Iron and Wine probe Around the Well

Iron and Wine will issue Around the Well, a 2-CD/3-LP collection of rare tracks ranging from out-of-print to never-before-released on May 19th. In addition, Iron and Wine have begun work on the follow-up to The Shepherd’s Dog and plan to release a new album in spring, 2010.

The tracks collected on Around the Well span from the time of Iron and Wine’s earliest debut (2002’s The Creek Drank the Cradle) through material recorded for 2007’s The Shepherd’s Dog. The double-disc collection is broken up into two sections. The first half is an assortment of hushed home recordings, and the second highlights moments captured in the confines of proper studios with the help of other musicians, friends and engineers. The album’s title comes from a line in the song “The Trapeze Swinger,” a fan favorite which was written for and included in the movie In Good Company. Three more songs written and recorded for the film finally make their appearance here as well: “Belated Promise Ring,” “God Made the Automobile” and “Homeward, These Shoes.” Around the Well also brings together hard to find covers such as The Flaming Lips’ “Waitin’ for a Superman” and New Order’s “Love Vigilantes,” along with one of Iron and Wine’s earliest originals, “Sacred Vision,” which appeared on a compilation for Sound Collector magazine.

In support of Around the Well Iron and Wine will be performing ten special shows in five US cities. Tickets for all these shows go on sale February 20, 2009. Complete list of tour dates listed below. Each show will feature a unique set list, determined by Iron and Wine fans. Beginning March 6th and running thru March 30th at, fans can vote by city and night for the songs they’d like to see performed each evening. For those who can’t attend, the shows will be made available after the tour is completed, in some cases days after, on Iron and Wine’s official live recording site Played Last Night,

Around the Well track listing:
Disc 1
1. Dearest Forsaken
2. Morning
3. Loud as Hope
4. Peng! 33
5. Sacred Vision
6. Friends They Are Jewels
7. Hickory
8. Waitin’ for a Superman
9. Swans and the Swimming
10. Call Your Boys
11. Such Great Heights
(Vinyl break occurs between “Friends” and “Hickory.”)

Disc 2
1. Communion Cups & Someone’s Coat
2. Belated Promise Ring
3. God Made the Automobile
4. Homeward, These Shoes
5. Love Vigilantes
6. Sinning Hands
7. No Moon
8. Serpent Charmer
9. Carried Home
10. Kingdom of the Animals
11. Arms of a Thief
12. The Trapeze Swinger
(Vinyl break occurs between “Sinning” and “No Moon.” At nearly ten minutes, “The Trapeze Swinger” will stand alone on the third piece of vinyl.)

Iron and Wine Spring 2009 US Tour Dates :
Monday, May 4 Seattle, Vera Project (w/Yogoman Burning Band)
Tuesday, May 5 Seattle, Triple Door (w/Alela Diane)
Wednesday, May 6 San Francisco, Swedish American Hall (w/Yogoman Burning Band)
Thursday, May 7 San Francisco, Swedish American Hall (w/Magic Leaves)
Friday, May 8 Los Angeles, Masonic Hall at Hollywood Forever Cemetery (w/ Alela Diane)
Saturday, May 9 Los Angeles, Troubadour (w/Yogoman Burning Band)
Tuesday, May 12 Chicago, Lakeshore Theatre (w/Katie Stelmanis)
Wednesday, May 13 Chicago, Schuba’s
Sunday, May 17, 2009 New York, Abrons Arts Center (w/Lia Ices)
Monday, May 18 New York, Abrons Arts Center (w/partyface)
*All shows go on sale February 20, 2009.

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