Jokers Of The Scene Remix SALEM (Stereogum Premiere)

Jokers Of The Scene Remix SALEM (Stereogum Premiere)

Jokers Of The Scene Remix SALEM (Stereogum Premiere)

Jokers Of The Scene Remix SALEM (Stereogum Premiere)

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]

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