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25 Years of Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’

25 Years of Tom Waits’ ‘Mule Variations’

With Mule Variations, Tom Waits tamed his vaudevillian guises and showed that he was aging gracefully, while retaining his integrity towards his artistry.

Everything’s a Dollar in This Box: Tom Waits’ ‘Swordfishtrombones’ at 40

Everything’s a Dollar in This Box: Tom Waits’ ‘Swordfishtrombones’ at 40

Tom Waits’ 1983 album Swordfishtrombones signified a seismic shift in the singer-songwriter’s sound. His music would never be the same again.

Tom Waits’ ‘Closing Time’ and the Myth of the Eponymous Debut Album

Tom Waits’ ‘Closing Time’ and the Myth of the Eponymous Debut Album

Tom Waits’ Closing Time serves as the “Swim at Your Own Risk” sign hanging above his musical swimming pool. There’s a whole world waiting beneath that water.

10 Alternative Songs for Your Valentine’s Day Playlist

10 Alternative Songs for Your Valentine’s Day Playlist

These songs for Valentine’s Day playlists live on the fringes, outside that neat little box of what we consider to be typically romantic.

‘Addicted to Noise’: Tom Waits Tests Michael Goldberg’s Sense of Humor

‘Addicted to Noise’: Tom Waits Tests Michael Goldberg’s Sense of Humor

Tom Waits splashes about in his “puddle of consciousness”, testing Michael Goldberg’s sense of humor in this interview excerpted from Goldberg’s new book, Addicted to Noise.

41 Essential Pop/Rock Songs with Accordion

41 Essential Pop/Rock Songs with Accordion

No popular musical instrument has been more frequently maligned than the accordion. Despite gaining hipster cred in the 1990s, its role in pop remains underappreciated.

Between the Grooves: Tom Waits – ‘Bone Machine’

Between the Grooves: Tom Waits – ‘Bone Machine’

Between the Grooves takes a deep dive into Tom Waits' Bone Machine. It's the one fans keep hidden amongst themselves, a secret treasure only the devout are privy to and the seasoned are worthy of. Simply put, it is not for the faint of heart.

The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 2)

The Most Memorable Albums of 1999 (Part 2)

PopMatters is 20 and to celebrate we are looking back at the popular music that defined the year of our birth. Part two covers the most memorable albums from March through June, highlighted by monster hits from the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Moby, and Travis.

VickiKristinaBarcelona Celebrate Tom Waits on “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” (premiere)

VickiKristinaBarcelona Celebrate Tom Waits on “I Don’t Wanna Grow Up” (premiere)

VickiKristinaBarcelona celebrate the singular world of Tom Waits their upcoming debut, Pawn Shop Radio. Hear "I Don't Wanna Grow Up" ahead of tomorrow's single release.

The 15 Best Tom Waits Songs

The 15 Best Tom Waits Songs

From apocalyptic blues boasts to backwoods chant-alongs, here are 15 songs that encapsulate Tom Waits' incredibly varied career.

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Confronts Climate Change with Deadpan Whimsicality

‘The Dead Don’t Die’ Confronts Climate Change with Deadpan Whimsicality

With The Dead Don't Die, Jim Jarmusch deliberately deprives his latest film of the propulsive terrors innate to most zombie films, instead using the genre to matter-of-factly rhapsodize about consumer culture and the inevitability of the apocalypse.

The Beat Goes on with ‘Kerouac on Record’

The Beat Goes on with ‘Kerouac on Record’

These essays explore the connection between Kerouac and the music he loved -- Charlie Parker, Lee Konitz, Chet Baker, Miles Davis and others -- and the musicians who loved him, in turn.