Wednesday, January 06, 2010

The Prescient Presence of Presents

Attention Atlanta area readers: the Residents will bring their Talking Light Tour to the Variety Playhouse on Friday, February 5th. That same night, Jonathan Richman will play the Star Bar. (What is this, 1980?)

According to
the Residents' website, "Talking Light is designed for performance and is based on a mix of improvisation and scoring. The concept for this project is interpretive story telling with an interactive electronic score.

"'What are ghosts?' ask The Residents - spirits of those no longer inhabiting the flesh, but unable to leave their lives behind? Or could ghosts be a manifestation of something even less tangible, like loneliness, unfulfilled desire or isolation? In a world where nearly everything has become defined and categorized, how do we fill our obvious, purely human need for the fuzzy, vague and supernatural - with TV commercials?" (No, with reality TV shows.)

The Residents have been making music for 40 years now. Some of the members must be in their sixties. No disrespect intended: the most recent Residents recordings are every bit as strange and challenging as the music they first released on Ralph Records.

The Residents: Santa Dog (1972).


At 1/21/2010 4:15 PM , Blogger ib said...

"What are ghosts ?"

Well might one ask. The Residents are probably the most well dressed and artful to dodge that particular question, but since they are insistent on shrouding themselve in mischieviousness and mystery I will turn the tooth.

It needs filled. You know what they say about "english" dentistry.

I just watched a documentary on a fat man who died shedding weight for a television documentary. Or his inner lion. That fat man could easily be me.

Without the cameras.

This is a fine site, Jon. Stay with it.

At 1/22/2010 4:40 PM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

Thank you for the encouragement, Ib! Someone needs to do a reality show about making a documentary about making a reality TV show. Let those little snakes chase and swallow their own tails.

At 1/27/2010 5:44 PM , Blogger  said...

Hang on to your hat. The Residents will blow your stack. Saw them last in 2003. They are like good wine or cheese. I'm still reeling.

At 2/19/2010 12:27 PM , Blogger jonderneathica said...

It was an eerie and compelling show by the masked trio (!) Lots of songs and stories about mortality and morbidity.

At 4/11/2010 10:24 PM , Anonymous Andrea said...

I can't believe they're still going. Maybe they're all android doppelgangers by now —who knows?

Still, I applaud their ability to stay so refreshingly weird for so very long. Must be a Guinness world record in there somewhere...


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