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Exclusive! Video premiere + Q&A: Rogue Wave’s Permalight.

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For Rogue Wave‘s fourth studio album, Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon decided to have themselves a little intrigue, and make a mini film showcasing snippets of each song on their forthcoming record, Permalight.

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I talked to Zach about these teasers, five of which we have premiered here, and found he has a serious thing for movie trailers — “I think I like movie trailers better than movies,” he said, in fact.

Check out these vignettes, trailers for each song on the record, but also a kind of homage to the 1970’s Karl Malden/Michael Douglas show, “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Do you have a larger your scheme in mind for these vignettes?

Well, there are more of them. We were shooting the video for our first single, but we wanted to be able to do something a bit different too, and kind of have [something] that feels like movie trailers with just little glimpses of the record. And some local footage of the Bay area, that’s where we’re from, and just kind of run around the city and make a conspiracy drama. Have fun for a weekend and shoot in the rain…. They’re like demos you know, they can’t disappoint because you never know what their potential is yet. And it’s that not knowing that makes it so sweet.

Who directed these and was the concept a collaboration between you?

Yeah we worked with this filmmaker, Tyler Manson, he’s an up and comer, look out for that guy! The whole idea of the project really came from Emmett Malloy, really talented dude, and then he got Tyler involved who had his own idea how to make it real. It was really something they came up with and we just kind of participated in – they deserve any kind of credit, or blame.

These songs mark a departure from your previous sound, after a serious health debacle is that right?

Yeah, I had some problems [laughs]. In late 2008 I slipped two discs in my neck and lost the felling in my arm and right hand. I got a lot of it back for sure, and am in a much better place now. But there was a very dark stretch of time where I couldn’t really get out of bed or move much. This record was a kind of reaction to that and wanting very enthusiastically to start making music again. So I think the record is a lot more direct and punchy and cohesive… then maybe our other records.

I dig the contraption your co-conspirator [Pat] has in his case (revealed in the “Solitary Gun” teaser)…

Yeah, that day before shooting we brought a bunch of props and decided to meet and get coffee -Bluebottle coffee it’s really good – so we’re in line [at this busy place] and Tyler says, “Hey Pat I heard you brought some props.” And Pat’s like yeah I brought this, this, and this bomb! And all these heads turned.

What kind of job do you pack for, assuming of course you do not pack for the job you have?

Oh. [laughs] Ah, that’s a really good question. I pack for a job that will largely remain thankless.

Do you have a song in the film “Rachel Getting Married,” or who is that?

Well that’s interesting… we did a cover, years ago, of a Buddy Holly song called “Everyday.” We did a version of if for this video game project called “Stubbs the Zombie,” and I don’t really know what happened but someone emailed me and said, “Hey man! I heard your version of ‘Everyday’ in the ‘Rachel Getting Married’ trailer, that’s so neat!” I had heard about the movie, but we didn’t have a song in it. So I got online and watched the trailer, and realized that somebody had taken our version of that song and copied it note for note all the same instrumentation, even the same bells we used, an exact replica of our version, but it wasn’t us.

What! That movie had some great music, and all kinds of musicians involved, it seemed like a really positive process. So what happened, did you get credited?

Yeah the matter has been dealt with let’s jus say, but I was extremely unhappy… that kind of theft is just, totally unnecessary. I think with trailers, it has nothing to do with the people who made the actual film [interrupted, we both say marketing]. Yeah, I’m sure if the filmmakers, which by the way it was an amazing film, my favorite movie that year, I’m sure they would have been horrified if they knew that had gone on.

Well aside from your conspiracy vignettes, what film would you like to live inside of, if you could?

Well I think I do live inside of “The Conversation,” but what film would I like to live in? [laughs] Geez. What’s that great movie with Audrey Tautou? “Amélie!” I’d like to live in “Amélie,” yeah. And I can tell you, I know what Pat wants to live in, the movie “Tron.”

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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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.

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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.

A-O River!

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.

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Artfully Off

Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…

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IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.

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IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).

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IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.

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IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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Baroness For Life

Baroness von Sketch Show is available for immediate consumption.

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Baroness von Sketch Show is snowballing as people have taken note of its subtle and not-so-subtle skewering of everyday life. The New York Times, W Magazine, and Vogue have heaped on the praise, but IFC had a few more probing questions…

IFC: To varying degrees, your sketches are simply scripted examples of things that actually happen. What makes real life so messed up?

Aurora: Hubris, Ego and Selfish Desires and lack of empathy.

Carolyn: That we’re trapped together in the 3rd Dimension.

Jenn: 1. Other people 2. Other people’s problems 3. Probably something I did.

IFC: A lot of people I know have watched this show and realized, “Dear god, that’s me.” or “Dear god, that’s true.” Why do people have their blinders on?

Aurora: Because most people when you’re in the middle of a situation, you don’t have the perspective to step back and see yourself because you’re caught up in the moment. That’s the job of comedians is to step back and have a self-awareness about these things, not only saying “You’re doing this,” but also, “You’re not the only one doing this.” It’s a delicate balance of making people feel uncomfortable and comforting them at the same time.

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IFC: Unlike a lot of popular sketch comedy, your sketches often focus more on group dynamics vs iconic individual characters. Why do you think that is and why is it important?

Meredith: We consider the show to be more based around human dynamics, not so much characters. If anything we’re more attracted to the energy created by people interacting.

Jenn: So much of life is spent trying to work it out with other people, whether it’s at work, at home, trying to commute to work, or even on Facebook it’s pretty hard to escape the group.

IFC: Are there any comedians out there that you feel are just nailing it?

Aurora: I love Key and Peele. I know that their show is done and I’m in denial about it, but they are amazing because there were many times that I would imagine that Keegan Michael Key was in the scene while writing. If I could picture him saying it, I knew it would work. I also kind of have a crush on Jordan Peele and his performance in Big Mouth. Maya Rudolph also just makes everything amazing. Her puberty demon on Big Mouth is flawless. She did an ad for 7th generation tampons that my son, my husband and myself were singing around the house for weeks. If I could even get anything close to her career, I would be happy. I’m also back in love with Rick and Morty. I don’t know if I have a crush on Justin Roiland, I just really love Rick (maybe even more than Morty). I don’t have a crush on Jerry, the dad, but I have a crush on Chris Parnell because he’s so good at being Jerry.

Jenn: I LOVE ISSA RAE!

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IFC: If you could go back in time and cast yourselves in any sitcom, which would it be and how would it change?

Carolyn: I’d go back in time and cast us in The Partridge Family.  We’d make an excellent family band. We’d have a laugh, break into song and wear ruffled blouses with velvet jackets.  And of course travel to all our gigs on a Mondrian bus. I feel really confident about this choice.

Meredith: Electric Mayhem from The Muppet Show. It wouldn’t change, they were simply perfect, except… maybe a few more vaginas in the band.

Binge the entire first and second seasons of Baroness von Sketch Show now on IFC.com and the IFC app.

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