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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...
Newsflash: It's not easy being in a band, and it's not easy running a record label in 2014. Some of the more gutsy (also more passionate, more determined) New Yorkers among us take on both -- the ultimate hustle. Here's a look at who's doing it best and the record labels they've spawned. DFA Records When James Murphy spoke-sang, "Yeah, I'm losing my edge" in the debut single for then-underground NYC dance band LCD Soundsystem, a...

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