Entries tagged with: Iron and Wine
photos by Aaron Epstein
Iron & Wine @ Greenespace
"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."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.
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]
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...
Iron & Wine is playing a completely private and intimate show at Mecury Lounge in NYC on Thursday, 1/6, at 7:15pm (they'll also appear on Jimmy Fallon's show the same night). That's tomorrow, aka one day after they play the show at the Greene Space which is being streamed online (tonight).
I don't think there's any way to publicly get tickets (Iron & Wine's upcoming show at Radio City Music Hall is not sold out), BUT I have two pairs to give away. For a chance at winning them, be 21+ and email BVCONTESTS@HOTMAIL.COM (subject: Iron & Wine at Mercury Lounge). Include your first and last name, and to make this one a bit more challenging: a) you must enter by 5PM EST today, AND b) you must correctly name a band who played both Mercury Lounge and Radio City in 2010 (hint: we posted pictures from both shows from at least one of the bands who did). Good luck. Two winners will be picked at random from the correct entries.
Iron & Wine were just revealed as the mystery band playing The Greene Space (44 Charlton at Varick) in NYC as part of NPR's "First Listen" series, TONIGHT (1/5). Not only that, but Sam Beam and band will be playing the new Iron & Wine album, "Kiss Each Other Clean," in its entirety. It's out January 25.
Tickets for the show are on sale UPDATE: Sold out. UPDATE 2: On sale again (keep trying). If you don't get one in time, or you can't be there, you can also watch the webcast hosted by John Schaefer of Soundcheck.
Iron & Wine support the new album on a proper tour starting later this month with shows in LA and at Radio City Music Hall in NYC.
Aretha Franklin & wine
Aretha Franklin has been ordered by doctors to cancel all personal appearances for the next six months, including her scheduled December concert at the Fox Theatre.Those cancellations include the two February shows she was scheduled to play at Radio City Music Hall, and makes four NYC show cancellations in less than a year.
The news comes days after the 68-year-old Detroit star was hospitalized for several days at Sinai-Grace for undisclosed reasons. She'd been forced to cancel shows last week in Missouri and Virginia.
"Doctors' orders have required her to cancel all concert and personal appearances through May 2011," publicist Tracey Jordan told the Free Press this morning.
A statement from the singer's camp said Franklin "sends her sincerest apologies to her loyal followers and colleagues for the canceled shows. [Detroit Free Press]
And speaking of artists who recently cancelled a NYC-area show, and then scheduled a new one at Radio City Music Hall, Interpol's Radio City show goes on AmEx & WRXP presale on Thursday at 9am, and then on general sale Friday at noon.
Iron & Wine's Radio City show is on AmEx presale now, and goes on general sale Friday at 11am.
Iron & Wine at ATP NY 2009 (more by Ryan Muir)
Iron & Wine kick off a US tour on Saturday (11/13) with a show in St Louis at The Pageant. It's a short trip that will be followed by a two month break. Post-break, Samuel Beam and band will play two big US album release shows before heading to Europe for a tour. Those two 2011 US shows are January 26th at The Wiltern in LA with the Low Anthem, and January 29th at Radio City Music Hall with Edie Brickell. Tickets for the NYC show go on AMEX presale Wednesday, 11/10, at 11am, and then go on regular sale Friday at 11am.
Iron & Wine's new LP, Kiss Each Other Clean, will be released on January 25th (one day before the LA show) via Warner Brothers (and 4AD in Europe, Japan, and Australia). And,
Kiss Each Other Clean's opening track, "Walking Far From Home," will be released on 12" vinyl and as a CD single that is sold exclusively through independent retailers in conjunction with "Back to Black Friday" on November 26th, in which independent record stores will be the only source for several exclusive new releases across the country."Back To Black Friday" is a new initiative by the people behind Record Store Day. Basically they'll be releasing exclusive records now on Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving/the businest shopping day of the year) in addition to on Record Store Day which takes place in April.
The Iron and Wine single will also be available digitally on 11/30. In addition, 4AD will release two of those songs as a 7" on 1/17/11. Check out the teaser trailer and tracklist for the LP, as well as all tour dates below...
words by Black Bubblegum, photos by Ryan Muir
Friday, September 11th - Stage 1:The floors have been waxed. The bathroom tile is dry and shiny. Couches are not draped with bodies. Kutsher's and it's distinct 1960s time capsule "charm" is still in full force, though the place seems oddly tidied. Doorways that last year lead to muddy, mold infested corridors have been nailed shut. Random holes punched into the drywall have been patched. The musty smell that permeates the building is "covered" by an equally foul carpet deodorizer. I arrived a shade past 3PM on Friday (9/11) and it was obvious the ATP crowds hadn't sunk their fangs into the Country Club yet. Everything was still nice and clean.
3.15pm-4.15pm : The Drones performing Wait Long By The River...
4.45pm-5.30pm : The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms
6.00pm-7.00pm : Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs
7.30pm-8.30pm : Suicide performing Suicide (First LP)
9.00pm-9.45pm : Panda Bear
10.15pm-11.15pm : Iron & Wine
11.45pm-1.00am : The Jesus Lizard
Friday, September 11th - Stage 2:
9.00pm-9.30pm : Jon Glaser & Jon Benjamin
9.45pm-10.15pm : Derrick Brown & The Navy Gravy
10.30pm-11.00pm : Eugene Mirman
11.15pm-11.45pm : David Cross
As a veteran of multiple music festivals, I think that most feel very familiar... borderline generic even. ATP is an animal all its own. There is an energy that is positive, creative and palpable. Musicians wander about the grounds, checking out the bands. The sound system is killer. It's like an indie summer camp complete with a poorly functioning shower.
We arrived early enough to catch the first part of The Drones whose current tour also had them at The Bell House in Brooklyn two days earlier.
"I hope you like bronchitis, 'cause that's what all you're getting" the guitarist said while pointing toward the front row of the audience.
Bronchitis or no, the band's angular and sometimes atonal pop was immediate and fun despite anyone's poor health.
The Feelies followed with Crazy Rhythms indeed, alternating between jingle bells, timbale, shaker, maracas, hanging lead pipe as well as a satellite floor tom and snare drum. It was great to see those songs come alive. See them in Brooklyn on Sunday night.
Dirty Three was four, as Nick Cave sat in the tickle the ivories. Nick played a backseat role, no singing, none of his songs... For all intensive purposes he was John Q. Pianoplayer. Ocean Songs is a very affecting record, and their engaging post-rock-y compositions swelled and collapsed with emotion. Just don't call them emo.
"I'd like to set the record straight for Pitchfork and those guys... we did not invent emo. Blame it on some other cunts," Warren Ellis quipped between songs.
During songs, Ellis hopped around on one leg while playing his violin, sashaying to melodies and punctuating key moments with jump-kicks. Dude has ups, especially in a suit. Those in NYC have another chance to catch the band Sunday at Bowery Ballroom.
Suicide followed, and I am definitely a fan of their first LP. In the Stardust Ballroom, a ski-goggled Martin Rev banged away at his Triton producing compelling keyboard squelches and 200 BPM kick drum assaults, while Alan Vega barked lyrics from his music stand like an ornery old man. It was very loud. Fun for a while, but I couldn't watch the entire set.
Panda Bear's loopy harmonious bliss is something that I enjoyed on the Person Pitch LP, but was not looking forward to in a live setting. Nevertheless, I checked out Noah Lennox's knob-twisting live set which contained backlit projections. It's hard to pull off a one man show effectively, especially if there is limited crowd interaction. Noah's other band headlines Saturday night (tonight) of the festival.
Iron & Wine was solo acoustic, and Sam Beam engaged the crowd fully. I caught a few songs until leaving catch some of David Cross's set before The Jesus Lizard.
Kicking off with "Puss" and heading into "Gladiator" and "Seasick", The Jesus Lizard attacked the stage with their trademark screechy guitar lines and high frequency bass lines. Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims, and Mac McNeilly were tight as hell and the band roared through their classics to an extremely enthusiastic crowd all while David Yow acted like a buffoon.
Either I'm showing my age, or he his, but I used to find David Yow and his antics menacing. That's not to say he was anything less than riveting. He performed 1/3 of the show from the crowd (surfing or otherwise). When on stage, Yow mock-jerked himself off, hula-danced, slap-boxed the microphone stand, pointed at women while crotch-thrusting, and wished the audience a.... "Happy 9/11".
By the way, if you're wondering who IS responsible for emo. David Yow has the answer.
"That's Slint's fault"
Basia Bulat on stage w/ Plants & Animals
"I'm not really sure what it is about this little folk festival in the city on the prairie, but they really have something special going on, and it's been going on for the past 40 years. It was my honour to host the very eclectic opening Friday night under cloudy but dry skies in downtown Regina."The Regina Folk Festival took place August 7-9, 2009 in Canada. More pictures and reviews from the weekend below....
[Grant Lawrence, CBC Radio 3 on Day 1]
photos by Jim Brueckner
"Half a century ago, Pete Seeger helped found the Newport Folk Festival, a weekend notorious for its dichotomies- Rhode Island high society and scrappy folk singers, old time traditions and new sounds, social rebellion and responsible activism. At this year's 50th anniversary, the festival came full circle for Seeger and other Newport regulars.While we were busy worrying about the weather and All Points West here in NYC, The Newport Folk Festival was turning 50 up in Newport, Rhode Island (Aug 1-2, 2009). NPR was there and has archived streams of many of the performances. We have more pictures (from the first day for now), and some videos (including one of the Bob Dylan reenactment), below...
In addition to appearing and performing for the umpteenth time, Seeger was honored with an all out stage show courtesy of indie rockers the Decemberists. With frontman Colin Meloy narrating and guitarist Chris Funk playing the part of Seeger, plus Shara Worden (My Brightest Diamond) as Bob Dylan, the crew reenacted an infamous scene from the 1965 festival: the moment when Bob Dylan "went electric." According to Rolling Stone, while Funk was miming a frazzled Seeger attempting to unplug Dylan's raucous reinvention, Meloy quipped, "This was back in the day when the PA system was fueled entirely by burning wood. Pete was back there cutting the wood, and he became so overwhelmed with emotion that his hatchet almost slipped and severed the power cables."
Seeger knew the sketch was all in good fun and soon joined the Decemberists on stage for a sing-a-long. Gillian Welch, Fleet Foxes, and even Seeger's grandson Tao joined in on the jam. The 90-year-old legend even cranked out a solo or two. After all, as festival promoter George Wein said Saturday, "Pete Seeger is the Newport Folk Festival."" [American Songwriter]
Sufjan Stevens w/ Clogs @ BAM in February (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
We are extremely excited to announce the addition of Sufjan Stevens to the ATP-curated Saturday lineup. Stevens, who will be releasing Run Rabbit Run (a re-arrangement of his 2001 album Enjoy Your Rabbit) in October, has not played a US show in over two years, and this is sure to be a special performance. [ATP NY]Sufjan is one of the most recent additions to ATP NY, running September 11th-13th in Monticello, NY. It'll be his first show in a while, though over the past year Sufjan has made appearances joining St. Vincent at BAM, The Welcome Wagon at St. Paul's Lutheran and the Clogs with My Brightest Diamond (which you can see above) again at BAM .
Sufjan will be joined on the Saturday bill by new additions Shellac, Circulatory System and Grouper (who we previously announced).
Other Sunday additions are Super Furry Animals (who are also playing Maxwell's and Highline Ballroom), Boris, Low Lows and Oneida, the latter of which will perform a special set, described below...
"Oneida presents the Ocropolis" - where Oneida will transport the impetus, spirit and community of their multidisciplinary studio/performance space, The Ocropolis, to ATP for a full day of improvisation, collaboration, and recording, combined with the astounding Mighty Robot Visuals light crew.Limited tickets for the fest are still on sale. Ongoing coverage of ATP NY and related NYC-area shows HERE. Full lineup so far below...
Dan Friel @ Cake Shop on New Years Eve (more by Lori Baily)
tonight in NYC
* Jessica 6 @ Coco 66
* Sonic Youth listening party
* Hospitality @ Death By Audio
* Japanese Motors, Crocodiles @ Studio B
* Rooftop Film w/ Acrylics @ Open Road Rooftop
* KaiserCartel, Mascott, Cat Martino @ 92YTribeca
* Lady Circus and FUCT in Cirque du Quoi @ House of Yes
* Allen Toussaint's The Bright Mississippi Band @ Village Vanguard
* Ben Lee, Low vs. Diamond, Dawes @ Bowery Ballroom
* Arboretum, D. Charles Speer, TK Webb @ Studio at Webster Hall
* The Black Swans, Essie Jain, Tatters and Rags @ Bruar Falls
* Wolves in the Throne Room, A Storm of Light, Thrones @ Europa
* Little Girls, Sisters & Golden Triangle @ Littlefield
* Bill Nace, Grey Gersten/G. Lucas Crane/Ryan Sawyer @ The Stone
* Tally Hall, Malbec, The Silent Years, Lightning Love @ Mercury Lounge
* Dan Friel, Talk Normal, Starring and Beautiful Weekend @ Dead Herring
* Hospitality, Stephen Steinbrink, Hell Kite, Little Gold @ Death By Audio
* Turbo Fruits, Jeff: The Brotherhood, Love-Struck, Foster Care @ Cake Shop
* Morrissey's 50th Bday: Kaki King, Bodega Girls, The Stationary Set @ Glasslands
* Holy Fuck, A Place to Bury Strangers, The Morning After Girls @ Music Hall of Williamsburg
* Undiscovered Islands: So Percussion, Sarah Kirkland Snider's "Penelope" with Signal, Rachel Calloway, and Steven Mackey @ Galapagos
Green Day played Good Morning America this morning.
BKLYN YARD opens this weekend.
The Sasquatch Music Festival happens this weekend.
Iron & Wine played a New Order song on Jimmy Fallon the other night. Video below...
Deerhoof's new animated video for "This is God Speaking" below...
Iron & Wine @ Abrons Arts Center in NYC - May 18, 2009 (Philip Pissas)
"This tour, which found Sam Beam playing the relatively intimate Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side, made for an odd starting point: the set list abounded with rarities, and Beam would occasionally pause mid-song if a line or chord hadn't gone as planned. The overall effect, though, was charming, and I was reminded of exactly why I'd been drawn to Beam's music from the beginning. And given just how forceful his vocal delivery was on many of the songs, it looks like my "well, maybe I won't get tickets for the show at the Bowery Ballroom/Webster Hall/etc" mindset was, in fact, completely wrong. Highlights included "The Trapeze Swinger" and "Sodom, South Georgia," both of which were searingly played and sung." [Tobias Carroll]The NYC shows were May 17th and 18th (last night). "Around the Well", a new Iron & Wine 2-CD rarities comp, is out today via Sub Pop. You can download two of the songs for free above.
Iron & Wine's upcoming shows include the Newport Folk Festival, ATP NY, and an Other Music in-store... today (5/19). They'll also be on Jimmy Fallon tonight. All dates, and some videos from Abrons Arts Center, below...
John Vanderslice's seventh solo album, Romanian Names, is yet another combination of masterful songwriting and flawless, ambitious production from one of America's most underrated singer-songwriters. Catch him on tour this month and next.
The new release list is filled with other worthy releases. From what has already been sent my way, I can also recommend Au Revoir Simone's Still Night, Still Light, Jarvis Cocker's Further Complications, Jason Lytle's Yours Truly, The Commuter, Jeffrey Lewis's Em Are I, Passion Pit's Manners, and especially White Rabbits' It's Frightening.
What new music can you recommend this week? What's on your shopping list? Did I miss any releases?
Pete Seeger, who is a cofounder of the Festival and who just celebrated his 90th birthday with a show at MSG, will be playing both nights. On Sunday, he'll be joined by Judy Collins, who is also performing a free Folks on the Island show Sunday, July 26th on NYC's Governors Island.
Saturday acts at the Fest include Billy Bragg and Tom Morello, who just shared a stage with Iggy Pop at NYC's Nokia Theatre, and the Decemberists, who have a big summer tour that's stopping at NYC's Radio City Music Hall on June 10th, Fleet Foxes, who have tour dates including All Points West, and the Avett Brothers, who are on tour and playing NYC's Irving Plaza on June 12th and 13th. Langhorne Slim will be there too (he's also at Lollapalooza this summer). Iron & Wine are playing both this, and ATP NY.
Sunday's show is heavy on big-name folkies with Collins (mentioned above), Joan Baez and Arlo Guthrie all performing. Arlo Guthrie is also playing a free show at Castle Clinton in NYC this summer.
Elvis Perkins in Dearland will be there. Perkins and Co. played the Bowery in March, and their summer tour includes a May 20th show at the Bell House in Brooklyn (tickets), and the Clearwater Festival (another project founded by Seeger) on June 20th and 21st in Croton-on Hudson, NY.
Also on Sunday is Deer Tick, whose big summer includes opening for Jenny Lewis at MHoW on June 9th, headlining the Bowery on July 24th (tickets go on sale Friday, May 8th at noon), and playing a free Celebrate Brooklyn show at Prospect Park on August 7th.
Full Newport Fork Festival info below...
Boss Hog @ Maxwell's (more by Tim Griffin)
Friday will feature a first New York show in a long time by The Jesus Lizard and newly announced, ATP favourites Iron and Wine. They will join the Don't Look Back shows also taking place on Friday: The Feelies performing Crazy Rhythms, New York's finest Suicide performing their first LP, Dirty Three performing Ocean Songs and The Drones performing Wait Long By The River... The evening will be rounded off with the Comedy Stage hosted and curated by the one and only David Cross.This is great. Full (current) lineup (in list format), and more info, below...
Saturday is curated by ATP and is headlined by Animal Collective and an exclusive performance by Panda Bear. Other confirmed acts include the newly announced Boss Hog, Deerhunter and Bridezilla, plus the previously announced Melvins, Black Dice, Dead Meadow, Autolux, EL-P, Akron Family, Antipop Consortium, Atlas Sound and the hotly tipped Sleepy Sun.
Sunday is curated by the outlandish Flaming Lips. Every act that plays will perform an exclusive special show, bespoke for this event. First up are the Boredoms who will continue their BOREDRUM [BOADRUM?] series, performing with 9 drummers on stage. No Age will perform a whole LP by Husker Du including special guest vocalist [um... Bob Mould?]. Deerhoof will perform with special visuals by Martha Colburn. Caribou will perform as Caribou Vibration Ensemble, with a 4 piece horn section, 4 drummers and a choir and guests that include Kieran Hebden (Four Tet/Fridge/Kieran Hebden & Steve Reid), Koushik (Stones Throw Records), John Schmersal (Enon, Brainiac), Kathryn Bint (One Little Plane), Ahmed Gallab (Sinkane) and more. Finally Stardeath and White Dwarfs also join the line-up, with lots more to be announced!
Iron and Wine @ Terminal 5 (more by Kyle Dean Reinford)
On May 19, 2009 Iron and Wine will issue Around the Well (Sub Pop), a 2-CD/3-LP collection of rare tracks ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released. In support of Around the Well, Iron and Wine will be performing ten intimate shows in five cities. Each individual show will be wholly unique, as Iron and Wine will turn the set list over to the fans to create.Tickets for all the shows are will-call only, and some of them are starting to show up on Ticketmaster. I'm not sure though, if that's where tickets will be for the NYC shows at Abrons Arts Center on May 17th & 18th. All dates, and the new album tracklist, below...
Beginning March 6th and running thru March 30th at www.ironandwine.com, fans can vote by city and night for the songs they'd like to see performed each evening. For those who can't attend, the shows will be made available after the tour is completed, in some cases days after, on Iron and Wine's official live recording site Played Last Night. Tickets for all these shows go on sale February 20, 2009.
The tracks collected on Around the Well span from Iron and Wine's earliest sessions which yielded the band's debut (2002's The Creek Drank the Cradle) through material recorded for 2007's The Shepherd's Dog. The double-disc collection is broken up into two sections. The first half is an assortment of hushed home recordings, unedited and raw, and the second highlights moments captured in the confines of proper studios with the help of other musicians, friends and engineers.
The album's title comes from a line in the song "The Trapeze Swinger," a fan favorite which was written for and included in the movie In Good Company. Three more songs written and recorded for the film finally make their appearance here as well: "Belated Promise Ring," "God Made the Automobile" and "Homeward, These Shoes." Around the Well also brings together hard to find covers such as The Flaming Lips' "Waitin' for a Superman" and New Order's "Love Vigilantes," along with one of Iron and Wine's earliest originals, "Sacred Vision," which appeared on a compilation for Sound Collector magazine..
In addition, Iron and Wine have begun work on the follow-up to The Shepherd's Dog and plan to release a new album in spring, 2010.
"What a fitting day to announce the complete list of artists involved with our upcoming album DARK WAS THE NIGHT - the February 17th 4AD release that will benefit the Red Hot Organization. It's World AIDS Day, and in honor of that, we bring you the exciting news."More info on the previously mentioned comp below...
words & photos by Kyle Dean Reinford
When Iron & Wine announced a NYC tour stop at Terminal 5, I was up in arms (I wasn't the only one). Just a year after playing the acoustically gorgeous Town Hall, their decision to play at T5 seemed pretty foolish. But Sam Beam has a certain way of wooing crowds, and he made Monday night (11/17) just as memorable as any show I've seen there. The sold-out crowd was completely silent as he worked (first acoustically, then with a band) through his repertoire, including a few new tracks and a 10 minute jam on "Woman King". As unfortunate as the venue was, Mr. Beam made the most out of the show. (but if you're reading this Sam, please play Town Hall again next time.)
Their Sub Pop labelmates Blitzen Trapper opened the evening. They were a more upbeat than I expected, but added a nice balance to the mellowness later on. More pictures below...