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IT’S LIKE THAT: Where Do You Go?

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I’m sure by now you’ve heard that Travis Barker and DJ AM, touring on their latest mixtape side-project, were involved in a plane crash this weekend, one that killed four other people on board the aircraft. Apparently–though none of this has been confirmed yet–the jet blew a tire while attempting to take off and skidded from the runway. Eyewitnesses saw Barker and DJ AM fleeing from the wreckage, trying to extinguish the flames from their clothing.

Barker and DJ AM (Adam Goldstein) were initially labeled in critical condition, but as of today, both men are expected to make full recoveries.

Because I was out of town and staying at a place without an internet connection, I found it very frustrating that besides a blurb on a couple cable news channels, I was unable to immediately obtain any more information regarding the plane crash and the condition of the survivors.

Believe me, I’m the first to criticize news outlets when they speculate for hours on end about a story without any breaking details, but I just wanted to hear something that filled me in on what was happening. Why were they in South Carolina? Who else was on board the plane? Were any record label people on the plane? Do I know them? Are they alright?

My first instinct was to pick up the remote and click on MTV. I was greeted with reality programming. VH1 had nothing, E had nothing, and Fuse wasn’t even carried on this particular cable system, so that wasn’t an option either (though I’m pretty sure they don’t have a news division).

I had to pray and wait.

In an age where we have more television stations than ever before, and at a time when information is passed quicker than the speed of light, how is it that when a tragedy befalls the world of music, our national television audience is kept in the dark?

At a time like this, I hate pointing fingers at MTV or VH1, but I would have (seriously) felt somewhat reassured just to hear Kurt Loder’s voice followed by a block of Blink 182, Transplants, or +44 videos. Barker and AM were also the house band at the latest VMA show, so it’s not like the station had a shortage of updated footage to show.

I understand times have changed, but looking back to 1994 when Nirvana’s Kurt Cobain took his life, guess what? MTV was on the scene almost instantaneously. Even when The Beatles’ George Harrison passed in 2001, the channel–though increasingly littered with reality programming–pieced together a news blurb and aired his “Got My Mind Set On You” video at the beginning of each hour.

When something happens to a world leader, you can turn on CNN, MSNBC, Fox News, etc. When breaking news happens in sports, ESPN will be on the story in seconds. But where do you go if your favorite musician is involved in a plane crash?

Yes, music triumphs and tragedies don’t unfold as often as world news events, but when they do, it would be comforting to know that there was at least one destination on television (for those rare times when BlackBerries and blogs aren’t handy) that could fill in the grey areas and offer a little musical healing.

My thoughts and prayers go out to all the friends and family of the four people killed this past weekend. May God give you strength and comfort.

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

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