Portlandia is probably the most indie TV series ever. One of its stars and co-creators is Carrie Brownstein from Sleater-Kinney; the other is Saturday Night Live alumnus Fred Armisen, who used to be drummer in a post-hardcore band called Trenchmouth. Carrie and Fred have crazy connections: Washed Out provides the show's theme tune, while Jack White, Josh Homme, St Vincent, Aimee Mann, Dirty Projectors, No Doubt, kd Lang, Guns N' Roses' Duff McKagan and Joanna Newsom have all made guest appearances over the first four seasons.
One Breaking Bad fan who's feeling bored while waiting for Better Call Saul has turned Bryan Cranston's Walt, Aaron Paul's Jesse and several other leading players from the show into rappers... yes, really. Obviously this clever clip video is just for lolz, but give it a watch below and try to tell us it's not, well, kind of catchy...
You might've seen NME's Top 50 Albums Of 2014 and Tracks, by now. Here's the Top 10 individual album picks from NME staff - and listen to a playlist of tracks below. Laura Snapes, Features Editor 1. St Vincent - 'St Vincent' 2. La Roux - 'Trouble In Paradise' 3. Iceage - 'Plowing Into The Field Of Love' 4. Makthaverskan - 'II' 5. Ex Hex - 'Rips' 6. Aphex Twin - 'Syro' 7.
In this week's NME, Alex G tells Radar that he developed his knobbly, homespun indie sound "in a self-taught bubble". Unreleased track 'Soaker' is a perfect example of what the 21-year-old Philadelphian songwriter – whose full name is Alex Giannascoli – means. Recorded in the bedroom in which he made 'DSU', his recently released UK debut, 'Soaker' is pulled along by a soft guitar riff and Alex's conversational lyrics. He says that its "All I ever do is soak through you" line is inspired by frustration: "It's about a relationship where I just couldn't connect with something.