Andy Gensler

Billboard.biz Contributing Editor

Billboard.biz contributing editor Andy Gensler is a writer, editor and enthusiastic dancer who has worked at and written for the New York Times, Rolling Stone and Spin. He co-founded the Mishpucha music collective and the No Dancing Allowed political organization fighting NYC's restrictive cabaret laws. He also edited the Daily Swarm and played guitar in the Homefries, an eclectic folk-metal-country-gypsy-punk band. 

Eric Levin, Record Store Day's Co-Founder: The .Biz Q&A

Record Store Day Co-Founder Eric Levin on In-Stores, Exclusive Releases, Iggy Pop's Ambassadorship

Eric Levin is co-founder of Record Store Day, owner of Atlanta’s Criminal Records and head of the Alliance of Independent Media Stores. Billboard.biz spoke with Levin about RSD's fifth anniversary event happening this Saturday as well as what exactly constitutes an exclusive release, the growing global reach of RSD, the inexorable rise of vinyl and this year's ambassador Iggy Pop -- as well as a candidate for next year's ambassadorship -- Chuck D.
Rough Trade NYC Opening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Rough Trade NYC Opening in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Rough Trade Retail Group today announced it will be opening a branch of the famed London music retailer Rough Trade NYC in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. The store, which is due to open in the fall, is partnering with The Bowery Presents for in-store gigs.
Other Music Launching Label With Fat Possum

Other Music Launching Label With Fat Possum

After 17-years in business, Other Music, New York City's small but enduring independent music retailer, announced it is launching a music label in partnership with Fat Possum Records. The Other Music Recording Co.'s first release is by Brooklyn’s Ex Cops whose first single “You Are a Lion, I Am a Lamb” comes out on April 24.
Domino Records Releasing Flexi Disc Zine For Record Story Day

Domino Records Releasing Flexi Disc Zine For Record Story Day

Indie label Domino records and its subsidiary Ribbon Music are releasing a zine/flexi disc exclusively for 2012’s Record Store Day. The five individual, multi-hued discs will contain exclusive, unreleased tracks by label artists Dirty Projectors, Real Estate, Cass McCombs, John Maus and Villagers.
Bon Iver's Justin Vernon Launches Label Named After 'Northern Exposure' Character

Indie Labels Win 34 Grammys, Says A2IM

Led by Bon Iver’s two Grammy wins, the American Association of Independent Music (A2IM) says 34 independent labels won Grammy awards including Best New Artist, Best Country Song, and Best Album awards in ten categories.
Backbeat: Nicolas Jaar Tours Globally, Launches Arts Collective, Changes Face of Music In Between Semesters

Backbeat: Nicolas Jaar Tours Globally, Launches Arts Collective, Changes Face of Music In Between Semesters

It’s been a whirlwind two months for Nicloas Jaar. Hanging out at his sold-out Music Hall of Williamsburg show last week with Jaar, film maker and art collective partner Noah Kraft and Alastair Duncan of Infamous PR the young musician had his plate full with a global tour, launching an arts collective and, of course, dropping a top secret music format that could change how we listen to music...
Four Tet, Fever Ray, Terry Riley Featured On Blonde Redhead's Japan Benefit Comp Out Today

Four Tet, Fever Ray, Terry Riley Featured On Blonde Redhead's Japan Benefit Comp Out Today

Today marks the release of "We Are The Works In Progress," an album to benefit Japanese disaster relief featuring such artists as Terry Riley, Four Tet, Fever Ray, Deerhunter, Interpol and David Sylvain and Ryuchi Sakamototo performing alternate and demo versions of songs. The album was compiled and organized by Kazu Makino of Blonde Redhead. 

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