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Exclusive Premiere: A peek at Typhoon’s “White Lighter” album

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When you name your band Typhoon, people expect a wall of sound to crash down on them and sweep them away. So it’s a bit unexpected when you turn on a Typhoon record and find your self facing something much more subtle and understated. While a typhoon can wreak havoc with one big wave, the band Typhoon is more like a persistent and ambitious stream that breaks down the toughest rock to create an entirely new landscape. But it’s hard not to dream big when your band has up to 14 members in it.

The Portland, Ore.,-based band’s impressive ranks frequently draws comparisons to other bands with deep membership rolls like Broken Social Scene and Arcade Fire, but there are no extraneous members in Typhoon. Their stage-filling numbers let the group offer up a dynamic sound full of energy, emotive vocals, rising guitars, swelling horns, thumping beats played out on multiple drum kits, with some strings thrown into the mix. The sheer number of instruments in the band allows them to create deep textures that build layer upon layer to, depending on the song, crash down on you or slip away quietly. It’s an impressive feat to orchestrate and Typhoon does it well.

The band’s second release, a five-track EP called “A New Kind of House,” simultaneously satisfied fans and left them wanting more. While the track “Summer Home” alone was well worth the cash, it was still only five songs. Now Typhoon is finally coming back with “White Lighter” and we are happy to premiere the teaser video for the upcoming album. “I’ve always approached songwriting from a filmic perspective,” the band’s frontman Kyle Morton said. “In many ways I consider Typhoon as a running sound-track to a fictional, cinematic version of my life. This trailer is a short adaptation of what would be the first scene of this ‘cinema.'” It’s hard to argue with the notion that Typhoon’s songs are cinematic and we’re excited to see what stories their new album holds.

Directed by Matthew Thomas Ross and written by Kyle Morton, here’s the teaser for Typhoon’s forthcoming album “White Lighter”:

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Typhoon Tour Dates:

November 2 The Shakedown Bellingham, WA
November 3 Crocodile Café Seattle, WA
November 4 Rickshaw Theatre Vancouver, BC
November 6 Top Hat Lounge Missoula, MT
November 7 Visual Arts Collective Garden City, ID
November 8 In The Venue Salt Lake City, UT
November 9 Larimer Lounge Denver, CO
November 10 The Carter Payne Colorado Springs, CO
November 11 Low Spirits Albuquerque, NM
November 13 Solar Culture Tucson, AZ
November 14 Sail Inn Tempe, AZ
November 16 The Echo Los Angeles, CA
November 17 Great American Music Hall San Francisco, CA
November 18 G St. Wunderbar Davis, CA
November 20 Wow Hall Eugene, OR
November 23 Crystal Ballroom Portland, OR

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Thank Azaria

Best. Characters. Ever.

Our favorite Hank Azaria characters.

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Hank Azaria may well be the most prolific voice and character actor of our time. The work he’s done for The Simpsons alone has earned him a permanent place in the pop culture zeitgeist. And now he’s bringing another character to the mainstream: a washed-up sports announcer named Jim Brockmire, in the aptly titled new series Brockmire.

We’re looking forward to it. So much so that we want to look backward, too, with a short-but-sweet retrospective of some of Azaria’s important characters. Shall we begin?

Half The Recurring Simpsons Characters

He’s Comic Book Guy. He’s Chief Wiggum. He’s Apu. He’s Cletus. He’s Snake. He’s Superintendent Chalmers. He’s the Sea Captain. He’s Kurt “Can I Borrow A Feeling” Van Houten. He’s Professor Frink. He’s Carl. And he’s many more. But most importantly he’s Moe Szyslak, the staple character Azaria has voiced since his very first audition for The Simpsons.

Oh, and He’s Frank Grimes

For all the regular Simpsons characters Azaria has played over the years, his most brilliant performance may have been a one-off: Frank Grimes, the scrappy bootstrapper who worked tirelessly all his life for honest, incremental, and easily-undermined success. Azaria’s portrayal of this character was nuanced, emotional, and simply magical.

Patches O’Houlihan

Dodgeball is a “sport of violence, exclusion and degradation.” as Hank Azaria generously points out in his brief but crucial cameo in Dodgeball. That’s sage wisdom. Try applying his “five D’s” to your life on and off the court and enjoy the results.

Harold Zoid

Of Futurama fame. The crazy uncle of Dr. Zoidberg, Harold Zoid was once a lion (or lobster) of the silver screen until Smell-o-vision forced him into retirement.

Agador

The Birdcage was significant for many reasons, and the comic genius of Hank Azaria’s character “Agador” sits somewhere towards the top of that list. If you haven’t seen this movie, shame on you.

Gargamel

Nobody else could make a live-action Gargamel possible.

Ed Cochran

From Ray Donovan. Great character, great last name [editorial note: the author of this article may be bias].

Kahmunra, The Thinker, Abe Lincoln

All in the Night At The Museum: Battle Of The Smithsonian, a file that let Azaria flex his voice acting and live-action muscles in one fell swoop.

The Blue Raja

Mystery Men has everything, including a fatal case of Smash Mouth. Azaria’s iconic superhero makes the shortlist of redeemable qualities, though.

Dr. Huff

Huff put Azaria in a leading role, and it was good. So good that there is no good gif of it. Internet? More like Inter-not.

Learn more about Hank Azaria’s newest claim to fame right here, and don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Brockmire and Other Public Implosions

Brockmire Premieres April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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There’s less than a month until the Brockmire premiere, and to say we’re excited would be an insulting understatement. It’s not just that it stars Hank Azaria, who can do no wrong (and yes, that’s including Mystery Men, which is only cringeworthy because of Smash Mouth). It’s that the whole backstory of the titular character, Jim Brockmire, is the stuff of legends. A one-time iconic sportscaster who won the hearts of fans and players alike, he fell from grace after an unfortunate personal event triggered a seriously public meltdown. See for yourself in the NSFW Funny or Die digital short that spawned the IFC series:

See? NSFW and spectacularly catastrophic in a way that could almost be real. Which got us thinking: What are some real-life sports fails that have nothing to do with botched athletics and everything to do with going tragically off script? The internet is a dark and dirty place, friends, but these three examples are pretty special and mostly safe for work…

Disgruntled Sports Reporter

His co-anchor went offsides and he called it like he saw it.

Jim Rome vs Jim “Not Chris” Everett

You just don’t heckle a professional athlete when you’re within striking distance. Common sense.

Carl Lewis’s National Anthem

He killed it! As in murdered. It’s dead.

To see more moments just like these, we recommend spending a day in your pajamas combing through the muckiness of the internet. But to see something that’s Brockmire-level funny without having to clear your browser history, check out the sneak peeks and extras here.

Don’t miss the premiere of Brockmire April 5 at 10P on IFC.

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Portlandia Season 7 In Hindsight

Portlandia Season 7 Now Available Online and on the IFC App.

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Another season of Portlandia is behind us, and oh what a season it was. We laughed. We cried. And we chuckled uncomfortably while glancing nervously around the room. Like every season before it, the latest Portlandia has held a mirror up to ridiculousness of modern American life, but more than ever that same mirror has reflected our social reality in ways that are at once hysterical and sneakily thought-provoking. Here are just a few of the issues they tackled:

Nationalism

So long, America, Portland is out! And yes, the idea of Portland seceding is still less ludicrous than building a wall.

Men’s Rights

We all saw this coming. Exit gracefully, dudes.

Protests

Whatever you stand for, stand for it together. Or with at least one other person.

Free Love

No matter who we are or how we love, deep down we all have the ability to get stalky.

Social Status

Modern self-esteem basically hinges on likes, so this isn’t really a stretch at all.

These moments are just the tip of the iceberg, and much more can be found in the full seventh season of #Portlandia, available right now #online and on the #IFC app.

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