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Exclusive Premiere: Drive-By Truckers “The Go-Go Boots – Episode 4: Eddie Hinton”

Exclusive Premiere: Drive-By Truckers “The Go-Go Boots – Episode 4: Eddie Hinton” (photo)

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Patterson Hood and crew made a series of mini-documentaries related to the various themes and influences the band explores on their next album, “Go-Go Boots.” The eight episodes are a companion to this, their ninth studio album, due out Feb. 15th. The episode below, directed with Jason Thrasher, delves into the band’s relationship with the music and mythology of Eddie Hinton — the obscure soul singer whom Hood described as “if Otis Redding met Howlin’ Wolf somewhere in the middle.”

“Back in the 60’s and 70’s, Eddie Hinton lived and recorded in my hometown of Muscle Shoals Alabama where he was a part of the thriving music scene that was based there,” Hood explains. “A triple threat (singer, guitar player and songwriter) Eddie participated in hit music by Percy Sledge, Bobby Womack, Aretha Franklin, Boz Scaggs, Dusty Springfield…. Later he made several incredible albums as a solo artist.”

Those are the albums you hear through the PA at any Drive-By Truckers show, usually before and after. Hinton was also a troubled soul, having spent time in mental institutions and was at times homeless late in life. “He passed away in 1995 and has since amassed a small but devoted cult following that includes the members of our band.”

“We ended up recording a couple of his songs for a tribute single series (from Shake It Records of Cincinnati) during the recording of this album and were so happy with the results we ended up using them on our new album,” Hood said. “The recording of ‘Everybody Needs Love’ and ‘Where’s Eddie’ actually changed the shape of the album we were making and became the impetus for the writing of several new songs for the project.” In those nine studio albums the band has never included a cover song before now, using two of their favorite Eddie Hinton songs on “Go-Go Boots.”

The same day “Go-Go Boots” comes out on ATO Records the band will also release Barr Weismann’s Drive-By Truckers documentary “The Secret To A Happy Ending.” The Washington Post said the film “captures the singular blend of grit, sensitivity, stamina and acute songwriting that have led admirers to compare them to Neil Young, William Faulkner, the Replacements and Robert Penn Warren.”

Weismann spent several years filming the band living and working, from touring to Thanksgiving, chronicling a period of upheaval in the band’s collective history. Far from wary of such an intimate look into his life and band, Hood is full of praise, “The resulting film isn’t a typical movie about a band as much as it’s a life affirming love letter to the salvation in doing what you love at all costs.”

“The Secret To A Happy Ending” screens at the IFC center in NY Feb. 3rd, check here for more listings.

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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 IFC.com

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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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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…