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Ben Lee Embraces His Inner Female

Ben Lee Embraces His Inner Female (photo)

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Ben Lee’s seventh studio album, The Rebirth Of Venus, will be released stateside this upcoming Tuesday, but if you don’t want to wait a week to listen to it (or swap digital files with your friends overseas), Lee is currently streaming it–in its entirety–on his MySpace page.

(left: I can’t say Ione Skye’s name without thinking of macaroni.)

A portion of proceeds from the sale of the album will be donated to FINCA, a program that offers financial services to the world’s lowest-income women entrepreneurs. Speaking of women, Lee is dedicating his album to Venus, the Goddess of Love and Beauty, and said in recent press that the strongest feminine qualities–compassion, nurturing, creativity, spontaneity, intuition, playfulness, tenderness and warmth–are qualities that all men and women need to cultivate.

The Rebirth of Venus features an appearance from fellow Aussie, Missy Higgins, as well as Cary Brothers, Patience Hodgson (The Grates), John Alagia (producer of Ripe) and longtime collaborators and musicians, Lara Meyerratken and Nic Johns.

Lee’s fiancé, actress Ione Skye (she’s Aussie too), appears on the cover of the album. And keeping with the embracing-your-inner-female theme, Lee’s guitar also bares the female symbol, which was inspired by the hand mirror and comb of, you got it, Venus.

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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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