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MIXTAPE: Baseball Opening Day

MIXTAPE:  Baseball Opening Day (photo)

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Attention IFC film buffs–I’ve got some movie trivia for ya right now. What movie is this quote from: Do you like beisbol?

Do you know?

Have it yet?

Need a hint? Think of Benicio Del Toro in a swimming pool. Give up? He said this line in the movie Traffic.

So I’m asking all of you today, do you guys like baseball? If so, I’m sure you know that today is Opening Day, and what better way to celebrate than to give you a baseball mix? Enjoy!

1. “Centerfield,” John Fogerty
A little cheesy? Maybe, but c’mon, it’s one of the most famous sports anthems, and unlike, say, “We Will Rock You” and “YMCA,” it’s actually about baseball (sung by the man who fronted Creedence Clearwater Revival!).

2. “Glory Days,” Bruce Springsteen
Oh yeah, I went there! He could throw that speedball by you, make you look like a fool.

3. “Heaven,” The Rapture
I know for a fact that frontman, Luke Jenner, is a huge San Diego Padres fan. Not only is this a great tune, but (for the sake of this mixtape) it’s also a subtle reference to the baseball movie Field Of Dreams: “Are we in heaven?”

4. “The Race Is On Again,” Yo La Tengo
Yes, the pennant race is on again, but this tune also comes to us from the most well known indie act named after a baseball reference. ¡Yo la tengo! is how you call a pop-fly in Spanish.

5. “Harvey Haddix,” The Baseball Project
The Baseball Project is a supergroup made up of indie favs: Peter Buck, Scott McCaughey, Linda Pitmon, and Steve Wynn. Not only is their group named after baseball, but they only write songs about baseball. This tune is about the Pittsburgh Pirates’ Harvey Haddix, who threw 12-perfect innings of baseball, but ended up losing the game because the buccos couldn’t score any runs.

6. “Pop Goes The Weasel,” 3rd Bass
Every baseball mix needs a good Vanilla Ice diss, performed by a group whose name was inspired by the “hot corner.”

7. “If You Wanna Steal” Anti-Flag
…get a good lead from the bag and take off when the pitcher goes into his windup.

8. “Sorry,” Madonna
What Madonna probably was after her fling with steroid poster boy, Jose Canseco.

9. “I’ll Take Us Home,” Matt & Kim
Assuming Kim’s on base, Matt would be credited with two RBI’s if he made good on his promise.

10. “The Stroke,” Billy Squier
Babe Ruth, Hank Aaron, Willie Mays–all the great ones had it. (BTW, did I tell you that Billy Squier is touring this summer!)

11. “Riders On The Storm,” The Doors
I know baseball doesn’t mix well with storms (hence, the dreaded rain delay), but I included this track, because growing up the name of my favorite ball player was: Jim Morrison.

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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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