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Grizzly Bear Underscores “Blue Valentine”

Grizzly Bear Underscores “Blue Valentine” (photo)

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Director Derek Cianfrance always wanted Brooklyn’s Grizzly Bear to score his film “Blue Valentine,” but it wasn’t quite meant to be, at least not technically speaking. Grizzly Bear’s Ed Droste told Variety, “Derek contacted us about three years ago. We were really excited. We were between albums, and we were ready. They hadn’t shot yet, and we couldn’t compose without seeing anything, so we were in a holding period.”

But the band couldn’t stay in a holding period indefinitely with a new record coming out, 2009’s “Veckatimest,” and they had to move on. “We’re not professional movie-scorers,” Drost admitted. “We haven’t done it before, and we knew it would take a long time for us… It was such a bummer.”

However, the band’s songs ended up as at least half of the soundtrack anyway, an underscore if you will. They handed their catalog over to Cianfrance and told him to use whatever he wanted. “We said, ‘You can have every album, take all our instrumentals, you can do anything you want,'” Droste explained. “We knew the budget was limited. The smallest fee you can think of was fine.”

And so bits of Grizzly Bear songs including “Foreground,” “Easier,” “Granny Diner” “Lullaby,” “I Live With You,” “Alligator (Choir Version)” and “Shift (Alternate Version)” made up the soundtrack along with a little Dirt Bombs, Matt Sweeney, and a couple tunes by star Ryan Gosling, who is no stranger to making music (see Dead Man’s Bones).

Although bummed they couldn’t sit down and tackle a true score, the band seems pleased with the results, along with everyone else. “You don’t know if any of it works until you put it up against the picture,” Joseph Rudge, the film’s music supervisor commented. “It just shows how well-produced their music is and how well it transfers over as a score.”

Here’s Grizzly Bear performing “Foreground,” one of the tracks that was incorporated into the “Blue Valentine” soundtrack.

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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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