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SXSW: Awards for Best & Worst

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See the picture to the left? That’s an actual photograph taken from my brain on the final day of SXSW–everything was turning into one big blur. It was another fun (yet busy) year in Austin, TX, and I was amazed by the amount of day-shows that all the bands were playing. I wouldn’t be surprised if bands started playing SXSW morning matinees in the very near future. Nothing like watching your favorite indie group while eating scrambled eggs and bacon. Before I say goodbye to SXSW 2008, I’d like to hand out some awards for the best-and-worst of this year’s festival…


MOST VERSATILE

Money Mark

Though Money Mark probably only played 25 minutes (after ironing out certain glitches with his gear), he did mange to display his many talents, playing everything from a keyboard to a tape recorder:

1. Money Mark on guitar.
2. Mark gettin’ down on the theremin.
3. Mark playing a tape recorder into his guitar pick-ups.
4. Guitar and keyboard at the same time–damn!
5. Mark on keyboard–hence the name Keyboardist Money Mark.

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ODD PIECE OF SWAG THAT I CAN’T SEEM TO THROW AWAY
Sgt. Solo

This came in my SXSW goodie bag. It’s a classic green army soldier, but he’s rocking out on guitar! I believe this treat is from Armed Forces Entertainment. For some reason this has been more difficult to part with than the pack of Direct TV playing cards or the endless amount of sampler CD’s that I’ll probably never get around to listening to.

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BEST/WORST PIZZA
Roppolo’s

This pizza is awful–however–during the week I found it strangely addictive. Its dense, doughy crust sits in your stomach and burns fuel for you like a coal oven. One piece will carb you up for a full night of music.

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BEST WAY TO GET SUNBURN
Waiting in line at a day-show.

I’m telling you, matinees are all the rage now at SXSW. This line for the Lou Reed Tribute Show was one of the longer ones I saw all week.

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WORST TIME OF THE YEAR TO REPAIR YOUR HOTEL
Hyatt

If you picked any week to do extensive work on your hotel, why would you decide to do it during the busiest, most crowded week of the year? Nothing like conducting an interview with a loud generator blaring in the background.

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WORST VENUE
Maggie Mae’s Rooftop

Not only is the dance floor cut in half by a stairwell, but guess where the bathrooms are located? Backstage (I’m not kidding). During a live performance, it’s perfectly acceptable for anyone to walk up on stage, pass the artist, and make their way to the bathroom. When leaving the stage, everyone also feels obliged to bang their head or pump a fist along to the music (especially drunk college girls).

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BEST BATHROOM
Room 710

Speaking of bathrooms, this one has to be the coolest. What can I say–I’m a sucker for band stickers. I think I freaked a guy out when I snapped this picture in the rest room (oh well).

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BEST BJORN BORG IMITATION
Jim Noir

Jim Noir looked so much like 80’s tennis star, Bjorn Borg, I was waiting for John McEnroe and Jimmy Conners to challenge him to a couple of sets.

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BEST LEGEND TO FLY HOME WITH
Billy Bragg

Whenever I fly with a famous person or music icon, I feel at peace. I think to myself, “Well, if the plane’s going down, at least I went out with _________.” After the flight I quickly said hi to Mr. Bragg. I’ve learned through my many years in music never to say hi to a legend until after your flight has landed. A young Jim Shearer once bothered a very tired Grandmaster Flash.

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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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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.

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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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Artfully Off

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…

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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.

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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).

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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.

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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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