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T5AotW: Week 34
March 29, 2009, 5:18 pm
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Week 34 Mixtape: http://8tracks.com/Yaanon/top-five-albums-of-the-week-week-34

1. Famous Blue Raincoat by Jennifer Warnes
2. The Slider by T. Rex
3. Faster than the Speed of Night by Bonnie Tyler
4. Small Change by Tom Waits
5. Live in London by Leonard Cohen (don’t worry; I’ll buy a real copy soon!)


T5AotW: Week 33
March 21, 2009, 9:08 pm
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Week 33 Mixtape: http://8tracks.com/Yaanon/top-five-albums-of-the-week-week-33

1. Mule Variations by Tom Waits
2. First Impressions of Earth by The Strokes
3. Diamond Dogs by David Bowie
4. Red Hot Blues by Elmore James
5. 24 of Hank Williams’ Greatest Hits

T5AotW: Week 29
February 22, 2009, 6:14 pm
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Week 29

1. Texas by PlayRadioPlay!
A very good album by an up-and-coming musician by the name of Dan Hunter. “Madi Don’t Leave’ Was one of many songs I turned to this week in my emotional distress. And yes, that CD is autographed.

2. Them or Us by Frank Zappa
Didn’t help with the distress, but songs like “In France” and “Stevie’s Spanking” sure do put a smile on one’s face.

3. The Best of the Velvet Underground
I downloaded a lot of VU bootlegs recently and have been listening to those, as well as playing a number of songs on the g-tar.

4. Bob Dylan’s Greatest Hits
I haven’t really listened to a lot of Dylan this week except the song “Positively 4th Street” which represents the other side of my emotional spectrum. An opposing force to “Madi Don’t Leave.” One song pleads for things to stay the same, the only lifts a big middle finger to society.

5. Marc Ribot Y Los Cubanos Postizos by Marc Ribot (not pictured)
Left this one at the bookstore. Very good CD of Cuban music from jazz guitarist virtuoso Marc Ribot. He did wonders when he was with Tom Waits, and he’s done wonders by himself.

T5AotW: Week 19
December 14, 2008, 6:51 pm
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Week 19:

1. Heathen by David Bowie
Got this LP at Cash4Chaos, a little punk rock store near the university. $8. This LP is selling for around $70 on Amazon.com. Pretty sweet. This is one of Bowie’s best albums, from 2002. It’s a very dark and moody album. Not that anyone cares my opinion.

2. Blue Valentine by Tom Waits
“Christmas Card from a Hooker in Minnenapolis” is my favorite Christmas song.

3. Hunky Dory by David Bowie
“Queen Bitch,” “Life on Mars?” “Oh! You Pretty Things,” “Changes.” Great album.

4. Diamond Dogs by David Bowie
Another great Bowie album. Many of the songs were written to be a part of a musical based on George Orwell’s 1984. The musical was never made but the songs exist.

5. Heartattack and Vine by Tom Waits
Got this the same day I got the Heathen record. I love this CD. A perfect bridge between Tom Wait’s gritty lounge music to his hard-driving bluesy avant garde theatrics. I consider this to be his “Station to Station.”

T5AotW: Week Fourteen
November 9, 2008, 5:04 pm
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Week Fourteen: November 9th

Tom Waits week!

1. Swordfishtrombones by Tom Waits
Almost universally hailed at Tom Waits’ breakthrough experimental album, Swordfishtrombones is an album where Waits almost completely discards his old crooner ways and embraces the Captain Beefheart inside us all. Despite its widespread popularity among Tom Waits fans, I really didn’t care for it all too much until recently. Sure it had a number of great songs on it, but I didn’t really get a good feel for what was on it. Well I gave it another listen this week and listened to some of the live versions of those songs on the Big Time album and I have to say I’m impressed. The title track, “16 Shells,” “In the Neighborhood,” “Shore Leave,” “Soldier’s Things,” and many more are classic Waits and I did not realize it until just recently. Wowie zowie!

2. Mule Variations by Tom Waits
One of Tom Waits greatest albums, by far. This album is monumental. Gargantuan. Magnificent. “Eyeball Kid,” “Come on Up to the House,” “Get Behind the Mule.” Lyrically stunning, musically unsettling. Rivals Rain Dogs for Waits’ best album.

3. Small Change by Tom Waits
Early Waits at his best. His second album, I believe. I got this record in a used music store in Montreal when I went up to see Leonard Cohen. $10 I think. There are some really beautiful songs on this album: “Tom Traubert’s Blues,” “Invitation to the Blues,” “I Wish I Was in New Orleans.” Tom Waits sang “Invitation to the Blues” at the concert I went to in Phoenix. Really opened my eyes to the sheer beauty of some of his earlier work.

4. Real Gone by Tom Waits
Tom Waits’ latest studio album and frankly it’s not that great. There are some great songs on the album, but there is also a lot of filler. “Day After Tomorrow” is the song that convinced me of Tom Waits’ genius, and that’s on here, as well as “Make it Rain” and “Hoist That Rag.” The rest is a lot of heavy percussion and Tom Waits beatboxing which is great but there sure is a lot of it.

5. Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers, and Bastards by Tom Waits
Tom Waits’ latest release is a compilation of obscure soundtrack songs, covers, and outtakes but it is absolutely wonderful. Tom covers everyone from Leadbelly to Jack Kerouac to The Ramones, and is able to put a twist on traditional gospel songs that no one else could. Charlie Musselwhite’s harmonica moans beautifully on this collection, as it does on Mule Variations. Three discs of prime Tom Waits. What more can you ask for?