Thursday, April 28, 2005



I decided to pop in Radiohead's Pablo Honey for the first time in ages thanks to, ahem, Britney's purchase the other day.

1. "Creep" is a fucking great song. Fuck all y'all who are too cool to agree. The song is timeless and gorgeous. Painful and urgent. It's everything a song should be and I don't care that it was a fluke hit wonder or whatever you care to call it. The song is good and I'm not ashamed to call it one of my favorites. Mind you, from the ages of 17-20 I was unable to go a day without listening to OK Computer at least once a day. I couldn't drive a car without listening to "The Trickster," and I still think "Let Down" is musical genius x1000.

2. "Been Thinking About You" from Pablo Honey is feircely underrated. A short diddy about obsession and masturbation, I don't know how I've lived this long without sticking it on a mix CD for a long lost love. Maybe cause I don't really have any long lost loves, but I might just get one so I can include this song on a CD mix.

3. When you're covering a song and don't fuck with the arrangements, you don't have to get permission, you just need to pay royalty on the song. This means that Britney could potentially cover "Creep" if she wanted to, and I would actually like to hear that in a sick perverse kind of way. Maybe because I really hold nothing sacred. But maybe she wants to cover "Anyone Can Play Guitar," but fucking hell, imagine she covered "Creep." The song is so desparate, I'd love to hear what she does with it. Can Britney sound as desparate as a 5'4, pale, odd-looking (but strangely sexy), 20-something british musician with a wonkey eye that I would pay good money to lick? I can't even picture Gwen Stefani covering "Creep" and she's more "credible" than Britney. I could picture Matt Bellamy covering it though. Haha.

Anyway, Happy Birthday Scott!

Last night I missed a very special event in television history: New Order performed "Love Will Tear Us Apart" live on Jimmy Kimmel.

EDIT: Thank you Stan M. Click here to go to a message board that has hyperlinks to the performance.

Weird... Jimmy Kimmel sort of acted like he's never heard the song "Love Will Tear Us Apart" before. He always struck me as a music-person, you'd think most music people would know such a timeless song.

Wednesday, April 27, 2005


1. Since U Been Gone - Kelly Clarkson
2. I Don't Want to Be - Gavin Degraw
3. Obsession (No Es Amor) - Frankie J
4. Boulevard of Broken Dreams - Green Day
5. Caught Up - Usher   
6. Rich Girl - Gwen Stefani
7. Let Me Love You - Mario
8. Vertigo - U2
9.  1, 2 Step - Ciara
10. Lonely No More - Rob Thomas    
11. Over and Over - Nelly Featuring Tim McGraw
12. Nobody's Home - Avril Lavigne
13. Incomplete - Backstreet Boys
14. 1 Thing - Amerie
15. True - Ryan Cabrera  
16. Let Me Go - 3 Doors Down 
17. Karma - Alicia Keys
18. Take Me Out - Franz Ferdinand

You may hate him for his political views, but I hate him for ruining American Idol for me today.

I was in the supermarket shopping after the Saints + Lovers show on my way home so i could see American Idol and got a call from him.

"Your boy got sent home."
"What?! You're lying."
"Nope. Paula's crying."
"You fucking ruined it for me. fuck you. Oh man. I can't believe this."

Ugh!!!! I can't fucking believe this.



I forgot to post this up sooner. PLEASE COME TO THIS! It'll be fun!
And if you're going to the ravonettes show, please go early to see opening band Saints+Lovers. They're simply breath-taking.


House is such a great fucking show. it's on Fox. I love it. I could watch episode after episode of it. Does anyone else watch it? I have such a crush on Dr. House (played by Hugh Laurie)... there's just something about him. Maybe it's his older, rugged look. Or maybe it's his asshole-ish demeanor on the show. Whatever it is, I have a crush. And after doing some research I discovered that he's british. Figures. From Oxford, just like radiohead.

I also like that friend of his, Dr. Wilson played by Robert Sean Leonard, from the movie "Swing Kids". Even when his plays a nice guy, there's always something deeply sinister about him. I like that.

I was standing outside of the Louis XIV show with my friend Leslie and her friend and she mentioned that Constantine performed a Nickleback song on American Idol. I couldn't believe it and instead of going to the LXIV after party at Happy Endings, i decided to hop on my bike and race back home to see this! WHAT THE FUCK?! NICKLEBACK?! His performance isn't on yet, but I can't wait to see this.

This news come as a great distress to me. He was my favorite contestant because:

1. I feel like he's the most self-aware contestant in AI history. He understand his audience, but gets how to still push the envelope.

2. He actually appears to like music and have a good idea of it's history. For example, he performed "I Think I Love You" by the partridge family (a totally underrated song, imho), and queen's "bohemian rhapsody." sure, ok, he didn't perform like, joy division or guided by voices, but like, still, i'm not sure the others would even know those artists. for real. i think they know whitney houston, r.kelly, and that's it. apart from Bo, whom i think only listens to southern rock.

3. he knew that he and bo were too much alike so he went the total different way ... instead of being like a scott stapp copy, he went for the michael hutchense thing.

ok... but then comes this week and i'm thinking that maybe i was totally wrong.

Constantine, with me, you can get to the end. You can make it. Please, email me next time you need a song to play. Listen, i can make phone calls... even if you dont think you can get clearance, i will place some calls to some peple and make it happen. i got johnny marr to approve my usage of "please, please, please let me get what i want" when i auditioned (i'm not shitting you, he actually said i could use it), i can figure out what i need to do for you.

The theme of this week, for anyone wondering, was "2000 - Now" ... meaning any song released after 2000.

Here are simply 10 songs that I feel are better than that Nickellback song (i picked songs based on if they were a radio hit, but started out as an underground song... which exception to kelly clarkson... sadly, i dont think muse or radiohead fit the criteria):

1. The Killers - Mr. Brightside (He could've showed range with "Open up my eager eyes/cause i'm mr brightside")
2. Coldpaly - Clocks, or whatever that other good song was.
3. Kelly Clarkson - Since U Been Gone
4. The Strokes - Last Night
5. Franz Ferdinand - Take Me Out
6. Jimm Eat World - The Middle
7. Postal Service - Such Great Heights. this is fox. kids who watch fox watch the OC and will know and love this song.
9. Von Bondies - C'mon C'mon ... no range, but like, a totally great song
10. Dashboard Confessional - Vindicated

EDIT: i should add Phantom Planet - California... i forgot that one. There are SO MANY others that i'm forgetting. fuck. i dont have my ipod near me for reference. plus, i'm trying to stick to a criteria of popular rock radio songs that started out indie.

Yo, emo has so many songs with great range.

OK, the above list could be way better... but that's what i'm giving over right now.

What would you suggest?

Tuesday, April 26, 2005


Not only am I going to Coachella this weekend, but I'll also get to see my #1 girl crush, Ollie.

My friend Justin said that God created color for her.... i think he might've been right.

She's in the band the Oohlas. They make me happy in the pants.

Monday, April 25, 2005


Scott asked me to help name his new new kitty. He wants a rock and roll name for it (Scott and his hot fiance Eliza already have a kitty named Bunny). I suggested the two names i have on hold for my future kids: Bowie and Moz. I also suggested my favorite dog name: Monkey. Other names I suggested were Ian and Oscar. Scott is begging Eliza to let him name him Sussudio. Um... can you do a better job naming this interesting looking cat? Leave them in the comments.


i found those photos when looking for something to post in my friend ellen's myspace comment thingy. They were taken from this website about Uyumil Che - the Monkey Farm. I need to focus more energy on finding photos of baby animals.

Jason over at ProductShopNYC suggested I do a side by side comparison of Ian Brown of the Stone Roses and the monkey from above. He's right... identical. Can you tell them apart?

Sunday, April 24, 2005


My buddy Colin sent me over to his blog (which happens a lot), and i loved it so much (which doesn't happen as much).

I don't know what made me fall in love... the Jaques Lu Cont remix of "What You Waiting For?" or cause he had The Normal's "Warm Leatherette" up for my downloading enjoyment. Word!

While we're on the topic of MP3 blogs, fluxblog is probably the most on top of his shit.

And these two are a covers dream...

But this page, which has a shit ton of Joy Division covers, explodes my vagina 8 different ways til tuesday. (link from copy,right?.

Also, thanks to everyone who made it down to STOLEN TRANSMISSION on friday to see Josh and Junior DJ! I was able to make it down and one of the best moments was when this really pretty girl and I were talking and she said 'This is a fun party, do you come here a lot cause we've been coming for the past few weeks." Yay!

Plus, Junior Sanchez (whom also had a set at Misshapes last night that was unreal, is the illist.

Speaking of Misshapes last night, if you were there you might've seen Ms. Kelly Osbourne DJing. I was supposed to be helping her out (like i did for Hilary D), but after showing her the ropes for about 3 minutes, the girl had her shit down. She knew exactly what she was doing and i was floored. I stuck around in the DJ booth just incase she had any questions, needed any music, and just to make sure everything went dandy... and it did! Probably one of the best moments was when she played Ozzy's "Crazy Train" and followed it up with her own single "One Word" or when she played "The Never Ending Story." Junior felt like she brought down the house with "Like a Prayer" by Madonna. I agree.

Friday, April 22, 2005


I'm sitting here listening to John Lennon and I was just wondering, was Yoko Ono so bad? I mean, sure, people blame her for breaking up the Beatles, but maybe they were at that point anyway and she was the catalyst for the event. What she and John did post Beatles is pretty fucking good, if you ask me. I love the Beatles. When I was in middle school the only albums I'd listen to were by REM and the Beatles... but there's something about Lennon's songwriting post-Beatles that is far more personal and more relatable.

Apparently i'm 17 today and just realizing this. Please excuse my lameness.

Karen and I wont be able to DJ tonight at Orchard Bar cause of the Jewish holiday, so we enlisted our favorite groupies to take over duties for us. How cool are the perks of being a Tarts of Pleasure groupie? You get to DJ for us when we can't make it!

Anyway, Junior Sanchez and Josh Madden are gonna be hitting the wheels of digital steel tonight. You don't want to miss this. They go on at 1am. And yes, Jr is listed as a house dj, but he doesn't play house music anymore. He's bananas good.


Saturday night I got a text from Josh saying "Hah Sarah's band chose your name!" He was referring to his sister sarah, and he was referring to the band name i suggested to her over brunch a couple of weeks ago. Since 2001 I've been holding on to that band name for the day I decide to start my emo group. Since that wont be happening, I recently started offering it up to any friend that approached me saying they needed a band name. I am so excited that someone decided to go with it. I knew it was a good one! I mean, i had a feeling. But like most of my ideas, I'm convinced that i'm the only one that thinks it's actually any good. A couple of months ago I was with my friend Mikey and I told him the band name, his response was "I hear a lot of band names every day, and that's one of the best ones I've heard. I would see a band cause of that name."

So what's this name? Who is this band?

Her Daily Obsession

I know a lot of people hate on the Bravery, but I'm saying this as a huge compliment: HDO sounds like a female fronted Bravery. In that the beats are disco, the vocals are crooner-ish (in the female way, much like controller.controller or Pretty Girls Make Graves), and the guitars at times hang out on single notes in a metal kind of way (ever notice that in the bravery's "honest mistake"?). There's a song on the website if you want to check it out for yourself.

I got the idea for the band name because, in 2001, even more so than now, I had a new favorite band/song/thing every single day. One day it's JJ72's "Algeria" the next it's The Walkmen's "We've Been Had" and the next it's Mary-Kate Olsen. Someone at work, i think my boss, used to playfully tease me about this, and i thought to myself, "i've got to have a new obsession daily." and it sort of morphed from there into Her Daily Obsession. Like, what I thought someone observing me would sort of mark down if they were doing a scientific study about me. "Sarah Lewitinn. Age 21. Eats pirates booty and honey mustard pretzels for lunch with iced tea. Reads message boards. Watches Surpise!By Design during lunch. Writes with right hand. Her daily obsession for tuesday is: Quotes by Liam and Noel Gallagher."

Thursday, April 21, 2005


This is a question I've asked every Passover for the past five years.

I found the answer here.

In case you dont feel like clicking, the answer varies between sephardics and ashkenaz's.
Sephardic = yes, kosher for passover. just like rice
Ashkenaz = no, not kosher for passover.

Yay! Now my mom can make me the things she made with beef with tofu ground round! yay!

and yum.

Wednesday, April 20, 2005


THIS GUY gets the award for WORST ROOMMATE EVER. Holy shit. He let his roommates take the blame as lawyers and the ADL were on their case and about to get them fired from their jobs. He's also a TOTAL FUCKING ANTI-SEMITE, not to mention, A TOTAL MISOGYNIST. Geez, way to let your roommate's name get smeared without pulling the plug immediately. The way blogger works is that it emails the blog owner whenever a new comment entry has arrived. It's cool like that. James' inbox must've been going crazy, and yet, he did nothing. Poor Kasey and Angela. I wonder if they knew they were living with a total asshole. I hope they read this blog so they'll get see my suggestion on the situation:

You know how many people read his blog? Particularly people in the media? Not to mention the gawker posting? Girls, he owes you big time.

Ultragrrrl: CNN just called me.
Ultragrrrl: trying to get the inside scoop
xxxxxxxxxxxx:: does CNN cover blogs?
xxxxxxxxxxxx:: haha
xxxxxxxxxxxx:: it's like you and pope benedict
Ultragrrrl: HAHAHA
xxxxxxxxxxxx:: i know they're trying to broaden their audience, but this is getting crazy

Not to mention, for all the slinging of shit he did, i'd like to point out that the dude has dreadlocks. Oh the horror. What a douche.



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the first band to do a single with stolen transmission is doing mighty well!

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Constantine is wearing eyeliner on American Idol right now. I didn't think I could love him anymore, but I was wrong.

Constantine is the single greatest contestant American Idol has ever had. I didn't say most talented (though, he is talented), I said "greatest."

I will explain why later.

Let me just say... the eyeliner is AMAZING.

From what I've been hearing, which may or may not be true:
A new Pope was elected.
His name is Pope Benedict XVI.
He's about 80 years old.
He was a member of Hitler Youth (which, I first dismissed the weight of that by saying "Well, Hitler Youth was like the boy scouts, everyone was in them. When you're a kid, you dont know the difference.") But then I realized that he was at least 20. At 20 years old, you should probably know the difference.
BUT I also heard he resisted against getting drafted by the Nazi's. So that's good.

Does anyone have any knowledge about Pope Benedict XIV's past?

Pope BXIV was an ANTI-NAZI.

Read This.

And Dave McDougall wrote this:
Sarah - so you've got the story - here's a bunch of facts I stole from
various sources and remixed into coherency:

Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger was elected pope today, taking the name Benedict XVI.

Joseph Ratzinger was born on April 16, 1927, in Bavaria, Germany.
Ratzinger was only 6 years old when Hitler came to power, never
attended the Hitler Youth meetings required of all German adolescents,
and was an unwilling conscript in the Nazi army at the age of 16. (He
deserted two years later, at the end of World War II, having never
fired a shot in defense of the Reich.)

Ratzinger started out as a progressive priest and was a liberal
theologian during the Second Vatican Council. After the student riots
during 1968, however, he began a sharp turn to the right. He served as
John Paul II's theological advisor for most of his pontificate and has
been a leading force behind efforts to repress liberal, progressive

Ratzinger may be the best known cardinal in the world, in large part
because of his consistent defense of the most conservative and
traditionalist positions. He is wildly popular among conservatives,
but just as unpopular among liberals. The election of Cardinal
Ratzinger represents a strong vote in favor of conservatism,
traditionalism, and a continued fight against the modern world.  He
has denounced homosexuality as evil and other religions as
"deficient". He also reined in proponents of Latin American liberation

Cardinal Ratzinger has long served as prefect of the Congregation for
the Doctrine of the Faith, the institution once known as the
Inquisition. He was known as "God's rottweiler" for his unswerving
defence of Catholic orthodoxy.

Monday, April 18, 2005


The Five O'Clock Heroes are back in NYC and will be playing a show at Pianos on THURSDAY night! Go.

Please note the open bar. OPEN BAR.
Hop in a cab, get in a bus, take the subway. Just come.

Sunday, April 17, 2005


I'm watching "I Want a Famous Face: Arnold Schwarzenegger", and there's this guy who wants to be like his idol, Arnold. The guy who wants a famous face said something like "I would vote for Arnold if he ran for President."

Just for the record: Arnold can't run for President.


Cause he wasn't born in the USA. You must be born in the USA if you want to run for President. You must also be over 35. You must also be a white male. Well, that last part isn't exactly true.

Don't mind the misspelling of the Oohlas... show up to this show early so you can see them!

I'm sitting on my couch on this gorgeous Spring day watching The Alternative on VH1 Classic. I plan on leaving the house eventually, but for now, i'm quite enjoying this. Anyway, Blur's "Girls & Boys" just came on, and for the first time, I listened to the lyrics. I'm not sure why i'm surprised, but it turns out the lyrics are a lot more intelligent than I ever thought. It's basically an anthem for your typical spring breaker -- you know, going down to the cliched destination for Spring break, meeting people, having sex, getting blisters from sex with the person you dont know. It's meant to sort of tell people to have sex with people they know and love (while sort of making fun of them). All this time, i thought it was about... well, nothing.

By the way,"Du bist sehr schön" means "You are very beautiful."

Afghan Whigs' video for ""Gentlemen" is on now. If you stuck Greg Dulli, My Brother Lawrence, and Joquin Phoenix in a room together, the world may explode.

Friday, April 15, 2005


Wex sent this in:

Brandon sent this one in:

I did this one:

Robbie did this one:

Robbie did this one too:

Kris did the following:


The Oohlas have a show tonight in Burbank, CA with members of Piebald and Ozma (and i guess everclear too if you wanna count the oohlas drummer). Sorry for the late notice, but here's the info:

(here's the info incase you cant read it on the flyer: 1333 n. hollywood way. doors at 8pm)

Thursday, April 14, 2005


Moshgirl was fun. Moshboy will be fun too, i think. Have fun putting the dude in fun scenarios like my friend Kris did, and mail them to so i can post them here!

this is the original. a larger size of the photo can be found here. My friend pointed out that he's an elitist mosher, note the extended pinky.

Here's what Kris did to the photo:

The Hilton one is my favorite.

Ugh... I've been sitting in my room watching Fox News cause they keep on promising to show a smoking chimp. Still no pimpin chimp!

Not really safe for work, but women should probably watch this... and men too, next time you think about raping someone.

click here.

(apparently this is from Boards Will Tear Us Apart... sorry for accidently stealing this!)

the friday night party returns! i'm gonna try bartending for a bit on friday. TRY, being the operative word.

Lastnight I DJed the Duran Duran afterparty at some new hotel in midtown with Karen. I wish I could remember the name of this place (UPDATE: A reader reminded me that the place was called Hotel QT, check out the photos on the site) cause the party space was out of control bananas. The room we played in had a small pool and saunas behind us. Since it was open bar, i have no idea how expensive drinks were, but I'd imagine they'd be pretty expensive. Our new (drink) manager, Sune, kept us lubricated... so much so that when Austin from 'Project Runway' showed up, I started hollaring his name in excitment. "Austin! Austin! Austin!" Simon LeBon didn't even get such a reception! Project Runway's Nora was there too, and she was gorgeous. Once we were finished DJ (and our (drink) manager had gone home for the night after getting too drunk, himself), I found myself standing by the pool trying to pull my friends in. Seeing as nobody was gonna come in with me, i ripped off my tutu dress (I was wearing pants and a tank under my dress), threw it in my friend Leigh's arms (dude leigh, not girl leigh), and did a backdive into the pool. When I came to the surface I saw Lil' Jon standing at the edge. I thought I was seeing things, but no, it was lil jon. Leigh's friend Eli grabbed a towel for me and I bid everyone farewell and went home.

I think that sounded like a dream i had.

UPDATE: This conversation just happened:
Karen: Sar, so you want to know why Austin didn't come by to say hello?
Sarah: No, why?
Karen: Cause that was Jay!
Sarah: Huh?
Karen: His name is Jay! Austin was the one who wore lipgloss.
Sarah: OH. MY. GOD.
Karen: That's why he didn't come up to say hi! He must've thought we were making fun of him!
Sarah: No!!! How did we do that?!
Karen: We're totally the tards.

Wednesday, April 13, 2005


Check out this face transformer. It can turn your ethnicity black, white, east-asian, west-asian, magna, and even change your sex into the opposite of what you are. Or, if you're feeling ambitious, you can see what you'll look like when you get older, or see what you looked like as a youth.

I couldn't save my results for some reasion, but i actually made a pretty hot dude. Sort of like Brian Molko from Placebo. I'd do me.

Check out this face transformer. It can turn your ethnicity black, white, east-asian, west-asian, magna, and even change your sex into the opposite of what you are. Or, if you're feeling ambitious, you can see what you'll look like when you get older, or see what you looked like as a youth.

I couldn't save my results for some reasion, but i actually made a pretty hot dude. Sort of like Brian Molko from Placebo. I'd do me.

I got this remix of Bloc Party's "Pioneer" from The Big Ticket blog.

Holy different!

Saturday, April 9, 2005


How else would you explain how MTV's branding dept. decided to use Johnnyboy's "You Are the Generation Who Bought More Shoes and You Get What You Deserve" in a commercial (courtesy of goldenfiddle)? The song is virtually unknown to anyone who doesn't read blogs (or know someone who does). It's been written about on here, stereogum, fluxblog, productshopNYC...

I don't even remember where I got it from in the first place (I think the Killers' manager might've sent it to me), but I play it about 39 times a day sometimes. By the way, it was produced by one of the guys in the Manic Street Preachers, which is a fact that I find interesting.

Speaking of MTV, please set your TiVos to record "Wonder Showzen" on Friday nights. It's a show based on the British comedy show "Kids Show," where they get kids and puppets to do really fucked up shit. In the episode I watched today, they had a blue puppet in a skit called "Let's Rile You Up, Harlem?" As well as a segment done in a news style where a kid tried to investigate the evil corporation called CoCor (say it outloud... it sounds like Cokewhore), and a cartoon about segregation. Last week, a kid went to an old man at a race track and said "Can I immitate you?" when the old man said that he'd like to see that happen, the kid went "gamble, gamble, gamble, gamble, gamble, die." Fucked up shit is awesome.

This website provides the last 40 images posted onto LiveJournal. Everytime you reload it, it changes.

I found this on there:

Also, incase you tried the google cell phone thing as posted below, check this shit out... more awesomeness.

Thanks to everyone who came to the STOLEN TRANSMISSION party last night at the Orchard Bar (and to those who gave me their demo cds!), and sorry it was such a mad house! We're gonna get more bartenders next week so it'll be easier for everyone to get drinks AND I'm gonna guest bartend for a bit, which excites me to no end. Also, Josh aka The Vicar, will be a special guest DJ next week. My people were finally able to get in touch with his people and they said he would be able to free up some time from hanging out with me to DJ. Phew.

If you wanna see photos from last night, the wonderful Merlin Bronques posted them on Last Nights Party!

[the above photo is from Last Night's

Friday, April 8, 2005


My friend Chris Cooper just showed me this amazing fucking thing:
say, for example, you're looking for a thai restaurant (or ANYTHING for that matter) near you home, all you have to do is send a text message something like "thai 97202" to the number 46645 and it will send you text messages back with addresses and phone numbers to the closest thai restaurants to that zip code.

This actually fucking works! My mind, she is blown.

Just a friendly reminder that The Tarts of Pleasure's new party STOLEN TRANSMISSION is STARTING TONIGHT.

We're hitting the decks at 1am until 4am.

if you're in nyc...

it's on orchard street, between houston and stanton.

Merlin from Last Night's Party will be there taking sexy photos of people.

I really want to dance. I think you should join me and karen. There's no list.

PS - This is for Dave Whitehouse, the funniest man living in London.

Thursday, April 7, 2005


I was just doing some research for my coffee table book about playlists and was reminded about Dave Matthews Band's song "Two Step" from, I think, Under the Table and Dreaming. When I was in high school, I didnt have too many friends, or too many friends that listened to the same music as me. Most of them were VERY into the Dead, Phish, and of course, DMB. I remember sitting in my friend Sydney's room while she was having one of her many parties, playing Echo and the Bunnymen on her stereo when someone came in and told me to change it. They put on DMB and I just remained there fucking around on her computer, being anti-social cause i was really uncool and pretty much there only cause I knew Syd since we were 7. Anyway, "Two Step" came on and I couldn't believe it, but I loved it. I copied it to a tape and stuck it on a mix with Radiohead and Echo and the Smiths and other songs I was into at the time. I used to play it when I was working the super early morning shift at the coffee shop where I slaved for the wage.

You might appreciate it if you like Coldplay.

You can listen to some of it here, i think.

It's kind of nice. I think you might be surprised.

I should've posted this earlier!
The Tarts of Pleasure are DJing at the Pianos tonight for the Bloc Party After Party.
You have an hour to RSVP!

sorry bout that short notice!

Swedish sensation, Annie, has become a bit of an indie Gwen Stefani for hipster club DJs.

She's coming to New York. You can go see her and wonder if that's bubble gum stuck to her shoe or something.

Performance and DJ dates are here.

Tonight I went to the Darkroom and met up outside with old buddies that i hadn't seen in a while. An amazingly bizarre conversation occured:

"So, how is London?"
"Oh, wow. It was great. thanks for asking. how'd you know i was there?"
"we met some fellow in the lift at mtv who told us."
"a guy in an elevator? really?"
"yeah. he said that you were also doing A&R for Island while you were in London."
"yeah, that's what the guy in the lift told us."
"are you serious?"
"some random guy in the elevator told you all this?"
(thinking that maybe they mistook me for some one else... but unfortunately at the same time that everyone happened to stop talking) "Do you know who i am?!" (realizing that came out the wrong way...) "I mean, I think you think i'm someone elese!"
(a person I know much better in the group that was in the elevator)
"no, no, the guy in the elevator said it was you. He said 'sarah lewitinn' to us."
"what did he look like?"
"black hair with gray on the sides."
"what was his build? age?"
"about 28, nice build."
"oh my god. that was gideon. holy shit, he doesn't listen to a word i say! I dont live in london and i'm NOT doing a&r for island!"
"ok, cause i thought I was seeing things when you biked up to us."

Wednesday, April 6, 2005


Do you want it now? Do you want it nooooooooooooooow? Do you want to give me your heart and your soul?

If so, go to the Darkroom TONIGHT (wednesday). Seriously. You wont regret it. The Tarts of Pleasure got called at the last minute by DJ Kiss & Tell to join her and her special guest at the decks tonight at midnight.

Karen and I had so much fun DJing at the Orchard Bar a couple of weeks ago that we told them we wanted to make it a regular thing. So now it's gonna be the Tarts of Pleasure with Mark, Ed, and Josh Fontaine (aka DJs Mr. Bombastic and Thought Sniper), dropping the tunes that make you thump your lil boooooty. The party is even gonna be called STOLEN TRANSMISSION -- like my new record label, word -- so come by, drop off your demos, and have a drink. I'm working on getting some drink specials lined up (ie: free booze), and will have free Manishewitz on hand (that I will try to find miniature shot glasses for like they do in Temple) since it's shabbat.

It will also be the Fiasco after party, which will celebrate their first night playing a weekly residency at the Delancey. They go on at Midnight. They're funk soul bruvvas.

My mom called me up this morning at 9:30, waking me from a dream that caused me to cry in my sleep. I was so happy that she called (though I remember thinking in my dream, "why am i being woken? i need to find a resolution!") She had just gotten back from Israel the night before and was checking in to make sure I was doing alright and to send me her love. I forgot to tell her that I was in London, whoops, and thankfully, she didn't seem to mind.

In the dream, I was in a huge school with the kids I went to Miami with. It was an abandoned school that turned into a sort of house for people without a home. It reminded me of the place where Angela saw Juliana Hatfeild play in My So-Called Life. Anyway, in the dream I kept on seeing people that weren't there. Talking to them, interacting with them, being hugged by them. I remember going to some blonde girl in a pink sweater to tell her and she wrapped her arm around my neck (in a nice way) and swung me around until I fell to the floor and then she was gone. Everywhere I turned there were ghosts. Finally this one woman I knew from SPIN came to me with her 10 year old son and told me that she needed to find him a home since she was a ghost and couldn't take care of him anymore. She wanted me to do it. I got so freaked out and was trying to convince myself that I was capable of having a 10 year old child, particularly one without parents who needed one. The thought of a kid without parents makes me cry no matter what (I cried when I saw "Problem Child" cause the kid was an orphan), and so that's why my pillow was covered in tears when my mom called and woke me up this morning.

A little after getting up, Josh called and invited me out to brunch with his brother and sister whom have become like family to me. Seeing all those kids with the same face made my day awesome, not to mention the amazing weather. I decided to walk to K-Mart after eating to buy a bike (since mine was stolen), and realized that New York City has turned into a city of memories I've forgotten. I walked past things that once made me remember times when I got kissed by a boy I really liked, or held hands with a friend that meant a lot to me, or was the spot where something really awesome happened -- now they made me remember that I once had a memory of something. But I couldn't place myself back there. I've drunk them away! That was an accident! I was only supposed to drink the sad memories away, and I ended up doing away with the good ones too. I felt like an amnesiac who knew her way around by instinct, but nothing else.

Monday, April 4, 2005


I’m writing from London right now and feel like I’ve been on tour for the past month. The weather has been absolutely amazing the past few days (save for today when it rained) and I’ve gotten to see a lot of my favorite people. Saturday night I met up with Kim, David, Bruce and Jaya at Yo! Sushi and had about 8 plates of conveyor belt sushi (hear that Karen? I beat my last round I think), and then headed over to FROG to DJ with Imran. He and I stood in the DJ booth getting excited by the few people who would start dancing here and there… I turned to him and bet him that I could get the crowd dancing in 3 songs. I ended up winning after just playing “Love Will Tear Us Apart” by Joy Division. Such a cheap shot, but it always works. That’s one of the best songs on earth in my opinion. I ended up following it by “What You Waiting For” by Gwen Stefani and “Decepticon” by Le Tigre. Imran dropped “Y-Control” by the YYYs, and the kids ate it up. I love watching people dance, it’s one of my joys in life. Seeing people have fun just makes me so happy and acts like a drug in my brain.

Our DJ set was followed up by a set by the Delay who played a flawless set of songs from their current album and one or two new ones. Sometimes when the singer sings he makes an “O” with his mouth and it makes me think of a SouthPark character singing Christmas carols. OOOOOOOOOh. He also sounds a bit like Stevie Nicks.

I spent the night at Imran’s and went to Spittalfield’s market with him the following afternoon. I should’ve listened to Kim and David when they told me to skip Camden Market the day before, Spitalfield’s was ten times better with far better clothes and homemade delights. After shopping for a bit we met up with Tim, the man who brought us together in the first place, and had a proper English Lunch across the street at some fancy restaurant and caught up on our lives. There were arguments about the Killers, the Bravery, the Kaiser Chiefs… there were pretty much arguments about every popular band out now… I loved it. I loved debating shit with them, it made me feel alive to be around people who shared a different opinion about pop culture than me.

Apart from shopping, eating, and Djing, I’ve been spending a lot of time catching up on rest with my friend Tom, whose house I’m staying at. Tom is insanely good looking (picture Ewan McGregor mixed perfectly with Jude Law) and has nothing to do with, and wants nothing to do with, the music industry at all, which is a really fucking nice change of pace. I met him in February 2002 and we’ve remained friends since (and had a few friends in common by total chance). He and I have been watching a lot of Curb Your Enthusiasm (I realized that I’m gonna have a marriage just like Larry David’s… it worries me), and sleeping til 1pm everyday. Well, I’ve been sleeping til 1pm, and he just patiently waits for me to wake up.

Tom has also helped me discover that my alcohol tolerance is zero. Since I dont really drink anymore, give me a pint or three and the chances of me staying up an hour past my third pint is unlikely. Tom said that last night I fell asleep sitting up while watching some movie. I was snoring. He woke me up and urged me to get in my pajamas, I told him i wasn't sleeping but infact, watching tv. Fun. I went to the bathroom and pretty much forgot why I was there. This is why alcohol is bad. BAD. Stay away from it.

Tonight I’m going with my friend Ollie to dinner and then to check out Tom Vek at Trash. Tomorrow I go back to NYC and next week I’m off to LA to visit my other friend Ollie. Ollie2Ollie.