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Wild Yaks, unsigned, but bonafide

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I wanted to kick off the week with a feral bang, with singing but unsung heroes, so I present to you: the Wild Yaks. The Brooklyn band, as blues as they are punk, have been affectionately, tumultuously, together in some form or other since the Fall of ’07. Not that long, but long enough to have proved their meddle. Like a leather pouch of uncut gems found on an old battlefield, I have coveted them, slightly paranoid, fully enthralled. How much suffering and mayhem passed before this moment of discovery? Why aren’t there bulldozers tearing up this field for more? Can I keep them?

(Left: Wild Yaks, take me by the hand. Photo by Daniel Arnold)

The Wild Yaks are not the kind of stones you want polished, and you aren’t sure you want to know where they came from. They’re here now and all yours, that’s all you should give a shit about. Singer Rob Bryn, with a heart of gold, brings everything he’s got and bares his soul at every show, and on every track. His fellow troubadours, a rowdy but lovable bunch of saxophone slinging, guitar swinging, drum smashing mercenaries all sing their hearts out too. These fellows are the real deal, holding steady even with all the jim jims in this town and all the politicians makin’ crazy sounds, and everybody puttin’ everybody else down.

Drink this tonic, have a listen:

“River May Come” by the Wild Yaks.

Many of their robust singalongs are rather cinematic sounding, and though there’s a distinct melancholy, tend to imbue the spirit with a happy weightlessness. I said they were unsung, that’s not exactly true, they have been touted and loved by many, but outside of New York, they remain a buried treasure. The Wild Yaks are unsigned. You should contact them here.

They recorded a new song this weekend and I hope a full length release follows soon. In the meantime, if you have the means, I highly recommend them. They play this Wednesday, May 13 in NY at Pianos.

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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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