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Radio, what kind are you?

Radio, what kind are you? (photo)

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Never been a huge music radio fan. Fond memories exist from childhood car trips and the pale amber glow that emanated from my brother’s stereo receiver at night. But where there was once diversity there has long been conformity, and too many product jingles. Played with satellite radio a bit, but unless I buy a car again I don’t have much use for it. My intentional radio listening has increased to daily levels again but it’s all on the web.

Actually, I’m kind of a public radio junky. Specifically WNYC. It’s their pledge drive by the way, I wish you’d give them money so they’d stop. If I wasn’t concerned about our world, or what other people think I doubt I’d listen to that station. But I’m so much less Republican than I used to be.

For straight musical pleasure, nothing beats WFMU. That’s 91.1 fm for you old schoolers in the NY/NJ area. They’re the longest running free form radio station in the USA, and they’re the cat’s pajamas. Once I was listening to it in the backseat of my friend Vanessa’s Mom’s Mercedes when a DJ dropped the needle on a beat up old 45 – some melodic mid 60’s wickedness that sounded like they strung their guitars with piano wire that had once strangled someone while harmonizing about young love. I’m so glad no one was in that crappy diner on Union and Metropolitan when we crashed through the wall.

Another good one is Break Thru Radio which features a collaboration of DJ’s not only from the US, but Canada, the UK and Germany. They have a bunch of free mp3’s up right now that you can take at your leisure. Studio recordings from Ra Ra Riot, Chairlift, and The Rosewood Thieves among others.

If you got any good ones let me know, preferably the dirty channel variety if you get my meaning.

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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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