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“The Dungeon Masters” Blonde Redhead Soundtrack and DVD Release

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With a new Blonde Redhead release on the horizon, I decided to re-visit “The Dungeon Masters” after a conversation with the film’s editor, Christine Khalafian, who kindly reminded me that the NY trio scored it. The doc, which centers on three hardcore D&D players and their troubles during the economic crush of 2008 is getting an expanded edition DVD release August 3 too. You don’t have to own dice with more than six sides, have a thing for chicks with elf ears, or have Blonde Redhead on your iPod to appreciate this film and the exceptionally strange people it follows either.

I asked director Keven McAlester why he approached Blonde Redhead to do the score, hoping to reveal some secret LARP coven they all rolled with but the choice had more to do with a fan seeking a band he loved to create the right mood for a film that treads a fine line with it’s subjects. Not that “The Dungeon Masters” ever seeks to mock, but even when you treat a Sphere of Annihilation, or a girl wearing elf ears seriously, there’s the risk of tipping into total farce. “When it came time to approach people, Blonde Redhead seemed like a perfect fit,” McAlester told me. “We had an initial conversation that made me even more excited to work with them — they had really smart ideas, they were incredibly nice, and Kazu Makino kept referencing Georges Delerue’s music for ‘Contempt,’ which is probably my favorite film score ever.”

There was a lot of great music in the film already — including the songs “Folios” by The New Year, “Dirty Knives” by Bangs, “When Company Comes” by the Feelies, and “Ghosts of a Different Dream” by Guided by Voices — but Blonde Redhead agreed it needed more and went to work on various pieces for about six weeks. They also agreed that some of the existing music was “too obvious, a hat on a hat is the current jargon for that, I think,” McAlester added.

After some ideas back and forth, McAlester convened with the band for a week in their Brooklyn studio space. “I’m sure the last couple of days drove them crazy, as it would any serious musician,” he said of the final recordings. “Because that final push involves stuff like moving a drumbeat three seconds earlier to hit an edit cue, and so on. Regardless, the results were genuinely great. They made the film miles better.”

There will be a limited-edition vinyl release of Blonde Redhead’s compositions for the soundtrack in the near future, perhaps around the time their next record, “Penny Sparkle,” hits in September. If you’re interested in being notified about the exact release date, email tdm@antidotefilms.com to request. And hit up Netflix on August 3rd if you’ve not seen the film yet.

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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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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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