started a blog in July 2013 - Circles of Life: The 143
- he's about half way through now. [more inside]
Ever been to Johnsburg, Illinois? Have you received a Christmas card from a hooker in Minneapolis? Maybe you left Waukegan at the slamming of the door? Or perhaps you were simply full of wonder when you left Murfreesboro. If so, the Tom Waits map
is for you.
Tom Waits - A Day in Vienna.
"In 1978 or 1979 (we’ll get to that in a minute), Tom Waits was touring Europe. He had a concert in Vienna the day after a show in Amsterdam. He showed up in Vienna and was greeted by two young men named Rudi Dolezal and Hannes Rossacher, employees of ORF (Österreichischer Rundfunk, i.e. Austrian television) with the proposal of shooting an interview while he was in town. Waits countered with a better idea.
Though it became an epic flop
and forced Francis Ford Coppola to declare bankruptcy
, the 1982 musical One From the Heart
) did produce one hell of a soundtrack featuring the unlikely collaboration between Tom Waits and Crystal Gayle. Here's the story of how it all came together
. [more inside]
Jon Brion gets around. As a composer, he scored some of the best movies of last decade and change – Punch-Drunk Love
, Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind
, Synecdoche, New York
, and I ♥ Huckabees
. As a producer, he's worked with Fiona Apple
, Kanye West
, Aimee Mann
, and the excellent bluegrass outfit Punch Brothers
. He writes pop music like the best of them – witness Meaningless
, Knock Yourself Out
, Here We Go
, or Didn't Think It Would Turn Out Bad
for a nice sampler of his style and range. His live shows are notoriously whimsical and eccentric – he's apt to perform Radiohead's "Creep" in the style of Tom Waits
, or cover Stairway to Heaven as a one-man band
, recreating all the parts to its climax on the fly.
and Big Time
, all there in their entirety, for your Waitsian viewing and listening pleasure.
Tom Waits and Keith Richards record the classic shanty "Shenandoah".
From Son of Rogue's Gallery
, a new compilation of pirate "ballads, sea songs and chanteys," itself a sequel to the 2006 release Rogue's Gallery
"Hell Broke Luce" -- a surreal anti-war video
from Tom Waits
for his powerful song based on the harrowing story of Lance Corporal Jeff Lucey
, a 23-year old Iraq war Marine veteran who committed suicide in 2004.
From Waits' 22d album Bad As Me
(2011, AntiRecords) [more inside]
A Brief History of John Baldessari
The Godfather of conceptual art. Narrated by Tom Waits. (SLYT)
Kevin J. Weir
is an artist, making ads (1
), and more interestingly, not ads. In the latter category, he has made 3 stand-alone sites: the Flux Machine
, a tumblr of public domain images turned into animated GIFs, ranging from amusing to surreal (with an extra dash of Lovecraft), which Cartoon Brew
likened to Terry Gilliam
and Stan VanDerBeek
; Nyan Waits
, another spin-off of the Nyan Cat meme/theme
, now with more Tom Waits; and Loud Portraits
, an interactive portrait gallery. [more inside]
As he sings, the walls of the apartment begin to move off, and
the city walls surrounding them begin to close in on them. Then
the apartment it self goes, and the two lovers begin to run,
battering against the walls of the city, beginning to break
through as chaotic figures of the gangs, of violence, fail around
them. But they do break through, and suddenly-they are in a world
of space and air and sun. They stop, looking at it, pleased,
startled, as boys and girls both sides come on. And they, too,
stop and stare, happy, pleased. Their clothes are soft and pastel
versions of what they have worn before. They begin to dance, to
play: no sides, no hostility now; join, making a world that Tony
and Maria want to be in, belong to, share their love with. As
they go into the steps of a gentle love dance, a voice is heard
singing. [more inside]
Tom Waits' Private Listening Party
The whole thing's gonna to have to be rethought
CookieWaits is a Tom Waits/Cookie Monster mashup
that is so obvious you'll wonder why you never thought of it before. Not the best Sesame Street lip-sync I've seen but still satisfyingly amusing.
Tom Waits has teamed up with The David Lynch Foundation to help launch DLF Music and their ‘Download for Good’ campaign on PledgeMusic.
The David Lynch Foundation
"is a non-profit educational organization which was established in July 2005 to ensure that anyone at-risk for traumatic stress can learn Transcendental Meditation."
and Kool Keith
collaborated on a song called "Spacious Thoughts" in 2009.
Here's the video
. [more inside]
In my struggle to walk the straight ‘n narrow everyday, it doesn’t help things any that the salty, taunting voice of Tom Waits is in my head saying, “Hey kid…. over here.” A couple of photographic retrospectives. “The Piano Has Been Drinking…” – Tom Waits, Your Inner Drunkard
| and | 1950s-1960s Icons of Entertainment
Tom Waits has a new live album coming out. You can get 8 full length tracks
--just under 40 minutes--from the forthcoming release for free on his site. Requires you surrender a valid email address, however.
In the early 1990s, John Lurie
videotaped his vacations with William Dafoe
, where they did their own comedic re-interpretation of an early-morning fishing show. From this tape
(or possibly so his fishing trips could be tax write-off
), Fishing with John
was born. The show
is a series of six episodes (segmented on YouTube
), each at a different location with a different fishing friend (though Lurie's trip through the Andaman Sea
with Dennis Hopper spans the last two episodes). The show, called by some fishing as performance art
, is pared with a soundtrack
that is a mix of sounds, part Lurie's band The Lounge Lizards
), part overly dramatic .. something
"You could be a doorstop or paperweight or maybe a national anthem."
Beck talks to Tom Waits. Part of Irrelevant Topics
: a new section [of Beck's web site] featuring conversations between musicians, artists, writers, etc. on various subjects, without promotional pretext or editorial direction.
Tom Waits interviews Tom Waits.
A charmingly rambling (but what else would you expect?) interview in advance of his PEHDTSCKJMBA
tour. Includes these tantalizing words: I’m doing songs with them I’ve never attempted outside the studio. via reddit.
"We need to go to Tennessee to pick up some fireworks, and someone owes me money in Kentucky." Tom Waits
goes on tour
for the first time in years.
"What did you think of Seabiscuit?" the young man added helpfully.
Even the deadpan Jarmusch laughed.
's new movie (the first feature-lenght after 1999's Ghost Dog
, is "a droll, ironic look at two of our favorite addictions"
. The black and white movie (trailer here
) has a strange (or Stranger than Paradise
?) cast: Roberto Benigni, Steven Wright, Steve Buscemi, Iggy Pop, Tom Waits, Cate Blanchett, Meg White, Jack White, Alfred Molina, Steve Coogan, GZA, RZA, Bill Murray, ... Jarmusch's philosophy: "When you're watching movies, the guy's girlfriend calls him, she's having something bad happening, and he says, 'I'll take a cab. I'll be right over.' Cut to him getting out of the cab. And my brain always says, what about the cab ride? The incidental thing, the thing that's not the destination?
". (more inside)
is a small railway town on the border of South Australia and Victoria, and was once a means for traders to escape taxes when travelling between the colonies, due to errors made when surveying the state borders. No train has stopped here since 1986, and now only a handful of people remain in the town, a sad downfall that Tom Waits
has immortalized in song. But abandoned railway stations, closed as populations decline or trade routes change, exist the world over
, in the city
and in the country
, and yes, even in France
. They look like great places to explore.
"iconoclastic American composer, musical theorist, philosophic instrument builder, raconteur, hobo, artist -- presents unique challenges and aesthetics.
" A huge influence on the weirder work of Tom Waits
and a great craftsman
, his work is still being performed today
, albeit with some difficulty.
And, of course, there's always controversy
The Tom Waits Streaming Event.
Anti Records is streaming both of Waits' new albums in their entirety, each in turn for three days starting today, prior to their release. Is the home listening booth for whole cd's a common marketing tactic now?