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Trent Reznor Gets the Last Laugh

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Trent Reznor got the internet-world into a mini-stir this week after posting two very short (but much talked about) blog posts.

On the evening of Feb. 16, Reznor simply blogged, “2 Weeks,” causing various fans to speculate that a new NIN album was on its way (possibly an interent-only release). I doubt this, but considering Reznor’s productivity has picked up in the last few years, you never know? Keep in mind it only took him two years to make Year Zero, compared to the six year gap between The Fragile and With Teeth.

Two days later, Trent posted “you’re gonna get yours,” then included a link that read, “Not ALL news about the music industry is bad these days.” The link was connected to an article about TVT Records filing for Chapter 11 bankruptcy and firing their staff (TVT’s current roster includes Lil Jon, Ying Yang Twins, and Pit Bull).

I’m sure the news brought a smile to Reznor’s face, considering he and TVT had some bitter battles back in the day. If you want to amuse yourself for an afternoon, just do some internet searches and re-live all the drama that went on between Reznor and TVT. The story, from the best of my knowledge, goes something like this:

TVT released Pretty Hate Machine, Nine Inch Nails’ very successful debut album. Word on the street was that TVT wanted to take control of Reznor’s creative direction. He didn’t want to hear any of this, and–you guessed it, a vicious court battle ensued. There’s a good story of TVT trying to prevent Reznor from doing vocals on an Al Jourgensen side-project (1,000 Homo DJs). Jourgenson took Reznor’s vocals, altered them a bit, and told the label he had re-recorded them with someone else.

Reznor got out of the deal, signed with Interscope, and created his own Nothing imprint label. Listen to the NIN-releases following Pretty Hate Machine, and it’s not hard to figure out what fueled a lot of these songs.

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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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