322 episodes

Song by Song is a podcast celebrating the music of Tom Waits, hosted by podcaster-musician Martin Zaltz Austwick and actor-musician Sam Pay. Sam and Martin set themselves the goal of listening to Tom Waits’s back catalogue from beginning to end, and devoting an episode to discussing each track.

Song by Song is in no way officially linked to Tom Waits, or endorsed by Tom Waits, or associates. All excerpts are used for criticism purposes - please purchase your own copies of the music at your favourite shop, app, or platform to get the full experience and support musicians' work.

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Song by Song is a podcast celebrating the music of Tom Waits, hosted by podcaster-musician Martin Zaltz Austwick and actor-musician Sam Pay. Sam and Martin set themselves the goal of listening to Tom Waits’s back catalogue from beginning to end, and devoting an episode to discussing each track.

Song by Song is in no way officially linked to Tom Waits, or endorsed by Tom Waits, or associates. All excerpts are used for criticism purposes - please purchase your own copies of the music at your favourite shop, app, or platform to get the full experience and support musicians' work.

    Chick a boom, Real Gone, Tom Waits [331]

    Chick a boom, Real Gone, Tom Waits [331]

    Song by Song gets archeological, uncovering and piecing together muffled lyric fragments in this final episode on the Real Gone bonus track.
     
    website: songbysongpodcast.com
    twitter: @songbysongpod
    e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com
     
    Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
    Chick a Boom, Real Gone (remastered), Tom Waits (2004/2017)
    Chick a Boom, Real Gone (original), Tom Waits (2004)
     
    We think your Song by Song experience will be enhanced by hearing, in full, the songs featured in the show, which you can get hold of from your favourite record shop or online platform. Please support artists by buying their music, or using services which guarantee artists a revenue - listen responsibly.

    • 30 min
    The Day After Tomorrow, Real Gone, Tom Waits [330]

    The Day After Tomorrow, Real Gone, Tom Waits [330]

    Waits reaches out for a form out of his usual style, as Sam and Martin consider who and where this song is coming from, as well as the technique and attitude of Waits’s political work through Real Gone and beyond.
     
    website: songbysongpodcast.com
    twitter: @songbysongpod
    e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com
     
    Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
    Day After Tomorrow, Real Gone (remastered), Tom Waits (2004/2017)
    Bella Ciao, Songs of Resistance: 1942-2018, Tom Waits / Marc Ribot (2018)
    Day After Tomorrow, Real Gone (original), Tom Waits (2004)

    We think your Song by Song experience will be enhanced by hearing, in full, the songs featured in the show, which you can get hold of from your favourite record shop or online platform. Please support artists by buying their music, or using services which guarantee artists a revenue - listen responsibly.

    • 25 min
    Make It Rain, Real Gone, Tom Waits [329]

    Make It Rain, Real Gone, Tom Waits [329]

    It's point/counterpoint on Song by Song again, as Martin and Sam divide over Waits's song of loss and yearning. Whether this is a pure form of a classic sentiment or an unnecessary retread of predictable tropes gets turned over, alongside a rare Tom Waits cover for the interval track.
    website: songbysongpodcast.com
    twitter: @songbysongpod
    e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com
    Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
    Make It Rain, Real Gone (remastered), Tom Waits (2004/2017)
    Make It Rain, Live at Sidney Opera House, Spinefex Gum (2019)
    Make It Rain, Real Gone (original), Tom Waits (2004)
    We think your Song by Song experience will be enhanced by hearing, in full, the songs featured in the show, which you can get hold of from your favourite record shop or online platform. Please support artists by buying their music, or using services which guarantee artists a revenue - listen responsibly.

    • 22 min
    Clang Boom Steam, Real Gone, Tom Waits [328]

    Clang Boom Steam, Real Gone, Tom Waits [328]

    Waits flies solo for this horny-noise-fragment, as Sam and Martin pin down both some of the sonic design as well as images of travel and freedom. We look at Waits's reuse of phrases from other songs, his line between affection and objectification, and compare with the technical precision of Bobby McFerrin's vocal performances.
    website: songbysongpodcast.com
    twitter: @songbysongpod
    e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com
    Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
    Clang Boom Steam, Real Gone (remastered), Tom Waits (2004/2017)
    Drive, Live from Montreal, Bobby McFerrin (2005)
    Clang Boom Steam, Real Gone (original), Tom Waits (2004)
    We think your Song by Song experience will be enhanced by hearing, in full, the songs featured in the show, which you can get hold of from your favourite record shop or online platform. Please support artists by buying their music, or using services which guarantee artists a revenue - listen responsibly.

    • 20 min
    Baby Gonna Leave Me, Real Gone, Tom Waits [327]

    Baby Gonna Leave Me, Real Gone, Tom Waits [327]

    High energy blues number - check. Harsh beat-boxing rhythmic tone - check. Mumbled lyrics and anti-poetic phrasing - check. David, Sam and Martin find all the required elements, but discuss whether it all comes together in this week’s song.
    Note: we mention Mark Rylance this episode; between recording and release, his brother Jonathan was killed - sympathies from all of us for this loss.
    website: songbysongpodcast.com
    twitter: @songbysongpod
    e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com
    Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
    Baby Gonna Leave Me, Real Gone (remastered), Tom Waits (2004/2017)
    Babe I'm Gonna Leave You, In Concert, Joan Baez (1962)
    Baby Gonna Leave Me, Real Gone (original), Tom Waits (2004)
    We think your Song by Song experience will be enhanced by hearing, in full, the songs featured in the show, which you can get hold of from your favourite record shop or online platform. Please support artists by buying their music, or using services which guarantee artists a revenue - listen responsibly.

    • 22 min
    Green Grass, Real Gone, Tom Waits [326]

    Green Grass, Real Gone, Tom Waits [326]

    Singing from beyond the grave, Waits bridges the green grass boundary between life and death as David, Sam and Martin question whether this week's song presents a tender or threatening love.
    website: songbysongpodcast.com
    twitter: @songbysongpod
    e-mail: songbysongpodcast@gmail.com
    Music extracts used for illustrative/review purposes include:
    Green Grass, Real Gone (remastered), Tom Waits (2004/2017)
    Green Green Grass Of Home, Green Green Grass Of Home, Tom Jones (1967)
    Green Grass, Real Gone (original), Tom Waits (2004)
    We think your Song by Song experience will be enhanced by hearing, in full, the songs featured in the show, which you can get hold of from your favourite record shop or online platform. Please support artists by buying their music, or using services which guarantee artists a revenue - listen responsibly.

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

4.3 out of 5
56 Ratings

56 Ratings

dangerkid ,

WHY DON'T YOU LIKE BLIND LOVE???

It's his best song.

jrodgers92 ,

Fantastic Pod

Legitimately one of my favourite podcasts. I’ve been listening for a few years now.

Song by Song transcends the format of normal podcasts by acting as a sort of companion piece to each of Waits’s albums. Sam and Martin have helped me appreciate the stuff I didn’t like before and helped me view from a different angle the songs I already loved.

Brilliant brilliant stuff. Recommended both to lovers of Waits and those who want to get into his work.

Fluxusdiatribe ,

Loving the podcast

Just catching up on film episodes. Are you going to do Bearskin? Not great, but one of few leading roles!

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