PLAYLIST: APPALACHIAN SUNDAY MORNING, by Danny Hensley, 1-15-2017, pt 1 of 2, via mix cloud

Another fantastic country gospel show, curated by the extremely knowledgeable and personable Danny Hensley from the SBB radio network in Nashville. A veritable college course in appalachian gospel music. Highly recommended.

TERRY WINTERS: UNINTENDED THINGS TO HAPPEN, interview, Louisiana Museum, 2015 9 min.

A wonderful, thoughtful short interview with the artist Terry Winters by Anders Kold at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art, Denmark in August 2015. Continue reading TERRY WINTERS: UNINTENDED THINGS TO HAPPEN, interview, Louisiana Museum, 2015 9 min.

GAGAKU: The Court Music Of Japan, documentary, 1989, 60 min.

Gagaku: The Court Music of Japan is an 1989 documentary exploring the history and forms of this hauntingly beautiful ancient Japanese music. Host for the program is Dr. William P. Malm, Professor of Ethnomusicology at the University of Michigan, who introduces the instruments of gagaku and the musicians who play them. Also featured in the program is Suenobu Togi, Gagaku Master at UCLA and Dr. Sidney Brown, Professor of Asian Studies of the University of Oklahoma, who explains the historic roots of gagaku. Performances by the Imperial Court Orchestra in Tokyo illustrate the contrasting styles of gagaku.



Gregory Halpern, from his new book ZZYZX, a visual pilgrimage in Southern California


(republished from Time Lightbox,

In Gregory Halpern’s new book, ZZYZX, the viewer is taken on what feels like a visual pilgrimage, exploring southern California both in and around Los Angeles. Shot between 2008 and 2015, Halpern’s images were directly inspired by the city itself, with the route beginning east of Los Angeles, in the desert, then traveling through the city, and eventually ending at the Pacific Ocean. This path can be likened to America’s Westward Expansion, while capturing the essence of Los Angeles’ unique diversity. Continue reading Gregory Halpern, from his new book ZZYZX, a visual pilgrimage in Southern California



“To identify a person as a Southerner suggests not only that her history is inescapable and formative but that it is also impossibly present. Southerners live uneasily at the nexus between myth and reality, watching the mishmash amalgam of sorrow, humility, honor, graciousness, and renegade defiance play out against a backdrop of profligate physical beauty.”
Sally Mann, Deep South

KOSHIRO ONCHI, father of the sōsaku-hanga movement


“Art is not to be understood by the mind but by the heart. If we go back to its origin, painting is expressed in color and form by the heart, and it should never be limited to a world of reflected forms captured by visual sense. Therefore, expression of the heart through color and forms separated from color and form in the real world is that true realm of painting. I will for the time call this type of work the ‘lyrique’.” -Koshiro Onchi

Kōshirō Onchi , 2 July 1891 – 3 June 1955 was born in Tokyo, was a Japanese print-maker. He was the father of the sōsaku-hanga movement in twentieth century Japan, and a photographer. Continue reading KOSHIRO ONCHI, father of the sōsaku-hanga movement


The banjo’s recent return to favour has seen the likes of Otis Taylor and Rhiannon Giddens reclaim the instrument as part of African America’s musical roots. Twenty-three-year-old Kaia Kater from Québec studied mountain music in West Virginia and writes songs from the here and now. Her second album manages to triangulate bluegrass, Nina Simone and Toni Morrison, with numbers provoked by school shootings (Paradise Fell) and Black Lives Matter, next to fiddle-and-banjo folk standards and an opener, Saint Elizabeth, that details a woman being stalked. Recorded in a day, it’s an intense, mostly solo affair, with Kater’s banjo and rich voice supported by bass, muted trumpet and backing vocals.              -Neil Spencer, The Guardian