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Preview new Tom Waits record, now!

Hear a sample of Orphans: Brawlers, Bawlers & Bastards right here

A month before great American performer and songwriter TOM WAITS’ new 3 CD set ORPHANS: BRAWLERS, BAWLERS AND BASTARDS hits the streets (Nov. 21 on Anti-), is rolling out 30 second streaming previews of all of the collection’s 56 tracks.

Starting with “Brawlers” on Oct. 24, Anti- will unveil one of the set’s CDs each week on the label’s Web site. Snippets from “Bawlers” will stream from Oct. 31-Nov. 6, followed by “Bastards” from Nov. 7-Nov. 13. This three week streaming event will be the only opportunity fans will get to preview the array of songs and styles on ORPHANS before it hits stores on Nov. 21.

The 56-track ORPHANS includes 30 new recordings, plus two dozen more songs taken from collaborations with artists in film, literature, and music – equaling over three hours of rare and never-before heard music – along with a 94-page booklet.

“Orphans are rough and tender tunes. Rhumbas about mermaids, shuffles about trainwrecks, tarantellas about insects, madrigrals about drowning,” says WAITS. “Scared, mean, orphaned songs of rapture and melancholy. Songs that grew up hard. Songs of dubious origin rescued from cruel fate.”

Each of the three CDs is separately themed and subtitled – “Brawlers,” “Bawlers” and “Bastards” – to capture the full spectrum of WAITS’ ranging and roving musical styles. “Brawlers” is chock full of raucous blues and full-throated juke joint stomp, “Bawlers” contains Celtic and country ballads, waltzes, lullabies, piano and classic lyrical WAITS songs, while “Bastards” is filled with experimental music and strange tales.

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