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.

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Eine durchschnittliche Folge dieses Podcasts dauert 18m. Bisher sind 354 Folge(n) erschienen. Dies ist ein wöchentlich erscheinender Podcast.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 21 hours 44 minutes

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Song by Song Teaser


Welcome to Song by Song - we are Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two musicians who, out of some obsessive completist compulsion, have decided to listen to and discuss every single Tom Waits track in chronological order. Join us weekly, episode by...


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 2015-09-13  1m
 
 

episode 1: Ol' 55, Closing Time, Tom Waits [001]


Tom Waits's first album, Closing Time (1973) opens with Ol' 55, a mournful ballad of late night and early morning driving. Martin and Sam kick things off with discussion of covers, quaaludes, intrusive guitar players and driving a Buick Roadmaster in...


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 2015-09-14  12m
 
 

episode 2: I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You, Closing Time, Tom Waits [002]


Sam and Martin follow track one of Closing Time with the bold choice of track two, I Hope That I Don't Fall in Love with You, discussing counting elephants, authenticity of space and the brutality of live performance. Song by Song is Martin Zaltz...


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 2015-09-15  13m
 
 

episode 3: Virginia Avenue, Closing Time, Tom Waits [003]


Closing Time continues with Virginia Avenue, a wander through the late night streets of 1970s LA and through a song that both Martin and Sam seem to have forgotten about until today. Trumpet players, the voice as instrument and background storytelling...


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 2015-09-16  11m
 
 

episode 4: Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards), Closing Time, Tom Waits [004]


We finally get some real disagreement with this fourth track from Closing Time, Old Shoes (& Picture Postcards) - as the Dylan influence starts to show Sam rails against the pointlessness of the track while Martin defends the folk influences of...


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 2015-09-17  7m
 
 

episode 5: Midnight Lullaby, Closing Time, Tom Waits [005]


Lulled by children’s rhymes and traditional tunes, Martin and Sam start to talk about Waits’s lyrical content (or lack thereof), as well as personality vs. persona, tenderness compared with romance and a magpie attitude to language and songs. Song...


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 2015-09-18  12m
 
 

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....


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 2015-09-19  12m
 
 

episode 7: Rosie, Closing Time, Tom Waits [007]


Utterly unable to keep their minds out of the gutter, Martin and Sam get seriously stuck on one particular lyric, but push through to talk about Closing Time as an album, falsetto singing and courtly language. Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and...


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 2015-09-20  10m
 
 

episode 8: Lonely, Closing Time, Tom Waits [008]


Sparse and open orchestration, dissonant ringing and obscure meaning all feature in the discussion of what Sam considers the most interesting song of the album, with debate over vocal authenticity vs technical ability and musical theatre performance....


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 2015-09-21  12m
 
 

episode 9: Ice Cream Man, Closing Time, Tom Waits [009]


Things kick up a gear as Martin and Sam discuss the energetic outlier of Closing Time’s second half. Discussion includes explicit lyrics, comic-book ice-cream sellers and the swing era of the Big Band. Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam...


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 2015-09-22  12m
 
 
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