Tom Waits – Real Gone – Review

April 25, 2005

Real Gone is a return to the territory Waits has rummaged through for the past 20 years or so, with a few surprises thrown in to make sure nobody gets bored.

Tom Waits – Blood Money – Review

August 16, 2002

Imagine a drunk, homeless guy with a voicebox shouting about dwarfs and roosters being accompanied by other drunk homeless guys banging on street signs.

Tom Waits – Alice – Review

August 16, 2002

Alice is actually a bit of a throwback, a re-visitation of the more overtly sentimental work of his heavily orchestrated, faux-beatnik early period.

Free the West Memphis Three – Review

June 4, 2001

It’s the kind of stuff that makes your blood boil. The kind of stuff that makes you wonder how some people can remember to breath when they’re this stupid.

Sarre-Chasm – Fun(house) with Technology – Column

June 1, 2000

Thirty years after Elektra unleashed the Stooges’ classic on a disinterested world (“universally panned” crows the new press release), Rhino Handmade has put out a seven CD box set containing every last second of screwin’ ’round with the seven songs on the original record that made it to tape.

Tom Waits – Mule Variations – Review

September 1, 1999

A tent under which we can all get together. The rare artist who can be popular, yet not pander, be critically praised, yet comprehensible to the average jerk.

Down by Law – Review

May 1, 1996

His films are portraits; walking, talking photos of down-and-outers reaching for a glimpse of what lies over the wall their misery and indifference has erected.