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The Refrain: highlights and musings

The Refrain: highlights and musings (photo)

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It’s my birthday (well, last night it was) and I’ve decided to take some liberties today reflecting back on some of my favorite revelations of the past months. Blogs move quickly, sometimes too quickly and I know from experience following my own bookmarked blogs that I miss a ton.

Have a look see at some things you may have missed while my “legally” blind ass heads to an eye doctor appointment. These are just things that amused me the most, not necessarily the most valuable contributions…

Adam Goldberg Interview
I’ve always liked Adam Goldberg and his characters but was a bit surprised to discover I liked his music too. I had a weird dream about him drawing my leg hair and then talked to him (in real life) about his band LANDy. He gives great interview. We premiered his great looking video for “BFF!” too, it’s all linked there.

Hans Zimmer’s Teutonic electronic flatulence
I can’t fathom why Zimmer ends up on generally reputable people’s best composer and best score lists. His work is the epitome of over produced, big budget, gas bag scoring.

Timothy Saccenti
I had a satisfying conversation with photographer/director Timothy Saccenti who’s impressive work in the music world has many in awe. His beginnings in photography lead him down a path crowded with artists like TV on the Radio, Erykah Badu, The Rapture, Animal Collective, and Black Mountain. I talked to him just after he’d shot the video for Chairlift’s, “Bruises.”

Bad Lieutenant
Calling Herzog’s inappropriately titled comedy for what it was early on. Expectations count for a lot, we don’t experience films in a vacuum. Usurping Ferrara’s legacy was a fatal mistake, though it has proven to be that of the chuckle head producers, and not herzog himself – who made an entertaining (though inferior) movie.

Michael Penn
My conversation with musician Michael Penn about current projects was quickly derailed into a verbal melee of social criticism, of which we were both on the same side. I couldn’t print it all (would have been outrageously off topic and really long) but we got some good tidbits down. I’d hate to be on the wrong side of the Penn’s, like his brother, you get the feeling Michael could murder you with a look as easily as he could charm you with a gesture.

“District 9”
Describing director Neil Blomkamp as the new onomatopoeia for the sound of success ™. And nailing it.

Hotel Chelsea, Stanley Bard, Sam Bassett
You can still have a grand adventure at the hotel Chelsea.

Alexandra hope

I love this video for her song “The Mirror,” and it was a pleasure premiering it.

Carly Simon
Following WNYC’s lead on revealing (partially) who Simon is singing about in “You’re So Vain,” after all these years!

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…