Monday, April 11, 2016

Tom Waits to star in Hulu series Citizen

Tom Waits has joined the cast of Citizen, Hulu’s supernatural drama pilot, from director Alfonso Gomez-Rejon, Deadline reports.
Waits will play Cesar, a priest who is a walking anachronism of virtue and vice, mostly virtue. A proudly anti-authoritarian man, Cesar runs a guerrilla humanitarian outfit with questionable legality from his church in Boyle Heights.

Thursday, February 11, 2016

Another new song by Tom Waits: The soul of a man

You can listen to The soul of a man - another Blind Willy Johnson song sung by Tom Waits from the upcoming album God don't never change - over at Alligator Records' website.

From the liner notes:
The Soul Of A Man performed by Tom Waits
Tom Waits: Vocals • Casey Waits: Drums • Kathleen Brennan: Background Vocals
Produced by Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan • Engineered by Karl Derfler • Production Coordinator: Jodie Wilson
Traditional: Blind Willie Johnson/Arranged by Tom Waits. © 2014 Jalma Music, ASCAP Tom Waits, Under License to Burning Rose Productions, Ltd.
Samples: Smith Casey “Country Rag (East Texas Rag)” from the John and Ruby Lomax Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Used courtesy of Odyssey Productions, Inc.

New Tom Waits recording: John the revelator

What better way to break a long spell without Tom Waits news than a new recording? Here's John the revelator from the upcoming album God don't never change - the songs of Blind Willie Johnson.

From the liner notes at Alligator Records:
John The Revelator performed by Tom Waits
Tom Waits: Vocals, Cigar Box Banjo • Casey Waits: Drums
Produced by Waits/Brennan • Engineered by Karl Derfler • Production Coordinator: Jodie Wilson
Traditional/Arranged by Tom Waits, Adapted by Son House. © 2015, Jalma Music, ASCAP, Sondick Music, BMI P Tom Waits, Under License to Burning Rose Productions, Ltd.

UPDATE (Feb. 12): Looks like the video has been removed from Youtube. You can still listen to the song at the Alligator Records website (although regional restrictions might apply, so I'm told).

Monday, December 07, 2015

Happy birthday, Tom Waits

On December 7, 1949, Thomas Alan Waits was born to Jesse Frank Waits and Alma Johnson McMurray.

Monday, October 19, 2015

Tom Waits Library reopened

As you probably have heard, the TW Library is back online. Same content, new Librarian (and a new URL:

Friday, October 16, 2015

Animated Big Time interview

A recently 'unearthed' interview with Tom Waits, conducted in a London studio shortly after the release of the film Big Time, was animated by Patrick Smith for PBS' Blank on Blank series.

The complete 1988 interview with journalist Chris Roberts can be found at Rock's Backpages (subscribers only).


Saturday, May 30, 2015

Scott Smith photograph exibition

Govinda Gallery presents an exhibition of Scott Smith’s photographs of Tom Waits at Mr Musichead Gallery in Los Angeles May 29 - June 15.

Smith photographed Waits in the early 70's and some of his shots were used for the artwork of The Heart Of Saturday Night album.

© Scott Smith
Posted by Govinda Gallery on Thursday, May 28, 2015