Thursday, September 27, 2007


Oh man. If only you knew how bizarre this love triangle is:
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It's been a weird past few days and I've been playing catchup with a lot of people/bands. Apart from being in Seattle last week, meeting crazies, getting my wisdom teeth out and being harassed, it was also Yom Kippur.

My Yom Kippur was a bit weird this year since I had to eat a very little bit of food because I was on several medications and didn't want to get ill. So I had four slices of bread and prayed that my sins would still be absolved. I thought about the things I did wrong in the past year and anyone I may have hurt intentionally or unintentionally. I hoped for forgiveness from them. I probably should've written them letters or something. I was worried that my eating would cause repercussions via God and bad luck would head my way. This shit keeps me up at night.

I started feeling these weird feelings while I was walking around my apartment on Saturday afternoon. With one slice of bread/dread in my body, I was feeling sharp pangs of pain in my chest. It felt like I was getting the heinrich maneuver every four minutes from an invisible friend. I would be standing in my bathroom brushing my teeth and step back in pain. Walking out the door, i'd nearly fallen backwards from this sensation. Arriving at Shul I complained to my mom of chest pains, she complained of some as well and decided it was nerves and lack of caffeine.

For the next few days the pains increased for me and was causing me to be distracted at work. I had called my oral surgeon to see if it was a possible side effect of medication or if i had been dying or what. The receptionist suggested I call my family doctor immediately and get it checked out. Just as I was going to call my mom, I saw on my caller ID that she was calling.

"Hey Mom! I was just about to call you!"
"Sarah, it's Albert [my oldest brother]."
"Oh hey! How's it going? What you doing with Mom?"
"Don't get worried, because she's ok, but Mom had a small heartattack."
"What? Oh my God. She's ok? You promise?"
"Yes. She's at Englewood Hospital."

And that's when the waterworks just started to pour out. God, my mom is the most important thing to me in my life. Without her, I would be absolutely lost in my life. She's always there for me and so supportive and ready to take care of me or clean up any mess I make. I was losing my mind at the idea of possibly losing her.

I got to the hospital and immediately went into my weird panic mode where I try to make people laugh. She told me that she had a balloon put in her, so I asked if they had a clown do it. Shit like that.

But now she's home. She's doing good. A lot slower paced than before. Me and my brothers went to my mom and dad's for Sukkot and never have I been so thankful to be able to sit down at their table and eat with her.

By the way, it turns out my chest pains was from my esophagus contracting (every four fucking minutes!), combined with heartburn!

Here are some photos I've been meaning to post:

My oldest brother Albert.

My Mom! <3

Erica Are I, Gurj, and Jonah ... probably at Angels and Kings

Todd Weinstock DJing at some bar.

Me with my handsome Permanent ME boys in Alex's office.

My Brother Lawrence singing David Bowie at Angels and Kings as part of a SPIN karaoke event.

Patrick Stump doing the same.

THIS IS THE BEST PHOTO I'VE EVER TAKEN. These kids had the best style ever. I found them on 42nd Street in front of a theater. Check out their fucking pose!


Karen+1 will be making her re-appearance at Angels & Kings on Friday! Horay! This is after a 3 week adventure in the UK where she managed to snag a topless photo of CoffinJoe, and a two weeks of being a jew with her moms uptown. BUT GUESS WHAT?! Karen just got a new job at Blender blogging from the road, so she'll be gone for like a bagillion years after this week. Which will leave me as just a lone tart with maybe my boyfriend in Karen's spot until November. SO COME WELCOME KAREN BACK/BID HER BON VOYAGE! ON FRIDAY!

Meanwhile, I'll be getting flown econo-class to Hotlanta to DJ Chris Black's birthday party... which will be taking place at someone's house and is getting covered by the Atlanta weekly paper. THIS IS HOW WE DO IT. If you're in Atlanta, you should come.

Wednesday, September 26, 2007


This is an unpaid internship in New York City. We treat our interns very well and sometimes they've moved up in the ranks and got paid. I started out as an unpaid intern and had about 10 unpaid internships and now i'm making paper, so no whiners and unappreciative people.

I'm looking for 3 different kinds of interns:

1. An intern who knows your basic HTML (You can learn basic HTML by going to webmonkey), and can help update/maintain social networking sites like MySpace, PureVolume, Virb, Facebook, and YouTube. if you are that kid that spends all day long on messageboards and livejournal, WE WANT YOU

2. An intern who can do graphic design. We constantly need online/offline flyers made. Also, if we need a tshirt made for an artist, you can have your big break since we'll probably come to you first. Then you have some tshirt for your resume and you can get a paid gig somewhere. Trust me, this happens if you're patient. We will also need you to work with the intern that's working on socialnetworking pages so that you two can make shit look awesome.

3. An intern who knows how to do video editing and likes to shoot short videos for fun. When our bands come to town, we like to shoot them (not in the face, but to film, or whatever). Sometimes they come to the office, perform in random places, and other random shit. We'd need you to film that stuff, edit it, and have fun. If you're really good, maybe we'll send you out on the road with a band to shoot them on tour. Who knows, the possibilities are endless and it's all about what you bring to the table.

All interns need to be 18+... at least ideally.
All interns need a personal laptop that they can bring into the office to use.
Ability to come to the ST NYC office at least 2 days a week.
We don't offer college credit for this internship, but shit will look sick on your resume.
If you want college credit, then you can possibly get an Island internship, which really isn't as fun as an ST one.
if you are under 18 and/or dont live in nyc but think you want to dedicate your free time/life to helping out ST.... then reach out anyway... but you need to be like, the queen/king of myspace/messageboards/facebook etc for us to consider you. i dont mean likeyou need to have a plethora of friends, you just need to be really good at the internets

i don't want any turds that have never heard of the strokes, interpol, or the arcade fire, and think that maroon 5 is new music. i have NOTHING against Maroon5 and would one day love to stare at the singer in the flesh, but they've been around for a while. you can like shitty emo music and i wont hate you... as long as it's good shitty emo music and not for real shitty emo music.

Do not email me asking for the internship. i'm really busy and disorganized.

Thanks! i love you.
Sarah Lewitinn


So today I went in for my follow up exam. As I laid in the examination chair my oral surgeon greeted me and said "So, you're not going to work today?"

"Oh, I am. Right after I leave here."
"But you're..." his voice trailed off as he looked my outfit up and down, stopping at my motorcycle-ish boots that i stole from gurj that she got from Forever21.
"Not dressed for work?"
"Uh... well, you're not wearing... You're going to work?"
"Yeah, it's a very casual office."
"I just figured the dress you wore last time was your work attire."
"Really? Um, no. I can wear whatever I like."
"So what do you do at work?"
"Release records. Market those records. Deal with all the aspects of that."

To which he asked me to explain more about... which I tried.

Tuesday, September 25, 2007


The schoolyard heroes album is out now. buy it on itunes.

watch this video of them performing my favorite song on the album "violence is all the rage"! it's kinda like what would happen if karen o and gerard way had a band instead of a baby.

here's another song that i love taken from their cd release instore in seattle. this song is straight up musical style.

Monday, September 24, 2007


In case you wondering what former Suede guitarist Bernard Butler has been up to, he's been working with this artist that's signed to Island/Mercury named Duffy, who is apparently this teenaged girl from England. She's got this creepy haunted voice but looks like a doll. When we were in Miami for some A&R conference, Dave Massey played us a song they did together called "Rockferry" that was absolutely stunning. I listened to it about 30 times in one day and I think that when it gets out there, people will be floored. Anyway, check out this video of Butler and Duffy doing "Syrup and Honey".

And for shits and giggles, remember American Gladiator? Nick Snow sent this to me today and it's just absolutely classic:

Sunday, September 23, 2007


I just created a new daily blog called I Wanna Be Your Dog NYC.

It's really just a reason for me to post photos of all the dogs I meet in the city when I walk around. I hope you enjoy it.

By the way, my mouth is doing great. On thursday, like i mentioned, i got my 2 bottom wisdom teeth removed. This has been something i've been putting off for about 6 years -- since i got my braces taken off when I was about 21 (i had them put on when I was 19 when I got a freelance job and could finally afford braces because before then my parents couldnt afford 'em). I didn't get my wisdom teeth taken out... again, cause my family couldn't afford the procedure, and then I just ignored the fact that they needed to come out until it got to the point where it wasn't avoidable anymore. So my parents chipped in and helped pay for their removal which was really nice. I dont have health insurance or dental insurance, so the $2100 that it cost was a bit hard on the wallet.

Anyway, when I sat in the chair, the oral surgeon -- whom i've never met in my life -- was like "have you ever had sweet gas before?" I told him that I didnt think so, but wasn't positive. He then asked "Have you ever had whip-its? It's kinda like that." And again, I replied that I never have done whip-its, because, well, i havent. Then his really bizarre response to that was "Oh, so you just look like you like to take drugs. I guess that's because you work in the music industry." I smiled uncomfortably, and said "I guess so, Sir. I'm really nervous, so can we please get started?"

It took about 15 minutes to remove the two wisdom teeth, which I soundtracked with "Intervention" by the Arcade Fire. I played the song three times in a row, trying to ignore the slightly aggressive way in which he pricked my cheek with painkiller, almost to prove that I couldnt feel anything... even though I slightly could and was letting him know this by pained grunts every so often.

When we were done, I let him know that Vicoden would possibly not be strong enough. Again, he replied with a somewhat awkward implication that he thinks I'm a drug addict. "Oh yeah, you know from experience that vicoden isn't strong enough for you? How? You take it a lot?"
"No Sir, I've had a couple of rootcanals and so I know this from experience."
"Sure you do. OK, I'll give you something strong."
I mean, the guy did an exray on my mouth. He could see that I clearly wasnt lying.

So after the procedure was done, I was so out of it and weirded out by the experience that I forgot to ask them to call a car for me like Brandon told me to do. So I walked out and staggered along 57th Street with my face swollen, blood dried up in little reseviors leading from my mouth, and an icepack to my face. I tried to hail a cab, but every time I saw one, I wasnt quick enough to get to it before someone else did, and I couldnt call out for one because i couldn't really open my mouth.

My brother Lawrence called with his girlfriend and I told him that I was stuck in midtown without a cab and too fucked up to take a subway. So he drove up and got me from the duane reede I stumbled into to get my meds and took me home.

When Brandon got home he found me face down in a pillow with my butt in the air like an ostrich, screaming in pain. I guess my dr had prescribed me weak pain meds and strong ones, and I took the weak ones thinking they were generic percocets. I started crying for him to find me mashed potatoes cos I was starving. I cried like a baby for a half hour and took some of the other pain meds, the oxycodone, and about 2 hours later I was feeling good enough to go to the Schoolyard Heroes show at the Annex. Obviously, they were amazing... which was a relief. I love that band and nothing was going to keep me from one of their NYC shows.

The next day, the swelling had gotten a whole lot worse, as did the pain. I laid in bed and watched the entire first season of "Greek" which i bought from iTunes and HIGHLY recommend you check out if you can. I then attempted to eat some food for the Yom Kippur fast... which was REALLY hard since i couldnt really chew much. I popped some vikes and headed to Shul for Kol Nidre and I was high as a fucking kite while sitting in the pews with my mom. Oy va voy.

Thursday, September 20, 2007


i just had my wisdom teeth taken out. two bottom ones. i hate life.



Schoolyard Heroes, whose album Abominations came out on Tuesday (it's fucking amazing. you gotta hear it... find it on itunes), is PLAYING NYC ON THURSDAY

they go on at 11pm at the Annex on orchard st. and for this evening it's an 18+ show. yay!

they'll also be playing with Secret Handshake. it's def a show worth attending. i just saw them in Seattle yesterday night and they fucking killed it.. it was honestly one of the best shows i've ever seen.

Here's all the important info:
Thursday Sept. 20th
Schoolyard Heroes (11pm)
The Secret Handshake (10pm)

The Annex
152 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 673-3410

Thursday Sept. 20th
Schoolyard Heroes (11pm)
The Secret Handshake (10pm)

The Annex
152 Orchard St
New York, NY 10002
(212) 673-3410

here are some more photos of what you have in store... these were taken on tuesday night at their CD release show in Seattle.

you gotta check out this video:
Schoolyard Heroes - "The Plastic Surgery Hall of Fame"

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I'm totally serious. this is gonna be a sick show.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007


i'm in seattle for the next day or two and i've been sitting in the same chair for about 3 hours working from the cafe in my hotel.

in the past three hours, TWO people have sat down next to me and just went on and on and on TALKING TO THEMSELVES

literally, just talking

the first dude, it was his birthday... cos he said so. he kept on chatting with some invisible person named "dave."

"dave, i think we have to go soon. i know dave, i dont want to go either. ok dave. "

this went on for about 45 minutes until the birthday boy and "dave" left. i was waiting for some sort of "LOST" connection to take place.

then, just now, a woman with black hair cut into a bowl haircut and gray undercut sat down next to me. she started ... um, i think she was gossiping about the former presidents like Taft and Jefferson.

Then she left. I was hoping i'd get some good goss.

Friday, September 14, 2007



For those of you who don't know Nicole Atkins, you should. She's what would've happened if Lee Hazlewood was writing songs for Mama Cass. Here is her video and it's gorgeous.

"The Way It Is"

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She also did this amazing cover of "Where Did You Sleep Last Night?" by Leadbelly. If you're like me, your first introduction to this song was through Nirvana's Unplugged performance.

One of the best things to happen in the Universal Music/Fuse settlement? Nirvana videos can now be played! See, this lawsuit hurt more than just corporation pockets. It suffocated young music fans for about 2 years from seeing what real real real alternative punk ethics were about. Not about the clothing lines, not about the whoring of one's soul for the gain of a band, no opening up your soul at the seams so that fans can invade your life and own you. None of that. Complete sincerity and artistic ethics.

I was sitting here and just telling my friend that i work with, Josh, that if you think about it, there's a quarter of a generation of kids who just started to enter their developing music taste years and they never got exposed to Nirvana because Fuse was the only place they could go to watch videos consistently. So while they were getting exposed to a bunch of good bands that were going through Warner music group, they weren't getting exposed to one of the BEST BANDS in recent history. The band, that like it or not ..., really changed the climate of music.

It's like they were the last band that got to remain somewhat mysterious. Why? Because Kurt will never get to blog and no artists will ever not be able to blog ever again.

Have you noticed that nobody really ever says "the next nirvana" anymore? I mean, save for that shit-stirring blog post that was probably the straw/camel in that argument... but reading blogs of some of these kids and it's like that phrase never existed. That phrase isn't important. That is terrible! It's because they dont even know why Nirvana was important or changed the worlds of kids their age 15 years ago.

Then again, Kurt was the highest paid deceased artist of the past year so people must still be buying Nirvana brand for some reason. I just think so much can be done now that Fuse can play a huge catalog of videos.

Tuesday, September 11, 2007



The other night i'm on my computer aiming with my friend vicky about the VMAs when someone i dont know randomly aims me with a video request.

i promptly deny it. i dont have video chat anyway.

"why did you cancel that?"
"i dont have a camera."
"that doesnt matter."
"who is this?"
"i want to show you."

at this point, being naive, i think it's one of my long lost friends that found my aim address on facebook. i accept their video chat request and can see a wall, and maybe a bed.

"i dont really see anything. just a wall and a blue thing."
"hold on."


i quickly close his screen.

"what do you think?"


Monday, September 10, 2007


Check out this video: Schoolyard Heroes - "The Plastic Surgery Hall of Fame"


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you can hear the whole album here:

Apart from the two songs we made videos for ("the plastic surgery hall of fame" and "dude, where's my skin?")my favorite songs are:

"Cematery Girls"

"Violence is All the Rage"

"All the Pretty Corpses" (specifically at exactly 3:25 - 3:57 ... fuck the production on that part makes me flip out every time i hear it).

"Beautiful Woman Hunter" (2:59 - 3:40 is so fucking sick!!!!!!!!!!!!!! omg, it sounds like Ryann is becoming posesssed... and at 3:25 when she screams "KILLLLLLLLLLLLLLL" oh my god, it makes me want to. but in a very nice way that's totally fucked up.)

"Screaming "Theater" in a Crowded Fire" - Every Rocky Horror fan is gonna be touching themselves to this song.

sorry... i'm just a little excited about this. please listen and let me know what you think!

Also, check out these photos that a fan took. A couple faves:

Sunday, September 9, 2007


Innerpartysystem has been playing on MTV when they've been doing their VMA commercial break outros and stuff. HOW FUCKING COOL IS THAT?! Holla to one of Stolen Transmission's latest signings.

After only one and a half years of existence, i think that Stolen Transmission is starting to bloom. We're all really trying so hard to do our bands the justice they deserve for everyone to hear and love them. We always have been trying as hard as we are now, but i mean, you can't just get started on something and expect to excel immediately, you know? I think we're starting to get into our groove. I'm really happy.

Innerpartysystem are playing at Element on Sept 12. that club is on Essex and Houston. Go!

Thursday, September 6, 2007

Monday, September 3, 2007


The blog is different looking now. Expect lots more updates. I'm kinda obsessed with PerezHilton these days, so expect penises drawn on my favorite band photos as well.