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New Unknown Mortal Orchestra Video: “Thought Ballune”


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Portland-based frayed-funk band Unknown Mortal Orchestra knows how to party. Or, at least, directors Jordan Blady and Ryan Knowles know what a typical Portland house party looks like. In this new clip for “Thought Ballune,” a slinkin’-and-slidin’ standout from the group’s excellent 2011 self-titled debut, a dude who looks like your average PDX record store clerk goes to a birthday bash at his girlfriend’s house. All the guests have the kind of faces David Lynch probably sees in his dreams, but that doesn’t deter him. They eat cupcakes, dance for a bit, then everyone’s head turns into a literal thought balloon, detaching and floating above their still-standing bodies.

Yup, just like your typical Portland house party.

UMO – Thought Ballune from Jordan Blady on Vimeo.

Sound like a band you’d like to party with? If so, here are their upcoming tour dates:

2/24 San Francisco CA @ Clift Hotel
2/25 Los Angeles CA @ Echoplex *
2/26 Santa Monica CA @ The Central
2/27 San Luis Obispo CA @ SLO Brew
2/28 Visalia CA @ Cellar Door
3/1 Santa Cruz CA @ Coconut Grove Ballroom #
3/2 San Diego @ CA Birch North Park Theatre #
3/4 Vail CO @ Snowball Music Festival
3/5 Albuquerque NM @ Launchpad #
3/7 San Antonio TX @ White Rabbit #
3/8 Austin TX @ La Zona Rosa #
3/9 Dallas TX @ Granada Theatre #
3/12 New Orleans LA @ One Eyed Jack’s #
3/13 Houston TX @ Fitzgerald’s #
3/14 Austin TX @ Red 7 / Force Field PR / Terrorbird SXSW Day Party
3/16 Denver CO @ Gothic Theatre #
3/17 Salt Lake City UT @ In The Venue #
3/18 Reno NV @ Cargo #

* = w/ White Arrows
# = w/ Girls

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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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GIFs via Giphy, Photos via The Everett Collection

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