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Old 12-18-2011, 05:15 PM   #136
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I have woken up with about five of the songs stuck in my head, which very rarely happens after one or two listens, as I usually can't recall how they go, even with albums I like (can only remember The Wall from Yuck, for example).

This is a really good sign.
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Old 12-18-2011, 06:41 PM   #137
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I saw him once when he did like a week at a Broadway theater when I was living in NYC. He did kind of recreate that vibe, hunched over his upright piano growling and mumbling and breaking my heart. It was brilliant. I remember I was in the first row in the mezzanine feeling like the luckiest girl in the world that night.

Because I was an avid liner notes reader as a kid, and used to buy albums by people whose names I recognized from liner notes on other people's records, I began with Waits shortly after Closing Time was released, so getting to see him in the 80s was a huge treat. I dragged a friend who had never heard of him and who pretty much only listened to jazz, and he has been a fan ever since.

Somehow I've never had the opportunity to see him again.
Man that's so cool. Definitely jealous.
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Old 12-19-2011, 12:04 PM   #138
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Set your DVRs. ACL is running 1979's classic Waits episode this Saturday night.
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Old 12-19-2011, 01:01 PM   #139
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Thanks, Deputy. That's gonna be brilliant.
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Alice.

Dear God. Alice.

Cannot form coherent thoughts.

Potato.
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Old 01-22-2012, 02:30 AM   #141
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Back to Alice now that I can form a coherent thought about it.

Wow. That is the best thing to listen to.
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Old 01-22-2012, 06:29 AM   #142
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Listened to The Heart of Saturday Night tonight. Didn't like as much as I do Closing Time. His vocals didn't sound as unique as they usually do at times. I think I need to get my hands on some lyrics though, picked up on snippets here and there that I loved.
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I read a bunch of reviews of Saturday Night that described it as "jazzy," and that naturally piqued my interest. No one was really able to expand on what exactly made it jazzy, though.
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Old 01-22-2012, 11:45 AM   #144
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I like Saturday Night more than Closing Time; it feels a bit more uniquely Waits to me. The latter definitely has a 70s singer/songwriter thing going on in spots, which is very much not his sort of thing, but I tend to forget because I love the songs, in general. I find Saturday Night wittier/funnier too.

In general though, Tom Waits really doesn't start being Tom Waits until Small Change. I'm growing to adore that album, though the first couple albums are very near and dear to my heart.
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I'm still packing to move and still listening to Tom. Seems to be all I want to listen to during this heinous task.

Just listened to Heart Attack & Vine which is one of my favorites that I don't hear people mentioning very often. My college roommate and I drove people crazy (in not a good way) blasting the title song and screaming out the lyrics and stomping around.
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Life advice for Waitsologists from a Waitsologist: if you put your iTunes on shuffle during sexytime, you better hope "Kommienezuspadt" doesn't decide to hop into the queue.
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Life advice for Waitsologists from a Waitsologist: if you put your iTunes on shuffle during sexytime, you better hope "Kommienezuspadt" doesn't decide to hop into the queue.
That would be awkward indeed.
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Old 01-23-2012, 08:28 PM   #148
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How did you recover from that?
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He gave her the "Downtown Train".
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Old 01-31-2012, 01:26 PM   #150
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Listened to Real Gone for the first time in a while this morning. Man, I forgot what a complete slog that thing is to get through.
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