Well here we are again.
Once or twice a year I revisit my favorite CDs and I've come around to Tom Waits classic "Bone Machine".
Anyone who's spent any time on this blog will know how influential Waits music has been on my work.
For those who don't know his work here is a potted history in stages.
1) Kind of beatnik folsky.
2) Jazz based.
3) Blues bleeding around lush strings and horn arrangements.
4) Rock and blues beginning to edge towards his exploration of "junk" music.
5) Experimentation, country, folks, rock, noise onwards and upwards.
Personally, it's the most recent stuff I like the most.
It's all visceral storytelling and bashing pots and pans.
The first CD of his I ever listened to was Bone Machine, and this is what I'm listening to as I write this.
It was a demanding listen to someone who doesn't really know his work.
It really did open my eyes to new music and new ways of thinking that have ensured I'll never run with the pack or be a part of the mainstream.
Here are a couple of clips.
Tom rocking out.
Tom doing old folk, accompanied by Felix the Cat for some reason...
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Saturday, March 14, 2009
at 4:23 PM