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I’ve been a Weezer fan since the beginning. Because of this, I was not only able to interview them for my college radio station on their first tour of the U.S., but I also knew about them early enough to join their fan club, which gave me the privilege of being sent a homemade, photocopied fanzine.

(left: Issue #1 of Weezer’s long out-of-print fanzine.)

Not too long ago when I was reorganizing a box of old magazines and mementos, I came across Weezine, Issue #1.


Long before bizarre Rivers-Cuomo-stories flooded the internet and years before the band had a pyrotechnic-spitting onstage =w=, Weezer was the little-band-that-could, trying to make a name for themselves in the alternative 90’s. Assisiting with the efforts were the founders and organizers of the Weezer fanclub (who also happened to be superfans of the band themselves), Mykel and Carli Allan. Sadly, the two, along with their other sibling Trysta, were killed in a car accident driving home from a Weezer concert in Denver, Colorado (July 1997).

Weezer later put on a tribute concert for the sisters, and with the Allan parents in attenedance, Cuomo performed, “Mykel and Carli,” a song he had actually written about the two before their death. The performance can be seen on Weezer’s Video Capture Device, which still chokes me up to this day.


(left: From the desk of the Weezine editors.)

Mykel and Carli worked diligently to send out homemade photocopied packets of the bands’ lyrics and the early installment of Weezer’s fanzine, featuring scribbled drawings and handwritten prose from both the band members and Allan sisters. Receiving something from Mykel and Carli meant something–more so than a record label sending you a glossy corporate-looking postcard. The Weezine was charming in it’s simplicity and honesty. And as I’ve said before, ‘zine’s were what blogs have become today–although it took a little more time, effort, and elbow grease to put out the former.

Flipping through the Weezine now, makes me very nostalgic. I still can’t believe it’s been 14 years since Weezer released their amaizingly-catchy Blue Album. I also find it sad that the era of homemade fanzines have passed us by. In today’s speed-of-light digital world, why would anyone photocopy and staple a mountain of paper when you could just as easily reach twice as many people by posting a simple blog? Although–there’s a good chance you’ll never find a blog in an old memory box.

(below: Weezine, page 1 of Issue #1)

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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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