Tom Waits pens touching letter to beloved, eccentric music producer, Hal Willner

Last week, we lost famed music impresario, Hal Willner, likely to COVID-19. Willner was a beloved figure throughout the music community, and in the wake of his death, there have been many touching tributes and people have been resurfacing all sorts of obscure wonders that demonstrate Willner's tremendous range and his talent for putting together unique and inspiring productions.

Yesterday, American Songwriter posted this letter that Tom Waits wrote in tribute to Willner. Read the rest

MUSIC: 'Come on Up to the House — Women Sing Waits' is outstanding

Tom Waits is 70 years old this year. Read the rest

The sound of my heart getting ready to be broken

Diana Krall's cover of Tom Waits' 'Temptation' is either "Oh, shit! I'm falling in love again." or "Oops. Looks like I fell out of love again."

I prefer the former, and studio version, but this live track is really cool as well:

Less and less in rotation, as the years pass by.

Covers of Tom Waits by women are one of my favorite ways to enjoy his work. I am very much looking forward to the album 'Women Sing Waits' which I believe does NOT feature Krall but should. Read the rest

Cookie Monster performs Tom Waits's "Hell Broke Luce"

7 years ago, I posted Cookiewaits's video mashup of Cookie Monster performing Tom Waits's "God's Away on Business," but I somehow missed that Cookiewaits followed it up the next year with this brilliant mashup for "Hell Broke Luce," which is something of a favorite around these parts. If that's your bag, don't miss the Sesame Street gang performing the Beasties' "Sabotage." (Thanks, Richard Callaghan!) Read the rest

Tom Waits and Marc Ribot collaborate on "Bella Ciao (Goodbye Beautiful)"

From Ribot's album Songs Of Resistance 1942 - 2018.

Waits is a national treasure. Read the rest

Weekend Tunes: Tom Waits' Hell Broke Luce

Memorial Day is upon us. As you enjoy the long weekend, don't forget what that extra day off you're getting this month represents: lower your flags to half mast. Honor the fallen. Celebrate the living who would put themselves between us and harm's way. Read the rest

Watch Iggy Pop and Tom Waits acting weird, as directed by Jim Jarmusch

In Jim Jarmusch's original short film "Coffee and Cigarettes: Somewhere in California" (1993), Iggy Pop and Tom Waits celebrate quitting smoking by having a cigarette, enjoy some awkward chit chat, and confess their love for IHOP coffee. Here's Jim Jarmusch talking about shooting the scene:

Tom was exhausted. We had just shot a video the day before for "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" and he had been doing a lot of press. He was kind of in a surly mood as he is sometimes, but he's also very warm. He came in late that morning - I had given him the script the night before - and I was with Iggy. Tom threw the script down on the table and said, "Well, you know, you said this was going to be funny, Jim. Maybe you better just circle the jokes 'cause I don't see them". He looked at poor Iggy and said, "What do you think Iggy?" Iggy said, "I think I'm gonna go get some coffee and let you guys talk." So I calmed Tom down. I knew it was just early in the morning and Tom was in a bad mood. His attitude changed completely, but I wanted him to keep some of that paranoid surliness in the script. We worked with that and kept it in his character. If he had been in a really good mood, I don't think the film would have been as funny."

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