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Exclusive Premiere: Charles Bradley “The World (Is Going Up In Flames)”

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Charles Bradley found his calling when he saw James Brown perform at The Apollo in 1964 and promptly began perfecting his moves at home with a broom-turned-microphone. But like his similarly influenced soul sister (and now label mate), Sharon Jones, he’s spent most of the ensuing years just trying to get by — honing his sound between day jobs over the years from New york to Alaska.

Things changed for the raw soul singer when Daptone Records’ mastermind, Gabriel Roth, saw Bradley playing in a Brooklyn club one night (going by the name Black Velvet) and it wasn’t long before Roth had Bradley back at the studio cutting 45’s with The Sugarman 3 and other Daptone players.

Bradley’s signature hard hitting track, “The World (Is Going Up In Flames),” feels like a product of these times, but like his original inspiration, sounds more like it emerged from a moment in the mid 60’s. This video for it, directed by Poull Brien was shot on the streets and rooftops Brooklyn where Bradley spent his childhood during that earlier era of upheaval.

Those shots with the bridge in the background were filmed on the roof of Dunham studios in Williamsburg where Bradley’s debut record, “No Time For Dreaming” was recorded. The 62 year-old soul singer’s backed by guitarist/producer Thomas “Tommy TNT” Brenneck and The Menahan Street Band — a heavy group put together from members of the Dap-Kings, Antibalas, The Budos Band, El Michels Affair, and Lee Fields and the Expressions. The album drops January 25th on Dunham Records, an imprint of Daptone Records.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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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…