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The Swell Season – “Low Rising,” directed by Sam Beam

The Swell Season – “Low Rising,” directed by Sam Beam (photo)

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If Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova had emerged a bit earlier in the 00’s, I think they’d be eligible for feel good couple of the decade. I touched on their band Swell Season back in September when their single, “Low Rising” came out. And that was after a couple Grammy wins and an Oscar win for Best Original Song, “Falling Slowly” for the indie film, “Once,” in which they also starred.

This video for “Low Rising” seals it. An adorable and not too gushy take on the doldrums of modern relationships, the veils that dampen them, and how there’s no further for us to fall. It’s made all the more endearing when you know that Hansard and Irglova didn’t just play lovers in “Once,” but really fell for each other, then broke up, and in true “Low Rising” form, sat each other down and made this record together. They remain a platonic pair as far as I know.

We could all vom at how cute it is I’m sure, but their sincerity wins out. So does the quality of the music, though I wasn’t a big fan of the dramatic Oscar winner. Director Sam Beam’s vision of little personal downpours is a quality to match. You might know Beam better from his band, Iron and Wine, whose videos he’s also directed. They are immensely popular among young American ladies and the potential crowd crossover between the two groups is apparent. Kristen Stewart likes them and tween vampire movies or no, she’s the bees knees. Did you know she picked the Iron and Wine song herself for the big scene in “Twilight?”

Swoon over this video for “Low Rising” and if you can’t get enough check out Glen and Marketa do their Fleetwood Mac bit here with the most battle worn acoustic guitar in this realm of folk rock.

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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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