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Exclusive Premiere: The Making of Metric’s “Synthetica”


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Metric has always done things their own way. Instead of signing with a label, the Toronto-based quartet comprised of Emily Haines, Jimmy Shaw, bassist Joshua Winstead and drummer Joules Scott Key made their own, Metric Music International. The band hasn’t let the lack of traditional label support impede their drive to success. Rather their song, “Help I’m Alive”, became the first single to hit commercial radio’s Top 20 in the U.S. without the backing of a traditional label. They repeated that feat in 2009 with the infectiously fun “Gold Guns Girls.”

For all their radio success, Metric has also made some serious in-roads into Hollywood. Not only did they contribute to the soundtracks for “Scott Pilgrim vs The World” and the “Twilight Saga: Eclipse,” but now they teamed up with composer Howard Shore to score David Cronenberg’s latest film “Cosmopolis.”

Now to celebrate their fifth full-length studio album, Synthetica, Metric is showing their fans the nitty-gritty of making a record. Check out the first episode here, which introduces the series, and the second episode here to see the band hash out their album. In the third installment of the mini making-of documentary, we go behind-the-scenes of the band’s lyric-writing process. Turns out Emily Haines organizes her lyrics the way many of our moms organized meatloaf recipes. Luckily for Metric’s fans, Haines’ system creates far more desirable results than those mystery meats.

Watch the episode below and see for yourself:

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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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