On November 19th, Preservation Hall Recordings will release 504 limited edition hand-numbered 78 rpm vinyl records featuring two tracks by the Preservation Hall Jazz Band with very special guest Tom Waits. Proceeds from the sale of this very special project will benefit the Preservation Hall Junior Jazz & Heritage Brass Band. You don’t have the … Continue reading “Preservation Hall Jazz Band & Tom Waits On 78 rpm Vinyl”
Kids, if you’re not into Tom Waits, I suggest you skip reading this entry altogether. If you are though — or if you like the way Sharl and I illustrate — you may want to read on.
In the above clip, Tom Waits appears on Fernwood 2 Night, a parody talk show, hosted by Barth Gimble (Martin Mull) and sidekick/announcer Jerry Hubbard (Fred Willard), created by Norman Lear as a spin-off/summer replacement from Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman. The show ran from July 4th, 1977 to September 8th, 1977. On it, Waits performs … Continue reading “Tom Waits — Early TV Appearances”
You’ll remember my going on and on about the Tom Waits book Sharl and I illustrated. Ah, well a couple of days ago we finally got our copy: The front- and back-cover with some of the postcards. Some more postcards. It really turned out to be a wonderful book — great attention to detail, typography, … Continue reading “The Tom Waits Book Has Materialized”
It took our pal Tommi Brem and his associate Daniel Knapp two years to translate Jay S. Jacob’s Tom Waits biography, “Wild Years: the Music and Myth of Tom Waits”, into German — Tommi at one point likened it to birthing a baby elephant. Now, finally, the book is about to be published and ready … Continue reading “Tom Waits: Musik & Mythos”
I was really quite enthusiastic about the whole idea when Barry first tagged me on Facebook and proposed it. At first, it sounded all too simple, too easy. The rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Fifteen albums you’ve heard that will always stick with you. List the first fifteen you can recall … Continue reading “Impact (Part Deux)”
Herb Cohen, the tough, litigious manager and label operator who introduced such notables as the Mothers of Invention and Tom Waits during the ’60s and ’70s, died Tuesday of unknown causes in Napa, Calif. He was 77.
On Tuesday afternoon of August 27th, 1974, sometime after 5:30pm, Frank Zappa, George Duke, Chester Thompson, Tom Fowler, Napoleon Murphy Brock and Ruth Underwood took to KCET-TV Channel 28’s Sound Stage B in Culver City, Los Angeles to film a performance for broadcast later that December 8th (and thus becoming the source material for countless … Continue reading “Zappa & Mothers TV Special, 1974”
Update: Contest closed! Winners to be announced shortly — stay tuned… Now that the book is finally up for sale, Sharl and I are giving away: A/ one copy of Tom Waits: Musik & Mythos, the book, along with one set of twelve postcards, and B/ six sets of twelve postcards. Click image to enlarge: … Continue reading “Musik & Mythos Giveaway!”