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It’s already a little hard to remember, but as late as 2012 in Greenpoint—before Transmitter Park opened at the end of Greenpoint Avenue, before construction of ten waterfront towers began along West Street, and certainly before Northern Territory invited scores of loud drinkers to a rooftop above Franklin Street—the neighborhood still felt mysteriously forgotten. Photographers, graphic designers, artists, small fashion labels, jewelers, woodworkers, and many more took advantage of relatively cheap rents inside converted...
Because we live in a dystopian capitalistic hellscape that values sheer profit potentials over things that are like, actually valuable, Other Music announced it will be closing its doors in a move that preempts the store's eventual demise. Okay, so a lot of this has to do with the fact that people don't really buy music in physical form anymore, but still--end of an era! Instead of moping around about the inevitable, though, we've...
All the way back in 2013, I was working on something that took me to the main branch of the New York Public Library every day. The morning-to-afternoon work was quiet and solitary. It was during that time that a song from Blouse—the Portland-based three-member indie band headed by Charlie Hilton—crept onto a Spotify playlist. Blouse's second album Imperium, and their self-titled debut from 2011 turned my work into a love-infused day-dream from the 80s, versus the...
Mike Sniper—whose first indie label Captured Tracks signed instant stars like Wild Nothing, Beach Fossils and Mac DeMarco when Sniper started the label out of Academy Records' basement in 2008—is obsessed with used vinyl. If he’s not conducting business at his now sizable Omnian Music Group offices in Bushwick (the umbrella label group he created in 2014 to house the labels of his many and diverse tastes), Sniper is probably trying to get his...

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