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RZ Project of the Week / I AM A RESIDENT
« on: June 04, 2018, 09:31:10 pm »
this thread is all about IAAR.

what are your thoughts on the concept? the music? are you yourself a Resident? do you think it's ridiculous to even consider that notion that anyone is a Resident?


RZ General Board / Re: in between dreams poster jpg
« on: May 04, 2018, 07:15:40 am »
i think they'll be on the website soon.

RZ General Board / Re: OH, WHAT'S THIS?
« on: April 27, 2018, 11:33:14 am »
the last we heard from randy- those videos he put out- he seemed pretty freaked out and kinda paranoid.

tyrone is someone different from randy- randy seemed confused about this new era, since theyre calling themselves The Real Residents. we arent sure what's what.

RZ Lyrics / Hungry Hound
« on: April 23, 2018, 11:14:39 am »
this is the clearest audio i've found so far. what's it sound like to y'all? there's bits that i just cannot figure out for the LIFE of me!

RZ General Board / Re: OH, WHAT'S THIS?
« on: April 21, 2018, 09:50:23 pm »
randy, as far as we know, is doing... badly

RZ General Board / OH, WHAT'S THIS?
« on: April 21, 2018, 12:04:38 am »

RZ General Board / Re: On The Topic of Interviews
« on: April 18, 2018, 10:47:25 am »
yeah, i can see that a lot of these are for people who either aren't aware of the rz or only know about the first 5 albums. but as a fan, it kind of makes me wish for more. like, even some kind of discussion among fans would be cool.

man, i know the rz are done with podcasts, but like.. as a fan? what i wouldn't GIVE to have a Project of The Week style thing.. in audio form. gosh. wouldn't THAT be nice. (life WOULD be wonderful..)

RZ General Board / On The Topic of Interviews
« on: April 17, 2018, 01:53:13 pm »
you ever notice how rz-related interviews always seem to be conducted by these... really kind of bumblebutt kinds of hosts? they always seem to get Cryptic mixed up with The Residents and never seem to move beyond the first 5 albums. it's bothersome.

i guess that's why the BOGcast was so appealing. it's one of those things that, regardless of potential for success, i think something like it should be brought back. (now, personally, if i had the proper recording equipment and so on, i'd lend myself to such a task... but that's for another day.)

anyone else agree or am i just shaking my fist at clouds ad infinitum and ad nauseum?

two words: i died
really though, WOW! what a setlist! what a SHOW! the sights and sounds.

it's loud as all hell but in the most wonderful way. cha-cha is really bouncy and adorable.

also the merch is top notch, 10/10 buy or die.

shenanigans occurred too but they aren't currently relevant. if you miss this tour... hoo BOY will you be sore about it. so dont do it. dont miss it.

april 6th, in schan fuhranschisco.

RZ Project Talk / 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 Talk / 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.

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