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Grinderman’s “Grinderman 2,” Reviewed

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Nick Cave and crew’s “Grinderman 2” is a filthy, loathsome, blown-out excuse of an album. And I highly recommend it. I say excuse because it’s abusively clear that Cave is using this Bad Seeds side project-turned-real deal to muse about his favorite things, “Chicks. Death. Love,” and just sound tremendously tough while doing it.

And Grinderman 2 is tough, make no mistake, like guitars strung with hair from Warren Ellis’ beard, tough. But these are love songs nonetheless — for rogue men, hungry wolf men that dream broken dreams. “You are the moon! Who needs the moon? / You are the stars! Who needs the stars? / O cling to me little baby in this broken dream,” Cave howls on “Evil.”

Musically, you have to go back to say, 1968 and the primitive psychedelic blues-rock of bands like Blue Cheer to find the roots of this malevolence. The band strives for a raw sound but it doesn’t feel calculated or false. Historically Cave is a pianist, not a guitarist which makes things more interesting, more stripped down by default. Add to that the wild methods of his band mates — they can’t even recall how they made some of these sounds. This shit is legitimately out of control.

I dig Grinderman for their sound, for drummer Jim Sclavunos, bassist Martyn Casey, and the multi-talented Warren Ellis grooving together with guitar novice, Nick Cave. But it’s Cave’s profane mind that really lights this album up. “And I’m gonna get a pot to cook you in / I stick my fingers in your biscuit jar / And crush all your Gingerbread Men,” he sings on the hot mess “Kitchenette.” Each song seems more lewd and threatening than the next.

Mostly, “Grinderman 2” is the sound of four manics, heading into their 50’s, who’ve never been more dangerous or temperamental …or hilarious as Cave groans on “Worm Tamer” about a love he’s had too long, “Well my baby calls me the Loch Ness Monster / Two great big humps and then I’m gone.”

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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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Give Back

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.


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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