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Pitchfork 2008…Best of the Rest!

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BIGGEST WASTE OF WATER AWARD

In the age of bottled-water, this may seem a little disgusting, but the Pitchfork Festival had some fountains cranking out some good ‘ol Chicago tap water (which was mighty good). For some reason, this particular faucet wouldn’t shut off. Because I’m down with a little water conservation every now and then, I tried my best to stop this fountain from running. The water fountain won.

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DOWN FOR THE CAUSE AWARD

On a 90-degree day with the sun beating down on festival goers, this fan of Ghostface Killah & Raekwon braved it all and wore his black (100% cotton) Wu-Tang Clan shirt. You know how some shirts are worn until they become a light, sheer material? Well, this wasn’t one of them. I’m getting sunburn just thinking about it.

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PUBLIC HERO #1 AWARD

During Public Enemy’s performance of It Takes A Nation of Millions To Hold Us Back on Friday night, I was bouncing around like a teenage boy in the late 80’s. Midway through the set I felt my pocket to see if my camera was still there, and, GULP, it was gone. My first thought was, “Oh no, there go my blogs.” Fortunately as I searched for the camera, this girl (right) held up the missing item.

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BIGGEST PERK OF HAVING A V.I.P. BADGE AWARD

Getting free ice cream from the Ice Cream Man! All weekend long I was taking advantage of the free scooter crunches, frozen fruit bars, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle pops, and my favorite, the ice cream sandwich. It was glorious until…

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WORST MESSAGE OF THE WEEKEND AWARD

…the V.I.P. area ran out of free ice cream on Sunday afternoon (on the hottest day of the festival).

I’m still bummed out about it.

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LINE CUTTER THEN KARMA WILL GET YOU AWARD

On Friday night while waiting in a long line to get my free burrito in the V.I.P. tent, Spoon’s Brit Daniel cut to the front. He pretended like he was catching up with an old buddy, but never left the line. Moments before I got my burritio, Britt cut to the front again. Calling him on it, “You cuttin’ Brit?!” he responded by telling me he lost his cell phone. Luckily for him, one of the burritio-makers found it.

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ARE YOU FREAKIN’ KIDDIN’ ME AWARD

While checking into the Pitchfork Festival on Friday, V.I.P. badge holders were told that they had to wear their V.I.P. bracelets for the entire weekend. Because I’m not a jewelry man (I hate when things are wrapped around my neck, wrists, or fingers), it drove me crazy having to wear a blue bracelet all weekend long. I’m sure some festival goers, who weren’t getting free burritos or ice cream all weekend, are really feeling my pain right about now. 🙂

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THIS SMELLS LIKE A CAT’S WET BUTT AWARD

The rain on Saturday afternoon turned Chicago’s Union Park into one big mud pit. On Sunday, the 90-degree heat baked the concert grounds, turning all the mud, sweat, bare feet, and b.o. of a 3-day summer festival into the perfect storm of stink.

This was a clean freak’s worst nightmare.

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BEST PLACE TO THROW AN AFTER PARTY AWARD

An ice cream shop, duh. Probably because everyone was counting on getting free ice cream on Sunday afternoon, and then not getting it, the logical place for a Pitchfork after-party was Chicago’s famous ice cream parlor, Margie’s. Just in case you’re curious, I ordered a chocolate malt milkshake (made with vanilla ice cream).

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THING I’LL MISS MOST AWARD

My daily allotment of one (1) free burrito (sigh).

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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 rosĂ©.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at IFC.com

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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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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

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



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