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The Thermals: Interview and behind-the-scenes video premiere

The Thermals: Interview and behind-the-scenes video premiere (photo)

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Check out this vidy (first seen here) of The Thermals at their new label, Kill Rock Stars, in Portland putting people and dogs on the spot. Then, I put lead singer Hutch Harris on the spot about their transition from Sub Pop, fascists, the usual stuff….

Their latest record, Now We Can See, is available from KRS and if you’re in Seattle on July 25th they play the Capitol Hill Block Party with Sonic Youth.

(The Thermals: Hutch Harris, Westin Glass, and Kathy Foster. photo credit: Alicia J. Rose)


Video by Lance Bangs


BK: Tell me about the seemingly amicable move from Sub Pop to Kill Rock Stars, did you just want a looser contract, greener grass?

HH: I wouldn’t say the contract is looser, it just met our demands. We wanted to own the master and license it to a label, and split the profits 50/50. We also didn’t want to be tied to any label for more than one record. Kill rock stars gave us everything we wanted, and they had recently moved to Portland. EVERYTHING is greener here.

BK: You guys seem to be really pro-Portland. Give me your spiel, what would you say to convince me to leave Brooklyn and move there… or would you?

HH: Portland is definitely one of the best cities in the world… I wouldn’t try to convince everyone to move here, though. I would say move here if you have a job already, but don’t expect to find one here. Also, do you like rain? I mean, do you LOVE rain?

BK: Your last album was about the US being governed by fascist Christans, and this new one’s theme deals with death and reflecting on the past or so it seems. Is the nightmare over?

HH: Tricky question. One nightmare is partially over. Bush is gone, but his legacy remains – endless war! Plus you can’t stay up forever, you have to sleep again sometime, which means there’s always the danger of another nightmare beginning.

BK: Will the next record be about a re-birth?

HH: The next record was actually going to be about ghosts, but really that’s not far enough from all the death on this last record. The next record is going to be about relationships. Love, or the lack thereof. I’m thinking of calling it sex, lies and audiotape.

BK: What are the “warnings and the signs” we should look for?

HH: There are so many. The most fun ones are dangerous curves ahead, slippery when wet, and hazardous materials. Also make sure you don’t let your child play in a plastic bag.

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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 IFC.com

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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

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…