Friday, January 05, 2018

Mule variations color vinyl

Newbury Comics announced an 'exclusive color vinyl pressing' of Mule variations yesterday. Sadly, this limited edition (of 750) of 'clear with black smoke' discs is already out of stock.

Thursday, December 07, 2017

Happy birthday, Tom Waits

On December 7, 1949, Thomas Alan Waits was born to Jesse Frank Waits and Alma Johnson McMurray.

Thursday, November 09, 2017

Jay Blakesberg retrospective

A retrospective of photographer Jay Blakesberg's career opens tonight at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco.

Blakesberg has made some well-known pictures of Tom Waits.

Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Tom Waits Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee

Tom Waits is one of the nominees for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame, officials told the Associated Press on Monday.

Other nominees are Mariah Carey, N.W.A., John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and Tom T. Hall.

Non-performing nominees are William Stevenson, Bill Anderson, Maurice Starr, Allee Willis, Steve Dorff, Mike Chapman, Randy Goodrum, Tony Macaulay and Jermaine Dupri. Nominated songwriting duos include Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer and L. Russell Brown and Irwin Levine.

Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 14. Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and three performing songwriters until December 17.

Instrumental version of Innocent when you dream

From Facebook:

Tom Waits recorded an instrumental version of his well known song, “Innocent When You Dream” for the player piano in the lobby of artist Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel, which is located in the shadow of the wall separating Palestine from Israel. To mark the 100 year anniversary of Britain’s former colonization of Palestine and its disastrous consequences, Banksy has mixed opulence and dystopia with his desire to highlight the daily lives and art of Palestinians. The Irish are no strangers to strife and division, and Waits selected this Irish tinged waltz because of its lyrical and wistful mix of regret and dreams for a world without walls.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Update on the remasters

ANTI- Records has some more info on the remasters to be released later this year.
In short: 

  • Real Gone has been fully remixed
  • We're getting 'individual releases' of each of the 3 discs of Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
  • From ANTI-: “Remastering significantly improves the quality of sound files and restores the integrity and intent of the original recording. Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan personally oversaw this process for both the vinyl and digital formats of the catalog.”
  • A Tom Waits quote: “This restoration project could arrogantly be compared to restoring a faded tapestry, a painstaking process that requires meticulous attention to each color faded thread.  Spending months on something completed once, many years ago was necessary though cursedly laborious for us.”

More about the individual albums on ANTI-'s website.