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Rockstar Games Previews “L.A. Noire” Soundtrack

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I’m a big jazz fan, so one of the things I’ve been looking forward to the most about “L.A. Noire” is how they’ll use the pop music of the post-WWII era in the game. Rockstar’s pretty much perfected the art of assembling music that reflects the tone of the interactive work they create.

“GTA: Vice City” introduced new wave acts like The Human League and A Flock of Seagulls to a generation of gamers who were born after their music topped the charts Similarly, “Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas” packed its radio stations full of classic electrofunk, Reagan-era R&B and mid-1990s hip-hop when it hit the PS2 in 2004. The approach changed a little bit out of necessity for “Red Dead Redemption,” since last year’s hit Western game was set in an era before the proliferation of radio devices was widespread. So, the music in “RDR” ranged from ambient tones to jangly chase themes. Jose Gonzalez’ “Far Away”–the only song with vocals in “Red Dead Redemption”–stuns players when it starts playing, because you’d gotten used to not hearing that kind of recorded music. But, it doesn’t come across as anachronism; rather, the quiet ballad is almost like being able to read reluctant hero John Marston’s mind.

With the preview Rockstar released on Soundcloud over the weekend, it seems like what you’ll hear in the game will be a mix of original cinematic orchestral arrangements, pop hits from days gone by and jazz classics by legendary performers. Musician Andrew Hale, best known for songwriting and keyboard duties in Sade, composed the original soundtrack and neo-jazz loungers The Real Tuesday Weld paired up with songstress Claudia Brucken to create the tunes heard in the game’s Blue Room club.

Louis Jordan -Aint Nobody Here But Us Chickens (DJ Premier remix) by RockstarGames

L.A. Noire “(I Always Kill) The Things I Love” Claudia Brucken Featuring The Real Tuesday Weld by RockstarGames

L.A. Noire “Main Theme” Andrew Hale by RockstarGames

LA_Noire_Remixed_cover.jpgRockstar’s also attaching a side project to the game’s soundtrack, enlisting producers of renown like DJ Premier of Gangstarr fame and Dave Sitek to contribute to the “Verve Records: L.A. Noire Remixed Project EP,” too. “L.A. Noire” hits stores tomorrow May 17th and all the music will be available separately on iTunes and other major digital music stores.

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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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