Tom Waits Announces Bad As Me, His First New Album in Seven Years — But You Won't Get to Hear it Free Today

The kind of listening party Tom Waits wants you to have.

Last week we told you, happily, that Tom Waits was releasing a new song today on his website — the Sonoma artist's first new song in seven years, and likely the first taste of an upcoming new Waits album.

Well, that's changed — somewhat. A stream of the new song “Bad as Me,” went live yesterday on the website Some Kind of Awesome. Since then, however, it's been taken down. Today on his website, Waits posted a chuckle-inducing video more or less explaining the whole situation (as much as Waits ever explains anything) — announcing the new Bad As Me album, but also saying that “he's going to have to rethink this whole thing” in the wake of Internet piracy, etc. The video includes lines like:

“Apparently there's no such thing as private anymore. It's an Internet thing, where they say that it's going to go out everywhere, into the bloodstream.”

and

“Or what if you had a root canal, and I asked you to gargle with raw sewage?

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