New Iron & Wine and Calexico
Sorry for the abundance of posts today (or you're welcome, depending on how you feel about it), but there's just a lot of good stuff to post. Plus it's a slow day at work:
I'm really looking forward to the collaborative album Lays in Reins, a seven-song EP which will feature Sam Beam's (Iron & Wine) songs with Calexico as his backing band. The album will be released September 20, and the title track is very interesting. It features Beam's familiar hushed vocals over Calexico's country-tinged Southwestern sound, with additional contributions by vocalist Salvador Duran. I know nothing about Duran (enlighten me), but his turn adds a lot to the general feel of this track, which is a beautiful song.
He Lays in the Reins mp3 (follow link)
Get another track from the EP at Audio for Drinking
Calexico Across The Wire (acoustic version) mp3
Iron & Wine Naked As We Came mp3
Buy the album here.
Iron & Wine/Calexico will perform at the Ridglea Theater on Oct. 29, and Stubb's on Oct. 30.
Matt has a kickass Sufjan video up, Dodge has a few Brendan Benson tracks that i highly recommend you download, Kevin has some vinyl-only Hot Hot Heat remixes from the likes of El-P and Boom Bip, and Rebecca wrote an excellent post on Sufjan and contemporary Christian music.