There’s something about the power of music: it transforms you to a whole different place from where you physically are. Then there are the actual places that the tunes are composed for, or make mention of. The Tom Waits Map, made by Swedish Waits fan Jonas Nordström, takes that idea and runs with it right across the world map with a pin on every geographic location that Waits has sung about. Obviously, we love it.
Finally. Following the now-legendary mashup of Cookie Monster and Tom Waits, YouTube user CookieWaits is back with the Sesame Street beast mouthing and spitting out another Tom Waits tune, Hell Broke Luce. The video description includes the tantalizing if somewhat doubtful promise that ‘Cookie Monster should get through the entire Waits oeuvre in roughly 537 […]
Vanity Fair recently had paired personalities who would probably never meet and imagined the conversations they would have. These are hilarious: Martha Stewart, for instance, moans about Tom Waits’ dismal gardening skills, to which he wisecracks, ‘I’m the killer, Martha, but you’re the one who’s done time’.
Tom Waits has many famous songs, and the Eyeball Kid, the titular character from one of them, has turned up on Etsy as a crochet creation. Crafted by classically trained soprano Aileen Robinson, this Eyeball Kid is made of acrylic yarn, comes with a detachable brimmed hat, and looks kind of homeless. You can adopt the blue-eyed boy — erm, sorry, ball — for just 22 bucks. That’s a pretty good steal.
Having been shot in November 2011, Philadelphia-based videographer and musician Quinn Arlington Waters (aka Caffeine Machine) is no stranger to traumatic encounters. The video for his single, Nothing To Me, states as much. It uses hauntintingly powerful horn and string arrangements as atmosphere to paint a cinematic one-shot of gore-less voilence. Played from end to […]
We recently made a stop in Boise on our US tour to play an in-store on a Monday evening on a night we didn’t have a show. Didn’t know what to expect, but what we found was a treasure. The Record Exchange has been there for 30 years. The staff was so kind, the record and movie selection was vast, and they had a coffee bar.
I’m ashamed to admit that after 26 years on this planet, I only recently started listening to the outstanding musical offerings of Tom Waits. However, it is true that he does sound a little like the Cookie Monster. This video collides their worlds to joyous effect.