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The Joy Formidable, sound and vision from Wales [contains banned material].

The Joy Formidable, sound and vision from Wales [contains banned material]. (photo)

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Welsh people have great names. Names like Rhydian, Ritzy, and Brandon. Real Celtic Briton stuff, not like those murderous Norman and Saxon Edwards and Harolds. Nay, Welsh names sing. The Joy Formidable grew out North Wales, an enormous record collection and the friendship formed at school between Ritzy Bryan (vocals/guitars) and Rhydian Dafydd (bass). They’ve since moved to London, and been rocking the UK with drummer Matt Thomas (they must have picked him up there) as a trio for a while now.

Their release A Balloon Called Moaning just released here in the States a couple weeks ago on Black Bell. They have a bunch of videos which we’ve got cobbled together here for your viewing pleasure, and you can also download them from the widget below. A point of interest – I’ve never seen a video that was banned from YouTube before. I’m certain it happens all the time, but this fan video for The Joy Formidable’s “Austere” is the first I’ve laid eyes on. Oh it’s racy sure, but have you ever read the comments on YouTube? Joseph Goebbels and Jeffrey Dahmer would feel at home there but a little masturbation is just too much.

I was going to upload it myself here from the band, but there are other sources not as frigid as some so there was no need, yay vimeo. Here they all are including the one with the naughty bits, captions by Ritzy!

A garden and a massive budget to splurge on special effects. “The true mystery of the world is the visible, not the invisible.”

[The banned one] One of our favourite fan videos, sent anonymously. It’s brilliantly executed, playful, funny and voyeuristic. Puritanical that it was banned from Youtube, even the suggested must be offensive these days. Just to clear a few things up; no we’re not in it, and no we won’t be making an official version anytime soon. Thanks to the maker and the happy cast.

A lesson on avoiding park rangers and surviving North Wales in February. Thanks to our one man crew Mr. Dain Bedford and to the unbreakable Swift guitar.

Camera – check. See saw – check. Same aforementioned garden – check (thank you, Justin). Friends, family, rent-a-mob – check. Strong booze – check. Horse-riding thighs and seafaring head – ummm.

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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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