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Iron and Wine on World Cafe | June 28, 2013

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At the heart of Iron and Wine is a 38-year-old singer-songwriter from South Carolina named Sam Beam, but Beam's new sixth album, Ghost on Ghost, is his most lavish full-band production yet. Back in 2002, the first Iron and Wine album essentially consisted of stripped-down demos, released as-is. In the spareness of those early recordings, Beam used only what he had available to him: a guitar, a banjo and a 4-track tape recorder.

Ever since, Iron and Wine has expanded to include more layered instrumentation. Here, Beam discusses his affinity for the sound of his words on Ghost On Ghost, which took him several years to write. Beam, who now lives in Texas with his wife and five daughters, also describes how he interacts with all the female energy in his house. (Link)


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Hour 1

Beth Orton “Central Reservation” Central Reservation
Kurt Vile “KV Crimes” Wakin’ on a Pretty Daze
Modest Mouse “Float On” Good News for People Who Love Bad News
The Byrds “So You Want to be a Rock ‘N Rolls Star” Cruising Altitude
Bell X1 “The End is Nigh” Chop Chop
((Iron & Wine “Boy with a Coin” Shepherd’s Dog))
Iron & Wine “Caught in the Briars” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Iron & Wine “The Desert Babbler” Recorded Live for the World Cafe
Iron & Wine “Grace for Saints and Ramblers” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
Iron & Wine “Low Light Buddy of Mine” Recorded Live for the World Cafe 
((Pete Yorn “On Your Side” Musicforthemorningafter))
Paul Simon “Boy in the Bubble” Graceland
Bombino “Amidinine” Nomad

Hour 2

Arcade Fire “Neighborhood #1” Funeral
Treetop Flyers “Things Will Change” The Mountain Moves
The Youngbloods “Darkness, Darkness” Best of The Youngbloods
Zeus “Are You Gonna Waste My Time?” Busting Visions
The Smithereens “Behind the Wall of Sleep” Especially for You
Polica “Tiff” Shulamith
((Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeros “Om Nashi Me” Up From Below))
REM “South Central Rain” Reckoning
Houndmouth “On the Road” From the Hills Below the City 
The Rolling Stones “Time Waits for No One” It’s Only Rock & Roll
Parquet Courts “Borrowed Time” Light Up Gold
((Avi Buffalo “Where’s Your Dirty Mind” Avi Buffalo))
Sarah Lee Guthrie & Johnny Irion “Chairman Meow” Wassaic Way
Wilco “What Light” Sky Blue Sky
Django Django “Default” Django Django
XTC “Earn Enough for Us” Skylarking
Neko Case “That’s Who I Am” Ghost Brothers of Darkland County