Iron And Wine on Leno

Last night, Iron & Wine’s Sam Beam brought his voluminous beard and his expansive backing band to the stage of The Tonight Show to perform “Flightless Bird, American Mouth (Wedding Version),” his contribution to the new Twilight movie soundtrack. Weirdly enough, it’s actually Beam’s second time doing a version of that song for Jay Leno; he previously did another version of it in January of 2009. Leno must love that shit! Watch it below.

(via the Audio Perv)

The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 soundtrack, you’ll be pleased to know, is out 11/8 on Atlantic.

Comments (5)
  1. I wonder how Sam really feels about all this. I mean, he still makes good music, and hasn’t sold out in the sense that his art is still intact, in my opinion. But he’s really only bringing home bacon now because he’s riding the wave of Twilight. Really, we all know why he’s on Leno playing a track he wrote and recorded several years ago. I wonder if that affects him negatively at all.

    Does he feel like this is just as much a part of who he is as an artist as everything else he does writing and performing, or does he disconnect it from the rest of it, and simply see this as a way to pay his bills and maybe introduce people to his real work? Or maybe he’s just indifferent towards it, feeling like it’s really all the same thing.

    Not dissing on him, because he’s a very talented and enjoyable musician. I just wonder…

    • eh, a man has to make money somehow. I can’t blame him. I don’t think there’s any such thing as “selling out” nowadays when you can’t make money off of albums anymore.

      • I’m not faulting him for making money. I’m not saying that he “sold out”, even. He just “sold”. There’s a big difference. I think it’s similar to when an artist puts their music in a commercial or something. They didn’t change their music in order to sell it, they just sold it. And it’s kinda cool. I get excited because maybe their kids will get new shoes and a halfway decent Christmas and most of these people deserve to buy their kids new shoes and I hope their kids see them as heros. They have suffered enough for their art, and the suffering is not the thing that is making it art. But is this just a meal ticket for him, or is he genuinely into it? I mean, you can license your music for a car ad and it’s no big deal, you maybe don’t even watch TV, so you will never even see it. But his music is in Twilight. Twilight.

        He has people showing up at his concerts because they heard his music in the hit teen vampire movie. That doesn’t happen when you put your music in a candy bar ad, unless the person heard your music and was seriously interested and ended up a fan of the music. Most people are not interested in the music in this case persay, they are interested in the music’s association, and the association has absolutely nothing to do with Sam or anything that he has done. It’s like the thing that has finally made his art valuable was something completely out of his control. Again, I don’t fault him for cashing the check, but I wonder what his perspective on it is.

  2. Something about Jay Leno… makes me… angry.

    … I’ll just go outside.

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