The Beard Is Back: New Iron & Wine Album Coming In Early 2011

    There’s really not much more to say after that. Sam Beam, whose last studio album as Iron & Wine, the exquisite The Shepherd’s Dog, dropped in 2007, has another album in the can. Few details are known at this point, but the album will be called Kiss Each Other Clean and be released some time in early 2011. The album will probably also have dense lyrics, a couple of songs that you actually have to turn the stereo up to hear correctly, and enough indie cred to land hipster gals at coffee shops and food co-ops across the country. [Pitchfork]