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Rachel’s CMJ Playbook

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Hopefully she doesn’t get upset with me for posting this, but at a recent music blogging convention I came across blogger extraordinaire, Rachel Pesin’s, notebook. Inside the spiral bound, college-ruled notepad (with lots of cute stick figure drawings on its cover) was scribbled Rachel’s plans for next week’s CMJ Music Marathon, taking place in New York City. If you want to know what Rachel’s seeing next week, here goes:

(left: Yes, sometimes I do get desperate enough to steal a fellow blogger’s notebook.)

October 19
(A wee bit pre-CMJ) at Sound Fix in Brooklyn. We’re seeing my old boss from The Big Takeover play with his old band, Springhouse. They finally reformed and I can’t WAIT to see them! Shoegazy stuff.

October 21
At the delancey:
Gringo Star, awesome name, southerny rock.
The High Wire – shoegazy.
Radio Luxembourg – basically like Super Furry Animals, welsh and fun poppy goodness!

October 22
Nothing I really want to go to, but might see Margot and The Nuclear So and So’s at Bowery

October 23
Delays (and like 2098 other bands) at Bowery. Delays are not everyone’s cup of tea, his voice is kind of irritating and their new stuff isn’t that great, but i’ve only seen them once and it was a zillion years ago and I loveee their first album, so it’s time to see them again!

October 24
The Whip, Late of The Pier, Soulwax, 2 Many DJs at Irving Plaza. Basically it’s going to be dance night at Irving Plaza, lots of crazy ravey bands, but hopefully not everyone is doing drugs 🙁

October 25
Finally I get to see my current favorite band, Fanfarlo at Fat Baby. I discovered them at SXSW totally by accident (they just happened to be one of the bands playing while i waited for another band, and i fell in love). They’re folky but upbeat, lots of fun instruments. No one I introduce them to ends up liking them, but my love shall not waver!! Ha-ha.

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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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