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Yes It Exists: Residents Eyeball Bobblehead

Residents Bobblehead
Photos By Gail

In this age of downloading all music purchases from the Internet, it’s easy to forget how much fun it can be to browse the weird, music-related shit that can be found in a good, old fashioned record store. I was wandering aimlessly in Rough Trade Records of Wiliamsburg, Brooklyn when I spotted this neato- thing that exists: a Residents Classic Eyeball Limited Edition Bobblehead! Yes, I just typed that.

Limited Edition

The backstory, for those not in-the-know, is condensed as follows: The Residents are an American art collective best known for their avant-garde music and multimedia works. Since their first official release, Meet the Residents (1974), the group has released over sixty albums, numerous music videos and short films, three CD-ROM projects, and ten DVDs. Throughout its existence, the individual members have ostensibly attempted to operate under anonymity, preferring instead to have attention focused on their art output.  In public, the group appears silent and costumed, often wearing eyeball helmets, top hats and tails — a long-lasting costume now recognized as its signature iconography. This figure, fabricated of high quality polyresin, and standing  7.5-inches tall, is available in an edition of just 1,000 hand-numbered units. You can get yours for just $26.99.

Residents Bobblehead Box

Video Clip of The Week: Howler, “Don’t Wanna”



Minneapolis-based rock quartet Howler is the kind of band that gives me hope for the future of music, and that is just too rare these days. Melodic garage punk with a solid “Just Be Yourself” message is how I’d describe this outstanding track, “Don’t Wanna” from the band’s second album, World Of Joy (due for release on March 25, 2014). And while I’m sure this was entirely unintentional, this tune calls to mind a wildly nostalgic amalgam of The Las “There She Goes” and Barry McGuire’s “Eve of Destruction” that works aurally on every level.

World Of Joy is available for pre-order through Rough Trade at This Link and iTunes at This Link. Enjoy!

Howler Band
Howler