Fifteen years it’s been? Thanks for rubbing that in Sony BMG. Though I suppose there’s few better ways to celebrate aging and failing at love than to dust off the Jeff Buckley records. Or check out the new 15th anniversary re-release, Grace Around The World.
Whether it goes beyond a label cashing in on fans or not is for you to decide, but even the budget version includes a DVD of previously unreleased TV performances from the U.S., the UK, Germany, Japan and France. Handily, it also has a CD with the audio versions of all those performances so you don’t have to perform any technical wizardry if you’re dying to get one of ’em on your mp3 ball and chain of choice. There’s tons of other goodies if you’re into it.
I feel it necessary to revisit the “Hallelujah” debacle, since this will no doubt create a rash of Buckley songs appearing in film and TV. If a Buckley song lands in one more TV teen drama I probably won’t notice, but for the love of the children stop the dreary unoriginality. Jeff Buckley would vom. Leonard Cohen wants nothing to do with it. He’s wearing his toque and moving on.
One note of praise goes to “Lilac Wine,” off Jeff Buckley’s Grace in the French film “Ne le dis à personne” (“Tell No One”) which saw a limited release in the US last summer. Even though it had been used before (“The Secret Lives of Dentists”) and the deluge of Buckley songs had become overwhelming, it was used tastefully to magnify the man’s nostalgic sorrow. Devastating really.
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.
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:
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.
You’ll need them to get through the holidays.
So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).
With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.
Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…
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.
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.