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Owen Pallett’s Final Fantasy, Rabbit Hole

Owen Pallett’s Final Fantasy, Rabbit Hole (photo)

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You’re forgiven if you’ve ever been confused about Owen Pallet’s band Final Fantasy, the video game/anime/film series is crazy enough. Maybe you thought it was just another part of that media franchise. I did until I started reading about this Owen Pallet’s many musical collaborations. These include bands like Arcade Fire, Grizzly Bear, Beirut, Mountain Goats and even Pet Shop Boys – which I suspect might be heroes of his.

Then of course, there was his last album, 2006’s He Poos Clouds, a musical exploration of death and atheism through the application of a belief system known as Dungeons and Dragons. That sure got my attention but while I’m a believer in the schools of magic my D&D tunes have always been Led Zeppelin, obviously.

Final Fantasy’s new record, Heartland is out January 12th, another far out, fully orchestral record, Pallett describes as, “A narrative concerning a farmer named Lewis and the fictional world of Spectrum. The songs are one-sided dialogues with Lewis, a young, ultra-violent farmer, speaking to his creator. The album was compositionally modeled upon the principles of electronic music. The principles of analog synthesis informing symphonic writing, like an inversion of a Tomita record.” Electronic composer Isao Tomita I’m sure.

Pallett is currently scoring the upcoming film “Rabbit Hole” starring Nicole Kidman and Aaron Eckhart. It’s a drama adapted from a Pulitzer Prize winning play of the same name about a fraying family after the death of a child. “Hedwig and the Angry Inch” director, John Cameron Mitchell is in charge. Sounds pretty strange, but that’s nothing new to Pallett, who’s score just might be spellbinding.

Check out Final Fantasy on Domino.

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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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