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Exclusive Premiere: Wintersleep “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)”

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In your life and your line of work, you may not need to know much about Nova Scotia’s exports. But know this: Wintersleep is one of the province’s finest products. The band has been cranking out four album’s worth of exemplary indie rock since forming in 2001 and has even reached that peculiar pinnacle of rock success, an appearance on the Late Show with David Letterman. “Hello Hum” is Wintersleep’s fifth album, and the follow-up to 2010’s Canadian chart-maker “New Inheritors.” This time around, the band decided to enlist the help of Grammy-winning producer and mixer Dave Fridmann (best known as the man behind the Flaming Lips‘ albums). The results are a mix of fuzzed out songs set to staccato rhythms, soaring stadium block rockers, and stately anthems that frontman Paul Murphy tops with simple, memorable melodies.

The single, “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)” is filled with looping riffs layered atop buzzing beats that slowly builds up before hitting a brooding crescendo that sucks you in. The video, directed by Chris Mills, shows a slightly sillier side of the indie rock band. “This is a bit of a whacky video for us,” Wintersleep’s singer Paul Murphy said. “Chris Mills sent a few different threads of ideas for this ranging from pretty literal vids that presented something more based on the lyrics to some pretty absurdly silly ones. In the end we decided to just have fun with it and went with a bit more of a quirky treatment. All really big fans of animated vids and Chris’s animations particularly.. And i say Silly but this also has something sort of pure and playful raw and innocent about it feel wise. I think that is what connects it to the track.”

Watch Wintersleep “Nothing Is Anything (Without You)”:

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Tour Dates:

October 29 Great Scott Boston, MA
October 30 Knitting Factory Brooklyn, NY
November 1 DC9 Washington, DC
November 3 The Pyramid Scheme Grand Rapids, MI
November 4 Empty Bottle Chicago, IL
November 5 7th Street Entry Minneapolis, MN
November 15 Columbia City Theater Seattle, WA
November 16 Doug Fir Lounge Portland, OR
November 18 The New Parish Oakland, CA
November 20 The Echo Los Angeles, CA

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G.I. Jeez

Stomach Bugs and Prom Dates

E.Coli High is in your gut and on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Brothers-in-law Kevin Barker and Ben Miller have just made the mother of all Comedy Crib series, in the sense that their Comedy Crib series is a big deal and features a hot mom. Animated, funny, and full of horrible bacteria, the series juxtaposes timeless teen dilemmas and gut-busting GI infections to create a bite-sized narrative that’s both sketchy and captivating. The two sat down, possibly in the same house, to answer some questions for us about the series. Let’s dig in….

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IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

BEN: Hi ummm uhh hi ok well its like umm (gets really nervous and blows it)…

KB: It’s like the Super Bowl meets the Oscars.

IFC: How would you describe E.Coli High to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

BEN: Oh wow, she’s really cute isn’t she? I’d definitely blow that too.

KB: It’s a cartoon that is happening inside your stomach RIGHT NOW, that’s why you feel like you need to throw up.

IFC: What was the genesis of E.Coli High?

KB: I had the idea for years, and when Ben (my brother-in-law, who is a special needs teacher in Philly) began drawing hilarious comics, I recruited him to design characters, animate the series, and do some writing. I’m glad I did, because Ben rules!

BEN: Kevin told me about it in a park and I was like yeah that’s a pretty good idea, but I was just being nice. I thought it was dumb at the time.

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IFC: What makes going to proms and dating moms such timeless and oddly-relatable subject matter?

BEN: Since the dawn of time everyone has had at least one friend with a hot mom. It is physically impossible to not at least make a comment about that hot mom.

KB: Who among us hasn’t dated their friend’s mom and levitated tables at a prom?

IFC: Why do you think the world is ready for this series?

BEN: There’s a lot of content now. I don’t think anyone will even notice, but it’d be cool if they did.

KB: A show about talking food poisoning bacteria is basically the same as just watching the news these days TBH.

Watch E.Coli High below and discover more NYTVF selections from years past on IFC’s Comedy Crib.

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Hacked In

Funny or Die Is Taking Over

FOD TV comes to IFC every Saturday night.

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We’ve been fans of Funny or Die since we first met The Landlord. That enduring love makes it more than logical, then, that IFC is totally cool with FOD hijacking the airwaves every Saturday night. Yes, that’s happening.

The appropriately titled FOD TV looks like something pulled from public access television in the nineties. Like lo-fi broken-antenna reception and warped VHS tapes. Equal parts WTF and UHF.

Get ready for characters including The Shirtless Painter, Long-Haired Businessmen, and Pigeon Man. They’re aptly named, but for a better sense of what’s in store, here’s a taste of ASMR with Kelly Whispers:

Watch FOD TV every Saturday night during IFC’s regularly scheduled movies.

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Wicked Good

See More Evil

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is on Hulu.

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Okay, so you missed the entire first season of Stan Against Evil. There’s no shame in that, per se. But here’s the thing: Season 2 is just around the corner and you don’t want to lag behind. After all, Season 1 had some critical character development, not to mention countless plot twists, and a breathless finale cliffhanger that’s been begging for resolution since last fall. It also had this:

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The good news is that you can catch up right now on Hulu. Phew. But if you aren’t streaming yet, here’s a basic primer…

Willards Mill Is Evil

Stan spent his whole career as sheriff oblivious to the fact that his town has a nasty curse. Mostly because his recently-deceased wife was secretly killing demons and keeping Stan alive.

Demons Really Want To Kill Stan

The curse on Willards Mill stipulates that damned souls must hunt and kill each and every town sheriff, or “constable.” Oh, and these demons are shockingly creative.

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They Also Want To Kill Evie

Why? Because Evie’s a sheriff too, and the curse on Willard’s Mill doesn’t have a “one at a time” clause. Bummer, Evie.

Stan and Evie Must Work Together

Beating the curse will take two, baby, but that’s easier said than done because Stan doesn’t always seem to give a damn. Damn!

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Beware of Goats

It goes without saying for anyone who’s seen the show: If you know that ancient evil wants to kill you, be wary of anything that has cloven feet.

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Season 2 Is Lurking

Scary new things are slouching towards Willards Mill. An impending darkness descending on Stan, Evie and their cohort – eviler evil, more demony demons, and whatnot. And if Stan wants to survive, he’ll have to get even Stanlier.

Stan Against Evil Season 1 is now streaming right now on Hulu.

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