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Exclusive premiere: Hurricane Bells “Flowers In The Dirt”


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Hurricane Bells’ Steve Schiltz found inspiration for his latest album in the tale of turn of the century impresario, George Cornelius Tilyou, who put Coney Island on the map with his Steeplechase Amusement Park. He wouldn’t be the first to mine material from the Steeplechase (the Velvet Underground comes to mind), but it was it’s destruction by fire in 1907 that Schiltz found moving, along with Tilyou’s perseverance when faced with his life’s work burning down.

Tilyou allegedly went outside and posted a sign in the ruins which announced at the top, “To inquiring Friends,” and on which was written something to the effect of: “I have troubles today that I had not yesterday. I had troubles yesterday which I have not today.”  Thus begins Hurricane Bells’ album, “Tides and Tales,” with Schlitz echoing Tilyou’s endearing words on the opener.

On this simple and similarly moving cut of “Flowers In The Dirt” from the album, Schlitz revisits a different kind of ruin, one littered with old mail, and dreams that keep stirring up the painful details. It too is set in Brooklyn.

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Schiltz, formerly of Longwave, got to shine for the mainstream after landing his song “Monsters”on “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” soundtrack. “Tides and Tales” released this past Fall after a a two week period of intense isolation, where the songwriter forced himself to write with different instruments each day — guitar, ukulele, a Wurlitzer, Omnichord — to keep the songs coming. “I didn’t have a day job, didn’t have any shows going on, didn’t see my friends,” he says. “I just wrote.”

Ever cured your Brooklyn blues in Coney Island? Let us know in the 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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