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 353 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 21 hours 11 minutes


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

Martin and Sam welcome Hannah McGregor for another trio of Waits’s abandoned children: a hobo lullabye, his contribution to the Shrek-niverse and a tribute to one of 1969’s most unusual solo projects. Plus: how hard would it be for two women in...


 2022-10-26  32m

episode 5: Fish In The Jailhouse / Widow's Grove / Army Ants, Orphans, Tom Waits [341/342/343]

Returning for another eclectic selection of tracks, Amanda, Martin and Sam listen to a pescatarian jailbreak tune, an unusually conversational murder ballad, and Waits-does-Attenborough. We consider the possible origins of Widow's Grove, truth and...


 2022-10-19  33m

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

Martin and Sam welcome actor-musician Amanda Gordon to the show, getting into the groove of 2:19, the history of Long Way Home, and the strange dark texture of Heigh Ho. We discuss the value of grim interpretation, the lyrical flourishes in Waits's...


 2022-10-12  32m

episode 3: Low Down/You Can Never Hold Back Spring/Children's Story, Orphans, Tom Waits [335/336/337]

There's both delights and disappointments this week, as Martin, Sam and Jeu Jeu la Foille find a disappointingly straightforward Brawler with LowDown, a delightful and layered Bawler in You Can Never Hold Back Spring, and a creepy story guaranteed to...


 2022-10-05  35m

episode 2: Lie To Me / Bend Down The Branches / What Keeps Mankind Alive, Orphans, Tom Waits [332/333/334]

Aaaaand… we're off! Guest host Jeu Jeu La Foille rejoins Martin and Sam to tackle the first tracks from our monumental Orphans season, digging into the first tracks of Brawlers, Bawlers and Bastards. We examine the Elvis influence in another...


 2022-09-28  30m

episode 1: Orphans introduction

Next week begins season 22, the behemoth that is Orphans. And so we’re all on the same page, Sam and Martin explain how they (and we) will approach these three albums without breaking all our brains.   website: twitter:...


 2022-09-21  3m

Over/Underrated: New York Art Rock (rebroadcast special)

While Sam and Martin prepare for Orphans, please enjoy a guest-podcast from our friends Fran and Babs of the Over/Underrated Music Podcast, featuring your regular SbS hosts as guests talking about some NY art rock, David Byrne’s lack of love, and...


 2022-09-07  1h40m

episode 18: Chick a boom, Real Gone, Tom Waits [331]

Song by Song gets archeological, uncovering and piecing together muffled lyric fragments in this final episode on the Real Gone bonus track.   website: twitter: @songbysongpod e-mail:   Music...


 2022-08-10  30m

episode 17: The Day After Tomorrow, Real Gone, Tom Waits [330]

Waits reaches out for a form out of his usual style, as Sam and Martin consider who and where this song is coming from, as well as the technique and attitude of Waits’s political work through Real Gone and beyond.   website:...


 2022-08-03  25m

episode 16: Make It Rain, Real Gone, Tom Waits [329]

It's point/counterpoint on Song by Song again, as Martin and Sam divide over Waits's song of loss and yearning. Whether this is a pure form of a classic sentiment or an unnecessary retread of predictable tropes gets turned over, alongside a rare Tom...


 2022-07-27  22m