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Music for Fridays: Marissa Nadler’s “The Sun Always Reminds Me of You”

Music for Fridays: Marissa Nadler’s “The Sun Always Reminds Me of You” (photo)

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Note: Each Friday, we’ll close with a song we consider a suiting goodbye for the workweek. With each Music for Fridays post, check for a free mp3.

What’s more sacred than an early evening walk, one of those therapeutic ambles through the woods or down the block to shake away the day’s troubles? That’s at least how “The Sun Always Reminds Me of You,” the second single from Marissa Nadler’s forthcoming album, starts. “It’s a beautiful day/ and I went for a walk,” she sings by way of introduction, her heavy, deliberate strums of acoustic guitar foreshadowing the turn her bright-eyed opening is about to make. Sure enough, by the time Nadler hits the first chorus, she’s backed springtime into the corner as the villain, the bright and forgiving season that annually reminds her of the love–“Your hands have gone”–that she’s lost. The refrain opens up like a big, lonely and gorgeous vista, the sort of hook that you won’t soon forget, the sort of hook that–like the arrival of each sunny morning or calendar year–constantly redelivers Nadler renewed sadness.

Nadler’s music has always been elegiac and elegant, from the time she was considered a freak-folk ascendant to her recent stint on the big rock label Kemado. But her music’s generally sounded distant and reserved, as though she were singing from a diary with dried ink; here, however, the cut sounds fresh, the sting as current as the morning news. And it is, really: “The Sun Always Reminds Me of You” is about a cycle of bittersweet despair, a sound that suits a beautiful Spring Friday that’s ostensibly going to usher in the apocalypse.

Download “The Sun Always Reminds Me of You” here. Marissa Nadler is out June 14th via Box of Cedar.

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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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