Residents Shadowland Tour Hits All The Right Stops

44 Years of Quixotic art rock from the collective

44 Years of Quixotic art rock from the mysterious collective

I remember my first exposure to The Residents. It was in 1978 and Dr. Demento played their tooth-grinding song “Constantinople” from their “Duck Stab” EP on his weekly radio show. The song was anxiety-provoking like nothing I had ever heard before, or possibly since. I may have read a word or two in the margins of the rock press about them afterward. They next manifested in my life three years later. It was in 1981 on an episode [possibly one of the earliest] of Night Flight’s “Take Off” program. This time, I saw and heard the band via three of their four One Minute Movies [“Moisture,” “Act Of Being Polite,” “Perfect Love”from “The Commercial Album.” They also played the disturbing, David Lynchian film for “Hello Skinny.”

This time, I was definitely intrigued by their presentation and their vivid, albeit anonymous, posture. The music was quirky and eccentric, but not without charm. It succeeded as leftfield pop, after a fashion. It did not repel me as did “Constantinople.” I noted the band here and there, but only dipped a toe metaphorically in the waters of their career at certain points over the last 35 years. I own three recordings of theirs and the Voyager laserdisc “Twenty Twisted Questions” as released in 1992. I can’t recall how I was prompted the other day, but I see that the band are on the road with their new show, “Shadowland,” and it’s going many places around the world; including a stop dangerously close to where I live. Hmmm… Here are those dates:

The Residents | Shadowland World Tour | 2016

UK/EUROPE

Feb. 12 | London, UK | Hackney Empire
Feb. 13 | Utrecht, NL | Tivoli Vredenburg

AUSTRALIA

Mar. 23 | Melbourne, VIC | The Croxton
Mar. 24 | Sydney, NSW | Factory Theatre
Mar. 24, 27, 28 | Byron Bay, NSW | Bluesfest

USA/CANADA

Apr. 9 | Los Angeles, CA | Regent Theater
Apr. 10 | San Francisco, CA | The Regency Ballroom
Apr. 12 | Portland, OR | Aladdin Theater
Apr. 13 | Seattle, WA | Neptune Theatre
Apr. 14 | Vancouver, British Columbia Canada | The Rio Theatre
Apr. 17 | Minneapolis, MN | The Cedar
Apr. 18 | Chicago , IL | Thalia Hall
Apr. 19 | Pontiac, MI | The Crofoot Ballroom
Apr. 21 | Toronto, Ontario Canada | Adelaide Hall
Apr. 22 | Montreal, Quebec Canada | La Tulipe
Apr. 23 | Newhaven, CT | College Street Music Hall
Apr. 25 | Boston, MA | Royale
Apr. 26 | New York, NY | The Gramercy Theatre
Apr. 29 | Washington, DC | 930 Club
Apr. 30 | Carrboro, NC | Cat’s Cradle
May 1 | Atlanta, GA | Variety Playhouse
May 3 | Dallas, TX | Texas Theatre
May 4 | Austin, TX | Marchesa Hall
May 6 | Phoenix, AZ | The Crescent Ballroom
May 8 | Solana Beach, CA | Belly Up Tavern

That Carrboro date at the Cat’s Cradle seems to be beckoning me. The day [Saturday] and place is convenient. Why not take in a certainly rare Residents show? Shouldn’t everyone see The Residents at least once, given the chance? We’ll have to muse on this. Until then, one can find out more here. Until I perhaps decide if I want to attend or not [it comes in between two other travel concert dates on my agenda] here’s a fantastic animated gif [possibly the second on PPM, ever] to help you make your own decision, from the Meet The Residents fan site.

residents optic
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One Response to Residents Shadowland Tour Hits All The Right Stops

  1. Echorich says:

    I had a subscription to Ralph Records which got me a few 7″ singles and EP’s every year in the late between 1978 and approximately 1982. One of my prize possessions from that subscription is a limited release of The Residents take on Satisfaction by The Rolling Stones on “piss-yelllow” vinyl. My fondess for The Residents would ebb and flow over the years, but Ralph Records introduced me to the amazing Snakefinger and Tuxedomoon as well as Yello and MX-80 Sound.
    When I bought The Resident’s The Third Reich N Roll as a 16 year old, my father decided he should ask me a bit more about what I was listening too, concerned by the album title and graphics. When he found out how far from concerning the messaging was (maybe still concerned about the music) he introduced me to his collection of anti Nazi/anti fascist comics he collected while stationed in Germany in the late 50’s.

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