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Exclusive Premiere: The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia narrated by Devendra Banhart

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When you think of Brazilian music, you probably think of Joao Gilberto tunes flitting over the beaches of Ipanema. But that just means you haven’t heard of Tim Maia, who brought American soul, disco and funk to his native Rio De Janeiro. The result is a downright mesmerizing blend of carioca sound with a Motown twist, as if Barry White took up a residency at the Copacabana Palace. It’s a musical blend that works so well and so seemingly effortlessly that you wonder why no one else thought of the combination. “Tim was the Big Bang who completely changed the scene when he arrived at the turn of the ’70s,” said Nelson Motta, the author of “Vale Tudo: O Som e a Fúria de Tim Maia” (“Anything Goes: The Sound and the Fury of Tim Maia”) speaking to the New York Times. “He took the black American thing and mixed it with Brazilian forms like samba, baião and xaxado, inaugurating a new direction in Brazilian pop that remains popular even today: that of urban black music.” David Byrne’s record label Luaka Bop just released the best of the legendary Godfather of Brazilian Soul on an album title “Nobody Can Live Forever: The Existential Soul of Tim Maia,” which you can stream here courtesy of Luaka Bop. It’s the fourth release in the label’s World Psychedelic Classics series and one that should be in heavy rotation.

Tim Maia’s reputation wasn’t just built on his prodigious talent, though. His status as a legend was also derived by his outlandish behavior, driven by spiritual and carnal passions. He married five times, he bought 100 hits of LSD and doled them out to the staff of his record label, he joined a UFO-loving cult and spent his time wearing white and watching for spaceships. To help introduce the rest of the world to the legend of the “American Sly Stone,” a team of ten people from three different companies collected stories from Maia’s old band members and friends, label personnel and various journalists in Brazil and America to create a visual retelling of the strange life and times of Tim Maia. The result is an animated short film, narrated by Devendra Banhart, sure to earn Maia more fans of his incredible talent.

Watch our exclusive premiere of “The Existential Adventures of Tim Maia,” narrated by Devendra Banhart, and discover this Brazilian music legend:

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As the Spoof Turns

15 Hilarious Soap Opera Parodies

Catch the classic sitcom Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

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The soap opera is the indestructible core of television fandom. We celebrate modern series like The Wire and Breaking Bad with their ongoing storylines, but soap operas have been tangling more plot threads than a quilt for decades. Which is why pop culture enjoys parodying them so much.

Check out some of the funniest soap opera parodies below, and be sure to catch Soap Saturday mornings on IFC.

1. Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman

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Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman was a cult hit soap parody from the mind of Norman Lear that poked daily fun at the genre with epic twists and WTF moments. The first season culminated in a perfect satire of ratings stunts, with Mary being both confined to a psychiatric facility and chosen to be part of a Nielsen ratings family.


2. IKEA Heights

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IKEA Heights proves that the soap opera is alive and well, even if it has to be filmed undercover at a ready-to-assemble furniture store totally unaware of what’s happening. This unique webseries brought the classic formula to a new medium. Even IKEA saw the funny side — but has asked that future filmmakers apply through proper channels.


3. Fresno

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When you’re parodying ’80s nighttime soaps like Dallas and Dynasty , everything about your show has to equally sumptuous. The 1986 CBS miniseries Fresno delivered with a high-powered cast (Carol Burnett, Teri Garr and more in haute couture clothes!) locked in the struggle for the survival of a raisin cartel.


4. Soap

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Soap was the nighttime response to daytime soap operas: a primetime skewering of everything both silly and satisfying about the source material. Plots including demonic possession and alien abduction made it a cult favorite, and necessitated the first televised “viewer discretion” disclaimer. It also broke ground for featuring one of the first gay characters on television in the form of Billy Crystal’s Jodie Dallas. Revisit (or discover for the first time) this classic sitcom every Saturday morning on IFC.


5. Too Many Cooks

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Possibly the most perfect viral video ever made, Too Many Cooks distilled almost every style of television in a single intro sequence. The soap opera elements are maybe the most hilarious, with more characters and sudden shocking twists in an intro than most TV scribes manage in an entire season.


6. Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace

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Garth Marenghi’s Darkplace was more mockery than any one medium could handle. The endless complications of Darkplace Hospital are presented as an ongoing horror soap opera with behind-the-scenes anecdotes from writer, director, star, and self-described “dreamweaver visionary” Garth Marenghi and astoundingly incompetent actor/producer Dean Learner.


7. “Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive,” MadTV

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Soap opera connoisseurs know that the most melodramatic plots are found in Korea. MADtv‘s parody Tae Do  (translation: Attitudes and Feelings, Both Desirable and Sometimes Secretive) features the struggles of mild-mannered characters with far more feelings than their souls, or subtitles, could ever cope with.


8. Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks, the twisted parody of small town soaps like Peyton Place whose own creator repeatedly insists is not a parody, has endured through pop culture since it changed television forever when it debuted in 1990. The show even had it’s own soap within in a soap called…


9. “Invitation to Love,” Twin Peaks

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Twin Peaks didn’t just parody soap operas — it parodied itself parodying soap operas with the in-universe show Invitation to Love. That’s more layers of deceit and drama than most televised love triangles.


10. “As The Stomach Turns,” The Carol Burnett Show

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The Carol Burnett Show poked fun at soaps with this enduring take on As The World Turns. In a case of life imitating art, one story involving demonic possession would go on to happen for “real” on Days of Our Lives.


11. Days of our Lives (Friends Edition)

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Still airing today, Days of Our Lives is one of the most famous soap operas of all time. They’re also excellent sports, as they allowed Friends star Joey Tribbiani to star as Dr Drake Ramoray, the only doctor to date his own stalker (while pretending to be his own evil twin). And then return after a brain-transplant.

And let’s not forget the greatest soap opera parody line ever written: “Come on Joey, you’re going up against a guy who survived his own cremation!”


12. Acorn Antiques

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First appearing on the BBC sketch comedy series Victoria Wood As Seen on TV, Acorn Antiques combines almost every low-budget soap opera trope into one amazing whole. The staff of a small town antique store suffer a disproportional number of amnesiac love-triangles, while entire storylines suddenly appear and disappear without warning or resolution. Acorn Antiques was so popular, it went on to become a hit West End musical.


13. “Point Place,” That 70s Show

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In a memorable That ’70s Show episode, an unemployed Red is reduced to watching soaps all day. He becomes obsessed despite the usual Red common-sense objections (like complaining that it’s impossible to fall in love with someone in a coma). His dreams render his own life as Point Place, a melodramatic nightmare where Kitty leaves him because he’s unemployed. (Click here to see all airings of That ’70s Show on IFC.)


14. The Spoils of Babylon

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Bursting from the minds of Will Ferrell and creators Andrew Steele and Matt Piedmont, The Spoils of Babylon was a spectacular parody of soap operas and epic mini-series like The Thorn Birds. Taking the parody even further, Ferrell himself played Eric Jonrosh, the author of the book on which the series was based. Jonrosh returned in The Spoils Before Dying, a jazzy murder mystery with its own share of soapy twists and turns.

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15. All My Children Finale, SNL

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SNL‘s final celebration of one of the biggest soaps of all time is interrupted by a relentless series of revelations from stage managers, lighting designers, make-up artists, and more. All of whom seem to have been married to or murdered by (or both) each other.

Exclusive download: Petra Haden “Superman Theme”

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When Petra Haden goes to the movies, she leaves doing a cappella renditions of the soundtrack theme songs. If you’re craving something invigorating, and a little old school, after all those “Man of Steel” trailers with the obligatory, overly grandiose, ubiquitous score — then we have just the thing!

Haden’s whimsical treatment of the classic Superman theme could not have come at a better time. Grab that below and watch the mind blowing visuals to go along with it (3D glasses might make you feel like you’re wearing red and blue spandex all over).


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“Petra Goes To The Movies” is out this January 22nd on Anti- with a cappella covers of films such as “Rebel Without A Cause,” “Taxi Driver,” and “Psycho.” Haden also sings that amazing song from Tootsie, “It Might Be You,” which should have you hugging hubby real fast, or going out to look for one with it playing in your head.


We know you mimic movie soundtracks with your voice too, let us know your favorites in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

Exclusive Premiere: Matt Pond “Love To Get Used”

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After releasing a series of critically-acclaimed albums and earning an ardent fanbase, some artists would leave well enough alone. Not so for Matt Pond, who after releasing eight albums under the moniker Matt Pond PA, has dropped the “PA” and is releasing his first official solo album, “The Lives Inside The Lines Of Your Hand,” which is due out on February 5th.

The album features Pond’s trademark moody and subdued indie rock, with a subtle dance infused vibe. “I broke my leg last year on tour,” Pond explains in the album’s electronic press kit (EPK). “When you can’t move, you kinda wanna be able to move, to dance, or something. There’s a lot of movement on this album, and that was definitely intentional.” “Love To Get Used” is the first single from Pond’s new album. “The song specifically references the explorer side of my family,” says Pond. “An endless loop of pride and regret, battling through a history of late nights.”

Watch our exclusive premiere of Matt Pond “Love To Get Used”:

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Matt Pond Tour Dates

12.07 – St. Augustine, FL @ Anchor Botique ^
12.08 – Naples, FL @ Fleischmann Park ^
12.09 – Orlando, FL @ Lil Indies ^
02.06 – Portland, ME @ Port City Music Hall *
02.07 – Hartford, CT @ Arch Street Tavern *
02.08 – New York, NY @ Webster Hall *
02.09 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar *
02.10 – Charlottesville, VA @ The Southern Cafe *
02.12 – Cincinnati, OH @ The Taft Theatre *
02.13 – Louisville, KY @ Headliner’s *
02.14 – Columbus, OH@ Wexner Center *
02.15 – St Louis, MO @ Firebird *
02.17 – Nashville, TN @ Mercy Lounge *
02.18 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade [Purgatory] *
02.19 – Ybor City, FL @ Crowbar *
02.20 – Orlando, FL @ The Social *
02.22 – Houston, TX @ House of Blues Houston [Bronze Peacock] *
02.23 – Austin, TX @ Stubb’s Jr. *
02.24 – Dallas, TX @ House of Blues *
02.26 – Phoenix, AZ @ Crescent Ballroom *
02.28 – Los Angeles, CA @ The Echo *
03.03 – Portland, OR @ Mississippi Studios *
03.04 – Eugene, OR @ Cozmic *
03.05 – Seattle, WA @ The Crocodile *
03.08 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe *
03.09 – Chicago, IL @ Metro *
03.10 – Cleveland, OH @ Grog Shop *
03.11 – Toronto, ONT @ Horseshoe Tavern #
03.13 – Ithaca, NY @ The Haunt #
03.14 – Boston, MA @ Brighton Music Hall #
03.15 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
03.16 – Washington, DC @ 930 Club #

^ Matt Pond Acoustic Show
* = w/ Jukebox the Ghost, Matt Pond & Lighthouse and the Whaler
# = w/ Jukebox the Ghost, Matt Pond & The Spring Standards

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