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Portlandia: “Do You Know Ian?”

Friday's episode of Portlandia on IFC had no shortage of indie-rock cameos: Modest Mouse's Isaac Brock attempted to donate some bad records to an elite preschool (Talk Talk, Temple of the Dog); Annie Clark, aka St. Vincent, did a runway walk in a proposed new cyperpunk uniform for the Portland Police Department.

The comedic duo of Carrie Brownstein and Fred Armisen also hit one of my favorite hipster-for-life archetypes: the itinerant ex-D.C. punk. (Sadly, the clip's not online.) "Do you know Ian, who runs the label?" says Armisen's character to Brownstein's. "He's got that other band now, but for a while he had those other two huge bands?"

Brownstein: "Yeah, so do you know the other Ian, he was in Nation of Ulysses..."

"Yes, do you know Dante?"

"Yes."

"He had the restaurant for a while."

"And you know Zach?"

"Yes."

"Moved to New York?"

"Which Zack are you talking about?"

"Barocas."

"Oh, I was talking about Zak Sally."

"I know Zak very well."

"I know Zak too, we were very close."

And so on. (No Mary, though.)

Nicely played. But the joke's a tad familiar, no?

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