Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Music News & Notes

Tom Waits Delivers Orphans To Vinyl

Glide reports that Tom Waits' gold-certified triple-disc masterpiece ORPHANS: BRAWLERS, BAWLERS & BASTARDS (Anti-) will be reinvented on December 8 as a limited edition vinyl set, complete with a deluxe 12" booklet and six new bonus cuts. The collection totals 62 tracks over seven full length LPs, all pressed on 180 gram vinyl. (In the original CD collection, the package contained 30 new recordings which have now been upped to 32 with two newly recorded tracks as part of the bonus 6 on the vinyl set.)

An assemblage of rare, new and mostly unheard tracks, ORPHANS includes irreverent--or, rather, remarkably relevant-covers of songs by artists as disparate as the Ramones and Leadbelly, along with WAITS compositions originally recorded by other artists. Waits' selections dazzle as sonic experiments and twisted tales.

WAITS says, "Orphans are rough and tender tunes. Rhumbas about mermaids, shuffles about train wrecks, tarantellas about insects, madrigrals about drowning. Scared, mean, orphaned songs of rapture and melancholy. Songs that grew up hard. Songs of dubious origin rescued from cruel fate and now left wanting only to be cared for. Show that you are not afraid and take them home. They don't bite, they just need attention."


Faces Going On the Road Without Rod

Billboard has revealed that the Faces are going on the road but without lead Rod Stewart.

Keyboardist Ian McLagan talked to the magazine about the band's plans, saying they are looking at a spring tour, but Stewart won't be coming along. "If we don't do it very soon, one of us is gonna check out. I'm 64, for chrissakes! We've been waiting and waiting for Rod to say yes; now he's finally said no. He's busy doing other shit. So we're gonna do it."

That other stuff Rod is doing is a 2010 tour to promote his new album Soulbook.

As far as who will join McLagan, guitarist Ron Wood and drummer Kenney Jones is still up-in-the-air. Bill Wyman played with the group at their recent reunion in London, but most likely won't be going on the road as he is not a fan of flying. The top of the list at the moment, per McLagan, is former Sex Pistol Glenn Matlock.

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