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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 the highest order. Today, he released another track from the album as a single on iTunes, and in classic Waits fashion, this one sounds nothing like the last. “Back I… More »

By: 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, he released the title track, a characteristically unhinged caterwaul, as a single on iTunes.

Below, we’ve got a YouTube stream of the single, as well as the album’… More »

By: 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 sat on the Hall H panel for Twixt, the Francis Ford Coppola-directed, Val Kilmer-starring Gothic horror film he scored. Here’s the plot summary from IMDB:… More »

By: 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 as part of a Rain Dogs tribute. Interestingly, her “Big Black Mariah” is heavier than her take on Big Black’s “Kerosene.” Watch:… More »

By: 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 surprise? Bon Jovi didn’t make it. But Neil Diamond, Alice Cooper, Dr. John, and Tom Waits did. Leon Russell, who received a special excellence award, will probably also appear at… More »

By: 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 stream back in February. Now you can get Waits’ two contributions, “Tootie Ma Was A Big Fine Thing” and “Corrine Died On The Battlefield,” via limited-edition, hand numbered, 78rpm vinyl. More »

By: 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. As are Bon Jovi, who get to leave our perpetual bridesmaids list. The other 2011 nominees: Beastie Boys, Chic, J. Geils Band, LL Cool J, Darlene Love, Laura Nyro, Donna Summer,… More »

By: 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 do with Scratch My Back, the set of orchestral reinterpretations he released earlier this year. It’s for the Voice Project, a non-profit project that creates a “chain of songs,” each… More »

By: 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. Nice Tom Waits impression, Louis Armstrong. More »

By: 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 you’ll need to buy the album to get the second CD “Tom Tales” containing 40 minutes of stage patter (seriously). More »

By: 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 you absolutely no idea what it’s going to be about. But it looks like psychedelic crazy bananas and you should watch it. More »

By: 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 or editorial direction.” The first’s with Tom Waits. The “focus” is California. Eavesdrop. More »

By: 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 be duped by fake profiles. (So easy!) Not that folks care — Tina Fey disowned her Twitter yet still has over 220k followers — but you should know some of… More »

By: 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 don’t mind inflation, though, there’s the two-song 3oclockreep EP going for $3.99 (one’s a 22-minute collage that includes Tom Waits babbling!) and choose between 99¢ and $5:05 for “5:05.”… More »

By: 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 extensive, shape-shifting backing band. A little more comfortable, mind you. The highlights of the hoarse whisperer’s in-studio Session are a Bowie-free “Falling Down” and Anywhere I Lay My Head’s title… More »

By: 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 own mouth in this press conference for his summer Glitter And Doom tour. The reporters are pretty damn excited, too. During the Q&A, he weaves a path from Christ and… More »

By: 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 music video in which we live a day in the life of The Sexiest Woman Alive, 2006. “I stopped watching about ten minutes into the makeup chair sequence,” writes Gabe… More »

By: 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 vocals, and fabulous guest spots. We listened to it at Joe’s Pub over the winter and stand by our premature evaluation, right down “Falling Down” being the least bad song… More »

By: 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 inimitable air of authenticity. And maybe also a little bit because having a great musician on the show further enabled our deep stretches to post about The Wire as frequently… More »

By: Amrit Singh / March 26, 2008 - 12:56 pm

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

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Only for the sexiest woman alive would we slosh around the East Village in this winter mess for a listening party. Last night at Joe’s Pub, Stereogum got a preview of Scarlett Johansson’s forthcoming Tom Waits covers album, a project we’ve been tracking for well over a year. Anywhere IMore »

By: Stereogum / February 13, 2008 - 12:37 pm