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Music for Fridays: Future Islands give us another break-up dance, “Before the Bridge”

Music for Fridays: Future Islands give us another break-up dance, “Before the Bridge” (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.

One of my favorite things about Sam Herring, the frontman of the romantic and dramatic Baltimore dance trio Future Islands, is that his lovesickness always comes cut with a little optimism, or at least a sense of yearning for what might have been or what could still be in a busted relationship. For instance, on “Long Flight,” one of the best tunes on last year’s great In Evening Air, Herring arrives home to find that his girlfriend has cheated simply because, to be blunt, she needed to get off. He’s mad, but he’s mostly sad, depressed that what seemed special has been cashed out due to a sexual impulse.

“Before the Bridge,” (download here) the A-side to a new Future Islands single due later this month on Thrill Jockey, again captures that feeling of being let down by lost potential. The tune opens with a classic break-up sequence, where borrowed books are recovered after Herring chivalrously walks his could-have-been lover home one last time. The disappointment rattles from his chest, the rare singer who’s not afraid to take a share of the blame, too. He talks about how things could have been different and how she could still be in his heart. And in one of the best lines of his career, he recasts the idea of what doesn’t kill you only making you stronger–“And what isn’t love is a test,” he opines, giving this failure a purpose and himself a credo for future perseverance.

Watch the playful new video for “Before the Bridge” here.

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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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