Monday, October 30, 2006

RUSH LINBAUGH SUCKS

I'm probably spelling his name wrong, but he blows.

what doesnt blow, is this video of my dog with dan from PlayRadioPlay!



Dont miss the party this week!
DEBBIE IS GOING STEADY

My buddy Marc wrote a book about a band that kinda gets rediscovered by a blogger that is based on me, which was very flattering for me. Anyway, in the book, my character flips out over a band's song "Lets Go Steady Debbie" and they become an overnight success. As part of a contest, bands were asked to submit a song... and the winner is playing the Productshop Showcase with the Horrors! should be fucking fun.

We have a winner- Three Rivers Press announces rock band winner in novel contest!

Veteran rock writer Marc Spitz moved readers with his fictional band, the Jane Ashers, in TOO MUCH, TOO LATE (Three Rivers Press, $14.00 paperback), and now New York band ECHO STATION has brought them to life with their contest-winning adaptation of the hit song Let's Go Steady, Debbie, described in the book. This one-of-a-kind contest has won the band a showcase performing slot at Club Studio B next Friday November 3 and 1000 promotional copies of a CD single, sponsored by Productshop Records.

The band read the book carefully and wrote their own interpretation of the sensationally famous (yet fictional) song, standing out from the pack and impressing the celebrity judges and pop culture luminaries, including Marc Spitz, James Iha (ex-Smashing Pumpkins), Andy Greenwald (SPIN, author of Nothing Feels Good, Miss Misery), Chuck Klosterman (SPIN, author of Killing Yourself to Live), Alan Light (former editor-in-chief of Vibe, Spin, and Tracks, author of The Skills to Pay the Bills ) Sia Michel (former SPIN magazine editor-in-chief), Jason Gordon (Productshopnyc.com), Mary Huhn (New York Post) and Sarah "Ultragrrrl" Lewitinn.

In TOO MUCH, TOO LATE, the Jane Ashers, broken up for nearly 20 years, reunite for a casual garage session and, thanks to a precocious blogger, they make it big. Their runaway single, “Let’s Go Steady Debbie,” takes the world by storm and propels the rapidly aging Sandy Klein into the irresistible yet overwhelming spotlight of the global music scene. Are they too old to take it or can they pull it together and rock the world?

Here's the flyer and following the flyer is the set times:


A NIGHT OUT WITH PRODUCTSHOPNYC
>>FRIDAY, NOVEMBER 3, 2006
>>>>CLUB STUDIO B
>>>>>$10 COVER | 5:30PM DOORS

The Horrors---------------------12:30am
Ra-Ra Riot----------------------11:30pm
The Thermals------------------10:30pm
Sam Champion----------------9:30pm
Birdmonster---------------------8:30pm
Ferraby Lionheart-------------7:45pm
Brooklyn Playboys-----------7:00pm
Echo Station--------------------6:00pm

Betwenn Set Music Provided By Marc Spitz, DJ Del, 3xWes, & Late Night Special Guest DJ's

Friday, October 27, 2006

A GOOD CAUSE

My friend Kris' mom recently passed away from Brain Cancer. Please click on this link to see how you can contribute to the National Brain Tumor Foundation. Thank you.

Wednesday, October 25, 2006

FUCK YEAH, BRIGHT LIGHT FEVER!

For Bright Light Fever fans, you can do something special today.
THE ALBUM WAS RELEASED YESTERDAY!!!

1. You can stream the entire album here on PureVolume.

2. You can buy the album here at the Stolen Transmission webstore FOR ONLY $7! Full album with art. CD in you stupid hands for only $7!


3. You can buy the album on iTunes!


Shit, that means you can hear the album, and fall in love with it because it's fucking amazing, and then BUY IT for a super low price. Holy moly.

Lemme know what you think of the album when you listen to it. THANKS!

Sarah Lewitinn

Thursday, October 19, 2006

WE PRETEND LIKE WE'RE HUSBAND AND WIFE (BORAT VOICE)

Brandon (nightmare of you) is playing a secret solo show tonight at Maxwells in Hoboken at about 10:30pm... playing after him is the best fucking band out of canada since the Arcade Fire -- Tokyo Police Club.

When you're standing next to me... it's TOKYO POLICE CLUB!

Lastnight i saw them play with the Spinto Band and Art Brut and spent the majority of the time dancing like i was 23 years old again!

Tonight I'm going to be rushing back to the Annex after the show because we're doing the Art Brut AFTERPARTY! I think one of the dudes is DJing. I also think that one of the Lost Prophet dudes are djing, but karen isnt picking up her phone for me to confirm this.

There's also a secret Yeah Yeah Yeahs show at Bowery Ballroom. I wonder where they'll be afterthe show.....

i'm trying to figure out if i wanna go down to Atlantic City for the killers show on saturday or stay in town and go to the SNL after party since MCR is playing. Seriously, I'm stoked that this is something i'm dealing with... but i wish that was it. Sometimes people have one of those days that is comically bad, and this is one of those days for me. I can't wait to wake up on saturday and be like "how do i party tonight?" Something stupidly simple like that. No marketing plans. No sales analysis stuff. No show drama. It's all worth it at the end of the day because i love my job, i love my bands, i love music. i'm just a typical nycmusiclover. But sometimes I wanna take peyote and sit in a sweat tent like John Locke did on LOST last night, and see someone like Boone talking to me.

I love Boone. Even though he's dead.

Anyway, my label's merch store is up and we've got a super deal going with Bright Light Fever and the Horrors. Both for $12!

Speaking of LOST -- I'm so impressed with last nigth's project runway collections. Jeffery and Uli both did a STANDUP job with their showings... i want the first dress of Jeffery's collection (wow, i'm not even calling him necktattoo guy), and a few items of Uli's collection. God bless!

OK, Gideon Yago sold a screenplay. He has literally been telling me for the past 5 years that he was gonna be writing a screenplay and sell it. I thought he was full of shit, just like i did when he said he was gonna be an MTV VJ. I guess I should stop that. Anyway, I'm very proud of my little dude.

By the way, last night I was on my way home and stressed out of my mind -- skipping from song to song, trying to find something that would relax me, and the only thing that really did the trick at that very moment was Beirut's "Postcards from Italy." I'm trying to find it on myspace, but i'm having issues, please post a comment if you can help... but, BUY THE SONG. seriously. do it.

OK, i'm outta here, fools.

love, sarah

ps. the stolen transmission cmj party is gonna have the following bands: this moment in black history (aka the best band name ever), the films, the assassins, the photo atlas and the horrors. SHIIIIIIIT.

pps:

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

THE WALLS HAVE EYES

I was sitting in my livingrrom with Gurj and Brandon on Sunday when my uncle Felix called me from Miami where he was spending some time with my parents. He was calling to let me know that it was his grandson's birthday... his grandson is also named felix. He said the coversation went like this:
"What do you want for your birthday? Grandpa Felix will get it for you!"
"I don't want a gift from you, i want one from cousin Sarah."
"Sarah? Ondine's daughter? Why her?"
"Because she has $10 Million dollars and she can buy me whatever i want."

I hung up the phone after we laughed about it and relayed the story to Brandon and Gurj. Brandon's response was "Wow, you have a lot of people fooled into thinking you're rich. That's not the first time I've heard rumors of your wealth."

Rumors. I wish they were true.

I'm running late for the Hennessey thing at Capitale i posted about a few days ago. I dont want to miss Goldfrapp or the Strokes. I think I've seen Kanye live before, but i dont remember. I'm not the biggest live hip hop fan -- i think the only live hiphop show i like these days is Lady Sov since she's a midget and i can relate to that. She's also #1 on trl today, and i tried to get Rob to celebrate by offering to buy some champagne... no dice. Anyway, I'm not sure what Hennessey tastes like, but I bet it tastes great since all the rappers drink it and they apparently have enough money to afford Capitale and Kanye West AND the strokes.

By the way, i'm kind of obsessed with The Films. They're like the american Libertines, hopefully minus the brown. I love the Libertines... even to this day. i even have a libertines poster hanging up in my livingroom.

Last night i had night terrors and today i have bags under my eyes. I'm feeling super tired. I kept on dreaming that someone that wasnt brandon had come into my bed and decided to try to hold my hand, rest their head on my shoulder, etc. I remember throughout the night constantly throwing brandon's various limbs off my body. I remember yelling "get off!" but thinking it was this other person and not my boyfriend. I was too tired to get out of bed in my dream and too upset to do anything. When i finally got out of bed, in my dream, i was at a BBQ eating a burger (i am a fish eater -- a pescatarian), and freaked out that i was eating meat forgetting that burgers were made of beef. I then remember that someone's mom died and woke up hysterically crying and my pillow covered in tears. About 20 minutes later i woke up again in a panic yelling "get off!" as brandon's head was resting on my shoulder, bella the cat was balancing her self on my stomach and Monkey the dog was climbing up onto my chest.

I don't think I'll ever eat mangos before bed again.

Anyway, there's this band that I love called the Annuals that my friend Eric Speck signed to AceFu. I LOVE the annuals. All of us at ST offices are kind of obsessed with the band and kept on listening to the album. Live, they're like a mini-Polyphonic Spree... the singer is like 19 and a total gem.

Their album came out today and you can find it on iTunes and I couldn't recommend them anymore for people who like bands like the Spree or the Flaming Lips. They're playing this thursday with the Spinto band and Art Brut at Irving Plaza (warsaw tonight -- wednesday). GO GO GO TO THIS SHOW.

About a month ago the band was in town and stopped by my apartment for Casa De Ultragrrrl. Here's a performance of "Bleary Eyed," which is made 100x better thanks to Nick Snow laughing:



If there weren't so many psychos out there, i'd post about those on here inviting you all, but alas, there are nut jobs out there -- most of them post in the comments section of this blog. In a couple of weeks i'm gonna be having the Horrors come for a very special Live from the Casa De Ultragrrrl... which will require a lot of furniature to be moved out of the living room. Oh god, i hope they dont trash my apt.

Monday, October 16, 2006

CUT DOWN A SIZE

Bright Light Fever's INCREDIBLE debut album, Bright Light Fever Presents: The Evening Owl, can now be streamed IN FULL on PureVolume.com! You can buy it on October 24 on iTunes and in stores around the country. Also on Amazon.com!

Bright Light Fever's Pure Volume Page

Check out what AP had to say about them:

Friday, October 13, 2006

GO EAST!

My buddy Gideon, who has gone to places like Afghanistan and Iraq for work, sent me this delightful article, which is basically about how the Canadian Troops are having a hard time fighting Taliban militants because of marijuana forests.

OH MY GOD.

Seriously, you gotta read the article, it's almost too funny to read. I want to offer the services of most (if not all) of the bands on Stolen Transmission. Give them a week and that forest will be a goner.

I already started making some merch designs. Here's one:


EDIT: I can't believe i didn't put this up originally. My buddy Crobin made this video... not sure what for, not sure you'll ever see it anywhere ... but it's pretty fucking hilarious. The actor in the video is Brandon's brother Travis, and before anyone is offended, both boys are total jew lovers -- i make fun of them for that fact all the time. Watch on:

EDIT AGAIN... someone close the me who is now apparently the blogger police, has asked me to take it down... he didn't see the humor in it, which is probably cause he didn't watch it! Go to YouTube and do a search for "crobin"... fuck that!

Thursday, October 12, 2006

You're probably fucking sick of hearing from me about Stolen Transmission by this point -- between these news letters, blog posts, myspace messages -- but I don't really care to be honest. How about that? I'm dancing around my office and singing along to the oohlas, spraypainting on the walls, and drinking too many redbulls. And tonight there's gonna be free Zygo Vodka at 1am at the Stolen Transmission Party (152 Orchard st. btw Rivington and Stanton in NYC). It's one of those days...
Anyway, I love you a lot. So love me back. Buy my records please. They’re really good. Thank you.
I love you.
Sarah Lewitinn

PS – Visit my label’s new webstore!!!!

HORRORS FANS – PRE-ORDER THE HORRORS EP NOW


The Horrors are releasing a 5 track EP on October 24rd on Stolen Transmission!
The tracklisting is:

1. Death At The Chapel
2. Crawdaddy Simone
3. Sheena Is A Parasite
4. Jack The Ripper
5. Excellent Choice
Enhanced with the 'Sheena Is A Parasite' video

PRE-ORDER THE HORRORS EP by OCT 23 and receive a limited edition autographed poster!
Go here now to pre-order the EP.

To end speculation, there WILL be a handful US tourdates happening very soon so keep your eyes peeled….

Great new for Monty Are I fans, the band will be performing THREE acoustic shows in a little over a week! Two of the shows will be at FYE, and another will be at Wentworth School of Technology in Boston. The band will also be signing posters and CDs at these locations, so YOU GOTTA GO! Look after the flyer for more info:



Here is more info:

Date: October 20, 2006
Location: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Boston, MA
Time: 1pm.

Date: October 20, 2006
Location: FYE - S. Washington St., North Attleboro, MA.
Time: 4pm

Date: October 21, 2006
Location: FYE - 1201 Boston Post Rd. STE 1043, Milford, CT
Time: 2pm

Lastly, Bright Light Fever are on the October cover of Alive and Kicking magazine out in Sacramento! Check out the cover and pick up copies!


OK. I will post a personal post tomorrow. I think i love you, but i'm not sure.

Love,
Sarah
SORRY MOM AND DAD!

Every Jewish mom and dad are pretty much crying right now.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

I OFFER YOU SURVIVAL

First off:


I was watching TV last night with Brandon... probably the Flavor of Love since that's basically the only TV show i like watching that isn't LOST, and I saw a commercial for a movie I had no real intention of watching, Marie Antoinette. I was kinda half-assed watching it and was already giving it more attention than normal because I like seeing Kirsten Dunst in period clothing (not sweat pants and baggy shirts... the old time shit)... but the sound was on and half (to a whole bottle) of wine into my night+3:30am= a slightly reminiscent me... people, the song used for the commercial was New Order's "Ceremony"... CEREMONY! It worked perfectly. It wasn't corney or cheesey, and just made me feel like I was living in my own personal old times when all i cared about was dancing to Joy Division and New Order at 3 in the morning.

Watch the two versions i found on youtube:




There's also one with the Cure:


And i think this one is with M83, but i'm not sure:


So anyone watching TV right now probably knows that a plane or helicopter crashed into a building on the Upper East Side of NYC... I think it's a total accident, and just totally unfortunate. UNBELIEVABLY, FOX NEWS IS SAYING THAT THE PITCHER OF THE YANKEES COREY LYDELL, WAS PILOTING THE PLANE! While discussing this with my Buddy named Productshop, he sent me something he found on gothamist:
ProductShopNYC (4:17:52 PM): Via the Gothamist comment section: "10-11-06. Read that date upside down."......

wahhh wahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

For those of you who dont know, there's a pretty big Hennessy event going on October 17 Capitale in NY with Kanye West, The Strokes and Goldfrapp headlining. Carl Cox will also be premiering a new track he made just for the event... a
The general public will be given a unique opportunity to attend the event through sweepstakes offered by Hennessy. For more information or how to get listed for the event visit www.hennessyartistry.com.

LASTLY:

Monday, October 9, 2006

AHHHHHHH

this day will never end. i'm still in the office. i'm a slave to the music.

Saturday, October 7, 2006

EVERYBODY'S COMING TO GET YOU



I can't believe I didn't post this earlier!!!!!

Harvey Danger is playing at Mercury Lounge tonight in NYC!!!!!!!!!!

Yes, THE Harvey Danger!

They go on at 11:30. I will be there and probably stoking out of my face.

After that I'm heading over to Home Sweet Home. Who is with me?

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

YOU JUST HAVENT EARNED IT YET, BABY

So I kind of have this rule of thumb that applies to just myself: I dont go out to bars around/above 14th street. Why? Because they dont let me in without an issue. I'm stared down by the security guards who often look through me, above me, under me... never at me. Never with a smile. Never. Lastnight I was booked to DJ at Manor, and there was a line down the block for the Killers CD release party... and when I got to the door, the girl with the list recognized me and was awesome and was trying to let me in when the bouncer gave me a hard time. "I'm here to DJ... really... i know i look like a scumbag, but really, i'm djing."
"Oh yeah," he replied, "then where are your cds?"
"In my bag. See?"
"Well, I can't see them in there..."
"Can I please come in?"

I wanted to tell him to hurry up so i could catch neck tattoo guy from project runway... whom I made eyecontact with and was gonna approach with a "Hey! how are you?" before i remembered that I dont actually know him.

Once I got in, the crowd was gorgeous and pretty rock and roll. I held tight to my entourage of Brandon, Brian Battjer, and Gurj as we approached the massive dude standing infront of the VIP section that was also where the DJ is positioned (I kinda like that idea cause it lessens the chances of people coming up to the dj booth to request michael jackson every ten seconds). So anyway, i get to this dude and he wont let me in.
"I'm djing."
"No."
"really, i am. i'm the dj."
"you can't come in."
"but..."
(girl from the side)"Hey, she's the dj."
(me to girl) "Thank you so much!"
(security) "Get in."
(me to guard) "These people are with me." (i point to brandon, gurj and brian and start to walk in).
Brandon gets stopped.
"That's my boyfriend. You have to let him in."
"No dudes."
"Well, if you dont let him in, I'm not going to DJ. So please let him in."
Brandon gets let in.


(photo by Merlin Bronques. More photos here.)

I get on the decks to start DJing and the set up is amazing and the crowd is dancing and stoked out of their face standing on banquets and cheer when I play Rick Astley's "Never Gonna Give You Up"... And then I decide to play my favorite hip hop song "What You Know About That" by TI. People cheer and get stoked... A woman comes up to me and says "Um... I run this place... and I dont know if you realize that this is a KILLERS album release party. The band is on their way and they dont want hip hop."
"Oh, that's funny... cause I was just with them... and they're now in LA."

After my set I headed over to 151 Rivington with Gurj to meet up with Brandon and a couple of friends who were in from out of town. I was sitting with them, drinking water, when i got an AIM on my 'kick from Jenny Penny telling me that Bono was at Black & White -- Rob Hitt's night -- and that Kate Bosworth was at the Hail party at the darkroom. So we all loaded up, after I sat there persuading every that it was a good idea, and went to black and white. We saw bono. He was in the back of the room, sitting in the booth closest to the bathroom with a few friends. He looked like he was having a great time. After my first drink I peaced out and went back home to watch some TV with the man.

Holy shit... I'm in Vanity Fair. I'm not a God freak... i'm just into being a jew.

Tuesday, October 3, 2006

THE FIRST IS THE WORST

Here are some things i'm promoting, and then after that is a blog post:



So yesterday was Yom Kippur, the Jewish holiday for atonment. And i thought, "hmm... there are quite a things I should be atoning for... my grammar, poor spelling, not making my parents happy with my life choices, but the thing i want to antone for the most," i thought, while sitting next to my mom in a pew, "is the way that i've misguided the readers of my blog onto some really bad music." Now, I don't really need to pull out examples, you can pretty much guess which bands I'm talking about if you've read this blog for like, the past 2 years. None of those bands are on my label, or bands that belong to a boyfriend, or bands that i claim to be the second coming of a bleach blonde rocker... Not sure if that leaves you any hints or clues or whatever. But rest assured, while I was sitting there, fasting for what turned into 26 hours, I made a vow to stop listening to shitty music. I went sober for like 2 months 2 years ago and that really just fucked everything up. I started listening to really shitty shit and talking about that really shitty shit and now i'm through. I'm done. I'm drunk. I'm not sober. I'm stumbling in the streets while quoting the Walkmen, and i'm happy.