Posted in music | pictures on January 7, 2011

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Iron & Wine @ Greenespace
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"The [Mercury Lounge] gig felt like a loose rehearsal, with Beam taking gaps to figure out which guitar he'd use. "It's nice to play new songs, but it's nerve-wracking," he admitted at one point. "You never know what's going to happen, and we don't exactly practice."

Wearing a charcoal blazer over a sweater and sporting a large, bushy beard, Beam still looks like the film professor at the University of Miami he once was (he now lives in Austin, Texas with his five daughters). Strapping on his acoustic guitar, backed by a seven-piece band, he kicked off with the new "Tree By the River," a nostalgic, heavy-strumming ode to a high school sweetheart with vocal harmonies.

"A lot of people I talk to say it has an AM Gold feel to it," Beam tells Rolling Stone of the track. "They remember hearing in their parents' car growing up, and I love that music."-[Rolling Stone]

Sam Beam & co (aka Iron & Wine) played NYC three times in the past two days, including the Greene Space on Wednesday (1/5, where these pictures come from) and Jimmy Fallon/Mercury Lounge yesterday (1/6). The Mercury Lounge, which was private, was reviewed by Rolling Stone (see above). Its setlist is below.

Iron & Wine's surprise appearance at the Greene Space, as well as the two appearances the following day, were to promote the new LP Kiss Each Other Clean (out January 25th via Warner Brothers) which was played in its entirety at Greene Space, and if you missed it, you can watch the entire Greene Space show at NPR's site.

For more public shows, catch Iron & Wine on tour later this month.

More pictures from Greene Space, as well as video from Jimmy Fallon (note the introduction of Iron & Wine by the "golden voice" of Ted Williams.), below...

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Iron & Wine Performs "Teeth in The Grass" on Fallon

Iron & Wine on Jimmy Fallon "Half Moon"

Mercury Lounge setlist
Tree By The River
Half Moon
Monkeys Uptown
Big Burned Hand
Glad Man Singing
Summer In Savannah
Godless Brother In Love
Rabbit Will Run
Me And Lazarus
Boy With A Coin

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Sam Beam - guitar, vocal
Jim Becker - guitar, mandolin, banjo, fiddle, backing vocal
Stuart Bogie - saxophone, clarinet, flute
Matt Lux - bass
Joe Adamik - drums
Ben Massarella - percussion
Rosie Thomas - backing vocals
Nick Luca - keys

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Comments (28)

The backing vocals and saxaphone nearly ruined this performance for me. Sounded so much better when it was mainly just Beam playing acoustic, like the good old days.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 2:06 PM

Encore: Naked As We Came

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 2:44 PM

Saxophone seemed out of place most of the time, and enough of that homeless guy already. Does every youtube sensation have to be plastered everywhere for three weeks? Sick of it.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 2:47 PM

"The backing vocals and saxaphone nearly ruined this performance for me. Sounded so much better when it was mainly just Beam playing acoustic, like the good old days."

didnt listen to this yet, but beam by himself always sooo much better

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 2:56 PM

OMG those backup vocals are HORRIBLE. Soooo out of pitch!!!

Posted by soysalami | January 7, 2011 3:03 PM

Bark & Hummus

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 3:22 PM

Bearded Mr. Boring!

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 3:26 PM

so glad i caught the shows with just him at the henry st settlement a couple years ago. those were great.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 3:39 PM

While the live versions of these songs leave much to be desired, the new album is actually really good!

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 3:45 PM

cheers to that 3:39... henry st was great...

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 4:03 PM

MAAAAAN! Alll you haters! with the "It was much better when it was just Sam and his Guitar!" Shut up!! I have been following the band, and the album " Shepherd's Dog" slays the shit out of any of his solo alone with acoustic guitar albums. You are probably the same people that were like "Elliot Smith was way better when it was just him and his acoustic.", when the album "Figure 8" was a masterpiece of an album.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 4:06 PM

Figure 8 is good, but it cannot hold a candle to Either/Or.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 4:10 PM

Anyone making musical comparisons between Elliott Smith and Sam Beam is like comparing Kurt Cobain and Craig Nicholls.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 4:19 PM

Beam is our generation's David Gahan. The man speaks the truth...gotta give him that much!

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 4:26 PM

One of the greatest things about Sam Beam is that he changes it up so often. From the live shows that I've seen and the numerous recordings I've heard, he sounds fantastic with a band or without. That said, I heard the latest EP and, um...yeah. It might be a tough couple of months when the album comes out.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 4:42 PM

Wait, Craig Nicholls? The guy from THE VINES? ahahahhahaha

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 4:43 PM

With a beard like that, you know that fellow enjoys a hummus platter.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 5:19 PM

I don't like being harsh, but kind of agree with the backing vocals. I think just Rosie singing backup would have been better (minus the keyboardist).

Sax is going to do that. It's a little overpowering.

Was a great show, though. That's the kind of place to see Iron & Wine. Not Radio City.

Posted by Cuse | January 7, 2011 5:29 PM

4:06 wasn't comparing Sam Beam to Elliott Smith.

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 5:33 PM

i think iron and wine should tour with band of horses, musically it only sorta makes sense, the important thing is that their beards would mate and have baby beards and then they would sell tour beards at the merch station

Posted by Anonymous | January 7, 2011 9:04 PM

9:04 is right

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2011 3:36 AM

teeth in the grass was incredible! I always skipped this song before now I just rediscovered it, beautiful

I was so disapointed by the green space show, the band really doesn't take songs on a higher level,
...and that saxophone, come on. how would such a genius ruins his own songs I can't understand.
had the same feeling seeing him live last tour, the few songs he played alone moved the audience so much more than the rest of the show.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2011 8:21 AM

Wow, I disagree with all the negative comments here. Iron and Wine is my fav, esp Shepards Dog, and I'm glad Sam Beam explores new sounds and textures. The new band line up is really amazing! Sax, vocals, synth all good to me. I am stoked for the new record and new songs to love!

Hating on a homeless guy???? Go cry yourself to sleep in your fancy Brooklyn loft that your rich daddy pays for, jerk!

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2011 11:14 AM

i'd love to put down some beers on a porch somewhere with Sam. buenos tiempos.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2011 11:49 AM

I'm sorry - but every song sounds exactly. the. same. Slow minor chords, god awful depressing lyrics about nothing sung in a whisper. Album after album. If you're still so depressed, please kill yourself already.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2011 1:19 PM

^ actually some of the best music in the world has been composed by very depressed people. depression is creative.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2011 1:28 PM

11:14, no one's hating on a homeless guy, just the way the media loves to over-blow these human interest puff pieces to try to make us feel warm and fuzzy. How about actually trying to conquer the problem instead of fawning over the one-in-a-million hollywood story that does nothing for other poor unfortunate souls.

Posted by Anonymous | January 8, 2011 1:34 PM

Actually, to me it sounds like Rosie is the one out of tune, at least on some songs.

Overall though I'm pro Iron and Wine in any form. But don't think that because Mr. Beam writes depressing songs that he's actually depressed. Isn't that called intentional fallacy?

Agreed about Hollywood overblowing the 1 in a million homeless guy. Need to treat the systemic problems - look seriously at education, poverty and segregation (which seems to be the appropriate word these days) and treat people with real respect. Peace!

Posted by Anonymous | January 9, 2011 1:03 AM

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