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Looking back, it’s actually difficult to capture just how weird and momentous the freak folk movement of the first half of the 2000s felt. It wasn’t cobbled together so much as it was a united front of weirdos that were obsessed with their own skewed vision of the past — AM radio gold sat comfortably… More »

Not that many people released music videos in the first week of the year, though I can’t quite figure out why. The world is back at work, it’s cold outside, and we need flashy images to occupy our eyeballs this time of year. Do your job, makers of music videos! A few intrepid souls did,… More »

In an interview about the fourth Iron & Wine studio album, Kiss Each Other Clean, Sam Beam told SPIN he’d planned to make his major label debut, “more of a focused pop record.” To his ears Kiss “sounds like the music people heard in their parent’s car growing up… that early-to-mid-’70s FM, radio-friendly music.” That,… More »

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New Live Iron & Wine – “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”

One of the most heart (and politically) achey songs on The Shepherd’s Dog is closer, “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”: Lost innocence, a fat cat, a grounded eagle. As we mentioned while getting premature on the album, Iron & Wine live can be a sketchy affair if he’s backed by that Grateful Dead-style band, so it’… More »

By: brandon / January 29, 2008 - 9:59 am

New Iron & Wine Video – “Boy With A Coin”

The excellent outing from Sam Beam this year isn’t topping year-end lists lke maybe we thought upon premature pontification (but we haven’t seen the Gummys results yet have we, oh suspense), but the LP still stands tall these months later, and “Boy With A Coin”‘s “African sounding guitar thing” remains a beautiful, bona fide thor… More »

By: Stereogum / December 10, 2007 - 11:59 am DJ Sets brought us heads in boxes, Björk and Smiths covers, a live “Reckoner,” and that surreal have-we-all-gone-deaf performance, among sundry other goodies … like those DJ sets. When we live blogged the event, we were particularly taken by the spinning: Thom spasmodic with !!!, M.I.A., Burial (which Ed plays, too), etc. And it was the… More »

By: Stereogum / November 19, 2007 - 11:59 am

Iron & Wine’s The Shepherd’s Dog Cover

Sam Beam’s latest is a brilliant collection of muddy ambiance and earthen largess, so the album cover floating around the net seemed to fit, sorta; a little less-than-stellar, but hey it looked woodsy and Beam’s got beard, so whatever. Turns out that was all a sham, perpetrated by some avid, amateur, Iron-inspired artiste. The real… More »

By: Stereogum / July 26, 2007 - 12:19 pm

Iron & Wine Covers Radiohead

No surprise that “No Surprises” is shaping up to be one of OK Computer’s most covered tracks; in addition to being unbelievably gorgeous, its spare and relatively imitable Yorke melody make it a top rate candidate for homage. This past month we brought you two — the ethereal tribute by Marissa Nadler and the reverent… More »

By: Stereogum / July 20, 2007 - 9:43 am

Pitchfork Music Festival 2007 [Saturday; 7/14] Rating: 8.1

No classic albums played in their entirety, but any fest day during which your mind is blown thrice is indeed a good fest day. As noted, there’s a hipster agenda at play at Pitchfork Music Festival (duh), but the lineup is anything but hegemonic: Scottish shoegaze, coke rap, psych-folk, Yoko … Saturday’s bill… More »

By: Stereogum / July 16, 2007 - 12:30 am

Premature Evaluation: Iron & Wine – The Shepherd’s Dog

If you’ve never seen Iron & Wine live, Sam Beam’s following may come as a surprise. Everybody knows the Floridian sports a big old beard. It always seemed more rural South (or Lungfish, maybe) than something to inspire Deadheads to Volkswagen-surf, but watching dozens of kids hippie dancing to “On Your Wings” and “Jesus The… More »

By: Stereogum / June 22, 2007 - 3:02 pm

New Iron & Wine – “Boy With A Coin”

Good news indie-folkers: the first single from bearded Sam Beam’s LP number three is a knockout. “Boy With A Coin” sets multi-tracked Beams to a djembe, handclaps, and a fully realized production palette couching Sam’s acoustic “African-sounding guitar thing” in traveling bass and wet, scene-setting electric guit work. No doubt Iron & Wine’s working with… More »

By: Stereogum / June 12, 2007 - 3:26 pm
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