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Music for Fridays: The War on Drugs’ massive “Come to the City”

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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. Download the song here.

On Slave Ambient, the second album from one of my favorite bands in the world, Philadelphia’s The War on Drugs, “Come to the City” pours from an instrumental drone that glows and rolls like this world isn’t one giant rush. A steady drum trot finally falls into a seemingly eternal organ-and-horn exhalation, building into the mix from beneath it, fireworks falling in reverse. (Download it here.)

“Lead me back to the place I’m from,” sings frontman Adam Granduciel when he finally arrives, his voice reflecting the perfect mix of comfort and anticipation. “Past the farms and debris.” The track builds around him until its about to burst, the volume of the keyboards and drums filling every corner of any speaker they can find. Granduciel finally lets out one of those canonical yelps, like Springsteen hollering into the New Jersey night or an ancient bluesman howling into the Mississippi steam; it’s then that the track cracks its own walls with a guitar that’s louder and more commanding than one could’ve even imagined. But still, it takes its time, studying itself, careful not to burn out too soon. Rock ‘n’ roll is so often about proclamation and the energy of a moment; this feels like the rock you grew up with, but it’s about gestalt and maintenance and rambling through the tones and the sights to finally find the point. That’s what The War on Drugs does so well, and here–on a track that should convince you to throw open your windows and your doors this weekend–they do it better than they’ve ever done it before.

(Disclosure: I wrote the artist biography for Secretly Canadian about this band, but that shouldn’t stop you from enjoying this free track.)

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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