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The Week That Was (and Still Is), March 2-8

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Since Saturday Night Live’s musical acts don’t take the stage until after midnight, indie veterans Wilco officially began our week of music (Wilco’s Jeff Tweedy pictured left). The show was also hosted by Ellen Page (Juno), and as we all know the film’s soundtrack gave lots of love to various independent recording artists (ahem, Kimya Dawson). What am I trying to say here? SNL threw the indie folk a bone this week!

On Monday, Nine Inch Nails released their brand new 36 track album (whoa). No lyrics though–it’s all instrumental. You can buy the whole thing here for $5. If you want artwork, liner notes, and whatnot, you’ll have to wait until April.

On Tuesday night the Beastie Boys played a benefit show in NYC, gearing them up for two festival performances this weekend. Good times!

The Godfather’s of Goth, Bauhaus, released their new, and apparently “final” album this week. If there’s one thing I learned while working in the music biz, it’s that the words “never” and “final” don’t necessarily mean the “last”.

This week, Gnarls Barkley’s “Run” video had to be re-edited for UK television stations. The clip contains strobe effects, which failed the Harding Test–a procedure that determines whether or not televised images may trigger epileptic seizures. This isn’t the first time a video has failed the Harding Test. I believe The Horrors’ “Sheena is a Parasite” also suffered the same fate.

My heavy rotation album of the week was Muse’s Black Holes and Revelations. I guess I’m subconsciously getting ready for their upcoming live CD/DVD release in April.

Here’s my video pick of the week. It’s the Thermals with “Returning To The Fold.” No diss on The Thermals, but my first pick was The Last Shadow Puppets’ brand new video “The Age of the Understatement.” However, their label (Domino) has yanked it off the web, waiting to give it a proper premiere.

Is it me,or does Hutch Harris (lead singer) have a little Stephen Malkmus in him?

Concert picks this weekend:

Langerado Festival (Clewiston, FL)
March 7 (Matt Pond PA, The Walkmen, !!!, The Roots, Built to Spill, Beastie Boys)
March 8 (Arrested Development, Ben Fold, Medeski Martin Scofield & Wood, R.E.M.)
March 9 (Shout Out Louds, Minus the Bear, Ani DiFranco, of Montrael, The National, Phil Lesh)

Strike Anywhere
March 7 (Virginia Beach, VA)
March 8 (Columbia, SC)
March 9 (Orlando, FL)

March 9 (Baltimore)


To perfectly book-end the week that started with Wilco playing SNL, Vampire Weekend (pictured left) will be the musical guest on this week’s show.

Also, don’t forget to change your clocks this Sunday morning (March 9). We lose an hour of sleep (sigh), but think of all the daylight we’ll get in return (!).

Next week I’ll be in Austin, TX covering SXSW. Stay tuned…


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.