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Freddie Gibbs and Statik Selektah release EP recorded in 24 hours, on UStream

Freddie Gibbs and Statik Selektah release EP recorded in 24 hours, on UStream (photo)

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Yesterday, I wrote about Shaking Through, one of my trusted new series for watching and discovering new music on the Internet. One of my favorite things about Shaking Through is that it demystifies the process of recording a bit, pulling the blinds up and letting the viewer see not just how someone plays a song but how a band makes a song. You witness the producer interact with the musicians, tweaking how a part gets handled or how a certain texture fits into the whole. Some of my favorite music documentaries do this, too, taking a work you might hold dear and showing it as a process–an act of living creation, not just a piece of finished product.

To that end, Lord Giveth, Lord Taketh Away–a dense, concise and terribly illustrated EP by Indiana rapper Freddie Gibbs and peripatetic, prolific DJ Statik Selektah–is another new bit of similar online intrigue. On Wednesday, Gibbs and Selektah headed into the studio Wednesday to record an entire set of tunes in 24 hours, which they appropriately planned to release on June 24. Selektah has done this sort of stuff before, but this time, they, like Shaking Through, pulled the shades up. They invited several camera crews into the studio to document the process, which they then streamed live via UStream and XXL magazine’s website. What’s more, they even posted a pay-per-download link to the EP yesterday afternoon, more than eight hours before it was due on iTunes. It’s like Farm to Fork, but for music.

You know how you always wanted to ask your favorite band exactly how they did what they did? This sort of approach smartly turns the Internet into a giant windows-open think pad, where artists can work (and kind of get wasted, turns out) while those who are interested look on, take notes and–via their own nooks of the Internet, like message boards and blogs and Twitter–criticize, extol and analyze everything that is happening. It’s a process that’s not best suited for everyone, of course, bands and fans included. But watching bits of that UStream and then hearing the EP, which is actually pretty great, have been both fun and revelatory. Now, if only Gibbs and Selektah would just do something about that goddamn cover…

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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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