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My First Official Mix-Disc of the Year

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At least a couple times a year, I try to send 20-30 of my closest music listening friends a Milkit mix CD (Milkit is my half-imaginary/half-real indie record label that has been putting out homemade mixtapes for years).

(left: My co-worker/cat, Bat-Bat, is the official cover girl of my latest mix. Note: I’ll probably scrimp on the color copying and go black-and-white for the CD-sleeve, sorry Troy).

Half of the people receiving the mix have kept up with current music (and will probably debate me on why I didn’t include certain tracks), while the other half have fallen a bit behind (that’s what happens when you work a full-time job and have a family to take care of). Because I want everyone to enjoy the disc equally, I never make my mixes too indie (may go over some of my friends’ heads) or too commercial friendly (why put it on a disc if they can hear a song every two seconds on the radio?).

I can’t believe it took me until the month of June to finally get one out, but it’s done (whew) and the tracklisting is below.

For anyone interested in how I compiled the mix-disc, here are the regulations I put upon myself:

Each track had to be released in either 2008 or the latter part of last year.

Each track has to have both an indie-minded and potentially commercial appeal.

Not every song had to be released as a single, but each track should be single-worthy.

At least two hip-hop songs have to make the mix, just to prove that there’s still some good hip-hop out there.

Milkit Radio

1. The Last Shadow Puppets, “The Age of the Understatement”
2. Saul Williams, “Sunday Bloody Sunday”
3. The Roots, “Get Busy”
4. Weezer, “The Greatest Man That Ever Lived”
5. The Kills, “Cheap and Cheerful”
6. Hot Chip, “Shake a Fist”
7. The Raconteurs, “Consoler of the Lonely”
8. MGMT, “Time to Pretend”
9. The Ting Tings, “Great DJ”
10. Santogold, “Creator”
11. Cool Kids, “88”
12. The Black Keys, “Strange Times”
13. Tim Fite, “Big Mistake”
14. The Bird and The Bee, “Polite Dance Song”
15. International Superheroes of Hardcore, “Seat Belt”
16. Sons & Daughters, “Gilt Complex”
17. Foals, “Cassius”
18. Nada Surf, “Weightless”
19. Dizzee Rascal (feat. UGK), “Where’s da G’s”
20. Vampire Weekend, “I Stand Corrected”

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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

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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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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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