The group’s first album, released in September, has been widely praised; said that Wild Flag “makes other bands sound like sniffly rookies.” Urban Outfitters sells the record, on vinyl.
When Brownstein plays music, there is nothing ironic about her.
“She was a straight-out-of-the-box rock star.” Sometimes this side of Brownstein appears on “Portlandia”—when one of her characters needs to freak out, she delivers a great howl. The warmth is not in the writing, which leans toward the acerbic, but you can find it in other places, like the show’s dreamy look.
In the opening-credit sequence, a chillwave instrumental plays over a montage of lush, tree-lined streets and saturated neon against an inky blue sky.
The chicken, for instance: can the waitress tell them a little bit about its provenance?Peter, played by Fred Armisen, asks if the hazelnuts, too, are local.Nance, played by Carrie Brownstein, needs to know the size of the parcel of land where the chicken roamed freely.There are a lot of people here who can afford—financially but also psychologically—to be really, really concerned about buying local, for instance. It’s like Alexander Pope’s ‘Rape of the Lock.’ I was standing in line at Whole Foods, and the guy in front of me says, ‘I really wish you guys sold locally made fresh pasta.’ And the cashier says, ‘Look, we do.’ And the guy says, ‘No, no—that’s from Seattle.’ Really? ”“Portlandia” presents a heightened version of the city’s twee urbanity: a company sells artisanal light bulbs, a hotel offers a manual typewriter to every guest, and a big local event is the Allergy Pride Parade.The mayor, played by Kyle Mac Lachlan, becomes an object of scandal when he’s “outed” as the bass guitarist in a middle-of-the-road reggae band.The first time that we sat down to talk, at a restaurant in Portland’s loft-filled Pearl District, she said, “I’ve never understood people who play up the artifice of music. It took me outside of anything I’d ever done.” She had been an isolated teen-ager, and punk was “a salvation,” she said.“You can never underestimate that moment of somebody explaining your life to you, something you thought was inexplicable, through music.What's she like when she's not busy playing Offred, aka June, aka a member of one of the most badass female casts ever?Oh, also, before we dive into this, you need to know that Moss has been nominated for an Emmy for her performance as Offred in The rumors of their being together stayed just as that, however.“His name was Colin.” Peter seems appeased: “He looks like a happy little guy who runs around.” But then he wonders if the animal had “a lot of friends—other chickens as friends?” The waitress, who finds this a reasonable question, admits, “I don’t know that I can speak to that level of intimate knowledge about him.”“Portlandia,” which débuted last winter, on the Independent Film Channel, and returns on January 6th, is the rare sketch-comedy series that has a sustained object of satire.