SALEM Featured In The NY Times
Dec 2010 06

SALEM was featured in the New York Time’s T magazine this weekend in their fashion spread. Take a look at the article here.


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Dec 2010 03

The London Evening Standard lists SALEM’s debut ‘King Night’ as one of the Best Albums of 2010. Of the album, the paper says, “harsh, bleak and frequently very beautiful, the blurry electronica and inaudible vocals from these pioneers in the field of witch house sounded special as well as spooky.”

They’ve also chosen The National’s ‘High Violet,’ which PETER KATIS mixed and did additional production on, and Arcade Fire’s ‘The Suburbs,’ which NICK LAUNAY mixed tracks on.

Click here to see the full list.


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Dec 2010 03

SALEM’s ‘King Night’ was voted #8 in NME’s Top 50 albums of 2010. NME hails it as one of the ‘most visionary albums of 2010.’

Click HERE to read the outstanding review.

SALEM’s single “Frost” is about to take over British airwaves, with it being spun in heavy rotation and soon to make it’s debut on Zane Lowe’s show.

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Oct 2010 29

MEN’s first video officially premiered on Stereogum this week. Stereogum says “Their performances are heavier on performance, but this video for MEN’s “Off Our Backs” is pure eye and ear candy. The latter is mostly due to JD Samson’s singsong chorus, which, like Le Tigre’s best chants, worms its way into your brain.”

The band have also announced UK tour dates, set to kick off tonight!

10/29 – Captain’s Rest – Glasgow, UK
10/30 – Stealth, Nottingham, UK
11/2 – Buffalo Bar, Cardiff, UK
11/3 – Brudenell Social Club – Leeds, UK
11/4 – Prince Albert, Brighton, UK
11/5 – It’s In Our Blood @ Electroworks, London, UK
11/6 – Club Brenda @ Kraak Gallery, Manchester, UK
11/11 – The Thekla, Bristol. UK
11/12 – Theater an Ufer, Berlin, Germany
11/13 – Ladyfest @ Garage, London, UK

MEN are set to release their debut album on IAMSOUND Records in early spring 2011.

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Oct 2010 22

“A festival of this size can make for some strange bedfellows, but sometimes you don’t have to strain that hard to find the oddest juxtapositions. At Santos Party House on Tuesday was a showcase for the IAMSOUND record label. Headlining was MEN, the always-fun, queer-politics-focused electro-pop outfit.

Just before MEN came Salem, who have lately been attracting attention for some of the less savory, less progressive aspects of their music.

That the two bands can coexist on the same label, and in the same showcase, may be a matter of mutual convenience, or of relativist ethics.

Whichever the case, the members of Salem probably could have benefited from sticking around to watch the performance by MEN, if they didn’t. Led by JD Samson, who is also a member of Le Tigre (when it’s active, which it mostly isn’t), MEN make inspired, relentless music that treats sloganeering like cheerleading. “Credit Card Babies” was about the logistical difficulties of same-sex couples having children, though it sounded like a pervy come on.

The group members — Samson, Ginger Brooks Takahashi, Michael O’Neill — wore hand-painted coveralls, and kept their music squarely in the early-to-mid 1980s, when even the chilliest synthesizers managed to have an air of jouissance.

Many of the songs MEN played from its forthcoming debut album on IAMSOUND have been around for more than a year, including “Off Our Backs,” which Samson said was going to be the first proper single. To close the show, MEN played “Who Am I To Feel So Free,” a song inspired by writings of the artist Emily Roysdon. She joined the group on stage to shout the title phrase over and over again, a cleansing end to a possibly disorienting night.”

Pictured above is Heather Marlatt of SALEM.

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Oct 2010 19

APACHE BEAT has beem named one of CMJ’s best 12 acts this year by the Wall Street Journal. The Journal’s Speakeasy says “‘Last Chants’ is a compelling set of of-the-moment guitar-driven modern rock with whirring synths at the midsection and animated percussion for propulsion.”

APACHE BEAT’s debut album ‘Last Chants’ is out now on Beverly Martel. Catch APACHE BEAT at CMJ this year at Stereogum’s Santos Party House showcase Wednesday night, The Rock Shop on Thursday, and The Windish Agency’s party at Rockwood Music Hall on Friday.

APACHE BEAT will also be featured on a CMJ TV special that will air on Canadian TV and streamed on CMJ TV as well. Look for the special soon!



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Oct 2010 19

IAMSOUND Records invites you to their showcase at this year’s CMJ Festival. The showcase will be held at Santo’s Party House at 96 Lafayette St. in New York, beginning at 7:30 pm TONIGHT, October 19th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Ticketweb.com, and advance purchase is recommended as this showcase is guaranteed to sell out!

The line-up for the night includes IAMSOUND Music artists MEN, SALEM, NIKKI LANE and IAMSOUND Records Artist RESTLESS PEOPLE, as well as Kisses, Superhumanoids, and Lesands. The event also includes DJ sets by Punches and IAMSOUND Music artist NEWVILLAGER.

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Oct 2010 12

IAMSOUND  invites you to their showcase at this year’s CMJ Festival. The showcase will be held at Santo’s Party House at 96 Lafayette St. in New York, beginning at 7:30 pm next Tuesday, October 19th. Tickets are $12 in advance through Ticketweb.com, and advance purchase is recommended as this showcase is guaranteed to sell out!

The line-up for the night includes IAMSOUND Music artists MEN, SALEM and NIKKI LANE, as well as IAMSOUND Records artists RESTLESS PEOPLE, and special guests Kisses, Superhumanoids, and Lesands. The event also includes DJ sets by Punches and IAMSOUND artist NEWVILLAGER.


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Oct 2010 08

After sharing stages with some of music’s most original bands, from Gossip to Crystal Castles, New York City’s APACHE BEAT has finally released  their debut album.

‘Last Chants’ is available on Beverly Martel Music and features guest work from “The Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Rapture, and Lightspeed Champion.”

APACHE BEAT’s ability to create interesting songs with powerful percussion have attracted the attention of Pitchfork and Nylon’s music gurus for years. It is no surprise then, that Vulture and Stereogum have nothing but praise for their new album.

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Oct 2010 08

Pitchfork has just reviewed ‘King Night’ the debut album from SALEM, calling it “interesting and sonically detailed.”  Pitchfork also noted that despite their wide range of influences, “The fact that, through it all, SALEM still sound like themselves and no one else is a testament to their vision.”

The album has had a surge of radio adds this last week, making it #1 most added at CMJ Hip Hop, #2 most added at CMJ RPM, and #11 most added at CMJ Top 200.   ‘King Night’ is now available from our sister label IAMSOUND Records.

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