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sarah's so boring ever since she stopped drinking music. musings. mumblings. mine. a personal blog that used to be about my sobriety.

Updated: 2018-02-21T12:23:24.154-05:00




If you're visiting this blog after May 2017, it's probably because of Lizzy Goodman's incredible oral history about the New York City music scene from 2001-2011 called Meet Me In The Bathroom. If you want to get a quasi-real-time experience of that time please start from day one.

If you've found yourself on this blog for whatever other reason that may exist, please check out Lizzy's book.

I wrote a feature about her and the 600+ page book for the New York Observer.

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Thank you, that is all.



There's this company called GoldieBlox that makes building toys for young girls. The company got a lot of attention a couple of years ago (or was it last year?) when they used the Beastie Boys song "Girls" in one of their (very empowering) commercials... the Beasties weren't happy with the commercialization of their songs, which surprised me since Ad-Roc is married to uber feminist Kathleen Hanna. Is it possible she's not actually the grrrl we all thought she was?

Anyway, GoldieBlox just released a commercial for their new action figure - a hammer wielding badass girl. The commercial pays homage to 1984 with an assembly line of cookie cutter girls being told by (i think?) Olivia Munn "Beauty is perfection." The girls, thanks to a rebellious peer, eventually break out of their mould as their heroin pull a "Y-Control" style smash-a-thon.

The use of Metric's "Help Me I'm Alive" works really amazingly with this commercial and so my hat goes off to whomever selected it! See for yourself!

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HAVE YOU SEEN?: Lorde's "Yellow Flicker Beat"


My goal is to post more often. It's also to make over this site. Let's see if i do either of those things. allowfullscreen="" frameborder="0" height="281" src="//" width="500">I'm totally loving this video Lorde just put out for "Yellow Flicker Beat." Maybe it's just because i'm hungover, but to me this video is like the bizarro version of Miley's "Can't Stop." Please see rationale below:Sure, Lorde dances like she graduated from the Thom Yorke School of Interpretive Dance:While Miley ... does this:But wait a second... what's this? They both perform from bed:They both perform by a window:Actually, the above image of Miley is a 2-4-1... since they both like performing by vertical slatted shades: And both have a fondness for shrubs:And they both perform from a pool:And outfit themselves in sheer tops! So yeah... I think i'm on to something. [...]

My New Mixtape


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Just because the powers-that-be have declared Summer over doesn’t mean it really, truly, actually has to be. Consider this mixtape a throwback to the Summer of 2014* and a look forward to the music you’ll be hearing in the Fall of 2014. There’s also some exclusive remixes in this joint because I, the Music Director for Aritzia, made them special just for this.

Love, Ultragrrrl

* Ok, so Supergrass starts this off with a song that’s 20 years old, but when is “Alright” ever NOT the song of the Summer?

Supergrass - Alright
The Kooks - Around Town
Broods - Bridges (Penguin Prison Remix)
Zola Jesus - Dangerous Days
Robyn & Röyksopp - Do It Again
Karin Park - Shine
Haim - Falling (Stil & Bense Remix)
Iggy Azalea Feat. Charli XCX - Fancy (Ultragrrrl Remix)
Tove Lo - Habits (Ultragrrrl Remix)
Betty Who - Heartbreak Dream (Ultragrrrl Remix)
Yelle - Jeune Fille Garnement (Ultragrrrl Remix)
La Roux - Let Me Down Gently (George Fitzgerald Remix)
deadmau5 - Seeya (feat. Colleen D'Agostino) (Ultragrrrl Edit)
Little Daylight - Overdose (Chainsmokers Remix)
Ed Sheeran - Sing (Syn Cole Remix)
Kiesza - Giant In My Heart
Sam Smith - Stay With Me (Wilfred Giroux Remix)
Lykke Li - No Rest For The Wicked (Klangkarussell Remix)
CHVRCHES - Science/Visions
London Grammar - Hey Now (Zero 7 Remix)

Haert Melting


I love Haerts a lot.

I even produced a music video for their video "All The Days" through Aritzia (where I am employed as the Music Director). The video was directed by Bridget Palardy and is stupidly stunning.

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They have a new song. It reminds me of "Lady In Red" and I'm ok with that.

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If you're able to, check them out while on tour with the equally amazing London Grammar:

4/3 – Minneapolis, MN – Varsity Theatre *
4/4 – Chicago, IL – Metro *
4/5 – Detroit, MI – The Shelter *
4/7 – Toronto, ON – Shelter *
4/9 – New York, NY – Irving Plaza *
4/11 – Boston, MA – Paradise Rock Club *
4/12 – Philadelphia, PA – Underground Arts *
4/14 – Washington, DC – 9:30 Club *
5/8 – Washington, DC – U Street Music Hall (Sweetlife Festival Kickoff Party)
5/10 – Brooklyn, NY – Brooklyn Bowl (Neon Gold & Governors Ball Present Popshop Brooklyn)
6/6-8 – New York, NY – Governors Ball NYC Music Festival
6/12-15 – Manchester, TN – Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival
6/19-22 – Dover, DE – Firefly Music Festival
7/19 – Toronto, ON – Time Music Festival

* w/ London Grammar

I'm Kind Of Obsessed



I'm on listen 3023432 for today on this song "Big Talk" by Conway. It's been out since last Summer or Fall, and I liked it then, but it came back into memory this weekend when I heard someone say "big talk." Now I can't stop replaying it:
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This song and video is basically me in the mid 2000s circa many, many, many heartbreaks... well, crushed hearts when crushes didn't crush back:
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Change Your Mind


Everyone thinks I'm one of those people that worships at the feet of Julian Casablancas, but I'm not. Sure, I loved Hard To Explain when I first heard the EP. I liked it a lot. I thought it was incredibly refreshing and sexy and punk and it made me want to dance around my bedroom in Tenafly, NJ in my undies (which i did).My friend Daniel Davis sent it to me (btw, he's ALWAYS on top of his music game), and I was just so stoked that there was another band I could add to my list as proof of the already growing music scene in NYC that was in much need of attention. I didn't think they'd be the cultural phenomenon that brought eyes onto the Lower East Side - but they were.To me, that should've been Interpol.Everyone talked about how sexy The Strokes were live... and how Julian was just something not to be reckoned with. They were a great live band, constantly lacking flaws in their live sets and charming enough off stage, but they just didn't connect with me the way other bands of the scene did.For me, the band I connected with was Interpol.The Strokes had the catchy songs that the rest of their peers didn't. They had an accessible and marketable style that people (like myself) could emulate. Seeing them live meant that you'd run into all your friends back stage - and this one made out with that one, that one made out with this one. We'd pile into a cab and head down to the Slipper Room, or the Dark Room, or Lit and smoke some joints and get shit faced, eventually pouring beer all over each other while our caloric intakes rose and rose and rose until we'd become carb-faced versions of our former selves. Or that was just me.They were the reason why people from all over the world cared about this blog or any other blog written by cute girls living in the city who either shared an apartment with me or slept on my couch for extended periods of time.Really, that should've been Interpol.Ok, Ok, I loved the Strokes. I did. I didn't worship at the feet of JC, but I did stare endlessly at photos of Nick Valensi and wonder how on Earth he got so damn good looking.My brother and I invented a nickname for boys who'd bop around the lower east side donning curly locks: Fauxbrizio. But we also had a better name for stick thin boys with severe black haircuts and finely tailored suits: Bizarrlos. BIZARRLOS! I mean, COME ON. It was sooo good, but in the fate of the NYC music scene that was (in my mind, and my mind only) Interpol Vs. The Strokes, the Strokes won that one as well. Fauxbrizio was top notch.Interpol wrote only one song that you could hear on the dance floors - and I believe that in the early days it was either called "punk song" or "Smiths song" ...  i remember seeing a setlist, but forget which one it was actually called and which one i called it myself - but you know of it as "Say Hello To the Angels." That song remains brilliant and timeless to me.The Walkmen's dancefloor hit, "The Rat," was a stunning example of what happens when you give the reins to your fucking incredible drummer and let him show off with all his majestic skills. Matt Barrick, in my mind, is one of the most underrated drummers of the past 20 years.Stellastarr* reigned supreme when it came to the hipster dance floors, their self-titled debut album had their song, "My Coco," that sounded like it was made specifically for TisWas. I actually think it was. I had the pleasure of managing them in 2001/2002 while I was managing My Chemical Romance, and if I had to place bets on who would become the next big thing, it was stellastarr*. Not that MCR didn't have the chops, but it was NYC and emo was hardly a glimmer.The Strokes had an album full of songs that you could play on the dancefloor. I DJed at least every song from Is This It? at some point in 2001-2014. Not only were they undeniable songs, but kids were coming into downtown clubs and parties in droves to dance to that stuff. If you neede[...]

SIRENS Debuts Tonight on USA


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Never one to shy away from giving props and attention to the blue collared folks that serve and protect and save, the new Denis Leary produced comedy, SIRENS, is premiering on USA tonight at 10/9c (I'm only mentioning the central timing since the show is based in Chicago and so therefore, in central time).

The Trailer is above, but USA also posted a full episode (that's 3rd or 4th i think in the season): Rachel McAdams Topless.

I don't know what i'm going to do with my life now that PSYCH is over (people who follow my twitter know how in love i am with that show), but this might be the answer.

BTW, i'm going to start updating this blog more with TV, Tech, Movie, etc., content... like pop-culture in general, because i watch so much tv these days and play with so many gadgets. it seems like i'm doing myself a disservice to write only about music. Though, i will be flooding your earholes with that as well.



Top Ten Albums:Kanye West - YeezusCHVRCHES – The Bones of What You BelieveCharli XCX – True RomanceSt. Lucia – When The NightNine Inch Nails – Hesitation MarksSavages – Silence YourselfSky Ferriera – Night Time, My TimeLorde – Pure HeroineArcade Fire – ReflektorDisclosure – Settle** for people asking - the reason Haim isn't on the list is because i haven't spent enough time with their record. I want to be honest with my decisions and that takes time. Maybe in a week my selection will be different.Top 20 Tracks of 2013: CHVRCHES – Gun (Honorable Mention: Recover, Lies, The Mother We Share, Science/Vision, Under the Table)HAERTS – WingsKanye West – Black SkinheadCharli XCX – You (Ha Ha Ha)Placebo – Loud Like LoveArcade Fire – ReflektorMiley Cyrus – Wrecking BallIggy Azaela - WorkAlex Winston – 101 VulturesSavages – Marshal DearYeah Yeah Yeahs – SacrilegeEmpire of the Sun – AliveNine Inch Nails – Copy of ALana Del Rey & Cedric Gervais - Summertime Sadness [Lana Del Rey vs. Cedric Gervais] [Cedric Gervais Remix]St. Lucia – Too CloseDisclosure – When a Fire Starts to BurnPet Shop Boys – AxisZedd feat. Foxes – ClarityDaft Punk – Get LuckyFoals - Bad Habit (alex metric remix) A not-so-complete playlist of thse songs:  allowtransparency="true" frameborder="0" height="380" src="" width="300">[...]

when in doubt: blur - "ambulance"


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I ain't got
Nothing to be scared of,
No I ain't got
Nothing to be scared of
No I ain't got
Anything to be scared of
'Cos I love you 
I was born out of love
It's the only way to come into this world
I know I'm not all there
But I'm getting, getting, getting there
If you let me live my life
I'll stay with you to the end
And I know, lord
I'm nearly there
I want to tell you this

I ain't got
Nothing to be scared of, no
No I ain't got
Nothing to be scared of, no
No I ain't got
Anything to be scared
Cause I love you
I ain't got
Nothing to be scared of
No ain't got
Nothing to be scared of 




My buddy, Arjan Writes, had the most unique opportunity to talk to rising British hip hop star, Tinie Tempah for an event in partnership with HP who demonstrated Beats Audio technology (check it out here).

Not only do I love Arjan, but I kind of am freaking out over Tinie and think he's someone that's going to be taking the US by storm pretty soon. I was so bummed that I missed this event, but thankfully, Arjan's got a bunch of photos and a video up so I can kind of pretend that I was there. Sorta. And so can you.

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Tinie Tempah "ARTIST #TALK" Interview by arjanwrites



Those who know me know that I LOVE KE$HA. I think of her as the icon for the post-feminist movement, doing more for the advancement of socially equal rights amongst women than any other female icon of the millenium. However, this news surprises me (only because it shows that others feel like she's awesome in similar ways):POP SUPERSTAR KE$HA HAS BEEN NAMED AS HUMANE SOCIETY INTERNATIONAL’S FIRST GLOBAL AMBASSADOR (New York – NY) Pop superstar Ke$ha has been named as Humane Society International’s first Global Ambassador. Her mission is to help HSI promote respect, protection, and compassion for animals around the world. HSI vice president Kitty Block states, “We believe compassion for animals is a basic human condition that needs to be encouraged and celebrated. Ke$ha, with her passion for animals and international recognition is in a unique position to help us create a worldwide culture of compassion for animals.” “I am honored to be the first HSI Global Ambassador because my music is inspired by the freedom and primal beauty of animals and the natural world," says Ke$ha. "I take this opportunity incredibly seriously because we are ALL animals. One of the main underlying sentiments of my music is to respect all living creatures just as they are. I believe that together, we can change laws that allow innocent animals to be unjustly mistreated and abused all over the world." In her first collaboration with HSI, Ke$ha is asking her fans, to join her in signing on to HSI’s Cruelty-Free 2013 petition. The petition is aimed at making sure the EU honors its commitment to ban the sale of all cosmetics tested on animals by 2013, making the EU the world’s first cruelty-free zone. The move would force cosmetics companies around the world, including in theU.S., to stop the ugly business of animal testing or have their products removed from store shelves in the EU. The “Cruelty-Free 2013 petition” is available here: Ke$ha is also teaming up with Tickets-for-Charity® on tour to offer fans an exciting new way to help Humane Society International with a special selection of premium concert seats for all North American shows in September! This exciting partnership offers fans and animal-lovers nationwide the opportunity to access fantastic seats in sold out sections to see Ke$ha rock the stage live while also helping HSI protect more animals and continue its vital work fighting animal cruelty, exploitation and neglect. These exclusive tickets are now available at[...]




Tokyo Police Club returned to Red Bull Studios Los Angeles yesterday for the second of 10, 10 hour long sessions to rehearse and record their cover of 2002's "Sweetness" by Jimmy Eat World.

Their cover is 100% perfection. It reminds me of why I love this song so much... "Sweetness" is really kind of effortlessly perfect.

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The band is back in the studio today from 12pm-10pm PST to record 2003's "Under Control" by The Strokes, which will premiere tomorrow at 1pm EST/10am on

As a reminder, fans can get a glimpse into the studio daily from 7pm-8pm PST at



i've got shit to do so i'm not going to be able to get into all the HAARP-filled conspiracies at this moment. but here's some quickies:

1. according to conspiracy theorists, the earthquake felt here was a "fore-shock"... as in a pre-courser to something bigger that is on it's way.

2. some dude from bank of american told Rick Perry that they'll be supporting him (but apparently, BofA is meant to be going down the shit hole soon: ... what's that have to do with the earthquake and hurricane? HAARP. By bringing disaster to American soil, the USA can finally ask for foreign aid from our friends in China. blah blah blah.

3. AND not to worry you tooooo much, but the Yellowstone Caldera has been gurgling a lot lately... and the earthquake in Colorado was fairly close to it. is it getting ready to burp?

keep this in mind re: the earthquake locations in Colorado and Virginia:

Colorado Quake Location:
37.070°N, 104.700°W

Virginia Quake Location:
37.881°N, 77.952°W

OK.... so that's just some stuff i pulled from around the web. they're not necessarily my feelings or concerns, but i'm just sharing them with you all...




Skrillex - the Patron Saint of Dubstep - just released his latest video for the track "First of the Year (Equinox)," which features a kid FUCKING SHIT UP. Fucking shit up in the vain of Dexter Morgan, that is.

We challenge you to not want to punch the air, punch your computer, or tighten your fist when the little girl yells "CALL 9-1-1!!!!!"

Justice is served:
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And in the spirit of watching little kids fuck shit up, one of our favorite videos: Yeah Yeah Yeah's - "Y-Control":
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The YYY's clip kind of reminds me of the London rioters.



Well, I suppose The Kaiser Chiefs must be feeling pretty smug right now.

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Watching the people get lairy
Is not very pretty I tell thee
Walking through town is quite scary
And not very sensible either

A friend of a friend he got beaten
He looked the wrong way at a policeman
Would never have happened to Smeaton
An old Leodensian

La-ah-ah, lalala la la la
Ah-ah-ah, lalala la la la

I predict a riot, I predict a riot
I predict a riot, I predict a riot

I tried to get to my taxi
A man in a tracksuit attacked me
He said that he saw it before me
Wants to get things a bit gory

Girls scrabble around with no clothes on
To borrow a pound for a condom
If it wasn't for chip fat, they'd be frozen
They're not very sensible

La-ah-ah, lalala la la la
Ah-ah-ah, lalala la la la

I predict a riot, I predict a riot
I predict a riot, I predict a riot

And if there's anybody left in here
That doesn't want to be out there

Watching the people get lairy
Is not very pretty I tell thee
Walking through town is quite scary
And not very sensible

La-ah-ah, lalala la la la
Ah-ah-ah, lalala la la la

I predict a riot, I predict a riot
I predict a riot, I predict a riot

And if there's anybody left in here
That doesn't want to be out there

I predict a riot, I predict a riot
I predict a riot, I predict a riot




I recently joined the judging panel of YouBloom (along with BOB GELDOF, Rupert Hine, Nigel Grainge, and Conor McNicholas)- a site/community with the purpose of finding and helping talent.

Artists upload their songs to the site and then people vote. The 10 artists with the most amount of votes move on to a judging round where 5 judges pick a winner. This happens a few times a year and the winner of each round gets about $2800. The grand prize winner at the end of the year gets about $14,000 and a bunch of other things.

I can't urge UNSIGNED musician enough: SUBMIT YOUR SONG TO THIS!

Seriously. YouBloom wont own your music. They will just help you out. That's it. You have nothing to lose.



Once upon a time, the Horrors played a show in my tiny Lower East Side apartment. Well... they played one song before the cops and fire dept showed up because someone decided to use a smoke machine and so people thought the building was on fire.


Watch them performing "Jack The Ripper" right here:
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My favorite genre of love is Stockholm Syndrome. I love any piece of art (music, movies, literature, etc) that plays with this idea. I think that love, in a way, is the ultimate form of SS. How many unhealthy relationships have we found our friends or ourselves in... just total hostages of our own hearts holding us captive.

Cults' "Abducted" is my new favorite song on the subject. I hope you enjoy:

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And ... since I love any opportunity to mention Muse, here's their video for "Stockholm Syndrome":
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As many of you might know, I spent the past year and a half working at Edelman (a marketing and pr agency) with one of my main clients being AXE. Over the time I worked on AXE, the folks over there began to really trust my taste in music... so much so that they let me choose the song that would be used in an online commercial for their Fixers product!!!

Now, it's no secret that I'm obsessed with Hussle Club. When my brother-from-another-mother, Josh Madden, turned me onto Hussle Club I immediately punched him in the face for holding them from me for so long. Black Terry fronting a goth band that sounds like Bauhaus at a rave? SIGN ME UP. This is why I'm BEYOND excited that AXE agreed to use Hussle Club's "Quarenteenagers" for the commercial!

I'm now at NYLON Magazine as the Director of Music Marketing, and I couldn't be happier about the legacy I've left behind! Please take a look at the commercial. Post it! Spread the love! Thank you!

Watch it here:
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Buy Hussle Club's "Quarenteenagers" on iTunes.



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Today in NYC @edgeshavezone (client) is giving away $50 at a FourSquare flashspecial btw 5p-7p at Prince & Mulberry. Info:

We're also honoring an artist we feel is on the #EdgeOfGreatness, Anthony Morton. The 21 year old Pratt student from Newark's art will be featured on a billboard on that corner. Please come and check it out!




If any of you are in Atlantic City this weekend for Memorial Day break, I will be DJing at the Golden Nugget (formerly Trump Casino) in the Red Room on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday night.

Let's make a party?





This song, "Still Life," is unfairly good. This song was written for every human who was ever a moody teen that listened to Echo and the Bunnymen and held on to every utterance from Ian.

I love you. I love you. I love you.

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Hi! I’m sharing this news because a) I’m stoked and b) many of you are musicians: In addition to the many fun music things that I do (DJing, booking live shows, talk about Britney Spears on TV, etc.), I've been asked to be a judge for Sir Bob Geldof's newest venture: ! Who is Sir Bob Geldof?: Robert Frederick Zenon "Bob" Geldof, KBE (born 5 October 1951) is an Irish singer, songwriter, author, occasional actor and political activist. He rose to prominence as the lead singer of the Irish rock band The Boomtown Rats in the late 1970s and early 1980s alongside the punk rock movement. The band had hits with his compositions "Rat Trap" and "I Don't Like Mondays". He co-wrote "Do They Know It's Christmas?", one of the best-selling singles of all time. He starred as Pink in Pink Floyd's 1982 film Pink Floyd The Wall. Or… just watch this: width="480" height="390" src="" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen=""> YouBloom is an opportunity for unsigned bands/artists to be heard and judged by the general public and then ultimately (in finals) by a panel of distinguished music professionals including yours truly alongside Sir Bob Geldof, Conor McNicholas, Nigel Grainge, and Rupert Hines ( The artists that get chosen by the judges win money and other amazing prizes. The site is now accepting song entries for Q2 until May 23, so if you (or someone you know) wants to enter, please do so!!!: Silently Judging, Sarah[...]