Eyeball-headed oddities the Residents are now on Bandcamp. San Francisco’s long-running Dadaist experimenters — whose 1974 debut, Meet the Residents, our reviewer Nils Bernstein called “an album that belongs in every music lover’s cocktail-party arsenal” — have kept up their cultish profile in recent years, releasing a $100,000 Ultimate Box Set in 2012 and unwittingly contributing their signature tux-and-cornea getups to Kesha‘s stage show. This week, the band shared an assortment of self-described “obscurities” for free streaming or paid download.
“New download titles stumble into existence,” notes an October 14 post on the Residents’ website (hat-tip: Lars Gotrich). Those titles consist of a little more than a dozen releases from the Residents themselves, along with another batch credited to Charles Bobuck, who has quietly revealed himself as the long-anonymous group’s primary composer.
The Residents titles on Bandcamp include Sousa Forever, a suite of six marches originally from 1986′s Stars & Hank Forever: The American Composers Series, Vol. II; two Smell My Picture albums, collecting outtakes from the band’s albums between 2005 and 2007; and a 2007 bonus disc titled The Sandman Waits, along with remixes and other odds ‘n’ sods. Among the Bobuck releases are Maxine, described as walk-in music for Residents’ 2002 tour, and God O, which was 2012 music for a gallery opening.
There’s a bit of overlap between the two sites: Both carry Bobuck’s remix of 2001′s “Manz Whirled.” But then, the Residents have never been ones to make it easy on the rest of us, have they?