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LOST TREASURES: Luscious Jackson

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Oh how the world needs a Luscious Jackson right now, an all-girl indie-minded group with eclectic tastes, roots in New York City punk-rock, and the ability to go from funky to gentle in two seconds flat. Luscious Jackson brought all that and more to the stage during their stellar fast-break run in the mid to late 90’s. I’d like to think if they were around today they’d be winning fans over weekly on the summer festival circuit.

(left to right: Jill Cunniff, Gabby Glaser, Kate Schellenbach, Vivian Trimble)

LOST TREASURE: Luscious Jackson

Though members of the group have been releasing material over the years, the last Luscious Jackson output (not counting their greatest hits collection released last year) was 1999’s Electric Honey, which sadly for me, did not feature Vivian Trimble (my rock-star crush of the 90’s).

The picture above is from the CD sleeve of Luscious Jackon’s “Naked Eye” single. Out of my entire autograph collection, this may be the best looking one–each member wrote a legible signature above their likeness, the positioning of each tag was placed perfectly, and the tip of the Sharpie marker was just right (not too thick, not too thin).

I’ll never forget getting the autograph, because this marked one of the first times as an interviewer that I was permitted to hang out backstage. Usually when I conducted interviews for my college radio station I had to wait outside before the interview and leave right after. In a VIP area on this particular evening, I watched the members of Luscious Jackson eat dinner a couple hours before their gig at Pittsburgh’s Metropol club–it was glorious!

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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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