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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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Steve Earle Covers Tom Waits For The Wire

Kanye's Connect Four thrashing was our excuse to bring up The Wire yesterday. Today's excuse: Tom Waits and Steve Earle. Show obsessives (there are…
Stereogum | January 4, 2008 - 12:06 pm
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The Daily Show Upgrades Its Web Presence

After 10+ years of The Daily Show and piggybacking on-line as part of the Comedy Central site, Jon Stewart and friends finally have their ow…
Stereogum | October 19, 2007 - 6:30 pm
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New Tom Waits’s Nanny – “Intelligentactile 101″

Couple of things worth noting about Jesca Hoop: Stewart Copeland bangs his drums on one track, she'll be opening for the Polyphonic Spree during the…
Stereogum | June 21, 2007 - 1:02 pm
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Queens Of The Stone Age Cover Tom Waits

Josh and the gang are making a deluxe package out of their release of “Sick, Sick, Sick,” the first single from the single-loaded Era Vulgaris
Stereogum | June 6, 2007 - 11:57 am
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ScarJo Talks Tom Waits

Following up on our Tom Waits Talks ScarJo post (we’re so comprehensive!), Vogue sits with the “criminally sexy” (per Woody Allen, sounding pervy without eve…
Stereogum | March 28, 2007 - 8:59 am
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Tom Waits Finally Settles

Way back in September ’05, we mentioned the lawsuit Tom Waits initiated over an ad campaign run by a German division of GM, mimicking hi…
Stereogum | January 25, 2007 - 5:39 pm
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Tom Waits Jokes With Jon Stewart, Dave Letterman

Another reason to love Jon Stewart: He's (almost) visibly nervous to chat with Tom Waits! The iconic troubadour did the NYC talk show circuit thi…
Stereogum | November 29, 2006 - 1:44 pm
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Tom Waits Talks ScarJo

As part of the press push for Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards, a three-disc collection of new and rare Waits, the gravel-throated troubadour took a…
Stereogum | November 27, 2006 - 11:16 am
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Cold War Kids In Covers

Roll over, Johansson. Between Hollywood starlets and blog buzz bands, Tom Waits is getting serious cover love these days. This time, it’s CWK paying respect,…
Stereogum | October 26, 2006 - 4:00 pm
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Scarlett Johansson Covers Tom Waits

More starlets releasing albums! Yay! Fox News reports that, this time, it’s Esquire’s sexiest woman alive, who’s releasing an album of Tom Waits covers o…
Stereogum | October 16, 2006 - 12:14 pm
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New Tom Waits – “You Can Never Hold Back Spring”

Another great new tune from the 3 CD Orpans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards. Enjoy. Tom Waits – “You Can Never Hold Back Spring” (MP3) PREVIOUSLY:…
Scott Lapatine | October 3, 2006 - 5:55 pm
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New Tom Waits – “Bottom Of The World”

From the three CD Orpans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards (11/21 on Anti). Waits says: ?Orphans are rough and tender tunes. Rhumbas about mermaids, shuffles about…
Scott Lapatine | September 19, 2006 - 2:41 pm
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Tom Waits High School Yearbook On Ebay

You see this a lot for teen stars, but 1966 celebrity yearbooks are a rarity on the auction site. I love how the description says,…
Scott Lapatine | February 14, 2006 - 11:34 am
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Tom Waits To Sue

Before Britney Spears was born, there was this really great singer-songwriter named Tom Waits. Known for his delivering his saloon songs in an easily identified…
jed | September 15, 2005 - 12:21 pm
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Coffee & Cigarettes

Saw the new Jim Jarmusch movie last night. Parts were slow, but some of the vignettes were so memorable I ultimately recommend you see it.
Stereogum | May 20, 2004 - 9:01 am
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