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The Week That Was (and Still Is), May 4-10

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The week began with another big festival, Bamboozle, which took place outside Giants Stadium’s parking lot in New Jersey. My sister-in-law’s brother, Ben, and his friend, Paul, were in town for the concert festivities, so on Friday night I picked their brains. I was glad to get the Bamboozle update, surprised to find out that Snoop Dogg would be headlining one of the nights, but honestly, I don’t think I could have swung the festival. Two days of predominantly emo-driven music in a football stadium parking lot is an endurance test that I don’t think I’m in shape for at this point in time (although I would have loved to catch the Bouncing Souls in action).

(left to right: My wife, Paul, and Ben reluctantly posing for an artsy picture I wanted to take of them during a late night tour of NYC.)

On Monday, Trent Reznor treated the internet world with another surprise as he released a brand new NIN’s album, The Slip, for free! It was only a couple months ago that he released a 36-track online instrumental album for $5. Wow! Back in the day we had to wait six years to get a new NIN album–and we had to pay for it. Thanks Trent!

On Tuesday we were greeted by new albums from The Last Shadow Puppets (Arctic Monekys’ Alex Turner’s side project which sounds half inspired by James Bond scores and half inspired by Love Boat music), and music vets Elvis Costello and Neil Diamond. Everest and Morning Benders also delivered us nice efforts.

On Thursday I shared the same television screen as Fuse’s Steven Smith, when I appeared on an episode of The Sauce. Hopefully the sight of a former MTV2 and current Fuse VJ embracing on air can inspire the rest of the world to drop their respective beefs with one another.

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Late this week in Philadelphia, a plot was un-hatched by a local radio station, claiming that Pittsburgh Penguins fans were planning on desecrating the Rocky Balboa statue by adorning it with a Penguins jersey. Philadelphia Flyers fans were told to stand watch by the statue until the playoff series between the two teams ended. Since I am a Penguins fan, let me say this, we love Rocky Balboa in Pittsburgh (as well as Apollo Creed)–there’s probably a better chance of a Ben Franklin statue getting the jersey treatment than that of the “Italian Stallion.”

(left: The only person who has the right to deface this statue is Rocky Balboa, who actually did, when he threw his motorcycle helmet against it in Rocky III).

This weekend, Adam Green and Tim Fite are playing a show in Brooklyn. If you have a chance to catch this tour, should be an interesting one.

On Saturday night, don’t forget that My Morning Jacket will be playing on Saturday Night Live.

Video Pick:

Santogold, “L.E.S. Artistes”

Note: I’m lovin’ Santogold, but I’m also making this my video pick of the week, because it has a horse in it, and I wanted to pay tribute to Eight Belles, the horse that finished second in the Kentucky Derby, then had to be “put down” on the track because it broke its two front legs. This goes out to anyone who’s had a bad week:

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…