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Exclusive Premiere: Hortlax Cobra “Wasteland”

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Hortlax Cobra is the nom de plume — or, rather, nom de dance project — of John Eriksson from Peter Bjorn and John. (This is not to be confused with Smile, the new side project from Peter Bjorn and John’s Björn Yttling, of course.) The album, which debuted back in June was released on Ingrid, a record label formed by Peter Bjorn and John, Lykke Li, Miike Snow and other noted Swedish artists. As Hortlax Cobra, Eriksson delves deep in to the world of dance music, but stops just shy of they hardened ear-splitting EDM of some of his other dance world peers. Instead, Hortlax Cobra produces music that spans genres, building melodies layer by later into a cresting wave of beats that just makes you want to move.

His latest single “Wasteland” is ma Eriksson offered up this description of the songwriting and video-making process: “The track “Wasteland” was the last song I recorded for the Night Shift album. The record was almost finished but I needed one more song with vocals on it and this time I wanted to try to write a good lyric. Since I’m Swedish I’m not totally sure that I succeeded but I put a lot of effort in it. I wanted to capture the powerlessness a lot of people feel when they understand that the future of our world is in the hands of a very small group of very rich people. And after spending far too much of my own money on a cobra mask and a ventriloquist doll I needed to find someone who could make a cheap video for the track. So I asked a completely broke friend of mine if he could do it. My friend has managed to live outside the system for like 15 years so he was definitely the right person to make a video for this song.”

Watch our exclusive premiere of Hortlax Cobra “Wasteland”:

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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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