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IT’S LIKE THAT: Maxim Apologizes For Reviewing A Black Crowes Album They Hadn’t Heard

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Yesterday I bit. Yep, I bit for one of those news teasers posted on Yahoo. The headline read: “Maxim Apologizes for Review.” I just had to click on the story. A music critic apologizing for an album review? Are you kidding me? That’s like Bill O’Reilly pledging support for Barack Obama, or a New York Yankees fan applauding the Boston Red Sox’ World Series victory last October. A holier-than-thou-I-know-more-about-music-than-you critic actually conceded defeat. For real?

A music critic from Maxim magazine gave the Black Crowes’ forthcoming album Warpaint, a two-and-a-half star (out of five) review. So what’s the problem? Well, The Black Crowes didn’t release advance copies of Warpaint, so it would have been impossible for the reviewer to listen to the entire album. There’s a good chance they only listened to the single “Goodbye Daughters of the Revolution” (the only song off the album that has been released thus far). After being called out, the magazine claimed the review was “an educated guess.” Educated guess meet wardrobe malfunction!

Did we really need to go this far to figure out that music reviews aren’t set-in-stone tutorial guides for listening to an album? I understand the Black Crowes’ beef with Maxim. On one hand how can you be divvying out stars for albums when you haven’t even listened to the complete body of work? It also creates quite a slippery slope–if you can get away without listening to an album–hell–you can turn in movie reviews and concert critiques without even leaving your home. On the other hand, it’s pretty convenient that up until yesterday I didn’t even realize the Black Crowes were releasing a new album. Today, if you do an internet search for “Black Crowes” and “Maxim”, it’ll take you two seconds to figure out that Warpaint is dropping on Tuesday, March 4–hey wait a second–that’s next week! Famous painter Bob Ross would call all of this a “happy accident!”

Let’s get serious for a second. If you have a subscription to Maxim or find yourself thumbing through it in the grocery store, are you really going to head straight for the album review section? Hey Bob, Tapes ‘n Tapes just finished their new album, let’s check out Maxim to see how many stars it gets! It all reminds me of the old joke: “I heard you read Playboy for the articles.”

Trust me, seeing a music critic with egg on their face, makes me smile ear-to-ear. Anyone who thinks they can turn opinion into fact just as easy as Jesus turned water into wine, needs a little wake up call every now and then. But people, let’s not get our hot-pink panties in a bind here. For a media outlet that boasts a sex blog, along with weblinks titled “Hometown Hotties” and “Sexy Time”, do we really need to worry about an incomplete Black Crowes album review? When teenage boys have issues of Filter and Magnet magazine tucked under their mattress, then it’ll be time to start worrying.

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

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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…

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Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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