Tom Waits premieres Musikki’s “Artist of the Week”
When we first started discussing the criteria of our “Artist of The Week” highlight, we started asking ourselves who will be the first?
“Songs are really just interesting things to be doing with the air”, Tom Waits.
The American songwriter, composer, performer and actor career is filed with brilliant masterpieces. From the beautifully crafted “Tom Traubert’s Blues (Four Sheets to the Wind in Copenhagen)”, a derivative of the Australian classic folk song Waltzing Matilda, to the exquisite “Chocolate Jesus”, this multitalented storyteller is one of those rare cases that stayed truthful to his art and still manage to be critically acclaimed and commercial successful.
A good description of his eclectic genius was given by Neil Young on Tom’s induction into the Rock And Roll Hall of Fame, “it could have been the motion picture Hall of Fame, it could have been the blues Hall of Fame, it could have been the performers artists Hall of Fame but it was the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame that recognized the great Tom Waits”.
It had to be Tom Waits.
Founder and CEO of Musikki. Co-owned wahWah, an independent record store. Music addict. Used to spend every dime he had on records until he had to start spending most of it on dippers. Favourite artists: The Black Keys, David Bowie, Funkadelic, Feist, Pearl Jam, Bon Iver, James Blake, Bob Dylan, The Kills, Tim Buckley, Van Morrison, Led Zeppelin, Broken Social Scene, Efterklang, The National, Fiona Apple, Jeff Buckley, Andrew Bird, Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros, Radio Moscow, Moon Duo, Midlake, Fanfarlo, Sigur Ros, Liars, Sonic Youth, Lambchop, Joan As Police Woman, Kings of Convenience, Beirut, Twin Shadow, Wooden Shjips, Lisa Hannigan, Jimi Hendrix, Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Arcade Fire, Antony and The Johnsons, Beach House, Alabama Shakes, Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, Tom Waits, Pavement, Stephen Malkmus, Nick Cave and the list goes on and on…