Song by Song

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episode 4: Get Behind the Mule, Mule Variations, Tom Waits [258]

The breadth and intimacy of Waits's writing is highlighted by our new guest host, director Justin Audibert, who joins Martin and Sam for this quasi-title track from Mule Variations. We discuss the emotional expression of singing through popular music,...



episode 3: Hold On, Mule Variations, Tom Waits [257]

Waits returns to the vignette form (at least by Sam's estimation) in this sentimental track that (in Martin's estimation) doesn't manage to hit on all levels. The value of sentiment, the origins of songwriting and the "truthfulness" of expression in...



episode 2: Lowside of the Road, Mule Variations, Tom Waits [256]

Chad Clark rejoins Sam & Martin to discuss the second track of Mule Variations... or is it just a retread of the first? We pick apart the synthesis of old/new Waits, alongside more modern music fusions.



episode 1: Big In Japan, Mule Variations, Tom Waits [255]

We return and begin again, this time with Chad Clark of Beauty Pill joining Martin and Sam for the first track of 1999’s Mule Variations. We discuss Chad’s perspective on music label relationships, the production choices and where the album sits...



Mule Variations teaser [254a]

A couple of weeks out from the return of Song by Song to your podcatcher, here's a little preview of some of the conversations we've already recorded.


 2020-10-14  1m

episode 26: Old Shoes, The Early Years vol 2, Tom Waits [254]

Martin and Sam conclude the Early Years with a slight shrug towards this Closing Time demo, albeit with some sadness and mixed feelings. Looking back on both albums, we consider what they illuminate in Waits’s writing, and how the Early Years songs...


 2020-09-16  20m

episode 25: So It Goes, The Early Years vol 2, Tom Waits [253]

Waits taps his inner animal (or two) as Martin Seagull-perches and Sam Puppy-scampers through this penultimate track from The Early Years. And, as a bonus, we take the space to listen to a trio of intervals speaking directly from an animal’s...


 2020-09-09  26m

episode 24: Please Call Me, Baby, The Early Years vol 2, Tom Waits [252]

Dan's working on a crush this week (apologies Sarah), as we dig into crunchy chords, excited grunts and more examples on the piano in this plea by Waits to a wandering love. Personal and instrumental yearning, the interplay between flaws and...


 2020-09-02  21m

episode 23: Diamonds on My Windshield, The Early Years vol 2, Tom Waits [251]

A knee-slappingly good episode with Dan and Sarah, as we return to Waits's love of the beat poets in this sung demo of his spoken-word track from The Heart of Saturday Night. Again we discuss choices and changes as Waits moves from demo to studio, the...


 2020-08-26  19m

episode 22: Grapefruit Moon, The Early Years vol 2, Tom Waits [250]

Actor/musicians and vocal coaches Sarah Mahoney and Dan De Cruz join Martin and Sam for some fruit-based imagery, a little demo/studio comparison, and some proper musical illustration courtesy of a guest with real musical facility. Also, 250 episodes,...


 2020-08-19  19m