THE VAULT IS OPEN!
Sort of... The Residents and The Cryptic Corporation are proud to announce the FIRST EVER sale of items hand picked from their OFFICIAL ARCHIVE! The recent retirement of longtime Cryptic associate Hardy Fox stimulated the relocation of this extensive collection from an armored depository on Mr. Fox's estate to the less spacious storage facility at the Cryptic World Headquarters. Consequently, WE NEED TO CLEAR OUT SOME SPACE! And would love to do so by sharing these cherished items with Residents fans.
An auction of the first 31 items will be starting on Friday, August 18 with an initial posting on eBay. Additional pieces will be going up for one month until a total of 31 items have been auctioned off. Each item will come with an Official Archive Certificate of Authenticity.
HAPPY BIDDING and MAY THE FARTS BE WITH YOU!
New releases! New releases! Let's hear it for a cornucopia of new releases for the tail end of 2017! We've already mentioned the Title In Limbo special edition and the retrospective compilation 80 Aching Orphans, but there will also be...
In addition, Cherry Red has teased vinyl versions of previously un-vinyled releases (such as Gingerbread Man and Bad Day on the Midway), and news of that should be coming up soon... but you need to join the official mailing list if you want to be first in line!
CORRECTION: I had originally given the date for next Sunday, not this Sunday. My apologies.
This Sunday, August 6th, at 8pm Pacific, Sarah Cahill will host "The Residents Go to the Dogs" on KALW, a two-hour celebration of the radical anonymous art collective and cult band The Residents with special guest Homer Flynn. The show will focus on their iconic hit "Santa Dog" and include a tribute to one of their heroes, the legendary street musician Moondog.
Tune in to KALW 91.7FM or www.kalw.org.
80 Aching Orphans is a new, 4-CD, 80-track set spanning the first 45 years of The Residents. Included are singles, fan favorites, album highlights, live recordings, and material never before available on CD. Housed in a hardback book with exclusive artwork and track-by-track liner notes, and at a deliciously low price, this may prove to be the ultimate overview of the band's work (well, at least until the 66th anniversary set comes out in mid-2038). The Cherry Red link below has more information and a full track list.
While changes can occur, we're pretty certain this is the final schedule for the autumn tour.
Klanggalerie has announced a special two-disc edition of Title in Limbo. The first disc is the album we all know and love (or if we don't know it, we will once we hear it). The second disc is the original "4 Daze" recording, the best bits from the original jam sessions between The Residents and Renaldo & the Loaf in 1981. These constitute much of the source material for what would eventually become Title in Limbo (the aforementioned known and loved album).
Special edition announced, no release date set at this time: http://klanggalerie.com/gg200-2
If you just want the regular edition, that's already available: http://klanggalerie.com/gg200
A new book entitled Buy or Die! Ralph Records Artworks 1972-2015 by Matteo Torcinovich has just been published. It's a collection of original, rare, and remarkable images drawn from record covers, fan catalogs, posters, and a wide variety of promotional material, with text in English and Italian. Here's a video of somebody flipping through it.
Moleshow, the avid Residents fan and admin of the fan forum, is running a survey about shirt designs. That info will eventually make it to Cryptic Corp and somebody behind a big desk in a corner office will crunch the numbers and possibly make a decision based on them. (Just kidding... some underpaid lackey will crunch the numbers and the big exec will take credit.)
Anyway, you can participate here: http://goo.gl/xrmsKP
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!