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The Best of Into the Woods

Into the Woods

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For two years now, Into the Woods has been documenting Portland’s vibrant music culture with the dogged persistence (and technical slickness) of National Geographic. Capturing bands in both their natural and unnatural habitats — at their homes, in fast-food restaurants and, indeed, in the woods — the site acts not just as an index of the awesome music constantly coming out of Portland but a chronicle of life in the city…which usually means escaping it every so often.

As its second anniversary approaches — if you’re in Portland, there’s a celebratory concert tonight at Mississippi Studios — here are just a handful of my personal favorite videos from the last two years. Visit the site to get the full story behind each shoot, and spend some time looking around yourself. Trust me, you’ll be rummaging for hours.

Into the Woods #2: Explode Into Colors

Into The Woods Ep #2 – Explode Into Colors from Into The Woods on Vimeo.

Portland’s dearly departed dub-punk party band get dragged out to a cabin in Rhododendron, Oregon for an intimate show with a few of their closest friends. And they kick-ass, as they usually did.


Feels Like Home #40: Guidance Counselor

Another of Portland’s dearly departed, Ian Anderson ended Guidance Counselor‘s dance party last year, but not before climbing into a bathtub full of glitter and making fun of Brooklyn — which, in this town, qualifies as a heroic act.


Burgerville #3: White Fang

Of course bands play in fast food restaurants here! What else would you expect from a place where those same fast food restaurants also have record labels?


Feels Like Home #38: Ural Thomas

Feels Like Home Ep #38 Ural Thomas – “Pain Is The Name Of Your Game” from Into The Woods on Vimeo.

Thomas is a regional treasure. A member of the Seattle soul group Wheedle’s Groove, his R&B roots stretch back to the late ’60s, when he originally recorded the song he performs here, in his Portland garage, with just guitar and voice. Stunning.


Favorite Places #1: Hosannas

This clip is two years in the making: spectral pop duo Hosannas had been talking to the Into the Woods crew about filming them playing in this cave at the base of Mount St. Helens for a year before it actually happened, then it took another year to get the finish product edited and posted. As expected, it’s pretty magical.


Feels Like Home #41: Michael Griffith

You may have heard something about this Occupy Wall Street movement that was all the rage in 2011. Well, it happened in Portland, too. Here, Michael Griffith of the band Archers performs a fragile acoustic protest song against the backdrop of Occupy PDX, with the sound of the police attempting to evict the encampment as his backing band. Powerful stuff.

There’s one other video I’d classify as a must-see, but this being a family site, I can’t embed the footage here. It features Big Freedia, the “Queen Diva” of the New Orleans-based hip-hop offshoot style known as “sissy bounce,” performing at Southeast Portland strip club Sassy’s late-night during the annual citywide music festival MusicfestNW in 2010. Go here to check it out, but be forewarned, it’s NSFW.

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Final Countdown

The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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Rev Up

Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…