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Exclusive Premiere: Sound And Vision: Blake Mills

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Meet Blake Mills. At 25, the Venice-based musician has already stacked up a career’s worth of gigs as a session and touring guitarist, playing with a diverse array of musicians that span from Cass McCombs to Conor Oberst to Lykke Li to Kid Rock. When producer Rick Rubin needs a guitarist, Mills is the first guy he calls. He’s worked with everyone from Mark Ronson to Dangermouse to Don Was. Yet, for despite his eye-popping resume, Mills has never really released an album. Well, sort of. While his album “Break Mirrors” has been out on Record Collection since November 2010, it never really “came out.” The album wasn’t sold in stores, didn’t have a barcode, was never sent out to radio or to press, etc. But as friends burned copies for their friends and a small cult following ensued, word about Blake and “Break Mirrors” got out.

Then there are his impromptu jams at Mollusk Surf Shop in Venice, CA. At first it was just Blake and his girlfriend (of the up-and-coming LA band HAIM) performing, but as rumors of the music spread, people started coming out of the woodwork to watch and to sit in. People like Jackson Brown, Cass Mccombs, Jenny Lewis, Charlie Sexton, Billy Gibbons, Dave Rawlings, Val Mccallum, Smokey Hormel, and Matt Sweeney have all swung by the shop to play with Blake.

Blake spent much of last year touring with and opening for the legendary Lucinda Williams and this summer/fall he is the special guest for Fiona Apple’s entire US tour and will accompany her on guitar during her set.

In his spare time, Blake has taken up producing. Most recently he co-produced the new Jesca Hoop record, co-produced a track with Bill Gibbons for the forthcoming Fleetwood Mac tribute record (Concord), produced the latest album from Nonesuch artist Sara Watkins and produced some tracks for former bandmates Dawes.

Blake Mills is somebody to watch. Luckily, you can. Right here in the fourth installment of Sound & Vision, a series of web documentaries highlighting the individual stories of emerging artists. For more information about Sound & Vision visit redbullsoundstage.com:

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Inauguration Alternative

Bill Murray On Repeat

It's a movie "Murray-thon" all-day Friday on IFC.

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Democrats, Republicans and Millennials agree: 2017 is shaping up to be a spectacle — a spectacle that really kicks into high gear this Friday with the presidential inauguration. Not only will the new POTUS swear in, but all the Country’s highest offices will be filled. It’s a daunting prospect, and to feel a little anxious about it is only normal. But if your anxiety is snowballing into panic, we have a solution:
Bill Murray.

He’s the human embodiment of a mental “Happy Place”, and there’s really no problem he can’t solve. So, with that in mind, how about we all set aside reality for a moment and let Bill take the pain away by imagining a top-shelf White House cabinet filled exclusively by his signature characters. Here are a few hypothetical appointments for your consideration…

Secretary of Defense:
Bill Murray from Stripes

His incompetence is balanced by charm, and dumb luck is inexplicably on his side. America could do worse.

Secretary of State:
Bill Murray from Lost In Translation

A seasoned globetrotter steeped in regional traditions who has the respect of the whole wide world. And he kills Costello in karaoke, which is very important.

Press Secretary:
Bill Murray from Ghostbusters

“Cats and dogs, living together. Mass hysteria.” Dude knows how to brief a room.

Secretary of Health and Human Services:
Bill Murray from What About Bob.

A doctor-approved people person who knows that progress is measured in baby steps.

Secretary of Energy:
Bill Murray from Groundhog Day

Let’s be honest, this world is going to need a lot of do-overs.

Feeling better? Hold on to that bliss. And enjoy a healthy alternative to the inauguration brouhaha with multiple Murrays all Friday long in an IFC movie marathon including Kingpin, Zombieland, Ghostbusters, and Ghostbusters II.

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Hank Azaria Gets Thrown A Curve Ball

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P

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Unless you’ve somehow missed every episode of the Simpsons since 1989, then surely you know that Hank Azaria is one of the most important character actors of our time. He’s so prolific and his voice is so dynamic that he’s responsible for more iconic personalities than most folks realize. Basically, he’s the great and powerful Oz — except that when you pull back the curtain the truth is actually more impressive. And now Hank is coming to IFC to bring yet another character to the TV pop culture hive mind in the new series Brockmire. Check out the trailer below.

Based on the following Funny or Die short and co-starring Amanda Peet, Brockmire follows the story of imploded major league sportscaster Jim Brockmire as he tries to resurrect his career by calling plays for a floundering minor league team in a podunk town.

The series is written by Joel Church-Cooper (Undateable) and produced by Funny or Die’s Mike Farah and Joe Farrell, meaning that there’s funny in front of the camera, funny behind the camera–funny all around. Sounds like a ball to us.

Brockmire premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Car Notes

Portlandia On People Who Can’t Park

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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If flagrant bad parking takes nerve, then retaliatory note writing takes neuroses. Watch Fred and Carrie take passive aggression to next level in Car Notes, the new Portlandia web series presented by Subaru. The first episode is yours right here and now, and you can see every installment of Car Notes anytime online, on the IFC app and on demand.

Portlandia returns tonight at 10P on IFC.

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