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Jim Noir, Don’t Know Him? I Bet You Do.

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Not enough people give themselves credit for knowing more than they think they know about indie music. Chances are the average layperson could probably identify a good 20-30 songs just from watching television over the last few years. You may be a Band of Horses and Kings of Leon fan and not even know it.

Another artist’s work you’re probably familiar with is English multi-instrumentalist Jim Noir (real name, Alan Roberts). He is releasing his self-titled sophomore effort on April 8 (Barsuk Records). His debut album, Tower of Love, is full of catchy pop songs–most of which are filled with his infectiously fun choruses (although some critics may argue that he relies too heavily on the refrain and not enough on the verses).

Here’s a little taste of his work:

Adidas Ad
During World Cup 2006, you probably saw this commercial a couple thousand times. The ad features Noir’s “Eanie Meany.” For anyone who grew up with a crabby next door neighbor, you’ll love the refrain, “If you don’t give my football back, I’m gonna get my Dad on you / I only kicked it over your fence and broke a silly gnome or two.” Fatboy Slim also does a remix of this song:

Target Ad
During this past holiday season, Target re-tweaked Noir’s “My Patch”. The original lyrics, “If you want to step on my patch, I’ll bring you down, bring you down.” were changed to, “Holidays are times of magic, we’re counting down, we’re counting down.”

Here’s Noir’s brand new single, “Don’t You Worry”. He’ll also be playing SXSW Saturday night (March 15).

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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

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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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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

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