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Exclusive premiere: Mac DeMarco “European Vegas”


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Director Angus Borsos’ initial vision of Mac DeMarco’s ineffably strange song, “European Vegas,” was quite literal. He imagined “A bright archaic marvel with fluorescent stonework,” populated by “sunburnt characters wearing sunglasses.” But he never found such a place to film. The video he made is less grand in scope, but not only does it perfectly serve DeMarco’s song, it also somehow manages to capture a nostalgic quality of 90’s slacker cinema that I forgot I was missing. It feels like some half-remembered delusion by Gus Van Sant and Richard Linklater set to the sleaziest Canadian bedroom pop I’ve heard.

“I felt a nagging nostalgia; a silhouette grasping my ankle desperately,” Borsos described the moment the idea came to him. “I soon realized this was Mac, with a wry smiling insistence. He was stuck in the middle of two worlds; on a stage between an entrance and exit for characters to pop out of and explode.” So he had his setting — a back road down which unusual characters travel, and only needed to embrace the oddity of DeMarco’s material, which he was clearly inclined toward. “Thinking is a whirlpool and ideas are birds,” he added, affirming this.

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It’s gratifying to be immediately interested in a character — something that most movies can’t accomplish in 2 hours, was done within seconds here. “It’s an odd thing (like most) that all the characters turned out to be as bold as they did,” Borsos said. “I think the reason for this was because I’d just finished making a music video for another band in town, with a lead character that I crushed and ground into vagueness. For some reason, at the time I saw it as a failure.”

The director decided to dig into the archetypes in his mind and bring the characters to life around DeMarco. “To follow it up, I wanted to feel more courageous; to be this way I would have to think in the opposite direction,” he recalled. “I made sure to keep my eyes big and not closed. Dreaming to Mac’s song, I saw colours and Looney Toon madness, sharp guns and shiny shoes. Toy people. The characters had to move this time.”

And move they do, in the best ways. A cowboy bounces cartoonishly into frame. An eye catching red shoe pigeon-toes, following the action of a body being dragged from a limo. And that slack body comes to life, shimmying in the grass under a tree. Most of it was scripted, but Borsos also knew when to just let DeMarco loose and record it (the shimmy). “I wanted him to be his invention,” Borsos said, “wound up and ready to bark.”

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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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