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Interview Roundup: The Residents

People sometimes like to joke about The Residents. “Play their records to get your overstaying guests to leave” and such. They’re willfully weird, tauntingly transgressive, aggressively amelodic. Or so goes […]

Capsule Reviews for May 2017, Part Two

The Lancashire Hustlers – Adventures (Steep Hill Music) This London duo – Brent Thorley and Ian Pakes – has clearly come of age on a steady diet of Magical Mystery […]

Hundred-word Reviews for September 2016, Part 4

Five more quick ones. All these albums bear further investigation. Wild Man Fischer – An Evening with Wild Man Fischer Conventional wisdom holds that while Gail Zappa was alive, she […]

Album Reviews: Four from The Residents

Though they initially submitted demo recordings to major record labels (the bootleg The Warner Brothers Tapes documents the most notorious of these), the inscrutable collective that once jokingly billed themselves […]

Album Review: The Residents’ Commercial Album

Ex-Turtles and Mothers vocalists Flo and Eddie (Mark Volman and Howard Kaylan) used to have a nationally-syndicated radio show. One recurring component of the merry duo’s program involved spinning records […]

Album Review: The Residents — Mush-room

Though clearly not the only path, a common direction for a recording artist to follow is this: record and release accessible works, and then – as a loyal fan base […]

Album Review: The Residents – The Third Reich and Roll

The Residents‘ third recording (though released as their second), The Third Reich and Roll, presents the inscrutable group at their most provocative. The album (or EP, depending on your point […]

CD Review: The Residents – Meet the Residents

How to discern between worthless noise, a Dada in-joke, a piss-take on avant garde noodlings and a landmark work of enduring value? When the subject is Meet the Residents, it’s […]

Album Review: The Residents – Not Available

Leave it to the folks at MVD Audio to mount a reissue of an album that (a) as legend has it wasn’t supposed to have even been released the first […]

Interview: The Residents (sort of…)

(NOTE: This feature was originally published in Skope Magazine in 2006. –ed.) The Residents are weird. And obscure. And difficult. While all three assertions have a healthy amount of truth […]