Video Clip of The Week: The Pooches, “The Light”



Here’s the thing: Geoffrey’s neighbor owns an adorable little white dog named Teddy, who just happens to look exactly like the pooch in this fun video, which is at least partially why “The Light” from Glasgow melodic popsters The Pooches is this week’s featured Video Clip! Also, I love that you can easily mistake the 15 to 35 second mark for a dog food commercial. Just being serious.

Originally a one-man home recording project of singer Jimmy Hindle, but now now expanded to a 4 piece with Calvin Halliday on drums, Andy Kelly on guitar and Gavin Cormack on bass, The Pooches lo-fi pop charms have been described as sounding “like Julian Casablancas fronting The Beach Boys.” I am not the biggest fan of Casablancas‘ band, The Strokes, but I can see what they’re getting at, considering the band draw influences from the untouchable Stiff Records sound of bands like Any Trouble and Squeeze, the power-pop jangle of Big Star, whilst simultaneously carrying on the tradition of Glaswegian indie-pop stalwarts The Pastels and Teenage Fanclub.

Have I dropped enough band names here? Probably. The Pooches‘ self-titled debut full-length record is released on September 9th, 2016 via Lame-O Records. Enjoy!

Pooches CD Art

The Ant Palace

Ant Palace
Photo By Gail

“This invention relates to educational devices, and has particular reference to an apparatus for facilitating the observation, study and photography of subterranean life, especially the life and habits of insects and smaller animals who live underground.” So began Frank Austin ((1873 – 1964)’s application to the U.S. Patent Office, filed on June 21, 1929, for his storied Ant House (also known as the Ant Farm).

A simple design based on glass panes and soil or sand allowed a curious viewer to observe as ants or other insects furrowed their way through the ground. Word has it that Austin paid local boys $4.00 a quart for ants brought in alive, and that carpenter ants were his preference as they were the largest and most interesting. His patent application consciously stated that that “other objects of the invention reside in the simplicity of construction and mode of use of the device, the economy with which is may be produced and the general efficiency derived therefrom.”

Photographed in Chamber Boutique on 23rd Street, West of 10th Avenue.

Anatomically Correct Male Mannequins in Park Ave South Store Front

Male Manequinns Store Front
All Photos By Gail

A group of nine naked male mannequins has appeared in an empty Gramercy Park storefront. I noticed them for the first time a couple of weeks ago, when I was on my way to a dentist appointment in the area and happened to exit the 6 Train on East 22nd Street — directly adjacent to the storefront.

Anatomically Correct Male Mannequins

I didn’t have my camera with me at that time, but I had it when I was in the neighborhood today!

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The statues, by New York City-based artist Richard Dupont, are somewhat larger than life-size and portray the male form in anatomically accurate proportions. Originally on display in Midtown’s Lever House, their current home is within a block of a preschool and a secondary school. I am almost surprised that they were still there, to be honest; considering how prudish people can be when they are exposed to a peen.

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The art installation, visible through the newly installed plate-glass windows of the ground-floor of the former Church Missions House, will be on display throughout the summer. Built in 1892, the seven-story Gothic structure was bought by Aby Rosen’s RFR Realty last year for $50 million with plans to convert to a single-tenant office building with ground-floor retail space.

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Yes, It Exists: Adventure Time Doc Martens

Adventure Time Doc Martins
All Photos By Gail

Do you like Adventure Time? I sure do. In fact, I fucking love it! If you feel similar love for Finn, Jake and all of their friends in the Land of Ooo, then you might also want to own these rad Doc Martens with likenesses of all of the Adventure Time characters you adore right on them! Holy shit!

Adventure Time Doc Martens

Look!

Adventure Time Doc Martens Detail

Look again! I see Gunter, Lumpy Space Princess, Marceline the Vampire Queen, Princess Bubblegum, BIMO, Ice King, Lady Rainicorn, Peppermint Butler and so many others!

Adventure Time Doc Martins

I must have these fucking shoes.

Adventure Time Doc Martens were spotted at The Dr. Martens Store, Located at 193 Bedford Ave, Brooklyn, NY 11211. They also had Ice King and Lumpy Space Princess styles!

Product Review: Kinderville Silicone Food Storage Solutions for Kids!

Kinderville Products Display
Divided Trays, Snack and Sandwich Pouches, and Easy Squeezy Food Pouches by Kinderville (All Photos By Gail)

Summer is almost over and it’s time to think about going back to school. Ugh, I know; it can be a drag. But school is somewhat more fun when you are bringing your lunch and snacks in containers that are as cool and colorful as those made by Kinderville.  A Mom and Dad created the Kinderville line of products as a safe and easy solution to storing and serving their kids’ lunches and snacks.  With a focus on quality, and the use of safe materials, their food storage designs are not only easy and fun for kids to use, but they’re also 100% non-toxic, while embracing Green consciousness as well!

Snack and Sandwich Pouch

Kinderville Sandwich and Snack Pouches are the perfect alternative to disposable plastic baggies, with their easy open and close tab design at the top. Non-toxic Silicone is great for food storage and serving purposes because it is hygienic, hypoallergenic and resistant to bacteria. Silicone is free of toxic chemicals like those found in plastics (BPA, lead and phthalates), and it’s known to not react with food or beverages.  There’s also an Easy Squeezy food pouch (seen in the top photo of this post) which is ideal for fruit puree and yogurt

Kinderville Ice Pop Molds

Colorful Silicone Cups (sold as a set with one green and one red cup) have a wide base and low height to minimize spills. Ice Pop Molds (dishwasher and freezer safe) are great for making treats to cool off on these remaining hot summer days! These molds are sold as a set of 4 bright and cheery colors.

Kinderville Bibs

Fox and Hedgehog Bibs are 100% food-grade silicone bibs that are perfect for a messy little eater. The fun bibs catch falling food and make clean-up a breeze!

Kinderville products are perfect for use around the home, to send with your little ones to daycare or for use when the family is on-the-go. Safe, resilient and easy to clean, they also encourage reuse and less waste as they are designed to last. After using simply wash, dry and reuse. One set is all you will ever need!  Find out more about Kinderville , and shop for their products online, at This Link!

Donald Trump is Street Art Part 4: Bat Trump By Degenerate Art

Trump Batman
Photo By Gail

This poster of T. Rump as a fat, bloated Bat Man was spotted at the corner of Bedford Ave. and North 7th Street in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. It is from Degenerate Art Gallery and can be purchased as a silk screen poster at This Link!