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Review: Eternal Summers “Silver”

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Band: Eternal Summers
Album: “Sliver”
Label: Kanine
Where: Roanoke, VA

Eternal Summers are spiritual echos of famed minimalist pop freaks and fellow Virginians, Unrest, who formed in Arlington in the mid-80’s (later known as a DC band). I hear more than traces of late era Unrest here — the slightly less crazy/more pop recordings that were so genius. Some of the songs off of “Silver” could be the forgotten tracks from records like “Imperial F.F.R.R.” or “B.P.M” if just drummer Phil Krauth and bassist Bridget Cross had cut them without weirdo mastermind Mark Robinson.

I was apprehensive when I first pushed play on this album, a long time hater of summer, the band’s name invoked a prison of heat, douchebags, Auto-Tuned robo pop, and douchebags in flip flops. But this duo has nothing to do with any of those horrors, exacerbated in the hot months, and the kit pounding, axe jangling album opener, “Disciplinarian” won me over immediately. Singer Nicole Yun sings I think it’s high time/I had a disciplinarian/ the kind who tells me why/I need to follow the rules again, but she’s a punk and I don’t believe her.

From there “Silver” heads into some serious Cath Caroll vocals and Flin Flon drums, both welcome in my book. “Safe at Home” and title track “Silver” are stand outs, and I dig drummer Daniel Cundiff stepping up to sing the stoned-out Beach Boys number “I’ll Die Young for Rock n Roll” just after the midway point. Eternal Summers dream pop is crisp, not hazy. These songs cut a little humidity from this fetid summer air and call to mind the most awesome 90’s pop.

On August 31, Kanine Records will release Eternal Summers digital single for “Pogo,” featuring a cover of The Beatles “All I’ve Got To Do.” The debut full length, “Silver,” comes out September 28th.

“Safe at Home” – Eternal Summers

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

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