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Soundtrack premiere: “Rhoda’s Theme” from “Another Earth”

Soundtrack premiere: “Rhoda’s Theme” from “Another Earth” (photo)

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The premise of “Another Earth” is planet sized in scope, but though the film poses cosmically large questions about existence, it’s real subject is the microcosm of one woman’s grief. “All of this could be the basis of a two hundred million dollar blockbuster directed by Roland Emmerich,” IFC’s Matt Singer writes. “But director and co-writer Mike Cahill uses this great concept to tell a very different kind of sci-fi story. ‘Another Earth’ is not an outward journey through space but an inward journey through a woman’s tormented soul.”

That woman’s fateful choices involve a brilliant composer, whose life she tragically changes on the eve of the discovery of this second Earth. And this very different kind of sci-fi story comes with a very different kind of musical score, by Will Bates and Phil Mossman — aka Fall On Your Sword. Multi-instrumentalist composers Bates and Mossman (also an ex-LCD Soundsystem founding member) create dark matter compositions that sound like attack ships on fire off the shoulder of Orion, like moments lost in time, like Vangelis’ tears in rain. James Murphy calls Fall On Your Sword, “quite possibly the coolest thing on the planet at the moment.”

Download their composition, “Rhoda’s Theme,” from the “Another Earth” soundtrack, which recently won Best Original Score at the Brooklyn Film Festival. DFA just released an extended remix of the track too, which you can hear below.

Download: “Rhoda’s Theme” by Fall On Your Sword.

Rhoda’s Theme (Extended Mix) by DFA Records

Does this film score put you in orbit? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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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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