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Exclusive premiere: Caroline “Waltz”

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Okinawa-born chanteuse, Caroline Lufkin (formerly of Mice Parade) is releasing a remix of her “Verdugo Hills” album today, with re-imaginings from her peers including, Eluvium, Dntel, Her Space Holiday, and Mice Parade. To celebrate, we have a video shot in Tokyo from the original record, already out on Temporary Residence.

Director Sunny Peabody (“Beauty and the Beat“) described the video was a “small thank you to Caroline for introducing me to my wife,” and recounted how the singer had introduced them at the Apple store where he worked. “Little did I know that day, I’d sell a computer to the woman I would marry, and also become close friends with Caroline. It wasn’t long before I’d discover that she wasn’t only good at playing cupid but she was an amazing musician as well.”

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Sunny and wife arrived in Tokyo on an unrelated trip, but set aside two days to make the video. “Originally we were going to shoot ‘Gone,'” Caroline recalled, “One of my other tunes, but the gloomy weather clashed with the scenes we had in mind. So, we scraped it all, and the next day Sunny came in with a new plan… I really didn’t know what was happening until we were on set.”

“Caroline and I didn’t discuss to much about the meaning of the song and she left it open for me to interpret as I would,” Sunny said. In doing so he took the intimacy of the song and tied it inextricably with the city of Tokyo. “Many lives have been lived there and you can
feel the presence of an older world under all the newly paved streets and modern buildings. There was nothing eerie about it, but rather comforting knowing that you are surrounded and almost embraced by a spiritual world older and wiser then you. There is just this amazing energy running through the city inhabiting in the people, in the trees, in the air.”

Sunny envisioned Caroline as spirit “in search of a connection to the world she once knew.” She wanders and searches, but ultimately lets go, eventually resting in peace, in Tokyo.

“Giving control of creativity, direction and production to Sunny was exciting and necessary,” Caroline said. “As a visitor, Sunny was seeing Tokyo with fresh eyes and feeling something unique and new. I loved seeing that magic carry over into the video.”

Would you like to remix Caroline too? Let us know in the comments below or on Twitter or Facebook!

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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…

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A-O Rewind

Celebrating Portlandia One Sketch at a Time

The final season of Portlandia approaches.

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Most people measure time in minutes, hours, days, years…At IFC, we measure it in sketches. And nothing takes us way (waaaaaay) back like Portlandia sketches. Yes, there’s a Portlandia milepost from every season that changed the way we think, behave, and pickle things. In honor of Portlandia’s 8th and final season, Subaru presents a few of our favorites.

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Put A Bird On It

Portlandia enters the pop-culture lexicon and inspires us to put birds on literally everything.

Colin the Chicken

Who’s your chicken, really? Behold the emerging locavore trend captured perfectly to the nth degree.

Dream Of The ’90s

This treatise on Portland made it clear that “the dream” was alive and well.

No You Go

We Americans spend most of our lives in cars. Fortunately, there’s a Portlandia sketch for every automotive situation.

A-O River!

We learned all our outdoor survival skills from Kath and Dave.

One More Episode

The true birth of binge watching, pre-Netflix. And what you’ll do once Season 8 premieres.

Catch up on Portlandia’s best moments before the 8th season premieres January 18th on IFC.

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