Awesome Collab Alert: Iron & Wine and Ben Bridwell come together for Sing Into My Mouth

Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via
Ben Bridwell, Iron & Wine | Photo via

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 →


Stream Iron & Wine’s Ghost On Ghost via NPR’s First Listen (playing Union Transfer on 5/15)

Iron and Wine | Photo by Laura Fedele |  WFUV
Iron and Wine | Photo by Laura Fedele | WFUV

Iron & Wine will release Ghost On Ghost next 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.


XPN broadcasting Public Radio Rocks SXSW showcase, featuring Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Dawes, Vampire Weekend and more

TP Vampire Weekend 09  On March 15th in Austin, TX, XPN will will co-present the South by Southwest Public Radio Rocks Day Stage, broadcasting live performances from Emmylou Harris & Rodney Crowell, Charles Bradley, Dawes, Divine Fits, Iron & Wine, Pickwick and Vampire Weekend. From XPN’s Bruce Warren:

WXPN has participated in past years on the SXSW Radio Day Stage with some fantastic bands like The Lumineers, Father John Misty and Caitlin Rose. This year, working with my colleagues, we’re taking it to the next level: great radio stations banding together to present great music. And we’re doing it in a way that’s unique for public radio audiences.

XPN has teamed up with NPR affiliates across the country for the day-long event including KUTX in Austin, KXT in Dallas, WFUV in New York and The Current in Minneapolis. The broadcast / webcast will begin at 1:00 p.m. EST on March 15th.  More information can be found here.  Below, watch a video of The Lumineers performing at last year’s XPN Showcase, filmed by Bands in the Backyard.


Just Announced: XPN Welcomes Iron & Wine to Union Transfer on 5/15

Photo by Craig Kief
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.