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Podcast 162: Salem

As spelled out in our current cover story, Midwestern trio Salem is a "gothy/witch-house/dream-crunk/"fucking hipster"/drag-step/worst.band.ever./genius/crack-core/amaaaazing/hiding-behind-fuzz/wigger/fake-black-metal/angelic/homo-thug/Michael Stipe-endorsed/post-juke band from no place in particular." Basically, they've become one of those bands that can be whatever you want them to be; the notion of what exactly Salem is threatens to engulf what Salem's music actually sounds like. So today, on the day the group's debut album, King Night, is being released (buy it here), we're happy to focus on the latter by presenting Sleep Now My One Little Eye, an exclusive mix that Salem put together for the XLR8R podcast series. Submitted with a qualifier that states "best listened to lying on da floor or bed," the mix is another one of the band's warped journeys through slow-motion sound and lo-fi gloom and doom. Nearly every track—including the unreleased Salem tunes which comprise more than half of the podcast—has been labeled "drag," which we assume means that the band has followed its frequent M.O. and screwed the song into oblivion. It's an interesting trip, and one we certainly recommend taking.

02 Salem "Sores (Drag)"
03 Salem "Amen (Drag)"
04 Salem "Snakes (Drag)"
05 Soulja Boy & Lil B "Gucci Wings/Dat Boy Can Fly (Drag)"
06 Mott the Hoople "Sea Diver (Drag)"
07 Daniel Johnston "Some Things Last a Long Time (Drag)"
08 Salem "Baby Boy (Drag)"
09 Salem "Amen Remix (Drag)"
10 Ricki Lee Jones "We Belong Together (Drag)"
11 Salem "Superstar (Drag)"

35 comments Salem

syntworry (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 09:20

fuck shit! it's amazing!!!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 10:21

can't wait for this fad to die out

DJ MK2 (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 10:34

It never ceses to amaze me that every time a new podcast is posted there is always some troll waiting to anonymously let everyone know how much they don't like something, or about how XLR8R isnt 'keeping it real' enough or how they just aren't buying "this new stupid trend"...within the hour. It kind of makes me wonder if anyone who reads this actually enjoys electronic music or if they would rather have XLR8R cover Bassnectar and Deadmau5? If you don't like it...don't listen to it. It's all free anyways right?

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 10:37

can't wait for you to die out

Craigstand (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 10:49

Dug their album, but this put me to sleep while I was drinking a cup of coffee.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 13:19

necessary to take ketamine or opium to this mix.
only within those depths will you feel at ease with pace of what otherwise is totally boring.

Gembira Putra Agam (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 09/28/2010 - 23:34

though this podcast couldn't fit in my ears well, i think this is my very first time listening an unique concept of podcast. simple way: stretch the song, overdub with piano. boring, but unique.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 03:12

You fucking 'tard

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 07:19

kiddy poser shite. someone should take all these cunts out

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 07:35

needing to be high to enjoy a mix? Must be terrible. Drugs should enhance the feeling not be the source of it.

bnmndz (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 13:10


BNMNDZ (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 13:18

urban charactures

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Wed, 09/29/2010 - 19:39

I like their productions but this mix is pretty terrible. OK it's terrible cept for the beginning. Maybe it really does need to be sped up.

A hooker on her lunch break (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 09/30/2010 - 16:44

This mix sounds like how I feel on a regular basis at work. Sort of a numb somatic sensation with moments of hazy euphoria. I'd love to see Salem do a collab track with Lil B!! I know Lil B would definitely be down for it.

Muhajir (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 08:34

Can I have the length of each song?

mchrysler (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 10:14

look at all this hate
this shit must be good

rfek (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 13:11

Are you kidding me? Bobby Conn called he wants you to return his music back to 1997. Oh XLR8R says its great so we love it. Pitiful.

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 15:56

why cant the songs be just be normal?

mchrysler (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 10/01/2010 - 22:01

oh god i just woke up from the sleep that this podcast put me in

EL NOU MON (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 10/02/2010 - 12:55


EL NOU MON (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 10/02/2010 - 12:56


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 10/02/2010 - 16:12


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 10/02/2010 - 18:34

actually a pretty good podcast to sit and do some reading or homework to. helps me think :)

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 10/03/2010 - 04:47

Витчхаус заебал

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Sun, 10/03/2010 - 10:23

I put this podcast on;My kid starts crying. Coincidence? I think not.

zombi (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 10/05/2010 - 07:09

like it more and more with each listen

slim (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 10/05/2010 - 14:44

would really love to know what the first track is!

alltaste (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 10/05/2010 - 19:45

i wanna put syrup on heather's pancake

matthewdavid (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 10/05/2010 - 21:36

i like this

pictureplane (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 10/12/2010 - 08:06

go salem!

Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 10/21/2010 - 06:27

This is quite possibly the worst thing XLR8R has ever endorsed. Just what the world needs, another Scion.

Minimme (not verified) Wrote

Sat, 10/23/2010 - 02:59


Anonymous (not verified) Wrote

Thu, 10/28/2010 - 16:31

This is one of my favourite mix of 2010 amongst the category of innovative artists. I have it on my mp3, on my computer, I'm at my school, listening to this while studying.

patouche (not verified) Wrote

Tue, 11/02/2010 - 14:40

Finest podcast in ages. Thank god XLR8R is still working to put out interesting music, and not just catering to the ADD types who want another four-on-the-floor banger. Probably why the mag and site are still around.

456 GRRREENE (not verified) Wrote

Fri, 11/19/2010 - 16:04

COOKIES GURL COOKIES COOKIES GURL!!! (and you know how this is!)

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