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Exclusive premiere: Frontier Ruckus “Careening Catalog Immemorial”

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Sometimes the authorial intent of a song meets the vision of a director and a music video is born with such clarity that from that point on neither can exist in the mind without the other. This is the case with Frontier Ruckus‘ “Careening Catalog Immemorial” through the lens of director David Meiklejohn, a vision reminiscent of the urban haute bourgeoisie aesthetic of Whit Stillman — if his film musings had been set to a coming of age song in the Midwest.

“The filmmaker Derek Jarman once wrote that he ‘had seen very few films on male love which are gentle, they usually have a violent subtext,’ and I took that as a challenge,” Meiklejohn said of his fantastically refreshing portrayal of male youth. “I wanted to tell a story of young friends who love each other with such tenderness that even their fighting was sweet and playful.”

Songwriter Matthew Milia assembled “Careening Catalog Immemorial” from bits and pieces of lyrics and ideas he had left after most of the other 19 tracks on “Eternity of Dimming” were carefully finished. “It was a chance to have a lot of fun with all these lyrical orphans that I loved so much, but just hadn’t been able to find a home elsewhere,” Milia said. “What I had was a catalog of whacky couplets and cocky rhymes, each becoming its own stanza of disparate memories and eras for this metaphorical white limousine or minivan to careen through on the black-ice. It’s some memory-vehicle traveling recklessly from world to world of a tender childhood psyche.”

In some synchronous twist of fate, Meiklejohn had the perfect mental compliment to the Milia’s memory-vehicle. “I took a walk and tried to think of the absolute raddest thing in my life right now, and then I remembered a photo I saw of my teenaged friend Isaac and his pals hanging out shirtless around a table of food after a hearty Thanktober feast,” the director recalled. He promptly called up his young friend and pitched the idea of recreating the scene with all his (non-actor) friends. Two weeks later the video was shot in his house.

“The result was perhaps the purest distillation of idyllic youth mingling with abrupt adult punctuation that I shot to represent throughout the album” Milia added. “Definitely an accidental personal fav of mine on the record.”

 

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“What David Meiklejohn did with the video — emphasizing all of those youthful and playful elements in the narrative and color tones — was masterful,” Milia exclaimed, and one can almost see him shirtless, chocolate syrup in hand. “There’s a sort of ecstatic but red-faced ambiguity intrinsic to my feelings for early adolescence which he just nailed visually. I love the little nuances he throws in—like the kids tilting their heads at a Nintendo magazine centerfold as if it’s porn. He’s a brilliant stylist.”

 

Let us know how you fell about your red-faced adolescence in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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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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