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MIXTAPE: Valentine’s Day

MIXTAPE:  Valentine’s Day (photo)

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Like it or not, Valentine’s Day is just one day away. Heck, some of you may be celebrating one day early, just cause you couldn’t get those dinner reservations in on time for Saturday night.

(left: For the lovebirds and brokenhearted alike, this mix is dedicated to you.)

Some love this holiday, some dread it (for both good and bad reasons), and some are indifferent. As we like to do on the Indie Ear blog, here’s a Valentine’s Day themed holiday mixtape for you. Celebrate how you see fit:

1. “You Made Me Realise,” My Bloody Valentine
C’mon, did you really think I’d pass up the chance to include My Bloody Valentine? Any song from this band is so versatile on a Valentine’s Day mixtape. Indie music fans will love it, those who want to bask in their misery will love it, and, hell, there are even some young goth kids who’ll love it just for the band name alone.

2. “Seeing Red,” Minor Threat
Was punk rock legend, Ian MacKaye, attempting to create a great Valentine’s Day mixtape song when he wrote “Seeing Red?” Probably not, but I included anyway, cause that’s all I see when I walk into a drug store these days–well–and some pink too.

3. “Crazy In Love,” Beyonce
Love is in the air. Why else do you think Beyonce’s beau, Jay Z, lent her some of his best rhymes on this track? It’s your girl…B!

4. “Friday I’m In Love,” The Cure
This is just in case you want to bust out the V-Day mix one day early.

5. “Blue Flowers,” Dr. Octagon
The creepiest song about flowers you’ll ever hear. My favorite line is: Listen to your heartbeat, delete, beep, beep, beep.

6. “Dreams On Fire,” AR Rahman & Suzanne
(Spoiler alert) The song in Slumdog Millionaire where Jamal and Latika finally get to share their first kiss. This tune is ideal for a couple’s slow skate at the local roller rink.

7. “Untouchable Face,” Ani DiFranco
The greatest song ever about not being able to be with the person you love. If you’re feeling lonely this Valentine’s Day, listen to this track a few times. You’ll still feel lonely, albeit a little bit better cause at least Ani feels your pain.

8. “Love Can Be So Mean,” Sebastien Grainger
True dat. If you’re not feeling this tune, you could also go with the song “Love Is Not A Contest” off the same album.

9. “Heart Shaped Box,” Nirvana
Dang, this is three negative V-Day songs in a row. Can’t help it. This song is really good, and, it fits the theme.

10. “No One’s Gonna Love You,” Band Of Horses
My favorite love song of the last few years. Don’t let the title fool you, the complete lyrics go: No one’s gonna love you…more than I do.


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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…