New Music Tuesday: Tom Waits

Most humans have what medical doctors call a “voice box”.  I don’t want to get all technical on you, but this is where singing comes from.  Still with me?  Ok, well Tom Waits doesn’t have a “voice box”.  In its place he has a cement mixer filled with rusty nails, broken bottles, cement blocks and malt liquor.  When he opens his mouth and that thing gets a churning it is like nothing you are currently listening to.

Tom WaitsMost people know of Tom Waits because of other singers that have covered his songs.  That list includes Rod Stewart, Bruce Springsteen, and more recently, Scarlett Johansson.  Waits has been writing, performing and touring for over 35 years.  Many in the music industry identify Waits as a pioneer and trailblazer.  So why isn’t he more universally known?  Good question.  Well, Waits is known for approaching music his own way.  His distinctively unique guttural growl of a voice doesn’t lend itself well to top 40 radio.  His quirky on and off stage persona is sometimes hard for folks to understand.  Even with all of that weighing in against him, Waits has a huge cult following and his musical influences run deep.

The beauty of Glitter and Doom Live is that it showcases his small 2008 U.S. tour.  Waits is not known for regular touring, so this live album gives many a glimpse into what his live shows are like.  My favorite tracks are “Lucinda / Ain’ Goin’ Down To The Well No Mo’”, “Falling Down” and “Make It Rain”.

Prepare yourself for something fresh.  Hop right in the cement mixer with Tom Waits and take a tumble.

Promotional video for Waits’ Glitter and Doom Live album

Waits’ “Falling Down”



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Kevin has a long history of discovering the best music out there. He started off as an event coordinator for a ton of different types of shows and slowly started to grow his musical interests over time. Maybe some of those interests included the Baja Men, maybe they didn't.

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