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 348 Folge(n) erschienen. Jede Woche gibt es eine neue Folge dieses Podcasts.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 4 days 18 hours 14 minutes

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episode 1: Singapore, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [107]


Returning for season 10, Song by Song throws its hat into the live arena in a conversation with John Hodgman and Helen Zaltzman, recorded as part of the London Podcast Festival 2017. In this first of three special episodes, Martin, Sam, Helen and John...


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 2017-10-18  20m
 
 

episode 2: Clap Hands, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [108]


Returning for a second week of live shows, Helen, John, Sam, Martin and the rest of our London Podcast Festival audience dig into the next track from Waits’s 1985 album Rain Dogs. With discussion of intertextuality with songs from the 1960s, debate...


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 2017-10-25  20m
 
 

episode 3: Cemetery Polka, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [109]


For our third week at the London Podcast Festival, John and Helen help us pick apart some of the exaggerated family narratives at play in this third track from Rain Dogs. Waits's preoccupation with the exoticisation of deformity, the vocal effect of...


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 2017-11-01  18m
 
 

episode 4: Jockey Full of Bourbon, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [110]


Back in the studio, Sam and Martin regroup briefly for a discussion of some of the features in this fourth track from Rain Dogs. More magpie work from Waits, cherry-picking children’s rhymes and pirate songs, as well as the unique guitar stylings of...


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 2017-11-08  17m
 
 

episode 5: Tango Till They're Sore, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [111]


As they continue through Rain Dogs, Martin and Sam are joined by Eric Molinsky of the Imaginary Worlds Podcast. Discussion focuses not only on the songwriting of Waits, but also the talk-show stylings of David Letterman, the idea of stepping into...


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 2017-11-15  17m
 
 

episode 6: Big Black Mariah, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [112]


For a second week with Eric Molinsky, Martin and Sam take a look at the image of police as both a mortal figure as well as an existential threat, as well as Waits’s role (through his music) as an ambassador for the strangeness of his worlds. Song by...


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 2017-11-22  17m
 
 

episode 7: Diamonds and Gold, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [113]


For our final week with Eric Molinsky we discuss a Sesame Street crossover, oblique western storytelling, the dreamlike landscapes of Waits’s worlds, and the power of group singing folk music. Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two...


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 2017-11-29  18m
 
 

episode 8: Hang Down Your Head, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [114]


Song by Song welcomes Jon Ronson to the show to discuss the way Waits inspires an image of a world beyond Cardiff, Wales. With the division between the heart and the head, as related to Waits vs. Springsteen, as well as a possible dairy-based spin-off...


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 2017-12-06  19m
 
 

episode 9: Time, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [115]


The lyrical richness of Waits’s writing moves into the foreground again as Jon, Martin and Sam deal with the sense of loss and isolation found in this track, as well as in Jon’s feature film Frank. Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam...


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 2017-12-13  17m
 
 

episode 10: Rain Dogs, Rain Dogs, Tom Waits [116]


We reach the apex of the album (and perhaps the best exemplar of this era of Waits) as Jon, Sam and Martin dig into the portentous imagery of this song as well as some of the real consequences of life on the street. Song by Song is Martin Zaltz...


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 2017-12-20  19m
 
 
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