Iron and Wine: Rarities CD/Tour


Sam Beam by Jesse Borrell
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 the 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 setlist over to the fans to create. 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.

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 written for 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 support of Around the Well, Iron and Wine will be performing ten intimate shows in five US cities. Tickets for all these shows go on sale February 20, 2009. Each show will feature a unique set list, determined by Iron and Wine fans. Beginning March 6th and running thru March 30th at, 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.

Around the Well Track Listing:

Disc 1
1. Dearest Forsaken
2. Morning
3. Loud as Hope
4. Peng! 33
5. Sacred Vision
6. Friends They Are Jewels
7. Hickory
8. Waitin' for a Superman
9. Swans and the Swimming
10. Call Your Boys
11. Such Great Heights

(Vinyl break occurs between "Friends" and "Hickory.")

Disc 2
1. Communion Cups & Someone's Coat
2. Belated Promise Ring
3. God Made the Automobile
4. Homeward, These Shoes
5. Love Vigilantes
6. Sinning Hands
7. No Moon
8. Serpent Charmer
9. Carried Home
10. Kingdom of the Animals
11. Arms of a Thief
12. The Trapeze Swinger

(Vinyl break occurs between "Sinning" and "No Moon." At nearly ten minutes, "The Trapeze Swinger" will stand alone on the third piece of vinyl.)

Iron and Wine Spring 2009 US Tour Dates
Monday, May 4, 2009, Seattle, Vera Project (w/Yogoman Burning Band)
Tuesday, May 5, 2009, Seattle, Triple Door (w/Alela Diane)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009, San Francisco, Swedish American Hall (w/Yogoman Burning Band)
Thursday, May 7, 2009, San Francisco, Swedish American Hall (w/Magic Leaves)
Friday, May 8, 2009, Los Angeles, Masonic Hall at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (w/ Alela Diane and DJ Small Town Talk)
Saturday, May 9, 2009, Los Angeles, Troubadour (w/Yogoman Burning Band)
Tuesday, May 12, 2009, Chicago, Lakeshore Theatre (w/Katie Stelmanis)
Wednesday, May 13, 2009, Chicago, Schuba's
Sunday, May 17, 2009, New York, Abrons Arts Center (w/Lia Ices)
Monday, May 18, 2009, New York, Abrons Arts Center (w/partyface)

[Published on: 2/13/09]

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The Grand Wazoo Fri 2/13/2009 04:11PM
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Saw Sam Beam at Rothbury and thought it was a perfect afternoon set.....gonna have to try to check out these Chicago shows.

Hotchkiss starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/13/2009 10:49PM
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hope i can get me some tickets for the troubadour show.

Dire46daysWolf Sat 2/14/2009 01:23AM
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looks badass long live iron and wine!

Cola21 Sat 2/14/2009 01:45AM
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I'm melting up. Sam Beam is such a beautiful wordsmith and such a beautiful individual. The prospect of new/old music makes me tingle with excitement. I would make love to his lyrics if I could.

rainydaywomen420 starstarstarstarstar Sat 2/14/2009 11:35AM
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sold out iron & wine show in buffalo last year was one of the best id seen in 08. Started of acoustic joined only by his sister on violin playing beautiful renditions of upwards over the mountain and resurection fern among others. Then the rest of the band came out one by one and proceeded to blow me away. It was a really tight overwhelming sound. Enough said though absolutely picking this up and id love to see the two nights in NYC

futhepharmer Mon 2/16/2009 07:54PM
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Wow...this sucks. You can get baser's to argue about mayonaise all day long but the Iron and Wine article only has five comments? What's wrong with this picture?

Lord-K. starstarstarstarstar Fri 2/20/2009 09:09PM
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^Props wake up kids there is good music out there where you do not need any mayo to be taken to euphoria. Cannot wait to see Sam at Schuba's