Iron and Wine: May 18, 2009 Abrons Arts Center – Flac and MP3 Downloads

July 6, 2009

[photo courtesy of Philip Pissas – more here]

We reviewed this show the day after it occurred:

Last night at Abrons Arts Center, Sam Beam performed a primarily solo set for the final show of the tour in support of the new release. In a classic old intimate theatre, Sam’s homey charm and realistic songwriting thoroughly entranced the small crowd of diehards. As setlist was comprised of requests/votes taken from fans via the Iron and Wine website, there were several moments during the set when the performer was unsure of a lyric or chord change. Rather than allowing these interludes to devolve into awkwardness, Sam used the intimacy of the setting to show his humor and humanity. While virtually the entire set consisted of highlights, we were especially moved by the cover of the Flaming Lips “Waiting for Superman” and Sam’s own “Upward Over the Mountain”. Along with the rarities and treats, also performed was a new song called “Mary Anne”.

By agreement with the artist and management, we delayed the posting of the nyctaper recording so that the fans would have access to the Played Last Night recording of this show, still available [here].

We recorded this set from the first row of the balcony at this small classic theatre. The four-microphone mix was used to capture a full spectrum recording with excellent clarity — Sam’s voice and guitar are clear and crisp. There were some volume fluctuations that were adjusted in post-production, mostly audience volume. This is one of our favorite recordings on this site, we’ve been listening to it non-stop in the last few weeks. Enjoy!

Direct download of MP3 files (HERE)

Download the Complete show in FLAC [HERE].

Iron and Wine
Abrons Arts Center
New York, NY USA

Four-Track Digital Master Recording
Recorded from First Row Balcony Rail

Neumann KM-150s + DPA 4021’s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav files > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > Flac Frontend (level 7, align sector boundaries) > flac

Recorded and Produced
by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:14:27]
01 [introduction]
02 History of Lovers
03 Woman King
04 Resurrection Fern
05 [banter – mangos]
06 Cinder And Smoke
07 God Made The Automobile
08 [banter – voting]
09 Waiting for Superman (Flaming Lips)
10 Upward Over The Mountain
11 [banter – Orson Welles]
12 Lion’s Mane
13 Gray Stables
14 Kingdom Of The Animals
15 Flightless Bird, American Mouth
16 In Your Own Time
17 Mary Anne [new song]
18 Fever Dream
19 A Boy With A Coin
20 The Trapeze Swinger
21 [encore break]
22 He Lays In The Reins

If you email nyctaper for access to this recording, we expect that you will PLEASE SUPPORT Iron and Wine, visit the website, visit the MySpace page, and purchase Iron and Wine official releases from the Store at the website [here], and purchase live recordings of Iron and Wine from Played Last Night [here].

5 Responses to Iron and Wine: May 18, 2009 Abrons Arts Center – Flac and MP3 Downloads

  1. Pat
    July 24, 2009 at 1:01 am

    I recorded this show too! You may or may not have noticed my recorder right up on the stage. Let me know if you’d like a copy. Maybe we can make a mix.

  2. August 8, 2009 at 11:00 pm

    just wondering…what’s with the mango? did he take bites between songs?

  3. August 10, 2009 at 12:19 am

    Sam never ate from the mango. I think if you listen closely to his discussion about mangos, you’ll understand why.

  4. October 1, 2009 at 12:13 am

    one of the best live recordings I’ve heard, so, human :) and excellent quality, im glad i happened upon this site, i like this version of ‘cinders and smoke’ much, much more than the original…thanks for making my day :) (whole week actually)

  5. Ann PlanetSoft
    July 21, 2020 at 11:36 pm

    2020 I know this song because I watching Twilight movie

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