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Suicidal Jumpers at Concerts a Disturbing Trend

Suicidal Jumpers at Concerts a Disturbing Trend (photo)

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Last week a man jumped to his death from the top of the Mountain Winery stage in Saratoga, CA and died there under the hot lights in front of a disbelieving audience. It was at a Swell Season show of all places, not that someone leaping from a third story roof would seem fitting anywhere, but don’t we feel less incongruous when these kinds of things happen at a metal or hip hop show? Puns conjured by that little Neanderthal part of the brain about Swell Season’s Oscar winning song, “Falling Slowly” didn’t help.

The subject seemed better left alone, but news came out over the weekend that another man committed suicide by jumping to his death at a concert, across the pond in Belgium. I shudder, imagining M. Night Shyamalan reading the same news pieces — God help us if he writes a script.

The second jumper wasn’t a concert goer this time, but the lead singer of London pop band Ou Est Le Swimming Pool, Charles Haddon. According to BBC News, he “leapt from a telecommunications mast behind the stage at the Pukkelpop festival” in Belgium. It happened right after he and his band performed at the festival. He was 22 years old.

I’m not normally one to call two a trend, let’s hope these were just random happenings. Poor Glen Hansard and Marketa Irglova were so traumatized when the man plummeted from the precipice above them that night amid joking and laughter, that there was speculation the Swell Season tour may not continue. Apparently rumor even floated the band would break up, but Hansard put that to rest today in a twitter stating “If anyone is going to announce the end of The Swell Season it’ll be us.. Forget what anyone else says.. Were not breaking up.”

Don’t despair, watch Swell Season’s “Low Rising.”

Update: NY Daily News reports Haddon may have committed suicide thinking he had paralyzed a girl in the crowd after a bit of stage diving had gone wrong. The girl was badly injured but is expected to fully recover.

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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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