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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 Waits… 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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Tom Waits – “Back In The Crowd”

Last month, Tom Waits let us hear the title track from his new album Bad As Me, and it was a vintage Waits junkyard-screamer of…
Tom Breihan | September 27, 2011 - 5:50 pm

Tom Waits – “Bad As Me”

Tom Waits has a new album coming out, you guys! The O.G. scraggly-voiced dustbowl surrealist will drop Bad As Me 10/25 on Anti. And today,…
Tom Breihan | August 23, 2011 - 9:28 am

Dan Deacon Does Comic-Con For Coppola’s Twixt

Comic-Con 2011 wraps up at San Diego's Convention Center today, and among the notable first timers was Baltimore's spastic electronic collagist Dan Deacon. The musician…
Scott Lapatine | July 24, 2011 - 8:49 pm

St. Vincent Covers Tom Waits

Yesterday we posted additional details about St. Vincent's Strange Mercy while Annie Clark was busy covering Tom Waits' "Big Black Mariah" at London's Barbicon Theatre…
brandon | July 14, 2011 - 1:53 pm

Tom Waits, Neil Diamond Make Rock Hall Class Of 2011

We speculated on which of the nominated artists would make the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame. The names are out now, and the biggest…
jessica | December 15, 2010 - 12:13 pm

Tom Waits & Preservation Hall Jazz Band – “Tootie Ma Is A Big Fine Thing”

We first mentioned Waits contribution to Preservation, the benefit album for the Preservation Hall in New Orleans, when we posted a link to an album…
jessica | November 16, 2010 - 2:44 pm

Rock Hall 2011 Nominees Announced, Sorry Duran Duran

The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame has announced its 2011 Nominees and Alice Cooper, Donovan, Dr. John, and Neil Diamond are first time nominees.
brandon | September 28, 2010 - 1:48 pm

Peter Gabriel – “In The Neighborhood” (Tom Waits Cover)

Lately the overarching narrative with respect to Peter Gabriel's been his dialogue with other artists, be it musically or literally. This cover has nothing to…
Amrit Singh | June 22, 2010 - 5:10 pm

Stream Preservation Hall Benefit LP Featuring Andrew Bird, Tom Waits, Yim Yames

Andrew Bird covering “Shake It And Break It” must have brought back Squirrel Nut Zippers memories. Listen to it an 18 more Dixieland covers here.
jessica | February 12, 2010 - 12:56 pm

Preview Tom Waits’ Glitter And Doom

For the price of an email address at you can hear the first eight songs from the 17-track collection documenting Waits’ 2008 tour. But…
brandon | October 13, 2009 - 9:04 am

See Tom Waits In The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus Trailer

Heath Ledger’s final film is also directed by Terry Gilliam and also stars Tom Waits as the devil and also has a trailer that gives…
Amrit Singh | August 11, 2009 - 9:25 am

Beck & Tom Waits Talk Irrelevant Topics

In addition to covers and DJ projects, Beck’s updated website houses “Irrelevant Topics,” a section featuring “conversations between musicians, artists, writers … without promotional pretext…
brandon | July 8, 2009 - 9:43 am

We Got The Tweet: The Imposters

Twitter users were outraged last week when the service shut down @CWalken, a popular but totally fake celebrity account. Indeed it's way too easy to…
Scott Lapatine | April 1, 2009 - 1:12 pm

Paul Westerberg Offers More Oddly Priced Downloadable Music

We told you Paul Westerberg’s 44-minute 49:00 was available at for 49 centswas because looks like you can’t buy it anymore. If you…
brandon | August 29, 2008 - 1:01 pm

Scarlett Johansson Does Tom Waits Live On AOL

Zooey's winning the battle of the singing actresses, but while Scarlett doesn't have strong a voice, she does look a little more comfortable fronting her…
brandon | May 16, 2008 - 11:49 am

Tom Waits Calls A Press Conference For His Glitter And Doom Tour

Lately we've seen and heard Scarlett singing Tom Waits more than Tom singing Tom Waits, so it was exciting to witness the man opening his…
brandon | May 5, 2008 - 11:12 am

New Scarlett Johansson Video – “Falling Down”

The first single from Tom Waits tribute Anywhere I Lay My Head is the the least bad. It’s got David Bowie. And now, a proper…
Scott Lapatine | April 29, 2008 - 11:02 am

New Scarlett Johansson (Feat. David Bowie) – “Falling Down”

Another week, another taste of Scarlett doing Waits. Nothing’s changing about our feelings on this record: it is barely average, with decent-to-good Sitek production, forgettable…
Amrit Singh | April 21, 2008 - 3:28 pm

Steve Earle Gets “Way Down In The Hole” On Leno

We applauded David Simon's decision to cast Steve Earle as Bubbles' grizzled-but-loving sponsor, Waylon, because Steve's own experiences with substance abuse lent his performance an…
Amrit Singh | March 26, 2008 - 12:56 pm

Scarlett Johansson And Dave Sitek Premiere Tom Waits Tribute Album In NYC

digg_url = ''; Only for the sexiest woman alive would we slosh around the East Village in this winter mess for a listening…
Stereogum | February 13, 2008 - 12:37 pm