Thursday, November 09, 2017

Jay Blakesberg retrospective

A retrospective of photographer Jay Blakesberg's career opens tonight at the Harvey Milk Photo Center in San Francisco.

Blakesberg has made some well-known pictures of Tom Waits.







Tuesday, November 07, 2017

Tom Waits Songwriters Hall of Fame nominee


Tom Waits is one of the nominees for the 2018 Songwriters Hall of Fame, officials told the Associated Press on Monday.

Other nominees are Mariah Carey, N.W.A., John Mellencamp, Tracy Chapman, Alice Cooper, Jimmy Cliff, the Isley Brothers, Chrissie Hynde, Alan Jackson, Kool & the Gang and Tom T. Hall.

Non-performing nominees are William Stevenson, Bill Anderson, Maurice Starr, Allee Willis, Steve Dorff, Mike Chapman, Randy Goodrum, Tony Macaulay and Jermaine Dupri. Nominated songwriting duos include Kye Fleming and Dennis Morgan, Denny Randell and Sandy Linzer and L. Russell Brown and Irwin Levine.

Six songwriters, or songwriting groups, will be officially inducted at a gala in New York on June 14. Eligible members can vote for three non-performing songwriters and three performing songwriters until December 17.

Instrumental version of Innocent when you dream

From Facebook:


Tom Waits recorded an instrumental version of his well known song, “Innocent When You Dream” for the player piano in the lobby of artist Banksy’s Walled Off Hotel, which is located in the shadow of the wall separating Palestine from Israel. To mark the 100 year anniversary of Britain’s former colonization of Palestine and its disastrous consequences, Banksy has mixed opulence and dystopia with his desire to highlight the daily lives and art of Palestinians. The Irish are no strangers to strife and division, and Waits selected this Irish tinged waltz because of its lyrical and wistful mix of regret and dreams for a world without walls.

Saturday, October 28, 2017

Update on the remasters

ANTI- Records has some more info on the remasters to be released later this year.
In short: 


  • Real Gone has been fully remixed
  • We're getting 'individual releases' of each of the 3 discs of Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards
  • From ANTI-: “Remastering significantly improves the quality of sound files and restores the integrity and intent of the original recording. Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan personally oversaw this process for both the vinyl and digital formats of the catalog.”
  • A Tom Waits quote: “This restoration project could arrogantly be compared to restoring a faded tapestry, a painstaking process that requires meticulous attention to each color faded thread.  Spending months on something completed once, many years ago was necessary though cursedly laborious for us.”

More about the individual albums on ANTI-'s website.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Catch up on your videos

TomWaits.com has put up some 'previously unavailable content' from Rain Dogs.

Albums remasters coming

Remastered versions of Tom Waits’ ANTI- Records catalog are being released on cd and vinyl the coming months, 'Including a new, remixed version of Real Gone', according to ANTI-.

Release dates:
  • November 10th: Bad As Me 
  • November 24th: Real Gone, Alice and Blood Money 
  • December 1st: Glitter & Doom 
All albums are available for pre-order at the King's Road Merch online store. Amazon has some of them available as well.

A similar repackaging of Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards, is planned for 2018.




Thursday, September 14, 2017

Long time no see: Tom Waits on stage

Various media outlets reported on a (short) performance by Tom Waits last Monday night, when he joined Mavis Staples on stage at a Lagunitas Brewery in California to perform Respect yourself.