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TALK: The Raveonettes

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The Danish throwback rock duo, the Raveonettes are currently touring in support of their latest release, Lust Lust Lust. Sharin Foo recently announced that she had to drop off the tour because she is pregnant. Filling in for Foo is Foo’s sister, Louise Foo. For anyone planning on catching a Raveonettes show anytime soon, rest assured that you will not have a Foo-less experience. Not too long ago, I caught up with, Sune Rose Wagner, the mastermind of the group as he took us through the Raveonettes’ long-distance method of recording an album:

(left: Sune Rose Wagner)

Jim: I wanted to ask about your songwriting process, I heard that you had written over a hundred songs for Lust, Lust, Lust. How do you whittle that down into an album’s worth of songs?

Sune: Um, usually there will be one song that sticks out. I like it and will sort of build an album around that song.

Jim: Do you ever go back to your old rubbish and say, “Oh, wait a second that that might be good for a future song”?

Sune: Oh yeah, all the time. We can choose and pick. Some of them are meant more for the Raveonettes and some of them don’t really sound like Raveonettes songs, so we don’t use them. But they are all really nice songs.

Jim: Do you live in New York City now?

Sune: Yeah I live in New York.

Jim: Is Sharin out west?

Sune: Yes, she lives in Los Angeles.

Jim: So how does that work?

Sune: I write all the songs so that’s not really a problem.

Jim: So when does Sharin come into the Raveonettes process?

Sune: I send her some music files when I’m done with a song and see if she likes it.

Jim: When does she finally come out east and sit down with you?

Sune: She does her vocals from home and I do everything in New York. We’ll get together and mix the album.

Jim: So you record the album without ever seeing each other?

Sune: Yes.

Jim: Do you find that odd at all?

Sune: No, because that is the way we’ve always done it.

Jim: And just with the whole stylistic approach with your album artwork and your videos, you guys seem very into the 1950’s. Is there anything that interests you in the 21st century? Any new bands you guys like? Are you into ipods and gadgets like that?

Sune: I mean I like a lot of electronic music and I have a computer, an ipod, and all of that–I’m not particularly a retro guy, I’m happy where I am, you know?

Jim: Do a lot of people misunderstand you as a retro guy?

Sune: In the beginning maybe a little bit, but not so much anymore.

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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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