Like Gil Mantera's Party Dream and the dearly departed Hugs & Kisses, Pete Faust's elaborate "sitcom-core" live show - featuring Faust's relentless enthusiasm and video projections by his wife Mary Alice! - seems like it wouldn't translate as a strictly musical venture.

Like Gil Mantera's Party Dream and the dearly departed Hugs & Kisses, Pete Faust's elaborate "sitcom-core" live show - featuring Faust's relentless enthusiasm and video projections by his wife Mary Alice! - seems like it wouldn't translate as a strictly musical venture.

But he's been lovingly crafting albums for years, and at 25 minutes, the new "Listening Party" is his most digestible sugar rush. Whether you'll keep it down depends on your appetite for kitsch (New Coke and "Dinosaurs" get shout-outs), goofy cultural commentary ("England-Man American") and juvenilia ("Piece of Poo"). Must also dig cartoon-ish croons and scrappy, low-budget beats.