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Metal, Meat & Bone is out TODAY!

The day is finally upon us! Our three editions of Metal Meat & Bone will be available for purchase as of this afternoon. On top of that, we have a couple more things to add to the pile–super neato pins and badges!

During the recording of their ‘Metal, Meat And Bone’ album,

wherein The Residents produced their own versions of songs originally recorded by Alvin Snow, aka Dyin’ Dog, the group found themselves experiencing a number of peculiar and unexplainable sensations. Call them what you will – impulses, cerebral interferences or just good old vibes – this was nothing new for The Residents, but what was unusual was the group’s developing belief that these sensations may have been spiritual resonances reaching them from whichever plain the long-lost Snow now inhabits.

Intrigued, The Residents began to actively open themselves up to whatever was happening, and slowly but surely ideas for songs, lyrics, melodies and rhythms the group could neither explain nor claim entirely as their own began to appear in their collective thoughts. And so this collection of songs inspired by Alvin Snow and those peculiar vibrations came into being. This isn’t Alvin’s music, but it is music which couldn’t possibly exist without those original Dyin’ Dog recordings, and without the journey they took The Residents on.

The Residents

So The Residents play Alvin, and somehow Alvin, it seems, plays The Residents. We’ll never know for sure what went on during those recordings sessions, but here is all the evidence we need that some special happened. Equal parts pan-dimensional projection and group exorcism. Or, perhaps, just the collective hallucinations of a bunch of guys who partied too hard in the seventies and could do with getting out more. Either way, The Residents hope you’ll enjoy.

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Important update regarding COVID-19 and restrictions

Due to strict policies in place here in Germany regarding the spread of Coronavirus, at this point in time we are unable to make any shipments to the United States or overseas. This includes Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Japan, et cetera. It is very unfortunate, but we do not have any influence on this decision. We will still accept all orders and your items will be placed on hold until the shipping restrictions have been lifted. Though you may have to wait some extra time for shipping to happen, you are in no way missing out on a chance to order something limited here in our shop.

For all customers within Europe/UK, things shall continue normally and likely with minor delays.

We thank you for your understanding during these weird times!

Sincerely,
Psychofon Records

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Two new releases by The Residents: DIE! DIE! DIE! 7″ and Metal, Meat & Bone “Special Edition”: Six Songs Inspired by Dyin’ Dog on 12″ vinyl!

The Residents – DIE! DIE! DIE! 7″

Pressed on clear orange vinyl and limited to 200 hand-numbered copies, €24,99. Also available in standard black for €16,99 .

Side A: Die! Die! Die! (Original Alvin Snow version) Side B: Die! Die! Die! (new version featuring Black Francis)

Pre-sale begins 26 April!
Street date 15 May!

The Residents – Metal, Meat & Bone
Six Songs Inspired by Dyin’ Dog – Special Edition

The Residents brand spankin’ new upcoming album, soon to be available in 3 different collector’s editions!

Official Release Date: 10 July 2020.
Pre-sale begins 11 June 2020

During the recording of their ‘Metal, Meat And Bone’ album,

wherein The Residents produced their own versions of songs originally recorded by Alvin Snow, aka Dyin’ Dog, the group found themselves experiencing a number of peculiar and unexplainable sensations. Call them what you will – impulses, cerebral interferences or just good old vibes – this was nothing new for The Residents, but what was unusual was the group’s developing belief that these sensations may have been spiritual resonances reaching them from whichever plain the long-lost Snow now inhabits.

Intrigued, The Residents began to actively open themselves up to whatever was happening, and slowly but surely ideas for songs, lyrics, melodies and rhythms the group could neither explain nor claim entirely as their own began to appear in their collective thoughts. And so this collection of songs inspired by Alvin Snow and those peculiar vibrations came into being. This isn’t Alvin’s music, but it is music which couldn’t possibly exist without those original Dyin’ Dog recordings, and without the journey they took The Residents on.

The Residents

So The Residents play Alvin, and somehow Alvin, it seems, plays The Residents. We’ll never know for sure what went on during those recordings sessions, but here is all the evidence we need that some special happened. Equal parts pan-dimensional projection and group exorcism. Or, perhaps, just the collective hallucinations of a bunch of guys who partied too hard in the seventies and could do with getting out more. Either way, The Residents hope you’ll enjoy.

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New Schwump & Bexa Lala, plus ‘Song of the Lungfish’ on CD!

Schwump Bexa Lala Renaldo & The Loaf

To kick off 2020 we have some great new releases to add to your collection.

Barry Schwam/Schwump - Frog Opera

Barry Schwam/Schwump – The Frog Opera

“A long time ago, in a far away place, Schwump began the creation of his mysterious Frog Opera. But due to many moves, and many lost items, that Frog Opera became missing in action, never to see the light of day.

But, now, in 2020, thanks to the encouragement of Andreas Mathews, the opera was re-created, and is even better than the original.

With many new songs and sounds, this 39 minute spectacular will revive your imagination as you follow Tad, our hero, who once a human prince, then was turned into a frog by an evil witch. He travels through land and sea, earth and space, trying to find a way out of his dilemma. He meets a toadess, who tries to convince him to marry her, and stay a frog. But Tad, being a frog, not a toad, wants nothing to do with her. He abandons her, searching for a cure to his frog -ness. He has many adventures, including a meeting with Yodel, the wise Frog of Yore , entering the Swirling Well of Darkness, encountering the Alien Frog from Outer Space, battling the Terribly Twisted Toad Monster, and an evening with the enchanting Tree Frog Creatures.

This work, inspired by The Residents, may be the crowning finish to a wonderful journey of music and my imagination over many years. I truly hope you enjoy it.” ~Barry

Bexa Lala - Liquid Krell Metal

Bexa Lala – Liquid Krell Metal

(Featuring Nolan Cook, Track 16) From the beginning to the end, this little gem in Bexa Lala’s discography keeps the listener alert and surprised.

The songs keep appearing out of the blue and disappearing nearly as fast as they appear. But, as soon as you notice the invisible link between them, you start to follow the path led by the band.

You realize that they are on the hunt for traces of the ultimate sound of Bexa Lala, as if the band is covering itself. One can notice bits and pieces scattered throughout the history of this cryptic group gathered in one place. This album plays like “The Best of Bexa Lala”, but without the songs that you already know.

But there is more: Once you finish listening to Liquid Krell Metal, you realize the hidden potential behind those short gems of musical experience. Suddenly things that are hidden become even more intriguing then the content of the album. What would become of the songs if they were longer, fully grown, less “hidden”? And you listen again. And there comes another surprise. Liquid Krell Metal is like a puzzle. Nothing is missing. It just needs to be assembled.

Renaldo & The Loaf - Song of The Lungfish

Now on CD by popular demand!

Renaldo & The Loaf – Song of the Lungfish

Not long after the release of their Gurdy Hurding album, Renaldo and The Loaf set a competition called Gurdy Wording, for fans to write some lyrics or to devise a song idea for the band.

In early 2017 a winner was announced, Song of the Lungfish by Eggoddleo Jones. There was always the thought that RATL would one day record the song but, as is usual for their material, RATL gave no timescale.

The lungfish itself is a result of an extended period of evolution and so it was with the creation of these final Lungfish recordings which were started in 2017 and completed in 2019.

The four tracks (Song Of The Lungfish, Sacred Shore, Lungfish Hornpipe, Song Of The Lungfish Dreaming) are simultaneously jolly and yet sanguine – the fish being content to dance as they mournfully recall their long lost past.

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Psychofon Release Radar – Q4 2019

Fresh Hell in Fits – A Falsified History of The Residents

Steven Cerio - Fresh Hell in Fits

Four years in the making , Fresh Hell in Fits – counterfeit tales and miraculous events – a falsified history of The Residents” is 40 pages of finely detailed visions of a singular world done in Cerio’s unmistakable style. This narrative comic records Cerio’s falsified retelling of the impossible evolution of performance art magnates The Residents. A bold and wildly inaccurate travel journal along an asynchronous timeline losing you perilously in a superstitious fog. All predicated on nary a single kernel of truth, this wandering evolutionary tale of a blinkless spirit trying to find the right body. A story influenced by the group’s early releases that inspired the artist as a teen in the suburbs of New York with their spirit of free adaption and fruitful exploration. “The spirit and the music were both so looming and beautiful…like open doors” said the artist in an interview with Seconds magazine.

Renaldo & The Loaf – Song of The Lungfish 12″ EP

Renaldo & The Loaf - Song of The Lungfish

Renaldo & The Loaf – Song of The Lungfish 12″ vinyl EP

Standard Black Vinyl – Limited to 100 copies, 24,99€
Collectors Edition, 2 color vinyl – Limited to 200 copies, 29,99€

Both editions come with a special insert and are hand-numbered.

More info to follow shortly…

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The Residents “Dyin’ Dog Demos” , Val Denham and Farmacia Pre-Sale begins 31 August!

Pre-Sales for The Residents present: Alvin Snow AKA Dyin’ Dog and Val Denham with Farmacia – The Devil Knows Your Name Now begins at 11:00am (EST) on the 31st of August! Be the first in line to snatch these up because they will likely go fast! More info on these releases below.

The Residents present Alvin Snow, AKA Dyin’ Dog

The Residents are pleased to sponsor the release of nine 45 rpm demo songs recorded in the mid 1970s by long lost bluesman, Alvin Snow, aka Dyin’ Dog. Brought to their attention in 2016 by musician and colleague, Roland Sheehan, the group was amazed by the quality and intensity of these previously unheard recordings. Compelled by the passion of Snow’s performance, the band persuaded us at Psychofon Records to release all nine demos in a deluxe boxset and let Dyin’ Dog speak for himself.

Many of The Residents’ early musical influences – Bo Diddley, Bobby Blue Bland and Howlin’ Wolf among others – came from the American South, the Home of the Blues;

Consequently, the group often discussed a project based on this classic form, but an appropriate entry escaped them. The genre was compelling but simply reinterpreting the work of blues greats was too obvious, too straight forward, too lacking in inspiration – so they worked on other projects… and time passed…

Later, in 2013, the group was approached by filmmaker Don Hardy with the idea of creating a Residents’ documentary. The idea was intriguing; they felt a rapport with Hardy, plus they liked the idea of including old friends, people who could help connect the vast array of dots echoing the group’s hazy history. One of the first people they introduced to the filmmaker was Roland Sheehan, a musician friend from Dubach, Louisiana. Back in the mid 1960s, Sheehan was in a band, The Alliance, managed by long time Residents’ producer, Hardy Fox, with both sharing an acquaintance with the then unnamed Residents. Making a notable appearance in the film, Roland describes his involvement in the band’s formation; and, after a lapse of several decades, the group was happy to reconnect.

During a family visit to Louisiana a few months later, one of The Residents was having lunch with Roland Sheehan when the subject of the blues came up.

Sheehan at the Wahoo Theater projection room in Dubach Louisiana

He casually mentioned the band’s interest, and subsequent frustration, but the conversation quickly moved on and the musician forgot about it… but Roland didn’t. A few weeks passed before The Residents received an unexpected call; excited, Sheehan mentioned the group’s long stalled blues project and said he had an idea. In the mid 1970s, a few years after he spent the summer enabling the emerging Residents, Roland met Alvin Snow, an albino blues singer he worked with for a short time. According to Sheehan, he formed a band with Snow and recorded several demos for Jewel Records, an indie label owned by Stan Lewis, a well known record shop and label owner in Shreveport, Louisiana.

A view of the long-since closed Wahoo Theater

Excited by the demos, Sheehan and Lewis renamed the singer Dyin’ Dog, and were organizing Snow’s first performance when the albino suddenly disappeared, leaving nothing more than a lingering sense of unfulfilled promise in his wake. Over the years, Roland Sheehan had forgotten the Dyin’ Dog demos – until his recent lunch meeting. Stimulated, he searched through boxes, files and cabinets in the abandoned Dubach movie theater where he had practiced in the 60s and 70s with both the Alliance, his band, and Dyin’ Dog’s group, the Mongrels, until he finally found the long lost demos. Timid and visibly nervous, Sheehan was offering the frayed and forgotten Dyin’ Dog 45s to The Residents as inspiration for their forlorn blues project. Surprised and skeptical, the group hesitated; reluctant to disappoint their friend, they saw little hope in a stack of dust covered fifty year old recordings, but the path of creativity is seldom straight and often unseen, until…

Amazed at the quality and intensity of the ancient recordings, The Residents were completely blown away. While the fate of Alvin Snow, aka Dyin’ Dog, will undoubtedly remain a mystery, the validity of his songs is unchallenged. Consequently The Residents feel compelled to give the lost bluesman’s music the exposure it so obviously deserves.

With the support of Psychofon Records, on Sept 28, 2019, The Residents are sponsoring the release of a boxed set containing the long lost Dyin’ Dog Demos. In addition, the band is already hard at work re-creating their own versions of Alvin Snow’s songs for their next album, Metal, Meat & Bone – The Songs of Dyin’ Dog – to be released in February of 2020.

Tracklist –

Record 1
A – Bury my Bones
B – River Runs Dry

Record 2
A – Die! Die! Die!
B – Pass for White

Record 3
A – Hungry Hound
B – The Dog’s Dream

Record 4
A – I Know
B – Tell Me

Record 5
A – Mamma don’t go
B – Blank

Val Denham with Farmacia – The Devil Knows Your Name Now

The Devil Knows Your Name Now was originally meant to be a solo Val Denham project, but eventually I had so much musical input from Ariel and Diego Sima, of the Argentinian band Farmacia, that I felt that I should add their name to mine as the joint creators of this album. Why do I work with Farmacia? Because they are brilliant collaborators, which means that they are a pleasure for me to work with. They can play their instruments much better than I can. And by instruments, I mean real instruments such as trumpets, piano and traditional acoustic instruments. They also play synthesizers and other modern electronic equipment. They have an innate understanding of my shadowy melancholic undertones and my need for artistic experimentation.

I usually begin each song with a rhythm track and add some synthesizer so that I have the basic structure and feel for the compositions, then I ask Farmacia to make their important additions. I tell them how I feel it should sound; this is the complex bit, as we will do countless alternative takes until it sounds just like it does in my head. We get there in the end, but it is a long and intricate process and they are endlessly patient and always professional with me. I really wanted this album to be beautiful. I wanted to sing as well as I could this time.

I think that this one might be considered a concept album. The tracks and their order all seem to connect to each other, starting off with the psychotic yet optimistic track Dust Devils Spin on Mars with its extended jazz opening.

Gradually The Devil Knows Your Name Now becomes darker, from the heat of the desert to the darkest doubts of the subconscious and murder. This is to illustrate the metaphorical idea that The Devil Knows Your Name Now. It poses the question, what did you do that was so wrong? How did it all go so bad? Will you be redeemed in time?

-Val Denham, 2019

Val Denham with Farmacia – The Devil Knows Your Name Now
Tracklist :
01 – Dust Devils Spin on Mars
02 – Francis Farmeresque
03 – Everybody loves me now
04 – Bride of the atom
05 – Poison from the far side
06 – Apple Tree
07 – Angel of Death ( instro )
08 – Dear Louise
09 – Venus Castina
10 – Black Dahlia
11 – Night will cover you
12 – Here comes the Storm
13 – The Devil knows your Name now
14 – I’m so Shallow

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New Release by Val Denham with Cezary Ostrowski (Bexa Lala) Now Available!

We are very excited to announce that Val Denham, musician, painter, transgender royalty and best known for her cover work for Marc Almond, Marc and the Mambas and Psychic TV has teamed up with Psychofon Records. The new recordings were created in cooperation with polish Wave legend Cezary Ostrowski (Bexa Lala). The new 45 rpm 7“, Hello Angels / Water, (Psychofon PR026) is expected at the end of June. More info coming soon …

EDIT: Now Available!

Val Denham – Hello Angels/Water 7″ – created in cooperation with Cezary Ostrowski (Bexa Lala) Available on black or limited edition transparent blue vinyl.

We are very excited to announce that Val Denham, musician, painter, transgender royalty and best known for her cover work for Marc Almond, Marc and the Mambas and Psychic TV has teamed up with Psychofon Records. The new recordings were created in cooperation with polish Wave legend Cezary Ostrowski (Bexa Lala). The new 45 rpm 7“, Hello Angels / Water, (Psychofon PR026) is now available!