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Song by Song podcast
Song by Song
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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Ratings & Reviews
4.4 stars from 120 ratings
Wow, I’ve enjoyed your Tom Waits discussions for what, a few years now, and then we get this over/underrated drivel? and They Might Be Giants over Talking Heads? I suppose you like OK Go too huh? Really makes me question everything I’ve heard you discuss, and completely tanked my potential...Read full review »
j footprint via Apple Podcasts · United States of America · 09/11/22
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. Highly recommended.
Zoinker98 via Apple Podcasts · Ireland · 09/21/21
Fantastic Pod
Legitimately one of my favourite podcasts. I’ve been listening for a few years now. Song by Song transcends the format of normal podcasts by acting as a sort of companion piece to each of Waits’s albums. Sam and Martin have helped me appreciate the stuff I didn’t like before and helped me view...Read full review »
jrodgers92 via Apple Podcasts · Great Britain · 09/12/21
Recent Episodes
Published 03/22/23
Sam and Martin conclude the 22nd season of Song by Song, bringing thoughts on the 60+ tracks, 21 episodes, 10 guests and many musical influences we’ve considered over the last 5 months of the show. We talk over the album order, it’s purpose for both Waits and his listeners, and attempt to form a...
Published 03/22/23
A final set of bonus tracks brings us to the end of season 22, with Christa, Martin and Sam enjoying a demo-style blues number, an extended bit of acapella storytelling, and Waits’s duet with a children’s choir. We conclude with some exaggerated masculinity, the Elizabethan-equivalent of...
Published 03/15/23
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