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International Superheroes of Hardcore, Save Us!

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This past Tuesday was actually one of my favorite album release days in a while. Besides getting new offerings from the Roots and Madonna, silly-power-poppers Nerf Herder made their triumphant return, and speaking of comebacks, Portishead released their first album in 11 years. I’m also lovin’ Santogold, but the album that I just can’t stop listening to is International Superheroes of Hardcore’s Takin’ It Ova!.

(left: Rest assured, these are no Superhero Sellouts.)

For those that don’t know, this is the alter-ego band of New Found Glory–a group that was sadly lumped into the power-pop-nice-haircut bands of the early 2000’s. No doubt their music can be classified as power-pop, but I always thought they brought a little something different to the table. It was also no secret that certain members of New Found Glory were big fans of hardcore music (ahem, Chad Gilbert), which was apparent on certain New Found Glory offerings. However, it’s nice to see the band fully embrace their hardcore-punk-rock leanings on Takin’ It Ova!.

If the band name isn’t indication enough, yes, International Superheroes of Hardcore are a tongue-in-cheek hardcore group, but underneath the silliness lies some genius commentary on the current state of music. In “Screamo Gotta Go,” ISHC hilariously pick apart teen emo music, “This is the part where you want the girls to scream like you/ This is the part where you want the guys to think you’re cool.” Considering New Found Glory was dropped from their major label during the emo-boom, you gotta think that some of the anger in the vocals is legitimate.

For anyone who attended hardcore shows in the early 90’s, the track “Madball’s Got Our Back” is sure to make you laugh. Back then, whenever you wanted to talk about the hardest of hardcore music, you would reference Madball, in the same way headbangers would name-drop Slayer.

ISHC also cleverly use the song “Back To The Future” to profess their love for both the movie and the hardcore-punk-rock community, “Back to when it all began, back to when it meant so much more.” Takin’ It Ova! is bread-and-butter hardcore music–no song is longer than two minutes long, most of the tracks feature a quick, guttural intro, and every song has a fist-pumping, everyone-sing-at-once chorus.

For anyone who grew up listening to Gorilla Biscuits or Sick Of It All, this is a fun trip back to that era–a little silly, but a fitting tribute nonetheless.

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Rev Up

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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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.

Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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