Tom Waits, Glitter and Doom

by John Holbo on November 16, 2010

This NPR Concerts presentation of Tom Waits, live, on his Glitter and Doom tour, may be the best damn concert recording I’ve ever heard. You can also get it through iTunes. Search NPR concerts.



Anderson 11.16.10 at 3:56 am

I totally apologize for changing the subject, but since this blog is where I first heard of Belle & Sebastian, who now rule my life (at the cost of my wife’s having a crush on Stuart), it seems fair:

Anyone got an op on that live redo of If You’re Feeling Sinister they did a while back, internet-only?

I am I think the last person in North America under 50 not to be doing the i-music thing, but I can get my 15-year-0ld to burn it to a disk if it’s good.


John Holbo 11.16.10 at 4:51 am

Hi Anderson, glad to have had such a wholesome influence on you! No opinion on the live redo, but I would be very interested in hearing it.


ben w 11.16.10 at 5:22 am

I like it, and my opinion is authoritative.


yeliabmit 11.16.10 at 8:19 am

Anderson, if you are now doing the i-music thing, then I must be the last remaining person in North America under 50 not doing the i-music thing.


johann tor 11.16.10 at 1:47 pm

For those without the i-music, there exists a bootleg vinyl of this recording, sounding every bit as good as the NPR ‘cast. I don’t know anymore, is there any thrill in talking about bootleg releases of concerts in this day and age?


David 11.16.10 at 7:54 pm

Thanks. Terrific.


BenSix 11.17.10 at 12:22 pm

The 2nd top rated comment…

My dad was fitting curtains in some posh hotel in Cork which they gave him a room for the night and dinner, this guy gets up from his table and starts playing the panio. He starts to warm up a bit when a waiter taps him on the shoulder saying the panio can only be played by the resident pianist. The guy gets up in a huff and walks out of the hotel and a mob of women run over to the waiter screaming that he just kicked out Tom Waits!


phil wilson 11.21.10 at 7:20 pm

Many thanks for the heads up. The npr podcasts are a rich source of GOOD THINGS. Sound quality is good enough for generation download and some podcasts have video too.

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