Tuesday, January 10, 2017

Grammy nominations for God don't never change

The album God don't never change: The songs of Blind Willie Johnson, which includes two contributions by Tom Waits (The soul of a man and John the revelator) has been nominated for a Grammy in the categorie 'Best roots gospel album'. 

The song Mother's children have a hard time by The Blind Boys of Alabama from the album was nominated in the category 'Best American roots performance'.

Monday, December 12, 2016

Waits short story to be published next year

Tom Waits is one of the musicians involved in creating Stories for Ways and Means: an illustrated book of short stories for adults, which will be published by record label Waxploitation somewhere next year. A promo clip on SFWAM.org seems to indicate Tom Waits might be collaborating with painter Joe Coleman for his contribution.

According to Creative Review, Jeff Antebi, who conceived the project, says Waxploitation is also developing a VR version of the book and turning some of the stories into longer animated films and plans to launch a gallery exhibition showcasing original artwork.

Proceeds from sales of the book will benefit Room to Read, Pencils of Promise, and 826 National among a number of non-profits working to build schools and educate children around the world.

From SFWAM.org:
Ten years ago the founder of Waxploitation, Jeff Antebi, had an idea to ask his favorite music artists and favorite contemporary painters to come together and collaborate on original children’s stories for a benefit project. 
Today, 29 of those pairings make up the 350 page book project called Stories for Ways & Means.  
The book includes stories from Tom Waits, Nick Cave, Frank Black, Justin Vernon, Laura Marling, Devendra Banhart, Alison Mosshart and Kathleen Hanna as well as painters/illustrators like Anthony Lister, Dan Baldwin, Swoon, Will Barras, James Jean, Ronzo, Kai & Sunny, and more. 
Guest narrators came along for fun as featured voices in short promo films: Danny Devito, Zach Galifianakis, Nick Offerman, Phil LaMarr, King Krule, and Lauren Lapkus. .
The regular (hardcover) edition is available for pre-order at $98. The exclusive signed edition (not by Tom Waits, as far as I can tell) will set you back $500 (shipping not included).

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Happy birthday, Tom Waits

On December 7, 1949, Thomas Alan Waits was born to Jesse Frank Waits and Alma Johnson McMurray.

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

Waits congratulates Dylan

Kathleen Brennan and Tom Waits congratulated Nobel Prize winner Bob Dylan on Twitter.

Sunday, September 18, 2016

Tom Waits fails in trying to stop a french show using his songs

Tom Waits has lost a court case trying to stop the french production On Achève Bien les Anges, claiming the Zingaro company did not have permission to use his work.

The ruling does not affect a separate case Waits is bringing against the theatre for using his work without his permission.

Source: The Guardian

J’ai le sentiment que quelqu’un m’a fait les poches pendant que je tournais la tête et c’est désagréable.
I've got the feeling somebody went through my pockets when I had my head turned and it's disagreeable. 
(Tom Waits in Vanity Fair France)

Friday, July 22, 2016

PEN award for Waits and Brennan

According to the San Diego Tribune, Tom Waits and Kathleen Brennan will receive a PEN New England’s Song Lyrics of Literary Excellence Award, The award has previously been presented to Chuck Berry, Randy Newman, Kris Kristofferson and Leonard Cohen.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Waits tribute to Merle Haggard

Tom Waits has written a tribute to Merle Haggard, who died on april 6th, in Rolling Stone.