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IT’S LIKE THAT: Behind the Face of Mark Lanegan

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This week, Mark Lanegan and Greg Dulli released The Gutter Twins’ debut album, Saturnalia (Sub Pop). Here’s an MP3 of their single, Idle Hands.

In a post a couple weeks back, I promised a good Mark Lanegan story. Well, here goes:

Being a music child of the ’90s, I always respected Mark Lanegan’s work. Whenever I think of the word “grunge,” I don’t automatically envision Eddie Vedder doing a back-fall into a sea of people or Kurt Cobain smashing up his guitar in a pseudo-high school gym. The image that comes to mind is Lanegan (with his flowing red mane), singing “I Nearly Lost You,” in what appears to be an empty rodeo stadium. To me, it’s this Screaming Trees video, that defines the look and sound of “grunge.” I know most bands from the Pacific Northwest despised the term, but hopefully you get what I’m saying.

After getting to meet and interview Lanegan a couple times–I got to say–I grew to like him even more. I always felt like he was either one step away from hugging me or punching me in the face. I guess it’s the same kind of admiration a high school geek feels for the jean-jacket-wearing tough guy who sits by himself at lunch. For anyone interviewing Lanegan for the first time, know this–he never reveals more than you need to know. However, if you pay close attention to his facial expressions, they’ll tell you everything.

The first time I met Lanegan was out in Albuquerque, NM in the middle of a Queens of the Stone Age tour. Lanegan actually gave a great interview and cracked me up a few times. When I returned to New York City, someone asked, “How was Lanegan?”

“He was great.”


“Yeah. Why?”

“He’s the reason Lewis Largent quit hosting 120 Minutes.”

Being a former host of that very show, I know it’s not always easy interviewing some of the artists. I had musicians who gave one-grunt answers and others who were picking paint chips off the set trying to eat them. Apparently, when Lanegan appeared on the program, he gave Largent a difficult time during the interview segments. Rumor had it, that following the episode, Largent decided he didn’t want to host the show anymore and continued to work solely behind-the-scenes at MTV.

When I saw Lanegan a couple years later I asked him about the incident. A smile slowly crept across his face, as he let out a low, raspy, Marlboro-Man-like giggle. He didn’t need to say another word.

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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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