From the desk of Secret Records:
PRESALE STARTED EARLY!! Happy early birthday Snakefinger! This was supposed to launch on Phillip's b-day (June 17th) but it looks like the news leaked so here it is! This July 1st is the 30th anniversary since we lost Phillip Snakefinger Lithman. To pay our respects we're putting The Residents' beautiful tribute album, The Snakey Wake, on vinyl for the first time ever. The studio album (originally released as a limited edition CD in 1988 by UWEB) will be on Side A and the live version recorded at the wake will be on Side B.
We have two EXCLUSIVE versions only available directly through us. A White and Sea Blue swirl vinyl edition of only 200 numbered copies with a free download and a Royal Blue with Black Splatter vinyl edition of only 200 numbered copies with a free download. Both are again in beautiful gatefold jackets designed by Luluweird. The first 200 copies ordered directly through us will get a nice mourning Resident embroidered patch. This is our first time working with MVD so they will have 300 exclusive copies on Cyan Blue vinyl (not numbered and no download card).
We also have test pressings available and a new Ralph Records bundle that includes vinyl copies of Snakey Wake, 13th Anniversary, and Renaldo & The Loaf's Behind Closed Curtains plus a download code for the out of print Snakefinger Live In Melbourne 1981 album. SHOULD BE SHIPPING IN AUGUST!!!
I've been silently adding new shows to the tour dates page as they come in, so as a general catch-up on the news page here are the dates as they stand right now:
More to come!
Of interest to Residents fans is the latest release in Bobuck's TOOK series, Clank Clank Clank. This is an EP of demos for a proposed 40th anniversary recording of Meet The Residents.
As with previous TOOK releases, this is limited to 300 copies. Ready your clicking fingers for Monday, May 15, when it will be made available exclusively at Klanggalerie.
As a followup to our last update about Klanggalerie releases available on Bandcamp, they are now also available through various other digital music distributors. Our merch page now has links to iTunes and Google Play (the Amazon links were already there - they'll lead you to the CD but the download version is listed along with it).
Want something physical? Dot.Com is now shipping from Klanggalerie (and is also available through the same digital channels). Happy clicking!
Several Residents titled released by Klanggalerie are now available through Bandcamp. That means you can order a physical CD and/or a digital version of these releases. They are:
Talkhouse, a website dedicated to insider-looks at the music and film industries, now counts Cryptic's own Homer Flynn as a contributor. His piece, "When It Comes to the Residents, Obscurity Is Its Own Reward," was published to their site today.
You can read it here: http://www.talkhouse.com/comes-residents-obscurity-reward/
Last night The Exploratorium in San Francisco hosted a listening party for the new Residents album, The Ghost of Hope. While it was known the group itself would participate, all indications were that their presence would be minimal, adding some texture to the album as it played.
As it turned out, those crazy wacky Residents flipped the tables on everyone, and instead played along to only minimal backing tracks, creating what could more properly be considered a full performance, closer to how they toured Icky Flix in 2001.
Here's a writeup about the event: http://www.nbcbayarea.com/news/local/The-Residents-Treat-Fans-to-Listening-Party-for-New-Album-at-SF-Exploratorium-417800143.html
And here's video from The Exploritorium! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xLZhbzgRwS8
According to the official website, the Safe As Milk festival has been canceled. This affects many music fans and performers, including The Residents, who were scheduled to appear on the second day of the three-day festival. At this time there is no word of a replacement show.
For more information on the cancellation, visit: http://www.safeasmilkfestival.com/
The Residents have been represented on Record Store Day the past few years with various releases (Kaw-Liga, Intermission, Please Do Not Steal It!). This year it's the 1980 EP, Diskomo.
This year is also little different. In Europe there's an RSD exclusive release on red vinyl, while in the US there is a non-exclusive yellow version released the day before. Both have the same bonus tracks, essentially making it a vinyl version of the now out of print Diskomo 2000 CD.
The US edition will be released on Friday, April 21, the day before Record Store Day. The European version is only available in participating record stores on Saturday, April 22. Both are limited to 1000 numbered copies, and both sport Record Store Day stickers.
Note: This news entry has been updated. Originally the releases were described as being on translucent vinyl, but the US edition at least is clearly solid (or at least no less so than a regular record). Also, information about the numbering has been added.
It's happening, it's really happening! In Between Dreams will tour Europe this Fall. The first announced date is in Copenhagen on 11 November. More dates to come. Keep an eye here for details:
Needcompany, the performance group who collaborated with The Residents for 2013's Mush-Room, have a new show that may be of interest. The Residents are not involved with this project; we provide this information as a service to those who crave culture.
FOREVER by Lemm&Barkey & Needcompany
10 March, 11 March
ESSEN, GERMANY - PACT Zollverein
MAASTRICHT, THE NETHERLANDS - Theater aan het Vrijthof
ERLANGEN, GERMANY - Internationales Figurentheater-Festival
NÜRNBERG, GERMANY - Internationales Figurentheater-Festival
In anticipation of the new Residents album, The Ghost of Hope, Billboard Magazine has interviewed The Cryptic Corporation's Homer Flynn. They also have an exclusive preview video. Check it totally out:
The Ghost of Hope will be available from stores with good taste on March 24, 2017.