Carrie Brownstein's Memoir Has a Release Date

Hunger Makes Me a Modern Girl publishes Oct. 27.


Arts & Books
It's Carrie Brownstein's year. The rest of us are only living in it. You already can't escape her on television (Portlandia just wrapped its fifth season, and got renewed for two more), nor in the music press (Sleater-Kinney's first album in a decade, No Cities to Love, came out in January, to widespread acclaim) or the grocery store checkout aisle. And, coming this fall, the bookstore will offer ...   More
Monday, March 16, 2015 MATTHEW SINGER

Portlandia Season 5 Finale

Movies & Television
People are Strange: Portlandia Season 5 FinaleThe Peeves: taxidermy, weirdos, helicopter parents, arson, talking heads (the phenomenon, not the band), Pussy Riot (the band not the phenomenon), police, hostage situationsPut a Cap on It: Bryce Shivers and Lisa Eversman switched from putting birds on things to selling taxidermy animals. Now they’re back, advertising their Dead Pets store: “not sleeping, ...   More
Thursday, March 12, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Imperfect Pitch: Portlandia Tackles Karaoke and Consumer Electronics


Movies & Television
The Peeves: Overly competitive people, karaoke, working from home, home entertainment systems, the United States Postal Service, Paul SimonPut a Cap on It: What’s the point of seeing Paul Simon speak? Asking him the best question, of course! So say resident tightasses Kath and Dave, who ask him a lot of weird questions about “vocalization” in the process. Later, they’re invited to a karaoke ...   More
Thursday, March 5, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 8: Really Real

Movies & Television
The Peeves: real estate, micro-homes, landlords, home renovation, financial ignorance, S&MPut a Cap on It: Enough artifice—the twee shops, the stupid hobbies, the pet causes. This episode satirizes the stuff that actually makes a city: real estate.  The show opens with Fred and Carrie in an advertisement for one of those tiny, trendy homes. Fred and Carrie’s characters in it have everything: ...   More
Friday, February 27, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 7: The Man Show


Movies & Television
The Peeves: sexual orientation, stay-at-home-dads, feminism, male feminists, ridesharing programsPut a Cap on It: This episode isn’t based around a particular theme, it’s just a collection of sketches. Well, maybe it’s loosely themed around sexuality? You tell me.The show opens with a PSA about National Coming Out Day (which is actually October 11), that encourages people to come out as different ...   More
Friday, February 20, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia Season 5, Episode 5: Baby, You’re a Firework


Movies & Television
The Peeves: Fourth of July parties, saying goodbye at parties, punk parties, fireworks, the Deep Web Put a Cap on It: This episode’s a lot like the third from this season, "Healthcare": a bunch of sketches revolving around one theme. This time around, the theme is the Fourth of July. On a rainy Thursday in February. Whether poor planning or deliberate sadism, it amounts to the same. Anyway, it’s ...   More
Thursday, February 5, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 4: Free Fred and Carrie


Movies & Television
The Peeves: Animal rights activism, goths, taxidermy, San Diego, timeshares, shitty YouTube conspiracy videos, picking people up at the airport.Put a Cap on It: After messing around with two episodes that stuck with one story arc, and a third that slapped together a bunch of subpar sketches that all had to do with, uh, healthcare (which ran, by total coincidence, I'm sure, exactly three weeks and one ...   More
Friday, January 30, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Portlandia, Season 5, Episode 3: For Your Health!


Movies & Television
The Peeves: Hypochondria, non-Western medicine, raw milk, the Make-A-Wish Foundation, organ transplants, water aerobics.Put a Cap on It: If you thought Republicans were the only ones out to skewer healthcare, then you, my friend, were mistaken. It’s Fred and Carrie’s target in the latest episode of Portlandia.The season’s first two episodes found the show doing away with its sketch format, opting ...   More
Thursday, January 22, 2015 JAMES HELMSWORTH

Pillars of Portlandia

How a proto-Portlandia based on a WW column turned into the biggest debacle in local TV history.

On Dec. 14, 1983, Portland was poised for TV greatness: America’s first regional soap opera. Portland station KOIN pre-empted regular CBS programming for a locally produced original movie, Pillars   More
Friday, January 16, 2015 JAY HORTON


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