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Premiere: Missing Monuments “(It’s Like) XTC”

Premiere: Missing Monuments “(It’s Like) XTC” (photo)

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New Orleans garage rocker, King Louie Bankston’s origins go back to 1993, when Goner Records released King Louie The 69th & Harahan Crack Combo’s “Jailbait/Little Girl” 7 inch. He quickly formed several other raucous acts including The Persuaders and a group with Jay Reatard called the Bad Times. Then in 2000, Bankston left his second wife, sold his house, broke up his bands — not necessarily in that order — and moved to Portland. And in some strange turn that sounds like the first draft of “Adventureland,” Bankston hooked up with some kids while working as a Ferris wheel operator at a theme park, and started a band with them. The Exploding Hearts were short lived however, shortly after the release of their critically acclaimed debut, three of them were killed in a car accident.

King Louie’s Missing Monuments marks Bankston’s return to recording after the tragic end of The Exploding Hearts. He’s been off the scene a while but has had no shortage of influence on the likes of Reatard, King Khan and the Black Lips. “King Louie has always been a major influence on the Black Lips, from his One Man Band to his brilliant songwriting in the Exploding Hearts,” the Black Lips’ Cole Alexander testified. “When we were young and needed someone to look up to, he was one of the only ones out there.”

Now King Louie says, “Its all about good clean fun!” His new record “Painted White” is out now on Douchemaster Records. Dig this power jangle from the record, “(It’s Like) XTC.”

DOWNLOAD: King Louie’s Missing Monuments “(It’s Like) XTC”

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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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