Since I can’t be everywhere at once, I have secret, Pop Culture spies located all over the country, who are always on the look out for Pink Things and Bacon Things that they can send me to put on this here blog. The above sign was spotted at a Green Market in San Diego, California. Thank you, Spies!
I spotted this Mr. Squid packaged squid snack at an anonymous bodega on Mosco Street in Chinatown a few weeks back. I did not actually eat any Mr. Squid, but there is what I would consider to be a semi-enthusiastic positive review at This Link.
I figured it was about time I posted an “official” Christmas-Themed Video Clip of the Week, so that we all have time to enjoy it before Christmas has already come and gone — because, I swear, it gets here faster every year! This week’s clip is “Text Me Merry Christmas” by the a capella group Straight No Chaser, featuring the guest vocals of actress Kristen Bell. I loved her so much in Forgetting Sarah Marshall, but she certainly has shown her range with her turn as Jeannie in Showtime’s House of Lies, and now I find out she can sing! I guess it was not really a secret, but I had no idea!
Anyway, not only is this animated video for “Text Me Merry Christmas” adorable as heck, but the song, with its super clever lyrics, is just fantastic and will stick in your head like a holiday ear worm! To create this fun music video that’s sure to become a modern Christmas classic, Straight No Chaser partnered with YouTube comedy-collective and branded content company JASH, and award-winning songwriters Adam Schlesinger (Fountains of Wayne) and David Javerbaum. Visually inspired by beloved Rankin-Bass Holiday specials like Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer and Santa Claus Is Comin’ To Town, JASH collaborated with their animation partner, Toronto based Cuppa Coffee Studios to help create a music video in a similar style. High Fives All Around on this one! Enjoy!
Sonny & The Sunsets’ Talent Night at the Ashram, the album from which the above clip, the mesmerizing, “Cheap Extensions” was culled, has a fascinating back story. To give you the Reader’s Digest Condensed version of that story, the record began as a film project in which each song was originally a short film that, when strung together, formed a feature-length movie. I enjoy the late night, Adult Swim vibe of the rough animation and also got hooked pretty quickly on this very fun tune that sounds like Tame Impala, only on slightly more effective drugs. The band’s press release claims that, “Talent Night at the Ashram is cinematic in its storytelling and kaleidoscopic in its mixing and merging of musical genres.” Sounds good to me.
Talent Night at the Ashram will be released on Polyvinyl Records on February 17th, 2015 on CD/LP/Cassette/ Digital. Vinyl will be 180 gram limited edition of 500 exclusive to the Polyvinyl webstore on light blue. There will also be an unlimited version on red vinyl. Preorder the format of your choice at This Link. Enjoy!