Waits' Bad As Me at a first glance

You couldn’t have possibly missed Tom Waits’ new album Bad As Me, and lo and behold if it wasn’t just the one that fell into my possession from a crooked crow’s nest this early afternoon.

Tom Waits follows on the same trail he’s been pursuing since Real Gone, minus the heavy percussions, with 16 well-written albeit short tunes that may prove better suited for radio play than recent releases. The poetical though cynical justice flows like it did during the red rainstorms of Blood Money, with clear musical scars from the hard-to-swallow Mule Variations.

When Get Lost looks back to a an imaginary E. Presley we feel the cheap taste of bourbon on the edge and underneath our oratory organs, just the way Waits should do. Then with Face to the Highway we catch a glimpse of the roadside romantic that we all know, but not long enough to taint the sad text of Pay Me.

There’s definitely more musical harmony in this album as compared to MV; a nicely tuned accordion, violin, piano, guitars and glockenspiel bring the point across. I even get guitaric vibes from The Shadows. The slow ballad Back In The Crowd paves the way for Bad As Me that must really kick your gut in a live performance. Though not the strongest song on this record, Kiss Me puts us back in the 70’s.

There’s definitely a little Alice in the mix. The aggression of Hell Broke Luce really doesn’t leave much to the imagination, it’s a songful of fear and loathing. Come New Year’s Eve you have a lump in your throat.

I bought the deluxe edition that naturally won’t fit in my CD shelves and will have to stay out of sight, with the ever-so-artistic Radiohead special editions. I’ll have to get a 2nd normal edition for the shelves. I do like the book though. I was standing in front of the stereo listening to the music and reading the music, and it occurred to me that I was holding the album like a preacher holds the Holy Bible — like some kind of magical weapon against evil. As usual, it’s great to hear Tom Waits again, and I look forward to his next album.
For some reason, there’s a lot of Keith Richards in this release.

Tom Waits presents: "Bad as me"

Better let the man himself do the talking:

«Well, we have a situation here. I’m sorry we had to cut. But apparently there’s no such thing as private anymore. It’s an Internet thing where they say that it’s going to go out everywhere, into the bloodstream, I thought this was a private party — kind of a sneak preview for you and me, but apparently not.»

Join the Tom Waits Private Listening Party! Both anti.com and tomwaits.com are still down. Well, Tom. Nothing says I love you like ‘the slashdot effect’, or a distributed denial-of-service attack, if you wanna be technical about it. Judging from the announcement it may seem as though Tom either doesn’t like someone else stealing his thunder online, or that someone tried to leak songs onto the undernet. Well, I wouldn’t think more of it. I don’t think a couple of bad apples will be able to ruin anything for anyone given the fast horses of digital information. And even if they did, they’re the same kinda bad as me.. Hopefully the new album can pay your bandwidth bills.

  1. Chicago 
  2. Raised Right Men 
  3. Talking At The Same Time 
  4. Get Lost 
  5. Face To The Highway 
  6. Pay Me 
  7. Back In The Crowd 
  8. Bad As Me 
  9. Kiss Me 
  10. Satisfied 
  11. Last Leaf 
  12. Hell Broke Luce 
  13. New Year’s Eve 
  14. She Stole The Blush (bonus cd only) 
  15. Tell Me (bonus cd only) 
  16. After You Die (bonus cd only) 

Track list courtesy of . You can read more about the album details over at his place. Apparently this is a 13 track album, with 3 bonus songs on the deluxe edition, to be relased October 25th. I’m looking forward to it!

Anti mail suggests new Tom Waits release next week!

An e-mail passed around on the Anti label mailing list reads:

There have been rumblings and rumors. New music from Tom Waits, you say? Come to on Tuesday August 23rd, and Mr. Waits himself will set the record straight.

These messages always shines up the brightest as the darkest of days. Last time we got a live album from the man. Can’t wait to hear what the old fox’s up to this time.

Weird Al Yankovic – Alpocalypse

One of my childhood (and adulthood) heroes, Weird Al Yankovic, has dropped his first album in 5-6 years called Alpocalypse already making headlines and getting people in the entertainment industry worried. Rumor has it, one of Lady Gaga‘s minions wanted trouble with Weird Al for his Perform this way (below) even though (rumor has it) the Lady herself really enjoyed it, and was/will be subsequently fired. The drama! According to Weird Al himself, as read on slashdot, Twitter saved his album from oblivion with their Love The Weird campaign.

I heard Party at the CIA on youtube yesterday when I wanted to go download the album to see if I wanted to purchase it. Turned out Weird Al beat me to it, and made his entire album available for streaming! Here’s the stream site and tracklist:

Stream Alpocalypse for free: Weird Al Yankovic ‘Alpocalypse’

  1. Perform This Way
  2. CNR
  3. TMZ
  4. Skipper Dan
  5. Polka Face
  6. Craigslist
  7. Party in the CIA
  8. Ringtone
  9. Another Tattoo
  10. If That Isn’t Love
  11. Whatever you like
  12. Stop Forwarding That Crap To Me

Gotta admit, the man’s got talent. If you don’t know the classics, you must check out: Like a Surgeon (Madonna), Smells Like Nirvana (Nirvana), Eat It (Michael Jackson), Amish Paradise (Coolio), Fat (Michael Jackson), Trapped in the Drive-Thru (Iron Maiden), Headline News (Crash Test Dummies), I’ll Sue Ya (Rage Against the Machine) and White & Nerdy (Weird Al original) — each of which symbols of the time like Lady Gaga may be today. Gotta love the weirdness!

Listening to ccmixter & ditto ditto

While writing a couple of thousand lines in XHTML 1.0 STRICT today, I was listening to random tunes from the previously introduced service called Dig.

There was a lot of great ambient/electro/hip-hop tunes that worked out nice with the tedious work and really turned this day around. From the top of my head Shame (dogmix) and don’t you run (jazz mix) by oldDog, Eye Magic Mix by Lasswell, and Persephone by Snowflake. Then you had the involuntary hilarious Sunrise by Admiral Bob which they pronounced "Samurais", not to forget the sweet samba tune Madrugada a la Gil Evans by The Paloseco Brazz Orchestra.

It strikes me how good some of these productions are. Just coming across something like the great voice samples, songs and music by ditto ditto counts as good luck in the record store any day. Be sure to check out the top three below:

  1. ditto ditto
  2. Aimée(s)..but you are..!
  3. Freedom in our Voices

I link to the mp3s but you can listen chronologically online by visiting the artist page of ditto ditto. It’s all good and all Creative Commons licensed.

Three Versions of Rocket Man

My good friend , the founding father of Truckin’, author of Lost Vegas and slave of the cannibal goddess tipped me off about Taupin & Elton John’s Rocket Man, in the infamous 1978 version by William Shatner. I don’t know about you but I think it’s better than the original. Here are 3 different versions for your amusement:

Rocket Man LIVE by Elton John (1976)

Rocket Man by William Shatner (1978)

Rocket Man Shatner-version performed by Stewie Griffin

Rocket Man lyrics by Elton John and Bernie Taupin:

She packed my bags last night pre-flight
Zero hour nine a.m.
And Im gonna be high as a kite by then
I miss the earth so much I miss my wife
Its lonely out in space
On such a timeless flight

And I think its gonna be a long long time
Till touch down brings me round again to find
Im not the man they think I am at home
Oh no no no Im a rocket man
Rocket man burning out his fuse up here alone

Mars aint the kind of place to raise your kids
In fact its cold as hell
And theres no one there to raise them if you did
And all this science I dont understand
Its just my job five days a week
A rocket man, a rocket man
And I think its gonna be a long long time…

The song’s epic, lyrics are great, and can you spell David Bowie?

Introducing: gmz & ccmixter

This week when watching a video about a music project I really enjoyed their background tune. It turned out that the tune was NOT a part of the project but made by an unrelated artist called ! Really cool, but that’s only half of it!

The music discovery (beta) page at dig.ccmixter.org allows you to listen and download CC licensed music for your own videos, animations and other projects. There’s a lot of electronic music there, most of which is great for work! Check out the video on their About page if you need advanced searching to get your samples fast. Time to go grabbing some mp3s!

Only ye Faithfulle

I got an e-mail this morning from Radiohead, like every other mp3 download pre-order fanboys, with a Happy Easter treat:

ok, so here are two tracks for your listening pleasure: Supercollider and The Butcher. It’s a thank you for being SO supportive of what we do .. p.s. This is not part of a new loyalty points scheme, a Radiohead clubcard or even an air miles redeemable reward type thing… It is just a big old-fashioned thank you! Hope your Spring/Autumn is good.

FYI… ‘The Butcher’ was recorded and mixed during ‘The King of Limbs’ sessions, but we couldn’t make it work on the album; ‘Supercollider’ was started during those sessions and finished off in March of this year.

If you bought the online album, go here for the downloads. Review coming up before Christmas. Burning a CD with my "Radiohead extras" right now!