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IT’S LIKE THAT: Camel Joe Hoarding Tickets in his Hump

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There’s no doubt about it that the music industry is riddled with corporate sponsorships, which when used correctly can produce great results. Just look at South by Southwest, which is the ultimate example of the union between corporate sponsorships and music. SXSW would be unable to survive without the help from well-known companies, and to be honest, we music fans enjoy this marriage, because it usually means free stuff for us!

There comes a time when this sponsorship goes too far–when it affects the music. Lately (for some unknown reason) Camel Cigarettes has been sponsoring concerts. Can you see the irony? A cigarette company sponsoring concerts where you are not even allowed to smoke indoors. Even if you ignore that obvious fact, Camel sponsored shows are always completely under sold. This happens because Camel buys up almost all of the concert tickets to give away, yet no one knows how or where to obtain these golden tickets, so what usually happens is the poor saps who actually bought tickets (the die-hard fans) are the only ones there.

The most recent Camel sponsored show is the upcoming Spoon show at Terminal 5. This show “sold out” within days of going on sale, because only a fraction of the tickets were sold, leaving many fans disheartened and turning to Craigslist or Ebay to pay exorbitant amounts for the few tickets available (Note: Though the show was “sold out” at the Mercury Lounge box office, tickets have recently become available through Ticket Master).

While I am all for free tickets to concerts, I am completely against Camel’s “method” for giving them out. As there is no information on their website (which takes ages to get on, as they ask for your Social Security Number to determine if you are of legal smoking age), it is impossible to figure out how to get these free tickets. You literally have to magically be in the right place at the right time.


(left: This isn’t a a flyer on the floor–it’s actually a free ticket on the floor. Say what?)

Last week a couple of my friends were at The Annex on just a regular bar night (i.e. no sponsors or specific parties) and said that the floor was literally covered with Spoon tickets. This is what I don’t understand. If Camel is looking to sponsor shows and buys up all these tickets, why don’t they promote the actual giving away of said tickets, instead of littering the Annex’s floor with them?

It’s somewhat ironic that a company successfully able to promote something that kills, is entirely unable to promote a single concert. I think they should stick to what they’re good at and leave the music industry to the professionals!

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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