Tom Waits

pig ear press

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As this is the festive season and we're talking about Waits, try this infamous song...


...now where did I put that whiskey...
 

nervas

more crickets than friends
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Tom Waits is on of my fave artists! I like his early stuff, but for some reason cannot stop spinning his later releases all on the anti record label.... so lately, I would recommend the following albums:

Mule Variations
Blood Money
Alice
Real Gone


I think all of those albums are some of his best work. Very weird, and certainly not for everyone, but all works of a genius if you ask me!
 

chronic

old and in the way
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I've never been able to completely adjust to his later stuff. I like it, but I think his best music was from the Swordfish Trombones / Rain Dogs period.
 

zenguru

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Tom Waits is on of my fave artists! I like his early stuff, but for some reason cannot stop spinning his later releases all on the anti record label.... so lately, I would recommend the following albums:

Mule Variations
Blood Money
Alice
Real Gone


I think all of those albums are some of his best work. Very weird, and certainly not for everyone, but all works of a genius if you ask me!
Well, they're certainly very weird. I previewed some of those at the store. I could hardly stand keeping those earphones on. swordfishtrombones and rain dogs sound good. I think I may get the one with 16 shots from a 30 ought six on it. That was a cool song. So was Clap Hands.
 

mjp

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Yow: X-Ray Fotoproject POOP (Bukowski). $400

Seems like every time I go to the X-Ray site prices have increased $100 on everything. ;)
 

zenguru

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I've been listening to Nighthawks at the Diner. And I think I've finally found my favorite CD in the universe! My favorite song so far is Eggs and Sausage.

I LOVE this album!:D:cool:
 

pig ear press

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His website (www.tomwaits.com) is due to have an announcement today from the man himself. I presume it will be a new album. Perhaps he will be joining Scott Walker in some donkey flogging for this one.
 

roni

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I've made a mistake:
when whatsay posted his link, I was able to watch it, but didn't download the new song immediately.

Now, only a few days later, when I click on it, it tells me, that in my country this video isn't available due to copyright reasons. Happens often in Germany. I shoulda known.

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I was wondering - since there might be a way to download the song - if someone of you cats in other countries, where it's still available, would do this ?
 

informal

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I did listen to it when this was first posted and loved it. Waits is one of the few musicians after so many years still keeping it freshly mind blowing! I'd love to have this mp3 and a few friends of mine would like a listen, a little help please?
 

hank solo

Just practicin' steps and keepin' outta the fights
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Code:
http://www.tomwaits.com/news/article/155/Listen_To_Bad_As_Me/
 

whatsayjew

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Anyone seen him play live? Share your experience with a virgin.

(guessing some of you are half dead & saw some earlier shows too)
 

gbsupbowl

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What have you guys thought about the new album? A lot of the songs seemed to sound the same. Not one of his best albums.
 

Digney in Burnaby

donkeys live a long time
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Anyone seen him play live? Share your experience with a virgin.

(guessing some of you are half dead & saw some earlier shows too)
Just saw this post. Tom Waits opened for The Mothers of Invention at the Agrodome in Vancouver, BC, sometime in 1974. (March 14th, the web says.) Horrible echo chamber of a cow palace. And, for some reason, people wanted us standing in front of the elevated stage to sit down on the concrete floor. Lots of grumbling and the set didn't last long, partly because the grumbling got pretty loud and we philistines essentially chased him noisily from the stage. I remember Waits alternating from guitar to piano and making, what seems like to me now, a lame "colder than a brass monkey" joke between the few songs he did.

(And I'm "half dead" only on my good days....)
 

Rekrab

Usually wrong.
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Me and my wife saw him live at a theater in Pasadena, the Huntington Hartford, in 1978. It was a great show., There were props on stage: an old sofa, gas station pumps, an old car. We had good seats, up near the front. He's an excellent live performer.
 

growing beard

Over 100 posts
Far out! I just made a trip through Nashville and my three main things I do when i show up in some town to visit people is 1) go to the top of a tall building and take pictures 2) go on a boat tour and 3) visit used book stores and ask about bsp Bukowski. Well, I managed to get my hands on a Black Sparrow edition of Septuagenarian Stew, took my girlfriend and her nephew on a boat tour of the Cumberland (they even made a balloon hat for the kid and let him drive the pontoon). No tall buildings open to the public in Nashville.

Anyhow one of those book stores didn't have any Bukowski but in the DVD section where I often see if they have any Dog Whisperer I spotted what looked like a Tom Waits bootleg. Turns out to be a real deal re-edition of concert footage from a show he gave in 1978. Awesome stuff. His more recent shows seem cool in a way, but he seems to me to have become weird-for-the-sake-of-weird, a carnival of banging metal that turns my ears around. I dig Mule Variations, Cold Water is one of about 15 songs I ever learned to play badly on a guitar.

Long story still long grabbed this "Romeo Bleeding: Tom Waits live in Austin" dvd for 7.99. I'm not master pricer but I brought it up to the counter and asked the shopkeep lady if it was a bootleg or what and she said I hope not. Took it home and just popped it in the player and opened up the computer to see what it goes for on amazon and sure enough, the lowest price is 40 plus shipping. They put out the audio too, but it only seems to be available on vinyl.

Bottom line, anybody who is remotely into Tom Waits I can't imagine not digging this sound right here. Vinyl is on for $21 plus ship, dvd like i said is on for $40. Super stuff. As I type he slid from Romeo is Bleeding into Silent Night (yes, the Christmas song).

And David, the gas pumps are there on stage. He did his first piece, spoken word with muted trumpet accompany, sitting on a tire.

Is it an act, as some posters said? Sure, it's a performance but damn if the man don't feel it, too, and get to the heart of some things. When the man uses the words "red beans and rice" in a poem, it sounds like it was the meal that brought him back from the edge.
 

PhillyDave

“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
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GB: I have that dvd and stumbled upon it too. Great stuff.
 

Bruno Dante

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Thanks. I enjoyed reading that.
I think I found that site once before (via StumbleUpon).
 
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I remember this one waitress from my L.A.days who worked the graveyard at Canters and the breakfast shift at Langer's on
7th and Alvarado. Incredible. A pro's pro.
 

PhillyDave

“The essential doesn't change.” Beckett
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There's a great diner here, Little Pete's, that is the kind of diner described in poems, novels, movies that i just love. The waitresses all call you "hun" and always refil yr coffee asap. Every visit creates a cool, lasting memory. Pros indeed.
 
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