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Tom Waits – The growl and the gravel

Tom Waits – The growl and the gravel

by Philip King

irishtimes.com


BIOGRAPHY : Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits By Barney Hoskyns Faber, 640pp. £20

TOM WAITS is one of the greatest artists America has ever produced and this is his story, a story Barney Hoskyns is well qualified to attempt to tell.

A native Angeleno, Waits was born on December 7th, 1949, to Mrs and Mr J Frank Waits, and weighed in at 7lbs 10ozs. “All they ever wanted was a showbiz kid,” he would say years later, and in Tom they got what they were looking for. Waits later claimed he’d been “conceived one night in April 1949 at the Crossroads Motel in La Verne amidst the broken Four Roses bottle and smouldering Lucky Strikes . . .”

His dad, Frank, was a wild one, a boozer who left home early for the high stool. This left its mark on Waits, who throughout his life was prone to looking for surrogate father figures; these included manager Herb Cohen, producer “Bones” Howe, movie director Francis Ford Coppola, and theatre director Robert Wilson. Tom also became an alcoholic. The disease consumed his life until 1992 when he became sober. “Sometimes you have to quit being a vagabond and being drunk every day. One day you just wake up and realise there’s an empty space in your soul. It’s not cool, just weird. My wife said ‘I want you to stick around godamnit’.”

Years later, he admitted he was in AA. “I am in the Programme. I am calm and sober. Hooray. But you know it was a struggle.”

Hoskyns takes us on a ride around the world of Waits. He succeeds in penetrating it further than Patrick Humphries did in his book, The Many Lives of Tom Waits , published in 2007. Hoskyns has form; he graduated from the NME school of rock journalism and has several weighty titles to his name ( Across the Great Divide: The Band and America; Hotel California: Singer-Songwriters and Cocaine Cowboys In The LA Canyons 1967-1976; Waiting For The Sun: Strange Days, Weird Scenes and The Sound Of Los Angeles to name a few). His research is exhaustive if not exhausting and so it is with Lowside of the Road.

Tom Waits was signed by David Geffen out of LA’s Troubadour club as another singer-songwriter, in the golden age of singer-songwriters such as Joni Mitchell, Neil Young, James Taylor and many more, onto the Asylum label. This was 1973. But no way was Tom just another singer -songwriter.

Admonished by father Frank that if he ever adopted a ducktail hairdo he would “shoot him”, rock’n’roll simply passed Tom by. Country music, Mexican music, old bluesmen, Harry Smith, Sinatra, James Brown, Ray Charles, Dylan and Captain Beefheart all sang to the gangly young man, who was all ears and reading everything he could lay his hands on. More thrilling to Tom than anything else was disc jockey “Wolfman” Jack Smyth, who was broadcasting soul and r’n’b from XERF, across the Mexican border south of Del Rio, Texas. “The first station I got on my little two-dollar headphones was Wolfman and I thought I had discovered something that no one else had. I thought it was coming in from Kansas City or Omaha, that nobody was getting this station and nobody knows who this guy was and nobody knew what these records were.”

Setting out to make a life for himself in the business called show, Waits was focused and energetic. From the folk clubs of San Diego to the open mic night at LA’s Troubadour, Waits kept his eyes on the prize. Always going against the hippy grain – no buckskin flares, no Laurel Canyon smoke – his was the consciousness of the Beats: Kerouac, Corso, and later Bukowski. With a copy of On the Road and a hip flask in his pockets, he burrowed his way under the skin of America and met those who walked on the lowside of the road. These he referred to as “the gravel we walk on everyday”.

Signed to Asylum in 1973, he turned in an album a year until 1980. Each and every one of these is parsed and analysed by Hoskyns in considerable detail. Some of the finest songs of the decade are there: Ruby’s Arms, ( Looking For) the Heart of Saturday Night, Kentucky Avenue, Jitterbug Boy , and the peerless Tom Traubert’s Blues . Throughout the 1970s, as he honed his craft, he became a daytime sleeper at the Tropicana Hotel, fell in love with Ricki Lee Jones, dated Bette Midler, kept cement in his fridge, and grew to hate the road. “Sometimes when I think about touring I would rather be attacked by a school of hagfish . . . hagfish eat another fish from the inside out. That’s sometimes what touring does to you.”

By now he was tiring of his old milieu of “mortuary piano” and “cocktail hairdos” and the decision to work with Francis Ford Coppola on One From The Heart was, he said later, “ a step backwards”. It was no doubt the most important step of his life.

On the set of the movie he met Kathleen Brennan, fell in love with her, got married and began a new phase of his life. In music, his journey from chromatic to serial now began in earnest. Ever the sonic expeditionary, now he had a mate and a collaborator who gave him the confidence to go to work. The Brennan/Waits relationship became something of a talking point, much discussed, resented in some quarters. To quote Hoskyns, “she rebranded him”. Tom describes the dynamic thus: “I hold the nail and she swings the hammer. In a good way. I’m alive because of her. I was a mess. I was addicted. I wouldn’t have made it. I really was saved at the last minute. Like a deus ex machina ”.

It was now that Chris Blackwell and Island Records appeared on the scene. The Waits/Brennan output for Island is an enormously creative, imaginative and challenging body of work. For Waits, songs carry emotional information and can transport us back to a poignant time, place or event in our lives. So it is with this music, from Swordfishtrombones , which Hoskyns says was a “shot in the arm for all true music believers” to Raindogs, Frank’s Wild Years , and Black Rider . The drums were no longer played with brushes but hammered with tyre irons and lumps of four-by-two. Marc Ribot played guitar prepared with crocodile clips while Tom dragged screeching chairs across the concrete shed floor and growled through a bullhorn. Historian Simon Schama has described Tom’s take on American life as Shakepearean in its scope: “he pushes his furious refusal of songster indignation to the edge of self parody”.

Waits’s movie career is well documented here, as is his relationship with Robert Wilson. Hoskyns sees Wilson as beguiling, guru-like and seductive – and a significant influence on the second act in Tom’s career.

According to Hoskyns people may worry that “his (Waits’s) recent adoption as National Public Radio’s National Treasure threatens to swaddle him in cultural approval”. But Tom raves on, through Mule Variations, Alice,Orphans etc, creating and playing music with a heaving heart and a knowing soul.

Hoskyns became captivated by the Waits allure while dropping the needle on his discs in a druggy Paddington crash pad he shared with Nick Cave. He follows his hero all the way, always a mile or so behind. Waits, the shape changer, like mercury will never be snared.

The Lowside of the Road is a fine biography, though unauthorised. Perhaps because of this it is shot through with mild resentment. Hoskyns vents his frustration with what he sees as the Waits/Brennan spin, achieved through control of their immediate circle of friends and collaborators, none of whom, according to Hoskyns, will risk displeasing the pair. E-mailed requests for interviews garner only negative replies. Hoskyns is irked. He cannot resist sourly commenting “certainly Kathleen Brennan got her wish, which was to change her hubby from Jazzbo self-caricature to sui generis art house eccentric ”.

Hoskyns is no Kitty Kelly or Albert Goldman though. He is too much of a fan for that and has no appetite for dirt digging. He is perhaps one of those “zealots of explanation” as Denis Donoghue would have it. They give us the “arts without mystery”. As for Waits: “I don’t know if honesty is an issue in show business – people don’t care whether you’re telling the truth or not; they just don’t want to be told something they don’t already know”.

Philip King is a film maker, musician and director of South Wind Blows Productions

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Backstage with Bob Dylan and friends!

Maybe I got a BUNCH of songs. Maybe I’m better than you!

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TTRH3.13 Bob Dylan TTRH Season 3 Ep 13 ‘Something’


Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour

Season 3

Episode 13

Something

Original Airdate January 21, 2009

(Streaming Country Pie Vers.)

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Theme Time Radio Hour, your home for
Non-blank Dreams, Thingy Themes and Something Schemes

“Wise men speak because they have something to say. Fools speak because they have to say something

– Plato

Everybody believes in something and everybody, by virtue of the fact that they believe in something, uses that something to support their own existence.

– Frank Zappa




Something attempted, something done, Has earned a nights repose.

-Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

Sometimes something’s got to happen before something is going to happen.

– Johan Cruyff

Religion is something left over from the infancy of our intelligence, it will fade away as we adopt reason and science as our guidelines.

-Bertrand Russell



Turn your radio up because I’ve got something I want to talk about.



I speak because there’s got to be something between the records.


She was robbed …. Four months later Herman and the Hermits covered it and took it to the top of the charts. Four months later? It’s like they didn’t even give her a chance!




Something in the way she moves
Attracts me like no other lover
Something in the way she woos me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

Somewhere in her smile she knows
That I don’t need no other lover
Something in her style that shows me
Don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how

You’re asking me will my love grow
I don’t know, I don’t know
You stick around now it may show
I don’t know, I don’t know

Something in the way she knows
And all I have to do is think of her
Something in the things she shows me
I don’t want to leave her now
You know I believe and how


– George Harrison



Nobody sings like that anymore. He just makes it sound effortless, no matter how difficult it really is. I like the elegance of a guy like Clyde Mc Phatter. It’s like watching Fred Astaire.



Hey, here’s something interesting !!!



You know when I heard Herman’s Hermits singing, I thought it was just about having a piece of cake or riding on a ferris wheel. But when I hear Earl Jean singing, I know exactly what she’s talking about.




He’s the only President you could fit in your pocket.


Uh-Look-ah there
There she comes
Here comes that girl again
Wanted to date her since I don’t know when But she don’t notice me
when I pass
She goes with older guys from out of my class
But that can’t stop me from-ah thinkin’ to myself She’s sure fine
lookin’ man
She’s somethin’ else
Hey look-ah there
Across the street
There’s a car made just for me
To own that car would be a luxury
But right now I can’t afford the gas
A brand new convertible is out of my class
But that can’t stop me from-ah thinkin’ to myself
That car’s fine lookin’ man
It’s somethin’ else
Hey look-ah here
Just wait and see
Workin’ hard and savin’ my dough
I’ll by that car that I’ve be wanting so Get me that girl and we’ll go
ridin’ around
The town will be all shocked with my white top down
I’ll keep right on and dreamin’ and-ah thinkin’ to myself When it all
comes true, man
Wow! That’s somethin’ else
Look-ah here
What’s all this?
Never thought I’d do this before
But here I am ah-knockin’ on her door My car’s out front and it’s all
mine Just a ’41 Ford not a ’59
I got that girl and I’m-ah thinkin’ to myself
‘She’s sure fine lookin’ man
Wow! She’s somethin else ‘

– Eddie Cochran


Here’s his attempt the hit the stratosphere.


Woke up this mornin’ feelin’ fine.
There’s somethin’ special on my mind.
Last night I met a new girl,
In the neighborhood, whoa yeah.
(Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’ good.
(Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’…)

She’s the kind of girl who’s not too shy.
And I can tell I’m her kind of guy.
She danced close to me like I hoped she would.
(She danced with me like I hoped she would.)
(Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’ good.
(Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’…)

(Ahhh,) We only danced for a minute or two,
But then she stuck close to me,
The whole night through.
(Ahhh,) Can I be fallin’ in love?
She’s everythin’ I’ve been dreamin’ of.
(She’s everythin’ I’ve been dreamin’ of.)

I walked her home and she held my hand.
I knew it couldn’t be just a one-night stand.
So, I asked to see her next week,
And she told me I could
(I asked to see her and she told me I could.)
(Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’ good.
(somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’…)
(somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’…)

(Ahhhh.)

I walked her home and she held my hand.
I knew it couldn’t be just a one-night stand.
So, I asked to see her next week,
And she told me I could.
(I asked to see her and she told me I could.)
(Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’ good.
(somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’…)
(Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.)
Somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’ good.
(somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’…)
(Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.)
To somethin’ good, oh yeah, somethin’ good.
(somethin’ tells me I’m into somethin’…)
(Ooo-ooo-ooo-ooo.)
To somethin’ good,
Somethin’ good.
Somethin’ good.

– Gerry Goffin & Carole King




I wonder who was across the street from that church.



Something you remember people saying are their last words. If you’re going to be quoted, you hope it’s something good!

This week’s show is really really something!

Yap, Dylan’s magnificent and seminal Theme Time Radio Hour series continues into Season 3 with this great show on the theme of Something!

As usual, lots of great info and facts, corny jokes and witticisms.

More great Tom Waits madness. A clutch of nasty yet hilarious Jewish insults!

Loads more amazing music too with some stone-cold classics. Starting with Bob’s pal, the late great George Harrison and one of his many fine moments , the sublime “Something” from Abbey Road.

Lots of nice words from Bob too about one of his heroes, the great rock pioneer Eddie Cochran, dead at only 21.

Nice words too about Leonard Bernstein and great praise for the class and elegance of Clyde Mc Phatter’s amazing vocalisations.

It’s wonderful to hear the ‘original” version of “I’m Into Something Good” by Earl Jean McCrea. Infinitely better than the vile version from the awful Herman’s Hermits! And Bob is vehement in that same opinion too!

Of course also there are a few more obscure tracks such as She’s Got Something by Jimmy Ballad, who we’d never heard of before.

Also the fine “This Could Be The Start Of Something Big ” by polymath Steve Allen. We didn’t know the extent to which he was a musician too!

It was great too to hear “He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin'” by The Velvelettes and weird to hear Dylan make mention of Bananarama – who actually did a rather good cover of this with the Fun Boy Three back in the eighties!

All in all, a wonderful show!! Surely something, indeed!

Next week’s show seems to be about pussies or something! We only know somewhat cryptically that TTRH will be “letting the cat out of the bag”!



We’ve got to go for another week. But I hate to leave anything undone.

Tracklisting

Intro
Something – The Beatles
I’m Into Something Good – Earl Jean McCrea
Something’s Coming – Vic Damone
Do Something For Me – Billy Ward and His Dominoes (Clyde McPhatter: lead vocal)
She’s Got Something – Jimmy Ballad
This Could Be The Start Of Something Big (Background) – Steve Allen
He Was Really Sayin’ Somethin’ – The Velvelettes
Somethin’ Else – Eddie Cochran
Something’s Goin’ On In My Room – Daddy Cleanhead
When Something Is Wrong With My Baby – Charlie Rich
Something Cool – June Christy with Pete Rugolo
There’s Something On Your Mind Part 2 – Bobby Marchan
Something Different – The Carlisles/Jumpin’ Bill Carlisle
Something In The Air – Thunderclap Newman
Outro

Join us again next week when we let the cat out of the bag!

Here she be Dylanite dogs !


The full show on one mp3;

http://www.sendspace.com/file/01xdr3

Various individual show components recorded as individual mp3s;


http://rapidshare.com/files/187608919/3 … 1-2009.zip




Big thanks to blindwilly / charlespoet!




January 26, 2009 Posted by | George Harrison, Tom Waits, TTRH Season 3, _ART, _BOB DYLAN, _Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour, _MUSIC, _POETRY | Leave a comment

TTRH3.12 Bob Dylan TTRH Season 3 Ep 12 ‘Nothing’


Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour

Season 3

Episode 12

Nothing

Original Airdate January 14, 2009

(Streaming Country Pie Vers.)

Mp3 @ 256 kbps/ 136 MB/ RS + ES

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Theme Time Radio Hour, your home for Zero Dreams, Blank Themes and Null
Schemes

“Nothing can come of nothing: speak again.”

King Lear (I, i, 92)


– William Shakespeare



“Life is a tale told by an idiot — full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.”

– William Shakespeare

“Nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.”

– Oscar Wilde (1854-1900)





I couldn’t be more excited because today I’m going to talk about nothing.



As most of you know, I’ve studied nothing my entire life and I like to think I’m a bit of an expert.



There you go. you’ve got Freudian Therapy, Jungian Therapy, Reichian Therapy. And now “Them-Timian Therapy”. You know which one my money is on.


Hey mama, when you leave
Don’t leave a thing behind
I don’t want nothin’
I can’t use nothin’

Take care into the hall
And if you see my friends
Tell them I’m fine
Not using nothin’

Almost burned out my eyes
Threw my ears down to the floor
I didn’t see nothin’
I didn’t hear nothin’

I stood there like a block of stone
Knowin’ all I had to know
And nothin’ more
Man, that’s nothin’

As brothers our troubles are
Locked in each others arms
And you better pray
They never find you

Your back ain’t strong enough
For burdens doublefold
They’d crush you down
Down into nothin’

Being born is going blind
And buying down a thousand times
To echoes strung
On pure temptation

Sorrow and solitude
These are the precious things
And the only words
That are worth rememberin’


– Townes Van Zandt



Dr Dre was a member of NWA – not to be confused with the NRA, or the WBA.



That sounded like Me playing harmonica !!!




…. a dog commonly known as Snoop.



If you are going to say nothing, you ought to keep it sweet


I got plenty of nothing
And nothing’s plenty for me
I got no car – got no mule
I got no misery

Folks with plenty of plenty
They’ve got a lock on the door
Afraid somebody’s gonna rob ’em
While there out (a) making more – what for

I got no lock on the door – that’s no way to be
They can steal the rug from the
floor – that’s OK with me
‘Cause the things that I prize
– like the stars in the skies
– are all free

I got plenty of nothing
And nothing’s plenty for me
I got my gal – got my song
(I) Got heaven the whole day long

Heyward/Gershwin/Gershwin


We’ve learned nothing and we’ve accomplished nothing. And I certainly hope you enjoyed it.




No love, no nothin’
Until my baby comes home.
No fun with no one,
As long as baby must roam.

I promised him I’d wait for him
Till even Hades froze.
I’m lonesome, heaven knows,
But what I said still goes.

No love, no nothin’
And that’s a promise I’ll keep.
No sir, no nothin’
I’m getting plenty of sleep.

My heart’s on strike,
And tho’ its like
An empty honeycomb,
No love, no sir, no nothin’
Till my baby comes home.




Well Bill, say you do get divorced, you can start writing Country Songs …..



I call it the Theme Time Radio Hour silent treatment ….

Dylan’s magnificent and seminal Theme Time Radio Hour series continues into Season 3 with this great show on the theme of Nothing!

A theme based on the combined IQ of GW Bush, Paris Hilton and Sarah Palin? Kinda …. but not really!

Surprisingly, for such a nothing theme, there’s some amazing music and the show is especially entertaining!

We note that in the great intro is the line “a wealthy man terrorises a waitress“! Could this be a reference to the scumbag William Zantzinger of “The Lonesome Death of Hattie Carroll” infamy (who we wrote about yesterday) who kicked the bucket a week or so back?! Gotta be!

As usual, lots of great info and facts, corny jokes and witticisms.

Some great marriage advice too! A new breakthrough treatment called “Them-Timian Therapy”! I’ll remember those nuggets next time my marriage is on the rocks. Probably in a day or two!

A few guests, including some bimbo rabbiting on about tanning!

Loads more amazing music too with some stone-cold classics. Most of the Rat Pack are here today too – well the best two, Sammy and Frank anyway!

And one of our all time favourite songs, the majestic, harrowing and sublime Townes Van Zandt classic “Nothing” which Elvis Costello speaks very nicely about in the intro!

Of course also there are a few more obscure tracks such as the great Nothing by The Fugs and the magnificent It’s Nothing To Me by Harry Johnson, who we’d never heard of before.

We also loved the track Nothing But The Wheel – a new one to us – by Peter Wolf with some backing singer called Mick Jagger!

Is that really Dr. Dre and Snoop? Yap, some Nuttin’ But A “G” Thang! Yap!!! And did Bob really say “shizzle my nizzle“?

All in all, a truly wonderful show!! One of the best of Season 3, no doubt!

Next week’s show should really be something though!

Yap, the next theme is Something!



We’ll be back again next week and with any luck, we’ll talk about something.

Tracklisting

Intro
Nuttin’ But A “G” Thang – Dr. Dre Featuring Snoop Dogg (background)
Nothing – The Fugs
Don’t Say Nothin’ (Bad About My Baby) – The Cookies
There Is Nothin’ Like A Dame – Sammy Davis Jr.
Sweet Nothin’s – Brenda Lee (Little Miss Dynamite)
I Got Plenty O’ Nuttin’ – Frank Sinatra (Mr. Frank)
It’s Nothing To Me – Harry Johnson
Nothing But The Wheel – Peter Wolf (w/ Mick Jagger)
No Love, No Nothin’ – Marlene Dietrich
Nothing Takes The Place Of You – Toussaint McCall
I Ain’t Got Nothing But The Blues – Mose Allison
That Ain’t Nothin’ But Right – Mac Curtis
You Ain’t Nothin’ But Fine – Rockin’ Sidney
Nothing – Townes Van Zandt
Outro

Next Week Something

Here she be Dylanite dogs !


The full show on one mp3;

http://www.sendspace.com/file/n6gvfd

Various individual show components recorded as individual mp3s;

http://rapidshare.com/files/183353800/3 … 1-2009.zip



Big thanks to blindwilly / charlespoet!




January 16, 2009 Posted by | Tom Waits, Townes Van Zandt, TTRH Season 3, William Zantzinger, _ART, _BOB DYLAN, _Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour, _MUSIC, _POETRY | Leave a comment

TTRH3.11 Bob Dylan TTRH Season 3 Ep 11 ‘Work’


Bob Dylan’s Theme Time Radio Hour

Season 3

Episode 11

Work

Original Airdate January 7, 2009

(Streaming Country Pie Vers.)

Mp3 @ 256 kbps/ 136 MB/ RS + ES

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Theme Time Radio Hour, your home for Labour Dreams, Toiling Themes and Workman
Schemes

What a piece of work is a man, how noble in reason, how infinite in faculties, in form and moving how express and admirable, in action how like an angel, in apprehension how like a god.

– William Shakespeare



No man is born into the world whose work

Is not born with him; there is always work

And tools to work withal, for those who will….

-James Russell Lowell


It is necessary to work, if not from inclination, at least from despair. Everything considered, work is less boring than amusing oneself.

-Charles Baudelaire





What about your hypocratic oath, Doc?



The song title’s long, but the artist’s name is short.


Big boss man
Can you hear me when I call
Big boss man
Can you hear me when I call
Oh, you ain‘t so big
You‘re just tall, that‘s all

You got me working, boss man
Working ’round the clock
I want me a drink of water
You won’t let me stop
You big boss man
Can you hear me when I call?
Oh, you ain’t so big
You just tall, that’s all

Gonna get myself a boss man
One gonna treat me right
Work me hard in the day time
But I’ll sure rest easy at night
Big boss man
Can you hear me when I call?
Oh, you ain‘t so big
You just tall, that‘s all

by Al Dixon & A. Smith


I wonder which is worse, Street Prostitute or Poultry Processor? Well, anyway, both of them probably hate Mondays. So here’s their National Anthem.



Famous people don’t start out famous.



Some jobs are timeless and will never disappear. Such as gigolos ……


They call it stormy Moday, but Tuesday’s just as bad
They call it stormy Moday, but Tuesday’s just as bad
Wednesday’s worse, and Thursday’s also sad

Yes the eagle flies on Friday, and Saturday I go out to play
Eagle flies on Friday, and Saturday I go out to play
Sunday I go to church, then I kneel down and pray

Lord have mercy, Lord have mercy on me
Lord have mercy, my heart’s in misery
Crazy about my baby, yes, send her back to me

– T-Bone Walker


If I had to work for any Boss, I’d want it to be Bruce Springsteen




I don’t mind working, ’cause I used to be jerking off most of my time in bars,
I’ve been a cabbie and a stock clerk and a soda-fountain jock-jerk
And a manic mechanic on cars.
It’s nice work if you can get it, now who the hell said it?
I got money to spend on my gal,
But the work never stops, and I’ll be busting my chops
Working for Joe and Sal.

And I can’t wait to get off work and see my baby,
She said she’d leave the porch light on for me.
I’m disheveled and I’m disdainful and I’m distracted and it’s painful,
But this job sweeping up here is gainfully employing me tonight.

Well “Tom, do this” and “Tom, do that”, and “Tom, don’t do that”,
Count the cash, clean the oven, dump the trash,
Oh your loving is a rare and a copacetic gift,
And I’m a moonlight watch manic, it’s hard to be romantic
Sweeping up over by the cigarette machine,
Sweeping up over by the cigarette machine…

I can’t wait to get off work and see my baby
She’ll be waiting up with a magazine for me.
Clean the bathrooms and clean ’em good, oh your loving I wish you would
Come down here and sweep a-me off my feet, this broom’ll have to be my baby,
If I hurry, I just might get off before the dawn’s early light.


– Tom Waits




Well, Merle, I’m know they’d like it on whatever planet you’re thinking about sending it to.


I hear America singing, the varied carols I hear;
Those of mechanics—each one singing his, as it should be, blithe and strong;
The carpenter singing his, as he measures his plank or beam,
The mason singing his, as he makes ready for work, or leaves off work;
The boatman singing what belongs to him in his boat—the deckhand singing on the steamboat deck;
The shoemaker singing as he sits on his bench—the hatter singing as he stands;
The wood-cutter’s song—the ploughboy’s, on his way in the morning, or at the noon intermission, or at sundown;
The delicious singing of the mother—or of the young wife at work—or of the girl sewing or washing—Each singing what belongs to her, and to none else;
The day what belongs to the day—At night, the party of young fellows, robust, friendly,
Singing, with open mouths, their strong melodious songs.

– Walt Whitman





People don’t want to hear about what your dog did last week …



Dylan’s magnificent and seminal Theme Time Radio Hour series continues into Season 3 with this great show on the theme of Work!

Just reminds me, I forgot to go to work again today! Oh Fuck!

Another excellent show. Lot’s of great info and facts, corny jokes and witticisms.

And job interview advice too! I’m gonna really need that after I get sacked tomorrow!

The great Tom Waits is on board again with a fine track.

Loads more amazing music too with some stone-cold classics.

Of course also there are a few wonderfully obscure tracks – none moreso than the very strange The Coat And The Pants Do All The Work by Harry Reser!

A wonderful show!!

Can’t wait for the next one. We don’t know what the next theme is though as the show cuts out just as “Pierre” announces it!



See you round the water cooler
!

Tracklisting

Intro

First, You’ve Got To Recognize God – Burnadettes

Stormy Monday – T-Bone Walker

Workingman’s Blues – Merle Haggard

Big Boss Man – Jimmy Reed

Nice Work If You Can Get It – Sarah Vaughan

Payday – Jesse Winchester

Gotta Find A Job – Lee Dorsey

The Coat And The Pants Do All The Work – Harry Reser

I Can’t Work No Longer – Billy Butler & The Enchanters

I’ll Do Anything But Work – Ray Charles

Payday Blues – Dan Hicks And His Hot Licks

Wants Ads – Honey Cone

Whistle While You Work – Adriana Caselotti

Call My Job – Detroit Junior

I Can’t Wait To Get Off Work (and See My Baby On Montgomery Avenue) – Tom Waits

You Got To Have A Job – Marva Whitney

Outro

Here she be Dylanite dogs !


The full show on one mp3;

http://www.sendspace.com/file/h3g23c

Various individual show components recorded as individual mp3s;


http://rapidshare.com/files/180869020/3.11_TTR_Work_7-1-2009.zip



Big thanks to blindwilly / charlespoet!




January 13, 2009 Posted by | Tom Waits, TTRH Season 3, _ART, _BOB DYLAN, _Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour, _MUSIC, _POETRY | Leave a comment

Tom Waits – Flower’s Grave

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Video tribute to Charles Bukowski – the greatest writer of recent times – via Tom Waits‘ magnificent Flower’s Grave from his fine 2002 soundtrack to the Robert Wilson adaptation “Alice”.


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Out Of The Arm Of One Love… by Charles Bukowski

out of the arm of one love
and into the arms of another
I have been saved from dying on the cross
by a lady who smokes pot
writes songs and stories
and is much kinder than the last,
much much kinder,
and the sex is just as good or better.
it isn’t pleasant to be put on the cross and left there,
it is much more pleasant to forget a love which didn’t
work
as all love
finally
doesn’t work …
it is much more pleasant to make love
along the shore in Del Mar
in room 42, and afterwards
sitting up in bed
drinking good wine, talking and touching
smoking
listening to the waves …

I have died too many times
believing and waiting, waiting
in a room
staring at a cracked ceiling
wating for the phone, a letter, a knock, a sound …
going wild inside
while she danced with strangers in nightclubs …
out of the arms of one love
and into the arms of another
it’s not pleasant to die on the cross,
it is much more pleasant to hear your name whispered in
the dark.





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Someday the silver moon and I will go to dreamland
I will close my eyes and wake up there in dreamland
And Tell me who will put flowers on a flower’s grave?
Who will say a prayer?

Will I meet a China rose there in dreamland?
Or does love lie bleeding in dreamland?
Are these days forever and always?

And if we are to die tonight
Is there a moonlight up ahead?
And if we are to die tonight
Another rose will bloom

For a faded rose
Will I be the one that you save?
I love when it showers
But no one puts flowers
On a flower’s grave

As one rose blooms and another will die
It’s always been that way
I remember the showers
But no one puts flowers
On a flower’s grave

And if we are to die tonight
Is there a moonlight up ahead?
I remember the showers
But no one puts flowers
On a flower’s grave

by Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan

Tom Waits – “Flower’s Grave”

* Tom Waits – Vocal, Piano, Pump Organ
* Larry Taylor – Bass
* Matt Brubeck – Cello
* Dawn Harms – Violin
* Bebe Risenfors – Alto Viola, Clarinet

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December 4, 2008 Posted by | Charles Bukowski, Tom Waits, _ART, _MUSIC, _PHOTOGRAPHY, _POETRY, _VIDEO | Leave a comment

Glitter And Doom: Tom Waits In Concert at Atlanta’s Fox Theater – Two Hour Plus ’08 Live Show

Glitter And Doom: Tom Waits In Concert
Fox Theater,Atlanta
July 5th, 2008

Mp3 / Listen Online

A wonderful recent Waits performance from Atlanta’s Fox Theater.

A typically kinetic Two Hour Plus Show!

We get a shitload of wonderful songs from the extensive Waits back-catalogue along with newer material and a few excellent covers! What the fuck else could you want?

Courtesy of NPR, a well produced and downright exciting Tom Waits live show from The Fox Theatre, July 5th, 2008. These performances bristle with energy and the setlist features satisfying amounts of Waits’ bastardized electric blues, even as the sprawling two hour plus show leaves plenty of room for offbeat sidetracks. Waits’ voice is amazing, like some cabaret theatre carney screaming out from the depths of hell. Give a listen to the opener, “Lucinda,” a clear reinvention of Screamin’ Jay Hawkin’s “I Put A Spell On You,” whose otherworldly production and style is masterly re-created by Waits’ crack band (Seth Ford Young, bass – Patrick Warren, keys – Omar Torrez, guitars – Vincent Henry, woodwinds – Casey Waits, drums).

They reverently revisit the style on “Black Market Baby,” and there’s some fun Twilight Zone theme variations underlying “9th and Hennepin.” Now available as separate tracks via two downloads, 1 & 2.

– nevergetoutoftheboat

From bigozine2.com

Tom Waits doesn’t tour a lot nor does he tour widely. And if the cities he hit on the 2008 “Glitter and Doom” tour can be strung into a mnemonic such as “PEHDTSCKJMBA,” he can’t be touring far and wide. “PEHDTSCKJMBA” (pronounced “pess-kuh-JUM-buh”) is an acronym for each of the tour’s stops: Phoenix, El Paso, Houston, Dallas, Tulsa, St. Louis, Columbus, Knoxville, Jacksonville, Mobile, Birmingham and Atlanta.

Fortunately, the Atlanta show, at the Fox Theatre, was broadcast on National Public Radio. A special word of thanks to RBayers who tracked the show (NPR offered the 141-minute show as a continuous stream) and shared it on the internet.

According to the NPR write-up: “For his Atlanta stop, Waits delivered a stunning and epic two-and-a-half-hour performance, including songs he says he’s never attempted outside of the studio before. Backing Waits is a five-piece group featuring Seth Ford-Young (upright bass), Patrick Warren (keyboards), Omar Torrez (guitars), Vincent Henry (woodwinds) and Casey Waits (drums and percussion). ‘They play with racecar precision and they are all true conjurers,’ Waits says. ‘They are all multi-instrumentalists and they polka like real men’.”

Writing in Atlanta Magazine, Steve Fennessy noted: “The show was unique in a lot of ways. When tickets went on sale about six weeks ago, Waits became the first artist to try out a new way of getting tickets into the hands of fans, as opposed to scalpers. Buyers were limited to two tickets each, and instead of paper tickets being sent through the mail, buyers had to show their credit card at the door the night of the show. Ushers scanned the card with a handheld device, which then spat out a slip of paper with your seat numbers on it. In this way, scalpers were largely taken out of the equation…

“I was lucky enough to score third row center seats for the show, and I’m convinced – writing this three days after the fact – that, in the 25 years I’ve been going to concerts, it was the single best musical event I’ve ever witnessed. What made it so great? That’s a tough one to answer. Certainly the venue is spectacular, the sound was spot-on, and my vantage point was incredible. And the band (which included his son on drums) was, to dissect the word, utterly in concert with each other, and with Waits, who led them with sharp whistles and a raised arm.

But it was Waits himself, in his bowler hat and boots, stomping the floor of the platform from which he sang and raising a cloud of what appeared to be baby powder, that, no surprise, made the night. Between songs, he took sips from a steaming styrofoam cup, which probably contained tea but I decided actually contained tacks, the better to stretch and tear his vocal cords and allow them to make the most guttural, gravelly, gorgeous sounds. Waits’s voice is an acquired taste, and it is, in every conceivable way, the opposite of smooth. He plays guitar – not to mention piano melodies that will make you weep – but it’s his voice that is his true instrument, coming in off-beat, playing with the syncopation, down in the gutter and occasionally keening toward the roof.”

Click on the highlighted tracks to download the MP3s (these are high quality stereo MP3s – sample rate of 192 kibit/s). As far as we can ascertain, this recording has never been officially released.

Note: Due to the size of some of the files, please be patient when downloading the tracks.


Tracklisting

Disc 1:
Track 101. Intro (738k)
Track 102. Lucinda / Ain’t Going Down To The Well (7.6MB)
Track 103. Down In The Hole (5.1MB)
Track 104. Falling Down (6.1MB)
Track 105. Chocolate Jesus (7.1MB)
Track 106. All The World Is Green (7.0MB)
Track 107. Cemetery Polka (4.5MB)
Track 108. Cause Of It All / ‘Til The Money Runs Out (w/Larry Taylor on guitar) (6.5MB)
Track 109. Such A Scream (5.9MB)
Track 110. November (4.7MB)
Track 111. Hold On (9.1MB)
Track 112. Black Market Baby (8.8MB)
Track 113. 9th And Hennepin (6.0MB)
Track 114. Lie To Me (10.8MB)

Disc 2:
Track 201. Lucky Day (7.8MB)
Track 202. On The Nickel (6.4MB)
Track 203. Lost In The Harbour (5.2MB)
Track 204. Innocent When You Dream (7.4MB)
Track 205. Hoist That Rag (9.1MB)
Track 206. Make It Rain (12.2MB)
Track 207. Dirt In The Ground (7.9MB)
Track 208. Get Behind The Mule (w/Larry Taylor on guitar) (11.9MB)
Track 209. Hang Down Your Head (4.9MB)
Track 210. Jesus Gonna Be Here (7.1MB)
Track 211. Singapore (8.8MB)
Encore:
Track 212. Eyeball Kid (9.4MB)
Track 213. Anywhere I Lay My Head (6.1MB)


Personnel:

Tom Waits – vocals, guitar, keyboards
Seth Ford-Young – upright bass
Patrick Warren – keyboards
Omar Torrez – guitars
Vincent Henry – woodwinds
Casey Waits – drums, percussion

Listen online

http://www.npr.org/templates/s…..d=92916923

DOWNLOAD

Available as separate tracks via two downloads, 1 & 2.

Alternative links ;

http://rapidshare.com/files/13…..8.rar.html

or

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August 7, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Tom Waits, _MUSIC | 1 Comment

Step Right Up – The Songs of Tom Waits


Step Right Up – The Songs of Tom Waits
Mp3 @ 192

Don’t worry. This has nothing to do with that bloodbath inflicted on Waits’ material earlier this year by booby Scarlett O Hara .. sorry, Johannsson!

For a tribute album, this one’s pretty good. But it’s hard to fuck up such wonderful source material (unless you’re booby Scarlett O Hara !)

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Some amazing acts in here too, the likes of Tindersticks, Violent Femmes, Pete Shelley, Wedding Present, Alex Chilton, et al!

I see Tom wrote a song for me … ‘Better Off Without a Wife’! You’re preaching to the choir, Tom! Preaching to the fucking choir!!

Let’s not be too hard (no pun!) on Scarlett. She can’t sing or act but she can bounce those boobilicious boobs just right!

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Tracklisting

1. Old Shoes – Drugstore
2. Mockin’ Bird – Tindersticks
3. Better Off Without A Wife – Pete Shelley
4. Red Shoes By The Drugstore – The Wedding Present
5. Step Right Up – Violent Femmes
6. Downtown – Alex Chilton
7. Big Joe And Phantom 309 – Archers Of Loaf
8. You Can’t Unring A Bell – These Immortal Souls
9. Pasties And A G-String – Jeffrey Lee Pierce
10. Christmas Card From A Hooker In Minneapolis – Magnapop
11. Ol’ 55 – Dave Alvin
12. Jersey Girl – Pale Saints
13. Martha – Tim Buckley
14. Ruby’s Arms – Frente!
15. I Hope They Don’t Fall In Love With You – 10,000 Maniacs

Here’s Tommy

Link: http://rapidshare.com/files/13…..ght_Up.rar

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August 6, 2008 Posted by | Alex Chilton, Music_Alternative, Pale Saints, Pete Shelley, Tindersticks, Tom Waits, Violent Femmes, Wedding Present, _BABE, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008)


Scarlett Johansson – Anywhere I Lay My Head (2008)

@ 320 kbps

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I can think of one place Scarlett can lay her head!!

Here Scarlett, the starlet, tries her hand – or voice – at covers of some classic Tom Waits tracks!

Rather surreal, I know, but true!

Let me say that I acknowledge Scarlett has some talents. Yap, her boobies are really fine! Oh, and her ass too!

I’m not sure but I think she’s an actress of some sort!

Actually, she was good in the wonderful “Lost in Translation”, but perhaps thanks only to the amazing Bill Murray, who carried her through. In other outings, she just doesn’t convince.

I guess, since she appeared in the Dylan video a few years back, that now she needs to try her hand at the music game!

Does it work. Well, I guess it wasn’t as bad as I thought it might be. Then again, maybe I was just thinking of her tits!!

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Recorded at Dockside Studio in Louisiana’s Cajun country, Johansson’s debut album features her distinctive interpretations of ten songs by legendary singer-songwriter Tom Waits.

It also introduces one original track, Song For Jo, which she co-wrote with David Andrew Sitek (TV on the Radio), who produced the album and lent his instrumental skills throughout.

The title track comes from Waits 1985 opus Rain Dogs, and Johansson s set also pulls cuts from Alice, Swordfishtrombones, Big Time, Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, Real Gone, Small Change and Bone Machine.

David Bowie adds backing vocals on two tracks, Falling Down and Fannin Street, and the disc also features the talents of Yeah Yeah Yeahs guitarist Nick Zinner and multi-instrumentalist Sean Antanaitis from Celebration, among others.

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Tracklisting

1. Fawn
2. Town With No Cheer
3. Falling Down
4. Anywhere I Lay My Head
5. Fannin’ Street
6. Song for Jo
7. Green Grass
8. I Wish I Was in New Orleans
9. I Don’t Want to Grow Up
10. No One Knows I’m Gone
11. Who Are You?

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Here be Scarlett, the starlet


@ 320 kbps

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no pass

Mirror;
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no pass


Thanks to the original poster

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May 13, 2008 Posted by | Music_ClassicRock, OTHER_CINEMA, Scarlett Johansson, Tom Waits, _BABE, _MUSIC, _OTHER | Leave a comment

It’s all Glitter and Doom for Tom Waits’ new Tour / Press Conference

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Tom Waits Announces Tour / Press Conference

Tom Waits will hit the road this summer on what he’s billing as the Glitter and Doom Tour. In a “press conference” – which turned out to be Waits fielding questions (“What? I dated your mother?”) in an empty room with a scratchy record playing press conference chatter – he revealed the thirteen-date itinerary.

Beginning on June 17 in Phoenix, the tour will wind its way through Texas, Oklahoma, and Missouri before heading to Ohio and, ultimately, the Southeast. Waits explained that the seemingly random route, when observed on a map, arcs to the shape of the constellation Hydra. He didn’t explain why that is important to him, but whatever gets him out of the house is good enough reason for his fans.

On the Orphans tour in 2006 – his last excursion, which comprised nine shows across the American South and Midwest – Waits dug deep into his catalog, dusting off such songs as “On The Nickel,” “Shore Leave,” and “Invitation To the Blues.” Tickets for that tour sold out within minutes and such will certainly be the case this time around as well.

Waits (or any associated media release) has yet to disclose details regarding on-sale dates and ticket prices. And while he confirmed that European dates would follow the American tour, specifics were unavailable at “press” time.


Tom Waits Press; May 2008


http://www.tomwaits.com
http://www.antilabelblog.com


Dates and venues for Tom Waits’ Glitter and Doom Tour:

Phoenix, Arizona – Orpheum
Tuesday, June 17, 2008

Phoenix, Arizona – Orpheum
Wednesday, June 18, 2008

El Paso, Texas – Plaza Theatre
Friday, June 20, 2008

Houston, Texas – Jones Hall
Sunday, June 22, 2008

Dallas, Texas – Palladium
Monday, June 23, 2008

Tulsa, Oklahoma – Brady Theatre
Wednesday, June 25, 2008

St. Louis, Missouri – Fox Theatre
Thursday, June 26, 2008

Columbus, Ohio – Ohio Theatre
Saturday, June 28, 2008

Knoxville, Tennessee – Civic Theatre
Sunday, June 29, 2008

Jacksonville, Florida – Moran Theatre
Tuesday, July 1, 2008

Mobile, Alabama – Saenger Theatre
Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Birmingham, Alabama- Alabama Theatre
Thursday, July 3, 2008

Atlanta, Georgia – Fox Theatre
Saturday, July 5, 2008

May 6, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, OTHER_ARTICLE, Tom Waits, _MUSIC, _OTHER | 1 Comment

Watch Her disappear by Tom Waits

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Watch Her disappear by Tom Waits

Last night I dreamed that I was dreaming of you

And from a window across the lawn I watched you undress

Wearing your sunset of purple tightly woven around your hair

That rose in strangled ebony curls

Moving in a yellow bedroom light

The air is wet with sound

The faraway yelping of a wounded dog

And the ground is drinking a slow faucet leak

Your house is so soft and fading as it soaks the black summer heat

A light goes on and the door opens

And a yellow cat runs out on the stream of hall light and into the yard

A wooden cherry scent is faintly breathing the air

I hear your champagne laugh

You wear two lavender orchids

One in your hair and one on your hip

A string of yellow carnival lights comes on with the dusk

Circling the lake with a slowly dipping halo

And I hear a banjo tango

And you dance into the shadow of a black poplar tree

And I watched you as you disappeared

I watched you as you disappeared

I watched you as you disappeared

I watched you as you disappeared

From: mudtanned

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John Hammond performs "No One Can Forgive Me But My Baby" by Tom Waits


That’s a bad ass song!

Got Love If You Want It from 1992 was a spectacular album which introduced many people to the veteran troubadour of country blues, the great John Hammond.

The undoubted highlight thereon, was the song specially written for John by Mr Tom Waits.

This is one fucking bad-ass song! I can still remember the first time I heard this, and how much it totally blew me away!


Crack a mean whip, carry a big gun
Cast a long shadow till the day is done
Do ninety miles an hour down the Devil’s trail
Done hard time in a hundred jails
No one can forgive me but my baby
No one can forgive me but my baby
No one can forgive me but my baby

Now Jesus don’t know, Mary don’t know
Preacher don’t know, Momma don’t know
Daddy don’t know, my brother don’t know
St. John don’t know, St. Peter don’t know
No one can forgive me but my baby

I took a hundred dollars from a blind man’s hand
I slept with the whores on the burnin’ sand
Got twenty-seven children I’ve never seen
Got blood on my hands that will never come clean
I got long arms, tell big lies
Stole the pennies from my dear mother’s eyes
I’m tall in the saddle, about six foot nine
I beat up revenuers all the time
No one can forgive me but my baby
Oh, no one can forgive me but my baby

I got a mean temper, I’m a big liar
Broke all the laws, set the house on fire
When I stand before Jesus and he asks me to kneel
I’ll tell him maybe we can make a deal
No one can forgive me but my baby
No one can forgive me but my baby

I don’t pay no bills, I don’t say no prayers
Give back nothin’ and I take all dares
Stole a car and I got me a gun
If there ain’t no road I’m gonna make me one
Broke my baby’s heart and I whip my dog
I don’t say nothin’ when I meet my God
No one can forgive me but my baby
No one can forgive me but my baby

No one can forgive me but my baby
No one can forgive me but my baby
No one can forgive me but my baby
Forgive me, baby


-Tom Waits (1992)


“That’s a bad ass song!”
John Hammond tells the story of this Tom Waits-penned song from his album I’ve Got Love If You Want It.

Schuba’s
Chicago, IL
2/2/2008

April 27, 2008 Posted by | John Hammond, Music_Blues, Tom Waits, _MUSIC, _POETRY, _VIDEO | 1 Comment

Tom Waits – Live At Ebbets Field (1974)

Tom Waits – Live At Ebbets Field (1974)

Here’s a very rare Tom Waits live album that was put out by the Burning Airlines record label as a legitimate release.

In other words, not a bootleg. However, the folks at Burning Airlines forgot to confirm clearance with Wait’s music publishers and as soon as the record came out, it was almost instantly withdrawn due to the publisher’s threat of impending lawsuit.

All CD copies were destroyed and any one who manages to score one these days is lucky indeed.

So this one’s a 1974 live show; supposedly recorded at Ebbets Field (but it sounds more like a local strip bar with a small crowd!) … and a few times, Tom mentions about this show going out live over the radio. But we don’t have any further details about that.

Once thing is for sure though, Tom was very drunk that night and he stumbles and mumbles through his performance.

Slurring his words and getting a bit lost in his on-stage stories, he even burps a few times during his songs and at one point in time tells someone in the crowd to “hush up, I’m tryin’ to sing this damn thing!”

But for the Waits fans out there, this is a great release for a few reasons; one of which is the fact that this live set contains one of the few times that his version of Utah Phillips’ “Good Night Loving Trail” was captured on tape. Also of note is the cool bluesy version of “Better Off Without A Wife.”

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Dime Store Novel Vol 1 is as good a snapshot of Old Waits as you’ll find. The gig was originally recorded for radio broadcast in a small Denver club called Ebbets Field, in front of what sounds like an audience of two dozen. Accompanying himself on guitar and piano, Waits rasps through a set that includes such favourites as ”Better Off Without A Wife” and ”Ol ’55”. It’s all interspersed with drunken banter and, by the end, he’s taking requests.

Anyone familiar with Tom Waits’ early albums will know what’s in store. This is an Edward Hopper painting set to music: drunks, waitresses, sailors and truck drivers all crop up. The only song here that’s not from a Waits album is ”Good Night Loving Trail”. Written by Utah Phillips, ”the golden voice of the great Southwest” – it’s a mournful ballad about a cook on a wagon train.

Only 24 at the time of this recording, the singer still sounds like he’s on two packs of Winstons a day and downed a couple of whiskies before the show. What’s also remarkable, considering his relative youth, is the range of characters he portrays. On the heartbreaking ”Martha” Waits imagines himself as an old man looking back on a youthful romance while ”SemiSuite” sympathises with a stuck-at-home truck driver’s wife torn whether to leave her man.

Tom stumbles off stage after 13 songs but the MC announces that he’ll be playing again the following night, admission one dollar. On the strength of this entertaining set, it’s likely that many took up the offer


Reviewer: Nigel Smith


Tracklisting

1. I Hope That I Don’t Fall In Love With You
2. San Diego Serenade
3. Good Night Loving Trail
4. Diamonds On My Windshield
5. Ice Cream Man
6. Please Call Me Baby
7. Better Off Without A Wife
8. Ghost Of Saturday Night
9. Big Joe & Phantom 309
10. Truck Driving Man
11. Ol 55
12. On A Foggy Night
13. Martha


The cover of Utah Phillips’ “Good Night Loving Trail” does not appear on any Tom Waits studio album.

Here’s Tommy!

Live At Ebbets Field

Big Thanks to jAy @ jApAn (whatfxckedyou.blogspot)

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April 6, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Music_Bootleg, Music_ClassicRock, Tom Waits, _MUSIC | 2 Comments

Tom Waits, Nick Cave And Friends – A Flowerdance Collection (2005)

Some obscure tracks by Nick Cave, Tom Waits and a slew of other great artists here compiled by Flowerdance – apparently some bloke on a Chinese Web Board!

Thanks Flowerdance!

Tracklisting

01 Nick Cave & Anita Lane – Bedazzled – 01:58
02 Tom Waits & Peter Murphy – Christmas Sucks – 02:56
03 Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow – 03:57
04 Nick Cave & PJ Harvey – Henry Lee – 03:55
05 Tom Waits & Primus – Coattails Of A Dead Man – 05:15
06 Nick Cave & Shane Mac Gowan – What A Wonderful World – 03:00
07 Tom Waits & Elvis Costello – I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know About Her – 04:14
08 Nick Cave & Concrete – Blonde Ship Song – 05:45
09 Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle – I Beg Your Pardon – 04:26
10 Tom Waits & Rickie Leejones – Rainbow Sleeves 03:41
11 Nick Cave, Anna Maria Jopek & Maciej Malenczuk – Tam Gdzie Rosna Dzikie Roze – 04:48
12 Tom Waits & Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet – 04:05
13 Tom Waits & Bruce Springsteen – Jersey Girl – 07:06
14 Nick Cave, Shane Mac Gowan, Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey & Anita Lane – Death Is Not The End – 04:27
15 Nick Cave & The Dirty Three – Zero Is Also A Number – 06:21
16 Nick Cave & Anita Lane – I Love You….Nor Do I – 04:16
17 Kinga Preis & Przeklenstwo Millhaven – The Curse Of Millhaven – 06:36
18 Kinga Preis & Mariusz Drezek – Henry Lee – 04:24

Here be Nicky, Tommy and others:

Part 1
Part 2

MIRROR:

TomWaitsNickCaveandfriend.rar

(if PW dublindog)

February 23, 2008 Posted by | Anita Lane, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Music_Alternative, Nick Cave, Shane MacGowan, The Bad Seeds, The Dirty Three, Tom Waits, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Tom Waits, Nick Cave And Friends – A Flowerdance Collection (2005)

Some obscure tracks by Nick Cave, Tom Waits and a slew of other great artists here compiled by Flowerdance – apparently some bloke on a Chinese Web Board!

Thanks Flowerdance!

Tracklisting

01 Nick Cave & Anita Lane – Bedazzled – 01:58
02 Tom Waits & Peter Murphy – Christmas Sucks – 02:56
03 Nick Cave & Kylie Minogue – Where The Wild Roses Grow – 03:57
04 Nick Cave & PJ Harvey – Henry Lee – 03:55
05 Tom Waits & Primus – Coattails Of A Dead Man – 05:15
06 Nick Cave & Shane Mac Gowan – What A Wonderful World – 03:00
07 Tom Waits & Elvis Costello – I Forgot More Than You’ll Ever Know About Her – 04:14
08 Nick Cave & Concrete – Blonde Ship Song – 05:45
09 Tom Waits & Crystal Gayle – I Beg Your Pardon – 04:26
10 Tom Waits & Rickie Leejones – Rainbow Sleeves 03:41
11 Nick Cave, Anna Maria Jopek & Maciej Malenczuk – Tam Gdzie Rosna Dzikie Roze – 04:48
12 Tom Waits & Gavin Bryars – Jesus’ Blood Never Failed Me Yet – 04:05
13 Tom Waits & Bruce Springsteen – Jersey Girl – 07:06
14 Nick Cave, Shane Mac Gowan, Kylie Minogue, PJ Harvey & Anita Lane – Death Is Not The End – 04:27
15 Nick Cave & The Dirty Three – Zero Is Also A Number – 06:21
16 Nick Cave & Anita Lane – I Love You….Nor Do I – 04:16
17 Kinga Preis & Przeklenstwo Millhaven – The Curse Of Millhaven – 06:36
18 Kinga Preis & Mariusz Drezek – Henry Lee – 04:24

Here be Nicky, Tommy and others:

Part 1
Part 2

MIRROR:

TomWaitsNickCaveandfriend.rar

(if PW dublindog)

February 23, 2008 Posted by | Anita Lane, Bruce Springsteen, Elvis Costello, Music_Alternative, Nick Cave, Shane McGowan, The Bad Seeds, The Dirty Three, Tom Waits, _MUSIC | 5 Comments

Tom Waits – The Black Rider

Tom Waits – The Black Rider
mp3 @ 192

The Black Rider is an album by Tom Waits, released in 1993 on Island Records. The album contains studio versions of songs Waits wrote for the play The Black Rider, directed by Robert Wilson and co-written by William S. Burroughs. The play is based on the German folktale Der Freischütz, which had previously been made into an opera by Carl Maria von Weber.

https://i0.wp.com/66.223.4.239/blog/images/e-BR-keyart-web1.jpgThe Black Rider premiered on March 31, 1990, at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Germany. Its world English-language premiere occurred in 1998 at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Waits’s collaboration with Wilson would later continue with the plays Alice (1992) and Woyzeck (2000), the music to which was released on the albums Alice and Blood Money, respectively.

Tracklisting

1. “Lucky Day Overture” – 2:27

* Tom Waits – vocal, calliope

* Ralph Carney – sax

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Joe Gore – banjo

* Nick Phelps – french horn

* Kevin Porter – trombone

2. “The Black Rider” – 3:21

* Greg Cohen – bass, percussion, banjo, viola

* Tom Waits – organ, vocal

3. “November” – 2:53

* Tom Waits – piano, banjo, vocal

* Greg Cohen – bass, accordion

* Don Neely – saw

4. “Just the Right Bullets” – 3:35

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Joe Gore – banjo

* Ralph Carney – bass clarinet

* Tom Waits – vocal, piano

* Larry Rhodes – bassoon

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Francis Thumm – organ

https://i1.wp.com/www.freewebs.com/waits/tom%20waits%202.JPG

5. “Black Box Theme” (instrumental) – 2:42

* Tom Waits – chamberlain

* Don Neely – saw

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Nick Phelps – french horn

* Larry Rhodes – bassoon

* Joe Gore – banjo

6. “‘T’ Ain’t No Sin” (Walter Donaldson / Edgar Leslie) – 2:25

* William Burroughs – vocal

* Tom Waits – marimba, emax

* Greg Cohen – bass clarinet, emax

7. “Flash Pan Hunter/Intro” (instrumental) – 1:10

* Henning Stoll – contra bassoon

* Stefan Schäfer – bass

* Volker Hemken – clarinet

8. “That’s the Way” (music: Waits, lyrics: William S. Burroughs) – 1:07

* Hans-Jorn Braudenberg – organ

* Henning Stoll – viola

* Stefan Schäfer – bass

* Volker Hemken – clarinet

* Tom Waits – vocal

9. “The Briar and the Rose” – 3:50

* Hans-Jorn Braudenberg – organ

* Henning Stoll – viola

* Stefan Schäfer – bass

* Volker Hemken – clarinet

* Tom Waits – vocal

10. “Russian Dance” (instrumental) – 3:12

* Tom Waits – emax strings

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Linda Deluca – viola

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Kathleen Brennan, Clive Butters, Tom Waits, Francis Thumm, Joe Marquez – boots

11. “Gospel Train/Orchestra” (instrumental) – 2:33

* Linda Deluca – viola

* Nick Phelps – french horn

* Larry Rhodes – bassoon

* Kevin Porter – trombone

* Ralph Carney – bass clarinet

* Joe Gore – guitar

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Matt Brubeck – cello

https://i2.wp.com/www.detnorsketeatret.no/imagesupload/PeerG4.jpg

12. “I’ll Shoot the Moon” – 3:51

* Kevin Porter – trombone

* Francis Thumm – organ

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Ralph Carney – sax

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion, marimba

* Joe Gore – guitar

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Tom Waits – vocal

13. “Flash Pan Hunter” (music: Waits, lyrics: Burroughs) – 3:10

* Ralph Carney – bass clarinet

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Joe Gore – banjo

* Larry Rhodes – bassoon

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Francis Thumm – organ

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Don Neely – saw

* Tom Waits – vocal

14. “Crossroads” (music: Waits, lyrics: Burroughs) – 2:43

* Tom Waits – guitar, chamberlain, vocal

* Greg Cohen – bass

* Gerd Bessler – viola

15. “Gospel Train” – 4:43

* Tom Waits – train whistle, vocal, conga, log drum

* Greg Cohen – percussion, bass

* Ralph Carney – bass clarinet

* Bill Douglas – bass

16. “Interlude” (Greg Cohen) (instrumental) – 0:18

* Henning Stoll – bassoon

* Christoph Moinian – french horn

* Volker Hemken – clarinet

17. “Oily Night” – 4:23

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Ralph Carney – sax, bass clarinet

* Nick Phelps – french horn

* Kevin Porter – trombone

* Larry Rhodes – contra bassoon

* Joe Gore – banjo, guitar

* Linda Deluca – viola

* Featuring “The Boners”

18. “Lucky Day” – 3:42

* Tom Waits – organ & vocal

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Ralph Carney – baritone horn

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Joe Gore – guitar

19. “The Last Rose of Summer” – 2:07

* Tom Waits – organ, vocal, chamberlain

* Greg Cohen – bass

20. “Carnival” (instrumental) – 1:15

* Tom Waits – chamberlain, emax

* Greg Cohen – bass

https://i1.wp.com/dreamers.com/indices/imagenes/advance.36.IMAGEN4.jpgAll songs written by Tom Waits, except where noted. Recorded in 1989 by Gerd Bessler at his Music Factory in Hamburg, Germany (2, 3, 6–9, 14–16, 19, 20), and in 1993 by Chad Blake at the Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, United States (1, 4, 5, 10–13, 17, 18).

Personnel: Hans-Jörn Brandenburg, Volker Hemken, Henning Stoll, Christoph Moinian, Dieter Fischer, Jo Bauer, Frank Wulff, and Stefan Schäfer were The Devil’s Rhubato Band (Hamburg); Ralph Carney, Bill Douglas, Kenny Wollesen, Matt Brubeck, Joe Gore, Nick Phelps, Kevin Porter, Larry Rhodes, Francis Thumm, Don Neely, Linda Deluca were The Rhubato West Group (San Francisco).

Songs performed in the play, but not included on the album: “Chase the Clouds Away”, “In the Morning”.

Here be Tommy:

Black Rider

Thanks to the original poster

January 29, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Tom Waits, _MUSIC | Leave a comment

Tom Waits – The Black Rider

Tom Waits – The Black Rider
mp3 @ 192

The Black Rider is an album by Tom Waits, released in 1993 on Island Records. The album contains studio versions of songs Waits wrote for the play The Black Rider, directed by Robert Wilson and co-written by William S. Burroughs. The play is based on the German folktale Der Freischütz, which had previously been made into an opera by Carl Maria von Weber.

https://i0.wp.com/66.223.4.239/blog/images/e-BR-keyart-web1.jpgThe Black Rider premiered on March 31, 1990, at the Thalia Theater in Hamburg, Germany. Its world English-language premiere occurred in 1998 at the Edmonton International Fringe Festival.

Waits’s collaboration with Wilson would later continue with the plays Alice (1992) and Woyzeck (2000), the music to which was released on the albums Alice and Blood Money, respectively.

Tracklisting

1. “Lucky Day Overture” – 2:27

* Tom Waits – vocal, calliope

* Ralph Carney – sax

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Joe Gore – banjo

* Nick Phelps – french horn

* Kevin Porter – trombone

2. “The Black Rider” – 3:21

* Greg Cohen – bass, percussion, banjo, viola

* Tom Waits – organ, vocal

3. “November” – 2:53

* Tom Waits – piano, banjo, vocal

* Greg Cohen – bass, accordion

* Don Neely – saw

4. “Just the Right Bullets” – 3:35

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Joe Gore – banjo

* Ralph Carney – bass clarinet

* Tom Waits – vocal, piano

* Larry Rhodes – bassoon

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Francis Thumm – organ

https://i1.wp.com/www.freewebs.com/waits/tom%20waits%202.JPG

5. “Black Box Theme” (instrumental) – 2:42

* Tom Waits – chamberlain

* Don Neely – saw

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Nick Phelps – french horn

* Larry Rhodes – bassoon

* Joe Gore – banjo

6. “‘T’ Ain’t No Sin” (Walter Donaldson / Edgar Leslie) – 2:25

* William Burroughs – vocal

* Tom Waits – marimba, emax

* Greg Cohen – bass clarinet, emax

7. “Flash Pan Hunter/Intro” (instrumental) – 1:10

* Henning Stoll – contra bassoon

* Stefan Schäfer – bass

* Volker Hemken – clarinet

8. “That’s the Way” (music: Waits, lyrics: William S. Burroughs) – 1:07

* Hans-Jorn Braudenberg – organ

* Henning Stoll – viola

* Stefan Schäfer – bass

* Volker Hemken – clarinet

* Tom Waits – vocal

9. “The Briar and the Rose” – 3:50

* Hans-Jorn Braudenberg – organ

* Henning Stoll – viola

* Stefan Schäfer – bass

* Volker Hemken – clarinet

* Tom Waits – vocal

10. “Russian Dance” (instrumental) – 3:12

* Tom Waits – emax strings

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Linda Deluca – viola

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Kathleen Brennan, Clive Butters, Tom Waits, Francis Thumm, Joe Marquez – boots

11. “Gospel Train/Orchestra” (instrumental) – 2:33

* Linda Deluca – viola

* Nick Phelps – french horn

* Larry Rhodes – bassoon

* Kevin Porter – trombone

* Ralph Carney – bass clarinet

* Joe Gore – guitar

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Matt Brubeck – cello

https://i2.wp.com/www.detnorsketeatret.no/imagesupload/PeerG4.jpg

12. “I’ll Shoot the Moon” – 3:51

* Kevin Porter – trombone

* Francis Thumm – organ

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Ralph Carney – sax

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion, marimba

* Joe Gore – guitar

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Tom Waits – vocal

13. “Flash Pan Hunter” (music: Waits, lyrics: Burroughs) – 3:10

* Ralph Carney – bass clarinet

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Joe Gore – banjo

* Larry Rhodes – bassoon

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Francis Thumm – organ

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Don Neely – saw

* Tom Waits – vocal

14. “Crossroads” (music: Waits, lyrics: Burroughs) – 2:43

* Tom Waits – guitar, chamberlain, vocal

* Greg Cohen – bass

* Gerd Bessler – viola

15. “Gospel Train” – 4:43

* Tom Waits – train whistle, vocal, conga, log drum

* Greg Cohen – percussion, bass

* Ralph Carney – bass clarinet

* Bill Douglas – bass

16. “Interlude” (Greg Cohen) (instrumental) – 0:18

* Henning Stoll – bassoon

* Christoph Moinian – french horn

* Volker Hemken – clarinet

17. “Oily Night” – 4:23

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Ralph Carney – sax, bass clarinet

* Nick Phelps – french horn

* Kevin Porter – trombone

* Larry Rhodes – contra bassoon

* Joe Gore – banjo, guitar

* Linda Deluca – viola

* Featuring “The Boners”

18. “Lucky Day” – 3:42

* Tom Waits – organ & vocal

* Bill Douglas – bass

* Ralph Carney – baritone horn

* Matt Brubeck – cello

* Kenny Wollesen – percussion

* Joe Gore – guitar

19. “The Last Rose of Summer” – 2:07

* Tom Waits – organ, vocal, chamberlain

* Greg Cohen – bass

20. “Carnival” (instrumental) – 1:15

* Tom Waits – chamberlain, emax

* Greg Cohen – bass

https://i1.wp.com/dreamers.com/indices/imagenes/advance.36.IMAGEN4.jpgAll songs written by Tom Waits, except where noted. Recorded in 1989 by Gerd Bessler at his Music Factory in Hamburg, Germany (2, 3, 6–9, 14–16, 19, 20), and in 1993 by Chad Blake at the Prairie Sun Recording Studios in Cotati, United States (1, 4, 5, 10–13, 17, 18).

Personnel: Hans-Jörn Brandenburg, Volker Hemken, Henning Stoll, Christoph Moinian, Dieter Fischer, Jo Bauer, Frank Wulff, and Stefan Schäfer were The Devil’s Rhubato Band (Hamburg); Ralph Carney, Bill Douglas, Kenny Wollesen, Matt Brubeck, Joe Gore, Nick Phelps, Kevin Porter, Larry Rhodes, Francis Thumm, Don Neely, Linda Deluca were The Rhubato West Group (San Francisco).

Songs performed in the play, but not included on the album: “Chase the Clouds Away”, “In the Morning”.

Here be Tommy:

Black Rider

Thanks to the original poster

January 29, 2008 Posted by | Music_Alternative, Tom Waits, _MUSIC | Leave a comment