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Martin Scorsese Inspired Springsteen’s 1978 Rock Classic

Martin Scorsese Inspired Springsteen’s 1978 Rock Classic (photo)

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Bruce Springsteen was at the Toronto International Film Festival for the premiere of “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” which chronicles the long writing and recording sessions with the E Street Band that lead up to the 1978 release of “Darkness on the Edge of Town,” Springsteen’s 4th album.

Edward Norton was there at at TIFF too and interviewed The Boss for the occasion. THR reports that the two showed up “dressed identically, with black jeans and black shirts with the sleeves rolled up.”

Though “Darkness” didn’t produce any hit singles after the hugely successful “Born to Run,” it is considered a seminal work that marked a change for the young Springsteen. He told Norton it was an “angry record” honoring the struggles of his and was also greatly influenced by Martin Scorsese’s masterpieces, “Mean Streets” and “Taxi Driver.”

On previous albums, like “Born to Run,” Springsteen wrote nine songs and the best eight made the album. For “Darkness” he wrote a colossal 70 songs, then sculpted the album down to ten songs from there.

“I took the 10 toughest songs I had,” Springsteen told Norton. “The way we did it was so hard we often thought we were doing it wrong. But I look back and I think we weren’t doing it wrong, we were just doing it the only way we knew how.”

Springsteen has long been associated with the heartland and for being the voice of the working man. “There was something in that hardness of it, that young naked desire,” he added. We wanted to be important and we came from a little town and we wanted people to hear our voices.” [THR]

Watch this teaser for “The Promise: The Making of Darkness on the Edge of Town,” whether you’re a fan of Springsteen or not, these early jam sessions are a good time.

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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