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A Potpourri Post of Musical Goodness

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I’m a hustla baby (I just want you to know), but I don’t hustle women, I hustle music. I’ve finally come to accept that I’m one of those annoying people who pushes music on friends, whether they want to hear it or not.

(left: You will be a fan of Mystery Jets whether you like it or not.)

So I figured, why not spread it to the masses instead of a few (unlucky) friends of mine. Consider this a potpourri post as some of the artists and albums below are new, and some have been out for a while now:

Mystery Jets
Now, this band has been around for several years and have released many albums to boot, but it wasn’t until their most recent release, entitled Twenty One, until I took proper notice of them (and even then it took me several months). Nearly a year old, I just can’t turn this album off. Quite a departure from their quirkier past, Twenty One is strikingly beautiful and so easy to relate to. Hints of 80’s-inspired synths and keyboards pop up throughout the album, along with pinches of their eccentric sound–in order to not alienate their older fans. You can catch Mystery Jets at Bowery Ballroom on February 24th. Do I smell SXSW ’09 in their future? I hope so!

Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds
I truly love this band. They make irresistibly fun pop songs. Their lyrics and hooks are incredibly catchy, both of which will leave you humming immediately after your first listen. While having a Young Knives feel to their vocals, their songs are unique, all while being slightly funny and completely single-ready. Playing this year’s SXSW, Cheeky Cheeky and the Nosebleeds are the band to look out for.

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The BPA
Otherwise known as The Brighton Port Authority this is the brain child of Norman Cook (i.e. Fatboy Slim). To summarize, The BPA is Norman Cook plus Simon Thornton, Thomas Gandey, Justin Robertson, Ashley Beedle, Lateef, Martha Wainwright, Jamie T, David Byrne, Iggy Pop, Olly Hite, Conan, Pete York, Jack Penate, Emmy The Great, and Dizzee Rascal. Need I say more? Okay, I will. This musical project it something Norman Cook put together to expand on his already vast musical career. Shedding his Fatboy Slim title and throwing caution to the wind, Norman Cook got together the heavyweights of our time to create an album that truly has something for everyone. If you can’t find something you like here, you won’t be able to find it anywhere.

(above: Norman Cook leads his supergroup, BPA, into battle.)

Lissy Trullie
Usually my hatred for female singers is rampant, I admit it, but when it comes to Lissy, who’s been the talk of the town, I trullie love her (see what I did there)? It could be that her vocals are somewhat androgynous, but her songs are heartwarming, even though they’re usually about depressing topics. Her cover of Hot Chip’s already infectious “Ready for the Floor” is, dare I say it, better and even more fun than the original! You can catch her at Mercury Lounge on February 11th.

The Rifles
This band tortures me. First they decide that it’s okay to release albums way too infrequently and then they decide to rarely tour the United States. Hopefully with their new release called Great Escape they’ll kill two birds with one stone by touring it over here. I don’t understand why The Rifles aren’t the biggest band in the world, they’re The Jam reincarnated with more upbeat, call to arms, Cribs-style songs. That to me is a formula for success.

New friends, I hope you find the time to digest my recent obsessions. These bands are the crème de la crème of what’s out there, believe me, I’ve checked!

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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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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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…