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Exclusive Premiere: CALLmeKAT “Sunny Day”

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Danish songstress CALLmeKAT blissfully blends her beautifully airy voice with a synth-pop aesthetic that makes for a quiet dance party. CALLmeKAT is the recording moniker of Katrine Ottosen, a singer and musician from Copenhagen, Denmark and she’s one of those artists that has been quietly generating some of the most incredible music around while flying well under most people’s radars. That’s all about to change though when she hits the road this month with indie darling Rocky Votolato.

As CALLmeKAT, Ottosen makes light-as-air synth-infused pop that matches melancholy with melody. She has a knack for pairing the organic sound of her wistful voice with her electronic love of vintage and analog keyboards. The result is a surprising blues-affected sultry lo-fi sound sure to make fans of anyone with a pulse. CALLmeKAT? Sure, when your music is this dreamy we’ll call you whatever you want.

Watch our exclusive premiere of CALLmeKAT’s “Sunny Day”:

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CallMeKat Tour Dates:

May 22nd BOSTON, MA, TT THE BEARS (US) *
May 23rd NEW YORK, NY, STUDIO AT WEBSTER HALL (US) *
May 24th PHILADELPHIA, PA, MILKBOY (US) *
May 25th WASHINGTON, DC, RED PALACE (US) *
May 26th CHAPEL HILL, NC, LOCAL 506 (US) *
May 27th COLUMBIA, SC, NEW BROOKLAND TAVERN (US) *
May 29th ATLANTA, GA, DRUNKEN UNICORN (US) *
May 30th NASHVILLE, TN , THE END (US) *
May 31st COLUMBUS, OH, THE BASEMENT (US) *
June 1st INDIANAPOLIS, IN, WHITE RABBIT CABARET (US) *
June 2nd CHAMPAIGN, IL, MIKE N MOLLY’S (US) *
June 3rd ST. LOUIS, MO, VINTAGE VINYL (US) *
June 4th COLUMBIA, MO, MOJO’S (US) *
June 6th DENVER, CO, HIGH DIVE (US) *
June 7th PROVO, UT, VELOUR (US) *
June 8th BOISE, ID , NEUROLUX (US) *
June 9th SEATTLE, WA, NEUMO’S (US) *

* w/ Rocky Votolato

The-Craft

The ’90s Are Back

The '90s live again during IFC's weekend marathon.

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We know what you’re thinking: “Why on Earth would anyone want to reanimate the decade that gave us Haddaway, Los Del Rio, and Smash Mouth, not to mention Crystal Pepsi?”

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Thoughts like those are normal. After all, we tend to remember lasting psychological trauma more vividly than fleeting joy. But if you dig deep, you’ll rediscover that the ’90s gave us so much to fondly revisit. Consider the four pillars of true ’90s culture.

Boy Bands

We all pretended to hate them, but watch us come alive at a karaoke bar when “I Want It That Way” comes on. Arguably more influential than Brit Pop and Grunge put together, because hello – Justin Timberlake. He’s a legitimate cultural gem.

Man-Child Movies

Adam Sandler is just behind The Simpsons in terms of his influence on humor. Somehow his man-child schtick didn’t get old until the aughts, and his success in that arena ushered in a wave of other man-child movies from fellow ’90s comedians. RIP Chris Farley (and WTF Rob Schneider).

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Teen Angst

In horror, dramas, comedies, and everything in between: Troubled teens! Getting into trouble! Who couldn’t relate to their First World problems, plaid flannels, and lose grasp of the internet?

Mainstream Nihilism

From the Coen Bros to Fincher to Tarantino, filmmakers on the verge of explosive popularity seemed interested in one thing: mind f*cking their audiences by putting characters in situations (and plot lines) beyond anyone’s control.

Feeling better about that walk down memory lane? Good. Enjoy the revival.

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And revisit some important ’90s classics all this weekend during IFC’s ’90s Marathon. Check out the full schedule here.

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Get Physical

DVDs are the new Vinyl

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available On Disc.

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In this crazy digital age, sometimes all we really want is to reach out and touch something. Maybe that’s why so many of us are still gung-ho about owning stuff on DVD. It’s tangible. It’s real. It’s tech from a bygone era that still feels relevant, yet also kitschy and retro. It’s basically vinyl for people born after 1990.

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Inevitably we all have that friend whose love of the disc is so absolutely repellent that he makes the technology less appealing. “The resolution, man. The colors. You can’t get latitude like that on a download.” Go to hell, Tim.

Yes, Tim sucks, and you don’t want to be like Tim, but maybe he’s onto something and DVD is still the future. Here are some benefits that go beyond touch.

It’s Decor and Decorum

With DVDs and a handsome bookshelf you can show off your great taste in film and television without showing off your search history. Good for first dates, dinner parties, family reunions, etc.

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Forget Public Wifi

Warm up that optical drive. No more awkwardly streaming episodes on shady free wifi!

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Inter-not

Internet service goes down. It happens all the time. It could happen right now. Then what? Without a DVD on hand you’ll be forced to make eye contact with your friends and family. Or worse – conversation.

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Self Defense

You can’t throw a download like a ninja star. Think about it.

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If you’d like to experience the benefits DVD ownership yourself, Portlandia Season 7 is now available on DVD and Blue-Ray.

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Stan Diego Comic-Con

Stan Against Evil returns November 1st.

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Another Comic-Con International is in the can, and multiple nerdgasms were had by all – not least of which were about the Stan Against Evil roundtable discussion. Dana, Janet and John dropped a whole lotta information on what’s to come in Season 2 and what it’s like to get covered in buckets of demon goo. Here are the highlights.

Premiere Date!

Season 2 hits the air November 1 and picks up right where things left off. Consider this your chance to seamlessly continue your Halloween binge.

Character Deets!

Most people know that Evie was written especially for Janet, but did you know that Stan is based on Dana Gould’s dad? It’s true. But that’s where the homage ends, because McGinley was taken off the leash to really build a unique character.

Happy Accidents!

Improv is apparently everything, because according to Gould the funniest material happens on the fly. We bet the writers are totally cool with it.

Exposed Roots!

If Stan fans are also into Twin Peaks and Doctor Who, that’s no accident. Both of those cult classic genre benders were front of mind when Stan was being developed.

Trailer Treasure!

Yep. A new trailer dropped. Feast your eyes.

Catch up on Stan Against Evil’s first season on the IFC app before it returns November 1st on IFC.