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Premiere: Nicole Atkins’ Vignettes From “Mondo Amore”

Premiere: Nicole Atkins’ Vignettes From “Mondo Amore” (photo)

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Brooklyn’s Nicole Atkins has become known for her darkly hypnotic voice, after her first full length record “Neptune City” released in 2007 and more recently from touring with the acts like The Black Keys. Next week she releases “Mondo Amore,” and she says it’s the record she’s always wanted to make — ever since she started singing at age 12 in her native Neptune, New Jersey.

Filmmakers Mandy Bisesti and Lucia Holm created three sultry vignettes to go along with three songs from the forthcoming album, the first two of which we have exclusively, below. The lush, lacy look of these vignettes “were born out of years and years of reading fairy tales, books on symbolism, mythology, folk lore, fantasy,” Biseti confided. The narrative that the black-caped Atkins becomes immersed in here “plays on the Robert Johnson, Devil at the Crossroads legend where a Faustian bargain is struck — a deal is made with the Devil and the soul is exchanged for other-worldly musical abilities,” Biseti said.

Watch the first two parts, “Dark Magic in You Eyes” and “And What I wouldn’t Do”:

“As the story began unfolding, I kept seeing a shot from this amazing Czech Surrealist film “Valerie and Her Week of Wonders,” Biseti continued. “It’s a two-second shot in the beginning of the film; the camera zooms in on a bride and you can’t see the figures adjusting the brides’ veil, just their hands; I loved the mystery of her being attended to by unseen figures.”

The track in the first short is “You Were The Devil,” and the track in the second is “Heavy Boots,” both are on “Mondo Amore,” out on Razor & Tie Feb 8th. We’ll premiere the 3rd vignette here, on Monday!


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.


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…


A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.


Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.