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Living Colour

Living Colour (photo)

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There was a long span of time through the 70’s and 80’s where rock was the realm of white guys with long hair. Never mind the musical roots that rock evolved from or that Jimi Hendrix was the original guitar hero. He died in 1970 after all and by the mid 80’s that was a distant haze. There were fleeting exceptions to the norm along the way, but by and large when you saw black groups performing music on TV, if it wasn’t jazz it was reggae, or increasingly, rap – the new force in popular culture. Black kids rapped, they didn’t rock, or so everyone insisted.

In 1986 Run-D.M.C. teamed up with Aerosmith and brilliantly broke down the divide between two seemingly warring genres, but it wasn’t until ’88 when Living Colour reminded everyone with tons of neon and metal that rock and roll belongs to everyone. That labeling people by their skin tone is just as shallow in music as it is in any other endeavor. I can’t stand even mentioning that, but I well remember the awe at seeing them on TV, and how it conflicted with my brainwashed world view.

And holy shit were they fresh. Corey Glover and Vernon Reid became household names. Reid’s guitar was fully ablaze. Glover was especially on fire as frontman, having come off of a small role in an Oscar winning film called, “Platoon.” Their rad videos dominated MTV and with a little help from Mick Jagger, they became one of the most visible bands of the late 80’s.

They’ve got a new release, called “The Chair In The Doorway,” that I think recalls some of that former greatness. It’s out today on Megaforce. Dig this clip of their new track, “Behind the Sun,” recorded at WNYC’s Soundcheck studio.

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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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