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Exclusive premiere: Paul Brill “Last W+T”

An image from Paul Brill's music video "Last M+T"

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Brooklyn-based musician Paul Brill has made a name for himself in Hollywood, scoring songs for such films as “Page One: Inside the NY Times,” “The Devil Came on Horseback,” “Freakonomics,” and even shows like “Steven Seagal: Lawman.” But he’s also a solo artist, and we have the exclusive video premiere for his bouncy rock track “Last W+T.”

Featuring layered animation that recalls something from Terry Gilliam, the video was directed by Michael Arthur who provided a statement which you’ll find below below. You can find more about Paul at PaulBrill.com and via his Facebook page.

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Director’s Statement – Michael Arthur:

When I first heard “Last W&T,” I was struck by one of my favorite qualities in a great pop song, the combination of a seemingly effortless pop joy with an almost melancholy lyrical ambivalence. That sort of sophisticated tension gave me a guiding direction that allowed me the freedom to draw whatever came in to my head and not worry too much about about how the images would tie together. I figured if I could just tap into — and trust — the duality so evident in the music, then the drawings would all work out.

A few images came immediately. One of my first drawings for the video was the skeleton playing the flute and that led me to other skeletal drawings–It’s such a great cartoon trope, the darkness of death made almost cute. The other image that came very strongly to mind was a man being tossed at sea in a too-small boat. These drawings sort of took me along to the larger dream-scapes of the piece, images taken directly and indirectly from the lyrics. It all seemed pretty disconnected and dreamy–images and scenes tied together primarily because they were childlike metaphors for both death and the way we struggle along the best we can.

Finally — pretty late in the drawing process — I imagined someone drifting off to sleep in an arm-chair because they were too tired to go upstairs to bed — someone who worked hard and didn’t maybe get enough done despite their best efforts, wondering and dreaming about his end. I enjoy the process of discovery when I’m working on a project and I try not to have too many preconceived notions about structure and images. In this case, I allowed the song to inspire the drawings and I just tried to follow the impulses where they took me…

Leave your thoughts about the video in the comments below!

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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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