Tom Waits' Blackboard Jungle

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No one has ever accused Tom Waits of not being oblique. So why should we be surprised that he's toying with us by posting 18 little words scrawled in chalk on a black board on his website to preview his forthcoming - but as yet untitled - album, reportedly due this fall.

What are those words, you ask?

"No good you say? Well, that's good enough for me. You're the same kind of bad as me."

Which makes you think that it's probably dubbed "Same Kind of Bad," but we're not taking anything for granted. The one thing we could confirm is that is really Waits' handwriting. We'll let you know when he leaves another lyrical footprint in the snow.

Until then, you'll have to content yourself with the starkly beautiful photo book by former NME photographer Anton Corbijn titled Waits/Corbijn - Photographs 1977-2010, described as "a work of curiosities by Tom Waits, with photographs by Anton Corbijn."

It also includes a narrative penned by another Waits crony, filmmaker Jim Jarmusch and that "Dean of Rock Critics" Robert Christgau. Published by Schirmer, it will set you back a cool $200, but after all, it's a collector's edition with a limited run of only 6,000 copies.

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Jaan Uhelszki was one of the founding editors at Detroit’s legendary Creem magazine. Since that time, her work has appeared in USA Today, Uncut, Rolling Stone, Spin, NME, Relix, and Guitar World. She is the only journalist to have ever performed in full makeup with Kiss. Luckily she only had to put…

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