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Music For Friday’s: Active Child’s Sexual “Playing House”

Music For Friday’s: Active Child’s Sexual “Playing House” (photo)

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Active Child – Playing House (Ft. How To Dress Well) by VagrantRecords

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. Active Child’s “Playing House” isn’t available for download yet, but it’s good enough to stream again and again.

The three lead biographical bits you’re likely to hear in the next few months about Pat Grossi, who records under the name Active Child, is that he’s a former choir boy, a current harp player and the son of a hip-hop record label executive. You’ll hear those bullet points for a few reasons: First, they’re true. Grossi’s dad indeed worked at Priority Records, he was in the Philadelphia Boys Choir, and he, well, straddled a full-sized harp in some of his earliest press photos. You’ll also hear those facts because they’re the parts that become the sum of Grossi’s music as Active Child, a shuddering one-man mix of big bass throb, glowing keyboard gloss and subtle harp runs, all delivered with a perfectly crafted falsetto croon.

And finally, you’ll hear those details because Active Child is probably about to be pretty famous. A series of tapes, 7″s and an EP during the last year set expectations high for Grossi as a potential future star, stakes that were raised when he signed to the big label Vagrant. “Playing House,” the first single from the forthcoming You Are All I See, fulfills every expectation. A duet with fellow bedroom pop star How to Dress Well, “Playing House” pushes Active Child’s pop factor near the mainstream breaking point, backing his echoed vocals with a beat ready for more than earbuds. This is a song about reconnecting with romance, a tune that selfishly and smartly turns domestic complacence into something more carnally enjoyable and random hook-ups into a more long-term, in-love affair. Grossi sometimes sings quietly, as if he’s afraid to wake up the neighbors; I imagine this song, played late and by candelight, might.

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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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