The highly imaginative and original Ralph Carney is gone and we send our condolences to his family and all those who loved him…

Ralph came from the land of strange and whimsical. He could be exploding like popping corn or stretched out like taffy, capable of circular breathing and punctuating and drawing shapes that dangled from your ears. He was simultaneously very old and very young and both an endearing and enduring pain in the ass.

Bless you Ralph, wherever you are. Tom and Kathleen

picture of band and crew from Big Time 1987…Ralph leaning in with glasses and a “say cheese” smile……. Read More
In a world where everything from Sgt Pepper to What’s Going On? is considered fair game for remix “upgrading”, it’s only slightly surprising – given his nose is generally sniffing the future rather than the past – to find Tom Waits offering this revised version of his rasping, clanky collection of “cubist funk” Real Gone, which was already pretty perfect to begin with.

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