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Dean Wareham and his “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests”

Dean Wareham and his “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” (photo)

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Galaxie 500 and Luna while critically adored, tend to be overlooked and in this music lover’s opinion, remain two of the most under appreciated bands of my lifetime. Frontman Dean Wareham moved on from Galaxie and then from Luna with his lovely bandmate, Britta Phillips, married her and the two began recording as Dean & Britta. Sort of a rock and roll Bonnie and Clyde — I mean that in the most French way possible.

Their latest project, endorsed and by invitation of the Andy Warhol Museum, is a collection of soundtracks made to accompany 13 of Andy Warhol’s “Screen Tests.” Boring or brilliant, they were originally conceived by Warhol as portraits, portraits on film rather than canvas, and feature some people who are ridiculously famous. It’s all in the eye of the beholder of course, if you’re fascinated by Bob Dylan or Edie Sedgwick you’ll want to ogle their “Screen Test.” Either way Dean & Britta livened the silent films up with these songs. “13 Most Beautiful: Songs for Andy Warhol’s Screen Tests” is a cool project by two extremely cool musicians dealing with subject matter that, really, could not be cooler.

Check out this Warhol piece of Lou Reed, coolest man in the world, drinking a crisp Coca Cola (back before it was just some high fructose corn syrup bullshit) set to Dean & Britta (covering Lou Reed).

I’ve always associated Wareham with Reed and I’m sure I’m not alone in keeping my Luna records alongside my Velvet Underground records (organization by feeling, not alphabet, feels right). Wyndham Wallace in a huge interview for The Quietus asked Wareham about the connection and if he ever worried about being too closely associated with the Warhol/Velvets camp upon the release of this new project.

“This is what Harold Bloom called ‘anxiety of influence.’ I don’t worry about it too much, the Velvets are an influence on my life but so are the Bee Gees, Lee Hazlewood, Jonathan Richman, Talking Heads,” Wareham said. “And the critics will say what they want, they compared Galaxie 500 to the V.U. at the time but if you listen today those Galaxie 500 albums sound like no one else at all, and I would say the same for Luna.”

It’s true, and not only because of Wareham’s strange voice. In any case he was certainly the natural choice for these soundtracks. The newly released double CD includes the 13 soundtracks plus eight remixes by the likes of Sonic Boom.

More Dean & Britta.


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


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.


Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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…