Saturday, December 30, 2006
Once upon a time, someone had the great idea of having the Horrors perform a 2 or 3 song set in my livingroom -- plugged in. A very special Casa De Ultragrrrl. I agreed to this idea and the Horrors showed up to my apartment (which my amazing boyfriend cleared up before abandoning for the day) with their roadie who set up their gear in my room as if they were about to play Wembley Arena.
I kept on saying "dude, it's just two songs... can i help you set up or something? we gotta get this over with by 6 so i dont get my neighbors angry."
I just waited as this dude set up EVERY LAST PIECE OF GEAR.
One of them strapped on their guitar and the sound of the plug entering the guitar gave me a slight panic attack.
The band then performed "JACK THE RIPPER" as my roommate Gurj and friends said "ARE YOU SURE THIS SHOULD HAPPEN."
about 20 seconds later the cops had been called, the band was blasting music so loud that i think you could hear it at wembly arena... the band got to play, and then i told them to stop before i got thrown out of my building. We packed up. I went to the Syndicate party to DJ and then came home and cried on the couch due to a nervous breakdown the experience gave me.
I cried for literally 3 days. It was weird and inexplicable to anyone that wasn't there....
But now you can watch what caused me to lose my mind:
THE HORRORS AT CASA DE ULTRAGRRRL
Tuesday, December 26, 2006
the entire permanent ME album, After the Room Clears, is up on PureVolume. ALL 12 SONGS.
CLICK HERE TO LISTEN
please listen and let me know what you think!
Next week they're going on a three week tour with Fall Out Boy, and then after that it's Cartel. Weeeee!
Sunday, December 24, 2006
all the bands on stolen transmission have made christmas songs.
please give them a listen. you can download them and play them tonight at your xmas party!
this is your chance to win tickets to the fall out boy/ new found glory / early november / permanent me / lifetime tour:
As many of you know, i'm a huge killers fan. Kind of a geek about it.
Anyway, they recorded this song for Bono's benefit and it's a pretty amazing song, if i may say so. it features the singer of curve in it too! i know that this song doing well is really important to the band (100% of the sales go to charity, i believe) because brandon texted me the other day to make sure i was blabbing about it to everyone i knew. so here i go.
click the image below to buy it and support RED.
if you happen to see the video on vh1 or mtv, it was directed by Steve Penta -- he is the genius behind the "casa de ultragrrrl" videos. i think it's one of my favorite killers videos because it really captures their personalities in a very disarming kind of way. sort of exactly how those close to them know them.
Friday, December 22, 2006
Thursday, December 21, 2006
Here's a video my brother shot from my apartment on sunday... it's of everyone singing along to the oohlas' "small parts".... it was one of the happiest moments in my life.
EDIT: MANDY TANNEN FROM STELLASTARR* IS NOW DJING INSTEAD OF MICHAEL.
this is a repost from my brother lawrence... finally bostonians can stalk him.:
Michael and I are deejaying a party in Lawrence, MA tomorrow (see flyer below). It’s a party for the general public to introduce them to this incredible project called “Monarch on the Merrimack”. The Monarch was a turn-of-the-century mill that has now been converted into a 30 acre (!) loft building. The thing that makes this incredible, though, is that it’s a “green building”, meaning it’s extremely environmentally friendly. For instance, it’s heated using geothermal heating and cooling instead of fossil fuels. It’s estimated that every time someone moves into an apartment in this building, it’s the equivalent of plating an entire acre of forest based on the reduction of greenhouse gases. Even the floors of the apartments will use bamboo wood which is more renewable than other woods. They will also be putting in an independent movie theater, spa, coffee shop, rooftop restaurant, and roof terrace with gardens (think of it like living in an apartment in a “green” version of the Chelsea Market). The idea of the party, besides being a holiday party, is to introduce people to this building and show all the cool new things a “green building” can provide.
If anyone wants to attend, please RSVP email@example.com and you’ll be put on the list. You can also check out the http://www.monarchlofts.com/ to learn more about the building.
Monday, December 18, 2006
So the last time I checked in i was about to run off to a night with the Oohlas which included Shindig and Misshapes... and some djing. I finally recovered, if that's any indication of my state.
Alright, so i go to Videoland to meet up with the Oohlas for Shindig, and got there before them so I could scope out the place. I dont know how those shindig kids do it, but they always manage to find the most random of places and make them into a twin peakish canadian speak easy where, if you had some more drinks, people would start talking to you backwards.
The band played in this tiny room that was about 10x10 with a stage in it that was approx 4x6 and could hold like, two people. The room was crammed with people and a camera projected the band into the main room and music was blasted into this room as well. so basically, you could definitely have a good view... and there was even a window into the performance room so you could watch the band from the bar. It was very weird and i'll be able to post photos tonight when i get home so you can get a better idea. Oh, and the lighting at this place was spot on -- well done to whomever did it.
The band thought it was their most punkrock show.
We then hopped into cabs and went across town to misshapes to play the second show of the night. I was with Luke and Greg of the Oohlas -- neither had ever been to misshapes or really knew too much about it other than it was a fairly famous party. When we got there, we were greeted by Janelle who wisked us downstairs to the greenroom/vip area and several bottle of booze and beer, which we shared with Brad Walsh's crew and the Ravonettes.
It was so nice to see the Ravonettes again. It'd been about a year, and my Sune immitation had grown terrible. I got to quickly shape it up when i saw him.
Everyone was buzzing around and having a laugh, drinking up and drinking down. I got a shot from my favorite lesbo, Sandra, and a few more of the complimentary drinks tossed my way. Weak on the tongue but hard on the head, as i hadnt had dinner... i dont think.
Brad Walsh was opening, and I love that guy. He's been an incredible photographer for the stolen transmission party and one of the funnier fuckers I know. His deal was like a gay electropop justin timberlake that would've make him a larry t protoge if he came to nyc circa berlinsberg. He's uniquely delightful and a sexy performer that made me squeal til i couldnt get a voice out. He, on the other hand, had a spot on voice.
Following him were the Oohlas, who set up themselves as the Ravonettes DJed their fantastic set. Ollie was cheering them on while strapping in her guitar. it was adorable.
The Oohlas probably played one of their best shows at Misshapes. I danced around with my girlfriends and got that feeling i did when i first saw the Killers at Don Hills (which is where misshapes takes place). Only with this band, their album is out so most of the people watching them were singing along with me. With each song they played, the cheers got louder and louder. They were only supposed to play for 20 minutes, but everyone was so unbelievably stoked that they played for 35 minutes, if not more.
I was elated and celebrated. Went down to the greenroom to gush. I had a couple more drinks and had a laugh and a half with Karen, Gurj, and Jenny Penny. Shortly after, an exhuasted band decided to call it a night. Not long after I decided to hit up my buddy Brian (not battjer) who drives and in my delightfully drunken state, i texted him to inform him that he would be giving me, gurj, karen and jenny a ride home. I was some how very persuasive as he was at don hills about 20 minutes later with a car full of girls who thought they were cartoon characters... each of us giving our cartoon catchphrase. We then broke out into Aiden's "Silent Eyes" as he was pulling on to my street to drop off me and the brownie. I've never seen a man so relieved to get drunk girls OUT of his car.
I woke up the next day with a sligth hangover that La Palapa's brunch with gurj, brandon and joe mccafferey took care of. Gurj and I then went shopping for party supplies for our holiday gathering that was really mostly a casa de ultragrrrl for the oohlas again. I always get nervous at "casa de ultragrrrl"s and dont invite anyone to come cause i'm afraid of trashing my apt. So i'm sorry if i didnt tell you about the party. i literally told 5 people ... i think i even forgot to invite some of my best friends. or i did when they were drunk.
anyway, it was spring break '98 themed. so we got things like shot glasses, beads, 3 wise men decorations, hannukah table cloth, jello, xmas lights, mexican themed decorations... you know, whatever cancun during xmas must look like.
when we got home, brandon had managed to not only scub the place clean but also give the dog a bath and haircut. superboyfriend!
we hung up the decorations and i fucked up some jelloshots and people started showing up. the place got full, but not packed (thank god), and everyone was in high spirits. Joe brought his roommates brussels griffon, regis, with him and so you might just imagine that the apartment was cute overload. I pretty much spent the entire time in my bedroom watching the dogs play. well, at least until the oohlas were ready to perform.
FUCKING AMAZING. they got on my couch and played "THE RAPID!" my favorite song! it's track 12 on their album and is totally trippy and belongs in a movie so i can cry about it like that sia song at teh end of six feet under. Ugh, it was gorgeous. They also did their acoustic version of "gone" which changes the song completely. I literally can't listen to that version of the song without crying... it's going up on sonyconnect soon. the apartment was just stoked beyond belief by the time they played "small parts" ... ollie prefaced it with "you guys have to sing along," and i dont thing she expected a room full of hipsters BELTING IT OUT at the top of their drunken lungs. I couldnt believe it myself. I heard just about every person in the apartment singing "small parts!" !!!!!!!!!!!!! It was like one of those moments where you see it in a movie and wish it happened to you in real life but never does... but here it did!
I dont know... i heard their shows in LA are different than in NYC. That us new yorkers have more excitement at shows. I think that's because LA is a city of people waiting to be discovered while new york is a city of people waiting to discover something.
Anyway, it was incredible. I felt bad for anyone that came after it was over... which turned out to be Pete and Joe from FOB, who were across the street at Revolver where peter gaston was djing. Dan Keyes -- an old frind of ollies -- came late as well... but provided the funniest thing of the evening:
Me: DAN! hi! come in!
Dan: Hey girl! Hey Brandon!
Dan: Oh, a keg, who's gonna hold my legs?
TEN DUDES ALL AT ONCE: 1. 2. 3. 4. 5. 6. 7. 8. 9. 10. 11. 12!!!!!!
this was captured on video. it will be amazing.
By 1:30 ish am, everyone was out and by 2, the apartment was spotless again.
BY THE WAY...
Permanent ME and Absolutepunk have 10 pairs of tickets and are giving fans a chance to win a pair to the SOLD OUT Friends or Enemies Tour this January with Fall Out Boy, New Found Glory and Early November.
1. Buy the Permanent ME album and tshirt for ONLY $15 by CLICKING HERE
you're automatically entered into the contest when you do that.
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Lastnight was the Oohlas first ever show in NYC. For those that dont know, I signed them to my label, Stolen Transmission back in February. They were the first band that Rob Stevenson and I approached about signing with us, and so they're kind of like our babies.
Seeing them last night at the Mercury Lounge was unbelievable. They've got 2 other shows scheduled for this weekend (tonight actually), so i was a bit nervous that the place wouldn't have a lot of people. But as I stood at the front of the stage, totally mezmerized by the sexgoddessness of Ollie Stone, I decided to turn around and see if some of my friends were equally as endeared... and much to my delight, the place was completely packed. Mostly dudes there to salivate, but also a bunch of girls lined up at the front looking at their future idol -- myself being one of those girls... Gurj and Jenny Penny being some of the others. Meanwhile, Gideon Yago stood in the back and recieved a shout out from Ollie from stage "This one is for Gideon cause when I was younger and you were younger... ooohhhh...." before launching into "TV Dinners" with the biggest grin on her face.
I stood with Brandon and Jordan Silver and we kept on looking at each other in complete shock by how incredible they were. It was like watching something historic. Jordan was smitten. Brandon loved the band's new drummer Luke, and the room was just puddy in Greg and Ollie and Mark's hands.
There were completely endearing moments when Greg's equiptment kept on freaking out, and while that sort of thing would make a performer nervous, he was just a delight. Played it off so well and continued to make the Oohlas sound like a wall of perfect sound.
After the set, after everyone stood around with the biggest grins on their faces for 20 minutes, I went over to the Annex for the We Are Scientists / NME / Ruff Club party.... I ended leaving about 20 minutes later because I sometimes get quickly overwhelmed by crowds these days. Luckily, as I was leaving, I saw Gideon and Dave and brought them back to my apartment for a drink with Brandon and Jordan. I ended up passing out on the couch for about 20 minutes just to be woken up by the sweet sounds of the four boys playing guitar and singing to each other songs like "who loves the sun" by the velvet underground and "cosmic dancer" by t.rex.
After being joined by Ollie and Speck we then went across the street to Revolver to hear Peter "the Huskey Gentleman" Gaston DJing with a very drunk Gurj Bassi -- fresh from the Crush Management Xmas Party! We thought that the place had rid itself of the "bros" crew, but sadly, the brosephs were in full effect with their cringeworthy girlfriends. One girl ran up to Gideon the second we walked inside and was like "Where do you work?" to which he replied "Uh... MTV," and she replied "I thoooooought soooooooo," and got a bit annoying. She finally walked away after a while only to approach Brandon after Gideon left looking for gidrock. When she was told he left, the girl she was holding by the hand looked very upset. Barf barf barf.
I was delighted to see Mandy and Andrew there at Revolver, but I guess they were overwhelmed and left... but replaced by Jed the lawyer.
I left shortly after arriving because I was suffering from a shitty headache. Ollie and Speck returned with me to watch TV and chill out in a little more lowkey style, but I had to bail after a while due to my headache, and brandon texted me to let me know that he had to cover for gurj in dj duties after she got really ill.
Today Faran and Shruti came over with Thomas Onorato, Jenny Penny, and Karen Plus One to shoot "MADE: I Wanna Be a Hipster". I'm a terrible actress, but holy shit, Jenny Penny is the best. Every time she had to say one of her lines we'd turn to each other and be like "holy shit! jenny!!!!" This is after Karen, Jenny, Gurj and myself realized that we'd be the best adult swim cartoon one day. I dubbed us "hen house" but they didnt like it. Our catch phrases would be as follows:
Me: I dunno....
really, it's impossible for me to do these things justice without voices. we all have our own, distinct, annoying voice.
OK, I gotta go ... I need to DJ at shindig where the oohlas are playing acoustic, and then heading over to MISSHAPES to see the oohlas and brad walsh perform live! OMG!!!!
Thursday, December 14, 2006
You know what's funny? Every time I post a bulletin on MySpace about Jared Leto being an incredibly self-indulgent douchehead, i get no less than 50 responses to my bulletin. I dont like picking on people and calling them out, but man, have some of the people closest to me had some of the worst experiences with that dude. Caused people to cry and fear for their safety... BOOOO.
Last night I took Brandon to SushiSamba7 for an early Xmas present. Thats absolutely my favorite sushi restaurant. Their Tuna Tataki is just incredible and my favorite roll to get there is the El Topo, which really shows off their ability to fuze south american and japanese food deliciously. Fusion is my favorite kind... it's like how i like my music -- some of the favorite bits from my favorite artists, reworked into something new. Radiohead + Smashing Pumpkins + Queen = Muse. Joy Division + The Smiths + Justin Timberlake = Interpol.
I'm going to the island def jam holiday party and mark my words: i will dance with jayz. i will dance and i will find ollie and dance with her. spin around and around like a monkey head. ollie is puerto rican, so she moves a lot better than my jewish ass.
A bunch of fantastic Youtubes to spread around:
(from ron perry)
(gurj santa dance by jenny penny)
Tuesday, December 12, 2006
The actual fun part of this blog will come after a message from our non-sponsors:
click the flyer below to buy tickets.
Date: Thursday 12/14
Time: Doors at 8:30pm, Nightmare of You at 11:30pm
Venue: Studio B – 259 Banker Street, Williamsburg, Brooklyn
click this image to enter:
So this afternoon i was at Alex's desk when I turn around and see Kanye West extending his hand out to shake. He was wearing this fantastically massive gold chain and, i think, an LV sweatshirt. He was extremely good looking. Very polite. And very good looking. I'm still smitten, three hours later. I was super slick and smooth and casual about it... actually, I insisted on saying "I'M A HUGE FAN."
Yesterday JayZ came to hang out in my office... well, he was talking to Rob, but still, I get really happy.
Permanent ME were just in the office. I'm so overwhelmed with excitement and eagerness about this project since it seems everything is really falling nicely into place. The band is about to go on tour with Fall Out Boy, after being hand picked by Pete Wentz, which was a huge compliment. Immediately after that tour they jump on the road with Cartel for a couple of weeks. Road dogs. I'm proud of them and feel very bad for any girlfriends that they might have... they're what will be called Road Widows.
Thursday, December 7, 2006
Tuesday, December 5, 2006
Friday, December 1, 2006
I can't believe it's already that moment between Thanksgiving and Christmas. I feel like a second semester senior or something.
A lot of people have been asking me when the girls Stolen Transmission Tshirt Designed by Fightcats is going to be available and I'm really happy to say that the time is NOW! Please visit our store to pick it up. I promise you that it looks great and it took me forever to pick the perfect shirt - the perfect fit, the perfect cotton blend, the perfect weight… it's really fantastic.
For those of you in NYC this Thursday, I'd like to invite you down to the Annex for Stolen Transmission to celebrate the birthdays of Nick Snow (aka Nick the Intern) and Jonathan Benedict (JB). The two of them will be DJing alongside me and Karan (the Tarts of Pleasure) AND special guest DJ Lindbergh Palace!
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BRIGHT LIGHT FEVER
THE PHOTO ATLAS
Check out our special holiday bundles available from our artists:
SPECIAL HOLIDAY PROMOTION!
Any two full length CDs for $17
Any CD & the Horrors EP for $14
Any CD & shirt (of the same artist) for $20
The Horrors EP & shirt for $18
Here's the news:
THE OOHLAS ARE COMING TO NEW YORK CITY!!!
They're scheduled to play at Mercury Lounge in the Lower East Side on December 15. CLICK HERE TO BUY TICKETS. I would like to recommend that you purchase the tickets ASAP since this is the Oohlas first NYC show and it's expected to sell out.
They are also playing Misshapes! on Saturday, December 16th!
The Horrors are going to be on You Hear It First on MTV!
Fri 12/1: 850pm
Sat 12/2: 150am, 350am, 650am
Sun 12/3: 550am, 650am, 550pm, 950pm
Mon 12/4: 350am, 550am, 650am, 750am, 850am, 950am
Sat 12/2: 530am, 630am
Wed 12/3: 430am, 530am, 630am, 730am, 1230pm
Mon 12/4: 330am, 430am, 530am, 630am, 730am
Sat 12/2: 745pm, 945pm, 1145pm
Sun 12/3: 145am, 345am, 545am, 745am, 945am, 1145am, 145pm, 345pm, 545pm, 745pm, 845pm, 945pm, 1045pm, 1145pm
Mon 12/4: 1245am, 145am, 245am, 345am, 445am, 545am, 645am, 745am, 845am, 945am, 1045am, 1145am, 1245pm, 245pm, 445pm, 645pm
To date, seventeen (17) stations have played The Horrors EP during their specialty show including: KATT (Portland, OR), KDGE (Dallas), KPNT (St. Louis), KUPD (Phoenix), KXRK (Provo, UT), WAIT (Woodstock, IL), WAVF (Charleston, SC), WCYY (Biddeford, ME), WFNX (Boston), WKLQ (Grand Rapids), WKQX (Chicago), WLZX (Northampton, MA), WNNX (Atlanta), WTFX (Louisville, KY), WTKS (Orlando), WXDX (Pittsburgh) and WXRT (Chicago).
If any of those stations are your local station, please call them and ask them to play more of the Horrors!
Also, the band is featured in the `BREAKING' section of Rolling Stone this month as one of the `FIVE BANDS THAT BROKE THROUGH AT THIS YEAR'S CMJ MUSIC MARATHON' (with photo, pg. 34).
We also have a BRAND NEW HORRORS TSHIRT. It's on a tshirt material that looks like an old, worning tshirt from the 80s. The shirt is ridiculously softÂ… feels like velvet or something.
MONTY ARE I
"Ernie Ball and Pure Volume present...
The Spirit of the Winter Thunderland Tour Contest!
We want you to rock, we want you to roll, we want you to have a great holiday season and... we want you to win an Ernie Ball guitar signed by all of the bands on the Winter Thunderland Tour! Here's how you do it.
1. Come to any date on the 2006 Winter Thunderland Tour!!!
Take a picture in or around any one the upcoming Winter Thunderland Tour dates. It should be a picture that you think captures the spirit of the tour and the holidays. Pictures of the bands hanging out, pictures of the bands playing together, pictures of the bands hanging out with you and your friends...anything that you think captures the spirit of tour.
2. Upload your photos
Go to the bottom of this page and upload your photos!
3. View all entries
The photos will be uploaded to a special Winter Thunderland Tour page that you can check out both on Purevolume and on each band's website.
add links here
At the end of the tour, the bands will get together and choose the photo that they think best captures the spirit of the holidays and the Winter Thunderland Tour. The winner will receive an Ernie Ball guitar signed by all of the bands on the tour! There will be three runner ups and the prizes for that will be announced soon.
See you out at the shows!
*TIPS FOR WINNING*
- Remember to include ALL the bands in your entries! This contest is for the Tour, not just MAI.
- It's called "The Winter Thunderland Tour", so some ideas for themes could include: winter, snow, thunder, face melting solos, holiday cheer, toys, friends and family, sugar plum fairies, caroling, matzoh balls, sleds, gifts, snowboarding in the mosh pit, serenity now, chinese food and a movie, etc.
- We're deciding the winner, so make sure you're as CREATIVE and have as much FUN as possible!!!
Permanent ME are going on a really amazing tour. Check it out:
The band will be joining Monty Are I tomorrow for the Winter Thunderland tour. Please give them hugs.
THE PHOTO ATLAS
You can stream the album on Friday and then later that night you can go see them play in Ft. Collins, CO at The Aggie Theater with the Hot IQs.
BRIGHT LIGHT FEVER
Check out the Bright Light Fever interview on Revolt Media. It's fantastic and Revolt is fantastic.
Friday seems like a big show day for our bands! You can check out Bright Light Fever at the Old Ironside in Sacramento on December 1!
Go there. We promise it will be amazing.