GLITTER AND DOOM: Phawker Photographer’s Work Included In The New Tom Waits Live Album

Yesterday, TOM WAITS released Glitter and Doom Live, a collection of outstanding live tracks from his 2008 sold out US and European tour. The two CD set contains 17 live recordings from ten nights along the tour including, Birmingham, Edinburgh, Tulsa, Knoxville, Atlanta, Paris, Milan, Jacksonville, Dublin and Columbus. The second CD entitled Tom Tales holds nearly 40 minutes of Waits quixotic ruminations on topics ranging from romantic spiders to injured vultures. The CD will also come with a booklet of live photos. One of those photos was snapped by Phawker contributing photographer Michael T. Regan, who we sent, along […]

SHILLING: Tom Waits For Purina Butcher’s Blend

UPDATE: Last week we ran this YouTube with question a mark, and endeavored to determine if this was in fact the voice of Tom Waits, or just an incredible simulation. We have just heard back from Mr. Waits’ publicist — the lovely and capable Tresa Redburn — and she confirms that YES that is in fact the voice of Tom. It was done back in 1980-81, and it was the first and last commercial he would ever do. In fact, she says, he spoke disparagingly about the experience and vowed never again in THIS interview. Go figure.

RIP: Actor Heath Ledger Dead At 28

NEW YORK TIMES: The actor Heath Ledger was found dead this afternoon in an apartment building at 421 Broome Street in SoHo, according to the New York City police. Mr. Ledger was 28. At 3:31 p.m., a masseuse arrived at Apartment 5A in the building for an appointment with Mr. Ledger, the police said. The masseuse was let in to the home by a housekeeper, who then knocked on the door of Mr. Ledger’s bedroom. When no one answered, the housekeeper and the masseuse opened the bedroom and found Mr. Ledger unconscious. They shook him, but he did not respond. […]