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Bringing you all the Tom Waits news since 2004

Updated: 2018-01-05T17:24:05.263+01:00


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.

Happy birthday, Tom Waits


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

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.

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,

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

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

Catch up on your videos

2017-10-25T09:12:35.397+02:00 has put up some 'previously unavailable content' from Rain Dogs.

Albums remasters coming


Remastered versions of Tom Waits’ ANTI- Records catalog are being released on cd and vinyl the coming months, 'Including a new, remixed version of Real Gone', according to ANTI-. Release dates: November 10th: Bad As Me  November 24th: Real Gone, Alice and Blood Money  December 1st: Glitter & Doom  All albums are available for pre-order at the King's Road Merch online store. Amazon has some of

Long time no see: Tom Waits on stage


Various media outlets reported on a (short) performance by Tom Waits last Monday night, when he joined Mavis Staples on stage at a Lagunitas Brewery in California to perform Respect yourself.  

Matt Mahurin Waits book - update


Looks like the Waits book by Matt Mahurin (director of the videos for Hold On, What's he building in there and Hell broke Luce) which I reported on back in 2015, is nearing its publication date. Spreads from an upcoming two-hundred page book of photographs, illustrations and paintings created over a thirty year relationship.  He has also some nice Waits pictures for sale. Correction July 20:

New movie role for Tom Waits


According to Deadline, Tom Waits is 'negotiating' to star in director David Lowery's upcoming movie The old man and the gun alongside Robert Redford, Sissy Spacek, Casey Affleck and Danny Glover. Birth.Movies.Death claims the film begins shooting next month in Cincinnati From An elderly bank robber, who had managed to escape from prison over a dozen times in his life before moving

Tom Waits in the NY Times


Tom Waits talks about 'artistic creation' and 'the creative impulse' in the New York Times. ‘I like the idea that there are things coming in through the window and through you and then down to the piano and out the window on the other side.’

Waits documentary on BBC4


The British channel BBC4 is airing a Tom Waits documentary on Sunday: Tales from a cracked jukebox. I think this might be a new one, at least, I hadn't heard of it. From the BBC site: Using rare archive, audio recordings and interviews, this film is a bewitching after-hours trip through the surreal, moonlit world of Waits' music - a portrait of a pioneering musician and his unique, alternative

Expanded Black and white night coming


Legacy Recordings and Roy's Boys LLC are releasing an expanded version of Black and white night, the Roy Orbison concert where Tom Waits was one of the backup musicians. This release to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the original album is scheduled for February 24 and will contain alternate versions of six songs (offered as a digital download with the cd) and the addition of another song to

Grammy nominations for God don't never change


The album God don't never change: The songs of Blind Willie Johnson, which includes two contributions by Tom Waits (The soul of a man and John the revelator) has been nominated for a Grammy in the categorie 'Best roots gospel album'.  The song Mother's children have a hard time by The Blind Boys of Alabama from the album was nominated in the category 'Best American roots performance'.

Waits short story to be published next year


Tom Waits is one of the musicians involved in creating Stories for Ways and Means: an illustrated book of short stories for adults, which will be published by record label Waxploitation somewhere next year. A promo clip on seems to indicate Tom Waits might be collaborating with painter Joe Coleman for his contribution. According to Creative Review, Jeff Antebi, who conceived the

Happy birthday, Tom Waits


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

Waits congratulates Dylan


Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits congratulated Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan on Twitter.— Tom Waits (ANTI-) (@tomwaits) 13 October 2016

Tom Waits fails in trying to stop a french show using his songs


Tom Waits has lost a court case trying to stop the french production On Achève Bien les Anges, claiming the Zingaro company did not have permission to use his work. The ruling does not affect a separate case Waits is bringing against the theatre for using his work without his permission. Source: The Guardian J’ai le sentiment que quelqu’un m’a fait les poches pendant que je tournais la tête

PEN award for Waits and Brennan


According to the San Diego Tribune, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan will receive a PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award, The award has previously been presented to Chuck Berry, Randy Newman, Kris Kristofferson and Leonard Cohen.

Waits tribute to Merle Haggard


Tom Waits has written a tribute to Merle Haggard, who died on april 6th, in Rolling Stone.

Tom Waits to star in Hulu series Citizen


Tom Waits has joined the cast of Citizen, Hulu’s supernatural drama pilot, from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Deadline reports. Waits will play Cesar, a priest who is a walking anachronism of virtue and vice, mostly virtue. A proudly anti-authoritarian man, Cesar runs a guerrilla humanitarian outfit with questionable legality from his church in Boyle Heights.

Another new song by Tom Waits: The soul of a man


You can listen to The soul of a man - another Blind Willy Johnson song sung by Tom Waits from the upcoming album God don't never change - over at Alligator Records' website. From the liner notes: The Soul Of A Man performed by Tom Waits Tom Waits: Vocals • Casey Waits: Drums • Kathleen Brennan: Background Vocals Produced by Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan • Engineered by Karl Derfler • Production

New Tom Waits recording: John the revelator


What better way to break a long spell without Tom Waits news than a new recording? Here's John the revelator from the upcoming album God don't never change - the songs of Blind Willie Johnson. From the liner notes at Alligator Records: John The Revelator performed by Tom Waits Tom Waits: Vocals, Cigar Box Banjo • Casey Waits: Drums Produced by Waits/Brennan • Engineered by Karl Derfler •

Happy birthday, Tom Waits


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