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Exclusive track: Young Man’s “Then & Now”

Exclusive track: Young Man’s “Then & Now” (photo)

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Young Man, aka Colin Caulfield, began to grow an audience for himself from a series of YouTube videos he did performing various covers of Ariel Pink, Bon Iver and Beach House. Eventually, his cover of Deerhunter’s “Rainwater Cassette Exchange” grabbed some real attention after it caught the eye of Deerhunter frontman Bradford Cox, who hailed it as “fantastically superior to the original.”

Young Man’s debut full-length “Ideas of Distance,” is out now on French Kiss, and we have an alternate take Caulfield recorded of the track, “Then & Now,” produced by Tortoise’s John McEntire:


Download: Young Man’s “Then & Now,” alternate take.

Also check out Young Man performing “Then & Now” as well as the rousing “Nothing” live at Chicago’s Jira studios:

Young Man hit the road yesterday on tour with the Cold War Kids!

October 27 — Salt Lake City, UT, The Depot
October 28 — Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
October 29 — Boulder, CO, Fox Theatre
October 31 — Omaha, NE, Slowdown
November 1 — Madison, WI, Majestic Theatre
November 2 — Bloomington, IN, Bluebird Nightclub
November 3 — Cleveland, OH, Beachland Ballroom & Tavern
November 4 — Toronto, ON, Phoenix Concert Theatre
November 5 — Pittsburgh, PA, Mr. Small’s Theatre
November 7 — Washington, DC, 9:30 Club

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Exclusive premiere: Little Silver “Stolen Souvenir”

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To bring their debut recording to life, Little Silver sought out visual artists, Peter Hamlin and Nina Frenkel, who teamed up on the exceptional animation for this little ditty.

“This title song from the EP is about some kind of special, secret thing — the stolen souvenir is something just out of sight, just barely perceptible, but important in some way you maybe don’t totally understand,” the band explained to us in secret whispers. “We knew we wanted the video to be associational and a little odd, even, not representational at all. But certainly beautiful, quiet, still.”

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Little Silver is veteran New York songwriter Erika Simonian and Steve Curtis, a founding member of Hem both on dreamy vocals and soft guitars. Ray Rizzo and David Tarica join them on drums and bass, respectively.

“We’d been big fans of Nina and Peter’s work, and knew they’d capture the spirit of the song, but really gave them very little direction,” they revealed. “There are a couple of representational touches: the camera pans past a 1930’s photo of one of Steve’s music teachers in the hills outside Kathmandu, and the video ends with a fantastical postcard (with a beloved family recipe for grilled chicken!) from Steve’s grandfather to Erika’s. But for the most part it just unfolds in a dreamlike way from the position of the souvenir: an old compass Nina and Peter liked and had lying around.”

Check out more Little Silver at their website.

Aren’t those the cutest little birds? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

Exclusive premiere: The Marshmallow Ghosts’ excerpts from “Corpse Reviver No. 2″

Exclusive premiere: The Marshmallow Ghosts’ excerpts from “Corpse Reviver No. 2″ (photo)

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Graveface Records Halloween supergroup, The Marshmallow Ghosts, are back for their third year in a row with another macabre release, and this one also comes with an album-length music video series, “Corpse Reviver No. 2.” This time the spooky confections are made up of Lady Lazarus, Dreamend, Hospital Ships, Casket Girls and Black Moth Super Rainbow.

In “The Attic,” from “Corpse Reviver No. 2,” a maniac drives around telling a horror story on a microphone from his car, about a girl who had succumbed to yellow fever. The girl decomposes, we’re told, the way that all bodies decompose, though usually not in such purple-hued close ups. It’s almost pretty to watch, zombie fetishists will surely be pleased as the girl’s soul finds peace.

And in “Pig Man’s Bridge,” a rather hot-headed guy wielding a cute baby pig seems to think his show is more important that the next guy’s, and he shows his true face. I think he might end up eating that baby pig too.

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You can watch the other parts, including “The Hearse Song” on Bloody Disgusting, “Trick” at Prefix, and “Wait for the day” here.

Of corpse you are, but let us know for sure that you’re Halloween inspired in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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