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MIXTAPE: Valentine’s Day

MIXTAPE:  Valentine’s Day (photo)

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Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is just one day away. Heck, some of you may be celebrating one day early, just cause you couldn’t get those dinner reservations in on time for Saturday night.

(left: For the lovebirds and brokenhearted alike, this mix is dedicated to you.)

Some love this holiday, some dread it (for both good and bad reasons), and some are indifferent. As we like to do on the Indie Ear blog, here’s a Valentine’s Day themed holiday mixtape for you. Celebrate how you see fit:

1. “You Made Me Realise,” My Bloody Valentine
C’mon, did you really think I’d pass up the chance to include My Bloody Valentine? Any song from this band is so versatile on a Valentine’s Day mixtape. Indie music fans will love it, those who want to bask in their misery will love it, and, hell, there are even some young goth kids who’ll love it just for the band name alone.

2. “Seeing Red,” Minor Threat
Was punk rock legend, Ian MacKaye, attempting to create a great Valentine’s Day mixtape song when he wrote “Seeing Red?” Probably not, but I included anyway, cause that’s all I see when I walk into a drug store these days–well–and some pink too.

3. “Crazy In Love,” Beyonce
Love is in the air. Why else do you think Beyonce’s beau, Jay Z, lent her some of his best rhymes on this track? It’s your girl…B!

4. “Friday I’m In Love,” The Cure
This is just in case you want to bust out the V-Day mix one day early.

5. “Blue Flowers,” Dr. Octagon
The creepiest song about flowers you’ll ever hear. My favorite line is: Listen to your heartbeat, delete, beep, beep, beep.

6. “Dreams On Fire,” AR Rahman & Suzanne
(Spoiler alert) The song in Slumdog Millionaire where Jamal and Latika finally get to share their first kiss. This tune is ideal for a couple’s slow skate at the local roller rink.

7. “Untouchable Face,” Ani DiFranco
The greatest song ever about not being able to be with the person you love. If you’re feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day, listen to this track a few times. You’ll still feel lonely, albeit a little bit better cause at least Ani feels your pain.

8. “Love Can Be So Mean,” Sebastien Grainger
True dat. If you’re not feeling this tune, you could also go with the song “Love Is Not A Contest” off the same album.

9. “Heart Shaped Box,” Nirvana
Dang, this is three negative V-Day songs in a row. Can’t help it. This song is really good, and, it fits the theme.

10. “No One’s Gonna Love You,” Band Of Horses
My favorite love song of the last few years. Don’t let the title fool you, the complete lyrics go: No one’s gonna love you…more than I do.

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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.


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…


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.


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).


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.


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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