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INDIE EAR MADNESS ’09: Elite-8

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Would Kanye West have the final say against TV On The Radio? Could Karen O lead her squad to the Final Four? Did Franz Ferdinand dethrone rock royalty? Did the clock strike midnight for The Thermals?

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1 Kanye West vs. 3 TV On The Radio
When you boil it down, Kanye West is just one man. Yes, he has an amazing light show, a sexy string section, and a talented person behind the vocoder, but when it comes to a live show–especially one that had Final Four implications–would Kanye be able to reign supreme over a band that is not only playing better than ever, but one that also received more critical acclaim than him last year? The answer is no. Kanye’s set was littered with lyrical tirades towards music critics: Yo, you really thought Dear Science was better than 808s and Heartbreak? C’mon, you don’t think all their albums sound the same? If Kanye stuck to the music, he might’ve won, but once again his mouth got him in trouble.

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12 The Bouncing Souls vs. 3 Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Simply put, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs underestimated The Bouncing Souls. After advancing to the Elite 8, without even competing against Depeche Mode, Karen O and crew were too busy planning for their Final Four set against TV On The Radio instead of getting ready for The Bouncing Souls. A simple viewing of the movie Hoosiers would have clued them in on one of Coach Norman Dale’s memorable lessons, “There’s a condition in tournament play to never talk about the next step until you’ve climbed the one in front of you.” Without a bass player, the Yeah Yeah Yeahs’ set sounded anemic compared to The Bouncing Souls’ robust, punk-rock attack.

(above: Bryan “Papillon” Kienlen’s bass proved to be the deciding factor in the Bouncing Souls’ victory over the Yeah Yeah Yeahs.)

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4 Franz Ferdinand vs. 2 The Cure
On paper, The Cure advance to the Final Four with ease, but in the live setting, it’s a whole different story. As they say: That’s why they play the shows. Franz Ferdinand worked the crowd into a tizzy and picked a perfect set-list for the night. When The Cure was good, they were golden, but too many times during the night they opted to do extended jam-outs, and decided to pass on some of the biggest hits in their catalog. When Robert Smith ended his band’s set with three consecutive songs from The Cure’s most recent album, 4:13 Dream, it cinched victory for Franz Ferdinand.

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1 U2 vs. 10 The Thermals
Considering The Thermals made it into the Elite 8 without even having a complete tour to perfect the songs on their new album–which doesn’t even come out until next month–is a feat in itself. To do so when competing against U2 would take a complete miracle. The Thermals got lucky in the first couple rounds, by avoiding Animal Collective and Coldplay (who were both upset in their round matches), but weren’t so fortunate this time around. U2 is the lone #1 seed to advance to the Final Four in Indie Ear Madness ’09.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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SO EXCITED!!!

Reminders that the ’90s were a thing

"The Place We Live" is available for a Jessie Spano-level binge on Comedy Crib.

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Unless you stopped paying attention to the world at large in 1989, you are of course aware that the ’90s are having their pop cultural second coming. Nobody is more acutely aware of this than Dara Katz and Betsy Kenney, two comedians who met doing improv comedy and have just made their Comedy Crib debut with the hilarious ’90s TV throwback series, The Place We Live.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Dara: It’s everything you loved–or loved to hate—from Melrose Place and 90210 but condensed to five minutes, funny (on purpose) and totally absurd.

IFC: How would you describe “The Place We Live” to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Betsy: “Hey Todd, why don’t you have a sip of water. Also, I think you’ll love The Place We Live because everyone has issues…just like you, Todd.”

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IFC: When you were living through the ’90s, did you think it was television’s golden age or the pop culture apocalypse?


Betsy: I wasn’t sure I knew what it was, I just knew I loved it!


Dara: Same. Was just happy that my parents let me watch. But looking back, the ’90s honored The Teen. And for that, it’s the golden age of pop culture. 

IFC: Which ’90s shows did you mine for the series, and why?

Betsy: Melrose and 90210 for the most part. If you watch an episode of either of those shows you’ll see they’re a comedic gold mine. In one single episode, they cover serious crimes, drug problems, sex and working in a law firm and/or gallery, all while being young, hot and skinny.


Dara: And almost any series we were watching in the ’90s, Full House, Saved By the Bell, My So Called Life has very similar themes, archetypes and really stupid-intense drama. We took from a lot of places. 

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IFC: How would you describe each of the show’s characters in terms of their ’90s TV stereotype?

Dara: Autumn (Sunita Mani) is the femme fatale. Robin (Dara Katz) is the book worm (because she wears glasses). Candace (Betsy Kenney) is Corey’s twin and gives great advice and has really great hair. Corey (Casey Jost) is the boy next door/popular guy. Candace and Corey’s parents decided to live in a car so the gang can live in their house. 
Lee (Jonathan Braylock) is the jock.

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

Dara: Because everyone’s feeling major ’90s nostalgia right now, and this is that, on steroids while also being a totally new, silly thing.

Delight in the whole season of The Place We Live right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib. It’ll take you back in all the right ways.