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Exclusive Premiere: The Goldberg Sisters “The Room”

Exclusive Premiere: The Goldberg Sisters “The Room” (photo)

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In a business where flash and weird factor one-upsmanship is the norm, where a music video’s success tends to be measured by how freakishly glossy it is, The Goldberg Sister’s “The Room” is a sanctuary of old school timelessness. Shot with a 16mm Beaulieu, by director Adam Goldberg, it plays like the foggy dream of memories past, but lingering; of friends long lost yet present, forever etched in your skin.

On the surface, this is a video for The Goldberg Sister’s song, “The Room,” the title of which is taken from the disturbing novel of the same name, by Hubert “Cubby” Selby Jr. (“Last Exit to Brooklyn” and “Requiem for a Dream”) whom Goldberg knew and cast in his 1998 film “Scotch and Milk.” Underneath that there’s a deeper mystery about an old, hard living friend, the tortured big-hearted kind, who leaves a mark on you when they’re gone. In this case, such a friend was responsible for bringing Goldberg together with the aforementioned kindred spirit, Selby Jr., and renowned tattoo artist Mark Mahoney, who stars in this distillation of feelings and remembrances — this 16mm elegy.

Goldberg, who’s never at a loss to describe something that’s sprung from the depths of his mind in the most amusing terms, referred to it at one point as a “self contained visual hyperbole,” not necessarily dependent on some of the things I’ve just related. Though they may illuminate some of the secrets flickering in these transitions, in that look in Mahoney’s eye, and that storied face.

Mark Mahoney has tattooed everyone from Johnny Depp to Mickey Rourke, and Brad Pitt to Notorious B.I.G, a few days before he was shot and killed. He’s tattooed Adam Goldberg a few times too, they even have matching ones — of angel’s heads flanking Christ on the cross, in memoriam of a friend they lost.

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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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