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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 ESPN.com, 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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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…