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Exclusive Premiere: Radiation City “Find It Of Use”


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Portland, Ore.-based band Radiation City just released their debut album in September, but they are already queuing up a follow up EP for March. And that’s a good thing, because when a band sounds this good, you’ll take every song, every note, that you can get.

Their charmingly evocative debut, “The Hands That Take You,” is a polished piece of work. The fact that it comes from a barely-tested band only adds to its mystique. Their atmospheric and moody pop songs range from mercurial mantras to fantastical organ-backed confections. The swirling melodies pair perfectly with singer Lizzy Ellison’s voice to create a sound that is evocative of 60s groups, but uniquely their own. Their slightly retro feel is fitting for a group who released their first recordings on their own cassette-only label, Apes Tapes, before moving to Portland record label Tender Loving Empire.

While recording the new EP, Cool Nightmare, due out March 6, the band used sounds from a piano they found taking up space in the basement. They incorporated the clicks and clacks of the keys and the slamming of the lid, to add depth to the tracks. At the end of recording, the piano was worse for wear, but being from Portland, they weren’t going to let it go to waste. Instead they incorporated it into the video for “Find It Of Use.” In the video, directed by Andrew Sloan, Radiation City ceremonially destroys the the old piano in a field. They collected the keys and are planning on attaching the piano keys to USB sticks loaded up with a digital copy of their EP and selling them on tour and at SXSW. Watch the video below and then set your iCal for March 6th when the new EP comes out. You can thank us later.

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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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