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Exclusive premiere: Ariana Delawari “Be Gone Taliban”

Exclusive premiere: Ariana Delawari “Be Gone Taliban” (photo)

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Afghanistan, ancient central hub of the silk road and the crossroads between the Middle East, Asia, and the Indian subcontinent, though overrun by one foreign empire after the other, is a mountainous land shrouded in mystery whose people have never truly been conquered by any of their occupiers. Everyone from the Mughals, to the British, the Soviets, and most recently the U.S., have faltered in there. It was Pashtun warriors in Afghanistan who wounded Alexander the Great — nearly cutting short his infamous campaign to name every city clear across the known world into India, after himself, in the 4th century BC. But the people of Afghanistan are now overrun by radical elements of their own making, in the Taliban (though a Pakistani element cannot be understated either).

Afghani-American singer/songwriter, Ariana Delawari, recorded most of her debut album, “Lion of Panjshir,” at her parent’s home in Afghanistan during the deteriorating spring of 2007. She wanted to take the opportunity to make a record there before the country could destabilized again. “I had the feeling that things were shifting — that I may never have the chance to record there again,” Delawari said. A few months later she was jamming with her bandmates and three old Afghani musicians on instruments long stashed away and hidden from the Taliban — who had banned music. Really, who does that!?

Delawari finished “Lion of Panjshir” in Los Angeles, with the help of David Lynch on mixing duty. The album is out on David Lynch Mc / Manimal Vinyl. This video for “Be Gone Taliban” was directed by Delawari herself, to be both a fantasy and allegory for the plight of women under the radical Islamist group’s oppressive belief system. “When we recorded this song I imagined it as a modern ballet.,” Delawari said, “I wanted the video to celebrate everything the Taliban has attempted to destroy — music, art, women, dance, and the future of Afghan girls.”

Watch as she transforms from a woman, given no voice, into a thing of beauty and raw expression that would make a Taliban’s head explode.

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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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