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Stolen Transmission Still Part of Island Def Jam?

Did Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn jump the gun when she announced that Stolen Transmission had split from Island Def Jam, and would be going back to its roots in her bedroom? According to a source at the label, meetings next week are going to decide the label’s eventual fate. More »


Did Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn jump the gun when she announced that Stolen Transmission had split from Island Def Jam, and would be going back to its roots in her bedroom? According to a source at the label, meetings next week are going to decide the label’s eventual fate. More »



Did Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn jump the gun when she announced that Stolen Transmission had split from Island Def Jam, and would be going back to its roots in her bedroom? According to a source at the label, meetings next week are going to decide the label’s eventual fate. More »


Island Def Jam Lays Off Staff, Cuts Ultragrrrl’s Label Loose

ultra.jpgIn addition to the rumors of layoffs at Sony BMG, another major label has started to shed personnel, with Island Def Jam letting people go on Friday; among the rumored departures are executive vice president of promotion Greg Thompson and A & R honchos Paul Pontius and Rob Stevenson. Island Def Jam has also severed its ties with Stolen Transmission, the “incubator” label that was run by Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn, who addressed the situation in an upbeat post on AbsolutePunk.net:

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Ultragrrrl Declares Emo “Dead,” Hypes This Band Called The Pixies

snipshot_e41kk25xpkrc.jpgApparently the heat emanating from the Giants Stadium parking lot during this weekend’s emo-filled Bamboozle festival really got to label employee/self-styled tastemaker/Angels & Kings DJ Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn, as she penned a lengthy blog post about the “death of emo” last night. It’s long, it doesn’t make much sense (aside from the bit where she big-ups her own label’s bands), and it ends with her pleading with people to listen to Bob Marley, Neil Diamond, or “something other than what you’re listening to,” but that’s why it may be one of the best blog posts we’ve read all week. Some highlights after the jump.

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Which Journalist Should Write The Next Glowing Ultragrrrl Profile?

As this week’s Village Voice cover story proves, it’s hard to find a NYC writer who doesn’t have some sort of connection with Ultragrrrl–even if it’s just through random nightlife socializing. And since we’d love to read an Ultra piece that takes an outsiders’ stance, we asked several high-profile scribes about whether they have enough distance to remain truly objective. Their responses after the click-through.

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We Read The Voice’s Profile Of Ultragrrrl So You Don’t Have To

ultra.jpgTomorrow’s Village Voice has a lengthy defense of Sarah “Ultragrrrl” Lewitinn, the “top banana” of Island Records subsidiary Stolen Transmission and girl-about-town who, depending on who you ask, is either a brilliant predictor of musical talent or the beneficiary of some dumb luck whose real skill lies in promoting her brand. (To those people, she says, “I don’t need to have talent. I got this far without it.”) After the click-through, we break down the piece’s major points.

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If An Ultragrrrl Comment Falls On The Web, And Nobody’s There To Hear It, Does It Still Make An Annoying Sound?

We were too busy writing Whiffenpoofs jokes to notice, but yesterday, Ultragrrrl decided to weigh in on our two-weeks-old post regarding Gothamist’s interestingly conflicted editor Jen Carlson: Ultragrrrl says: Whoa, Idolator is a regular Nathaniel Hornblower… Keep up the good work! More »



Ultragrrrl Employs Old Friend As Her New Publicist

The good news about Ultragrrrl’s latest piece of rapturous press-praise: It’s in way-late-to-the-game Vanity Fair, meaning that the backlash can be only a few weeks away. More »


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