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Pancake Breakfast defends the rain on “PortlandtownUSA”


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As a Southern California native who moved to Portland more than three years ago, y’know what I’m sick of? My friends and family who still live in California invading my Facebook, text messages and voice mailbox to tell me just how warm and sunny it is there, as I sit and listen to raindrops clatter on my windowsill for the ninth straight day. Not because I’m envious of them, but because they feel I should envy them. I relocated to Portland for several reasons, not the least of which being the need to finally justify my wardrobe. Even before I settled here, my affinity for jackets and layers made me an honorary Stumptownian. And now that I’ve been in the city for a while, my predilection toward Northwest weather patterns remains. I like the cold. I love the rain. I enjoy our rare, sporadic bouts of snowfall. And I’m glad someone is finally sticking up for those of us who prefer our winters the way God intended them: damp, grey and freezing.

That someone is Mike Midlo, singer-guitarist for joyous Portland “roots-rock machine” Pancake Breakfast. On this new single, he defends our soggy hamlet to those who would say to him, “You’re looking soaking wet, why’d you want to live like that?” Mike’s answer is in this rollicking, foot-stomping jam, and no, it has nothing to do with strip clubs or microbrews.

Pancake Breakfast is celebrating the release of “PortlandtownUSA” in the city that inspired it at Jimmy Mak’s on Jan. 17 13, then embarking on a short tour. Catch some authentic, energetic Portland folk at one of the dates below. And if you want to make the band feel at home, don’t hesitate to douse them with a bucket of rain water. (That’s a joke. Please don’t do that.)

+ Friday, January 20 @ Bar 4 in Brooklyn, 8pm

+ Sunday, January 22 @ Rockwood Music Hall in New York City, 5pm

+ Tuesday, January 24 @ Uncommon Ground in Chicago, 8pm

+ Thursday, January 26 @ Aster Cafe in Minneapolis, 9pm

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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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