(No excuse for that pun, sorry. Doesn't even make sense.) Heard a 'play-out' of the new Tom Waits album tonight, Real Gone. It's not out till October (in the UK anyway) but it's sounding bloody awesome. At first hearing, his best since Bone Machine - possibly better - and possibly his best since the untouchable mid-80s trilogy of Swordfishtrombones, Rain Dogs and Frank's Wild Years. Plus, he'll be touring!
* A play-out is an odd 'music industry thing' where you sit in a room with a bunch of journalists and get an entire album played at you ... Odd but in this case good.