PDDTV Posts

Video Archive: Gap ad with Low’s “Little Drummer Boy”

Few would expect Perfect Duluth Day to present a Gap television commercial as content, but it’s pretty Duluthy. Twenty years ago the global clothing and accessories retailer featured music by Duluth band Low in its holiday ad. The song appeared on Low’s Christmas EP, released a year prior.

Duluth East Choralaires – “Carol of the Bells”

Gaelynn Lea – “In the Bleak Midwinter”

Duluth’s Gaelynn Lea performs the Christmas carol “In the Bleak Midwinter” in this video shot live in her home. The song is on Gaelynn’s 2016 Christmas album Deepest Darkness Brightest Dawn, which features live-looped versions of traditional Christmas carols.

Rich Mattson and the Northstars – “In Flight”

Rich Mattson and the Northstars have a new album set for release on Feb. 5. This homespun video, produced by Reggie Pype, is for the first single, “In Flight.”

The upcoming album, Skylights, can be preordered at spartasound.bandcamp.com.

Video: Bobcats on the St. Louis River

Duluth’s Mike Mayou captured video of three bobcats on the ice along the St. Louis River on Wednesday. “I happened to spot them from afar,” he wrote on the YouTube description. “After flying a drone over to investigate, I discovered that the three cats were very comfortable being up close and personal with the camera, thus this footage. Enjoy!”

Meteorite Video via Pine County Sheriff’s Office

This dashcam video from the Pine County Sheriff’s Office shows a bright light streaking in the sky at about 6:50 a.m. on Dec. 16 in the vicinity of Denham, about 20 miles southwest of Duluth.

The Slice: Photographing Icicles with Michelle Hague

Duluth photographer Michelle Hague loves to capture the beauty of Minnesota, and has a special passion for icicle photography.

In its series The Slice, WDSE-TV presents short “slices of life” that capture the events and experiences that bring people together and speak to what it means to live up north.

PDD Video Lab: On the Great Lakes

In this edition of the PDD Video Lab we’ve taken mid-20th Century Duluth footage from the National Archive and set it to the title track from the 2017 Ingeborg von Agassiz album O Giver of Dreams.

Santa Clutch is coming to town!

If the door drop is good enough for Amazon it’s good enough for Santa Clutch.

Uncle Clutch’s Video Horror Shop airs on Superior Community Television at 9 p.m. on Fridays and 3 p.m. on Saturdays.

The full Video Horror Show Christmas Special is now a part of “A Perfect Duluth Christmas: PDD’s Holiday Video Showcase.”

Heely Tricks with JamesG: November 2020

Another monthly installment of wheeled-sneaker stunts from former Duluthian James Geisler, also known as the hip-hop artist JamesG.

On Board a Great Lakes Freighter

The film above was discovered with no info such as who shot it, or when and where the scenes were captured. It clearly features Duluth at the beginning and end, however, and appears to be circa 1937.

The Slice: Model Trains at Boathouse Treats and Treasures

Boathouse Treats and Treasures has Duane Benoit’s model train set up for viewing during the holidays. Benoit will be in the store running the train and answering questions on Dec. 11 and 12 from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

In its series The Slice, WDSE-TV presents short “slices of life” that capture the events and experiences that bring people together and speak to what it means to live up north.

Happy holidays from PDD

Virtual holiday hugs from all of us to all of you.

To visit the ghosts of Christmases past, check out A Perfect Duluth Christmas: PDD’s Holiday Video Showcase.

Steve’s Overpopulated One-man Band – “The COVID Pokie”

From the Iron Range city of Palo, Steve Solkela sings about … you know … what it’s all about.

Broken Duluth: Reviewing photos from a 2017 exhibit

In the video above, photographer Kip Praslowicz reviews eight large-format images from his 2017 exhibition Broken Duluth. Prints of the photos are for sale at kpraslowicz.com.

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