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The Music Behind My Super Weekend

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If you give me a few hours, I could deliver you 20 different blog postings on the Pittsburgh Steelers’ you’re-freakin’-givin’-me-a-heart-attack Super Bowl victory last night. (If you’re not from Pittsburgh, you might not understand why the city is so obsessed with its football team.)

(left: Here we go Steelers! Here we go!)

Because this isn’t, I’ll spare you the sports analysis and stick with the music that centered around my Super weekend in Pittsburgh:

I Knew I Knew It That Well
During a Super Bowl party on Friday night (that’s right, in Pittsburgh we have Super Bowl parties two days before the big game) I participated in a game of Rock Band 2–and in my first attempt–managed to score a 100% expert rating, performing the Beastie Boys’ “So What’cha Want?” The tune doesn’t require hitting any high notes, so maybe I shouldn’t be so proud of this minor accomplishment.

Young Kids I Can Vibe With
On Saturday night my friends and I ventured onto Carson Street in the South Side of Pittsburgh (a street littered with night clubs and bars). The first bar we hit was dead, the second one was playing Top-40 club music that was packed to the brim with dudes wearing long-sleeve, buttoned-down, shirts and sporting boy-band haircuts, and the third place we hit was just right, a not-too-crowded bar with a young band playing cover songs from the 90’s–my era, my kind of place. I also managed to work my way on stage and sing “Smells Like Teen Spirit” with the guys (which was a nice warm-up for the screaming I’d be doing on Sunday).

(above: Sharing some stage time with local band, The Stop Sound.)

Fight, Fight, Fight
During some downtime over the weekend, my friend logged onto a Pittsburgh website featuring homemade Steeler fights songs. A group of pre-teens reworking Pet Benatar’s “Heartbreaker” was the best, while another tune, “We Got Six, Yinz Don’t,” managed to rhyme “beer” with “chicks” making for good comedy, and an awful, awful fight song.

Fatboy Must Be Good Luck
As they did for their Super Bowl appearance three years ago, the Steelers took the field to Fatboy Slim’s “Right Here Right Now.” I love the choice–it’s a great song, not too-too popular, and has been a staple on my iPod pump-up playlist for years.

Wait, What?!
There was a Pepsi commercial during the Super Bowl broadcast that paralleled eras from yesteryear to today. An old clip of Bob Dylan singing “Forever Young” was mashed up with his current day parallel, Will.I.Am from the Black Eyed Peas. Wait, WHAT?!

Oh Say Can You See
Lip-syncing or not, Jennifer Hudson rocked the hell out of the National Anthem (is that appropriate to say?).

The Boss (The Good)
What did I think of Bruce Springsteen’s halftime show? Loved it! He looked like he was having a ball (imagine that, having fun while playing live music). I also loved the fact that he bantered–how many Super Bowl halftime performances have included the line: “Put down those chicken fingers”?–stayed away from the medley, and reworked the lyrics of “Glory Days” to be make it football appropriate. The running knee slide into a cameraman was pretty cool too!

The Boss (The Bad)
As much as I loved the fact that Springsteen and the E Street band stayed away from the medley, part of me wished they would have went for it. A sold out Super Bowl stadium is a perfect venue for “Born In the U.S.A.,” “Dancing In The Dark,” “Hungry Heart,” and a bunch of other American-made, larger-than-life Springsteen tunes. The worst part of the halftime show was limiting the usual three-and-a-half hour rock spectacular to just 12 minutes.

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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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