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Malachai’s ‘Ugly Side of Love,’ album for the decade’s end.

Malachai’s ‘Ugly Side of Love,’ album for the decade’s end. (photo)

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The mysterious, monkey-masked, UK duo known as Malachai first blew my mind when I caught some of their musical genius in the film “Franklyn” in November.

Since then they have respelled their name (it was “Malakai”) and have a debut full length due out on Domino records Feb. 2, 2010, called The Ugly Side of Love. It’s the most original record I’ve heard in a long while, a British masala of psychedelia, dubstep, hip-hop, reggae and 60’s jams. The album kicks off with a tribute to everyone’s favorite 1979 New York gang flick, “The Warriors” and just gets tougher minute by beat heavy, guitar blown, acid sampled, minute.

Tough as Malachai Johnson’s (Danny Glover) throaty this oughta do line in “Silverado” dual wielding two huge rifles just before he set out to kick huge amounts of ass. I suspect the name does not originate there but it’d be fine by me. Perhaps the masked man, known only as Gee, looks a bit like the kid from “Children of the Corn.” Wherever the name comes from, Malachai conjures The Kinks as effortlessly as Tricky, “My little Red Book” era Love, alongside contemporaries like Clinic, all while invoking a dusty Morricone western groove and they are the shit.

The thirteen track, Ugly Side of Love, is as foreboding and apocalyptic as it is enthralling. It’s the perfect record for the beginning of a new decade. Check out the decidedly Electric Prunes meets Tricky lament about the obliteration of a city called New Orleans in the track, “Fading World,” courtesy of Domino.

Malachai_FadingWorld by DominoRecordCo

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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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