Archive for the 'Tom Waits' Category

Tuesday, September 24th, 2013

There is little to no argument that Tom Waits is one of the longest standing bullshitters in the history of popular music. As such, upon the release of his 1999 Mule Variations lp, he graced television screens everywhere appearing on an episode of VH1 Storytellers. With his gruff voice and a cherry-picked ad hoc band […]

Thursday, September 12th, 2013

Early Tom Waits chestnut, sans band, accompanying himself on piano and guitar in his native San Diego, April 1974. I originally happened upon this recording several years ago via Captain’s Dead, who is presently re-hosting the show during their pledge campaign. Zipped download/tracklisting after the jump…

Thursday, July 18th, 2013

Captured radio broadcast (WXRT) from 1976 of Tom’s performance in Chicago at the Ivanhoe Theater. Download: Tom Waits :: Ivanhoe Theater 11/21/76 – Radio Broadcast (WXRT) (103mb)

Thursday, May 2nd, 2013

For fellow Tom Waits freaks, the pairing of Waits guesting on Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour is something like manna. The following five tracks find Waits calling in to Dylan’s show, commenting on various subjects, reveling in the everyday bizarre. Fantastic. Listen/stream, HERE.

Monday, April 8th, 2013

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, 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 […]