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Down for you is up: “Adventureland” Soundtrack

Down for you is up: “Adventureland” Soundtrack (photo)

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Movies should be seen on the big screen but given how easy it is to cozy up to the old LCD and just veg, a liberal use of netflix and a Blu-ray player can be forgiven. But there are, in my estimation, two kinds of films that must be seized upon and seen in the theater no matter how fast you can torrent or how sweet your plasma is. The big visual spectacles like “Star Trek,” are the obvious ones, and this goes some way to explain that film’s spectacular box office numbers.

The second kind are the smaller, smarter films with incredible soundtracks that deserve the splendor of a real theatrical sound system to deliver those brilliant silver screen moments, the ones that feel real, like the truth. “Adventureland” is one of these films. And it’s soundtrack kicks ass. I would have said this week’s ago but I wasn’t up in here yet, and in any case, judging by the box office numbers a grip of people who would appreciate it have not gotten out to see it, are you one of them? Time is running out.

The total gross as of today is a mere $15,768,226… does that even cover the costs of these songs? I’d pay that to have Lou Reed sing a lullaby to me for 3 and a half minutes if I could. The Velvet Underground’s “Pale Blue Eyes” is the clear highlight. Lou Reed’s ballad about naive true love penned when he was a teenager found a great fit, and in director Greg Mottola hands, got the respect such an archetypal love song deserves. Many will discover it for the first time in the film, for me it was like a happy/sad remembrance.

Mottola recently told IFC’s Aaron Hillis, “I almost feel bad for young people today, maybe because I’m sentimental about how we heard music — it just doesn’t seem the same to me that anyone can say, “I’ll just go to iTunes and download it,” rather than to try to tune in to the college radio station that you can only get in the middle of the night because the signal’s so weak, and hear these bands for the first time.”

I agree, kid’s today are eff’d. But a film like this goes a long way. All the rest of the songs are deftly handled too, many of which are actually worked into the script, and become integral little parts to the story. You can’t ask for more of a film’s relationship to its soundtrack. Quality.

Dig it.

“Pale Blue Eyes” – The Velvet Underground

The full list:

1. Satellite Of Love Lou Reed 3:39
2. Modern Love David Bowie 3:56
3. I’m In Love With A Girl Big Star 1:47
4. Just Like Heaven The Cure 3:32
5. Rock Me Amadeus Falco 3:19
6. Don’t Change Inxs 4:26
7. Your Love The Outfield 3:42
8. Don’t Dream It’s Over Crowded House 3:54
9. Looking For A Kiss The New York Dolls 3:18
10. Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely Husker Du 3:30
11. Unsatisfied The Replacements 4:00
12. Pale Blue Eyes The Velvet Underground 5:38
13. Farewell Adventureland Yo La Tengo 3:40
14. Adventureland Theme Song Brian Kenney 0:33

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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