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RZ Project of the Week / Re: THE 12 DAY BRUMALIA EXTRAVAGANZA 2017-2018
« on: December 30, 2017, 10:10:38 pm »
i promise track thought are comin. i promise.

RZ Project of the Week / THE 12 DAY BRUMALIA EXTRAVAGANZA 2017-2018
« on: December 25, 2017, 04:12:03 pm »
today, december 25, is the FIRST DAY OF BRUMALIA!

here's how this goes down: each day, we listen to a track until we reach the Epiphany track. if we feel so inclined, we write our thoughts down on em. by the end, we try to see if we have an epiphany. about something. anything.

for a while, i refused to get through the entirety of Santa Dog- im not sure why. i would get through Fire, and think "yeah thats enough of that".

that being said, there is some really fun and beautiful stuff that happens on the other tracks. i think in skipping them, stuff like Our Finest Flowers made a whole lot less sense. like, Kick A Cat? why would i do that? wheres that from?

it's interesting to see how a lot of the musical techniques used are consistently present in their later works, too. unfortunately, Santa Dog really doesn't hold any amazing personal meaning for me. but maybe someday it will.

RZ General Board / Re: I'm a Resident
« on: December 18, 2017, 11:03:11 am »
i have no idea. im wondering about that myself.

RZ General Board / Re: in between dreams
« on: December 06, 2017, 10:55:23 am »
you wanna elaborate on that? haha

what stood out to you about it? anything grab you by the heart and/or soul?

(Jumping off from a discussion of MTR...)

Their methods of using blunt and easily misinterpreted concepts continue on here for The Third Reich ‘n’ Roll. Due to the globally upsetting nature of Nazi imagery, it’s not outlandish to say that while they may not be addressing a specific audience, they were looking to shock them. At this point in their discography, their main focus, visually speaking, was on the use and distortion of topics and imagery that hold great emotional power for a large number of people.

Dressing the still-relevant radio host Dick Clark as Hitler allowed for reactions on two levels, depending on the audience. The first, a reaction of shock and perhaps repulsion at the abundance of Nazi imagery displayed on the cover. The second, though, contextualizes that imagery. Since the album consists of blended covers of the hooks of hits from the 1960s, the assumption could be made that they were referring to the music industry as being fascist in nature, lead by charming hosts. Like Dick Clark. These individuals take up positions akin to those of prophets or preachers- mouthpieces for the God-figure that is the music industry. They bring these figures down from their elevated positions and strip them of their seemingly untouchable identities. As they are a creation of the culture, The Residents treat them as they would anything else created by it while paying no mind to the social boundaries it has set.

The liner notes contain a cheeky note from The Residents’ managing entity that would seem to confirm this assumption, describing the album as a “tribute to the thousands of little power-mad minds in the music industry who have helped make us what we are today, with an open eye on what we can make them tomorrow.” This gives us access to a more in-depth view of what goes on beneath the music.

In this case, The Residents use themselves as a filter through which the music of the previous decade passes. They recontextualize the music by exposing it to the scrutiny of their own inclinations and their own artistic drive, but also by packaging it in a shocking (yet lighthearted, and perhaps even humorous) manner. The music being covered gains a more serious, critical air to it when its creators (and its creation) is equated with the mindsets and creations of the Nazis.

But they use this idea as a point from which they can jump off- seeing the true ugliness of a thing, a manifestation and execution of that which is exceptionally and horrifically twisted within us- one can only go so far down before you hit the bottom. And they seem to paint the musical crimes of the past as a standard of what must be avoided. They look to it and seem to ask “what can we do better?” The music they create is a critique of the culture that produced it as much as it is an example of what stands to grow from it.

RZ General Board / Re: in between dreams
« on: November 13, 2017, 11:36:25 am »
i think, there, you have to consider a couple of things. currently, touring seems to be a more effective manner of staying financially afloat. Cube-E, DDA, Wormwood all had a couple of years between 'em. the latter two were based off of some pretty socially and emotionally charged work, and they all sort of have the drawback of being spatially inflexible. big shows. takin' up a lot of space. up until RCB, really, that seemed to be an issue they had.. and even then. those tours would currently be quite the affair- lots of crew, lots of setup- time and money. taking into account the costs of transporting, feeding, and giving a place to sleep and shower to a larger group- it's costly.

and the pace of the work is quicker, now. bam-bam-bam, everything is in quick succession. because you have to keep up. defining your place in the world requires this constant reinforcement. you can always keep the attention of those who have been looking, but there are others who haven't. leave more for them to see. live music is just where it's at right now. currently, RCB and In Between Dreams all have this wonderful advantage of almost being accessible to the uninformed.

it's complicated, but i guess i'm fine with it! because the thing is- there are people behind The Residents, and they have needs and they have to work in the same world we do to bring The Residents to us.

RZ General Board / in between dreams
« on: November 10, 2017, 09:34:56 am »
the pictures coming out from these shows are like... fantastic. what are y'all's thoughts on the show?

RZ Project Talk / Re: PROJECT OF THE WEEK (20th of October): TALKING LIGHT
« on: November 06, 2017, 11:12:28 am »
did i say 1st of novemeber? because i meant... whenever i feel so inclined to change it. anyways.

i think my top tracks for TL are He Also Serves, Lillie, The Sleepwalker and Demons Dance Alone. the fluidity of the setlist is... fun, i guess, but i wish some of those were on TL Bimbo's. ah well.

what really stands out to me about the start of the RCB Trilogy is the ghost stories. they are, without a doubt, my favorite part. they all radiate tension and hesitance. i think they're particularly visually compelling. the hazy, dreamlike visuals of The Unseen Sister stands out in particular. some of the effects used are distinctly a product of the technological capabilities of the time (thinking of the visual roughness of Milton), but it also can work to their benefit (i'm fond of how it works out in Perchance to Dream).

their drive to tell stories is clearly stronger than ever with this project, and it would seem to me that Bunny Boy played a large part in that. the idea of having a narrator connected to (but not necessarily easily viewed as) The Residents seems to have a heightened appeal. so that's something. it's an acknowledgement of how they are perceived and then subverting that perception by assuming identities. perhaps not identities of real people, but identities of a "Residents cover band"- that is still, apparently, The Residents. it's mental gymnastics, and it can make a lot of people frustrated or even angry. somehow, that feels intentional. clutching to ideas of who and what they are serves no purpose. though they may assume the shape of a container they construct, they are not the container. they are the amorphous liquid that slips in and out of it with ease.

i like the stage setup and the costuming a lot. it's both familiar and foreign. sure, it's a living room, but it's a Residents living room. the way they interact with the space is fun too. the handheld projector is so neato, and i love how they display funny lights on the circular disks in the back during songs. really wild stuff. the idea feels both well developed and full of potential- potential that allowed for everything that was to come (and is still coming!) i like that Randy's mask changed a few times before we got our current look. because, like, Yeesh. that face at the start of the tour was sort of... jaundiced and not great. but now he looks fantastic, with his liver spots and all.

i could go on about the stories, and i will.

Night Train to Nowhere has always fascinated me. something about Singing Rz reading all of the stories is compelling to me. Florence and Milton are, quite honestly, better on it than on Randy's Ghost Stories. this is not to say that the latter is bad, no. but i prefer the former. Ghost Snake's visuals on the DVD are so fun, and the hot dog mask.

the hot dog mask.

i sort of wish there was the video for Phantom Fingers on there, because i think that one is special. as he describes his unique ability, the clapping in the background is both ironic and delightful. you can hear the satisfied, knowing smirk in his voice. i also like the way he says "stomach".

Perchance to Dream is interesting to me, since it's an evolution of the Howard story from the Adobe show. sort of a deep cut, that one. but that one feels like it's Molly's by default. i don't think it would be the same if anyone else were to tell it, because it would be different. because it wouldn't be the same. ahem. it has this sweet undertone of understandable delusion to it. so sweet, and coming from a place of such hurt, that it feels cruel to think "well, no, you can't sleep 24 hours a day because that's a coma." logic takes a back seat to emotion there, and it would be cruel to point it out.

Milton is, like, Actually Creepy. hearing the descriptions of it Milton burning alive in the garage spoken with a tone that implies the presence of a lie is unsettling. the details of his singing, the hints of something much larger going on behind his death... whough. it's a lot. and the ending of "I can't kill him again! He's- he's already dead." yee-goddamn-haw.

the truly spooky one is The Talking Light, obviously. there is a deep tragedy to the ring having been in the baby's hand's the whole time. the desperation and exhaustion of the child's mother almost sends chills down my spine. the whole thing is wild and a lot of fun. and super duper creepy-spooky-scary. perhaps Spooktacular.

ok, i think that's it.

Fan Words / Re: A Thread For Introductions
« on: November 06, 2017, 08:32:45 am »
for a forum in 2017, it is. right now folks are busy. ive been procrastinating on some stuff and that laziness is contagious.

RZ General Board / Re: Actual Bunny Boy conversations
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:58:08 am »
oh man, that room! i was always wondering what that was and lo and behold: a room that seems to be Just That! absolutely fascinating. it seems like over time his replies got shorter.

Fan Words / Re: A Thread For Introductions
« on: November 03, 2017, 09:56:27 am »
glad to have ya here!

RZ General Board / Re: I'm a Resident
« on: October 27, 2017, 09:45:54 am »
the videos coming out of it are... curious.

RZ Project Talk / PROJECT OF THE WEEK (20th of October): TALKING LIGHT
« on: October 20, 2017, 03:17:31 pm »

yes, that's right, the time has come! Talking Light is here. DISCUSS AMONGST YOURSELVES. this one goes until the 1st of November, at which point another thing will be the PoTW.

i'm quite excited about this one!

RZ Project Talk / Re: SHADOWLAND (Project of The Week for 9th of October)
« on: October 20, 2017, 03:16:06 pm »
instead of going about this in the manner that i usually would, with deep, serious analysis of the show’s role in the Residential world, what it means, what its presence indicates in conjunction with the rest of their works, all that sort of stuff, it feels more fitting to do something a little more personal here.

see, in 2015 (while the south american run of Shadowland was going on), i discovered The Residents. needless to say, nothing was ever quite the same after. after i became acquainted with the vague shape of their concept, i dared to delve into what they were up to in the present. it was a strange time. conveniently, the US tour had yet to rear its head, so over the next few months, i swam around in the deep end for a while… then, april arose and it was TIME FOR MOLESHOW TO SEE SHADOWLAND.

and that i did! sitting outside of the 9:30 Club at 1 in the afternoon, i sat there with my buddy. waiting. making awkward, apologetic eye contact with Miles and Hein. making slightly less awkward eye contact with employees.

when the time came, hoo boy. i had a dumb, smiling look on my face the whole time. there is something so particularly magical about the sounds of Shadowland. the guitar sighs, sparkles, jumps, sometimes screeches… the keyboard creates a physical space that surrounds you in a fluttering, floating world of checker-print beauty. the vocals give texture and meaning to that space. that’s a stupid, fancy way of saying that the music is good.

making frequent eye-contact with Randy was accentuated by the fact that he was, yknow, sort of putting his crotch in my face. it seemed as if he came over to the side i was on more often than the other one, but maybe i’m only imagining things. ANYWAYS.

what i really love about the show besides all that (even the Nike Clown Shoes- like, hey? what?) are the Shadow Stories. there is something so particularly beautiful, short and sweet, about them. they all seem to hold a mournful aggression, or an aggressive sense of mourning. (also, that version of Mourning Glories makes me weep- that guitar just sings.) they’re sort of ethereal and beautiful. super cool stuff.

i would go into detail about making terrified eye contact with Nolan and EDF after the show, or witnessing Homer, Jana and Francis all walk past me, or even meeting Homer… but that’s, perhaps, for another time.


Idea Words / Re: IDEA: Non-Rz Album Discussion
« on: October 17, 2017, 10:34:26 pm »
that sounds like an interesting idea indeed! i think it would be fun to pursue that. i'll look into it in the coming weeks.

RZ Project Talk / Re: SHADOWLAND (Project of The Week for 9th of October)
« on: October 17, 2017, 08:14:54 pm »
aw, mewee. that's super sweet. your time will come. i can feel it- the struggle of being JUST A LITTLE BABY and having that sort of ruin everything all the time.

i'm a LAZY ADMIN and so i've decided to leave this one up until.... ehh... friday of this week, then i'll let the final one kick in for this month, which will last until halloween.

RZ Project Talk / SHADOWLAND (Project of The Week for 9th of October)
« on: October 09, 2017, 10:17:06 pm »
i think it's a bit spooky, with all the rebirth, birth, NDEs and reincarnation. you know.

it's divisive. it's spooky. it's got the Sandman. it's The Voice of Midnight.

RZ News and Non-News / Re: RIP Charles " Chuck" Bobuck (2009-2017)
« on: October 01, 2017, 12:37:51 pm »
...hardy... why would he even like... why would he even do this? i mean i get it in relation to The Stone. but... ugh! dude! are you serious? lame! sorta lame!

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