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My Earth Day Mixtape

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Happy Earth Day to you,
Happy Earth Day to you,
Happy Earth Day Indie Ear Blog readers,
Happy Earth Day to you!

Because you’re all my special friends, and because I’m a fan of this earth, I made you all a special Earth Day mix.


“Walk It Out,” Unk
That’s right, if you can, “walk it out” instead of “driving it out.”

“Welcome To Paradise,” Green Day
In my perfect paradise, everyday would be a “green” day.

“The Update,” Beastie Boys
Maybe one of the most environmentally-conscious hip-hop songs of all-time.

“Ready to Fall,” Rise Against
Let’s be honest, it’s not really tough or sexy to make a music video about the enviroment, but Rise Against did it anyway (which also includes a mini-PSA at the end, “We’ve got one planet, one chance”).

“Sexy Boy,” Air
For this special Earth Day mix, it probably would have been more appropriate to include Air’s “New Star In the Sky,” But “Sexy Boy” is just a much better song. Here’s to keeping the “air” clean this Earth Day.

“Trying to Find a Balance,” Atmosphere
The group is called Atmosphere and their members are named Slug and Ant–plus, they released their brand new album on Earth Day. Calling these guys eco-friendly would be an understatement.

“I Nearly Lost You,” The Screaming Trees
Save the rain forests and stop the trees from screaming.

“Planet Rock,” Afrika Bambaataa
If we destroy this planet, we’ll never obtain Bambaataa’s prophecy of a “Planet Rock.”

“Breathe,” Fabolous
Breathe in that clean air!

“Country Roads (Take Me Home)”, John Denver
You can almost smell the fresh air in this song.

“Peaches,” Presidents of the United States of America
Millions of (organic) peaches, (organic) peaches for me.

“Dr. Greenthumb,” Cypress Hill
These guys were always down with botany.

“Down By the Water,” PJ Harvey
“Little fish, big fish, swimming in the water, come back here and give me my daughter.” If we don’t have clean water for future generations, we won’t have fish, and this song won’t make any sense.

“Island in the Sun,” Weezer
If you think of it, all of the earth’s continents are just “islands in the sun.” This had to make the Earth Day mix–c’mon–it’s off the “Green” album.

“Bicylce, Bicycle, You Are My Bicycle,” Be Your Own Pet
Gas prices too high? Solution–ride your bicylcle.

“Make It Rain,” Fat Joe featuring Lil’ Wayne
Who knew these two emcees were so envirometnally conscious?

“Wild Thing,” The Troggs
Let the “wild things” of this earth roam freely.

“Human Behavior,” Bjork
Human behavior will either save or destroy our planet earth.

“Forklift,” Pavement
Al Gore needs one of these for his slide show presentations (although I think he prefers the scissor-lift).

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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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