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New Marc Ribot and Tom Waits video: Bella Ciao

Video: Marc Ribot – “Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)” (ft. Tom Waits)

Marc Ribot - "Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)" (feat. Tom Waits)

Directed by Jem Cohen. From Songs Of Resistance 1942 – 2018, out now on Anti.

It’s always news when Tom Waits does anything. Especially when he records a version of an old anti-fascist resistance anthem from the Italian Civil War.

One fine morning I woke up early
Find the fascist at my door
Oh, partigiano, please take me with you
Bella ciao, bella ciao, goodbye beautiful

This comes from a new collection of protest songs from guitarist Marc Ribot, who recruited a bunch of singers (including Steve Earle, Tift Merritt, Syd Straw, and Meshell Ndegeocello) to voice historical songs and a few originals.

Explaining “Bella Ciao” Ribot says, “Mussolini’s voodoo economics led Italy into a generation of poverty and a senseless war with hundreds of thousands of Italian casualties—including over 30 thousand Partisans. This song tells the story of one of them. At a tender moment when he or she is saying goodbye to her lover (Bella Ciao=goodbye, beautiful) and trying to imagine what it means to fight for freedom. I played Tom a bunch of the tunes and he immediately bonded with that one. “Of course, he brings a certain gravitas to everything he does—my Italian friends say he sounds exactly like an old ‘partigiano’ (resistance fighter)!”

Portions of the album’s proceeds will be donated to The Indivisible Project, an organization that helps individuals resist the Trump agenda via grassroots movements in their local communities.

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New Tom Waits Video: Hell Broke Luce

Video: Tom Waits – “Hell Broke Luce”

Tom Waits - "Hell Broke Luce"

After some intriguing teaser images, Tom Waits has released his a new video for a song from his 2011 album Bad As Me a day earlier than expected. Directed By Matt Mahurin. Still no word on a tour to promote the album.

As a bonus, here’s a couple of videos from Waits’ recent forays in late night television last month.

Video: Tom Waits – Jimmy Fallon interview

Video: Tom Waits – “Raised Right Man” (live on Jimmy Fallon)

Video: Tom Waits – David Letterman interview

Video: Tom Waits – “Chicago” (live on David Letterman)

New Tom Waits Video: Satisfied

Tom Waits - "Satisfied"

It’s always a pleasure to see Tom Waits getting freaky in a new video. While it might be possible to argue that he’s been treading a lot of the same ground since 1992’s Bone Machine, he continues to raspily breathe new life into his form. The new album, Bad As Me, sticks to the formula of mixing a bunch of clangy brawlers with a few (too few) moving bawlers, but hey, it’s Tom Waits. Nobody else is making music anything like this so if he wants to release the same damn album every five years, I’ll keep buying them and loving them.

“Satisfied” features Keith Richards and Marc Ribot on guitars. It’s a shame Waits couldn’t get Keith to appear in the video. I can picture old Cap’n Keef dancing around like a wasted pirate in the backyard.

When I’m gone
Roll my vertebrae out like dice
Let my skull be a home for the mice
Let me bleach like the bones on a beach
I’ll be hard like a pit from a peach

Good old Tom Waits.

More silver discs. Please.

Tom Waits, 2002I stumbled across this great 2002 interview with Tom Waits from the The A.V. Club. As with most Tom Waits interviews, it’s full of great quips, stories, and factoids. This one jumped out to me:

You know what I really love? The CD players in a car. How when you put the CD right up by the slot, it actually takes it out of your hand, like it’s hungry. It pulls it in, and you feel like it wants more silver discs. “More silver discs. Please.” I enjoy that.

I’ve been on a major Waits kick lately while reading Barney Hoskyns’ fascinating biography, Lowside of the Road: A Life of Tom Waits.

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Download Eight Live Tom Waits Songs

Tom Waits is offering a free, eight-song preview of his upcoming live album, Glitter and Doom Live.

The way it works is the standard Topspin deal: you submit your email address, and then they email you a link to a 78 MB zip file. You download it, unzip the 320kbps MP3s, listen to them, and enjoy. If you are so inclined, you pre-order the album and everybody’s happy.

Glitter and Doom Live is a two-disc collection of recordings from his 2008 tour of the US and Europe. Disc one contains 17 songs. 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.” It’ll be fun to have that stuff whether or not you ever go back and listen to it more than once.

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Beck interviews Tom Waits

Beck has started a new thing on his website called Irrelevant Topics that features “conversations between musicians, artists, writers, etc. on various subjects, without promotional pretext or editorial direction.” To kick it off, he offers “Tom Waits x Beck Hansen : Pt. 1,” and it’s a great read. Talking about songs disappearing over the years:

BH: There’s sort of a planned obsolescence or something. That’s just part of it.

TW: Yeah and we have every generation making a whole bunch of new ones. Even though the generation before says, “What’s wrong with these tunes? We’ve got plenty of good tunes lying around here. What are you making new songs for? We’ve got cool songs about everything you’re writing about. We’ve got plenty of songs about girls.” “No, no. That’s all right, Dad. We’re doing something else, something cooler over here. You go ahead.” And the dad says, “Do you know Jimmy DURANTE? Have you ever heard of Jimmy Durante?”

Looking forward to Pt. 2, and upcoming interviews.

MP3s: (courtesy of Anti-)

Tom Waits – “Hold On”

Tom Waits – “Alice”

Tom Waits – “Another Man's Vine”

Tom Waits – “How's It Gonna' End”

Tom Waits – “Road to Peace”

Tom Waits – “You Can Never Hold Back Spring”

Tom Waits – “Bottom of the World”

Tom Waits Is Satan

Tom Waits As Mr. Nick/The Devil

Tom Waits will portray Satan himself in Terry Gilliam‘s upcoming film, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus.

“How do you play the devil?,” muses Waits of his second pairing with the filmmaker. “How do you play an archetype that large, that deep in history? I finally realized that I was just going to have to play it myself — it’s my devil. It’s the way I play the devil.”

Should be good. You know there ain’t no devil, there’s just God when he’s drunk…

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Stream Tom Waits in Concert


NPR‘s All Songs Considered is streaming the July 5 Tom Waits concert at Atlanta’s Fox Theater. I’m listening right now, and it sounds great. 2 hr, 21 min, 41 sec.

The oldest songs in the set list are “‘Til the Money Runs Out” and “On the Nickel” off 1980’s Heartattack and Vine. Why’s he gotta hate his 70s material so much? I mean, this is a fantastic set—don’t get me wrong. Depending how you count, dude’s released somewhere between 18-20 studio albums. Why’s he gotta completely neglect the first six?

MP3: Tom Waits – Atlanta, July 5, 2008 (129 MB)

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Tom Waits interviews Tom Waits

Tom Waits‘ True Confessions (A conversation with himself)

I must admit, before meeting Tom, I had heard so many rumors and so much gossip that I was afraid. Frankly, his gambling debts, his animal magnetism, coupled with his disregard for the feelings of others… His elaborate gun collection, his mad shopping sprees, the face lifts, the ski trips, the drug busts and the hundreds of rooms in his home. The tax shelters, the public urination… I was nervous to meet the real man himself. Baggage and all. But I found him to be gentle, intelligent, open, bright, helpful, humorous, brave, audacious, loquacious, clean, and reverent. A Boy Scout, really (and a giant of a man). Join me now for a rare glimpse into the heart of Tom Waits. Remove your shoes and no smoking, please.

Q: What’s the most curious record in your collection?
A: In the seventies a record company in LA issued a record called The best of Marcel Marceau. It had forty minutes of silence followed by applause and it sold really well. I like to put it on for company. It really bothers me, though, when people talk through it.

Hear a snippet of the “most interesting recording” Tom Waits owns after the jump…

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