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Yes, it's beginning to look a lot like Christmas, Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and, for our Manitou friends, Neo-Pagan Turning of the Season Day.

And really, nothing says Season's Greetings quite like local kill-metal band Unikord's "Merry X-Massmurder."

Available for a nebulous time only at the one-chord wonders' bandcamp site, the free two-track "vinyl download" includes the classic "Santa Claus Is Killing in Town" and the spine-chilling "Frosty." Sample lyric: "Frosty the snowman / Was yellow as he could be / And I thought that I could hear him laugh / When he's killing you and me."

If that's not enough to put a holiday leer on your face, Unikord also just uploaded a ridiculously entertaining trailer for its as-yet-untitled documentary, which you'll find at In addition to performance footage, it has thoughtful testimonials from band members in their natural environment — like, for instance, the darkened trailer in which we encounter front man Rhino wearing a one-horned ski mask. "I get a little excited about Christmas," says Rhino in an engaging monotone, "and the things that come with Christmas, such as killing."

Unikord's John Holdaway tells me a new track called "Silent Night Cause You're Dead" is nearly finished: "We actually get people writing from all over asking for a new X-mas song ... scary."

Meanwhile, for those who prefer benefit concerts to holiday killings, Pueblo metallions Seven Days Lost will be doing the toys-for-tots thing at Sunshine Studios this Friday. The Holiday Toy Drive and Children's Charities Concert, which will also feature the Southern rock-inclined No Thru Traffic and the Graveyard Girlz Dance Company, will set you back $5 plus one new toy.

OK, I gotta say, even if you're planning to spend Friday night curled up with a book on animal husbandry, you still really need to watch Seven Days Lost's new video, "Nail in My Coffin" (, which in many ways is actually more hilarious than the Unikord stuff. The eight-minute opus is populated by a low-rent knockoff of Iron Maiden mascot Eddie, band costumes that are equal parts Norwegian death metal, KISS, Gwar and Insane Clown Posse, and a woman named Toxiic dancing out in the desert. It's a tribute to the band that, even after watching it, I'm still not sure to what degree it's all a put-on. Which is as it should be.

More holiday benefits? On Saturday, the twanged-out Coalition of the Willing (C.O.W.) will play an Empty Stocking Fund benefit at Kinfolks. And on Sunday, it's the Home for the Holidays Crawford House Benefit with the Charlie Milo Trio, Hammerstadt and Mango fan Django at Stargazers. (Details here.)

Also this coming weekend, I can recommend Adam Lopez & His Mighty LoCasters and Brian Parton at Zodiac on Saturday. I caught a set by recent Oklahoma ex-pat Lopez at SouthSide Johnny's last Thursday, and was impressed by his rockabilly-influenced originals along with covers of Muddy Waters' "Got My Mojo Working" and jump-bluesman Jimmy McCracklin's "Georgia Slop." Lopez also managed to work the theme from The Munsters into a guitar solo, and was joined by fellow Tulsa refugee Parton (who's been known to call himself "Danger's lonely friend") on a closing rendition of Billie "The Kid" Emerson's "Red Hot."

Lastly, I should mention that BullHead*ded totally stole the show from headliner Mickey Avalon at the Black Sheep this past Sunday. Nice set also from MadTrees, whose best stuff had echoes of early Run D.M.C.

That said, I could have done without Denver's DJ Boyhollow proving that Oasis' "Wonderwall" sounds just as crap with a dubstep beat as it does without. But, you know, to each his own.

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