Iron and Wine: May 19, 2013 Capitol Theatre Portchester – Flac/MP3/Streaming

May 23, 2013

Iron Wine PSq
[photo by PSquared Photography – courtesy of brooklynvegan]

Exactly four years ago, Sam Beam took Iron and Wine into a series of intimate venues for a solo tour of very memorable nights. We were fortunate to capture one of the two nights at the tiny Abrons Arts Center on the Lower East Side and it was one of the best shows we saw that year. On Sunday night, we caught the Portchester stop on the current tour and the stage setting couldn’t have been any more different. This version of Iron and Wine has 13 people on stage, including a horn section and a string trio. Sam is touring on the new album Ghost On Ghost and the new release is a “big” record with wide arrangements and touches of jazz, bebop and ragtime, which makes the big band necessary for the new material but also offers the opportunity to re-figure some older material. Early in the set we were moved by the new arrangement of “Kingdom of the Animals” and we are streaming it below. The Capitol show was lengthy with a representative setlist of older and new songs and a few covers, and also included a short solo segment mid-set. Despite the nearly two hours of music, the juxtaposition of styles, witty banter and full stage kept the show moving and it was thoroughly enjoyable and entertaining throughout. Iron and Wine will tour Europe beginning later this month before returning for Fall dates in Canada and the US.

I recorded this set under some difficult circumstances. Due to venue restrictions for a seated show, I was set up at the very rear of the floor and was only permitted to raise the mic stand to about 4 feet. The result is that the recording is somewhat muffled, but more troublingly the low height captured a hum/buzz in the left channel from what I believe was the lighting system in front of the mics. Otherwise, the recording is well balanced and has a nice deep presence. With these caveats, enjoy!

Stream “Kingdom of the Animals”:

Download the Complete show [MP3] / [FLAC]

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Iron and Wine
Capitol Theatre
Portchester, NY

Digital Master
Four-Track Audience Recording

Sennheiser MKH-8040 Cardioids + Neumann KM-150s > Edirol R-44 (Oade Concert Mod) > 2x 24bit 48kHz wav file > Soundforge (level adjustments, mixdown, set fades) > CDWave 1.95 (tracking) > TLH > flac (320 MP3 and tagging via Foobar)

Recorded and Produced by nyctaper

[Total Time 1:50:12]
01 [introduction]
02 New Mexicos No Breeze
03 Carousel
04 Kingdom of the Animals
05 Tree by the River
06 [banter – date night]
07 Grass Widows
08 Sixteen Maybe Less
09 Belated Promise Ring
10 Baby Center Stage
11 Such Great Heights [Postal Service]
12 [banter – Free Bird]
13 Resurrection Fern
14 Each Coming Night
15 [banter – rage request]
16 Joy
17 Big Burned Hand
18 Caught in the Briars
19 Jezebel
20 Grace for Saints and Ramblers
21 Passing Afternoon
22 The Desert Babbler
23 Low Light Buddy of Mine
24 Lean Into the Light
25 Your Fake Name Is Good Enough for Me
26 [encore break]
27 Flightless Bird American Mouth

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5 Responses to Iron and Wine: May 19, 2013 Capitol Theatre Portchester – Flac/MP3/Streaming

  1. Jeremy
    May 23, 2013 at 2:08 pm

    Thanks so much for taping, and posting! I thoroughly loved The Beacon show and have been refreshing various Torrent sites, searching for a recording, each night since. I should have known you would tape The Cap. Nice to see the two setlists have a little variety, but the songs I wanted to hear again seem to be repeated! Thanks again.

    The Beacon, for reference:

    Desert Babbler
    Kingdom of Animals
    Low Light Buddy of Mine
    Tree By the River
    Grass Widow
    Belated Promise Ring
    Godless Brother In Love
    Upward Over the Mountain (solo)
    Flightless Bird, American Mouth (solo)
    Fever Dream (solo)
    Sodom South Georgia (solo)
    Grace for Saints and Ramblers
    Caught In the Briars
    Passing Afternoon
    Singers and the Endless Song
    Lean Into the Light
    Your Fake Name Is Good Enough For Me
    Baby Center Stage

    Naked As We Came (solo)

  2. Andrew
    May 23, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Thanks for posting this. I don’t know- I loved, loved, loved the sound he was getting around the Shepherd’s Dog tour- I can’t count the number of times I’ve played the Edinburgh show. This isn’t grabbing me as much, especially the “skronking” sax.

  3. May 23, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I don’t think its ever going to get any better for me than the Abrons show, but this was a real change of pace.

  4. Justin
    June 2, 2013 at 3:15 pm

    Many thanks! It’s rare that he’s taped anyways, and these recordings are essential with the brand new big band lineup and arrangements.

  5. robin
    June 4, 2013 at 12:17 am

    Wow…for such a big band and with challenging recording conditions, this show is rather beautifully captured! Thanks.

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