Editor’s Note: Maxwell Allison is a WNUR alum, a continuing friend of the station, and the bassist for Good Willsmith. He spoke recently with Homer Flynn, head of the Cryptic Corporation and spokesman for the Residents.
Where are you guys right now? How is the tour going?
Tour’s been great—tour’s going really well. Other than the fact that it looks like we’re about to cancel a show in Northhampton, Massachusetts tomorrow because they’re expecting two to three feet of snow.
How many shows are on this tour in total?
There were 21, now there are 20.
Can you tell us what we can expect from the Residents’ Wonder of Weird tour?
Well it’s the 40th anniversary tour, so it’s retrospective. But being retrospective, or at least being The Residents, it’s not necessarily what someone might expect—it’s not obvious. There’s no Constantinople, there’s no Hello Skinny or Man’s World. They’ve actually chosen some fairly obscure material from their catalog that has been drastically re-arranged. So a casual fan could easily go in and think “this is all new material,” but the hardcore people will certainly find a lot of familiar stuff, and a lot of little gems they never expected to see showing up in a concert like this.
Our 2013 Phoneathon phone-drive fundraiser is officially over, but it’s not too late to donate! If you were planning to donate this past week but didn’t get the opportunity, you still have a chance to support independent radio! We’re extending our online donation system through this Sunday, February 17th at midnight.
That means you still have a chance to show your support for your favourite WNUR programming. And we still have a few of our awesome 2013 WNUR t-shirts available! They were designed by Julia, our awesome creative director, and they’re printed on American-made American Apparel T-shirts. Every donation of $35 or more can get a shirt, just be sure to make note what size you would like in the comments section of the donation page (part of “Step 2″). Donate here! No donation is too small to help.
As a non-commercial, all volunteer-run station, it is solely through listener support that WNUR has the resources to continue to expand as a station. For 63 years, WNUR has been dedicated to giving a voice to under-represented talent and artists. In the last year alone, we’ve used money raised through past Phoneathons to acquire professional-quality recording equipment for live performances, put on several shows in the Chicago area, and redesigned our website.
We’re doing more and more at the station, and it’s because of Phoneathon and the support of our listeners.
(Editor’s Note (2/17): Even though this year’s Phoneathon is over, we’re gonna leave this letter up for a day or two, since we think it’s really important.)
This week, February 7 – 14, we here at WNUR are having our annual Phoneathon fundraiser. As a noncommercial, independent, volunteer- and student-run radio station, we rely solely on listener support. With your donation, we can ensure that WNUR has the resources to continue the mission it established 63 years ago: to give voice to underrepresented artists and talents. In the last year, we have used funds from Phoneathon to put on two concerts in the Chicagoland area, launch an entirely new website with original content and an extensive archive of recorded programs, and purchase cameras to record our live Airplay sets.
As our entire operating budget consists of money earned through Phoneathon, your donation ensures that WNUR will not just survive, but continue to expand.
We have an exciting list of premiums as gifts for your donation, including CDs, LPs, and our newly designed 2013 WNUR T-shirt, printed on American Apparel shirts.
You can donate right here from our Web site, or call (847) 491-3655 (UPDATE 2/15: Don’t call the phone number).
We sincerely appreciate every donation. Support local radio!