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Carly Simon V. Starbucks

Carly Simon V. Starbucks (photo)

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There is a running list of reasons to dislike Starbucks, not least of which is the inability of their baristas to pull a drinkable shot of espresso with that crap they peddle. I submit that the convenience of their public bathrooms has been eclipsed by bad mocha. Now we can add bad mojo to the list too.

Singer-songwriter Carly Simon was jacked by the corporate caffeine colossus when it decided to bail on a deal to sell her latest album in its stores. THR reports that Starbucks had arranged to Simon’s album through a company called Hear Music, but terminated their relationship with the company just five days before Simon’s album was due to be released.

A lawsuit was brought at the end of 2009 in which Simon argued “that Starbucks had a duty to disclose material decision-making that would have a big impact on the marketing and sales of her album.” The judge sided with Starbucks, who claimed they had no obligation to loop Simon in on their business dealings with a third party, but the decision allowed for Simon to appeal.

In her amended case, Simon revealed details that involved more incriminating misrepresentations on the part of Starbucks executives, including face to face “meetings with Alan Mintz, vp of content development at Starbucks, who told her that if she signed with Hear Music, Starbucks would aggressively promote and distribute her albums.”

However, the judge found in favor of Starbucks a second time and dismissed the case. Any rumor about what size Frappuccino® blended “beverage” that judge is addicted too is strictly speculation.

More: “You’re So Vain” — Carly Simon sheds light on one music’s greatest mysteries.

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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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