My new CD was released today: Cosmic Christmas

Posted: 11/17/2009 7:09:16 PM

From: Los Angeles

Joined: 12/22/2007

Back in 2007 I first posted to this board, and while I haven't been able to post very often since, I have checked in and "lurked" quite a bit. This is a wonderful community that has been very helpful. Anyway, my first post had a link to a Christmas song which eventually gave rise to my new CD which is now available at itunes, Amazon (CD and download) and lots of other places. Making this recording - which used the Big Briar signature edition (the old etherwave) I rewarded myself with a Wavefront Classic Pro (after getting advice from folks on this board).

Anyway, I just wanted to let you know about the CD - I'm very pleased that Metromix put it in it's "Top 10 Weirdest Christmas Albums" - here's what they said:

"When he’s not writing music for TV shows like “Drawn Together” and “Spongebob Squarepants,” or lending his Theremin skills to Ryan Gosling’s spooky new musical project, Dead Man’s Bones, Eban Schletter is turning out truly twisted concept albums, like this new collection of original songs about a military satellite that, through the miracle of artificial intelligence, discovers the true meaning of Christmas. Or something like that. You know that old sci-fi movie "The Day the Earth Stood Still"—not the crappy Keanu Reeves remake, but the original one? Imagine if the spaceship opened and a giant silver Santa robot came lumbering out. It's kind of like that."

Here's another review:

"Eban Schletter spends much of his time scoring TV shows such as SpongeBob SquarePants, and this, his Christmas album, shares some of the offbeat appeal of such children's programming. The influence of Brian Wilson, another eccentric touchstone, is also apparent, starting with Schletter's instrument of choice, the theremin, and continuing in his occasional vocal arrangements on his original compositions. There is a story line here, something to do with a military satellite that is overwhelmed by the spirit of Christmas, but that only serves as an organizing principle for Schletter to employ the sounds of infants and other small children, to play the melodies of various Christmas carols on his theremin, and to come up with some cheery -- if odd -- holiday sentiments of his own, starting with "Send Christmas into the Universe," which boasts the vocals of Crissy Guerrero and Tracy DeNisi. Grant-Lee Phillips takes the lead on "What Will Become of Christmas?," the turning point in the story, such as it is. The best original is the Beach Boys-like "Super Small," which sounds like an outtake from SMiLE. Eban Schletter's Cosmic Christmas may not be the Christmas album to put on when guests are looking for a singalong record, but if a moment arrives during the season when something a little more adventurous and whimsical is wanted (maybe after a couple of rounds of eggnog), this will fill the bill."

I hope you check it out and enjoy it!
Posted: 11/17/2009 8:01:42 PM

From: Kansas City, Mo.

Joined: 8/23/2005

Eban, congratulations on the release of your new CD.

Are there any sample tracks -- is it possible to hear a little of it before purchasing?

Posted: 11/18/2009 3:34:30 AM

From: Los Angeles

Joined: 12/22/2007

I posted some of the tracks on my Myspace page:

Also, there are short sections of each track that can be previewed at itunes and Amazon:

Not every track features Theremin. There are five songs where it is the lead instrument, and it appears at the end of one of the vocal tracks.
Posted: 11/18/2009 3:53:32 AM

From: Los Angeles

Joined: 12/22/2007

Oh and here - I should have thought about lastfm first, I think the whole album is streaming there for free:
Posted: 11/18/2009 11:40:48 AM

From: Asheville, NC

Joined: 1/25/2008

That's the Christmas album I've been wanting my whole life.

Very nice!

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