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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!

i lent the album to someone and she made some really interesting points about it. she said that she interpreted Make Me Moo as being spoken by the Elemental Cow, and that to have a child singing for that role made an interesting statement in terms of how we tend to view creators or powerful beings. we tend to see them as wise, old men. she noted that this is visible, for example, in Renaissance paintings of the Virgin Mary and baby Jesus. they gave the child an adult's face. this was to communicate his knowledge, his holiness- even as a baby, he is wise. but to have the Elemental Cow be a child makes the creation of the world and the happenings within it inherently innocent. characterizing ultimate creation, the all-powerful as innocent also makes a statement about art. children create art removed from expectation, ideas of what makes art good or bad- those sorts of things. they make art wholly true to themselves.

so i thought that was cool.

this show is such an absolute mystery to me. i don't have a solid sense of what the setlist was at any of the shows- i think that it's cut down for some releases or reorganized for others. i don't know what costumes were used for what tracks. i don't know much of anything for sure about it, but i do know that i really like it!

it's an eerie, minimalist affair. the way the shows seemed to allow the Rz to appear as if they were ghostly apparitions in the darkness, haunting a space, coming forth out of a stagnant darkness with life and energy! they assume costumes and identities for sections of tracks that do not necessarily have characters with distinct appearances. they use the people onstage as their decorations which allows the show to feel exceptionally alive compared to any of their other shows. (they would soon use both living and static decorations in Cube-E to make for something REALLY fascinating.)

it sets a precedent for shows like Way We Were, Shadowland, Talking Light, Fillmore '98, and Wonder of Weird (and seemingly the upcoming In Between Dreams)- setlists not based off of singular albums to visualize them, but assorted tracks organized by eras, ideas, themes. this makes one thing i've seen pretty funny: this tendency for Cliffords to trash the RCB trilogy while praising the 13th Anniversary shows. like- hey, dude! those shows are, structurally, similar. while the RCB shows have narration, characters, those sorts of things- they don't take up much of the show. but i am not of that mindset, and am almost definitely missing the point. anyways, 13th Anniversary show very good, perhaps a little spooky.

i may have more to say at a later date.

this one slides us further into the realm of all that is spooky and strange in the world of Rz, without explicitly plopping us down in, like... ghost and death and murder and Voice of Midnight-y kinds of things.

go forth! if you feel so inclined.

i dont have anything super wise or thoughtful to say about Duck Stab. since the more story-based stuff is what i'm into, i'm not sure what i even would have to say about it. it's good music! it's fun, it's atonal goodness. but i don't find it super interesting.

i think it sounds like it's not a Rz song because the vocalists are all seemingly unique to that song. the first portion sounds a bit like their cover of Satisfaction, but there isn't much else. the second section sounds like it could fit into the more recent Rz stuff if it were a bit more MIDI and a little clearer-sounding. but it's a weird one!

i thought that, since we might as well head down a road of creepier and creepier albums/projects in the coming weeks, that it would be wise to go for this one. a Fan Favorite. so, voila! DUCK STAB! BUSTER AND GLEN!

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