Look upon our works, ye merry, and weep …
Jay Leo Phillips (CHARGES, Trail of Dead, Apollo Up!) and Mike Shepherd (Tower Defense, Gentleman Divers, Apollo Up!) return for Partytown Hospital's third album of misremembered, haltingly rendered Christmas favorites, familiar chestnuts charred beyond recognition.
As with 2009's "A Very Partytown Hospital Christmas, Too!" copious amounts of bourbon and beer played an essential role in the process. Unlike that record, there was also a significant amount of top-shelf scotch involved. Thus, a dire, peaty palor hangs heavy over the proceedings.
Phillips and Shepherd are joined this time around by percussionist Todd Kemp (Century Club, Carter Administration) and multi-instrumentalist "Kickin'" Hattensachs, who replaces departing band member Irredeemable Fakebook, despite being the same person.
The twenty-six songs presented here (and several more that shall not be mentioned) were recorded live to two tracks in the home of Mr. Phillips, by Mr. Phillips. They were edited and sequenced by Mr. Shepherd.
released December 20, 2012
Jay Leo Phillips - guitar, bass, analog synth, drums, trumpet
Mike Shepherd - guitar, bass, drums
Todd Kemp - guitar, bass, drums, percussion, and recorder (1, 3, 4-6 8-14, 17, 19, 22, 23)
"Kickin'" Hattensachs - alto sax, tenor sax, drums (2, 3, 7, 15, 18, 20, 21, 24-26)
Recorded by Jay Leo Phillips. Edited and sequenced by Mike Shepherd.