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IT’S LIKE THAT: My Own Best of Radiohead

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Yesterday, Radiohead, or I should say Radiohead’s former record label, EMI, released a double-disc greatest hits collection simply titled, The Best of Radiohead (Special Edition). Since I’m pretty sure Radiohead had no say in the matter, the label decided to cram a bunch of the group’s hits on two discs, which seems like an easy way out.

Here’s what I decided to do today–piece together a greatest hits compilation like they used to do back in the day, taking only 10 of a group’s best songs and putting them all on one disc. In the last few years, it has sort of become an industry standard to include a brand new song on a greatest hits collection, but since Radiohead never really follows industry standards, I’ve decided to include one B-side, along with nine Radiohead mega-hits on my personal Radiohead best-of collection. I’ve also pieced together the album in a way that takes its listener through a musical journey with lots of peaks and valleys. Thom Yorke’s gotta at least appreciate the sentiment behind that, right?

(good. better. best.)
I wanted to make the title of this collection both Radiohead-ambiguous and record store ready. The parentheses, lower-case letters, and periods may confuse some people, but the “good,” “better,” and “best” should make perfectly good sense.

1. “The National Anthem,” Kid A
How can you not start with “The National Anthem”?

2. “High and Dry,” The Bends
A big hit over in England, lesser known here in the states. At this point in the album, I don’t want to bust out the mega-hits just yet.

3. “Karma Police,” OK Computer
We transition from from The Bends to OK Computer (my two favorite Radiohead albums).

4. “Fake Plastic Trees,” The Bends
Still want to keep the mood chill, but we’ll turn up the volume in a bit.

5. “Idioteque,” Kid A
Get your dance shoes on, and–

6. “Creep,” Pablo Honey
Now it’s time to rock out. Even though modern rock radio has beaten this song into the ground, it’s too good (and popular) not to be included.

7. “Just,” The Bends
Even though “Creep” gets the spins, I think this is Radiohead’s best full-throttle rock song (also my all-time favorite song of theirs).

8. “Paranoid Android,” OK Computer
The “Bohemian Rhapsody” and “November Rain” of the late 90’s. Possibly the last great epic rock song.

9. “How Can You Be Sure?,” Just for College (B-side)
This is the gem I would use to get people, who own already own all of Radiohead’s albums, to buy my collection. It’s a very beautiful, straight-forward song.

10. “Street Spirit (Fade Out),” The Bends
A perfect album closer (showing the band’s strength and serenity).

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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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