Wednesday, January 19, 2011

and I dreamt of that sound

Iron and Wine has a new album out in a few days: Kiss Each Other Clean. I can't wait to put that record on in the farm house. Since I first started listening to Sam Beam in 2004, I have been in love with his music. Songs like Upward Over the Mountain, Sodom South Georgia, and Faded from the Winter have shaped moments of my adult life, been engraved into memory in ways that still make me shake and smile. I have seen him live in Philadelphia. I was lucky enough to hear my favorite song, The Trapeze Swinger, for the first time live. I still can not hear that song and not well up inside. For years Iron and Wine has been on the car stereo, iPod, or in the background of every step of this journey. He is the soundtrack to this farm, and doesn't even know it.

Listen To Walking Far From Home here


Blogger SWEETHEARTS MOM said...

hey girl dont forget the mixer

January 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Andrea said...

I still think the soundtrack to your blog is Laura Veirs's July Flame.

Tell me you don't have it and I will send it to you. Honest.

January 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

I would love to hear it, I dont have it.

Mixer might be the same night as a snow storm. I have one shoddy 2WD truck on a mountain. Not a great combination for a safe night.

January 19, 2011 at 9:59 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The trapeze singer is an incredible song! It's a favorite of my wife's and mine.

I actually first heard it sung by Peter Mulvey in Berkeley, which turned me on to Iron and Wine.

If you don't know Peter Mulvey, might want to check him out ( He has an awesome collaboration called Redbird with Kris Delmhorst and Jeffrey Foucault, also excellent songwriters.

Please remember me...


January 19, 2011 at 10:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi, just read your article in the Guardian about being a reformed vegetarian...if thats the right way to put it! Anyhow, like the comments about Iron and Wine, I'm looking forward to seeing Sam for the first time at Birmingham Town Hall (UK)in March. I have slowly been working my way through the back catalogue. I came to Iron and Wine through being a fan of Calexico and its become a bit of an obsession. Love the blog, and enjoyed the article and the ensuing food fight as a result! Well done gal!

January 20, 2011 at 4:39 AM  
Blogger Affi'enia said...

I too am going to see Sam for the first Time at Leeds Met (UK) in March. I can't wait. It was you who turned me on to him and I just love his stuff. I only own the Shepherd's dog at the mo and I think my fav song is either "Pagan Angel and a Borrowed Car" or "Peace Beneath the City"

January 20, 2011 at 5:14 AM  
Blogger Odie Langley said...

Thanks Jenna, I had never heard him before but will find and listen to more of his music.

January 20, 2011 at 5:24 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Jenna (and fellow commenters)

Now, I probably heard of these guys from your site, but if you haven't heard of them, take a listen to 'Mumford & Sons'.

Their site is mumfordandsons

I think you'll especially like the song, "Thistle and Weeds."

January 20, 2011 at 7:00 AM  
Blogger Natural Mark said...

Ditto that! I have so many songs that when I hear them they take me back to a special place in time, almost like looking at an old photo or postcard from a trip. Iron and Wine always remind me of sitting on the front porch in the swing, tea in hand, birds chirping, sense of belonging. Love it.

Been a fan ever since I first heard them in the Garden State movie soundtrack (awesome movie - highly recommend it)

January 20, 2011 at 7:30 AM  
Blogger Kris Mo said...

I have to second that motion, Natural Mark! I first discovered Iron & Wine on the Garden State soundtrack as well, and they've become a staple in my house. Thanks for the preview Jenna - I can't wait for the new release!

January 20, 2011 at 9:23 AM  
Blogger Just A Gal said...

Iron and Wine=amazing. Add to the list some Bob Dylan and Van Morrison and you've got a chill winter afternoon of baking. :)

January 20, 2011 at 9:39 AM  
Blogger Natural Mark said...

Oh, if you like iron and wine here are a few others you might like...
Ray LaMontange
Mazzy Star
Be Good Tanyas
Bright Eyes
City & Colour
Sarah Harmer
Old Crow Medicine Show
Cat Power

You can find most of them on youtube or itunes so give them a try. Happy listening folks!

January 20, 2011 at 10:14 AM  
Blogger Robbie Grey said...

I rather dig Iron and Wine, but what's this crap? It doesn't sound like him at all. It's like synth-poppy garbage. I'm disappointed thus far :(.

January 20, 2011 at 11:14 AM  
Blogger E said...

Why not send him a snail mail letter and tell him he's the soundtrack of your farm.

5 minutes or less online will give you his address (I found it easily).

January 20, 2011 at 11:26 AM  
Blogger VTGrown said...

Love, love, love Iron & Wine. A little embarassed about how I first heard of them though: Twilight.

January 20, 2011 at 2:59 PM  
Blogger kadfoto said...

You've likely seen/heard this, but just in case you haven't:
new album

Sam Beam = brilliant

January 20, 2011 at 6:56 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...


I haven't checked this directly, but saw a note on facebook from a friend that Iron and Wine's new record is being streamed on their web site

Sounds like it might brighten things...this is the bleak midwinter, but at least it's lighter.

January 20, 2011 at 8:36 PM  
Blogger Frances said...

Iron & Wine are playing at Mass MoCA in April, Jenna. Tickets go on sale today, 1/21. See you there!

January 21, 2011 at 3:27 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Frances, I got them! See you there!

January 22, 2011 at 8:44 AM  
Blogger One Celled said...

Soundtrack of the farm .. that is very cool. Jenna, Iron & Wine will be performing live at Amoeba Music Hollywood on Monday, January 24th at 7PM PST in celebration of Kiss Each Other Clean. This show will be streamed live at: for those who can’t be there. The performance will also be re-broadcast the following day at the Amoeba site. Time TBA.
Amoeba Online

January 23, 2011 at 10:37 PM  

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