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Artvoice Weekly Edition » Issue v10n44 (11/03/2011) » Section: Left of the Dial

Tom Waits - Bad as Me

On “What’s He Building in There?” from his 1999 epic Mule Variations, Tom Waits proffered a nervous narrator beleaguered with the goings-on inside a neighbor’s house. Those who have followed Waits’s career—and particularly endured the space between his new recordings—can likely relate, wondering just when that blues-sodden boho poet, who stands as one of America’s most enduring, consistently challenging, and truly unique musical voices, is going to unleash new material from his mysterious workshop. “We have a right to know,” as that narrator proclaims at the end of “What’s He Building.”

M83 - Hurry Up We're Dreaming

There is a really easy yet ironic way to tell if an album has staying power. Listen to it and try and pick out as many musical influences as you can. If you can pick out more than two or three, then you’ve probably got something special on your hands.

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