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Pitchfork 2008…Best of the Rest!

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BIGGEST WASTE OF WATER AWARD

In the age of bottled-water, this may seem a little disgusting, but the Pitchfork Festival had some fountains cranking out some good ‘ol Chicago tap water (which was mighty good). For some reason, this particular faucet wouldn’t shut off. Because I’m down with a little water conservation every now and then, I tried my best to stop this fountain from running. The water fountain won.

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DOWN FOR THE CAUSE AWARD

On a 90-degree day with the sun beating down on festival goers, this fan of Ghostface Killah & Raekwon braved it all and wore his black (100% cotton) Wu-Tang Clan shirt. You know how some shirts are worn until they become a light, sheer material? Well, this wasn’t one of them. I’m getting sunburn just thinking about it.

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PUBLIC HERO #1 AWARD

During Public Enemy’s performance of It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back on Friday night, I was bouncing around like a teenage boy in the late 80’s. Midway through the set I felt my pocket to see if my camera was still there, and, GULP, it was gone. My first thought was, “Oh no, there go my blogs.” Fortunately as I searched for the camera, this girl (right) held up the missing item.

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BIGGEST PERK OF HAVING A V.I.P. BADGE AWARD

Getting free ice cream from the Ice Cream Man! All weekend long I was taking advantage of the free scooter crunches, frozen fruit bars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pops, and my favorite, the ice cream sandwich. It was glorious until…

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WORST MESSAGE OF THE WEEKEND AWARD

…the V.I.P. area ran out of free ice cream on Sunday afternoon (on the hottest day of the festival).

I’m still bummed out about it.

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LINE CUTTER THEN KARMA WILL GET YOU AWARD

On Friday night while waiting in a long line to get my free burrito in the V.I.P. tent, Spoon’s Brit Daniel cut to the front. He pretended like he was catching up with an old buddy, but never left the line. Moments before I got my burritio, Britt cut to the front again. Calling him on it, “You cuttin’ Brit?!” he responded by telling me he lost his cell phone. Luckily for him, one of the burritio-makers found it.

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ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDIN’ ME AWARD

While checking into the Pitchfork Festival on Friday, V.I.P. badge holders were told that they had to wear their V.I.P. bracelets for the entire weekend. Because I’m not a jewelry man (I hate when things are wrapped around my neck, wrists, or fingers), it drove me crazy having to wear a blue bracelet all weekend long. I’m sure some festival goers, who weren’t getting free burritos or ice cream all weekend, are really feeling my pain right about now. 🙂

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THIS SMELLS LIKE A CAT’S WET BUTT AWARD

The rain on Saturday afternoon turned Chicago’s Union Park into one big mud pit. On Sunday, the 90-degree heat baked the concert grounds, turning all the mud, sweat, bare feet, and b.o. of a 3-day summer festival into the perfect storm of stink.

This was a clean freak’s worst nightmare.

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BEST PLACE TO THROW AN AFTER PARTY AWARD

An ice cream shop, duh. Probably because everyone was counting on getting free ice cream on Sunday afternoon, and then not getting it, the logical place for a Pitchfork after-party was Chicago’s famous ice cream parlor, Margie’s. Just in case you’re curious, I ordered a chocolate malt milkshake (made with vanilla ice cream).

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THING I’LL MISS MOST AWARD

My daily allotment of one (1) free burrito (sigh).

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New Nasty

Whips, Chains and Hand Sanitizer

Turn On The Full Season Of Neurotica At IFC's Comedy Crib

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Jenny Jaffe has a lot going on: She’s writing for Disney’s upcoming Big Hero 6: The Series, developing comedy projects with pals at Devastator Press, and she’s straddling the line between S&M and OCD as the creator and star of the sexyish new series Neurotica, which has just made its debut on IFC’s Comedy Crib. Jenny gave us some extremely intimate insight into what makes Neurotica (safely) sizzle…

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IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a fancy network executive you met in an elevator?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. 

IFC: How would you describe Neurotica to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Jenny: Neurotica is about a plucky Dominatrix with OCD trying to save her small-town dungeon. You’re great. We should get coffee sometime. I’m not just saying that. I know other people just say that sometimes but I really feel like we’re going to be friends, you know? Here, what’s your number, I’ll call you so you can have my number! 

IFC: What’s your comedy origin story?

Jenny: Since I was a kid I’ve dealt with severe OCD and anxiety. Comedy has always been one of the ways I’ve dealt with that. I honestly just want to help make people feel happy for a few minutes at a time. 

IFC: What was the genesis of Neurotica?

Jenny: I’m pretty sure it was a title-first situation. I was coming up with ideas to pitch to a production company a million years ago (this isn’t hyperbole; I am VERY old) and just wrote down “Neurotica”; then it just sort of appeared fully formed. “Neurotica? Oh it’s an over-the-top romantic comedy about a Dominatrix with OCD, of course.” And that just happened to hit the buttons of everything I’m fascinated by. 

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IFC: How would you describe Ivy?

Jenny: Ivy is everything I love in a comedy character – she’s tenacious, she’s confident, she’s sweet, she’s a big wonderful weirdo. 

IFC: How would Ivy’s clientele describe her?

Jenny:  Open-minded, caring, excellent aim. 

IFC: Why don’t more small towns have local dungeons?

Jenny: How do you know they don’t? 

IFC: What are the pros and cons of joining a chain mega dungeon?

Jenny: You can use any of their locations but you’ll always forget you have a membership and in a year you’ll be like “jeez why won’t they let me just cancel?” 

IFC: Mouths are gross! Why is that?

Jenny: If you had never seen a mouth before and I was like “it’s a wet flesh cave with sharp parts that lives in your face”, it would sound like Cronenberg-ian body horror. All body parts are horrifying. I’m kind of rooting for the singularity, I’d feel way better if I was just a consciousness in a cloud. 

See the whole season of Neurotica right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.