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Peter and Vandy, indie soundtrack

Peter and Vandy, indie soundtrack (photo)

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Playwright Jay DiPietro turned his 2002 stage production “Peter and Vandy” into a film loaded with indie music. The film, his directorial debut, is a love story that tries to answer the common question, “How the hell did we get this way?” through a non-linear telling of all the moments that make up a relationship. Events juxtaposed, disconnected chronologically, but connected in their eventual illumination of the characters.

Jason Ritter and Jess Weixler (Teeth, Alexander The Last) star. Ritter is the son of the late comedic good guy, John Ritter. He last played the most podunk Bush, Jeb, in Oliver Stone’s “W.”

( Jason Ritter and Jess Weixler in “Peter and Vandy”)

Music supe, Stephanie Diaz-Matos licensed a roster of songs that reads like an ipod playlist in the warm pocket of a tween* on the L train headed into Manhattan. New york heavy weights Animal Collective and The National are featured. Remember when that “Fake Empire” song was so movingly employed by the Obama campaign during the election? Remember yesterday’s video and that band The Shaky Hands? They’re on the soundtrack too. Other bands include Les Savy Fav, Patrick Wolf, Menomena, and Scottish band Frightened Rabbit.
“Peter and Vandy” opens October 9.

*Marketing uses tween to refer to kids aged 10 – 14 or so but that makes little sense to me. I use it more the way Tolkien did, to refer to kids in their twenties (20-30), though he used it specifically to refer to Hobbits.

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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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