New The Residents' Album!
This Is Brilliant. I love these guys. Here is the text of the press release.
CORDLESS RECORDINGS TO RELEASE THE RESIDENTS’GROUNDBREAKING RIVER OF CRIME SUBSCRIPTION CD-R PACKAGE
New York, May 16th, 2006 – Cordless Recordings artists The Residents, the legendary multi-media art-punk terrorists, announced today they will "release" a new set of recordings, entitled River Of Crime, on June 13th, 2006. This multimedia series of recordings will be available exclusively at Virgin Megastore locations, cordless.com and at New York City’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA). The Residents are widely regarded as pioneers of music-based electronic and digital media and have also established a reputation for creating innovative product packaging. River of Crime combines both attributes to produce a groundbreaking new experience.
River Of Crime begins with five bi-weekly episodes (referred to as "Crimecasts"), that are inspired by the "True Crime" radio broadcasts of yore, but infused with a thoroughly modern twist. The episodes will be available through a limited-edition digital subscription, unlocked by the purchase of a unique package of blank CD-R discs, produced by RecordPressing.com and designed by The Residents. New Crimecasts (five in total) will be added every other week, between June 13th and August 8th, 2006.
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Using the unique code included in the CD-R package, consumers will be directed to the riverofcrime.com web site and instructed to download that week's “Crimecast.” Each episode comes complete with an original Residents-composed musical score and a variety of digital “extras,” such as ringtones and mobile wallpaper, as well as materials that can be burned onto the blank CD-Rs, including alternate versions of the River of Crime artwork, Crimecast scripts, elements of the instrumental soundtrack and much more. As with anything created by The Residents, expect the unexpected!
Cordless Recordings President Jason Fiber said, "Our aim is to create a multi-media consumer experience that stays true to the Cordless eLabel ideal by matching digital downloads with physical product. We carefully selected each element of this project to touch on brick-and-mortar retail, digital distribution, mobile technology and CD burning."
Virgin Megastores Product Manager Stephanie Ford commented, "We are very excited to be part of this unique release from one of the most original artists known in music today, The Residents. The nature of this release aligns Virgin with the forward-thinking team at Cordless Recordings in a partnership, challenging the industry to find the best way for the physical and the digital worlds of music to work together. This release also fits in with Virgin Megastore's commitment to support independent music."
RecordPressing.com President, Oliver Goss, said "We are proud to partner with Cordless Recordings, as they are on the cutting edge of the independent music scene and work with some of the most unique artists in the business today."