Tom Waits will be attending the gala premiere of the upcoming Terry Gilliam (Brazil, Time Bandits) film “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus” at the Toronto International Film Festival on Friday Sept 18th. The stunning fantasy film, which stars the late Heath Ledger as well as Waits as The Devil, follows the leader of a traveling theater troupe who, having made a deal with the Devil, takes audience members through a magical mirror to explore their imaginations. The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus opens in the US on Dec. 25th (Christmas Day) Read More

Last week we posted a link to the fascinating interview Beck did with Tom Waits. Well, that was only part one. In the second installment of their free form conversation, the two musicians engage in a pointed and occasionally hilarious discussion on the fast changing landscape of the Los Angeles, cars they have owned and photography.
Read the interview here. Read More

Beck has a new feature on his site called “Irrelevant Topics” which has conversations between him and other musicians, artists, writers, etc. on a variety of subjects. For the first in the series, he talks to none other than Tom Waits about Los Angeles history, natural disasters, Jimmy Durante and much more…

For part one of the incredibly entertaining and enlightening conversation go here. Read More

Ever the charitable soul, Tom Waits has donated one of his rare photos — signed, framed and truly one-of-a-kind — from his “Oil Stain” series to a charity auction that will go to benefit the tuition assistance program at Summerfield School.
More about the school: “Summerfield stands behind its deeply-rooted commitment to the children of the school, and we celebrate our economically diverse student population. Now, more than ever, Summerfield needs your support to continue this essential program.”
The online auction will close June 5, 2009. Click here for more information. Read More

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On April 18 in honor of “Record Store Day” TOM WAITS will release an exclusive limited edition 7” single because he believes in the importance of the independents: “The record store is the livery stable where I can tie up, feed and groom my ears.”
As noted in an earlier post, the songs were recorded during last summer’s critically acclaimed “Glitter & Doom” tour–side A features “Lucinda/Ain’t Goin’ Down to the Well” (recorded at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta, GA) and side B contains “Bottom of the World” (recorded at the Edinburgh Playhouse in Edinburgh, Scotland).
You can locate participating stores here Read More
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