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Heard through the wall of a neighboring apartment, you might confuse Tom Waits’s music with Howlin’ Wolf’s. Then again, you could just as easily mistake it for a long-lost Harry Partch piece, an especially ‘out’ Busta Rhymes interlude, or a bootleg recording of Randy Newman twelve-stepping in reverse. For all the discussion of Tom Wait… More »

Whether you experience Christmas as a spiritual curative or a wretched crucible likely depends upon your capacity to enjoy the Yuletide season’s truly disassociate spirit of insanity. Most of us may consider ourselves largely inured at this point to the curiously redundant recurring color schemes, the unnaturally oppressive nighttime lighting and deeply strange rituals, the… More »

It’s a new year, and every Thursday, we’re going to be publishing a new list in this space. You guys like lists, right? Good! For our first one, we got to talking about Guided By Voices, who just released a pretty great album about 25 years after their first one. And that raised the question:… More »

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Watch Tom Waits Debut “Take One Last Look” In His Final Letterman Appearance

David Letterman has long been a champion of deeply strange American voices, as you know if you’ve ever seen footage of him interviewing Captain Beefheart. Tom Waits first appeared on Letterman’s NBC show in 1983, and he’s been on a number of times over the years. With a week left before his retirement, Letterman had… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 15, 2015 - 8:41 am

David Letterman’s Final Weeks Of Musical Guests Include Elvis Costello, Tom Waits, Dave Matthews Band

Considering he’s been a late night host for over three decades, surely David Letterman wants to go out with a bang. Though he announced the retirement news last year, Letterman only recently officially set the date for his last appearance for Wednesday, 5/20. More »

By: Caitlin White / April 13, 2015 - 12:39 pm

HSY – “Goin’ Out West” (Tom Waits Cover) (Stereogum Premiere)

Canadian hardcore band HSY smacked us with the A-Side to their 7″ “Sally” last month, teasing a Tom Waits cover as the B-Side. Today, the band reveal a reworking of Waits’ “Goin’ Out West” in conjunction with the single’s release. It’s hard to harness Waits’ gravelly tone, but lead singer Jude’s distorted, guttural howls are… More »

By: Collin Robinson / March 11, 2015 - 11:02 am

Download Eddie Vedder’s Intimate, Covers-Filled Charity Show At Microsoft Last Month

Eddie Vedder played an intimate benefit show for EB Research, the charity he’s been vocally supporting lately, last month at Microsoft’s Seattle headquarters. The Pearl Jam frontman played songs by John Lennon, Cat Stevens, Bob Dylan, Tom Waits, Neil Young, Indio and, uh, Amanda Palmer, as well as many Pearl Jam originals and solo track… More »

By: Chris DeVille / November 18, 2014 - 4:13 pm

Watch Tom Waits Play First Show In Five Years At Bridge School Benefit 2013

Tom Waits, the legendary lounge singer turned iconoclast bluesman Cookie Monster genius freak, made his first concert appearance in five years Sunday at Neil Young’s Bridge School Benefit in Mountain View, California. He performed a 10-song set backed by a large band including Les Claypool of Primus on bass and David Hidalgo of Los Lobo… More »

By: Chris DeVille / October 28, 2013 - 10:56 am

Stream The 2013 Bridge School Benefit Feat. Arcade Fire, CSNY, Tom Waits, & More

Every year, Neil Young hosts the Bridge School Benefit, a star-studded two-day acoustic fundraiser for the special-needs school he founded with his wife Pegi. Now in its 27th year, the 2013 fundraiser features sets by CSNY, Arcade Fire, Queens Of The Stone Age, Tom Waits, Elvis Costello, fun., Jenny Lewis, Heart, My Morning Jacket, and… More »

By: Liz Pelly / October 26, 2013 - 5:07 pm

Watch The Rolling Stones & Tom Waits Cover Howlin’ Wolf In Oakland

I’m not sure what, exactly, people are expecting when they shell out to see the Rolling Stones arena-tour extravaganza, but they probably aren’t counting on appearances from voice-ravaged weirdo hero Tom Waits, even if he has recorded a bunch of stuff with Keith Richards over the years. Last night, however, Waits joined the Stones onstage… More »

By: Tom Breihan / May 6, 2013 - 10:18 am

Tom Waits & Keith Richards – “Shenandoah”

In 2006, the producer Hal Willner put together the compilation Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys, on which big-name artists tried their hand at singing old pirate songs. Next month, we’ll get the double-disc sequel, entitled Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs & Chanteys. The list of contributors is long and… More »

By: Tom Breihan / January 8, 2013 - 10:20 am

Decemberists, Tom Waits To Appear On The Simpsons

According to a tweet from the Decemberists’ Colin Meloy — that tweet’s attached image is up top — his band will star in the upcoming season of The Simpsons. On a related note, Tom Waits will be appearing this season as well, and Simpsons writer recently Al Jean set the scene for Waits’s episode. More »

By: Corban Goble / August 28, 2012 - 4:46 pm

Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce” Video

For a little while now, Tom Waits has been sending out cryptic email missives hyping something that was coming today. Plenty were hoping for a tour announcement, but nope: It’s a new music video for the spittle-flecked, Keith Richards-assisted rant-stomp “Hell Broke Luce,” one of the more unhinged songs from last year’s Bad As MeMore »

By: Tom Breihan / August 7, 2012 - 10:56 am

Watch Tom Waits Play Fallon

Tom Waits is making the most of his week in NY, having played “Chicago” on Letterman Monday night and “Right Raised Men” on Fallon last night. Watch the Late Night performance below, along with entertaining Q&A with a gushing Jimmy that touches on the YMCA, Tom’s induction to the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame,… More »

By: Scott Lapatine / July 11, 2012 - 3:10 pm

Watch Tom Waits Play Letterman

Tom Waits stopped by The Late Show With David Letterman last night to perform and do an interview with Dave, a chat where Waits showcased his latest eBay purchase, a rat trap from the 1800s. Watch Waits perform Bad As Me opener “Chicago” and the interview below. More »

By: Corban Goble / July 10, 2012 - 9:55 am

The 5 Best Videos Of The Week

Not the most inspiring set of videos this week. Work harder, everyone! There were a few good ones, though, and we’ve got them listed below. More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 11, 2011 - 5:26 pm

Tom Waits – “Satisfied” Video

Jesse Dylan knows a few things about dealing with difficult, enigmatic musical-genius types. He is, after all, the son of Bob Dylan, and he directed Method Man and Redman in their cinematic opus How High. For his latest effort, he’s helmed the bare-bones video for Tom Waits’s junkyard-blues howler “Satisfied.” In the clip, Dylan film… More »

By: Tom Breihan / November 8, 2011 - 11:31 am

Tom Waits – “Tell Me”

The internet is awash in riches borne of Waits’s latest — we’ve been partying around the new LP Bad As Me, and now two of the album’s three bonus tracks are up for listens, too. Yesterday it was “After You Die“; today you can hear the heartwarming sunset shamble of “Tell Me.” Sequentially speaking, the… More »

By: Amrit Singh / October 27, 2011 - 11:09 am

Tom Waits – “After You Die”

Tom Waits Bad As Me is out now, and today a bonus track from the LP has hit the web. Hear “After You Die” via Table Top Lo. Bad As Me is out now on Anti-. More »

By: Corban Goble / October 26, 2011 - 9:42 am

Tom Waits Bad As Me Comment Party

Tom Waits has a new album coming soon, and we’ve already heard the title track and “Back In The Crowd.” Now, the entire album is streaming on If you’re not a part of Waits’s online mailing list, you’ll have to give up an email address to get a code to hear it. That code… More »

By: Tom Breihan / October 17, 2011 - 3:18 pm
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