Iron and Wine

Iron & Wine and Opinions on Jeff Rosenstock

Sam Beam has been releasing his signature indie folk records under the moniker Iron & Wine for over 15 years. His 2017 effort, Beast Epic, returns to his stripped down, acoustic roots. Jim and Greg interview Sam Beam at the Goose Island Barrelhouse and they talk about his sound, collaborations and fatherhood. He also delivers a performance in front of a live audience. Plus, a review of the new album by punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock.

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Iron & Wine

Sam Beam, otherwise known as Iron & Wine, has been making acoustic and indie folk music for over 15 years. He hails from the South and was actually working as a college film professor when he got the call that the famous music label Sub Pop wanted to sign him based on his demo. His debut record, The Creek Drank the Cradle, was released in 2002 and he did everything on it from writing, producing, playing the instruments, vocals and more. Sam Beam has released six studio albums to date and recently collaborated with singer-songwriter Jesca Hoop.

Sam is also married and a father to five daughters. In 2017, he released his latest album Beast Epic. Jim and Greg interviewed him in front of an audience at the Goose Island Barrelhouse where he also gave a live performance.

reviewPOST-Post- available on iTunes

Jeff Rosenstock Post-

Punk rocker Jeff Rosenstock has been making music for about two decades, but according to Greg, Post- is his“best record yet.”Built around two epic, proggy, Yes-like jams ("USA" and "Let Them Win,") Greg notes there's an anthemic quality to the music, with lyrics that reflect the challenges that many of us face. Greg adds that he loves the fact that the album doesn't rely on just“that caffeinated energy that has always been a part of his shows.”Jim says Jeff has the energy of the prolific garage rocker Ty Segall and some of the earnestness of James Alex of Beach Slang. However, Jim adds that Jeff could have used a producer that edited him a bit more (a critique he believes also applies to Segall). Ultimately, both Jim and Greg give the record a Double Buy It.


In Memoriam: Rick Hall

Rick Hall Greg pays tribute to the late Rick Hall, a producer and owner at FAME Studios in Muscle Shoals, Alabama. There, he worked with legendary artists like The Staple Singers, Aretha Franklin, Etta James and more. Hall died in early January at the age of 85. Greg chose to play Wilson Pickett's cover of The Beatles' "Hey Jude," which also featured a young Duane Allman on guitar. He thinks it's a great example of Hall's producing prowess and the kind of music he oversaw in Muscle Shoals.

Featured Songs

  1. Jeff Rosenstock, TV Stars, POST-, Polyvinyl, 2018
  2. Iron & Wine, Claim Your Ghost, Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  3. Iron & Wine, Bitter Truth, Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  4. Iron & Wine, Call It Dreaming (Live on Sound Opinions), Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  5. Iron & Wine, Right For Sky, Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  6. Iron & Wine, Song in Stone, Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  7. Lionel Richie, All Night Long (All Night), Can't Slow Down, Motown, 1983
  8. Chairmen of the Board, Give Me Just a Little More Time, The Chairmen of the Board, Invictus Records, 1970
  9. Iron & Wine, Thomas County Law (Live on Sound Opinions), Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  10. Iron & Wine, Last Night, Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  11. Iron & Wine, Naked As They Came, Our Endless Numbered Days, Sub Pop, 2004
  12. Iron & Wine, The Truest Stars We Know, Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  13. Iron & Wine, Our Light Miles, Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  14. Iron & Wine, Call Your Boys (Live on Sound Opinions), Call Your Boys (Single), Sub Pop, 2002
  15. Iron & Wine, Summer Clouds, Beast Epic, Sub Pop, 2017
  16. Jeff Rosenstock, Let Them Win, POST-, Polyvinyl, 2017
  17. Jeff Rosenstock, USA, POST-, Polyvinyl, 2017
  18. Jeff Rosenstock, Beating My Head Against A Wall, POST-, Polyvinyl, 2017
  19. Etta James, Tell Mama, Tell Mama, Cadet, 1967
  20. Wilson Pickett, Hey Jude, Hey Jude, Atlantic, 1969
  21. Yaz, Situation, Upstairs at Eric's, Mute, 1982
  22. Wilson Pickett, 634-5797 (Soulsville, USA), The Exciting Wilson Pickett, Atlantic, 1966
  23. Glen Campbell, Wichita Lineman, Wichita Lineman (Single), Capitol, 1968
  24. Charles Bradley, Slow Love, Changes, Dunham, 2016
  25. David Cassidy, Cherish, Cherish, Bell, 1972
  26. The Partridge Family, Come On Get Happy, Partridge Family Greatest Hits, Arista, 1989