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LIVE: Sebadoh (Pitchfork ’08)

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Having Sebadoh play their Bubble and Scrape album in its entirety sounds good on paper, but executing it live is a different story.

Let me explain:

When Sebadoh was actually playing their distorted little gems from their 1993 album, they sounded great, sounded relevant, sounded like they should be touring the world today. But here’s the problem–and I’m sure when the band recorded Bubble and Scrape they never realized that they’d be playing the album from beginning to end some 15 years later–the three members of Sebadoh share lead singing duties on the album’s 17 tracks. Not only that, but between every couple songs, there would be a minute-and-a-half stop-down as Lou Barlow, Eric Gaffney, and Jason Loewenstein swapped instruments (any momentum they built up with the previous song was gone before they began each new tune).

(left to right: Eric Gaffney, Lou Barlow, and Jason Loewenstein)

Though the album didn’t make for a tight rock show, Lou Barlow did manage to lighten up the mood with some classic, Lou Barlow humor. When Loewenstein made a reference to Sebadoh’s website, Barlow countered, “No talking about websites on stage. That’s one of my rules.” Later in the set, Barlow prefaced “Homemade” by saying, “This is my wife’s least favorite song–it’s about masturbation.” Near the end of Sebadoh’s performance Gaffney unexpectedly whizzed some CD’s into the crowd.

“What was that?” asked Barlow.

Loewenstein replied, “Chinese death stars.”

Barlow looked back and warned, “Watch it, we don’t have insurance Gaffney.”

Public Enemy’s Bomb Squad, who was setting up their equipment on the concert ground’s other stage, added insult to injury by sound-checking their turntables during Sebadoh’s stop-downs. Every time they scratched a record, a good portion of the crowd made their way over to Public Enemy’s stage to squat a spot for their performance of It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back.

Though P.E. is one of my favorite musical acts of all-time, something didn’t feel right about the Bomb Squad showing up Sebadoh at an indie music festival.

The “Ah, shucks” moment of the set came when Barlow thanked Pitchfork for inviting Sebadoh to play and said to his bandmates, “We don’t see each other very often, It’s nice to have a reason to get together.”

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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