Iron and Wine Gathers Around The Well, Plans Intimate May Tour

    It’s been a bit since we’ve heard any hushed tones coming from Iron and Wine‘s Sam Beam. He’s laying low with his family in Austin, TX, no doubt, plotting to reclaim his top spot as the king of the indie beards. He’s neck-and-neck with TV on the Radio’s Kyp Malone the last I heard. Now the bearded folk man is planning to unearth some clandestine musical treasures with Around the Well. I always thought Iron and Wine was pefect for sitting around a campfire but a well will do.


    The May 19 Sub Pop release is a 2 CD/3-LP collection that ranges in origin from out-of-print to never-before-released. Hardcore fans will notice many of these tracks, since the hissy home-spun versions leaked years ago. Still others, like much-loved "The Trapeze Swinger," were featured in the Topher Grace/Dennis Quaid joint, In Good Company. Well‘s title comes from a line in the "Swinger." No artwork just yet. Three more songs written for the film show up too: "Belated Promise Ring," "God Made the Automobile" and "Homeward, These Shoes."

    The CD is broken up into two sections with the first half full of raw home recordings and the second brings out Beam’s more percussive studio side  (thank you Brian Deck!) Here’s the official track list:


     Around the Well

     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


    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


    Accoring to his publicist, Beam is hard at work on the follow-up to The Sheperd’s Dog. Its tentative release date is spring 2010. Before the wandering folk musician hits the studio he’ll be touring in support of Around the Well this May. The ten intimate shows will take place in five U.S. cities and every city will have a unique set list, determined by Iron and Wine fans. From March 6 to March 30 fans can visit to vote for Beam’s cover of The Postal Service’s "Such Great Heights" a gazillion times. Tickets go on sale February 20, hopefully not through Ticketmaster-Live Nation (here at Prefix Mag we call them the Galactic Empire). They are all will-call only. Even if you can’t make it out, all the shows will be recorded live on Iron and Wine’s nifty recording site, Played Last Night.


    Here are the dates:

    05.04 Seattle, WA: Vera Project (w/Yogoman Burning Band)

    05.05 Seattle, WA: Triple Door (w/Alela Diane)

    05.06 San Francisco, CA: Swedish American Hall (w/Yogoman Burning Band)

    05.07 San Francisco, CA: Swedish American Hall (w/Magic Leaves)

    05.08 Los Angeles, CA: Masonic Hall at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (w/ Adela Diane and DJ Small Town Talk)

    05.09 Los Angeles, CA: Troubadour (w/ Yogoman Burning Band)

    05.12 Chicago, IL: Lakeshore Theatre (w/Kaite Stelmanis)

    05.13 Chicago, IL Schuba’s

    05.17 New York, NY: Abrons Arts Center (w/Lia Ices)

    05.18 New York, NY: Abrons Arts Center (w/partyface)