Philip Cogley on his fondness for the ACA, Women Have Options and more
Philip Cogley is well-known in the Columbus music scene. He's a participant in the annual Beatles Marathon, as well as the frontman for '90s-era Weezer tribute the Pinkertones and Queen tribute band Mr. Fahrenheit & The Loverboys, which will be performing at Rumba Café this Saturday, Feb. 4, accompanied by DJ George Brazil. Beyond 270, he's best known as the Saturday Giant, a one-man show that features Cogley deftly using looping technology to build post-rock influenced pop songs on the fly. Here are a few of his favorite things:
The Affordable Care Act
Having spent most of 2013 through 2016 either on tour or picking up shifts in the service industry, employer-based health insurance hasn't been an option for me, and stretching funds to cover rent and other necessities has at times been tricky. Without the coverage I've received under Ohio's Medicaid expansion, I'm not sure touring as much as I have would have been economically feasible. I'm pretty scared about what the elimination of Obamacare is going to mean for me and other artists in my position.
“I Drown” by Joe Peppercorn
My buddy Joe Peppercorn (primary songwriter of Columbus band the Whiles and founder of the Beatles Marathon) is in the midst of a characteristically huge undertaking, this time promising to write a song a week throughout 2017. One of the first compositions to come out of the project is the gorgeous, Shins-esque “I Drown.” Listening to it for the first time (and then, in quick succession, the second and third times), it was one of those moments where I was like, “Man, I can't believe I have friends who are capable of stuff like this.”
El Manantial, aka Exotic Latino Grill
I am hesitant to even mention this one because I hate the idea of more people in line, but the El Manantial food truck near Hudson and Summit is lights out. I typically eat there at least four times a week. I get the veggie burrito with extra green salsa every time, and every time it is immensely satisfying.
Women Have Options
Women Have Options is a Central Ohio organization that helps women afford contraception, emergency contraception and abortion services. They've always done great work, but in a time of egregious assaults on reproductive choice, I think supporting organizations like WHO is more important than ever.
Liam Neeson's 2012 appearance on “Life's Too Short”
“Life's Too Short” was a mockumentary-style show written by Ricky Gervais and Stephen Merchant, centered around Warwick Davis, an English actor with dwarfism. The show is pretty hit-and-miss, but the first episode features a scene where Liam Neeson comes into Gervais and Merchant's office to pitch some utterly ham-fisted ideas for entering the world of comedy. Out of the blue, I recently remembered the scene and rewatched it, and almost started crying I was laughing was so hard. I think it may be the funniest bit of sketch comedy I've ever seen.