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SUPER TUESDAY: New Album Releases (April 8)

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(left: The Breeders’ new Mountain Battles album–is it me, or does this album cover feel a little Pixies-ish?)

The Breeders, Mountain Battles
I liked the Breeders in the 90’s, I liked them in 2002, and I like ’em again in 2008.

Tapes ‘N Tapes, Walk It Off
They’re baaaack with their sophomore effort. How will T’NT hold up to the critical blogosphere this time around?

Jim Noir, Jim Noir
Speaking of sophomore efforts, this is also Jim Noir’s second time around. Can he continue delivering his infectious pop hooks?

Cut Copy, In Ghost Colours
With advance copies, and internet leaks, and iTunes pre-releases, sometimes I get confused when an album is actually released. I’m pretty sure this one comes out in stores today (if it hasn’t already). Everyone seems to be digging this Australian electronic trio.

Adele, 19
She’s from the U.K. and she’s spittin’ some of that neo-soul behind some tight orchestration.

Clinic, Do It!
I always have a place in my heart for Clinic, they did the theme song for a show I used to work on.

Man Man, Rabbit Habits
If you’re not familiar with Man Man you may think they’re a bit odd.

The Courteeners, St. Jude
Arcade Fire chug with Gallagher brother’s flair.

The Living Legends, The Gathering
California hip-hop collective doing their thing.

The Grouch, Show You the World
“Independent hustler since ’95…”

P.O.D., When Angels & Serpents Dance
Marcos (guitarist) is back, Sonny’s dreadlocks aren’t.

If I missed anything or got something wrong, please let me know. The mountain top on Indie Ear is by no means infallible.

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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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