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Springsteen’s Super Bowl Playlist

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Even if you’re not into sports, I’m sure you’re well aware of the fact that Super Bowl Sunday is only a couple days away. Sports-minded or not, I’m sure there’s a good chance you’ll be dipping into a bowl of spinach & artichoke dip at a party centered around the big game.

If you don’t know, (my hometown!) Pittsburgh Steelers will be facing off against the Arizona Cardinals.

(left: The Boss gets ready to rock a Super-Bowl-sized Super Bowl crowd this Sunday.)

Not into the teams? How ’bout the halftime show then? Bruce Springsteen & The E Street Band will be gracing the stage, and since he gets major love from both the mainstream and indie-minded crowd, a good time is promised to be had by all.

Using The Boss’ rich catalog of material, here are some special dedications I’d like to send out this Super Bowl weekend:

“Working On A Dream”
What kid–growing up playing sports–doesn’t dream about playing in the Super Bowl one day? To both teams, I offer you up this brand new (just released Tuesday) Bruce Springsteen track.

“Born To Run”
For years and years Steelers football has been centered around running. John Henry Johnson, Franco Harris, Rocky Bleier, and Jerome Bettis have all made a name for themselves by gritting it out on the ground. I’d like to send this one out to Willie Parker, who like the great Steelers before him, is “Born To Run.”

“Dancing In The Dark”
I’ll be doing this on Pittsburgh’s South Side this weekend. Hopefully I’ll be doing it following the Super Bowl as well.

“Better Days”
I’ll be a good sport and offer this one up to the Cardinals, who are seeing “Better Days” this year (their franchise hasn’t won a championship since 1947).

“Brilliant Disguise”
Troy Polamalu (Steelers’ safety) this one’s for you! Will he blitz? Or drop back into coverage? No one knows, and for that reason his defensive scheme is a “Brilliant Disguise.”

“Hungry Heart”
Steelers’ wide receiver, Hines Ward, will be playing this Sunday on a sprained right knee. You think his heart’s not hungry? Cardinals’ Kurt Warner has a “Hungry Heart” as well–he’s the third oldest Quarterback (37) to ever play in a Super Bowl.

“The River”
We’ve got three of them that converge at The Point in Pittsburgh. This one goes out to the fine folks of Western PA!

“Surprise, Surprise”
Coach of the Cardinals, Ken Whisenhunt, is the master of the trick play. If you think the flee-flicker is only for backyard football games, think again. Whisenhunt will keep the Steelers on their toes as they anticipate the “Surprise, Surprise.”

“Cover Me”
This one’s for Cards’ wide-receiver Larry Fitzgerald–pound-for-pound the best receiver in football. For the sake of this playlist I’m reworking the title: “Cover Me (If You Can)”

“I’m On Fire”
This could easily be dedicated to anyone on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ defense–the best of all units in the National Football league. “Thunder Road,” “No Surrender,” “You’ll Be Comin’ Down,” “Reason To Believe,” and “Blood Brothers” could also go out to the squad led by the rough-and-tough James Harrison and James Farrior.

“Glory Days”
To the Steelers’ championship teams of the past, this one goes out to you. If Pittsburgh is victorious on Sunday, they’ll have more Super Bowl titles (six) than other team in the history of football, making their “Glory Days” the most glorious of all!

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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.

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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…

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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.

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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.

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