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Revolutions Per Minute: Amber Webber of Black Mountain

Revolutions Per Minute: Amber Webber of Black Mountain (photo)

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I’ve had Amber Webber on my short list of most amazing women in rock since her voice sent undulating tingles up my spine that gathered up in my skull and blew my mind at a Black Mountain show a couple years ago. Her work with Lightning Dust is absolutely stunning too.

Now and then I ask a musician what she’s listening to “right now” and then catalog it here. It could be an iPod playlist or the pile of records closest to the turntable, as long as it’s what they’re listening to now, not their most carefully thought out vanity list of all time coolest records. These lists may be somewhat revealing of the musician’s own work, but more importantly they’re snapshots of taste — at first of a particular musician, but over time of a larger cultural moment.

Or maybe they’re just lists of artists, you don’t yet know about that you might want to check out. Amber recently left her iPod on a plane and has had to reconstruct her digital music library from band-mate Joshua Wells’ collection. If you found an iPod on an airplane full of dope 70’s shit like Amon Duul II, Slapp Happy and Sabbath, it’s probably Amber Webber’s. You should listen to it from start to finish, count yourself lucky, and then return it to her.

Here are ten of her “most listened to tracks,” first five embedded. Take my advice and crank this track by Amon Duul II, preferably for the whole office/cafe to hear, and just blast the hell out of your Friday.

Amon Duul II – “Archangels Thunderbird”

Black Sabbath – “Changes”

The Sugarcubes – “Deus”

Slapp Happy – “The Drum”

Bonnie ‘Prince’ Billy & The Cairo Gang – “Troublesome Houses”

Joanna Newsom – “Jack Rabbits”

Archie Fisher – “Mountain Rain”

Skip Spence – “All Come To Might Her”

Jay Z – “Death to Auto tune”

The Sensational Alex Harvey Band – “Hammer Song”

Black Mountain’s third full length record, “Wilderness Heart” is is due out September 14th on Jagjaguwar.

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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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