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Music For Fridays: First Rate People’s “Someone Else Can Make A Work Of Art”

Music For Fridays: First Rate People’s “Someone Else Can Make A Work Of Art” (photo)

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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.

Early last year, the fresh-faced, co-ed Toronto outfit First Rate People self-released It’s Never Not Happening, a handmade seven-track EP with a photocopied tracklist and cover art cut from a tablecloth. It sounds simple, sure, but within those seven tracks, First Rate People alternated between complex glimpses of near-adulthood sadness and sheer bursts of childlike joy. They rarely got any combination of those two just right, a quality that gave It’s Never Not Happening an approachable innocence. Happening was one of my favorite debuts of last year, and I’ve since been waiting on the next move from the very promising People.

The follow-up doesn’t fail: “Someone Else Can Make A Work of Art,” released today via the band’s website and available here as a free download, finally puts that sweetness and sadness into one succinct package. It’s a love song tinged with regret and anxiety, a dance-pop song that spends most of its time drooping. This is the sound of First Rate People twinkling into the realties of maturity, and they’ve never sounded better. Here, the present feels uncertain but welcome.

A lot of people are obsessing over Cults right now, and rightly so, I suppose; but First Rate People’s small sample of work seems bound to stretch beyond that of Cults. The songs are richer, the writing more suggestive, the band more reliant on layers and textures rather than production tricks. Let’s hope this is still just the start.

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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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