Song by Song

Song by Song is a podcast celebrating the music of Tom Waits, hosted by podcaster-musician Martin Zaltz Austwick and actor-musician Sam Pay. Sam and Martin set themselves the goal of listening to Tom Waits’s back catalogue from beginning to end, and devoting an episode to discussing each track. Song by Song is in no way officially linked to Tom Waits, or endorsed by Tom Waits, or associates. All excerpts are used for criticism purposes - please purchase your own copies of the music at your favourite shop, app, or platform to get the full experience and support musicians' work.

Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 18m. Bisher sind 347 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 17 hours 38 minutes


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episode 8: Ain't Goin' Down To The Well / World Keeps Turning / Two Sisters, Orphans, Tom Waits [350/351/352]

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episode 7: Lucinda / Shiny Things / Bone Chain, Orphans, Tom Waits [347/348/349]

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episode 6: Bottom of The World / Little Drop of Poison / Books of Moses, Orphans, Tom Waits [344/345/346]

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episode 4: 2:19/Long Way Home/Heigh Ho!, Orphans, Tom Waits [338/339/340]

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 2022-10-12  32m

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