Thursday, May 22, 2008

Tom Waits in correct proportions

Either the best reason ever for music journalism or the reason music journalism has no reason to exist: Tom Waits interviewing Tom Waits. Come for the list of personally significant songs (everything I recognize, I like, and everything I don't I'm gonna go get), stay for the worldview:

Q: How would you compare guitarists Marc Ribot and Smokey Hormel?
A: Octopus have eight and squid have ten tentacles, each with hundreds of suction cups and each have the power to burst a man's artery. They have small birdlike beaks used to inject venom into a victim. Some gigantic squid and octopus with one hundred foot tentacles have been reported. Squids have been known to pull down entire boats to feed on the disoriented sailors in the water. Many believe unexplained, sunken deep-sea vessels, and entire boat disappearances are the handiwork of giant squid.

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