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[NSFW] Exclusive Premiere: Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra “Want It Back” [NSFW]

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When you’re known around the world as Amanda Fucking Palmer, people don’t expect you to play it safe. The former Dresden Doll has made a name for herself as an artist, performer, and musician based on taking risks. Whether it is writing a song about an Oasis fan’s tragic tale on her album “Who Killed Amanda Palmer?” that got her banned from British television; or fondling a fake Katy Perry along with Margaret Cho for an anti-Proposition 8 sketch; or fundraising for an album on Kickstarter and breaking the million dollar mark; or even getting married to author Neil Gaiman via flash mob, Palmer knows how to make a memorable splash.

Because of her reputation for risk taking, when we found out her new video was considered NSFW, we weren’t surprised. What we weren’t expecting was to see a gorgeously animated video filled with text running up and down Palmer’s naked body in a manner that renders the nudity far more artistic than suggestive. While many artists would be uncomfortable exposing themselves to fans, not Amanda Palmer. “I’m so comfortable being naked at this point that I almost forget..and in moments like when we made this video it’s a great advantage to feel no sense of modesty whatsoever. You’re just there, naked and working hard,” she said about the video for her latest track, “Want It Back.” “I’m also proud that the video has nudity but isn’t really sexual or erotic – it’s using the body as a raw canvas, which I love.” The video’s animation was a true labor of love. Palmer explained, “For three days straight it was just me, Jim [Batt, the director], the tattoo-grafitti artist Curran James, and a painstaking process as we created the video, shot by shot by shot. Building an animation like this is almost like building a massive, three story tower out of teeny Legos – you get to actually see your progress as you create, unlike most videos where you don’t know what you’re going to wind up with until you see an edit.”

The song “Want it Back” was recorded with her band, The Grand Theft Orchestra, their album Theatre Is Evil is due out in September. Based on the songs we’ve heard, including this track, it seems that Palmer is using the million dollars she raised on kickstarter wisely. While the song is clearly influenced by pop music, producer John Congleton (St. Vincent, Modest Mouse, Xiu Xiu) has tempered the bubblegum with dark, edgy undertones. It’s risky for an artist raised on the edges to dabble in a mainstream sound, but what else would you expect from Amanda Fucking Palmer?

Here’s the NSFW video for “Want it Back” by Amanda Palmer & The Grand Theft Orchestra:

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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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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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Nick Kroll and John Mulaney To Host Spirit Awards

The Spirit Awards Air February 25 LIVE on IFC.

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The 2017 Spirit Awards have finally found their frontmen: Nick Kroll and John Mulaney. And it’s no wonder. Just marvel in their splendid chemistry back when they appeared on Comedy Bang! Bang!:

The pair are prolific within the performing arts community: television (Kroll in The League and The Kroll Show, Mulaney as a writer of IFC’s own Documentary Now!), theater (including Broadway’s current Oh Hello Show), and stand-up comedy. In fact, it’s entirely possible that emceeing an awards show is one of the few remaining line items on their professional bucket lists.

It’s important to caveat this announcement, however. Unlike the bigger and more ubiquitously known awards shows, the Spirit Awards are not, well…boring. (We’re talking to you, Oscar.)

They’re funny. They’re honest. They have quality to match the red-carpet fanfare. And that’s alarmingly special. Last year’s show included some legitimately historic moments, like when transgender actress Mya Taylor won best supporting female, or Kate McKinnon’s hilarious and timely parody of Carol. See more highlights here to get the flavor of the Spirit Awards and read all about Film Independent to dig deeper.

The 2017 Spirit Awards air live February 25 at 5P ET exclusively on IFC.

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