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David Lynch Talks About His Music, the Smell of Pine, And “Blue Velvet”

David Lynch Talks About His Music, the Smell of Pine, And “Blue Velvet” (photo)

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David Lynch revealed telling things about the olfactory pleasures of woodcutting while discussing some of the initial confusion surrounding his latest musical releases on KCRW last week. We’ll get back to the wood.

First, talking to “Morning Becomes Eclectic” host, Jason Bentley, Lynch discussed his latest foray into music. “Angelo Badalamenti brought me into the world of music. Before that, I loved sound,” the director explained, telling how his musical proclivities grew out of experimenting with sound and working with his favorite composer.

Last year Lynch collaborated with Dangermouse and the late Sparklehorse on their “Dark Night Of The Soul” album, singing on a two songs. More recently, he released a pair of electronic tracks which initially confused a few people — notably when Jason Bentley played one of them on air and mistakenly said it was the British group Underworld.

“What happened, for listeners, is that early last year I had gotten MP3s. I got a new Underworld MP3 and I was sent… your track [“Good Day Today”], Bentley explained. “So, as MP3s come sometimes they are mistitled or complete information isn’t there so I confused the two. I ended up playing on the air what I thought was new Underworld [but] I played your track.” Underworld have since sportingly remixed Lynch’s original.

On how Lynch approaches his music and other creative works he said, “It’s the ideas that come. Ideas drive the boat — so you get ideas sometimes for music, you get ideas sometimes for still photography, some ideas for cinema, some ideas for furniture…”

And the ideas keep coming for Lynch who also mentioned that he loves working with wood. “I love the smell of cutting wood. All woods have a smell, it’s so beautiful. Pine is my very favorite. I have a SawStop, do you know what that is?” he inquired.

A SawStop is one of those table saws you can jam your finger into and the thing won’t cut it off. “It’s incredible!” Lynch exclaimed. “I also like the dremel.The dremel is a great tool, everybody would love a dremel and a SawStop.”

Lynch also revealed that outtakes from “Blue Velvet,” once thought lost forever, have been found. “Man oh man,” he said. “You know, there is a thing called b-negative, or outtakes, or lifts, that don’t make it into the film. And in the old days, those things sat around and maybe became dangerously close to being tossed away.” Those once throwaway scenes are now coveted extras for DVD’s and Blu-rays.

“So, one day I looked into seeing where the lifts were because some of these scenes on their own would be beautiful to see again,” Lynch said. “So I find out that Dino, the producer, doesn’t know where they are…. No one knew where they were, they were gone. So depressing.”

But they’ve been found, “Somewhere up in Seattle.” It’s incredible. And the word is that the best of the deleted scenes will come out with the new “Blue Velvet” Blu-ray. On the sound of it, Lynch, who was not pleased by prior efforts, was ecstatic. “And now Dean [“big Dean Hurley,” Lynch’s studio engineer] and I did a new one and it is so thick and beautiful. It’s the mix, but it’s 5.1 killer beauty.”

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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…