Posted in music on January 30, 2011

"saw iron & wine at radio city last night. show was amazing. it was an electric rock show with a huge band. sam pulled it off." - travis johnson

Radio City Music Hall, moments before Iron & Wine (by Chris Shiflett)
Radio City

"Iron and Wine kind of blew it last night. When an artist goes for a sound more or less the polar opposite of the one that made them famous, they better bring their A game. Sufjan did it last year, sadly Iron and Wine did not. Bloozy sax rock is not where its at man. 75 minute sets at a sold out Radio City at 50 a ticket aint too great either. That said, some of the new stuff was great, and the Trapeze encore was wonderful." [Anonymous | January 30, 2011 1:25 PM]
Edie Brickell opened for Iron & Wine at Radio City Music Hall in NYC Saturday night, one night after the same band played a much more intimate and free (and even shorter) show at the SoHo Apple Store. More tour dates are HERE. The Radio City setlist, and video of the "Trapeze Singer" encore, are below...

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Iron and Wine - The Trapeze Swinger, Radio City 1/29/11

Iron & Wine Concert @ at Radio City Music Hall, New York on January 29, 2011 - setlist
He Lays in the Reins
Fever Dream
My Lady's House
Naked as We Came
Half Moon
Big Burned Hand
Love and Some Verses
House by the Sea
Sea and Rhythm
Tree by the River
Boy with a Coin
Me & Lazarus
Cinder & Smoke
Summer in Savannah
Rabbit Will Run
Glad Man Singing
Encore:
Trapeze Swinger

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Comments (45)

Wouldn't he be making more money if he'd just ditch the band and do it solo? Or is this just his excuse to do the BS AM gold schtick and then do "intimate" shows in a few months?

I guess we'll see.

At least Marky Kozelek keeps shit real yo.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 5:56 PM

"Judas"

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 6:10 PM

I wish I heard more of his emotion last night. It was great but I was just expecting more. Trapeze Swinger was beautiful though.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 6:24 PM

Would not have wasted $50 to see him play for 75 minutes....damn

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 6:30 PM

way too much pointless 'banter' with uninteresting hecklers, it was as if warner bros. ordered him to become springsteen (or even tweedy) ... and it was a criminally short set considering how much tix were. sam beam disappointed me, didn't see that coming ...

Posted by eli | January 30, 2011 7:19 PM

wow, that picture is old. did they play radio city in the 70s with grand funk railroad and spooky tooth?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 7:24 PM

did the dude get the hummus out of his beard?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 7:42 PM

Way too many loud bros in the audience.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 8:16 PM

they didn't play "flightless bird, american mouth" or background vocals for "new slang" by the shins? preposterous! glad i didn't go!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 8:21 PM

I'd rather spend 50 bucks on hummus.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 8:25 PM

7:24..hysterical :)

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 8:26 PM

I quite enjoyed last night. Having heard his WNYC performance a number of times, as well as the Amoeba in-store, I was prepared for the "electric" nature of the music and the re-worked older songs. I thought the sound on the first mezzanine was wonderful -- it was so full and resonating. I also feel as though the yells of "Judas!" (a la Dylan) shook him a bit; he probably wasn't expecting it, and it just seemed like it was on his mind for the rest of the set. Which was unfortunate. Sure, a bit short. And lacked the intimacy and emotion of his solo Abrons Arts Center shows, but I still loved just about every minute.

Posted by Jeremy | January 30, 2011 9:06 PM

The Judas cries are a bit much. If you don't like it fine, but there is no need for that.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 9:20 PM

People yelled Judas? OK, suckers. You paid the 50 bucks, and now you get to heckle the guy. He still has your money. Thanks for contributing, haha.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 9:23 PM

They did the same thing to Bob Dylan when he went electric. How can people claim to love music, but bitch when a musician switches things up?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 9:29 PM

Here's a tip for bands. If you're able to play a show at Radio City Music Hall and tickets are $50 bucks, I think you have a bit of an obligation to play a set longer than 75 minutes. That's seriously pathetic. Is it really that hard for a band to put together an hour and a half set when you're playing rooms that hold 5,000? Come on.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 9:39 PM

Shave.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 9:39 PM

The Dylan analogies are just stupid.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 9:43 PM

Yeah, Dylan's change had a lot to do with politics and his turn away from them. Beam's songs are still in the same vein philosophically, juat arranged and produced differently.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 10:01 PM

On what were the cries of "Judas" based? You'd think, in this age of multicultural irony and nigh-unto genetic skepticism, that this kind of insult wouldn't faze anyone in the slightest.

Posted by Crosseyed Sniper | January 30, 2011 10:15 PM

I was the one yelling Judas and eating home made hummus. Holla!

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 10:16 PM

^^^ homemade hummus might be the only way to go soon.

Refer to today's "What's going on Sunday" thread.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 10:32 PM

I thought the show was great. Tons of rude folks walking around all god damn night though. Made me think of Dylan as well.

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 10:55 PM

That setlist is completely wrong - ended with Cinder and Smoke, the first full band song was Tree by the River (about 5 songs in)

Posted by Scott Taylor | January 30, 2011 11:26 PM

Hasn't he played with the same band more or less for the past few years? How is this so different that people are upset by it now?

Posted by Anonymous | January 30, 2011 11:56 PM

Radio City is a union venue, which means they have a curfew. Bands have to be done before 11:00pm. That said, I and W should've started earlier and played longer. Edie Brickell could've done a shorter set. The hecklers were really annoying also...

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 2:08 AM

this concert was the best concert i have ever seen. iron and wine's new sound is amazing, and i can't wait to see where they will go next. the performance of the sea and the rhythm, my favorite song ever, was so fucking sick, i hope this is the direction he goes next :) can't wait, i love his style and always will

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 3:08 AM

isn't 75 minutes enough that dreck ?

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 7:01 AM

You'd think people would get it by now--the dude who cried "Judas" at Dylan was on the wrong side of history. Doing that today just proves you are 1) imitative and 2)painfully ignorant.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 8:57 AM

^^calm down.^^

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 9:06 AM

@10:01 - Amen.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 9:07 AM

grabbed the new album this weekend. not liking it at all. first disappointment of 2011.

Posted by beast | January 31, 2011 9:13 AM

BTW: sam beam went electric and started reworking songs about three years ago. the first tour like that (before/around/after woman king?) was real interesting.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 9:41 AM

I thought it was a decent, but nowhere near great show. The set had a few highlights, but a lot of boring, horn-based jams that were nowhere close to mindblowing.

With that said, The Trapeze Swinger was phenomenal.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 10:12 AM

@ 2:08am - Last year Willie Nelson played till 12:30 at Radio City. He didn't go on until 10:30.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 10:20 AM

Does anyone else think he should have worked in a cover of Limp Bizkit's "Re-Arranged"? I think that would have worked well with the 10-piece band he had on stage.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 10:52 AM

This is what happens when we give homeless people record contracts.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 11:19 AM

I'm confused. If people are calling him Judas for going "electric" they haven't been paying attention. He has been "reworking" his material live for YEARS! Are the lame-o's calling him Judas for Warner Bros? Wasn't much of a change since WB owns Sub Pop..whatever. I've seen Sam 9 times over the years and he continues to be one of the best.

Posted by anon | January 31, 2011 12:33 PM

It didn't work. I was there, and the show didn't work.

People who are commenting about how great "The Trapeze Singer" was, know or should know that his whole concerts are usually like that.... just him singing with his guitar like you can hear a pin drop. Then he finishes and everyone exhales. That did not happen on Saturday night.

Yes, I get it, hes moved on. Growing, whatever, BUT some of it sounded like church music at times, which is not good. It was cheesy at times, which is unbelievable for I&W. And 75 minutes? At Radio City? Come on. Its New York City... bring it.

On another note, I picked up a vinyl copy of the new album for $20++ on Saturday and warners issued it on the cheapest vinyl possible. Sad. Sub-pop always press heavy quality vinyl.
Again, another unpleasant surprise.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 12:59 PM

Bathe.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 4:43 PM

Dave.

Posted by Anonymous | January 31, 2011 11:18 PM

Tut tut on the haters. You don't have to go to the show, you don't have to read the comments, and you certainly don't have to post. The setlist above is widly inaccurate. In case anyone is interested, the real setlist was as follows:

1. He Lays in the Reins
2. Half Moon
3. Fever Dream
4. Big Burned Hand
5. My Lady's House
6. Naked as We Came
7. Tree by the River
8. Love and Some Verses
9. House by the Sea
10. The Sea and the Rhythm
11. Me and Lazarus
12. Summer in Savannah
13. Boy with a Coin
14. Rabbit Will Run
15. Glad Man Singing
16. Cinder & Smoke
17. Trapeze Swinger (Encore)

Posted by JRP | February 1, 2011 4:18 PM

I don't see how anyone could have been upset with the show... The sound was excellent and the reworked songs were exceptionally well performed, even if it was not was expected. If you were fortunate enough to have the money for the tickets and to be out-and-about on a Saturday night in Gotham, you have no right to complain... "Judas" my backside, Sam Beame is extremely talented as a songwriter and a performer and has a right to show us whatever he feels...and if his next albums approach Blood on the Tracks and Desire (which they have the potential to do), then in the words of Inigo Montoya "I do not think that word means what they think it means..."

Posted by Andy | February 1, 2011 4:19 PM

He didn't even brake a sweat, thats how pathetic it was. 75 mins is just stealing people's money.

Posted by vince | February 1, 2011 4:49 PM

That setlist is completely wrong - ended with Cinder and Smoke, the first full band song was Tree by the River (about 5 songs in)

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