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Chrissie Hynde and the Song That Sparked “Fidelity!”

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I talked to Chrissie Hynde the other day about moonlighting from The Pretenders and her new thing with Welsh musician JP Jones. Word is probably out now, but at the time there was a lot of innuendo about their relationship and how they came to cut this new record, “Fidelity.” In truth, it’s kind of heartbreaking.

Pushing 60 she finally met the perfect lover, but he’s in his 20’s. He was wearing diapers when she was ending her first marriage. It reminded me of the time traveling weepie “Somewhere in Time,” about star-crossed lovers born into different generations. In it, an old woman approaches a young playwright (Christopher Reeves), places an old pocket watch in his hand, and says “Come back to me,” before dying.

Later, in an old hotel room enthralled by a photo of her, the young man discovers that the woman was a famous turn of the century stage actress (Jane Seymour) and embarks on a mind trip (using the pocket watch) back in time to find her in 1912 where they’re the same age.

They fall madly in love there, but the reality is that our guy is still a young man hold up in hotel room in the present day. He can’t stay forever, somewhere in the past with her and ends up being heaved catastrophically back to the future, as it were. Love torn apart by time’s cold tick-tock.

Okay, maybe Chrissie and JP are a bit less complex than all that, but an old hotel room did play a key role in their story too. When I asked her how it all began, Hynde revealed that there’s a song they made up that sparked the whole record, but is not actually on it.

“We walked around Havana and looked at each other and thought whoa if you were my age, this would be different,” Hynde recalled. “That’s actually the song that kicked it off, “If You Were My Age,” but for some reason we didn’t get to that one. It all happened so fast.”

The duo still plan on recording the song, and will likely play it before then during live shows I’m told. Look for the full, heartbreaking interview here next week, along with a video premiere for a single off “Fidelity!”

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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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