September 19, 2006

Tom Waits

So I just discovered that Tom Waits has a new album coming out this Fall. Entitled Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers. and Bastards, its a mixture of rare and unreleased material, coupled with 30 new recordings, each of the three discs having it own, unique character.

“Brawlers” is chock full of raucous blues and full-throated juke joint stomp, “Bawlers” contains Celtic and country ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano and classic lyrical Waits’ songs, while “Bastards” is filled with experimental music and strange tales.

Sweet. Something for everyone, and I love every bit of it.

You can hear Bottom of the World from the "Brawlers" disc on the Anti website, or here on my server (just my work machine really) (LINK REMOVED). I can't promise that either will stay up forever, so listen while you can.

An excellent song, in the Tom Waits lonely, rambling ballad tradition. It is simultaneously sad, yet somehow hopeful. He encompasses a certain spirit that permeates American folklore in a way that no one but Woody Guthrie ever has. This is why I love Tom Waits.

Orphans are due November 21st.


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