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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 Iron & Wine – “Homeward These Shoes” (Stereogum Premiere)

Iron & Wine's Around The Well is a double CD (and triple LP) compilation of rarities, etc., due out next month. It spans the earliest…
brandon | April 28, 2009 - 10:26 am
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Iron & Wine Offers Jay Leno His “Flightless Bird, American Mouth”

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…
brandon | January 6, 2009 - 10:11 am
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SP20 Happened This Weekend

We've been telling you about Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary and attendant celebration party for a while now. This past weekend SP20 up and happened, and…
brandon | July 14, 2008 - 1:52 pm
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SP20: Sub Pop’s 20th Anniversary Benefit Festival Partial Lineup Announced

We mentioned Sub Pop's 20th Anniversary a ways back -- well, it's officially time to party (especially if you live in the Pacific Northwest). The…
brandon | April 15, 2008 - 3:36 pm
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Bonnaroo 2008 Lineup: Metallica And Pearl Jam, But No Led Zeppelin

digg_url = 'http://digg.com/music/Bonnaroo_2008_Lineup_Metallica_Pearl_Jam_Jack_Johnson'; After hints and clues, Bonnaroo's 2008 lineup's been announced. They've confirmed Lez Zeppelin, but not Led Zeppelin. Though Robert Plant…
brandon | February 5, 2008 - 7:59 pm
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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…
brandon | January 29, 2008 - 9:59 am
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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…
Stereogum | December 10, 2007 - 11:59 am
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Radiohead.tv DJ Sets

Radiohead.tv 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…
Stereogum | November 19, 2007 - 11:59 am
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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;…
Stereogum | July 26, 2007 - 12:19 pm
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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…
Stereogum | July 20, 2007 - 9:43 am
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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…
Stereogum | July 16, 2007 - 12:30 am
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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.
Stereogum | June 22, 2007 - 3:02 pm
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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…
Stereogum | June 12, 2007 - 3:26 pm
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Valentines For Your iPod

100% Stereogum-recommended legal MP3s from newish and upcoming albums. Crooked Fingers - "Call To Love" Audible - "Sunday Bell" Damon And Naomi - "Love
Stereogum | February 14, 2005 - 9:21 am
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