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Iron and Warner

11th Oct 10 (Mon) Leave a comment Go to comments

the death of an indie rocker.

Iron & Wine, aka Sam Beam, has been on indie Sub Pop since inception.  I&W pulled a rat out of a hat and notified us all today that they just signed to Warner Bros.  The new album, Kiss Each Other Clean, is due out in January 2011.

Why would they choose to join a major label at this point in their already successful career?  Discuss.

Hopefully he signed on with good terms for I&W (and rights to their own masters).  Other than that, I’ll buy their new one, but I won’t like supporting WB as I did Sub Pop.

Sidenote… fall tour dates…

  • October 12, 2010 Iowa City, IA IMU Main Lounge
  • October 13, 2010 Milwaukee, WI Pabst Theater
  • November 13, 2010 St Louis, MO The Pageant
  • November 14, 2010 Memphis, TN Minglewood Hall
  • November 15, 2010 Asheville, NC The Orange Peel
  • November 16, 2010 Atlanta, GA Variety Playhouse
  • November 17, 2010 Jacksonville, FL Florida Theatre
  • November 18, 2010 Miami Beach, FL Fillmore Miami Beach
  • November 19, 2010 Tallahassee, FL The Moon
  • November 20, 2010 New Orleans, LA House Of Blues

~Dan – np: MegadethThe System Has Failed

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  1. smallsymphonies
    13th Oct 10 (Wed) at 2:11 am

    It would indeed be very interesting to know what Warners were offering – maybe more leverage with distribution companies but even that must be diminishing in significance now. Obviously they can secure big time live and TV work – but so can minors.

    Although just about every resource and opportunity is within reach there’s no doubt that skillful exploitation of the internet is a huge commitment for an artist.

    • 13th Oct 10 (Wed) at 6:02 am

      I think the minors (like Sub Pop, specifically) have proven good exposure for their artists… plus the majors have also proven a lot of exploitation. Ownership of their masters would be key for I&W.

      I guess things could work out well (The Swell Season seems to operate nicely in the major label field). I hope it turns out well for I&W, because I love their music. I’d hate to see I&W as a discarded victim of misdirection at the label.

      I guess we’ll see.

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