It's surely been said somewhere by someone that it's a fine line between holiday cheer and total madness, and nothing brings that cliché home like this collection of Christmas classics by Shawn Hansen. It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas trapped in Outer Space makes clear the heretofore unknown connections between ominous synthesizer drones, tipsy Christmas caroling, and the voices in your head that you spend so much time trying to ignore.
Shawn Hansen's guests include Emily Bible, Ferrante & Teicher, Franz Kafka, Peggy Lee, Gustav Mahler, Nate Miner, the New York Philharmonic, Camille Saint-Saens, Pete Wanamaker, and the Wiener Philharmoniker.
Shawn Hansen is the founder of the imaginary record company Sycamore House and the radio station KJEA. He performs with the groups Phantom Limb & Bison, the Brothers Zoto and New Scalthzkgazan.
He says, "This album realizes the human struggle between listening to music, playing music, and recording music. May the sorrow of Humankind continue as we struggle with mediocrity and the reality of imagination. Everything is one-of-a-kind, including you."
Ho. Ho. Ho.