The Residents talk eyeball masks, $100,000 box sets, and their 40 anniversary tour. Meanwhile, Beak> gets weird(er)
However Flynn's connected with the group, he's certainly been along for the journey — the Shreveport, La.-native has long been in that bumpy Residents bus, not least for this tour, the 40th anniversary special, which began a day before our conversation.
The live show this time around is a retrospective of the Residents entire career, laying out the colorful story of the band, with monologues and musical bits throughout. The show kicks off — where else? — with "Santa Dog." Flynn says it's meant to paint a broad and entertaining picture of the band.
To add a punctuation mark to the anniversary, the group is offering an ultimate box set: a 28 cubic-foot refrigerator containing releases from the group's entire career, 100 different first pressings including 40 vinyl LPs, 50 CDs, DVDs, and a signature eyeball-with-top-hat mask. Asking price? A cool $100,000 to the lucky buyer.
On the road, the group is also bringing more practical merch, such as t-shirts and commemorative coins. Hopefully there'll be plenty left at the Bimbo's show near the end of the tour. While there will still be a couple more dates after it, Flynn considers the SF show to be the big return home.
"I've traveled around quite a bit, I've seen a lot of places that I like, I've never seen any place else that I've wanted to live. In terms of the Residents, best thing I can say is that they've been happy to call the Bay Area home.," Flynn says dreamily. "I know it will feel really good to pull up in front of Bimbo's and take all our stuff in, our well-worn crew at that point, coming to play the show."
Are you familiar with the term "tropical grit-pop." Neither was I, but listen to the NYC band Ghost Beach's Modern Tongues EP, and it should all come together. Or better yet, see it live this weekend. It's all electronic burps and yacht rock vocals, from a pop duo (possibly?) named after a Goosebumps book, with '90s-baiting lyrics, and '80s synth layers. With ONUINU, popscene DJs.
Thu/7, 9:30pm, $10. Rickshaw Stop, 155 Fell, SF. www.rickshawstop.com.
If you're celebrating Mardi Gras without Big Freedia, you're doing it wrong. Lights Down Low is bringing the New Orleans bounce queen out especially for you, the sexy people. Oh, and don't forget to twerk. With MikeQ, Hard French DJs.
Fri/8, 9pm, $16 (advanced tickets). Mezzanine, 444 Jessie, SF. www.mezzaninesf.com.
Beak> is at one once unsettling and charming; its Krautrock backbone and angular guitars create eerie, paranoid grooves, à la Silver Apples — you know the itchy, building beats — but those hushed, mumbly vocals soothe the senses. Drummer-singer Geoff Barrow, keys-guitarist Matt Williams, and bassist Billy Fuller, are all members of other bands (including Barrow's Portishead), so they split their time between acts, but have already released two albums in the few short years they've been able to get together, including critically-lauded 2012 full-length, >>. And their albums are all live recorded improv sessions in the same room, which translates well to shows, making the appearances mesmerizing extensions of previous jam sessions. With Vex Ruffin, Peanut Butter Wolf.
Feb. 13, 8pm, $20. Independent, 628 Divisadero, SF. www.theindependentsf.com