20 years ago today, Tom Waits’ Grammy winning album, Mule Variations, was first released. Mule Variations built on the ideas of Waits’ revolutionary 80's and 90's work. It’s considered by many to be his warmest and most direct work….earthy and wise. The blues abounds throughout. This album was widely acclaimed upon its release for its humanity, and its songs as a testament to Tom Waits legacy as one of the most important songwriters in America.
Tom Waits, Bill Murray, Iggy Pop, and RZA to star in Jim Jarmusch's new zombie film "The Dead Don’t Die," set for release June 14th. Read more about the film here: https://pitchfork.com/news/jim-jarmuschs-new-zombie-movie-starring-tom-waits-rza-iggy-pop-announced/
Available now for preorder: "Tom Waits by Matt Mahurin," a collection of portraits of musician Tom Waits, and the result of a thirty-year collaboration with photographer and illustrator Matt Mahurin. The new book will feature over 150 drawings, paintings, illustrations, digital images, live concert shots and music video stills of Waits as various characters and iterations of himself - visual equivalents of the mysterious and sardonic worlds evoked in his music. Preorder your copy, due out October 8th, here: https://found.ee/mahurinbook
You can watch the new Coen Brother’s film ‘The Ballad of Buster Scruggs’, featuring Tom Waits, now on Netflix or in select theaters in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York. Head to Netflix.com to watch the film, and to find a screening near you visit https://fandan.co/2PufCyp.
Tom Waits has donated a pair of signed gold glitter boots to the Small Steps Project, as part of the Celebrity Shoe Auction – a mission dedicated to helping improve the lives of children who survive on rubbish dumps. You can learn more about the charity here: bit.ly/1WfLBdq And bid on the shoes here: SmallStepsProject.org/Tom-waits
Steve Vai is hosting a 52 hour jam-a-thon right now - with 100% of proceeds benefiting Extraordinary Families, the leading non-profit foster family and adoption agency in Los Angeles, dedicated to improving the lives of children in foster care. Tom has donated a signed denim jacket to the auction, which you can bid on here: https://bit.ly/2xWpBkp
Tom Waits & Jack White hit the town. Read the full article via Pitchfork: http://bit.ly/2OXguqK
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Message from Anti- Records US: It has come to our attention that the recent pressing of Tom Waits’ Closing Time (both black and clear vinyl versions) suffers from severe surface noise due to a manufacturing issue. We are happy to report that the issue has been fixed and are offering everyone who purchased a copy of the flawed LP a replacement. Please fill out the form at the following link, and we will let you know when you can expect your new record. anti.com/news/closing-time We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this has caused. Thank you, Anti- Records
An original, signed Tom Waits Sculpture is up for auction in support of Summerfield Waldorf School and Farm. https://www.biddingforgood.com/auction/item/item.action?id=330779424
'The Heart of Saturday Night' and 'Nighthawks at the Diner', newly restored by Waits/Brennan, are now available on LP. You can pick up a copy of 180g black or clear at tomwaitsstore.com, or support your local independent record store by picking up exclusive color variants of ‘The Heart of Saturday Night’ in 180g yellow, and ‘Nighthawks at the Diner’ in 180g red.
Two of Waits/Brennan and Wilson's avant-garde opera collaborations have been re-staged and are appearing now in Germany. "Alice" is a stage musical about the conflicted mind of the author, Charles Dodgson, better known by his pen name, Lewis Carroll, and his obsession with the young Alice Liddell, who inspired him to write, 'Alice in Wonderland'. Directed by Philipp Moschitz, it's playing at the Metropoltheater through May 27th. More information can be found at https://bit.ly/2rqNfDf, Watch the trailer here: https://bit.ly/2rtgc0B "The Black Rider" is a twisted musical fable retelling an old German folktale about a Devil's bargain. The story as a whole may be construed as a warning tale about the destructive powers of addiction. Directed by Jan Lanenheim, it's playing at Theater Regensburg (Veldrom) with only one final performance on June 6th. More information can be found at https://bit.ly/2HWaJKI, Watch the trailer here: https://bit.ly/2jGr3Ri An overview of both works can be found in this New York Times article: https://nyti.ms/2I6u9c0
Listen to the rebroadcast of Tom Waits' sole radio interview for the release, BAD AS ME. The Australian radio interview was recently replayed to coincide with his remastered catalog releases. For the interview, Waits put together a playlist he felt worked with the intentions for BAD AS ME. Waits played tracks from The Beastie Boys to Jim Reeves and the Rolling Stones for this Take 5 interview. Revisit the interview here: