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Exclusive premiere and download: Canon Blue signs to Temporary Residence, releases new single

Exclusive premiere and download: Canon Blue signs to Temporary Residence, releases new single (photo)

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(Download “Indian Summer (Des Moines)” here.)

When Nashville’s Daniel James makes a record as Canon Blue, he doesn’t hedge his bets: His 2007 debut, Colonies, was a collaboration with Grizzly Bear‘s Chris Taylor. An album a bit before what might have been its time, Colonies mixed elemental singer-songwriter fare with sweeping electronic textures. Last year, it might’ve helped score the summer of chillwave; four years ago, it was a tad overlooked.

So James returns with Rumspringa, his debut for Temporary Residence Limited and an album that might actually work as a soundtrack for this summer. Though made partly in Copenhagen with Danish orchestral pop ensemble Efterklang and partly in Iceland with Sigur Ros’ string backbone Amiina, James’ darting rhythms and daring melodies suggest Beirut and Sufjan Stevens writing dance music alongside the camp fires of a mid-summer, Midwest roadtrip (each of these songs is indeed named for a city) and returning to some metropolis to record them.

On Rumspringa, the lessons of 20th-century composers like Steve Reich and Yoshi Wada come reinterpreted through unbridled pop ambition. The result is extravagant ebullience, or music that feels both infinite and intricate. These songs sometimes reflect doubt and worry, but they feel like parachutes, too, meant to lift the listener out of troubles.

“Canon Blue (Des Moines)” is the album’s first single and a perfect summary of its aims. Pizzicato violins trickle through the verses until they’re bowed, a twinge of regret creeping into their long notes. That’s the signal for the chorus, though, an effortless passage that glides and bursts in spite of its lonesome-love worries. These are coiled and contagious tunes–learnable mantras built over time. You get the feeling Canon Blue won’t be overlooked this time.

Rumspringa is out August 16th.

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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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