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Premiere: Spindrift “Shadytown (Theme from Hollywood Play-Girls)”

Premiere: Spindrift “Shadytown (Theme from Hollywood Play-Girls)” (photo)

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Vigilante director J.X. Williams is best known for his 1965 “found footage” picture, “Peep Show,” which made liberal use of scenes from other films in it’s assemblage. Williams’ story then takes a turn into shadowy late 60’s conspiracies, mafia connections and other intrigues fit for the silver screen, before he flees to Zurich where he’s spent the last 30-some years in hiding. However, before going rogue, he allegedly made a few other films, all since lost… until recently.

“Hollywood Play-Girls” is his lusty 1966 film, a “Sin-sational story of a private dick hired by a madam to track down a serial killer who has been offing members of her prostitution ring.” The film has been missing for decades, but private collector recently came forward with the opening credits. The sequence was without sound, but The J.X. Williams Archive asked LA’s Spindrift to score it, and they obliged. Here are the credits, with this track penned by vocalist Sasha Vallely titled, “Shadytown (Theme from Hollywood Play-Girls).”

J.X.Williams has recently surfaced somewhere in France, if you can believe the J.X.Williams Archive and this blog, only contacting an assistant via satellite phone, ditching his SIM cards after every call, and rolling around Europe with forged diplomatic passports, just in case.

We can only hope that Spindrift manages some cloak and dagger message exchange with the rogue director while they’re in France, and let’s us know how to get a hold of more of his lost prints without breaking any ground rules.

Spindrift U.S. Tour Dates:

5/3/11 Indio, CA The Date Shed w/ Gram Rabbit
9/3/11 Los Angeles, CA The Bordello w/ TBA
22/3/11 Sierra Madre, CA Cafe 322 w/ The Upsidedown

European dates:

15/04/11 : Ekko – Utrecht (NL)
16/04/11 : De Nieuwe Nor – Heerlen (NL)
17/04/11 : Roadburn festival @ 013 – Tilburg (NL)
18/04/11 : Trix – Antwerpen (B)
20/04/11 : L’Abordage -Evreux (F)
22/04/11 : Unwound – Padova (I)
23/04/11 : Tetris – Trieste (I)
24/04/11 : Init – Roma (I)
25/04/11 : Sidro – Savignano sul Rubicone (I)
26/04/11 : Lio Bar – Brescia (I) – confirmed
27/04/11 : Le Rockstore – Montpellier (F)
29/04/11 : Moog – Barcelona (ES)
30/04/11 : Mogambo – Donosti (ES)
01/05/11 : Taberna Belfast – Leon/Santa Maria del Paramo (ES)
03/05/11 : Hard Club – Porto (PT)
04/05/11 : Universidad – Vitoria (ES)
05/05/11 : Moby Dick – Madrid (ES)
06/05/11 : Le Krakatoa – Bordeaux (F)
7/05/11 : Caveau des Trinitaires – Metz (F)
09/05/11 : Hafenklang – Hamburg (D)
10/05/11 : Festsaal Kreuzberg – Berlin (D)
11/05/11 : Loppen – Copenhagen (DK)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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