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Exclusive! Video premiere + Q&A: Rogue Wave’s Permalight.

Exclusive! Video premiere + Q&A: Rogue Wave’s Permalight. (photo)

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For Rogue Wave‘s fourth studio album, Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon decided to have themselves a little intrigue, and make a mini film showcasing snippets of each song on their forthcoming record, Permalight.

[Zach Rogue and Pat Spurgeon of Rogue Wave]

I talked to Zach about these teasers, five of which we have premiered here, and found he has a serious thing for movie trailers — “I think I like movie trailers better than movies,” he said, in fact.

Check out these vignettes, trailers for each song on the record, but also a kind of homage to the 1970’s Karl Malden/Michael Douglas show, “The Streets of San Francisco.”

Do you have a larger your scheme in mind for these vignettes?

Well, there are more of them. We were shooting the video for our first single, but we wanted to be able to do something a bit different too, and kind of have [something] that feels like movie trailers with just little glimpses of the record. And some local footage of the Bay area, that’s where we’re from, and just kind of run around the city and make a conspiracy drama. Have fun for a weekend and shoot in the rain…. They’re like demos you know, they can’t disappoint because you never know what their potential is yet. And it’s that not knowing that makes it so sweet.

Who directed these and was the concept a collaboration between you?

Yeah we worked with this filmmaker, Tyler Manson, he’s an up and comer, look out for that guy! The whole idea of the project really came from Emmett Malloy, really talented dude, and then he got Tyler involved who had his own idea how to make it real. It was really something they came up with and we just kind of participated in – they deserve any kind of credit, or blame.

These songs mark a departure from your previous sound, after a serious health debacle is that right?

Yeah, I had some problems [laughs]. In late 2008 I slipped two discs in my neck and lost the felling in my arm and right hand. I got a lot of it back for sure, and am in a much better place now. But there was a very dark stretch of time where I couldn’t really get out of bed or move much. This record was a kind of reaction to that and wanting very enthusiastically to start making music again. So I think the record is a lot more direct and punchy and cohesive… then maybe our other records.

I dig the contraption your co-conspirator [Pat] has in his case (revealed in the “Solitary Gun” teaser)…

Yeah, that day before shooting we brought a bunch of props and decided to meet and get coffee -Bluebottle coffee it’s really good – so we’re in line [at this busy place] and Tyler says, “Hey Pat I heard you brought some props.” And Pat’s like yeah I brought this, this, and this bomb! And all these heads turned.

What kind of job do you pack for, assuming of course you do not pack for the job you have?

Oh. [laughs] Ah, that’s a really good question. I pack for a job that will largely remain thankless.

Do you have a song in the film “Rachel Getting Married,” or who is that?

Well that’s interesting… we did a cover, years ago, of a Buddy Holly song called “Everyday.” We did a version of if for this video game project called “Stubbs the Zombie,” and I don’t really know what happened but someone emailed me and said, “Hey man! I heard your version of ‘Everyday’ in the ‘Rachel Getting Married’ trailer, that’s so neat!” I had heard about the movie, but we didn’t have a song in it. So I got online and watched the trailer, and realized that somebody had taken our version of that song and copied it note for note all the same instrumentation, even the same bells we used, an exact replica of our version, but it wasn’t us.

What! That movie had some great music, and all kinds of musicians involved, it seemed like a really positive process. So what happened, did you get credited?

Yeah the matter has been dealt with let’s jus say, but I was extremely unhappy… that kind of theft is just, totally unnecessary. I think with trailers, it has nothing to do with the people who made the actual film [interrupted, we both say marketing]. Yeah, I’m sure if the filmmakers, which by the way it was an amazing film, my favorite movie that year, I’m sure they would have been horrified if they knew that had gone on.

Well aside from your conspiracy vignettes, what film would you like to live inside of, if you could?

Well I think I do live inside of “The Conversation,” but what film would I like to live in? [laughs] Geez. What’s that great movie with Audrey Tautou? “Amélie!” I’d like to live in “Amélie,” yeah. And I can tell you, I know what Pat wants to live in, the movie “Tron.”

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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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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…