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Rebecca Schiffman

Rebecca Schiffman (photo)

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I recently attended a show for a band that was being sponsored by a well known studio/distribution company. They were well practiced, had a decent but formulaic pop radio sound, and that grey-toned American Apparel blousey cardigan look. They were so groomed and trend conscious that, far from standing out they were actually completely forgettable. The crowd was an odd mix of kids, old guys in suits, and those thick-necked striped shirt wearing club guys that certain Manhattanites describe as Bridge and Tunnel but everyone knows you only see those guys in the city so Manhattan owns them as far as I’m concerned.

(Rebecca Schiffman. photo by Johnny Gembitsky)

After the overly polished performance, a lone girl walked on stage in what struck me as a gown patterned off a medieval French Pikeman’s tunic. I was about to leave but, being both a Francophile and connoisseur of weird girls I thought I’d stay for a minute. Then she said something like, “This is a song I wrote about playing D&D with my friends.” I immediately pushed my way past a throng of loud mouthed sorority girls and heavily cologned douche bags to witness Rebecca Schiffman’s greatly endearing folk balladry, which managed to stand out and persevere even over the blathering din.

I meant to say something about her earlier but things keep coming up, or someone dies. It’s given me time to correspond with her, find that NY Mag beat me to the punch, and discover that she’s a writer and has a website devoted to documenting the “lesser-explored aspects” of the Upper East Side.

She’s got a video (by Jack Bryan who directed “Life After Dark: The Story of Siberia Bar” a well received doc on the legendary Manhattan dive bar) for her song, The Rabbit Habit, a charming confessional about masturbation and prescription pill popping. It’s off her newish 2nd album, To Be Good For a Day. Check it out and a lot of OCD more at:

So many cool aptitudes in one person’s repertoire is almost too much to absorb. She probably makes handmade chainmail jewelry “inspired by the art of medieval armour as well as art deco artifacts and post-apocalyptic science-fiction” too. Yep. I’ve always wanted to wear adornments that enhance my “Excalibur” on the outside, “Mad Max” on the inside look, so I’ll be buying something as soon as I can scrape up the funds.

Here’s the D&D song. “Orcies” huh? Cute.

She performs a free set (i think) at Cake Shop in NY Jul 15.

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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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