Iron & Wine, the long-running project of singer/songwriter Sam Beam, has just announced an extensive fall tour that will bring them our way this fall, with a stop at the Keswick Theatre on November 8. Last year, Iron & Wine released Beast Epic, which saw the band return to its earlier, folkier sound. Continue reading →
With a name like Beast Epic, Iron & Wine’s just-announced album set to be released August 25th promises to be some type of amazing. It has been four years since Sam Beam’s last record solely as Iron & Wine, Ghost on Ghost, but he has released a number of live recordings and collaborations such as last year’s project Love Letters for Fire with Jesca Hoop.
In conjunction with the album announcement came its lead single “Call It Dreaming,” an appropriately dreamy and quietly moving track with a “we’re in this together” premise. Beam also released an accompanying music video in which he can be seen strumming his guitar and riding around in the back of a pick-up with no driver, picking up different people in need along the way. Continue reading →
We’re just three months into 2017 and already Ross Bellenoit has reimagined classic songs by Eric Clapton, Genesis, and now Iron & Wine. The recordings are part of a year-long project he’s calling Future Corpses, releasing a series of genre-melding covers month by month on his Bandcamp. This time around the local singer/songwriter takes the hushed, organic original cut of “Innocent Bones” that appeared on Sam Beam’s 2007 The Shepherd’s Dog LP and spins it into electrified euphoria.
This year, Sam Beam of long running indie folk project Iron & Wine got together with Ben Bridwell of Band of Horses to produce Sing Into My Mouth, a record of covers from Talking Heads’ “Naive Melody (This Must Be The Place)” to Pete Seeger’s “Coyote, My Little Brother.” Tonight, they headline Union Transfer; tickets and more information on the show can be found at the XPN Concert Calendar. Continue reading →
Ben Bridwell, the lead singer of Band Of Horses has teamed up with Iron & Wine for a tour this summer that brings them to Philly, and a new album of covers, Sing Into My Mouth. The album is out July 17th and offers a diverse, wide ranging collection of covers. Continue reading →
Longtime friends Sam Beam (otherwise known as Iron & Wine) and Band of Horses‘ Ben Bridwell have come together for their first collaborative album.
Sing Into My Mouth, which is scheduled for release on July 17, will hold 12 tracks that have influenced both men as musicians, such as “No Way Out of Here,” originally recorded by Unicorn, and eventually released David Gilmour of Pink Floyd’s solo debut. The duo performed this track on last night’s Late Show with David Letterman. Continue reading →
With a new album called Ghost on Ghost due out this spring, Iron & Wine is heading out on tour, stopping in Philadelphia on May 15th to perform at Union Transfer. Tickets for the all ages show are on sale this Friday, February 22, at noon. Ghost on Ghost will be Iron & Wine’s first release for notable Americana label Nonesuch Records; the album was produced by Brian Deck, who also worked with Modest Mouse, and it will be available on April 16. Iron & Wine singer and songwriter Sam Beam stopped by KUT in Austin to perform two new acoustic songs from the album. Watch a video of “Caught in the Briars” below, and listen to “The Waves of Galveston” here.
Monday nights mean new music discovery on WXPN, and tonight we get back in the studio to share some great recent finds. The show starts at 8pm and on the menu we’ve got new albums from Lindsay Buckingham and Christine McVie, plus Jason Isbell & the 400 Unit and Gov’t Mule. Also, the band Deer Tick are set to release TWO new albums, we’ll hear a new song from each of them. The Philly music scene keeps cooking, we’ll play you new Waxahatchee, The Districts, and Son Little. Plus, check out a few more new tunes we’ll spin this evening.
Iron & Wine will release Ghost On Ghostnext Monday through 4AD but you can stream the album in full via NPR’s First Listen feature this week. Ghost follows 2011’s Kiss Each Other Clean with a more fully realized palate of sounds that approach orchestral and a Fleet Foxes meet My Morning Jacket feel. From NPR:
For all its rich, Technicolor brightness, Iron and Wine’s new Ghost on Ghost retains the capacity to burrow knowingly into bleak Wisconsin winters (“Winter Prayers”) with an acute understanding of loneliness and alienation. Even amid cheery oohs and ahhs, “The Desert Babbler” finds Beam warning wearily, “California’s gonna kill you soon.”
Even if his next album finds him at the head of a 100-piece symphony, he’ll still build its arrangements around accessible emotions, with a deceptively soft touch and turns of phrase that cut to the marrow.
XPN welcomes Iron & Wine to Union Transfer on Wednesday, May 15th, with The Secret Sisters; tickets and information can be found here. Below, watch Sam Beam perform “Naked As We Come” at the SXSW Public Radio Rocks stage presented by WXPN and stream Ghost On Ghost here.