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 19m. Bisher sind 361 Folge(n) erschienen. Dieser Podcast erscheint wöchentlich.

Gesamtlänge aller Episoden: 5 days 1 hour 54 minutes


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episode 1: Heartattack and Vine, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [068]

We're back! Kicking off season seven we play host to Martin's in-laws, as the power-couple of Lawyer Miranda Zaltzman and Beggarman/Thief Andy Zaltzman join Song by Song for a rundown of children's rhymes, breakfast foods and cricket statistics. Song...


 2017-03-01  17m

episode 2: In Shades, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [069]

As Waits gives his voice a well-earned rest, Andy and Miranda return to listen to this electric instrumental. With some biographical details, an honest exploration of our own ignorance regarding hip hop, and a trip through Andy's eBay history, Song by...


 2017-03-08  12m

episode 3: Saving All My Love for You, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [070]

Back one more time with Miranda and Andy, we dive right into the gender politics of criticising women for breaking their shoes and dressing up like cars, as well as Waits borrowing the childrens television music of Bryan Daly (circa 1981, not 1986,...


 2017-03-15  15m

episode 4: Downtown, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [071]

Martin and Sam welcome Sarah Cook to the show, as Waits returns to the street life he loves (or despises?) so well. As the song explores the geography as well as the politics of the city's downtown in the 1980s, we also look at some alternate...


 2017-03-22  15m

episode 5: Jersey Girl, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [072]

There's some confused feelings this week on Song by Song, despite feeling overwhelmingly positive about the track. Leading off with spirited debate about the pros and cons of the line "sha-la-la-la-la-la-la-la" (I think that's the correct number of...


 2017-03-29  11m

episode 6: 'Til The Money Runs Out, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [073]

We have some difficulties parsing the meaning of the track this week, as Sarah, Martin and Sam visit some confusing (and perhaps terminal?) lyrics in 'Til The Money Runs Out. With side-by-side comparisons between this and Downtown a couple of episodes...


 2017-04-05  15m

episode 7: On the Nickel, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [074]

This week on Song by Song, Vera Chok takes us all the way back to the beginning by questioning "this whole Tom Waits thing", as well as going through one of Waits's most hobo-centric songs in this lullaby for the down-and-out. We also revisit the...


 2017-04-12  14m

episode 8: Mr Siegal, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [075]

More detritus of Americana this week, as Vera, Martin and Sam look at the inspiration provided by Bugsy Siegel, Murder Inc. and the early days of Las Vegas on this Waits track. With some discussion of the juxtaposition of sexiness and violence in this...


 2017-04-19  16m

episode 9: Ruby's Arms, Heartattack and Vine, Tom Waits [076]

The question this week is whether Waits is walking away from a long-term lover or a one-night-stand, as Vera, Sam and Martin take one last longing backwards look at Heartattack And Vine before walking away and catching a train. There's some discussion...


 2017-04-26  23m
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