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The Kills Talk “Blood Pressures”

The Kills Talk “Blood Pressures” (photo)

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The Kills’ last album, their breakout “Midnight Boom,” made them notorious for their stripped down, Velvet Underground inspired two minute salvos. But for their fourth studio album, “Blood Pressures,” the duo has added some extra weight.

“This band’s music has always been angular and minimal,” The Kills’ Jamie Hince, told SPIN. “But this time the songs took over and grew.” Hince and singer Alison Mosshart tried out “instruments we wouldn’t have flirted with in the past,” Hince said. “Blood Pressures” has Piano, Mellotron, and octave pedals along with their driving beats and unforgiving guitars — though those too may sound a bit different — this time Hince used a simultaneous seven-amp configuration. “It’s monstrous,” he admitted. “We weren’t worried about keeping that stripped back sound this time.”

“Satellite,” one of the album’s tracks (just a bit reminiscent of a VU title) came about from a phone conversation Hince had with his girlfriend (supermodel Kate Moss). “I was on tour and the signal kept going. I kept losing her. It turned into a daydream about the universe and vibrations, and how a voice can go from one side of the planet to the other via satellite — and it’s all vibrations,” he explained. “It sounds dreadfully hippiesh. But it was a daydream — a nightmare, really — about actually losing someone physically.”

The Kills began recording the new album in Michigan where “Alison went through 52 blank cassette tapes in her 4-track recorder. Jamie bought 3 guitars and a mellotron. The studio dogs ate 360 pounds of dog food.” Then they drank a ton of wine and “watched VHS tapes on Vietnam,” finishing the album later in London. “Blood Pressures” drops April 5th on Domino.

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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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