Last January we saw Sam Beam perform “Flightless Bird, American Mouth” by his lonesome. A year later, he’s reprising The Shepherd’s Dog closer on Leno with band in tow. If you haven’t seen Twilight it might seem strange that he’s making the Late Night rounds for an album that came out in the Fall of 2007, but beyond teenage vampire movies, the song’s take on the loss of innocence/an idealized America, materialism and fat cats devouring flightless birds is all the more chilling amid the dust of our fucked economy and feels like the better reason to be singing this particular song. You can watch it at Hulu.

Comments (23)
  1. Liam  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    In tote? srsly? get your idioms right.

  2. bbs82  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    what a dirty, talentless hippie.

  3. Martin  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    The imagery stricken up by Iron & Wine’s music is doing for music what Kerouac did for novels.

  4. pat  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    i love sam beam. i am huge fan of nearly all his work, but sonically, i cannot enjoy this song. the lyrics are great, but i find the composition so lazy and dull. i know there are probably a ton of people that disagree with me and think this song is beautiful with its soaring falsettos, but i guess i find beauty in other sam songs like “carousel” “on your wings” and “the trapeze swinger”

  5. Los  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    Zach Galifianakis?

  6. Great song. Too bad Twilight kind of ruined it for me. But, I think it’s an appropriate time to play the song on Leno.

  7. yeah I totally thought that was zach galifianakis

  8. Off topic: I’m kind of in awe that Stereogum hasn’t mentioned that No One Does it Like You opened the Gossip Girl episode last night. “Who cares”, you may say – but it delighted my juvenille heart.

  9. chewy  |   Posted on Jan 6th, 2009 0

    Make it more interesting. Say, like mash it up with JayZ. I can’t believe he cut beautiful hair. I knew it…once the farm boy came across them city folk, they’d change his ways.

  10. Still wondering why he’s on a soundtrack for a movie like that(alongside paramore, cringe). I hope they don’t play this song in the movie at a super cheesy moment.

  11. Dave  |   Posted on Jan 8th, 2009 0

    When has anything from the Tonight Show ever been timely?

  12. Ben G  |   Posted on Jan 9th, 2009 0

    Sam Beam is a sister fucker.

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