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episode 6: Martha, Closing Time, Tom Waits [006]

Sam and Martin reach the iconic, eulogic apex of Closing Time, as Tom Waits makes a long-distance call to an old flame. Narrative structure and resolution, Sam’s hatred of oboes and the Meatloaf reading of Gilliam’s Brazil all come up. Honestly.

Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two musicians listening to and discussing every single Tom Waits track in chronological order.

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Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include: Martha, Closing Time, Tom Waits (1973) Martha, Sefronia, Tim Buckley (1973)

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 2015-09-19  12m