Jokers Of The Scene Remix SALEM (Stereogum Premiere)

By brandon / November 17, 2010

I was pretty clear regarding my thoughts on Salem when we premiered “King Night” in June: “I love Salem’s King Night,” etc. A few months later I started another post about the band on a different note because the anti-Salem strain was getting pretty loud: “People hate Salem. Are shrill about it,” etc. Of course, I think the reasons to like the band outweigh whatever it is that piss people off about them. This is now I described my interest at the beginning of the summer:

You get Screw fueled by twice the cough syrup (and a Dennis Cooper novel). Starless deep-South mythologies filtered through Traverse City/Chicago street culture. They establish an elegant, pristine goth shoegaze that now and then drops out weird, introverted dance anthems. Or deep, bowel-shaking bass rumbles accompanied by warping atmospherics. A real sense of dirt. (The songs come off like field recordings for the back alleys in Trash Humpers.) … They tap a darkness and a romantic bleakness, the kind of thing I’ve found so attractive, in a different guise, via black metal or deathrock.

After writing that, I had about 1,000 Twitter wars. Or I quoted others: “Salem sincerely don’t give a fuck, and unlike Vampire Weekend, are at least forthcoming with their universal disdain.” A kind of virtual high-five. And, truth is, after all the spent energy and tossed barbs, each time I return to King Night I still feel the pull of that weird dark romanticism. Extending the Salem landscape, you get a bleak techno twitch via this groggy, danceable remix of “Asia” by Ottawa DJ/producers Jokers Of The Scene.

Salem – “Asia (Jokers Of The Scene Remix)”

Remember, we’ve also heard oOoOO’s tweak of it. A refresher:

Salem – “Asia”
Salem – “Asia (oOoOO Remix)”

Check out Salem live:

11/24 – London, UK @ Shoreditch Church (SOLD OUT)
11/26 – Manchester, UK @ Islington Mill
11/27 – Leeds, UK @ Nation Of Shopkeepers
11/29 – Nottingham, UK @ Bodega
11/30 – Bristol, UK @ Thekla
12/02 – Ghent, Belgium @ Charlatan
12/03 – Berlin, Germany @ Festsaal Kreuzberg
12/04 – Hamburg, Germany @ Mondal Club @ SILBER
12/06 – Rome, Italy @ Keep It Yours (Init)
12/07 – Milan, Italy @ Indierocket (Rocket)
12/09 – Copenhagen, Denmark @ Dunkel
12/10 – Paris, France @ Transmusicales Festival

[Photo by Jimmy Limit]