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The Singing Saw at Christmastime

Could hardly be more plain. I can’t imagine we haven’t posted this up in previous years but here it is again, Julian Koster plays festive favourites on a singing saw. Odd and beautiful. Julian is probably best known and certainly best loved for his multi-instrumentalising behind Jeff Mangum in Neutral Milk Hotel but also for dressing like one of santa’s elves all year round. For those of you not feeling the seasonal vibe right now here’s a wonderful clip of the two of them a few years back doing the title track off In The Aeroplane Over The Sea. If the crowd singing the brass parts doesn’t make your shrivelled heart soar well then I just don’t know friends, I really don’t.

no spoilers.

“let’s go for coffee and pie, how ’bout that?” Here’s that vaguely black lodge-y mix of creepy/beautiful soundscapes and dictaphone field notes and so on from a short while back. Only now with a helpful tracklist, and you can download it by clicking the title there too if you like –

one day the sadness will end

O – Laura Palmer Theme
Kuedo – Under the Surface
Dalhous – Methods of Elan
Puce Mary – The Spiral
Casino Versus Japan – An Ocean Dark Along a Charcoal Line
CukoO – Woodpecker
D.A.R.F.D.H.S. – Fo¨rensligandet – Sva¨lta°ren
Susanna – This – Phenomena
odi me – Open
Banabila – Awake
Casino Versus Japan – Pink Laced Glaze
Shield Patterns – On Needing
Xiu Xiu – Into the Night
Harold Budd – The Room
Best Available Technology – No Tears in Her Eyes
The Caretaker – Into Each Others Eyes
Noveller – Lone Victory Tonight
Leyden Jars – The Fullness of Light
Deaf Center – Path to Lucy
Deep Listening Band – Rain Delay
Julee Cruise – The Nightingale