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Today’s Great Mystery of Releasing Albums

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So Beck has a new album called Modern Guilt coming out–well–that’s the thing, nobody knows when it’s coming out. I shouldn’t say “nobody,” cause I’m sure somebody knows. The album was produced by indie-minded-go-to-man, Danger Mouse (Brian Burton).

Who knew his little mash-up of Jay-Z’s Black Album and the Beatles White Album a few years ago, would lead him to sought-after-producer glory? He’s worked magic with Gorillaz and his own joint project, Gnarls Barkley, as well as re-punching his indie-cred card by recently working with the Black Keys.

(left: Beck’s album’s finished and now we play the waiting game, but how long do we wait for?)

Since Beck is the granddaddy of genre bending (well since the early 90’s anyway), it’ll be interesting to see what the two come up with. Though we don’t know when the album will drop (hell, it could drop as I’m writing this post), we do know that there’s a guest collaboration with Cat Power on Modern Guilt (which is supposedly Beck’s final album on his major label deal).

You’ve gotta love modern-day music. Fed up with albums prematurely leaking, it’s quickly becoming a trend for artists (see Raconteurs), to finish an album, throw a couple ambiguous crumbs out to the public, and then surprisingly release the album when nobody’s expecting it.

Coming from the time when labels (both indie and major) would schedule release dates, then swiftly promote an album–then charge money for it, my musical equilibrium is happily being jarred by artists like Radiohead and Nine Inch Nails giving out their albums for free, and artists like Beck and the Raconteurs building excitement and anticipation with an album that could be released at any second.

Note: A sample of Beck’s new single ,”Chemtrails,” can be heard on his webpage.

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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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