I am 100% beat. And tomorrow is a whole new ass-kicking. Hopefully, it’ll me as the kicker and not the kickee but only time will tell. As per usual, there’s just enough time left in the day for 1 pint (Brimstone Brewing ‘Lauder Tun Saints‘, 1 chapter (‘The Sex Lives of Cannibals: Adrift in Equatorial Pacific‘ by Maarten Troost) , 2 sausages, some macaroni salad and this ‘Romeo Bleeding: Live From Austin‘ album by Tom Waits.
I found this for $5.00 at the Niagara Records shop on St. Paul Str. in St. Catharines some time ago and was saving for a special occasion.
This is the vinyl version of the DVD released back in 2009. It’s features a classic concert from Waits early career recorded live in Austin on December 5th, 1978.
It’s definitely minimalist Tom , which is the best Tom if you ask me. His backing musicians include Herbert Hardesty (sax, trumpet, flugelhorn), Arthur Richardson (guitar), John Thomassie (drums), and Greg Cohen (bass).
This performance was recorded when ‘Foreign Affair‘ and ‘Blue Valentines‘ were new, so a majority of the material is from those albums. It was also during the height of his “Beat Generation’ days, so a lot of it is spoken word and he doesn’t really sing the songs like he does on the albums. But it is still immensely enjoyable. Kelly doesn’t really think so but, hey, what does she know – AM pop princess that she is.
The instrumentation is classic jazzy blues Waits style. Highlights include ‘Summertime/Burma Shave‘, ‘A Sweet Little Bullet From a Pretty Blue Gun‘, ‘Small Change/Hey, Big Spender‘, and the title track.
Amazing stuff really.
It’s was totally relaxing. Well, for the whopping 3.2 nanoseconds that I actually got to sit down and listen to it in peace anyway.