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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 Tour-era Beatles, Electric Light Orchestra, Arthur-era Kinks, Small Faces circa Ogden’s Nut Gone Flake and other fine influences. But there’s a pleasing DIY sensibility that

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 prevented reissues of many albums originally released on Frank’s Bizarre/Straight labels. Whether that’s true or not, Gail’s gone now and we finally have a legit

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 “North Louisiana’s Phenomenal Pop Combo” released most of their albums on their own Ralph Records label. That entity – though not The Residents 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 by some of their musical peers. The thing is, they wouldn’t play anywhere near the whole song: after they felt like they had given listeners

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 is established – develop more challenging, esoteric works. The thinking is that the fans will follow. But there’s never been anything conventional about The Residents,

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 of view) artwork is designed to offend, and it’s wildly successful in its goal. A German SS officer looking very much like Dick Clark smiles

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 not an easy task. Even nearly four decades after its original release, this 1974 album – newly reissued on MVD – continues to confound. File

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 time; (b) didn’t shift in any sort of huge quantities on initial release and (c) is an exceedingly difficult listen. I sometimes joke that I

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 to them, The Residents have been recording and releasing challenging, relevant music since the 1970s. Originally farther out musically than anyone you’d care to name,