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Exclusive premiere and download: The Dead Trees’ charming jangle, “World Gone Global”

Exclusive premiere and download: The Dead Trees’ charming jangle, “World Gone Global” (photo)

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Download “World Gone Global” here.

The first single from WHATWAVE, the second album by peripatetic indie rock quintet The Dead Trees, is appropriately called “World Gone Global.” The title fits the sunny-afternoon, backyard jangle; despite production by Devendra Banhart crony Noah Georgeson and a long-standing partnership with Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr., The Dead Trees decided to pay for and release WHATWAVE themselves. Essentially, they made their project a global one through the popular crowdfunding website Kickstarter, raising more than $17,000. That was enough to take WHATWAVE on the road on their own.

But don’t let that proclamation of autonomy suggest The Dead Trees are a band that can’t do it any other way: Heading into the second half of summer (the band will release the LP on July 19), these are tunes most any indie label would like to send through stereo speakers right about now. WHATWAVE is an adventurous and magnetic collection, twisting and turning with an art-rock eclecticism that suggests recent records by The Walkmen while sticking close enough to the hook to recall the early days of ostensible mentors The Strokes. That’s maybe most clear on “World Gone Global,” a sun-faded confession of romantic interests and hurt feelings that bristles just enough to avoid apathy. (Download it here.) With vocals cresting above a patina of distortion to deliver a mix of cute little rhymes and bittersweet reflections, it’s a song that seems custom built for summer lounging–when you know you should be doing something better but that, really, there is nothing better.

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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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