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Weezer Needs Your Help!

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This past weekend, Karl Koch, Weezer historian/webmaster, asked Weezer fans to help the band out on their upcoming North Amercian tour, starting September 23 in Boston, MA.

(left: Weezer needs your help to help rock the masses.)

Fans have been asked to create original video shorts (5-30 seconds in length) that will play behind the band during their on-stage performances. Koch’s official e-mail message reads:

The Weezer 2008 North American Troublemaker Tour (thats what I’m calling it for now anyway) will, like most big tours, have a fancy lighting and visual aspect. But unlike with most tours, YOU can contribute to this one!

What Weezer’s lighting designer Scott is looking for are short video clips, between 5 and 30 seconds long, that YOU create. But we cant use just anything. Consider these guidelines:

1. Look for colorful, textural, simple, artistic things – interesting visuals – NOT a “story” or “message”. For example, dont film the dog running around, rather, film a close up of his fur or the slobber drooling from his mouth. Good things to shoot might be a graffiti wall, the pavement flying by as you go down the street, a waterfall, fire, etc. If it does have people in it, go for artistic, abstract, and/or weird.

2. Yes, animation is fine and encouraged! the more colorful and textural/abstract, the better.

3. Don’t have a “intro” or an “ending” – these clips should be “loop-able”. No text please!

4. NO COPYWRITTEN MATERIAL – no “mash-ups”, no “recycled” footage, no using anything you can buy on a cd, dvd, or see in a videogame, movie theater or on tv. For that matter, stay clear of youtube clips – try and come up with something original that only you can capture. Have fun with it!

5. Note that we will not be using the audio (sound) of your clip, so making them silent is ok, or if there is dialogue or music or sounds in your clip, know that it wont end up in the final product if we pick your clip.

6. Submit as many clips as you like.

7. Try and keep clip file size to 100MB or less – if we like your clip, we will be asking you to sendspace it (or similar) to me (Karl), and those sites usually have a 100MB limit on file size unless you have a premium membership.

HOW TO SUBMIT A CLIP:

Go to Weezer’s YouTube page and then to the “WeezerFans”/”Weezer Tour Imagery” Group, and upload your video to that group. We’ll be watching!

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Rev Up

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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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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.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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