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Exclusive premiere: Madi Diaz “Let’s Go”

Exclusive premiere: Madi Diaz “Let’s Go” (photo)

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Nashville’s Madi Diaz appeared in the 2005 documentary “Rock School” (which later inspired Richard Linklater’s “School of Rock”), but she first caught my attention only last year with an incredible Stevie Nicks cover and then a sweaty performance of “Let’s Go,” shot in a van at the dangerously intemperate, Bonnaroo festival. She’s just finished a proper collaborative video for the song with director Matt Amato — much of the footage shot by herself and her pals using the retro-digital Harinezumi camera, which purposely lends a nostalgic image quality by mimicking the charm of super 8. I asked her about this, but that was really just an excuse to get her to talk about kissing and Fleetwood Mac.

Tell me about the origins of this infectious pop song, from what place did it spring forth?

I’m not sure, but I think it was on my basement ceiling just wandering, floating around waiting for someone to walk head first into it. I could hear something in the foundation that my guitar player, Kyle Ryan, was building on his home studio that was just begging for something playful to be laced over top. It was our first home in Nashville and that basement was magical. Too bad the rest of the house was kind of in shoddy shape.

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Who are you kissing?

I have no idea. Kissing sure is fun though, right? Actually…I think his name is Erik…Erik with a “k”. Yeah that HAS to be it, why would I remember such specific spelling otherwise? He was a very sweet guy. A gentleman even. I had never kissed on camera before and he was very forgiving.

You shot some of the footage too with a Harinezumi? What was it like collaborating with Matt Amato on the finished video?

Matt. I could never ever say enough about Matt Amato. He has an indescribable presence; this warm loving serene calm with intense interest and excitement bubbling beneath his exterior. He’s some sort of amazing mind reader and balances it with his trust in you and yours in him. Example, that kiss was not planned (at least not to my knowledge) and yet I felt like it was somehow almost our idea together. Shooting the footage together was just one big adventure day. A getting-to-know-you adventure day. There were 7 of us shooting the Harinezumi’s all over the place. Actually, because all of the footage was so fun and unique and filled with story and adventure, we decided to create vignettes for each camera navigator to give a little more of an in depth look at how much work went into shooting this video. So many different incredible perspectives and such absolutely stunning work by all, it would’ve been such a major shame to only use enough to make a four minute music video! It was truly such a wonderful experience and so, so fun to be apart of a visual artist’s world for a moment.

If you could go anywhere right now, where would that be?

Late summer, 7:30 pm in the middle of a massive pine forest lying on a huge, thick bed of red pine needles looking up at the sky with my eyes half closed. The prettiest light in the world. And not one sound — only forest sound. No cars, no planes, no highways, no people, no white city noise, just pine tree forest noise.

That Fleetwood Mac/Stevie song you did with Keegan Dewitt is almost traumatizing it’s so beautiful, and I don’t normally care for Fleetwood Mac covers. How did you two piece that one together?

Thank you! Funny you should say, but before Keegan showed me “Wild Heart” (during his super heavy Fleetwood obsession phase) I didn’t spend much time on it either. But whoa, watching the video of Stevie Nicks just singing her heart out during her backstage photo shoot and her voice just soaring over everything just made my heart jump over and over. Keegs was putting together some material for a session he was doing in town and asked me to join him on this song, and I grabbed a little toy plunker piano that we had strapped a little Casio buddy to and we cracked down. We used the progression straight from the video as that was the one that made us both swoon so hard. Still makes us swoon.

Diaz’s EP “Far From Things That We Know” is out September 20th on tinyOGRE with a full-length slated for early 2012. She kicks off a tour today (with Keegan Dewitt on most dates). Check out her website for some free tracks.

Madi Diaz Tour Dates:

8/8 @ Imogene & Willie, Nashville, TN
8/10 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House*
8/11 – Columbia, MO @ Mojo’s*
8/12 – Lawrence, KS @ The Bottleneck*
8/13 – Lincoln, NE @ Bourbon Theatre*
8/17 – Albuquerque, NM @ Low Spirits Bar & Stage*
8/18 – Tucson, AZ @ Solar Culture Gallery*
8/19 – Mesa, AZ The Nile – Basement*
8/20 – San Diego, CA @ Bar Pink*
8/22 – San Francisco, CA @ Cafe du Nord*
8/23 – Santa Barbara, CA @ SoHo
8/25 – Los Angeles, CA @ Hotel Café*
8/28 – Los Angeles, CA @ Sunset Junction
8/30 – Denver, CO @ Larimer Lounge*
9/1 – Minneapolis, MN @ 7th Street Entry*
9/2 – Evanston, IL @ SPACE*
9/3 – Maquoketa, IA Daytrotter Barnstormin/Codfish Hollow Barn

*co-headlining with Keegan DeWitt

Are you swooning? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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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.

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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…

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A-O Rewind

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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