Monday, January 28, 2008


Did you get my first book, The Pocket DJ? If you did, could you pleaes please send me a photo of you holding the book?

thank you so much!

I have a second book coming out on March 3, that's called the Pocket Karaoke, that's like a part 2 of the Pocket DJ. So even if you don't feel like you're up for getting up on stage and performing a a karaoke event, there are still some great playlists in there... more than the last book, i think.

You can pre-order it here:

Here's a short description (from
Your nights of poring over massive karaoke binders are over! With more than two thousand songs handpicked and organized by music industry insider and DJ Sarah Lewitinn (a.k.a. Ultragrrrl), Pocket Karaoke is the definitive, portable guide to making your next karaoke performance unforgettable -- in all the right ways. This must-have reference book includes:
• SONG LISTS BY ARTIST: Featuring all of the best artists, along with levels of difficulty, drink minimums, performance tips, and similar artists.
• SONG LISTS BY GENRE: From oldies to new wave, disco to emo, funk to hip-hop, all the crowd-pleasing favorites are listed here.
• SONG LISTS BY CELEBRITIES: More than thirty musicians, DJs, and journalists list their top five favorite songs to perform at karaoke and why.
• SONG LISTS BY OCCASION: With duets, seductive little ditties, roof-raising party-starters, and more.
• Plus KARAOKE GEAR -- where to buy online, all-in-one systems, and computer programs to take your obsession to the next level!

Sunday, January 27, 2008


There's a new website called PopSerious that i'm contributing to along with some really cool people. There's a bunch of columns, and the column i'm contributing is called The Bullshit Gourmet. My posting should be up shortly, but here's a preview:


The Bullshit Gourmet

What is the Bullshit Gourmet?
The Bullshit Gourmet is easy, cheap, and delicious food that you can make on your own. If I can make it, you can make it.

Balsamic Pasta Salad

What You'll Need:

1/2 - 3/4 cups of Balsamic Vinegar (depending on your taste)
2 Tablespoons of Extra Virgin Olive Oil
1 lb Fusilli Pasta
3/4 of a chunk of Polly-O Mozzarella Cheese
1/4 cup of cilantro
3 Bell Peppers of any color
Salt and Pepper to taste.
Cutting board
1 Large bowl
Large Sauce pan
1 colander

First put the balsamic pasta and oil into the large bowl.

Chop up the peppers

Chop the cilantro and put the cilantro and peppers into the large bowl.

Chop up the mozzarella

Put the Mozz in the bowl

Stir the peppers, cilantro, cheese, balsamic vinegar, and oil together and let sit. Add salt and pepper to taste.

Boil a few quarts of water in the sauce pan and then put the pasta in. Let cook for like, 7 or 8 minutes, or until al dente (which means it's edible but not mushy). Rise and drain the pasta in cold water so that the pasta is no longer warm. Pour the pasta into the bowl with the peppers and mozz.

I forgot to take a picture of the end result because I'm dumb.

But here are photos of my friend Chris Black eating the pasta salad and enjoying it:

The Bullshit Gourmet

What is the Bullshit Gourmet?
The Bullshit Gourmet is easy, cheap, and delicious food that you can make on your own. If I can make it, you can make it.

Tempura Bananas with Vanilla Yogurt


3/4 cups of ice cold water
2 cups of tempura batter
4 bananas
1 teaspoon of ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon of ground nutmeg
2 tablespoons of sugar
2 cups of vegetable oil
1 small cooking pot
1 small mixing bowl

Mix together the cold water, tempura batter, ground cinnamon, ground nutmeg, and sugar.

Slice the bananas and stir into tempura batter mixture.

Make sure banana slices are totally coated and covered

Boil the vegetable oil.

With a pair of tongs or a fork, drop a piece of the tempura coated banana into the boiling oil. Be careful! You can put about 3 or 4 pieces in at a time. Pull out hte pieces when they turn a golden brown like the ones in the photo above.

when you pull them out they'll look like zeppoli's doughnuts or something.

my artsy photo of them.

Place a bunch of the fried bananas into the bottom of a bowl.

Put a few scoops of vanilla yogurt on top of the bananas.

Try looking as cute as Gurj when eating it!!!!

Wednesday, January 23, 2008


I went to see the monster movie, Cloverfeild, on monday night. As a superinsane fan of LOST, i was expecting a lot from JJ Abrams and I was pretty pleased. I would've done the movie a bit differently where the NYC theater ending would be different than any other ending shown.

Anyway, me, gurj, brandon and vin decided to make our own version of cloverfeild as soon as we walked out of the movies. We're such fucking losers, but this is kinda funny.


Me, Geordon Nicol, Leigh Lezark, Brad Walsh and my buddy Wyatt Bozwell, blew up an inflatable mattress and walked it up a hill (covered in 3 feet of snow) and rode it down. It was so much fun! Enjoy the videos.

Tuesday, January 22, 2008


I went to Sundance to watch over the Horrors and make sure they were taken care of, fed, and given free schwag... along the way we got to see the gorgeous documentary that Nylon's Editor In Chief, Marvin Scott Jarrett, did. Here are photos from the 2 days I spent with the boys. It was so much fun. I love them.

Click on images to enlarge (even if it says that the flickr image doesnt work, it does when you click on it. i dont know why that's happening... ANNOYING!).

for more photos AND video, go to

Friday, January 18, 2008


This blog is dedicated to Joshua from the Horrors.

that's all.

Wednesday, January 16, 2008


My buddy Gideon sent me this amazing link to Yadogg of people posing with Vinyl Sleeves as heads.

So i thought I'd do my own:

Here are some great ones on the site:

Monday, January 14, 2008




NYLON Magazine's Editor, Marvin Scott Jarrett, did an amazing documentary about the Horrors' first full American tour called Counting In Fives. The doc will be premiering at Sundance on Friday!!!! I'll be there! I'm so excited!

This is such a big deal for Stolen Transmission Records, myself and everyone ever involved with the Horrors. It's such an honor!

Please take a second to check out the trailer for the doc... You might spot Jenny Penny in there in a very very very amusing scene:

Saturday, January 12, 2008


Some band called Candy Attic did a delightful cover of the Oohlas' "TV Dinner" ... give it a listen:


The craziest shit happened to me on the subway on wednesday...

I had spent the majority of my day at the Norwood, this arts club on 14th street I got a fellowship to which has been doubling as the new Stolen Transmission office. I spent the day there with Rob and Jo, going over plans for the year, meeting with people, organizing shit, drinking the cheapest wine on the menu and feeling like a million bucks. I was caught up on sleep (finally), and excited to meet up with my former intern Courntey and her friend Derek for dinner with Jo.

Jo and I hopped on the 14th street A train at about 7:20 and were just chatting about how nice it was to see an old friend that came to visit us at the Norwood. I remember glancing up and seeing this older dude who looked a bit sickly with frazzled gray hair and rough skin and an odd demeanor... angry almost. 5 minutes later, at our next stop at West 4, Jo and I were walking off the train when I felt a gust of air hit my face. I looked up and saw that older sickly guy and said "Did you just blow in my face?" as sweetly and innocently as possible.
"You started it!" he said. I was confused.
"What do you mean? Why did you do that?"
And then he did it again!

Joanna saw the whole thing and pulled me out of the subway and we just stared at each other in disbelief. "Maybe you bumped into him?" she offered as a reason for his crazy.

We got to Vegetarian Paradise and sat down. I started eating my dinner and suddenly got a hot spell. I stood up and walked out of the restaurant to get some fresh air, and five minutes later I came back in and joked that I was old and going through menopause... and I noticed my throat started to feel sore.

About 10 minutes later I started feeling really ill again and said I had to leave immediately because I really wasnt feeling well. I paid for the dinner since I caused it's early end, and ran to a cab. I was feeling ok with the window open and the breeze hitting my face, but by the time I got to my corner on the LES I could hardly keep my eyes open cause I was in so much pain. I quickly paid my fare and ran to the building where i could hardly stand in the elevator. I thought I was for sure going to pass out.

I rushed through the door and puked three times.... everything out. I texted brandon who rushed home from Brooklyn only to find me in fetus position on the couch. I've been sick with like, a bad chest cold, sore throat, fucked up ears ever since!


Monday, January 7, 2008


This is what I would look like if I was super loaded, was a former teen sensation, and actually got to fuck Kevin Federline.... it's also EXACTLY what I look like:

Britney Spears is totally biting my style!

Sunday, January 6, 2008


I just borrowed Josh's iSight and I've been trying to broadcast the stolen transmission parties on stickam, but the reception is never good at the Hanger Bar. So sad, but i guess it means that the scandals that happen in the DJ booth dont actually get broadcasted.

My first love affair with iSight happend when I saw all those kids on youtube singing along to their favorite songs and posting them online. It seems silly, but it's sort of entertaining.

PlayRadioPlay! decided to go with that concept with their video for "Compliment Each Other Like Colors," which was shot all on iSight and directed by Josh Mond (who brought his talent of ligthing to the fold). The end result was pretty cool. Check it:

Saturday, January 5, 2008


Marty Crandall from the Shins was just arrested for domestic violence against his girlfriend, former Top Model Elyse Sewell.

It looks like someone got to his wikipedia page!

Incase someone changes it, here's a screenshot (click for a larger version):


Check it out... some girl was on Dr. Phil cos she's obsessed with Josh's brother Joel. OMG, this is kinda amazing:

I was kind of the same way about Thom Yorke:

"i love his looks, his personality, his wonkey eye, his voice...."


Tonight me, peter and quinn were talking about our favorite block of cartoons: Ducktales, Gummi Bears, Chip n Dale.

Here are their theme songs:

Friday, January 4, 2008


Faris from the Horrors Is DJing TONIGHT at Stolen Transmission with Ollie from the Oohlas!

The Hanger Bar
3rd st between B and C (nyc)
11pm - 4am.
Tonight tonight tonight
Also with DJs the Tarts of Pleasure

Thursday, January 3, 2008


Stolen Transmission Party photographer, Brad Walsh from, came over to Stolen Transmission's new HQ (aka my apt) to take some gorgeous photos of Ryann Donnelley from Schoolyard Heroes and Ollie Stone from the Oohlas.

Click here to see them.

To see photos from past stolen transmission parties taken by Brad Walsh click here: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9.