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Sunday, May 9, 2010

Deep Cuts From Bloggy's Vault: Experimental

Tom Waits Real Gone
Few musicians reach the level of respect that Tom Waits, with a solid 30 years of shattering perfomances worldwide, has achieved. Waits is practically his own genre of music that incorporates elements from pre-rock jazz and blues, with industrial beats and bleak vaudeville/cabaret performance art.

From gravel-throated rancorous ballads to surly underground misfits and heartbroken travellers on Alice, to experimental, flowing choruses in his breakout 1983 album "Swordfishtrombones" (and follow-up album "Rain Dogs") to unlikely, fractured melodies in "Real Gone": there is no doubt that Waits is a bleary-eyed, raucous American institution.

Tom Waits - Hoist That Rag.mp3 (4.9mb)

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