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Nick Cave Explains Why What Women Say Is Kind of Irrelevant

Nick Cave Explains Why What Women Say Is Kind of Irrelevant (photo)

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Before you get up in arms, Nick Cave was talking about what goes on in a man’s mind when he said, “Women don’t have the authority because they don’t know what goes on in a man’s head, so largely what they say is kind of irrelevant.” Truly, it would be folly to go around claiming to know exactly what goes on in a woman’s mind, as a man, or removing gender from it entirely, anyone’s mind that isn’t yours.

Cave was also speaking to a woman, reporting for Vulture, so maybe he was pushing her buttons a bit — he does that in interviews. “I’m not a misogynist, so you can dispense with that,” Cave said. “I think I’ve done wonders for the feminist movement. I get criticized for a lot of what I write about, but as far as I’m concerned I’m actually standing up and having a look at what goes on in the minds of men, and I have the authority to talk about it because I’m a man.”

He certainly is. But he caves to his wife, ultimately, on his facial hair. He told the story about losing his iconic moustache:

Two Christmases ago. I’d flown to Australia. I had very, very bad jet lag. It’s a special kind of jet lag when you fly to Australia; it weakens your resolve. My wife had been on me for a while about getting rid of the fucking mustache and I’d dug my heels in, as you do. I’d come off the plane, been in the bathroom, and she came in with a razor and said, “It’s time to get rid of it” and I said, “Oh, all right then.”

Recently, Cave has been taking a break from the Bad Seeds to give attention to the awesomely out of control, Grinderman. “There’s something about the music that propels the show itself,” he said, speaking on the difference between the two bands. “I don’t feel responsible for it in the same way with the Bad Seeds, where I feel like I have to propel the music. I feel the other way around with Grinderman.” Read the rest of the interview here.

Watch: John Hillcoat’s Grinderman video: “Heathen Child.”

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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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