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Exclusive Premiere: Michael Zapruder “Florida”

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People don’t talk about the poetry of indie rock very often. But Michael Zapruder is looking to change that. His forthcoming album, Pink Thunder, is a collaboration between the singer-songwriter and 23 poets, three engineers, and a few dozen musicians, out October 16 on The Kora Records. Zapruder was inspired by the poets and their art when he met them on the Poetry Bus, a rock-style tour of performing poets, organized by Wave Books, which is co-run by Michael’s brother, poet Matthew Zapruder.

The result is a collection of free-verse indie pop poetry featuring Zapruder’s adept guitar work, minimalist rhythms and subtly colorful hooks along with lyrics inspired the poets. The first single off the album, “Florida”, was inspired by a poem by Travis Nichols. Such free-form creativity isn’t unusual for Zapruder. Way back in 1999, when the internet’s potential was still nascent, Zapruder tasked himself with writing a song a week and uploaded it to his website. He collected the songs on an album “52 Songs,” earning critical accolades and a reputation as an internet visionary, which he translated into a career as Pandora’s music curator.

Zapruder’s music distribution creativity didn’t end with the advent of YouTube. His new songs will be sold as portmanteaus, a new release format for music: an album as an art show; a single as art-object. A portmanteau is composed of two parts: a digital music player enclosed in a little base or platform; and an object, related to the music, that sits on top of that base. Check some of them out here. Each song on “Pink Thunder” has its own unique portmanteau. If you’re in San Francisco, you can see the portmanteaus at The Curiosity Shoppe from Oct. 18th-Nov. 18th.

In the video for “Florida,” Zapruder combines his songwriting, love of poetry, and creativity with an incredible video directed by Jesse Yules (Grizzly Bear, Of Montreal, Owen Pallett), the video was inspired by illustrated animal books from the 70s, which were printed on watercolor paper and animated using thread and swivel brackets.

Watch Michael Zapruder’s “Florida”:

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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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