"...Yesterday, Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein, co-stars/creators of Portlandia, joined fellow comedian Matt Braunger to discuss their creative process and the show’s evolution. We have it on good authority that the panel attracted the largest recorded count of beards and skinny jeans in one room to date...."
"...He'll have barely broken in his talk-show desk, but Seth Meyers is Austin-bound for SXSW to give an insider's peek at his take on Late Night. Fellow SNL alum Fred Armisen and Carrie Brownstein will do the same for indie satire Portlandia, as will Pete Holmes for his TBS show..."
"...Americans are given one year to sign, with the deadline falling on the day after turkey day: not so much black Friday as bleak Friday. Cut to the following year’s family festivities, where left-leaning biracial couple Chris (Ike Barinholtz) and Kai (Haddish) are expecting the parents, in-laws, and siblings, among them Chris’ staunchly Republican brother Pat (Jon Barinholtz) and his vacuous girlfriend Abbie (Hagner), their sister Alice (Portlandia’s Brownstein), and mom (Dunn) and pop (Ellis)..."
"...In this case, it's Ashley Connor's radical and entrancing cinematography, and the subtle use of depth of field to capture Madeline's mental state. There are moments of real creative risk, such as an unexpected kinship to the 2012 POV remake of William Lustig's underground classic Maniac, and a final sequence that evokes the wolf mask dance finale from executive producer Joe Swanberg's Silver Bullets – until it turns into "Dream of the '90s" from Portlandia..."
"...Specifically, I want to believe that the found-footage horror genre is coming to an end. Also, discovering Bigfoot somewhere in, I dunno, Portlandia probably, would be equally wonderful..."
"...But the writer/performer’s relationship with Armisen, they explained, went back nearly 20 years to when Armisen first began circulating VHS tapes of him acting out at SXSW. In fact, the Portlandia co-creator credited Odenkirk for jump-starting his career by casting Armisen in Next!, a failed sketch-comedy pilot in 2002..."
"...• Reliable old Portlandia, which always redeems itself in the end, and..."
"...A precocious "unlit firecracker ... eager to ignite," the Portlandia star recounts her suburban Seattle upbringing with five early chapters that give way to reveals about her conventional-on-paper family..."
"...Directed by Jamie Babbit (But I’m a Cheerleader, which also starred Lyonne) and written by Karey Dornetto (producer and writer for numerous TV series, most recently Portlandia), Addicted to Fresno is a dark comedy about twisted sisters, but it lacks bite. Older sister Shannon (Greer) is just out of rehab for sex addiction, her most recent conquest being her therapist (Livingston)..."
"...The cultural obsession with all things knitted, pickled, hand-stitched, and potato-stamped has now been around long enough to become joke fodder. Portlandia reworked its "The Dream Is Alive" sketch for a generation turning back the clock to the 1890s..."
"...With its heavy emphasis on comedies like Portlandia, Documentary Now!, and Stan Against Evil, younger viewers might be surprised that the F in IFC stands for film. But when the Independent Film Channel first started broadcasting in 1994, that was all it did..."
"...Also speaking at SXSW, “I Took A Pill In Ibiza” singer Mike Posner, original Revolution members Andre Cymone and Dez Dickerson sharing memories and insights about Prince, Coachella co-founder/Golden Voice CEO Paul Tollett, album producer and Roxy Theater co-owner Lou Adler, Grammy Foundation president Scott Goldman, and actor/musician/Portlandia co-creater Fred Armisen, who’ll be in conversation with comedian/actor Bob Odenkirk...."
"...For many, I suspect, it was the Portlandia-esque death of Matthew Crawley that did it. For those who came to Downton solely for the campy Dowager Countess, something shiny could have come along at any time..."
"...The Golden Boys' singer/guitarist arrives in a blue suit clashing preposterously with his shaggy hair on this 10th solo outing, which welcomes with "Tea and Sandwiches," a weird, woozy pop single wherein his warped vocals hover over Geena Spigarelli's percolating bass and Julia Hungerford's panting drums. Coleman's first post-fatherhood LP thus settles quickly into domestic bliss with touching astral-drone lullaby "Sleepyhead" and the romantic "Portlandia," comparing one couple's love to a French novel..."
"...Most music memoirs glorify the rock & roll fantasy, but not Carrie Brownstein’s Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl, which begins, “I’ve always felt unclaimed.” Exhibiting as much wit as Portlandia and a kick worthy of Sleater-Kinney, the novel adds a crucial chapter to feminist rock literature. Her book tour stops Sunday at Central Presbyterian Church...."
"...Coleman's collaboration with Church Shoes frontman Nick Allison on "Television" sounds like mid-Seventies Rolling Stones, and his cover of fellow local Wil Cope's unrecorded "Falling out of Love" arrives as a country-rock gem. "Portlandia," an anniversary present commissioned by strangers for $15, shows the alt-troubadour's knack for heart-shaped lyrics, while "Sorry I Touched Your Mind" trips lysergic...."
"...“This song’s definitely not about Austin,” joked Brownstein via introduction of the title track to the new album, which she later revealed had been partially birthed in Austin while referencing her day job on Portlandia. As clear a career single as “No Cities to Love,” its LP mate “A New Wave” jingled next even catchier..."
"...The Olympia-born trio's first LP in a decade sounds as brazen as ever. Coupling punk rock sass with unbridled passion, the Portlanders' eighth album commences on a relatable blue-collar note, as fraught-rock opener "Price Tag" chronicles a kids-carting mother's penny-pinching plight while grocery shopping: "They reach for the good stuff/ Let's stay off the label/ Just 'til we're able." In 32 minutes, the pioneering Nineties riot grrrls still exude that movement's ethos – with an expressive and empowering spirit: "No outline will ever hold us," assures Corin Tucker in "A New Wave," later adding, "I am raw material." During S-K's decade hiatus, Tucker raised two kids, drummer Janet Weiss joined Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks, and guitarist Carrie Brownstein launched short-lived band Wild Flag and co-created enduring sketch comedy series Portlandia..."
"...Have you noticed that the more digital our lives have become, as we load more and more of our culture to the cloud (you know who else lives on clouds? Angels, the dead strumming on harps), there’s been a parallel move in certain quarters calling us to the things of the world. Sure, it’s easily mocked (a la Portlandia) as the domain of a certain college-educated whiteness, but it doesn’t mean the hunger for authenticity underneath is any less real...."
"...Summer of Blood is half Kiss of the Vampire, half Portlandia skit, and the perfect antithesis of the Twilight saga. SOB makes being immortal the worst curse possible: an eternity with schmucks..."