Here The Residents purport to interpret N. Senada's 1937 piece The Big Toe (or Thumb) Of Christ. It is said that the composer would build a piece by appropriating the works of others, though he would leave holes in the "blueprint" for others to fill. Thus The Residents recreate a work that steals heavily from classical music, filling in the gaps with television theme tunes such as Popeye The Sailor Man and The Theme From Star Trek. The finished result sounds as good as the idea, an impressive musical collage, the highlight is their rendition of Carmina Burana by Orff. Pollex Christi is deliberately very difficult to play, because Senada wanted mistakes. "They introduce unimaginable variations into the music," he said. "If the audience wants perfectly played music, let them listen to angels. Human music should stumble along most pitifully."This recording was originally released in a limited edition of 400 numbered copies.
Wednesday, June 23, 2010
The second release on the Residents' fan club label is a studio recording of music written for the wake of their longtime guitarist and friend Philip "Snakefinger" Lithman, who died of a heart attack while on tour in 1987. This 20-minute suite begins with a propulsive, almost danceable version of Hank Williams' "Six More Miles to the Graveyard," which the group had already covered a year before on Stars & Hank Forever. What follows is a four-part composition that brings in old English laments, church bell scales, a twisted bossa nova beat, cathartic screams, and distant yelps. Maybe unsurprisingly, there is no guitar to be heard anywhere on the album. A very personal album, hence its limited release, but better than a lot of what they had been currently working on. The group was able to channel some of their anguish into the following God in Three Persons project as well, but a great chapter of the group's career had come to an end.
Wednesday, June 16, 2010
The Residents took a long enough break from touring Wormwood while in Berlin to step into a studio and record some of the music from the live show. That gave us Roadworms. Recorded live, but with no audience. An intriguing attempt to capture a section of the Residents' Wormwood tour without actually recording live shows. Instead, they set up in a Berlin studio and recorded the live arrangements, aiming to get each song in a single take, later adding some overdubs. The result is typically quirky, having a mix of rawness and polish that makes it quite appealing to listen to.
Thursday, June 10, 2010
This disc was offered as a bonus for people who pre-ordered "The Voice Of Midnight" CD from Ralph America. Originally announced to be limited to 300 copies, preorders exceeded expectations and the number of copies manufactured was bumped up to 500. This disc was manufactured by Ralph America for the Cryptic Corporation, but the label is listed as eL Ralpho. It was issued in a plastic envelope with a single card inlay.
Poor Kaw-Liga's Pain was released in 1994 which includes all the mixes from the '86 releases plus a new mix and a live version. The new mix is a beauty. This time The Residents supply the lyrics, not Hank and there's no Billy Jean riff in sight. The original berates Kaw-liga for letting the girl go, The Residents' new song explores the horror of being an inanimate figure who can only stand and watch. The live mix should have been on the 13th Anniversary Show CD years ago, it's raw and wonderful.
Wednesday, June 9, 2010
A long time in the making, the Bunny Boy Comic is the next (final?) chapter in the Bunny Boy story! Illustrated by Adam Weller, with a script by The Residents (Bunny appears to have been involved, somehow...) The comic book has a full color cover and is the standard comic book size with high quality black/white printing on the inside. This was a very limited release of only 199 copies (i think).