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Eels Hit The Road

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Mark Oliver Everett, better known as the driving force of the band Eels, is nothing if not ambitious. After releasing a trilogy of albums in 2009-2010 (“Hombre Lobo”, “End Times”, and “Tomorrow Morning” for those keeping track), he has just announced a world tour that leaves no far-flung corner untrodden. Fans from China to Toronto to Austin will be able to watch live as Eels performs their uniquely darkly beautiful songs that are evocative of Tom Waits, Mark Kozelek, and Elliott Smith. The tour kicks off June 1st in California and then heads to the Far East with shows in Beijing and Shanghai. Next stop is Europe with Eels’ first appearance at the Glastonbury Festival. Then they kick off their North American tour with dates spanning from sea to shining sea. While a tour is gift enough for the devoted Eels fans across the globe, in the words of the inimitable Billy Mays: But wait, there’s more!

To celebrate the tour, Eels are offering a free download of three tracks — one from each of the trilogy of albums released in 2010:

If the free music doesn’t convince you that this band is worth your hard-earned cash, here’s their video for “Fresh Blood” off their 2009 album “Hombre Lobo”:

Now go and buy tickets for any (or all) of these shows:

Eels 2011 Tour Dates:

06/01 – Santa Ana, CA @ Galaxy Theatre
06/05 – Beijing, CN @ Kama Love Music Festival
06/06 – Shanghai, CN @ Kama Love Music Festival
06/10 – Copenhagen, DK @ Vega
06/11 – Oslo, NO @ Norway Norwegian Wood Festival
06/12 – Gothenberg, SE @ Tradgarn
06/16 – Salzburg, AT @ Republic
06/17 – Luxembourg @ Den Atelier
06/18 – Neuhausen ob Eck, DE @ Southside Festival
06/19 – Scheeßel, DE @ Hurricane Festival
06/20 – Heerlen, NL @ Parkstadtheater Limburg
06/21 – Eindhoven, NL @ Muzieksgebouw Frits Philips
06/23 – Bilbao, ES @ Azkena Rock Festival
06/24 – Madrid, ES @ D-Code Festival
06/26 – Pilton, UK @ Glastonbury Music Festival
06/27 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
06/28 – Amsterdam, NL @ Paradiso
06/30 – Werchter, BE @ Rock Werchter
07/01 – Arras, FR @ Main Square Festival
07/03 – Normandy, FR @ Beauregard Festival
07/04 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
07/05 – Paris, FR @ Bataclan
07/06 – Brighton, UK @ The Dome
07/07 – London, UK @ Somerset House
07/09 – Naas, IE @ Oxegen
07/10 – Kinross, UK @ T in the Park
07/11 – Newcastle, UK @ O2 Academy
07/12 – Leeds, UK @ O2 Academy
07/14 – Berne, CH @ Gurten Festival
07/15 – Aix les Bains, FR @ Musilac Festival
07/17 – Suffolk, UK @ Latitude Festival
07/20 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s
07/21 – Dallas, TX @ Granada Theater
07/22 – Houston, TX @ Warehouse Live
07/23 – New Orleans, LA @ House of Blues
07/24 – Atlanta, GA @ Variety Playhouse
07/25 – Chapel Hill, NC @ Cats Cradle
07/27 – Washington, DC @ 9:30 Club
07/28 – Boston, MA @ Paradise
07/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
07/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Williamsburg Music Hall
07/31 – Montreal, QC @ Osheaga Music Festival
08/01 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace
08/03 – Cleveland, OH @ Beachland Ballroom
08/04 – Columbus, OH @ Newport Music Hall
08/06 – Minneapolis, MN @ First Avenue
08/09 – Seattle, WA @ Showbox Theater
08/10 – Portland, OR @ Aladdin Theater
08/11 – San Francisco, CA @ Great American Music Hall
08/12 – Los Angeles, CA @ El Rey Theater

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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.

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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:

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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.

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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!

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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.

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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.

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SO EXCITED!!!

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.”

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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. 

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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.