Portlandia

A Crash Course in Sleater-Kinney, So You Can Get Excited About Their Reunion

How’s your Monday going? Could it benefit from some rad tunes that give you power in every fiber of your being? Are you scared yet? Well, you shouldn’t be, because today is a great day. Today, Sleater-Kinney announced their reunion, and of course they did it in a we-don’t-fuck-around manner that mirrors their artistic approach. (Lest you need reminding that “doing it right” is a frustratingly rare tactic for band reunions amidst these “Oh, Coachella will pay us how much to reunite?” reconciliations). There will be a big tour, there will be a new album (No Cities to Love, out January 20 via Sub Pop), and there will be joy. Oh yeah, and there’s a new single, “Bury Our Friends,” which Sleater-Kinney hid in their new vinyl box set, Start Together (out tomorrow). As if you didn’t already think they were clever already… or maybe you didn’t. Maybe you have no idea. Allow me to just say, I am excited for the very moment when you discover that. Sleater-Kinney is not generally a band that offers up diminishing returns if you invest in them. … Read More

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Sleater-Kinney Announces ‘No Cities to Love,’ Their First Album in Ten Years

Sleater-Kinney, the indie-rock legends of the 90’s, have delighted fans by announcing both a new album and upcoming tour… Read More

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10 Famous TV Locations You Can Visit In Real Life

In honor of Friends‘ 20th anniversary, Central Perk — complete with its massive couch — is about to become a reality this fall in SoHo. While the coffee shop will only be temporary, however, there are plenty of TV landmarks that remain long after the camera crews leave. Here’s a collection of famous locations from rural Washington to the south of England that aren’t a Hollywood backlot. … Read More

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St. Vincent to Fill In for Fred Armisen as ‘Late Night’ Band Leader

After multiple guest appearances on Portlandia, St. Vincent’s Annie Clark will guest on Fred Armisen’s other show.

On August 11th and 12th,… Read More

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The 5 IFC Shows You Should Be Watching

IFC (or Independent Film Channel), originally a spin-off of Bravo, debuted in 1994 as a channel that was primarily focused on showing independent films. In the 2000s, it made the smart decision to expand from just film to television by airing both acquired and original programs. The network had some controversy in 2010 when it started airing commercials and censoring programs, a move that angered some of its viewers. But IFC quickly changed its tune and quit the censorship (but kept the advertisements), now practically bragging that it airs movies uncut and unedited. … Read More

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Shame the Snack Before You Body-Shame the Overweight Reptile: Links You Need to See

From the shady origins of your favorite neon-colored chip to the corpulence of the new Godzilla, today’s links may seem to tell a moralizing tale about what not to feed your mutant reptile. For those few who neither own a mutant reptile nor a bag of Doritos, you can feel free to skip to the other links. … Read More

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The Best Things We Read on the Internet This Week: Faulkner, Baldwin, the Other Side of Silicon Valley

Listicles, tweets, your ex’s Facebook status, picture of dogs wearing costumes — the internet offers no shortage of entertaining stuff to look at. But there’s plenty of substantial writing out there, too, the pieces you spend a few minutes reading and a long time thinking about after you’ve closed the tab. In this weekly feature, Flavorwire shares the best of that category. This week: the lack of James Baldwin in high schools, the other side of Silicon Valley, an Occupy Wall Street protestor on trial, and more. … Read More

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‘Portlandia’s’ “Disappointing Gay” Sketch Looks Very Familiar

A few years ago, my good friend Mikala Bierma and I made a web series called Disappointing Gay Best Friend. It was successful in a specific way: a number of sites shared the videos (such as Jezebel, Salon, The Awl, and BuzzFeed), which each racked up a few hundred thousand views, and there were also some comments attesting to my attractiveness (making this project the only time in the history of the world I took anonymous comments on the Internet at face value, thank you very much). For a very brief period of time, I was even recognized in public — and not, as I had been before then, as “that guy from Modern Family.” It was a brief moment in the sun, and it was fun to make silly videos with my friend that other people seemed to enjoy. … Read More

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Carrie Brownstein Is Writing a Memoir About Sleater-Kinney and ‘Portlandia’

When it comes to rock ‘n’ roll memoirs that Flavorwire is looking forward to, erstwhile Sleater-Kinney rock goddess and current… Read More

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