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

Hilary Clinton and Nancy Pelosi, acrylic on canvas, 2009
There was an art opening last night for artist Kellesimone Waits who is currently exhibiting her provocative portraits in a show entitled “Power Plays” at the Frank Pictures Gallery in Santa Monica’s Bergamot Station art complex. Amongst the many in attendance were the artist’s proud father Tom Waits and assorted family members, some actor named Johnny Depp, actor Harry Dean Stanton, artist Sage Vaughn and his fashion designer wife Sweet Pea, Anti/Epitaph label CEO and Bad Religion founder Brett Gurewitz with his fetching wife Gina, as well as a whole bunch of other interesting looking people including some dude with half a beard and a guy that looked like Yoda from Star Wars if he was wearing an Affliction shirt.
The paintings were an intriguing mix of world political figures rendered in unexpected positions. Definitely worth checking out… To view more of Kellesimone’s paintings, go here. Read More

(pic Jesse Dylan)
The official Tom Waits twitter now exists. You should follow and see. Should be quite interesting. Go here to join the “fun.” Read More
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