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Orba Squara: The Trouble With Flying.

Orba Squara: The Trouble With Flying. (photo)

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I’m betting you don’t know who Mitch Davis is nor have you heard of his band Orba Squara. But unless you’re totally disconnected from TV and various high profile ad campaigns, I bet you’d recognize a jingle here, a jangle there, from his first record, sunshyness which did quite well in the licensing arena.

(Mitch Davis/Orba Squara and a few of his guitars).

Earlier this year Davis took a road trip from his home in NY, west to Portland to perform songs from his sophomore effort, “The Trouble with Flying.” It seems in part a reaction manifested from the album’s title, and a chance to document a grand journey with a 430 foot-long web project/musical/pictorial map. Virtual feet of course. Studies continually show that most people prefer clicking to scrolling, but I think you’ll find it so aesthetically pleasing that it won’t matter. And there’s still things to click on. I suggest clicking on the title track and let it’s sitar float you around the place a while.

The forthcoming album is due out sometime in October. Davis wrote and recorded it at his NYC studio, just him and his his collection of toy pianos, acoustic guitars, melodicas, bells and sitars – aside from a chance collaboration with his childhood idol, Billy Squier – strange! Squier is on vocals and guitar on two tracks, the title and one called “Tell,” otherwise it’s all Davis.

The web project is @

Orba Squara performing the song “Gravel.”

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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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