‘Around The Well’ & Small Tour Coming – Iron and Wine (Postal Service Cover Included!)

To support the upcoming release of Around The Well, a 2CD/3LP collection of rarities, Sam Beam is taking to the road for a small U.S. tour. Each of the city’s sets will be determined by the fans, as voted on at his website. Shortly after each show, you’ll be able to purchase the show recordings at Played Last Night.


May 4: Seattle (Vera Project)
May 5: Seattle (Triple Door)
May 6-7: San Francisco (Swedish American Hall)
May 8: Los Angeles (Masonic Hall)
May 9: Los Angeles (Troubadour)
May 12: Chicago (Lakeshore Theatre)
May 13: Chicago (Schuba’s)
May 17-18: New York (Abrons Arts Center)

Additionally, proceeding the NYC dates Iron and Wine will be performing along with Flight Of The Conchords for a one-off show at Red Rocks on May 16.

Around The Well will feature songs that span the length of Iron and Wine’s career. To quote Sam Beam…well his webmaster, anyway…“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.” A few covers will be on the collection, including Flaming Lips’ “Waitin’ for a Superman” and New Order’s “Love Vigilantes”.

If the above graphic from the main page of ironandwine.com, I’m hoping that he’s going to reinvent himself as some kind of hobo hip-hop artist ala Joaquin Phoenix’s recent odd turn.

Maybe not….actually, hopefully not.

Finally, Iron and Wine’s cover of The Postal Service’s ‘Such Great Heights’ will be featured on Around The Well and is a touching and brilliant reinventing of an already fantastic track.

Iron and Wine – Such Great Heights (Postal Service Cover)

Stars Of The Lid Announce Rare U.S. Tour

Before reading the post, start the song playing, you know…just to get in the mood.

“Slight on the Childproof” from 2007’s live tour EP Carte-De-Visite
Pitchfork announced today that dronesmiths Stars of the Lid will be touring the U.S. this spring. I’m not usually one for just reposting a band’s tour dates from another music blog, but this is something that I personally have been waiting for since their last tour in 2002.
Last year saw the release of The Stars Of The Lid And The Refinement Of Their Decline, which while not their best release in their catalog, it’s still a phenomenal record. Their greatest release in my mind is 2001’s The Tired Sounds of Stars of the Lid. The double disk set is a nearly perfect work of calm, something that is both rewarding to a focused or passive listen. To those that might be on the fence about going to see live minimalism or even listening to a drone band such as SOTL, you have to get into the mindset that it’s music that serves a purpose as much as it is simply something to listen to. Flex your patience and give a show like this a shot. Music like this becomes something disconnected from a traditional live music experience, moving into something that is consumed physically as well as acoustically. Stars of the Lid is possibly one of the best entrances to minimalism, as nearly all their catalog is pretty accessable and beautiful. Ultimately, to the uninitiated going to see SOTL live will probably far easier on the psyche than one’s first show being sunn 0))).04-14 Los Angeles, CA – TBA04-15 San Francisco, CA – The Independent04-17 Portland, OR – TBA

04-18 Seattle, WA – Triple Door

04-21 Minneapolis, MN – Southern Theatre

04-22 Champaign, IL – Staerkel Planetarium

04-23 Grinnell, IA – Sebring-Lewis Concert Hall

04-24 Louisville, KY – 9:30 Listening Room

04-25 Pittsburgh, PA – Warhol Museum

04-26 Chicago, IL – Lakeshore Theatre

04-27 London, Ontario – Museum London

04-28 Toronto, Ontario – Music Gallery

04-29 Montreal, Quebec – TBA

05-01 Boston, MA – Museum of Fine Arts

05-02 New York, NY – Good Shepard Faith Church (Wordless Music Series)

05-03 Philadelphia, PA – TBA

05-04 Washington, DC – TBA

05-05 Asheville, NC – TBA

05-07 Austin, TX – Ritz Theatre

05-17 Minehead, England – Butlin’s Holiday Centre (Explosions in the Sky ATP)