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Album Premiere: Yann Tiersen’s “Dust Lane”

Album Premiere:  Yann Tiersen’s “Dust Lane” (photo)

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From the tiny isle of Ouessant off the coast of West Britanny comes “Dust Lane,” the 6th studio album from the wildly multi-talented Yann Tiersen. You won’t find too much sonic similarity between his accordion driven soundtrack for “Amelie” and this dark rock record — his first in English — though it is no less gorgeous or indeed, cinematic. Here, the classically trained musician explores loss (of both a friend and his mother during recording) with vintage analog synthesizers, electric guitars, mellotron, and piano.

“My plan was also to play with contrast between electric and quite dense parts and more sober and minimal quiet parts including piano and strings,” Tiersen explains. So, voices join together in chorus, arcing violins and crashing drums build towards mighty fanfares — but then, clouds part, squall recedes to silence, and mournful piano and strings guide you home.”

The result of Tierson’s island recordings (party recorded in the Philippines too) vary from slow burn, macabre psychedelic rock explosions like “Dark Stuff” and “Till the End” to the hazy pop of “Amy,” or the driving battle hymn, “Palestine.” Then there’s the delightful, little earthquake, album closer, “Fuck Me,” pop gold.

After his classical upbringing Tiersen smashed his violin and took up listening to the likes of Nick Cave and The Bad Seeds, Einstürzende Neubaten, The Cramps and Suicide. He spent a long time making music with synths and samplers, mining old records for the elusive hook or orchestral loop. Then one day in ’93 he thought, “Instead of spending days on research and listening to tons of records to find the nearest sound of what I have in mind, why don’t I fix this fucking violin and use it?”

I’m sure glad he did. Go on stream your brains out on “Dust Lane.” The album hits October 12th on ANTI.


Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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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.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

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


Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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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.


Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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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:

Musical Instrument

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.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…