Dec 7, 2016
As we come to Elizabeth and Caspar's final episodes with Sam and Martin, Song by Song returns to the bleak streets of LA for the violent shooting of a Latino gang-leader. Revisiting some of the structural issues from the previous episode, more of Waits's musical experimentation (even as he re-explores story ideas already covered in previous albums) and the sense of reality delivered by Waits and Johnny Cash all make up this week's discussion.
(Thanks to Rob Maher for the "Kenny's Dead" theory on twitter.)
Song by Song is Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay; two musicians listening to and discussing every single Tom Waits track in chronological order.
Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes
Romeo Is Bleeding, Blue Valentine, Tom Waits (1978)
The Streets Of Laredo, American IV: The Man Comes Around, Johnny Cash (2002)
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