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Exclusive premiere: Jeff Bridges “Falling Short”

Exclusive premiere: Jeff Bridges “Falling Short” (photo)

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“Crazy Heart” was more than an Oscar winning film for Jeff Bridges, it was an opportunity to rekindle his musical pursuits, which he has kept “cooking on the stove” throughout his brilliant career as an actor. Reuniting with his old pal, record producer T Bone Burnett, and the impetus from the success of that film was all Bridges needed to turn from portraying a great musician, to actually becoming one.

Bridges harnessed the momentum from that film, and with his “Crazy Heart” collaborators lead by Burnett, recorded his self-titled debut on Blue Note Records. Bridges and Burnett were originally introduced to each other by actor/singer Kris Kristofferson in 1980, while the three were filming the infamous Western, “Heaven’s Gate.” Burnett, known for his work with Robert Plant, Elton John, the soundtracks to “O Brother, Where Are Thou?,” and “Walk the Line” also helped put the soundtrack together for “The Big Lebowski,” starring Bridges as the lovable Dude. Burnett also co-wrote the songs for the “Crazy Heart” soundtrack. That film’s theme song, The Weary Kind,” was written with Ryan Bingham — who also joins Bridges on this album.

Recorded in LA and Brooklyn, “Jeff Bridges” features material written by his venerable collaborators, a few covers (including Stephen Bruton’s “What A Little Bit of Love Can Do,” John Goodwin’s “Everything But Love,” Bo Ramsay’s “Either Way”) and several original compositions by Bridges — including the gorgeous, “Falling Short,” which we are pleased to premiere right here.

Stream: Jeff Bridges’ “Falling Short”

“Am I falling short or do I fly / While I miss the mark do I hit the sky / And in my wandering do I answer why,” Bridges sings in this wistful, somewhat psychedelic ballad that would be more at home with the Moody Blues or on a 1969 Bee Gees record than with Bad Blake. It’s a brilliant musical turn for a man whose already one of the greatest actors of his generation.

“Jeff bridges” is due out August 16th, coincidentally the same day as Lebowski Fest New York where the Dude will abide, joining a cast reunion including John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore, and T Bone Burnett for a Q&A at the Hammerstein Ballroom. And if you’re in New York, you can catch Bridges signing copies of his album at the Barnes & Noble at 555 Fifth Avenue on August 18th (beginning at 6:30pm).

In the meantime, watch this hilarious album trailer where Bridges likens his musical urges to the growth of a persistent weed. “Man I’m really digging the way the weed has popped through this concrete,” he exclaims. Later, Burnett applauds his collaborator’s artistic integrity, “I respect his process deeply,” he says, to a shot of Bridges crawling around in some kind of lawn mandala. “I have no idea what it is…. But the end result is clearly great.”

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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

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Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

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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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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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Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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