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Happy Birthday!

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Today, I decided to throw a little B-Day bash here on the Indie Ear Blog.

Why on April 17?*

I actually don’t know (?), but surprisingly, when I began researching who was born today, I discovered that my favorite professional wrestler of all-time shares the same birthday with a punk icon, one of hip-hop’s founding fathers, a mysterious rock frontman, indie-rock’s favorite pin-up girl from the ’90s, and Mr. Reggie Noble himself. Since we don’t have the FCC clearance rights to sing “Happy Birthday,” we’re going to kick it Olive Garden style for the following people.

(left: Happy B-Day to the Hot Rod! He was “rowdy” before rowdy was cool!)

*Alright, I’m an idiot. I just realized that today is April 18. I guess belated birthday wishes are in order for the following people (sorry):

Rowdy Roddy Piper (1954)
Arguably the greatest “bad-guy” professional wrestler of all-time. Infamously smashed a coconut over the head of Jimmy “Superfly” Snuka on an installment of his popular interview show, Piper’s Pit. If you want me to put a music spin on things (since this is an indie music blog), Piper played the bagpipes (one of the primary reasons he became Roddy Piper) and also smashed Cyndi Lauper’s Gold record over the head of Captain Lou Albano during the famous Rock & Wrestling fued of the mid-80’s.

Pete Shelley (1955)
Lead singer of The Buzzcocks, one of the first UK punk bands. If you like a little melody in your punk, you can thank The Buzzcocks for that.

Afrika Bambaataa (1957)
What can we say about Afrika Bambaataa? DJ, producer, and cultural icon, he is considered by many to be the Godfather of Hip-Hop and the Father of Electro-Funk Sound. Let’s face it, there’d be no Andre 3000 without Afrika Bambaataa. He also famously left behind gang life to start the Zulu Nation, a group that uses hip-hop as a positive cultural force in society.

Maynard James Keenan (1964)
Enigmatic frontman of both Tool and A Perfect Circle, whose performance style (and subtle humor) can only be categorized as “one of a kind.”

Liz Phair (1967)
Let’s put it this way, if you were a young boy who was into inide rock during the early 90’s, there’s a good chance you had a crush on Liz Phair. These boys, now all grown up, will still tell you that Exile in Guyville is one of the greatest albums ever.

Redman (1970)
“T-t-time for sum, time for sum aksion!” Popular rapper who is Robin to Method Man’s Batman. The pride of Newark, New Jersey!

Click HERE for a special B-Day treat!

HERE’S another!


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.