Even though Tom Waits has not announced any tour dates for his 2011 release “Bad As Me”, and hasn’t toured since 2008’s Glitter And Doom Tour, it doesn’t mean the man isn’t keeping busy. Earlier this week, it was officially announced that the long time collaboration between Mr. Waits and photographer Anton Corbijn will finally come to a head in a limited edition, artsy photo book simply titled “Waits/Corbijn – 1977-2011”.
Scheduled for a May 8th release in US and Europe, and being released by Schirmer-Mosel, the limited edition coffee table book in question will not only have over 200 pages of Tom Waits portraits taken by Corbijn, but will also include 50 pages of the first published collection of musings and photographs taken by Mr. Waits himself. The linen bound book will feature introductions written by director Jim Jarmusch and longtime music critic Robert Christgau.
“It’s rare”, Corbijn says, “to take photographs of someone over a 30+ year period. Our work together developed totally organically and that’s a beauty in itself. We are very serious about our work but when it comes to working together, we’re like children resisting maturity. It’s liberating and a much needed legal drug.”
“Waits/Corbijn ’77-’11” is now available for pre-order here.
Continuing in his quest to maintain his quirky sense of relevance in the pop culture world, Tom Waits had a cameo appearance in the January 6th episode of The Simpsons, entitled “Homer Goes To Prep School”. In the episode, Homer joins the “Springfield Preppers”, an off the grid group preparing for the world’s end. Of course, Waits plays a weathered, growly leader of the survivalist camp.
But wait! There’s more!
Coming February 19th, Anti Records is set to release “Son of Rogue’s Gallery: Pirate Ballads, Sea Songs and Chanteys”
And seriously, who better to team up on an old seafarer’s classic than Tom Waits and Keith Richards? No one. Thankfully that’s who they got! The two Rock And Roll Hall-Of-Famers recorded a version of “Shenandoah” for the upcoming release. Waits’ growl keeps the track afloat, which features a chorus of back-up singers and some minimal but affective guitar playing from Mr. Richards.
This compilation, which I can only deduce will be some fucking amazing songs to drink loads of whiskey and beer to, was curated and created by Johnny Depp, Gore Verbinski and Hal Willner (that’s the star, producer and director of The Pirates Of The Caribbean, folks!). A follow up to 2006’s “Rogue’s Gallery”, Willner told Rolling Stone Magazine, “It is a very different record than Volume 1,” “It seems happier – not as much about torture, sodomy and death.”
“Son Of Rogue’s Gallery” will also feature collaborations from Patti Smith and Johnny Depp, Courtney Love and Michael Stipe, Iggy Pop and a Hawk and a Hacksaw, as well as contributions from ex-Pogue Shane MacGowan, Sean Lennon, Nick Cave and Broken Social Scene among others.
And finally, Seven Psychopaths is set to be released on Blu Ray & DVD on January 29th! Written, co-produced and directed by Martin McDonagh (In Bruges), Psychopaths stars Colin Farrell, Sam Rockwell, Christopher Walken, Woody Harrelson and of course, Tom Waits. Easily one of my favorite films of 2012, Seven Psychopaths follows a struggling screenwriter who becomes wrapped up in the Los Angeles criminal underworld after his friends kidnap a mobster’s Shih-Tzu.
Aside from all this, I suppose it’s worth mentioning that Mr. Waits has received his seventh Grammy nomination for “Bad As Me” in the “Best Alternative Music Album” category. The 55th Annual Grammy Awards will be held on February 10, 2013. Whether he wins or not, maybe this will finally push him forward to tour again.
You hear me, Tom? We’re waiting!
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