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Timo Ellis!

Timo Ellis! (photo)

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A man with a twinkle in his eye and the hair of a comic book hero walked into the cafe as I sipped a double espresso with the thickest crema you ever saw. Is that Timo Ellis? I met the NY multi-instrumentalist (Cibo Matto, Sean Lennon collaborator, front man of NY band The Netherlands, and a bunch of other wild stuff) one magic night in Manhattan a couple years ago. One of those party crashing, quasi private bar hopping, celebrity hang out nights where you get into places you’ll never see the inside of again. It was like an 80’s party movie where everyone wins except the cologne drenched Frat boy bully, mostly because of Timo.

I studied the guy at the cafe, licking the caramel foam mustache off my lip, until I noticed someone staring at me, staring at him, licking my face all caffeinated and grinning. What the hell am I doing?

I decided it wasn’t him, and thought back to a Netherlands show I went to about a year ago where I had the Transitions tint blown off my glasses by Timo’s guitar. This guy was too calm and soft spoken as he ordered a quadruple Americano. Only half crazed geniuses order those. Wait… it was Timo. Soon as he walked back toward me it was clear and I could easily picture him with the usual gang of gorgeous women show groupies, tall as baby giraffes.

What do you know he’s been busy running his company, 70% Water Music, composing commercial jingles and beginning to dabble in film scores! I’ll have to keep up with him on that. Maybe he can score your introspective film about that time when life was good, you were wild but at the height of your powers and the city was in the palm of your hands. Or is that time now? Either way.

Timo is always playing in a slew of bands too, some under his own name, some made up names, and many collaborations with others as I’ve said. If you’re local you could even see his The Netherlands this Saturday night, May 23rd at a place called The Church in Brooklyn. Capping off one of those all day BBQ blow outs, check that link for more.

Feast on too.

“Quiet like Nature,” by Timo Ellis.

Timo is currently working on a new record of ukulele hits, among many other things.


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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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