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R.E.M. indie old timers (photo)

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I’m not sure what college rock is anymore and I really don’t want to know what Clear Channel’s idea of it is anyway. But back when it was coined in the mid-80’s, college rock was a good time. It was about discovery, not rehashing. The term made sense because it’s what college radio stations played (and consequently, it was new, fairly underground, and played heavily by cool older brothers). It described something about the music in time and place, it was specific while being inclusive, unlike the Heinrich Himmler style label, alternative rock which followed. How subjective of you! I said GOOD DAY SIR.

(R.E.M., cool in college. Photo credit Ed Colver)

Technically, it could mean anything from The Fall to Camper Van Beethoven, but if college radio had a sound, that sound was R.E.M. Even a decade later when I was up in on matriculation game, they still defined it. Their classic 2nd record, Reckoning, was reissued today, to celebrate it’s 25th anniversary you know. It’s crisply remastered and loaded with liner notes. There’s a 2nd disc of a 1984 concert originally only broadcast live on Chicago’s WXRT with versions of songs from their debut full length through their 4th record including the hit, “Radio Free Europe,” off Murmur, “Driver 8” from Fables of the Reconstruction and some singles from earlier EP’s like “Gardening at Night” off Chronic Town.

Both Reckoning and Murmur are also being re-released on 180 gram vinyl in their complete original packaging. Hey, the economy blows, it’s a good time to go back to college, back to Rockville even.

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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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