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Premiere: Air Traffic Controller “Hurry Hurry” (acoustic)


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When you hear about a rock group called something like The Killers or the Mountain Goats, you don’t expect the moniker to have any meaning aside from an irony-soaked cool sounding band name. But for Dave Munro, the name Air Traffic Controller is both his band and his vocation.

At 17, Munro enlisted in the Navy, where he worked as an air traffic controller. During his deployment, he sent home 4-track demos he recorded in his off-duty hours. When his enlistment was up, Munro returned to Boston and discovered that while he was away, his music had earned him a loyal fan base. He put together a band to back his singer/songwriter stylings and the aptly-named Air Traffic Controller was born.

Now a fully-fledged six-piece, Munro’s vocals and guitar are backed by multi-instrumentalist Steve Scott on lead guitar, keys, and more; Richie Munro on drums; Casey Sullivan on bass, banjo, and backing vocals; with violinist Alison Shipton and Kiara Perico on viola. The band’s slightly flighty (pun intended) indie pop sound is given weight by Munro’s rich lyrical storytelling. The combination of earnest rock and pop sentimentality earned the group more and more fans in the Northeast. Eventually one of the group’s demos reached LA-based singer/songwriter and producer Bleu and in 2009, Air Traffic Controller released its debut, “The One.” The album earned critical praise and garnered the group a nomination as MTV’s “Best Break Out Artist Video Music Award” of 2009.

The band turned to Kickstarter to fund their second release, earning a whopping $12,000 via the micro-fundraising site. With the money in their pocket the band returned to the studio with Bleu and crafted “Nordo,” which is due to hit stores June 26 via Sugarpop Records. The unqualified hit off the album is the single “Hurry Hurry.” We are pleased to present the acoustic version of the song for your listening pleasure. Please to enjoy:

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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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