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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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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

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Comfy Clothes

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Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

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Colin the Chicken

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Dream Of The ’90s

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No You Go

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A-O River!

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Celebrity All-Star by Sisters Weekend is available now on IFC's Comedy Crib.

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Sisters Weekend isn’t like other comedy groups. It’s filmmaking collaboration between besties Angelo Balassone, Michael Fails and Kat Tadesco, self-described lace-front addicts with great legs who write, direct, design and produce video sketches and cinematic shorts that are so surreally hilarious that they defy categorization. One such short film, Celebrity All-Star, is the newest addition to IFC’s Comedy Crib. Here’s what they had to say about it in a very personal email interview…


IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a fancy network executive you just met in an elevator?

Celebrity All-Star is a short film about an overworked reality TV coordinator struggling to save her one night off after the cast of C-List celebrities she wrangles gets locked out of their hotel rooms.

IFC: How would you describe Celebrity All-Star to a drunk friend of a friend you met in a bar?

Sisters Weekend: It’s this short we made for IFC where a talent coordinator named Karen babysits a bunch of weird c-list celebs who are stuck in a hotel bar. It’s everyone you hate from reality TV under one roof – and that roof leaks because it’s a 2-star hotel. There’s a magician, sexy cowboys, and a guy wearing a belt that sucks up his farts.


IFC: What was the genesis of Celebrity All-Star?

Celebrity All-Star was born from our love of embarrassing celebrities. We love a good c-lister in need of a paycheck! We were really interested in the canned politeness people give off when forced to mingle with strangers. The backstory we created is that the cast of this reality show called “Celebrity All-Star” is in the middle of a mandatory round of “get to know each other” drinks in the hotel bar when the room keys stop working. Shows like Celebrity Ghost Hunters and of course The Surreal Life were of inspo, but we thought it
was funny to keep it really vague what kind of show they’re on, and just focus on everyone’s diva antics after the cameras stop rolling.

IFC: Every celebrity in Celebrity All-Star seems familiar. What real-life pop personalities did you look to for inspiration?

Sisters Weekend: Anyone who is trying to plug their branded merch that no one asked for. We love low-rent celebrity. We did, however, directly reference Kylie Jenner’s turd-raison lip color for our fictional teen celebutante Gibby Kyle (played by Mary Houlihan).


IFC: Celebrity seems disgusting yet desirable. What’s your POV? Do you crave it, hate it, or both?

Sisters Weekend: A lot of people chase fame. If you’re practical, you’ll likely switch to chasing success and if you’re smart, you’ll hopefully switch to chasing happiness. But also, “We need money. We need hits. Hits bring money, money bring power, power bring fame, fame change the game,” Young Thug.


IFC: Who are your comedy idols?

Sisters Weekend: Mike grew up renting “Monty Python” tapes from the library and staying up late to watch 2000’s SNL, Kat was super into Andy Kaufman and “Kids In The Hall” in high school, and Angelo was heavily influenced by “Strangers With Candy” and Anna Faris in the Scary Movie franchise, so, our comedy heroes mesh from all over. But, also we idolize a lot of the people we work with in NY-  Lorelei Ramirez, Erin Markey, Mary Houlihan, who are all in the film, Amy Zimmer, Ana Fabrega, Patti Harrison, Sam Taggart. Geniuses! All of Em!

IFC: What’s your favorite moment from the film?

Sisters Weekend: I mean…seeing Mary Houlihan scream at an insane Pomeranian on an iPad is pretty great.

See Sisters Weekend right now on IFC’s Comedy Crib

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