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Ariana Delawari, David Lynch, “Be Gone Taliban”

Ariana Delawari, David Lynch, “Be Gone Taliban” (photo)

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Ariana Delawari recorded most of her debut, “Lion of Panjshir,” in her parent’s home, but it’s not as pedestrian as it may sound – her parents live in Afghanistan. She decided to take the opportunity to make the record in ’07 when it looked like the deteriorating situation could radically destabilize again. “I had the feeling that things were shifting–that I may never have the chance to record there again.” You can thank Bush for misadventuring in Iraq.

A few months later she was jamming with bandmates Max Guirand and Paloma Udovic in Kabul along with three Afghani musicians on tabla, rabab (a plucked stringed instrument), and an 88 year-old master dilruba player. Not the smearing of herbs, a dilruba is an sitar-like instrument of Indian origin that’s played with a bow instead of plucked.

The record was later finished in LA with David Lynch in on the mixing and he produced a track called “Suspend Me.” It sounds very Julee Cruise. No one continuously plays with same themes and styles over again with as much genius as Lynch. I read that his wife, Emily Stofle Lynch, is working on a documentary of the making of Delawari’s record in Kabul.

“Lion of Panjshir” is out on Lynch’s label, David Lynch Mc and Manimal Vinyl. Check out Delawari’s “Be Gone Taliban.”

Download: “Be Gone Taliban,” by Ariana Delawari.

More: There’s some video of the proceedings on this blog about Central Asia.

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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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