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Video Premiere: Windmill’s “Big Boom”

Video Premiere: Windmill’s “Big Boom” (photo)

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Windmill’s Matthew Thomas Dillon was so struck by a visit to the EPCOT center as a child that he’s gone and mined the memories of it from his cosmic noggin for the basis of his second album “Epcot Starfields,” due out September 15th. I too love and relate to the heavy impact the place has on your world view as a child (just minus the talent to make music about it).

We’ve got a first look at the video for the lead single off the album, “Big Boom” right here. And I interrogated director Rupert Noble (who’s shot videos for Bat For Lashes, Stereolab and Dirty Three, amongst many others) about it below!

What’s going on here in a larger, conceptual sense, or is this a typical day in the UK for you guys?

Overall it’s about the elation. The euphoria of the song got me initially, so a celebratory “American” style but quintessentially British suburban parade seemed bang on…and set within the time frame, a 60s suburban location, a space-race astronaut. This was the ticket! I suppose Matt wanted to supply the notion of oneness without religious connotation. Yes just another day at the office for me!

Was Matthew just lounging in that space suit that day or was that your doing?

Matt has character ideas and wants to run with them. For example in the “Fit” video he decided to be “rocky” for the day. I was horrified that time, especially as my dad had worked with Stallone on “First Blood!!” But that vid really worked!

So this time, Matt wanting to appear as a benevolent, all embracing spaceman, I just shrugged my shoulders and went for it. I let artists breathe conceptually within the frame of their own videos… but obviously on one of the hottest days of the year, there was not much chance of any breathing in a NASA spacesuit!

With what appears to be many random people and factors, what wasn’t part of your plan?

The only plan was the flag parade which was choreographed. The rest was a case of – let’s drop the spaceman into various locations and see how people react. I had spotted there was a medieval battle re-enactment going on nearby and it was a case of “hmmm what if…?”

Matt was fantastic and was able to pull great reactions from everyone we met… there was never a moment of “twat in a spacesuit,” people totally warmed to him.

The craziest moment was the spaceman stealing a mobility scooter. At the battle re-enactment — spaceman/battle re-enactment/mobility scooter/stealing – these words should not appear in the same sentence! The full footage of that event is one of the funniest moments of my life… but one of those “had to be there’s.”

Who the hell taught him to dance?! I guess he was sweating balls in there huh?

I gave him a few pointers… but, otherwise he was like clockwork. I gave him the scenes, wound him up, shouted a bit and let him go!!

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Final Countdown

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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Rev Up

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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Give Back

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…