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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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Sep 2010 28

King Night, the debut album from witch house/drag trio SALEM is now available from IAMSOUND Records. Mixed by Dave Sardy (LCD Soundsystem, Band Of Horses, Spoon), the album accents SALEM’s ability to create chilling soundscapes, striking a delicate balance between menacing and serene.  The album has received an overwhelming amount of critical attention, including rave reviews from NME (9/10), Vice (9/10), URB, Dazed And Confused, as well as the cover feature from the latest issue of XLR8R.

“You can call this drag or witch house if you like but regardless of its genre tag this is monumental.” –NME

“Like Crystal Castles before them, SALEM hit on the right mix of tranquilised beauty and stomach-wrenching horror…”  –Vice

“The album is epic – a vast underworld of soupy, hypnotic euphoria, with Heather’s voice flying over and under the record like a dove through a futuristic war zone.”  –Dazed And Confused

“The opening title track is a teeth-grinding Christmas anthem perverted by fanatical choir stabs and crumbling, blown-out subs.  It’s basically SALEM’s annihilation hymn, and it puts their most fierce, polarizing foot forward.”  –XLR8R

“King Night” is a creepy, tripped-out collection of songs that make the hair on your arms stand straight up.”    –URB

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Sep 2010 23

None other than Chicago-based IAMSOUND Records band SALEM graces this month’s cover of XLR8R, for their all-things-Chicago issue. Their debut album mixed by DAVE SARDY will be released September 28th.

Check out the full cover story HERE.

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Sep 2010 22

APACHE BEAT have released the video for “Another Day” which is available exclusively at SPIN.Com. Apache Beat recruited British video artist Cherise Payne to produce the clip, which mashes trippy screen-saver-style visuals with footage of old art-house movies that she found on a VHS cassette. Their forthcoming debut album ‘Last Chants’ will be released October 5th.

Check out the video for “Another Day” by clicking HERE.

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Sep 2010 16

IAMSOUND Music artists MEN are on the cover of this week’s LA Weekly. Their debut album ‘Talk About Body’ will be released on the “impeccably curated Los Angeles–based label IAMSOUND Records” in February 2011. Click on the link below to read the full article and in-depth interview with the band.

MEN on the cover of LA WEEKLY. At the top is frontwoman JD Samson of MEN.

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