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Song by Song

Song by Song podcast
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Song by Song is a podcast celebrating the music of Tom Waits, hosted by podcaster-musician Martin Zaltz Austwick and actor-musician Sam Pay. Sam and Martin set themselves the goal of listening to Tom Waits’s back catalogue from beginning to end, and devoting an episode to discussing each track. Song by Song is in no way officially linked to Tom Waits, or endorsed by Tom Waits, or associates. All excerpts are used for criticism purposes - please purchase your own copies of the music at your favourite shop, app, or platform to get the full experience and support musicians' work.


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Latest Episodes

As EE Cummings said… 'damn everything but the circus'… although Dominic, Martin and Sam question whether this Circus deserves praise or damnation itself. We compare to other sections of Waits's work, as well as other real and fictional songs, plus th... more

5 days ago

Dominic is back with Sam and Martin, thinking about both the beauty and exploitation-of-beauty that this song contains, and considering how it compares with the traditions of murder ballads. more

12 days ago

Musician and theatre-maker Dominic Conway gets his dancing shoes on with Sam and Martin for a conversation about the sonic feel of this track, the lack of lyrical focus in this album, and dance instructionals of the early 2000s. more

19 days ago


4.4 out of 5 stars from 133 ratings
  • Informative and fun.

    I’ve listened since the beginning and there’s always something to pique my interest. Often the hosts place the work in a new context for me. more

    Apple Podcasts
    Ireland9 months ago
  • Fantastic Pod

    Legitimately one of my favourite podcasts. I’ve been listening for a few years now. more

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom9 months ago
  • hmmm... a podcast about Tom Waits by people who don't actually seem to like Tom Waits. Tyring.

    dok dicer
    a year ago
  • Loving the podcast

    Just catching up on film episodes. Are you going to do Bearskin? Not great, but one of few leading roles!

    Apple Podcasts
    United Kingdom2 years ago
  • Insightful, charming and funny

    Podcast Addict
    2 years ago

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