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! Click here for more info.
During Saturday Night Live‘s Season 15, way back in 1989, the late Phil Hartman starred in one of the series more hilarious commercial parodies for a fictional product called Colon Blow, spoofing the new wave of high fiber cereals. In the spot, Phil is a typical man sitting down to have a bowl of cereal when an off-camera announcer asks him, how many bowls of his regular oat bran cereal would he have to eat to get as much fiber as Colon Blow. It turns out to be something like 30 thousand bowls, which then form a towering pyramid, with Phil perched atop of them all. Priceless.
I took this photo of a box of Colon Blow, perfectly emulating the original fake product package, in the candy emporium, It’Sugar, located downtown on Broadway in NYC’s NoHo. Actually filled with Nature’s Best crispy energy granola, a 16 ounce box sells for $15.99!
The McSurf and Turf is a succulent McDonald’sFilet O’Fish sandwich nestled on top of a juicy QuarterPounder with Cheese, with the Quarter Pounder’s top bun removed, giving it a sort of club sandwich presentation, not unlike that of the BigMac. Which reminds me, how awesome is that new Filet O’ Fish Commercial with the singing fish? “Give me back that Filet O’ Fish. Give me that fish . . .” Hilarious. I could watch it over and over.
When Trader Joe’s opened its first store in Manhattan it completely changed my life, and it is still the primary grocery store in which I shop, even when it means I must stand in a line that snakes all the way through the store and back to the entrance. It’s always worth it. If you feel similarly, please enjoy this fan-made video with an accompanying original song about all of the many items that make this store incomparably special. Trader Joe’s Forever!