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TV On The Radio, Best of 2008?

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Lots of people love the month of December. This is the magical time of year for them to partake in the joys of drinking eggnog, singing holiday tunes, and shopping until they’re physically unable to walk anymore (yes, believe it or not, some people do find joy in this).

Music critics love the month of December–maybe not so much for the reasons mentioned above–but because this is the time of year for them to release their Top-10 (20,30,40, 50, whatever) albums of the year list. I always find it a tad unbelievable when a handful of music outlets share the same #1 album, this year being no exception.

Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine have named TV on The Radio’s Dear Science their top album of 2008. Indie nation–judging by the Pitchfork barometer–also agrees, as Dear Science ranked #1 in Pitchfork Media’s 2008 Reader’s Poll (this Thursday, Pitchfork will unveil their albums of the year, and I wouldn’t be shocked if TV On The Radio topped that list as well).

With thousands of albums being released in 2008, how did TV On The Radio manage to top all three of those lists (not to mention being named #2 album of the year by Britain’s NME)? Was the album that much better than any other release this year? In a blog-eat-blog world where people can hardly agree on anything, how did so many people come to the conclusion that Dear Science was head and shoulders above everyone else?

Now don’t get me wrong. I love TV On The Radio–there’s also a Pittsburgh-connection in the band that makes me even more bias to their cause–but I didn’t think Dear Science was ammaaaaaaazing enough to top everyone and their mother’s best-albums of 2008 list.

Was it good? Without question. Was it the end all be all of 2008? I don’t know?

On one hand, part of me loves the fact that people are championing the efforts of TV On The Radio. On the other hand, in a music culture where the indie elite scoff at conformity, putting one album alone on the mountaintop seems to contradict the mission statement.

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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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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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