Screw the elections. Support the arts! The proceeds to this event will go to support the making of the film “Red Mass” Free food 8-10, 21+ $10 at the door. Cock n’ Bull: 2947 Lincoln Boulevard Santa Monica, CA 90405
Caught this interview last night on the radio thanks to KCSN in Northridge. Sam Beam is the man, no need to say much more, take a sec and listen the interview and read the article…
January 22, 2011
Back in 2002, Iron and Wine made delicate, tender home recordings that brought legions of fans to the band. But in those days, it wasn’t much of a band at all: Iron and Wine was a man named Sam Beam, alone with his guitar.
Now, nearly a decade after its debut, the band has undergone a series of transformations. The latest album, Kiss Each Other Clean, showcases a whole new Iron and Wine.
“As someone who’s working and recording music and writing songs, you just keep moving forward and don’t think about it, really,” Beam says. “As you get into [making music], you try to surprise yourself and push yourself into new areas. Putting out the same record is boring.”
Throughout Iron and Wine’s discography, Beam has used religious imagery in his lyrics, a trend he continues on Kiss Each Other Clean. He says the references help him express complex ideas in a simple way.
“I could say, ‘Joe and Bob, where one is jealous and cruel and one is innocent and everything we want to be, they represent the duality that lives in each of us.’ Or you could say ‘Cain and Abel went to McDonald’s and smoked a bag of weed.’ It creates an economy of language,” Beam says.
Beam says the religious themes he explores stem from his childhood in the South.
“Well, I grew up in South Carolina. It’s kind of a big deal there,” he tells Weekend All Things Considered host Guy Raz. “It’s part of my upbringing. We went to church, and those are the characters [from whom] we were taught to learn about morality.”
During Iron and Wine’s early years, Beam taught film at the University of Miami and Miami International University of Art & Design. Drawn to a visual style of communication, Beam says he wants the listener to interpret his songs in his or her own way.
“A song doesn’t succeed on whether I explain my point sufficiently,” Beam says. “You set up a few different images and make connections between the two. And the listener can make their own assumptions of what things mean.”
Beam says he was hesitant to enter the music business in the early 2000s. But, after nearly a decade of successful releases, it seems he made the right choice.
“I got a phone call from Sub Pop — you know, like Nirvana and Sub Pop? I asked them, ‘Are you sure you have the right number?’ I had children. I really had to consider,” Beam says.
He ultimately succumbed to the allure of making music professionally.
“At the end of the day,” Beam says, “it’s a lot more fun than teaching class.”
You can always find something near and dear or just hilarious at the Goodwill. For instance:
1.) Hippies. Hippies love the Goodwill, you can always find a token hippie mom, or a lifestyle-choice-bum hanging out, browsing through the tie-dye section.
2.) The occasional pair of jeans you always wanted, that happen to be a perfect fit, and are on sale.
3.) Some kind of sweet artifact. Whether it’s a vase you think might make a great bong, or a killer vintage Coors wall mirror.
4.) And finally, my favorite, the vinyl gem. From Robert Goulet, Kenny G, or the casual Michael McDonald LP… you can’t go wrong with your local Goodwill vinyl catalog.
Let’s get started on the right foot… Here are two free songs from the coming release. No date yet. Bandcamp is hosting our music for now, and it’s probably the easiest way to download music, give it a try, look around bandcamp.com to find other independent artists, follow the album tags to find similar music… Cheers for now!
I’m a collector of things… I’m hoping to be part of the search for something more than just the pursuit of sham wows and shake weights. So maybe in this polluted, messed up world, there’s still room for simple pleasures, like a good film, or a home cooked meal. I guess you could say this is what this blog is really about… trying to find a balance between it all. If you’re interested in folk, and independent music, and have a palette both for what’s old and new, then this is a place for that. This is a beginning of sorts, towards something that still hasn’t been defined. Hopefully you’ll join me.