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ME LIKEY: This Is Ivy League

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About a week ago I was browsing my favorite online celebrity gossip blog, Oh No They Didn’t, when I saw a post about This Is Ivy League. The article said they’ve been compared to Simon & Garfunkel, Belle & Sebastian, and Peter Bjorn & John–thus my interest was piqued. I went to check out some of their music and, lo and behold, I’d already heard them before but just didn’t know it!

(left: This is a picture of This Is Ivy League)

This Is Ivy League is the band behind my current favorite song, “London Bridges.” I’ve been hearing it all over the place but had no idea who sang it. If you haven’t heard it, I suggest you listen to it as soon as possible because it’s sure to put a smile on your face. It’s the perfect breezy pop song to listen to on a nice, warm day. And, as it turns out, the rest of the album is just as good! Some songs are a little more jazzy and laid back a la Sondre Lerche, but most of the 11 tracks on the album are upbeat, sunny songs. I think it’s safe to say I’ve found my soundtrack for the summer.

What amazes me most is that these guys are from Brooklyn. A lot of the music coming from that borough is beardy, weirdy, and heavily rock-infused. These guys have decided to do their own thing, which couldn’t have been a better decision. I guess if there can be A Sunny Day in Glasgow then there can be a mellow, cozy pop band from Brooklyn.

The band has two New York dates coming up:

4/14 New York, NY @ Knitting Factory with The Mood, New Jerk Times (Record release party)

4/17 Brooklyn, NY @ Sound Fix with Freddie Stevenson

Their debut, self-titled album is out now and available for purchase from their label, Twenty Seven Records.

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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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