Tom Waits’ Saddest Song: Kentucky Avenue, live at the BBC in 1978.


Ross Bennett is right:  Only a heart of stone could resist Tom Waits’s Kentucky Avenue, live at the BBC in 1978.

“This is a song about growing up,” says Asylum Records’ barfly raconteur Tom Waits at the start of his BBC performance of this devastating ballad from 1978’s Blue Valentine.

A trip down memory lane that mixes the wide-eyed abandon of childhood (“Let’s fill our pockets with macadamia nuts / Then go over to Bobby Goodmanson’s and jump off the roof”) with a harsh reality (“I’ll steal a hacksaw from my dad / And cut the braces off your legs”), it is, in true Waits-ian fashion, a beautiful dream frayed at the edges, all captured in a four-and-a-half minute MGM lullaby that might just be one of the saddest songs ever.

“My best friend, when I was a kid, had polio,” recalled Waits in 1981. “I didn’t understand what polio was. I just knew it took him longer to get to the bus stop than me. I dunno. Sometimes I think kids know more than anybody. I rode a train once to Santa Barbara with this kid and it almost seemed like he lived a life somewhere before he was born and he brought what he knew with him into this world and so… it’s what you don’t know that’s usually more interesting.”

Check out Waits’ extraordinary performance right now. Watch video below.

Brilliant Video: Verknipte tijden / Distorted times by Gideon van der Stelt

Image from Distorted Times

Image from Distorted Times

The artist’s self-portrait:  A ten second self-portrait made for the Disposable FIlm Festival. Made with After Effects, a printer, and scissors.

Gideon van der Stelt is an artist and videographer from Rotterdam, The Netherlands.   His Verknipte tijden / Distorted times video is a collage of existing film fragments, released into his paper-folded version of Utrecht. Shot on a 7D and processed in After Effects.

Daft Punk: Wall Street Journal Award, Super Models, and Kids dressed as Daft Punk


Daft Punk appear on the cover of this month’s Wall Street Journal Magazine alongside super model Gisele. The photograph was shot by Terry Richardson, who also had some fun snapping a photo of Daft Punk’s sons as stand-ins.

The actual Robots made a rare public appearance at the Wall Street Journal Magazine‘s annual Innovator Awards in New York City last night, where they were honored as this year’s Entertainment Innovator. The award was presented to them by “Get Lucky” collaborator Pharrell Williams.  See picture below.

Daft Punk at Innovator Awards: