Iron & Wine to Release 2xCD Rarities Set

2009 should be a good year for Iron & Wine fans. Sam Beam’s recording project is gearing up to empty out their vaults for proper public consumption. Around The Well, which collects 23 b-sides, covers, outtakes, and compilation & soundtrack songs, will be released by Sub Pop on May 19. Disc 1 features older recordings in the vein of his classic hushed, lo-fi debut The Creek Drank The Cradle. Disc 2 gathers together studio material ranging from the gorgeous Our Endless Numbered Days b-side “Communion Cups & Someone’s Coat” to popular fan favorite “The Trapeze Swinger”, which originally appeared on the soundtrack to the film In Good Company. The full tracklist is available to view here. Amazon has a free mp3 from the album called “Belated Promise Ring”, which even Sub Pop hasn’t released as of yet. From disc 2, check it out:

MP3 :: Belated Promise Ring
(from Around The Well. Info here)

In other Iron & Wine news, Sub Pop will be releasing an 18 song live album called Norfolk 6/20/05 in conjunction with Record Store Day on April 18. This release will be available exclusively at participating independent record stores everywhere. Meaning no Amazon, Emusic, Best Buy, Virgin, etc. Click here for the full tracklist on that one.

Also, over at the Iron & Wine website there is a free download of 8 acoustic tracks from The Shepherd’s Dog. I’ve written about how I’ve found that album to be kind of a mixed bag - there are some great songs and some great songs cluttered with overly busy arrangements. These 8 tracks strip away the busy-ness from their album versions, focusing on Beam’s voice and often poignant lyrics. Check out the 2 songs below or just get the whole ZIP right here.

And finally, Sub Pop mentioned briefly in the Around The Well bio that Beam has begun working on the follow up to The Shepherd’s Dog, which should be released by Spring 2010. Good thing we’ll have the rarities set to hold us over.

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