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.