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.
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.)
It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.
A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.
This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.
The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.
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
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…