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MAdM’s Out of Our Minds multi-media/record release.

MAdM’s Out of Our Minds multi-media/record release. (photo)

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What began as a second solo album turned into a full on media extravaganza including a film and comic book when Melissa Auf der Maur met director Tony Stone. Like me, she was blown away by his DIY backyard epic, “Severed Ways: The Norse Discovery of America” (Magnolia, 2007) and sought him to get the blood pumping on this project.

Last year they released a 30 minute film, called OOOM, a kind of music video meets Viking fantasy in the woods piece starring Melissa Auf der Maur. It was hot and bloody. See more on that here.

Now comes the record with accompanying comic book by Jack Forbes . Of course, there’s a video too, for the title track, also directed by Stone. It’s a distillation of the film into a song, with a few surprises. “We are particularly proud of the fireballs,” Auf der Maur, who reprises her role as babe in the forest, beamed. Don’t scorch yourself!

Also, check out some of this smart lady’s thoughts on the wonderfully flawed borough of Brooklyn today on BlackBook. “Brooklyn is a lot like Montreal, where I grew up. It’s the old world preserved. Gentrification is in full effect, of course, but it’s going to take some time to totally destroy what’s left. There is so much soul in the cracks of the borough…” she writes, but isn’t too shy to tell it like it is. “But there’s some bad stuff happening along the river. The architecture is so cheap and gross there and the people who move to those buildings are people who would otherwise never set foot in Brooklyn. They’re part of that no culture, one-size-fits-all capitalist mentality, in which as many people as possible get squished into one property.” Word.

More MAdM and the release.
More OOOM and the short film.
More “Severed Ways” and Tony Stone.

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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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