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MIXTAPE:  Tax Day (photo)

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I know I’ve been going crazy with these mixtapes lately, but I couldn’t resist dropping one on Tax Day. If you’re franticly rushing around trying to finish your tax return, let this playlist of songs bring down your stress levels (take a deep breath, everything’s gonna be okay):

1. “Tax Man,” The Beatles
The Beatles have a song for everything, huh? I can’t wait for the next walrus or submarine-related mixtape that I’m going to make. I guarantee you’ll hear this as the background song on at least four local news stories today.

2. “Mo Money Mo Problems,” The Notorious B.I.G. (feat. Mase and Puff Daddy)
True. Mo money also means you’ll have a hell of a lot more taxes to pay.

3. “I Might Be Wrong,” Radiohead
The feeling I had whenever my wife and I did taxes on our own. By the way, not only is today Tax Day, but it’s also guitarist, Ed O’Brien’s, birthday. Since he’s from England he can enjoy his b-day in peace, where there are no stressful tax ramifications on April 15.

4. “What You Waiting For?” Gwen Stefani
There’s a double meaning for my selection choice of this song. First of all, I never understood how anyone could wait until the last day to file their taxes, hence the song choice: “What You Waiting For?” But, did you also know that this song was co-written by Linda Perry? Just like Radiohead’s Ed O’Brien, she was also born on April 15.

5. “Taxing,” Seaweed
Tax season is “taxing,” but even without the tax-related song title (which makes it a perfect choice for my mix), this track is an early 90’s, pacific northwest, punk-rock treat.

6. “One Trillion Dollars,” Anti-Flag
A sad reminder where a lot of that tax money goes–and how it could’ve been better spent.

7. “Too Much To Think About,” B-52’s
That’s why instead of thinking about taxes, think about this little nugget of information: Fifty-seven years ago today, the B-52 aircraft–which inspired the name of the hairdo, that inspired the name of the band–made its maiden flight. (Sorry, maybe that is too much to think about.)

8. “I’m Broken,” Pantera
What most of us feel like after filing a tax return.

9. “All These Things I’ve Done,” The Killers
Yes, and make sure you have W2s for ’em all.

10. “Zero,” Yeah Yeah Yeahs
Here’s hoping that you get a lot of these tacked on to the end of your tax refund.

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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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