Whale Breaches, Nearly Hits Kayakers, Film At 11

So you're kayaking along, and suddenly a humpback whale shoots up out of the water and breaches on top of you. The Whale Detective, aka TOM MUSTILL, lived it, made a film of it and has some insights into whale sensibility.
by David McGee
 

 
 

A Timeless Work of Textural Electronic Beauty

Inspired by the natural beauty of his New Zealand homeland, composer RUDY ADRIAN's WOODLANDS offers a moving ambient impression of the wild forests and planted parks of Dunedin.
by David McGee
 

 

 

DETOUR (1945)

'No one who has seen it has easily forgotten it.' So says ROGER EBERT of the film noir classic, DETOUR, a gem from the Poverty Row era, filmed on a miniscule budget in a matter of days, but aging better than many big budget epi...
by David McGee
 

 
 

‘A Particular Anarchic Brand of Music Theater’

In the spirit of The Residents, London's BASTARD ASSIGNMENTS make their album debut with 'a particular anarchic brand of music theater,' according to our ROBERT HUGILL. Read on....
by David McGee
 

 

 

Beth Waters Uncovers ‘A Lost Way of Life’

BETH WATERS's CHILD OF ST. KILDA is the product of two years of research into "a lost way of life" on one of the most remote part of the British Isles. JULES has the story behind a most remarkable story.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Our Christmas Best to You

An unassuming tape from the late '80s, sent as a holiday gift to media friends by what its now BONNEVILLE INTERNATIONAL, turns out to be the most heartwarming of Yuletide messages, an instant seasonal classic.
by David McGee
 

 

 

‘How Inexpressibly Sad Are All Holidays’

1863. HENRY WADSWORTH LONGFELLOW's wife had died in a fire, his son had been seriously wounded in the Civil War. The poet, in despair, still found a reason to believe and wrote the stanzas that later became a beloved seasonal s...
by David McGee
 

 
 

Alternate Routes, Same Destination

New holiday fare by KRISTIN KORB and Canada's folk duo SILENT WINTERS take alternate routes to arrive at the same destination: the heart--ours and the season's.
by David McGee
 

 

 

The Deep Roots Video Holiday Card

From DEEP ROOTS to our readers, a holiday card of the video variety, featuring the ghost of Jacob Marley, Ralph Kramden of The Honeymooners and Louis 'Satchmo' Armstrong in memorable seasonal moments
by David McGee
 

 
 

The Mythic Weight Of Phil Spector’s Christmas Gift

In 1963, PHIL SPECTOR thought his CHRISTMAS GIFT FOR YOU album would be a career-defining event. Then a not-so-funny-thing happened to him on his way to musical world dominance. BILLY ALTMAN fills us in.
by David McGee
 

 

 

A Soul Ever More Grateful For What It Knows Of Love

An updated review of a holiday classic: B.B. KING's A CHRISTMAS CELEBRATION OF HOPE. Indeed it is.
by David McGee
 

 
 

Christmas in All Hues of Blues

CHRISTMAS IN ALL HUES OF BLUES, an updated review from 2012, spotlighting four classic blues-oriented Yuletide collections: DEATH MIGHT BE YOUR SANTA CLAUS and tBLUES, BLUES CHRISTMAS, Vols. 1-3
by David McGee