Monday, April 13, 2015

Tom Waits to perform on Letterman's Late Show

According to Consequence of Sound, Tom Waits will be performing on CBS's Late Show hosted by David Letterman. 

From Consequence of Sound:
David Letterman has just 28 episodes left before he signs off as host of CBS’s Late Show. As you might expect, a number of entertainment’s biggest names — from actors, to comedians, to musicians — will be appearing on the show in the coming weeks to bid Letterman adieu.
On a musical front, perhaps the biggest highlight is Tom Waits. The reclusive musician has been a frequent guest of the Late Show over the years, most recently appearing in 2012 in support of his last album Bad As Me. It’s unclear if Waits will be performing on the show, but if he does, it’ll mark his first time on-stage in nearly two years. Update: We’ve confirmed Waits will be performing.
Cinemablend, Deadline, Pitchfork and Entertainment Weekly also carry the news Waits will be appearing on the Late Show (they do not use the word 'performing').

Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Tom Waits For No One scrapbook crowdfunding campaign

A first attempt at funding a Tom Waits for no one project didn't succeed, but John Lamb has started another campaign to get his scrapbook published.

This time, the Tom Waits For No One: The Illustrated Scrapbook campaign focuses more on the actual book (and no longer on the 35th anniverseary of the animated short movie).
With the help of this campaign, the finest elements of the film, including animation cels, rotoscope drawings, character studies, backgrounds and a rare 1979 Tom Waits interview about the film are being compiled into a gorgeous hardcover book with 160 pages documenting the artwork and inspiration behind Tom Waits For No One.


This Kickstarter campaign will fund a limited run of 250 hardcover books and if our funding goal is met, we will open up additional, exciting stretch goals with a goal of recovering the original live action footage and restoring the film itself.
The goal is set at $8,250, and with 25 days to go, almost 7,000$ has been pledged.

More info at


Sunday, February 08, 2015

Tour rumours

I am well aware there are some tour rumours floating around. If you haven't read anything about any upcoming shows here, it is because I have no indication there is anything to substantiate those rumours. As soon as I have some facts, I'll post them.

Blind Willie Johnson project update

An update from the Kickstarter project Help produce the songs of Blind Willie Johnson:
The Tom Waits recordings of Soul of a Man and John the Revelator are finished as is Maria McKee's recording of Let Your Light Shine on Me.  Similar to the confusion around Mother's Children, there was a Texas slide player called Smith Casey by the Library of Congress though some say his real name is Casey Smith. You will be excited to learn Mr. Waits' recording of Soul of a Man is built around a sample of Casey's 1939 recording of East Texas Rag. 

Matt Mahurin Waits book

Matt Mahurin - director of the videos for Hold On, What's He building in there and Hell broke Luce - is preparing a Tom Waits book. Looking at the pictures on his website this looks to be a very promising project.
 A collection of over 200 pages of photographs. paintings, drawings, digital images and live performance shot—as well as conceptual images of everything from a Tom Waits jetpack to an x-ray of his suitcase.

He has also some nice Waits pictures for sale.

Sunday, December 07, 2014

Happy Birthday

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

Thursday, December 04, 2014

Another hat auction

An authographed hat donated by Tom Waits, "from his personal wardrobe", is up for auction over at Proceeds go to the ACLU of Southern California.

The hat was personally owned and used by Tom Waits and now comes to you signed and a perfect addition to your music memorabilia collection.

 PS: Similar auctions were held back in February 2014 and in November 2012