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Blink-182’s Tom DeLonge talks Angels & Airwaves movies, his new video and being inspired by youth

Blink-182's Tom DeLonge

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By Chris Harris

Not that you probably couldn’t have figured this one out on your own, but Tom DeLonge is one busy lad.

In between running Macbeth Footwear and practicing with his Blink-182 compadres for the United Kingdom leg of the reunited band’s 20th Anniversary tour, Tom is also working on new tunes with his avant rock act Angels & Airwaves.

On top of that, Tom runs a technology design firm you may have heard of called Modlife; the company handles the official Web sites and fan clubs for a number of bands, including the White Stripes and Pearl Jam.

“I’ve always got 50,000 things going on,” DeLonge — also a devoted family man — tells IFC, just days before hopping a plane to London for a spate of Blink shows.

DeLonge — with Angeles & Airwaves — has also been branching out artistically, into film.

“We have three movies in the works,” Tom says. “One, I have not talked about at all. Another, people know about — it’s called ‘Poet Anderson,’ which is basically an epic about dreams. There is one that will come before that that I haven’t talked about yet because we are still deep in the discussions of who we are going to make that with and how. Those are coming, and we have a huge announcement about Strange Times,” a recently-launched site devoted to extraterrestrial life, paranormal activity, cryptozoology, and conspiracy theories.

“Strange Times is an Angels & Airwaves initiative as well, so this fall, when I get back from tour, we are launching a lot of stuff and there will be some large announcements for the rest of the year,” DeLonge says.

Tom insists he never had the desire to do anything with film until he “convinced” his pals in Taking Back Sunday to let him direct the video for their track “This Photograph is Proof (I Know You Know).”

“I did it [in 2004] and it was so artistically satisfying,” DeLonge recalls. “I just loved it, everything about it. I think I have an understanding of that medium. When we created Angels & Airwaves, we knew that we weren’t really going to be able to compete in a normal, orthodox way because we didn’t have a label, so we kind of felt like the only way we could get people interested in our art was by doing ambitious things. And we decided one of those things would be film.”

Last year, the band’s first film, “Love” — the story of an astronaut, cut off from Earth, waiting to die as he orbits through space — was hailed by critics for its beauty and imagination.

“We took five years to make ‘Love,’ and I think we did a really great job,” DeLonge says, before taking a second to reflect. “You know, people say, ‘I think we did a great job.’ I think we did a fucking awesome job.” He laughs. “That got us excited about going into more ambitious territory.”

In addition to feature length films, Angels & Airwaves continue to push the proverbial envelope with their videos — like latest one for the track “Surrender.”

The video was inspired by the political unrest and social media-fueled uprisings that have rattled the Middle East within the last year plus.

“We had the idea of doing kind of a protest video, and we had a tiny budget — $60,000,” Tom says. “A week later, Kanye and Jay Z released a video that’s very similar; a bunch of kids in the street with riot police, and I guarantee you they spent a half a million bucks on that. There’s no difference in the production value whatsoever, and that just shows what we can do and how talented the individuals are we get to work with.”

DeLonge says he was inspired by the youth of the globe, “so it made sense to really celebrate the free speech and that protest element,” he says. “That, to us, is an important message. They would not let people keep them down and oppress them. The idea of freedom, free speech, and free will will triumphing over the long term — we are seeing that. I think we are seeing a reshuffling of the geo-political order right before our eyes. The new world order everyone has been talking about is starting to take shape, but not in such a malevolent way, hopefully.”

While universally recognized for his contributions to rock, Tom comes across as humble when asked whether he’s considered how he’ll handle being inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

“I couldn’t imagine that we would ever be in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame,” he laughs. “I mean, I don’t know. I don’t know how the process works. If we ever did, I would laugh, and say, ‘It all started with a few dick jokes. Who woulda thought?’”

Indeed.

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Final Countdown

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 IFC.com

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Rev Up

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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Give Back

Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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It’s the final countdown to Christmas and thanks to IFC’s movie marathon all Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, you can revel in classic ’80s films AND find inspiration for your last-minute gifts. Here are our recommendations, if you need a head start:

Musical Instrument

Great analog entertainment substitute when you refuse to give your kid the Nintendo Switch they’ve been drooling over.

Breakfast In Bed

Any significant other or child would appreciate these Uncle Buck-approved flapjacks. Just make sure you’re not stuck on clean up duty.

Cocktail Supplies

You’ll need them to get through the holidays.

Dance Lessons

So you can learn to shake-shake-shake (unless you know ghosts willing to lend a hand).

Comfy Clothes

With all the holiday meals, there may be some…embigenning.



Get even more great inspiration all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC, and remember…