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IT’S LIKE THAT: Grammy’s Highs & Lows

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Alrighty, so the 51st Grammy Awards are in the books, and fittingly–because it seems like the veterans always get a little extra love at the Grammys–Robert Plant and Alison Kraus took home the crown jewel award of the evening, Album of The Year, for Raising Sand.

(left: Wonder what Joe Satriani’s thinking right now?)

I’d lying if I told you I wasn’t secretly hoping Lil’ Wayne would win the award. I wasn’t crazy about Tha Carter III, but having him step to the podium to give a speech for Album of the Year would have blown my freakin’ mind. (A Radiohead win would have been nice too).

Anyway, here are my Grammy Highlights and Lowlights:


Song Of the Year
Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”

Just cause it makes the Joe Satriani drama even that more interesting!

Best New Artist

So glad The Jonas Brothers didn’t win (whew).

Best Pop Performance
Coldplay, “Viva La Vida”

Just cause it makes the Joe Satriani drama even that more interesting!

Best Rock Performance
Kings Of Leon, “Sex On Fire”

Yes, I’m a fan of those Followill boys! And look who they took out to win their Grammy: AC/DC, Radiohead, The Eagles, and Coldplay.

Best Hard Rock Performance
Mars Volta, “Wax Simulacra”

Another victory for indie-minded music fans. Mars Volta also took out some big names: Judas Priest, Motley Crue, and Rob Zombie.

Best Rock Album
Coldplay, Viva La Vida

You can see the smoke emanating from Joe Satriani’s forehead right now.

Best Latin Rock or Alternative Album
Jaguares, 45

Not counting ‘zine writing or college rock radio, the first band I ever interviewed professionally. Good for them (winning a Grammy that is)!

Best Musical Show Album
In The Heights

Representin’ my NYC hood! I’m also happy cause Lin-Manuel Miranda spoke with my wife’s 5th grade class, and he came baring freestyle rhymes while wearing an Optimus Prime t-shirt!

Best Soundtrack Album For a Motion Picture

It wasn’t a bad night for indie nation. What up Kimya Dawson!

Best Short Form Music Video
Weezer, “Pork and Beans”

I couldn’t agree more (although I wouldn’t have been upset if Gnarls Barkley’s “Who’s Gonna Save My Soul” won–my second favorite video of the year).

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Album Of The Year
Robert Plant & Alison Kraus, Raising Sand

Someone’s just trying to make Robert Plant not feel guilty about not touring with Led Zeppelin.

Best Pop Collaboration
Robert Plant & Alison Kraus, “Rich Woman”

Madonna, Justin Timberlake, Jordan Sparks, Chris Brown, Rihanna, Maroon 5, Alicia Keys, and John Mayer are all scratching their heads.

(right: It’s a beautiful picture, but wouldn’t Jimmy Page look better in Robert Plant’s arms?)

Best Electronic/Dance Album
Daft Punk, Alive 2007

I love Daft Punk as much as anyone, but a live album winning the best Electronic/Dance Album Grammy? Huh?!

Best Dance Recording
Daft Punk, “Harder Better Faster Stronger”

You think Kanye had something to do with this? Hot Chip’s “Ready For the Floor” was robbed.

Best Traditional Pop Vocal Album
Natalie Cole, Still Unforgettable

Dang, you really gotta get off this “unforgettable” thing already.

Best Alternative Music Album
Radiohead, In Rainbows

I only like when Radiohead wins Grammys as the underdog. Having them beat out My Morning Jacket and Gnarls Barkley is the same as having Robert Plant and Alison Kraus beat out them.

Best Recording Package
Metallica, Death Magnetic

No Age’s Nouns would have made it even a better night for indie nation (bummer).


Final Countdown

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


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.


Give Back

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…