For indie-rockers out there tempted by the alluring concept of The Singing Saw at Christmastime (Merge), which offers musical-saw hero Julian Koster (of the Music Tapes), a caveat: this has no accompaniment. It's just an isolated saw track. Over and over. Sometimes with rattling. It may be an impressive recital of slowly acquired mastery, but it's also the fast track to a Yuletide breakdown. For my precious holiday dollar, I recommend Bah Humbug (Rowdy Farrago) by Destructors 666. Sloppy, often upsetting British beer punk boasting an A+ cover of "Good King Wenceslas" and a heartwarming future classic in "Merry Christmas and Fuck Off." Aww!
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