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Animal Collective, hip! hip! …hippie

Animal Collective, hip! hip! …hippie (photo)

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Animal Collective has always baffled me because I couldn’t figure out what all the hubbub was about. “What interesting fellows” is about all I could ever sincerely muster out loud. About the same reaction I had to the likes of Phish, who I quickly grew to disdain and then marvel at as they became a cultural phenomenon. I don’t see heaps of hippie body painting similarities between the two groups (hmm or do I?) but there are at least two key similarities.

They both share a penchant for zany dynamic sound jam weirdoship that I am not naturally inclined to, and cannot identify with. And they both resurrect the Grateful Dead. I have waited a long time to hear Animal Collective’s new EP, Fall Be Kind, and this much ballyhooed song “What Would I Want? Sky” which contains a sample from the Dead song “Unbroken Chain.” The first time a Dead song has been officially licensed for sample, whether you dig the Dead or not, it’s a noteworthy happening.

Pitchfork gave the song a perfect 10. It is a sweet sample and after over 3 minutes of mumbo and jumbo that smells like you walked into a rave at Burning Man, you get to hear it. The best thing I can say is somehow it sounds like The Verve just before that “Bitter Sweet Symphony” crap.

The stand out on this EP for me is track 3, a beautiful sounding kind of lullaby called “Bleed.” Fall Be Kind is out on digital now and releases physically on December 15th.

Animal Collective – “What Would I Want? Sky”

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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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