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Get a sneak peek of Portlandia’s poster for our “Battlestar Galactica” episode

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Just when you thought that all the gifts you had coming were over, Portlandia has a couple “moore” in store for you. While we’re counting down the days to the premiere of Season Two next Friday, January 6 at 10/9c, we’re also insanely excited about preview of the entire second episode titled, “One Moore Episode,” this January 1st on Facebook.

In appreciation for all of the tremendous fan support we’ve been getting, we’re sharing the episode’s commemorative poster created by Portland artist Justin Hampton.

Have a Happy New Year and be sure to like us on Facebook so you can join us when we journey back to Portlandia with Fred and Carrie for “One Moore Episode.”

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Spirit Guide

Check Out the Spirit Awards Nominees for Best Male and Female Leads

Catch the 2016 Spirit Awards live Feb. 27th at 5P ET/2P PT on IFC.

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From Jason Segel’s somber character study of author David Foster Wallace, to Brie Larson’s devastating portrayal of a mother in captivity, the 2016 Spirit Awards nominees for Best Male and Female Leads represent the finest in the year of film acting. Take a look at the Best Male and Female Leads in action, presented by Jaguar.

Best Male Lead 

Christopher Abbott, James White
Abraham Attah, Beasts of No Nation
Ben Mendelsohn, Mississippi Grind
Jason Segel, The End of the Tour
Koudous Seihon, Mediterranea

Watch more Male Lead nominee videos here.

Best Female Lead 

Cate Blanchett, Carol
Brie Larson, Room
Rooney Mara, Carol
Bel Powley, The Diary of A Teenage Girl
Kitana Kiki Rodriguez, Tangerine

Watch more Female Lead nominee videos here.

Great Portland Records of 2011

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No blog, it seems, is complete without a litany of year-end lists on its pages detailing the greatest achievements in music, movies, and pop culture over the past twelve months. Despite the fact that linear time is a drag, and categorizing music into tidy lists is anathema to the sprawling, inclusive energy of the Portland music scene, we’ve kowtowed to the year-end pressure (and our own innate love of list-making) and compiled a by-no-means-exhaustive compendium of great releases from Portland bands this year.

Of course, these are personal favorites, and it wouldn’t be a year-end list if it didn’t incite passionate arguments, so—by all means—tear it to shreds. What did we commit the sin of omitting?

Purple and Green—Right Here 12″ EP
The first release on Clinton Street Records and Stereo, a record store-cum-vinyl label run by longtime Portland party monster DJ Maxx Bass, Puple and Green’s Right here was the unofficial body-mover of 2011.

Wild Flag—Wild Flag
Star in a certain IFC show, relentlessly shred on guitar…that Carrie, what can’t she do?

Glass Candy—Warm in the Winter
I dare you to watch this video for Glass Candy’s “Warm in the Winter” and not fall in love:

Grouper—A I A: Alien Observer / A I A: Dream Loss
Gorgeous, drony, epic, ambient, ethereal, gauzy…Grouper’s music deserves all the vague adjectives tossed her way by music bloggers nationwide. And more!

Parenthetical Girls—Privilege, Pt. IV: Sympathy for Spastics EP
Part four in an epic series of EPs by Portland’s most tasteful baroque angst showmen (and woman), Sympathy for Spastics is as elegant as it is relentlessly precise. Parts I-III are also commendable.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra—Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The oeuvre of a New Zealand-to-Portland transplant that describes his own sound as “alien beatnik pop music that echoe[s] 60s psychedelia and krautrock minimalism.” What’s not to love?

Key Losers—California Lite
Ok, it’s got California in the name, but it’s PDX through and through. There is perhaps nothing more “Portland” than commentary about the sublimity but ultimate inadequacy of other states, particularly California. This album is a haunting meditation on our southern neighbor from the vantage point of the melancholic Northwestern woods.

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside—Dirty Radio
It’s always cool when someone emerges out of a fairly cohesive scene with a completely different sensibility than everyone else, brandishing references that others have either moved past from or not gotten to yet, and still inventing something new.

White Fang—Grateful to Shred
White Fang has grown from an unhinged pack of suburban teen hellions to an unhinged pack of adult hellions without losing a lick of their fiercely DIY sensibility and joyously anarchic spirit. Grateful to Shred might be their opus.

The PDX Pop Now! 2011 Compilation
You can always count on the folks at PDX Pop Now! to keep tabs on every emerging and established local band—and to be scheming ways to include them in their yearly festival of Portland music. Their compilations are always an exhaustive reference of exactly what’s going on, and as such are indispensible.

Every Weird Digital Release by Rob Walmart
For lovers of pure chaos, language poetry, and screeching broken gear. The nameless collective of noise jammers that make up Rob Walmart (get it?) is like the punk conscience of the entire city’s music scene, always exhorting us to get off our high horses and get back in the van.

Nurses—Dracula
Portland is like a flytrap for pop-psychedelia albums. It’s just a sound that sticks here. This one, recorded in the dead of winter in a cabin on the Oregon coast while under the influence of Prince’s catalogue, floats perfectly in the Northwest atmosphere.

Red Fang—Murder the Mountains
How many arguments have gone down in local taverns over the superior Fang band, White or Red? My Portlandia blog cohort Matt P. Singer argues Red, I say White. Both made great albums this year. You decide.

Bust-a-Bucket: The Trailblazers’ All-Portlandian Team

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Portland loves its Trailblazers – sometimes too much, if you believe Bill Simmons. Until Major League Soccer came along in 2009, NBA basketball was the only pro-game in town, and despite the vociferous dedication of the Timbers Army, it’s going to take many more years of attrition for the team to unseat the Blazers as Rose City’s favorite hard-luck underdogs. “Don’t Stop Believin'” is a cliche sports anthem, but it truly applies to Blazer fans: Through all the injuries, disappointing draft picks, Game 7 meltdowns, injuries, questionable general manager firings and even more injuries, the Rip City faithful have never stopped believing that every season will be the one in which the team seizes the spirit of 1977 — the year the franchise won its only championship — and brings home another title (well, except for during the Jailblazers Era, perhaps).

Although Portland considers everyone who’s ever donned a red, white and black jersey an adopted son (with the possible exception of Bonzi Wells), there are certain players who, for one reason or another, seem to scream “Portland” more than others. With the Blazers currently riding high on a 2-0 start to the new NBA season, we asked comedian, “Portlandia” guest star (you might remember him as “Guy Who Dies in Bathtub”) and Blazers fanatic Ian Karmel to draft a starting five of the most Portlandian Trailblazers of all-time. Would this team win a championship? That’s debatable. But if it did, there’s no doubt its victory celebration would include Voodoo Doughnuts and gallons upon gallons of Pabst Blue Ribbon.

Point Guard: Sebastian Telfair
Years with the Blazers: 2004-2006
Height: 6′
Weight: 165
Career Points Per Game: 7.8
What makes him Portlandian: Until he moved to Portland, he’d only lived in Brooklyn. He was part of a documentary that won some awards at Tribeca. That’s some real Portlandian business, but it’s that time he took a handgun on a plane — I’m assuming as a tribute to Portland-based plane hijacker DB Cooper — that really seals his spot at point guard. DB Cooper, mad vintage.

Shooting Guard: Brandon Roy
Years with the Blazers: 2006-2011
Height: 6’6″
Weight:
229
Career Points Per Game: 19
What makes him Portlandian: Where young people go to retire.

Small Forward: Jerome Kersey
Years with the Blazers: 1984-1995
Height: 6’7″
Weight: 215
Career Points Per Game: 10.3
What makes him Portlandian: Jerome Kersey is a quiet, decent, hardworking man from Skipwith, Virginia. After his basketball career, he worked in the mortgage industry and as an auto wholesaler. Yes, it took him 26 years to graduate from college, but it seems there isn’t really anything that Portlandian about Jerome Kersey. It’s not like he ever cut an EP while wearing a snap-back hat and a two-tone windbreaker. OH-MUH-GAWSH.

Power Forward: Channing Frye
Years with the Blazers:
2007-2009
Height: 6’11”
Weight: 248
Career Points Per Game: 9.5
What makes him Portlandian: Though his time with the team may have been short, Frye is arguably the most Portlandian of Blazers. He has a Tumblr. He uses it to post about trivia nights, coffee and Portugal. The Man. If you press the button on his Reebok Pumps he turns into a food cart. There’s a decent chance this guy will tear off his warm-ups to enter a game one day, and his legs will be covered in flyers for a Dan Deacon concert at the Doug Fir.

(UPDATE: Channing Frye responds to the honor of being included on the All-Portlandian Team: “It took me five years, but my enthusiasm and persistence for the tastiest food carts, the coldest beers (locally brewed, of course) and for anything ‘Portlandish’ has finally paid off. Thanks to all my friends who made my jeans a little tighter, my flannels a little less mainstream, and to all the people that have seen me day-in and day-out at Club Sport in Tualatin. I did it all for this one moment.”)

Center: Bill Walton
Years with the Blazers: 1974-1978
Height: 6’11”
Weight: 210
Career Points Per Game: 13.3
What makes him Portlandian: Dopey white guy from California moves to Portland, rides bike to work, wears a basketball jersey from the ’70s and a sweaty headband all the time: Bill Walton, or the guy who gets all passive-aggressive about your decision to use a debit card at his coffee shop? Both, y’all. Both.

Coach: Dr. Jack Ramsay
Years with the Blazers: 1976-1985
Overall Win-Loss Record: 864-783
What makes him Portlandian: Exhibit A. Exhibit B: see Exhibit A.

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