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Pancake Breakfast defends the rain on “PortlandtownUSA”

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As a Southern California native who moved to Portland more than three years ago, y’know what I’m sick of? My friends and family who still live in California invading my Facebook, text messages and voice mailbox to tell me just how warm and sunny it is there, as I sit and listen to raindrops clatter on my windowsill for the ninth straight day. Not because I’m envious of them, but because they feel I should envy them. I relocated to Portland for several reasons, not the least of which being the need to finally justify my wardrobe. Even before I settled here, my affinity for jackets and layers made me an honorary Stumptownian. And now that I’ve been in the city for a while, my predilection toward Northwest weather patterns remains. I like the cold. I love the rain. I enjoy our rare, sporadic bouts of snowfall. And I’m glad someone is finally sticking up for those of us who prefer our winters the way God intended them: damp, grey and freezing.

That someone is Mike Midlo, singer-guitarist for joyous Portland “roots-rock machine” Pancake Breakfast. On this new single, he defends our soggy hamlet to those who would say to him, “You’re looking soaking wet, why’d you want to live like that?” Mike’s answer is in this rollicking, foot-stomping jam, and no, it has nothing to do with strip clubs or microbrews.

Pancake Breakfast is celebrating the release of “PortlandtownUSA” in the city that inspired it at Jimmy Mak’s on Jan. 17 13, then embarking on a short tour. Catch some authentic, energetic Portland folk at one of the dates below. And if you want to make the band feel at home, don’t hesitate to douse them with a bucket of rain water. (That’s a joke. Please don’t do that.)

+ Friday, January 20 @ Bar 4 in Brooklyn, 8pm

+ Sunday, January 22 @ Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, 5pm

+ Tuesday, January 24 @ Uncommon Ground in Chicago, 8pm

+ Thursday, January 26 @ Aster Cafe in Minneapolis, 9pm

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”


Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”


But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.

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It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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