The Residents

Thu., Jan. 31, 2013, 9pm

Scottish Rite Theater

207 W. 18th, 512/809-7799


Combining the refurbished Scottish Rite Theater with the Residents could be one of the best bookings of 2013. The San Francisco performance troupe, anonymous players under top hats and behind giant eyeball masks, celebrates 40 years of avant-garde experimentalism with the Wonder of Weird tour and the Ultimate Box Set. Packaged in a 28-cubic-foot stainless steel refrigerator and containing releases spanning the group’s entire career, the UBS holds well over 100 items, including first pressings. In typically outrageous fashion, there are only 10 available, and they cost $100,000. The band never gives interviews, but co-manager Homer Flynn admits they haven’t sold any yet. The publicist laughed at the idea of a promotional copy. “There have been several inquiries,” claims Flynn, “but when it gets to paying the deposit, they seem less interested. There’s one guy in particular who’s a huge Residents fan and has a lot of money. He’s invested money into projects in the past, so I’m a little surprised I haven’t heard anything from him at this point. I’m still thinking he might buy one. “We also have a really great connection at the Museum of Modern Art in New York and the woman who’s the connection there, the media curator, has tried to drum up support for them to buy one, which would be really fantastic.” Anyone attending the show should go with an open mind despite the promise of a “career retrospective.” “There will be people who are disappointed because they’re not doing ‘Constantinople’ or the stuff that was more popular from a singles point of view. A lot of what they’re doing is fairly obscure. “But, I think if you look at it in the context of the Residents, it’s a true retrospective. It’s very valid for them.” – Jim Caligiuri
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