Has NPR Ever Listened To Tom Waits Before?

by evanmcmurry

All Things Considered debuts the new Tom Waits song:

We’ve got a bunch of new-year premieres for you, including a special collaboration between Tom Waits and Keith Richards. The two veteran musicians recorded a song together for a new compilation album called Son Of Rogue’s Gallery, and we guarantee it’s not at all what you’d expect. Do the word’s “sea chantey” mean anything to you?

Uh, sea chantey was exactly what I was expecting. In fact, that’s a little obvious; Waits has been at the helm of dirge-core for three decades. Now, if they made a pop hit, I’d be floored.