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SXSW: Day #1

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I didn’t feel too beat up this morning, probably because I only caught two performances last night. Around 10AM I hit Las Manitas for some huevos rancheros and a large glass of OJ (gotta stay ahead of the curve and load up on my vitamin C).

After breakfast I headed over to the Austin Convention Center to “officially” check into SXSW 2008. The badge line wasn’t too bad–I’m sure the people traffic will pick up once everyone starts filtering into town. I then got a canvass bag of goodies, my official SXSW guide, and the almighty necessity–the pocket guide!

Weather-wise it’s been a bit chilly at night (high forties). Today the sun is out though, and I think it will start warming up. If you’re coming down to Austin and haven’t left yet, I suggest bringing a light pair of sleeves for the evening’s festivities.

At 3PM today I’ll be interviewing Saul Williams (I’ll post that chat as soon as I can–wireless internet permitting). At the moment, I’m plotting out my game plan for tonight. As it looks now, I’ll be catching Corn Mo and the .357 Lover (9PM), Sons & Daughters (11PM), The Kills (12AM), and The Black Keys (1AM). Still haven’t decided on my 10PM show yet.

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(left to right): My badge, the must-have pocket guide, and the official SXSW guide

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The canvass bag (which my wife will use as her new teaching bag) and all the goodies that come inside.

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These brave volunteers will hand out badges and bracelets all afternoon. They won’t get paid, but they will get to catch some shows later tonight.

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This place wins the “bad idea of the year” award. It’s a venue called Smokin’ Music that pumps actual smoke from its walls (get it?). Last night I thought the place was on fire. Let’s hope it doesn’t catch fire though, cause if it does, no one will ever know.

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Bright blue skies! Weather’s looking good!

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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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