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Great Portland Records of 2011

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No blog, it seems, is complete without a litany of year-end lists on its pages detailing the greatest achievements in music, movies, and pop culture over the past twelve months. Despite the fact that linear time is a drag, and categorizing music into tidy lists is anathema to the sprawling, inclusive energy of the Portland music scene, we’ve kowtowed to the year-end pressure (and our own innate love of list-making) and compiled a by-no-means-exhaustive compendium of great releases from Portland bands this year.

Of course, these are personal favorites, and it wouldn’t be a year-end list if it didn’t incite passionate arguments, so—by all means—tear it to shreds. What did we commit the sin of omitting?

Purple and Green—Right Here 12″ EP
The first release on Clinton Street Records and Stereo, a record store-cum-vinyl label run by longtime Portland party monster DJ Maxx Bass, Puple and Green’s Right here was the unofficial body-mover of 2011.

Wild Flag—Wild Flag
Star in a certain IFC show, relentlessly shred on guitar…that Carrie, what can’t she do?

Glass Candy—Warm in the Winter
I dare you to watch this video for Glass Candy’s “Warm in the Winter” and not fall in love:

Grouper—A I A: Alien Observer / A I A: Dream Loss
Gorgeous, drony, epic, ambient, ethereal, gauzy…Grouper’s music deserves all the vague adjectives tossed her way by music bloggers nationwide. And more!

Parenthetical Girls—Privilege, Pt. IV: Sympathy for Spastics EP
Part four in an epic series of EPs by Portland’s most tasteful baroque angst showmen (and woman), Sympathy for Spastics is as elegant as it is relentlessly precise. Parts I-III are also commendable.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra—Unknown Mortal Orchestra
The oeuvre of a New Zealand-to-Portland transplant that describes his own sound as “alien beatnik pop music that echoe[s] 60s psychedelia and krautrock minimalism.” What’s not to love?

Key Losers—California Lite
Ok, it’s got California in the name, but it’s PDX through and through. There is perhaps nothing more “Portland” than commentary about the sublimity but ultimate inadequacy of other states, particularly California. This album is a haunting meditation on our southern neighbor from the vantage point of the melancholic Northwestern woods.

Sallie Ford and the Sound Outside—Dirty Radio
It’s always cool when someone emerges out of a fairly cohesive scene with a completely different sensibility than everyone else, brandishing references that others have either moved past from or not gotten to yet, and still inventing something new.

White Fang—Grateful to Shred
White Fang has grown from an unhinged pack of suburban teen hellions to an unhinged pack of adult hellions without losing a lick of their fiercely DIY sensibility and joyously anarchic spirit. Grateful to Shred might be their opus.

The PDX Pop Now! 2011 Compilation
You can always count on the folks at PDX Pop Now! to keep tabs on every emerging and established local band—and to be scheming ways to include them in their yearly festival of Portland music. Their compilations are always an exhaustive reference of exactly what’s going on, and as such are indispensible.

Every Weird Digital Release by Rob Walmart
For lovers of pure chaos, language poetry, and screeching broken gear. The nameless collective of noise jammers that make up Rob Walmart (get it?) is like the punk conscience of the entire city’s music scene, always exhorting us to get off our high horses and get back in the van.

Nurses—Dracula
Portland is like a flytrap for pop-psychedelia albums. It’s just a sound that sticks here. This one, recorded in the dead of winter in a cabin on the Oregon coast while under the influence of Prince’s catalogue, floats perfectly in the Northwest atmosphere.

Red Fang—Murder the Mountains
How many arguments have gone down in local taverns over the superior Fang band, White or Red? My Portlandia blog cohort Matt P. Singer argues Red, I say White. Both made great albums this year. You decide.

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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…