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Exclusive premiere: Spindrift “Theme From Drifter’s Pass”

Exclusive premiere: Spindrift “Theme From Drifter’s Pass” (photo)

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The last video in Spindrift’s “Classic Soundtracks Vol. 1” series features their baddest jam yet. “Theme From Drifter’s Pass” is eight minutes of psychedelic cowboys and wizardry directed by Lavender Lee (aka Abigail Bean).

“The song has an incantatory trance like feel to the whole first half until it just explodes into a wildness harnessed only by the drum beat,” Lee says. “I really wanted to capture the power of how the group performs this song live as well…you’ll have to check them out live for the full dosage.”

Lee shot the video with LA film collective Dirty Robber, taking inspiration from the 60’s cult film “Girl On A Motorcycle.” Here, Spindrift’s Sasha Vallely appears in a full body motorcycle jacket/catsuit as she races across a hallucinatory road, destined to cross paths with a hunted man.

“Sasha was game to do all the dangerous filming and riding on her own,” Lee says of the fetishistic goodies. “The shots of the motorcycle riding were all done by Sasha, we didn’t need any stunt work.”

Frontman Kirpatrick Thomas brought the added dimension of the cowboy fleeing from unseen assailants, borrowing from the 60’s fantasy/adventure, “Naked Prey” in which a man tries to outrun insane natives. “I took the themes of escape and freedom and combined them with a sense that something fanciful is at play,” says Lavender, “almost like a cosmic jive.”

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10/07 Gypsy Den First Fridays Las Vegas, NV
10/08 Solar Culture Tucson, AZ
10/10 Burt’s Tiki Albuquerque, NM 10/12 Red 7 Austin, TX w/ Dead Meadow


10/13 – Houston, TX @ Fitzgerald’s Upstairs #
10/14 – Dallas, TX @ The Prophet Bar #
10/14 – Lawrence, KS The Bottleneck #
10/16 – St. Louis, MO @ Old Rock House #
10/17 – Minneapolis, MN @ Fine Line Music Cafe #
10/19 – Columbus, NH @ Newport Music Hall #
10/20 – Chicago, IL @ Metro #
10/21 – Louisville, KY @ Headliners #
10/22 – Newport, KY @ Southgate House #
10/23 – Detroit, MI TBA
10/24 – Toronto, ON @ Lee’s Palace #
10/25 – Montreal, QC @ Cabaret Mile End #
10/26 – Cambridge, MA @ Middle East Downstairs #
10/27 – Philadelphia, PA @ Union Transfer #
10/29 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg @
10/30 – Brooklyn, NY @ Music Hall of Williamsburg #
10/31- Newark, DE @ Mojo Main
11/01 – Baltimore, MD @ Ottobar #
11/02 – Winston-Salem, SC @ Ziggy’s #
11/04 – Atlanta, GA @ The Masquerade (Hell Stage) #
11/05 – Nashville, TN @ Exit/In #

# = w/ Black Angels & Dead Meadow
@ =w/ Black Angels & Special Guest

Make sure you get your full Spindrift dosage. Tell us if you need another hit in 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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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