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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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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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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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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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