About us

Song by Song is a podcast celebrating the music of Tom Waits.

Hosts Martin Zaltz Austwick and Sam Pay have set themselves the goal of listening to Tom Waits's back catalogue from beginning to end, and devoting each episode to discussing each track.  Both Martin and Sam are huge Waits fans, and each brings his own perspective on song-writing, as well as their own preferences in terms of Waits's varied musical styles.

Martin is a musician (The Sound of The Ladies, Martin Austwick), recovering physicist, academic and podcaster (Answer Me This, Brain Train, The Global Lab).  You can find out all you would ever want to know about him on his website, or tweet him at @martinaustwick.

Sam is an actor/musician, working mostly in theatre around London.  He's a pianist, accordionist and technically incompetent brass player who keeps his own songwriting as secretive as possible.  He lives in South London with his girlfriend and 4-year old daughter, at least one of whom listens to Tom Waits only under duress. Tweet at @sampay

Guest Hosts:

Jon Ronson is a journalist, author, documentary filmmaker, screenwriter, and radio presenter. He has published many books, made several BBC and Channel 4 Television documentary films, and co-wrote the movies Frank and Okja. His new Audible podcast, The Butterfly Effect, can be heard for free through Apple Podcasts. Find him at jonronson.com and @jonronson

Eric Molinsky is a public radio reporter and producer, and the host of Imaginary Worlds, a podcast about science fiction and other fantasy genres. He also sketches people on the subway in NYC. Find him @emolinsky and @ImaginWorldsPod

Helen Zaltzman makes podcasts and many other things - mainly Answer Me This!, and The Allusionist, part of Radiotopia. She can also be found @helenzaltzman or @allusionistshow, or at facebook.com/allusionistshow

John Hodgman is a writer, comedian, and actor. He is the author of three books of fake facts and invented trivia, and is the host of the popular Judge John Hodgman podcast, where he settles serious disputes between real people, such as “Is a hot dog a sandwich?” and “Should we tell our children the TRUTH about Santa Claus.” Find him @hodgman

Købi Omenaka is a serial podcaster, podcast fan and manchild. He is a huge cinephile and music fan and loves to tell people all about the best films on Netflix via the podcast Flixwatcher along with co host Helen. Find him @Kobestarr

Joanna Neary is a Writer, Illustrator & Comedian. You can see her illustrations over at Standard Issue, a brilliant on-line magazine, and find her @MsJoNeary

Philippa Spanos works in TV broadcasting for the Food Network.  Due to an extreme phobia of modern technology, she cannot be found on Twitter.  In fact these podcasts might be the only electronic audible proof that she ever existed...

Married couple Dave and Cathy Cullen podcast their walk home from the movies. Their show The Cinemile was voted the UK's Best New Podcast at the British Podcast Awards 2017, and featured in The ObserverThe GuardianThe Irish Times and The Irish Examiner. Find them with weekly new episodes @thecinemile

Vera Chok makes fine, funny, & furious work, live & written. Connects folk. A fab actor. #SexPositive #intersectional #nonheteronormative feminist @vera_chokverachok.org

Sarah Cook is very much not in the podcasting business, working for charities and social enterprises in London. She has a name too common for twitter, with a quiet account at @giveforribs

Miranda Zaltzman is a lawyer and real person. She's a bit busy dealing with her husband to be on twitter.

Andy Zaltzman is the original voice of The Bugle. He can pun for fun. You can hear Andy Satirising for hire around the world, ticket info via http://andyzaltzman.co.uk/ He can also be found scoring on Test Match Special and talking about cricket on the Cricket Sadist Hour podcast. See @hellobuglers and @ZaltzCricket

Kit Lovelace is a writer/journalist type, who mainly writes about pop music and media gossip. He also runs Romantic Misadventure – a live storytelling night about people's most horrifying dating disasters – which he plugs ceaselessly on Twitter as @kitlovelace

Jen Adamthwaite and Dave Pickering are writers and podcasters. The current story they're telling is The Family Tree, a magical realist drama about family, belonging, change and identity. Subscribe on itunes, visit the website, like their Facebook page or follow them @familytreepod

Elizabeth Sankey is so mysterious, she wouldn't send us a bio - but she's on the web at www.sankles.com and can be found @sankles

Caspar Salmon writes about film and the arts, occasionally, for various publications. He lives in London, has a child, and tweets about all this, plus gay stuff, at @casparsalmon

Simon Renshaw works in Production & Development for some big film company and harps on about films every with Sam Clements on the Picturehouse Podcast. Find him @SiRenshaw

Sam Clements is a film marketing person for Picturehouse Cinemas. He also records the Picturehouse Podcast with Simon Renshaw. You can find him @Sam_Clements

Callum Hughes is an actor, musician and writer, trained at Rose Bruford College where he specialised in American Theatre Arts. He is a founding member of Blind Tiger Theatre, and has had ten plays professionally produced on both sides of the atlantic. He is also a drummer, mediocre pianist, an ok guitarist, terrible bassist and passable ukelele player. He can be found @callumphughes or at www.callumpatrickhughes.co.uk 

Lucy Dallas is in Spirit of Play, who have featured on the Nature podcast, The Book Show, at the Green Man festival, Bethnal Green Working Mens Club and other less salubrious outlets... You can listen to them here and get in touch with them at spiritofplay1@gmail.com

Jeffrey Cranor co-writes the hit podcast, novel and touring live show Welcome to Night Vale. He has also written more than one hundred short plays with the New York Neo-Futurists, co-wrote and co-performed a two-man show about time travel with Joseph Fink, and collaborated with choreographer (also wife) Jillian Sweeney to create three full-length dance pieces. Jeffrey lives in New York State, and can be found at www.welcometonightvale.com and @happierman 

Andrea Solomon is a David Bowie obsessive who is currently trying to learn to love Tom Waits. She left an entirely unsuitable career in investment banking for a life working in children's healthcare and occasionally being mistaken for Tilda Swinton. If she ever returns to Twitter you'll find her @andreamaven

Catherine Hirst had a career as a writer and teacher before having a midlife crisis and returning to full-time university to study for a degree in psychology. She is singularly unqualified to appear on a music podcast, except perhaps for the years spent wage-slaving behind the counter of a record store in the States. Find her mostly retweeting other people's content on Twitter @craftyexpat

Isy Suttie is a comedian, actress and writer known for playing Dobby in Channel 4's Peep Show and for her Sony-award winning BBC Radio 4 show, Isy Suttie's Love Letters. Her first book, The Actual One, was published in January 2016. Find her at isysuttie.com

Alice Sanders is a freelance writer. She writes articles, audio description, fiction and scripts. She's also an improviser who performs in several troupes including The AlphabettiesThe Pioneers and Whose Army. Follow her on Twitter @wernerspenguin

When she isn't 'umming' her way through a Tom Waits podcast, Anna Turrell works in sustainability. Now based in London after a stint in Asia, Anna tries to make the most of the capital's numerous gigs and performances. Even the crappy ones. Find her @anna_turrell