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INDIE EAR MADNESS ’09: First Round (Midwest, East)

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A high-seed indie favorite falls, Kanye coasts, two AC’s do battle, and Karen O is performing like an MVP for the YYY’s:


1 Kanye West vs. 16 Say Hi
Kanye West says bye to Say Hi.

8 Bon Iver vs. 9 88-Keys
Rapper 88-Keys beat Bon Iver in overtime, setting up an intriguing second round match-up with Kanye West, the executive producer of his latest album.

5 Fleet Foxes vs. 12 Neko Case
There were no losers in this one, both acts played beautifully. Neko Case just wanted it more, and as you should know, Neko Case gets her way–advancing in the tournament.

(above: Kanye breezes past Say Hi in the first round.)

4 A.C. Newman vs. AC Slater
Not to be confused with AC Slater of Saved By The Bell fame, DJ/producer/remixer, AC Slater, gave it his all in the battle of the AC’s, but in the end, A.C. Newman’s indie credentials were just too much to handle.

6 Atmosphere vs. 11 Illinois
Minnesotan hip-hop group caused first-round catastrophe to Pennsylvanian band, Illinois. Did you get all that?

3 TV On The Radio vs. 14 Bishop Allen
TV On The Radio wins the battle of Brooklyn.

7 Antony and The Johnsons vs. 10 Matt and Kim
Matt and Kim’s bursting-at-the-seems-feel-good-energy outlasts the talent of Antony and The Johnsons.

2 Lil’ Wayne vs. 15 Beach House
Indie music’s favorite mainstream hip-hopper got confused on the way to the tourney. He thought he was going to be performing at a beach house–not competing against a band named Beach House. He pulled it together in the end and defeated the dreamy-sounding, indie-pop duo.


1 Bruce Springsteen vs. 16 Ty Segall
The Boss admired the stripped-down sound of Ty Segall, but had to dispose of him as any rock legend would.

8 Cold War Kids vs. 9 Mr. Lif
In the closing seconds a group named after the Cold War was no match for an MC who could spit 16 politically fueled bars about the Cold War.

5 The Decemberists vs. 12 The Bouncing Souls
Being a band for 20 years has its advantages. Performing an album just released this week has its disadvantages. The Bouncing Souls’ punk rock attack was more polished than the Decemberists’ sprawling, indie-folk sound, which added up to victory for the Jersey punks.

4 My Bloody Valentine vs. 13 Beirut
Despite reuniting last year, My Bloody Valentine still has some rust to shake off. Beirut took advantage, played a tight set–with horn section and all–and upset the legendary indie vets.

(right: Yeah Yeah Yeah’s, Karen O, sending a message to the competition.)
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6 Ladyhawke vs. 11 Bat For Lashes
Both females brought their unique brand of pop to their first round match-up, but Bat For Lashes’ brand wowed the indie crowd a little bit more.

3 Yeah Yeah Yeahs vs. 14 Vetiver
YYY’s breeze by Vetiver. Karen O could not stopped or contained.

7 Peter Bjorn & John vs. 10 Sam Roberts
Both acts put forth excellent sets, but Peter Bjorn & John advance behind the strength of their latest single, “Nothing To Worry About”–which they also used as their rallying cry.

2 Depeche Mode vs. 15 Faunts
Faunts promised to concede defeat if Depeche Mode played them an hour-long set of their favorite songs. Depeche Mode agreed, Faunts got an intimate performance, and everyone went home happy.



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.


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:


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.


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!


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.


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.



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.”


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. 


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.