Saturday, September 23, 2006

Download: Tom Waits - Bottom of the World

A free download turned up this week on Pitchfork from Tom Waits, called Bottom of the World. It'll be featured on Orphans, a 54-song collection of new and rare tracks due on November 21.

If you're already a Waits fan, you should grab this. If you're not already a Waits fan, you should definitely consider becoming one.

This is classic Waits - Pitchfork picks out one of the signature lines as: "Well I dined last night with Scarface Ron on Tilapia fishcakes and fried black swan" - with his dark subject matter and his gravely, whiskey-washed, world-weary voice. I haven't played this for Jen yet. He could join Antony in her doghouse.

Meanwhile, if you're a newbie, let me recommend a few tracks off the top of my head from my sadly limited Waits collection: The Piano Has Been Drinking (Not Me), Tom Traubert's Blues, Jersey Girl, Heartattack and Vine ("Don't you know there ain't no devil, there's just God when he's drunk"), Small Change, Hoist That Rag, The Fall of Troy, Lowside of the Road, Get Behind the Mule, Hold On, (Heck, the whole Mule Variations album), Day After Tomorrow.

[mp3: Tom Waits - Bottom of the World]

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