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The Top Five Carrie Brownstein Music Videos


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Last night we announced that season three of Portlandia will be on IFC in January of 2013. While there will be a special airing in the summer and another during the holidays, that’s still a lot of time without Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein. So while we wait for the return of Portlandia and the city’s impeccably odd inhabitants, let’s watch some of Carrie’s music videos.

As you know, way before Carrie ever stepped foot into the lovely land of Portlandia, she was wailing on her guitar in Olympia, Wa. band Excuse 17. She then went on to form the legendary indie rock band Sleater Kinney. If you don’t believe that she rocks, well, maybe you’ll believe Rolling Stone. In 2006 she was the only woman to earn a spot in the magazine’s readers’ list of the 25 “Most Underrated Guitarists of All-Time.” Now she splits her time between writing and acting on our favorite sketch comedy show and fronting her band Wild Flag, a group that also features Mary Timony of Helium, Janet Weiss from Sleater-Kinney, and Rebecca Cole of the Minders (and the Portlandia live show band).

“Romance” by Wild Flag, dir. by Tom Scharpling

“Get Up” by Sleater-Kinney, dir. by Miranda July

“I Don’t Believe You” by The Thermals starring Carrie Brownstein, dir. by Whitey McConnaughy

“Jumpers” by Sleater-Kinney, dir. by Matt McCormick

“Electric Band” by Wild Flag, dir. by Andrew Ellmaker and Lara Gallagher

While this isn’t an official video, watch Carrie play with Excuse 17 at CBGB’s back in 1994:

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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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