It all started in 1972 with The Residents’ ‘Santa Dog’ EP.
Keeping up with tradition is rarely something considered by The Residents. However, when it comes to their seminal first release, they seem to have the penchant for going back to this composition and re-imagining it for whatever new era they happen to be in at the time. Having recomposed Santa Dog at least 8 times since it’s original conception, the tune(s) serve as a touchstone for The Residents and fans, that originally represented the naivete of the young band but now shows how they have grown as artists over the decades. They felt it was important to once again deconstruct and reconstruct Santa Dog after gaining 2 new members and reaching yet another milestone in their career–nearly 50 years of art.
Now ringing in their 45th anniversary, The Residents bring us a brand new installment–Santa Dog ’17 on 7″ vinyl. This darker, driven re-telling of Santa Dog is sure to delight every Residents fan this holiday season as well as bring the composition forward into the current phase of The Residents’ ongoing statement. As is tradition, there will be a free version of Santa Dog 2017 given away sometime around Christmas so be sure to keep your eyes open!
Presale begins Sunday 5 November 2017 at 2pm Central USA time (9pm GMT+1).
Regular Edition – €16,99 –Black 7″ vinyl. The first 100 black copies sold will come with a Santa Dog decal! Limited Edition #1 – €26,99 –Transparent green 7″ vinyl in folded cover. Limited to 100 stamped and hand-numbered copies. Limited Edition #2 – €26,99 – Red 7″ vinyl in pocket sleeve. Limited to 100 stamped and hand-numbered copies. Collector’s Edition – €59,99 –Colored 7″ vinyl in a 10″ Santa Dog box. Limited to 200 stamped and hand-numbered copies. Die Hard Edition – €99,99 –What could this be? All we know is it’s limited to only 45 hand-numbered copies!
ONE of the collector’s edition boxes is stamped in a unique way, that would set it apart from all other editions. In the spirit of the season, the lucky boy or girl who gets that box will also get a special gift from Psychofon. Because while Santa Dog may have no presents…we do! Good Luck.
ALSO COMING THIS NOVEMBER!
Santa Dog Forever silk-screened t-shirts, metal pins, and more! Arf!
In anticipation of Reinhard Kleist’s Nick Cave – Mercy on Me graphic novel and the Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds art book (both from Carlsen Comics), there will be a big release party on 22 September in the Berlin venue SO36.
Nick Cave, mostly known for his prolific career as the leader of the Bad Seeds and Grinderman as well as a writer, actor and composer for film scores, is one of the most versatile artists of the last decades. He will be celebrating his 60th birthday on 22 September.
Reinhard Kleist’s Mercy on Me is described by the Cave himself as a “… biographical half-truth …completely bizarre journey into Cave world.”
Mercy on Me is Kleist’s most extensive and ambitious work. Parallel to the release of the graphic novel, an art book will be published which contains drawings, painted portraits, sketches and illustrated songs representing the Australian singer in various phases of his life and career.
The release party will be happening on 22 September in Berlin in the legendary SO36 club. On the same evening, Reinhard Kleist will be joining the music of Lolita Terrorist Sounds with a live drawing performance. The band, founded by the Italian-born musician Maurizio Vitale, will be performing with a special line-up, including a cast of international collaborators such as Roderick Miller (USA), Masaya Moussa KalamUllah (Japan) and Jonas Bovin (Sweden).
The band will be launching the limited-numbered vinyl Shaved Girl, coming out with special artwork by Reinhard Kleist and soon available on Psychofon Records.
The line-up of the party includes the critically acclaimed British musician Gemma Ray.
“Gemma Ray is one inspired music machine” – MOJO MAGAZINE
It will include performances and DJ acting from Steffi Gras, Vadda Cash and Max Dax.
Tickets are available via SO36, and you can check out the Facebook event page here
Heads up! Ptôse & Palo Alto’s upcoming split LP will be available for sale at the merchandise stand at L’Etrange Festival in Paris, France. This music and cinema festival goes from the 6-17 September and features many amazing artists including Palo Alto (who attended in 2008), and even The Residents in 2015! If you are in the area, please go check it out.
If you are too far away don’t fret! You can still get ahold of Phantom Cosmonauts here at Psychofon Records.
The Black Lennons were interviewed recently about their music and their upcoming release on Psychofon Records. You can check out the broadcast from Radio ELA: Emisora Libre Autogestionada (100.0 FM Madrid) HERE.
Mr. Locust Fellow returns with the missing pieces to a curse. A Minor Hex will befall us on 9 September.
Psychofon Records is proud to help Locust Fellow & Friends present “A Minor Hex”, the latest peek into the twisted world of the mysterious band of unearthly critters who seem have made their base camp somewhere in the outskirts of Georgia. Fans of their previous LP “Curse of The Baleful Caller” (also available on black vinyl) will revel in the glory of this CD, once again visually punctuated by Poxodd’s art.
Locust Fellow & Friends’ “A Minor Hex”….the ritual continues on 9 September. Want to hear more? Check out these two singles from the album! Interest sufficiently piqued? Click here to buy.
Soviet cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin was the first man to survive human spaceflight. But there are claims that the Soviet Union attempted to launch two or more manned space flights before Gagarin, and that at least two cosmonauts died in the attempts…lost in space forever. The Judica-Cordiglia brothers are two Italian former amateur radio operators who made audio recordings that allegedly support the conspiracy theory that the Soviet space program covered up cosmonaut deaths in the 1960s. They claimed to have acquired recordings of several secret Soviet space missions that ended in tragedy and mystery.
Palo Alto and Ptôse bring you the haunting story of what the two brothers found. Comprised of new material from both bands, this split LP takes you on a journey that you may not come back from. Featuring Tuxedomoon’s Blaine Reininger on violin and art by the great Julien Pacaud.
June 17th marks the release of a brand new project from a brand new (yet somewhat familiar) band. Dead Man’s Underwear. Created by Atlanta-area mysterious being, Shitty Bedford and brought to life by Ostrich von Nipple, Sirius Bee and many more. One of the band members spoke out about Dead Man’s Underwear recently:
“Dead Mans Underwear began as an archaeological dig and ended as a botched tribute to electronic music of the 90’s. Some say it was Amelia Earhart’s plane, some say it was a moonshine distillery, others say it was a 20′ trailer home moved from Oklahoma to Georgia by a tornado. Was Amelia Earhart an amateur pornographer in Technicolor? Known by the neighbor folk as the blind diminutive trap for young fellas back there in the pulp-wood? The harpoon gun came later, and the soup thickened, so we consulted the Ensoniq SQ-2, heads adorned as once was the thigh of some whoever it was.
No photos were taken. But we do have the prints. And out came a dazed and crippled man, associated only geographically, and then he too died, then what was once not funny, and had become funny (at least to a drunk), suddenly ceased to be funny as the underwear that had once wrapped our faces was joined in the mask box by pairs that held sincere memories close to us. So it came to feel Shitty that we made mockery of the death of an unknown possibly genderless aviator once one who was close but inconsequential to most kicked the bucket unceremoniously and quite tubed. Then shortly thereafter it was all hilarious again so the switch was flipped and the electrons scurried about and then there was a Dead Man’s Underwear CD.”