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Exclusive premiere: Wires in the Walls “YSA”

Exclusive premiere: Wires in the Walls “YSA” (photo)

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Los Angeles quintet, Wires in the Walls, concoct jangly folk pop with joy and optimism that defies the times. Their true to form DIY approach must be their secret. The band’s debut LP, “New Symmetry” dropped in October, with this nostalgic ditty “YSA,” featuring Warren Sroka on vocals/guitar, Nick Tracz on bass/vocals, Bryan King on drums/horns, Dave Irelan on guitar/vocals, and multi-instrumentalist Dave Sicher cementing their presence in west coast Americana.

“A few years back, Warren played me this song on the guitar in his living room and I thought it was excellent,” director Brent Willis recalls. “For me it brought up all this really powerful nostalgic teenage imagery.”

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Now, years later when the band asked Willis to direct the video he didn’t hesitate. But the director admits, “When I pitched the concept, the band was like, ‘huh?’ And yet, they trusted me enough to give me full reign to do whatever.” The video was shot with the Red One, Willis details, “By the very creative DP, Andy Bryant and he and I worked closely from very early on. I also had the pleasure of working with AD, Joe Saroufim, Producer, Sean French, and Pros And Cons Studios. And all the while, knowing that in post I’d have the luxury of colorist, Andrew Francis’ attention to detail, I was given the room to maneuver freely in any direction.”

The collaboration was a success for DIY craft and passion. “So the lesson here is this, working with a really trusting band, and a tight-knit team on a perfect little love letter to nostalgia can be pretty awesome,” Willis concludes. “Yeah…I highly recommend it.”

Filmmaker Chris Olness and editor Erin Nordstrom (Wilco’s “I Am Trying to Break Your Heart”) also shot a documentary about Wires in the Walls, which you can watch here.

Are you digging Wires in the Walls sound? Are they reminiscent of anyone to you? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…