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Tom Waits much anticipated two disc live album “Glitter & Doom” is officially out today! The record offers a riveting musical document of Waits’ sold out, highly acclaimed Glitter and Doom tour of the US and Europe in the summer of 2008. Disc One is designed to sound like an evening’s performance, even though the 17 tracks are selected from 10 cities, from Paris to Birmingham; Tulsa to Milan; and Atlanta to Dublin. Disc Two is a bonus compendium called TOM TALES, which is a selection of the comic bromides, strange musings, and unusual facts that Tom traditionally shares with his audience during the piano set. Purchase at Amazon by clicking here.
“Every storyteller needs an audience, but Waits is a master fabulist whose diabolic razzle dazzle looms particularly great and grand in front of a crowd, as this 17-track feast of live performances demonstrates.” - Guardian UK
“A double-disc album that documents the crackling energy and force of various performances from Waits’ 2008 tour… if this is as close as you get to hearing Waits live, it’s an illuminating snapshot of an artist whose concerts are increasingly rare and compelling.” - Boston Globe Read More

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Tom Wait’s incredible new live album“Glitter & Doom” will be featured starting tonight on KCRW’s Album Preview! Hear the CD streaming start-to-finish care of this new feature from the influential Santa Monica radio station which will showcase new releases selected by the ever tasteful KCRW DJ’s. Every Monday night a new album will debut on KCRW’s online music channel Eclectic24 at 8pm (PT) and on-demand at So check out Waits’ “Glitter & Doom” tonight starting at 8pm PST!!! To do so, just click here. Read More

Boing Boing is hosting the above new N.A.S.A video for their song “Spacious Thoughts” from “Spirit of  Apollo.” The song incredibly features vocals from both futuristic rapper Kool Keith and legendary crooner Tom Waits. The stunning animation was created by Montreal-based Fluorescent Hill. You can read an interview with them at Boing Boing here. Read More

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The singer Norah Jones appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition today discussing her new album. In the interview, Jones cites Tom Waits and his groundbreaking record “Mule Variations” as such a favorite that she looked at the liner notes to find its engineer, Jacquire King, who she then used to produce her new album. They even play and then discuss Waits’ song “Cold Water.” You can listen to the interview here. Read More

Tom Waits triple-disc masterpiece “Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards” will be reinvented on December 8 as a limited edition vinyl set, complete with a deluxe 12″ booklet and six new bonus cuts. The collection totals 62 tracks over seven full length LPs.  An assemblage of rare, new and mostly unheard tracks, Orphans includes irreverent–or, rather, remarkably relevant-covers of songs by artists as disparate as The Ramones and Leadbelly, along with Waits compositions originally recorded by other artists.
Mr. Waits explains, “Orphans are rough and tender tunes. Rhumbas about mermaids, shuffles about train wrecks, tarantellas about insects, madrigrals about drowning. Scared, mean, orphaned songs of rapture and melancholy. Songs that grew up hard. Songs of dubious origin rescued from cruel fate and now left wanting only to be cared for. Show that you are not afraid and take them home. They don’t bite, they just need attention.”
And on Christmas Day, Waits hits the big screen alongside Johnny Depp, Jude Law, and the late Heath Ledger in Terry Gilliam’s “The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.” He can also be seen in the Hughes Brothers’ “Book of Eli” with Denzel Washington in January. Read More
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