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Tammy Wynette, De La Soul, Steely Dan: National Treasures

Tammy Wynette, De La Soul, Steely Dan: National Treasures (photo)

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Every year, the Library of Congress chooses 25 sound recordings to preserve in its National Recording Registry. This year’s batch is a diverse group of America’s best and brightest, including the song that best represents America’s favorite pastime: baseball. Yes, “Take Me Out to the Ball Game” by Edward Meeker (not Billy Corgan’s version) is now in the Library of Congress. Other additions include “Tumbling Tumbleweeds,” by Roy Rogers, Tim Spencer and Bob Nolan a.k.a. The Sons of the Pioneers, Al Green’s “Let’s Stay Together,” Henry Mancini’s “The Music From ‘Peter Gunn'”, “Stand by Your Man” by Tammy Wynette, Captain Beefheart and His Magic Band’s “Trout Mask Replica,” and Steely Dan’s 1977 album “Aja”. Guess the library needed to fill their jazz flute quota. The registry also included some less musical recordings including the songs of humpback whales and the GOPAC Strategy and Instructional Tapes (1986-1994), which you are welcome to listen to and report back. Noted musical historian Alan Lomax’s and Shirley Collins’ recordings of the 1959 United Sacred Harp Musical Convention in Fyffe, Alabama also fall into that category.

Also selected for the honor was De La Soul’s “3 Feet High and Rising”. Yep, the librarians at the National Recording Registry will be tapping their toes to “Me Myself and I” for eternity. Here is De La Soul performing their newly-minted national treasure on the Arsenio Hall Show, because every once in a while you need to remember that that show existed:

Photo via Creative Commons by Ferrari on Flickr. Thanks!

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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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