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Favorite Music Videos of ’08

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In all honesty, I don’t watch nearly as many music videos these days as I have in the past, but c’mon–we’re living in a YouTube world baby–music videos are so last century. That being said, a good music video still does something special to me.

Here are my favorites of the past year:

Gnarls Barkley, “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul?”
Not only is the relationship dialogue spot on, but the animated heart–which is literally ripped out of the chest–adds another layer of depth to this fantastic break-up story. I also love the fact that Danger Mouse and Cee-Lo are in the video, but only for a brief second (Alfred Hitchcock and the Chemical Brothers would be proud).

Weezer, “Pork and Beans”
Like I said before, we live in a YouTube world. So how do you get a kid who’s addicted to viral videos to sit down for one internet-second and watch a proper music video? Easy, fill the clip with their favorite viral-video superstars. Even internet gags are celebrated in this video as Weezer base their performance around the Diet Coke/Mentos-bomb phenomenon. The only thing I don’t like about this clip is that Weezer’s record label has disabled the YouTube embed feature ( which doesn’t seem to fit with the spirit of the video).

The Black Keys, “Strange Times”
You wouldn’t know it by just listening to their music, but The Black Keys may be the funniest group in indie rock. Talk to drummer, Pat Carney, for two seconds and you’ll quickly see what I mean–just as soon as you’re done laughing. The Black Keys playing against a bunch of kids in a game of Laser Tag is funny on its own, but the fact that they are using real lasers, gives it a whole other level of hilarity.

Moby, “Disco Lies”
Ever wonder what would happen if a chicken got his revenge on Colonel Sanders? Wonder no more.

Jamie Lidell, “Another Day”
Reminiscent of Michael Jackson’s “Billie Jean” video (how else do you explain the light-up blocks?), Jamie Lidell serenades beautiful women while giving them missing body parts (mouth, eyes, ears). The clip is a perfect match for Lidell’s unique and off-kilter personality.

The Bird and The Bee, “Polite Dance Song”
The first time you watch this video it will make you feel creepy. The second time you watch it, it will make you feel uncomfortable. The third time you watch it–you’ll fall in love with it.

Deck-of-Jack, “Starter Jacket”
Think of it as West Side Story with Starter Jackets.

Metallica, “The Day That Never Comes”
A small portrait of what soldiers in Iraq probably encounter on a daily basis. The tension in this video builds to a heart-pounding climax (don’t even think about cheating by skipping to the end).

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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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