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First look: behind-the-scenes of Fool’s Gold’s “Surprise Hotel.”

First look: behind-the-scenes of Fool’s Gold’s “Surprise Hotel.” (photo)

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Fool’s Gold is a collective band from LA but you might think they’re from Buenos Aires, or Tel Aviv. Maybe even Marrakech. In fact, the spirit of their music and the confluence of influences conjures a Moroccan vibe for me, a hypnotic African jive rooted in driving rhythms but with plenty of melodic depth. Perhaps if Sufi’s from “The Jewel of the Nile” were there in “Romancing the Stone’s” South American jungle when Jack T. Colton and Joan Wilder got deep in the marijuana plane….

(Fool’s Gold, chilling at the shoot. Photo credit Emily Ulmer.)

Vocalist/bassist Luke Top sings in Hebrew and English. He started the band with lead guitarist Lewis Pesacov, of Foreign Born, to explore their mutual passion for African music and 80’s pop. Eventually, they brought on board Argentinean pop star Erica Garcia. Other members of Foreign Born are included with Garrett Ray on drums and Matt Popieluch on guitar. Percusionist Orpheo McCord (who was drummer for The Fall), Michael Tapper (ex-drummer of We Are Scientists) and Brazilian/Mexican visual artist Salvador Placencia are part of the crew, among others.

Lewis Pesacov described the band as “akin to the early spirit of The Smiths – kind of like as if Congotronics were fronted by Morrissey.” That’s probably more informative than my 80’s film obsession, but I’m not sure it’s really more helpful. Better yet, give them a listen yourself while you peruse these photos of the video shoot for their song “Surprise Hotel.”

“Surprise Hotel” by Fool’s Gold.







That’s my guy in the pool there. More on the video later! Fool’s Gold releases their debut record on IAMSOUND Records, September 29th. All photos by Emily Ulmer.

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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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