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The Raincoats announce reissue of “Odyshape” and tour

The Raincoats announce reissue of “Odyshape” and tour (photo)

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Inspired by The Slits and the raucous London rock scene, Gina Birch and Ana da Silva started The Raincoats in the late 1970s. They released their first full-length album, the self-titled The Raincoats, in 1979. The record featured a sonic cavalcade of off-kilter rhythms and eclectic melodies that clashed and careened all over the place. Their sound was peculiar, yet urgent and infectious. The album is infused with a DIY punk sensibility, which mostly means that the band members didn’t exactly know what they were doing, but it sounded great anyway. The album and the band have made a lasting impression, not only as pioneers in girl-driven post-punk, but in the grunge, punk and emo worlds as well. Bands ranging from The Gossip to Nirvana all count The Raincoats as an influence. In fact, Kurt Cobain himself got the band to reunite in the 1990s after they broke up in 1984.

The Raincoats haven’t stopped playing since their reunion. Now, The Raincoats are reissuing their 1981 sophomore album “Odyshape” on CD and vinyl via their own We ThRee label. The album is due out September 13th and has been remastered. Appropriately enough the re-issue will include liner notes by another woman who rocks, Sonic Youth’s Kim Gordon. In support of the album, The Raincoats are hitting the road and playing shows in a select number of cities. (Dates are below.) As Birch and da Silva are in their late 50s, you should grab this opportunity to see this iconic band.

Here are the dates:

09-16 Brooklyn, NY – Warsaw
09-17 Washington, DC – Comet Ping Pong
09-19 Chicago, IL – Double Door
09-21 Detroit, MI – Museum of Contemporary Art
09-23 Toronto, Ontario – Wrongbar
09-24-25 Montreal, Quebec – Pop Montreal
12-03 Minehead, England – ATP

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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.)

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Wedding Planners

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Disaster Hut

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Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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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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