? Listening to smooth music on the radio? Smothers Brothers maybe?



OK, listening to The Smothers Brothers in an olde rusty car with Tom Waits is my new thing I want, maybe as badly as having Werner Herzog read me a story.

(Several people have sent this to me today because I posted Tom Waits for No One on my blog not too long ago.)
posted by louche mustachio at 10:22 AM on August 23, 2011 [5 favorites]


OK, listening to The Smothers Brothers in an olde rusty car with Tom Waits is my new thing I want, maybe as badly as having Werner Herzog read me a story.

I'd like to sign up for that, if possible.
posted by FormlessOne at 10:42 AM on August 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


true(ish) story: calling my girlfriend from a bank of 3 payphones (before only terrorists and bankers had cellular briefcase phones) at the shopping mall on Pico. On the phone next to me: TW. "Oh shit, I semi-whisper into the phone, it's fucking Tom Waits standing right next me" (we had recently seen a couple of his shows at the Wiltern, she was stuck between awe and calling bullshit) As he's hanging up and turns to walk past me I ask him as gently as I can supres the excitement to say hi to my girlfriend with the phone stretched out toward him. He takes the receiver and growls "Hello, baby," into it, hands it back to me and walks off.
posted by victors at 10:46 AM on August 23, 2011 [46 favorites]


Just when I thought he was going to moralize, he took a complete left turn and drove his beat up car away from Mahogany,
posted by Joey Michaels at 11:02 AM on August 23, 2011


New Joe Henry and new Tom Waits this year?

I just shivered in joy.
posted by edgeways at 11:05 AM on August 23, 2011


Pepsi whiskey.

Whiskey-throated smoke-warbler. I'm not sure I'd get in the cab of a car with Mr. Waits. Unless the devil was there to keep him honest.
posted by loquacious at 11:11 AM on August 23, 2011


i loved how at the end of the first guy's time in the car "listening booth," he gets out and goes to the end of the (very short) line, to wait for another turn.
posted by msconduct at 11:32 AM on August 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


Tom Waits wants you to get off his lawn. And he is still the best thing ever.
posted by lumpenprole at 11:42 AM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Yay! New Tom Waits! Can't wait.

Now go ahead and announce that world tour.
posted by swordfishtrombones at 12:11 PM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


Whiskey-throated smoke-warbler

I'm not sure if that's a pet bird I want to get, or some barbecue I'm going to make, but definitely that.
posted by Jon_Evil at 12:41 PM on August 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


Tom Waits wants you to get off his lawn

...and into his car. Which is a suitably disturbing turn of events.

I'll just leave this here
posted by davejay at 12:44 PM on August 23, 2011 [2 favorites]


I've never loved an artist more.
posted by zzazazz at 12:47 PM on August 23, 2011


I'll tell you one thing. He's not building a playhouse for the children.
posted by katillathehun at 12:55 PM on August 23, 2011


If Tom Waits's car isn't a playhouse, then I don't want to not be in a playhouse. Wait that didn't work.
posted by nebulawindphone at 1:24 PM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


sharp as a razor and soft as a prayer
posted by DaddyNewt at 1:37 PM on August 23, 2011


Keep 'em coming, Tom.
posted by georg_cantor at 1:51 PM on August 23, 2011


He might just be my favorite human being.

That's right Ghandi and Einstein. Tom Waits, not you. Deal.
posted by tempythethird at 1:57 PM on August 23, 2011 [4 favorites]


I cross my wooden leg and I swear on my glass eye that Tom Waits is our greatest American treasure.

He needs to do more duets with Keith Richards.
posted by 4Lnqvv at 2:30 PM on August 23, 2011 [1 favorite]


A murder of silhouette crows
posted by 4Lnqvv at 2:35 PM on August 23, 2011


Tom Waits on America 2-Night in 1978
posted by homunculus at 3:20 PM on August 23, 2011 [3 favorites]


God, I love that the world is big enough to hold this guy.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:21 PM on August 23, 2011


Tom Waits on Fernwood Tonight - 1977
posted by dougzilla at 11:20 PM on August 23, 2011


I'm a big Tom Waits fan but that new single is rubbish. It sounds like a Tom Waits impersonator not trying very hard over the generic pre-set Waits riff you get with a toddler's play piano.
posted by joannemullen at 6:40 AM on August 24, 2011




Tom Waits on America 2-Night in 1978
posted by homunculus at 3:20 PM on August 23 [3 favorites +] [!]


STOP INTERRUPTING THE MAN.
posted by Stagger Lee at 8:10 AM on August 24, 2011


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