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In “The Grid” for September 23rd

In “The Grid” for September 23rd (photo)

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“The Grid” is IFC’s new series about what’s next in movies, gadgets, viral videos, games, and more. Each Thursday, IFC News dives into our archives to bring you more on this week’s cool stuff. Here’s what going on this week in “The Grid”:

Whitney Pastorek told you about 21 years of Matador Records. At South by Southwest 2010, Michael Hoinski reported on Matador’s unusual marketing techniques (they involved alcohol and school buses but not, thankfully, drinking and driving). Plus Brandon Kim just posted about Matador stalwarts Pavement’s recent appearance on “The Colbert Report.” We cannot vouch for the truthiness of Brandon’s article.

Curtis Gwinn interviewed Rich Blomquist and Kristen Schaal about their new book “The Sexy Book of Sexy Sex.” If the interview wasn’t quite sexy enough for you, may we humbly recommend our own sexy list of sexy sex, The 50 Greatest Sex Scenes in Cinema.

Alonso Duralde previewed the upcoming film “It’s Kind of a Funny Story” and talked about comedy actors (like “Funny Story” star Zach Galifianakis) trying dramatic roles (like “Funny Story” star Zach Galifianakis). In March of 2007, Matt Singer, Alison Willmore, R. Emmet Sweeney, and Michelle Orange put together their own list of such performances, in a piece they called “This Is What It Sounds Like When Comedians Cry.” Plus, watch for video interviews with Galifianakis and “Funny Story” directors Ryan Fleck and Anna Boden on the week of October 8.

Kat Lyn picked a couple of comic books to keep your eyes peeled for this fall, including “Strange Tales 2” which features some of the coolest indie comix artists on the planet writing offbeat stories starring the characters of Marvel Comics. One of those artists is Dash Shaw, a phenomenally talented writer and illustrator who also created a webseries for, “The Unclothed Man in the 35th Century”. Watch it, clothed or unclothed (if you’re watching it in public, do me a favor: go with clothed).

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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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