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New Amsterdam Records, has had its headquarters devastated in the storm, including 70% of the label’s CD inventory, which the artists themselves actually owned (the label held them as storage but 80% of their album revenue goes directly to the artists). All financial records and backups were destroyed, along with countless pieces of musical equipment from amps to vintage synthesizers. Over the past six months, they have poured their hearts and souls into their new converted warehouse, scrubbing the floors, painting the walls, finding kitchen appliances off Craigslist, and gradually transforming a former biker hangout into a multi-purpose music venue/office/rehearsal/residency space. Now most of it is gone. Learn more about New Amsterdam’s ordeal here.
New Amsterdam Records was founded in 2007 to put out works that merge classical with jazz and other genres, and has grown over the last five years to include a series of events under the New Amsterdam Presents umbrella, sponsoring the 2009-10 Archipelago series of chamber music and operating for the past two years as associate presenter of the Ecstatic Music Festival, which roped in such indie luminaries as tUnE-yArDs (as well as her contributions to the New Amsterdam-released Roomful of Teeth), Dan Deacon, Oneida and Owen Pallett alongside classical artists.
WFMU, the completely independent, listener-supported free form radio station based out of Jersey City, New Jersey, took a massive hit from Hurricane Sandy. The storm knocked out power at the station’s studios, along with their two FM transmitters, making it impossible to broadcast over the airways. As if things weren’t bad enough, Hurricane Sandy also forced the cancellation of the annual WFMU. The record fair generally brings in over $70,000 for the station but, due to the cancellation, the station having to refund people who bought booths, and not being able to get a rental refund, WFMU is taking a hit of around $150,000, much more than it can possibly afford.
Hurricane Sandy has completely destroyed Brooklyn recording studio The South Sound.Located at the mouth of the Gowanus Canal, the 7000 square foot music and arts building which records bands like Beach Fossils, The Melvins, and Wild Arrows stood no chance against the flood water. The four co-owners estimate the damage totals over a half a million dollars and over 50 people’s creative spaces are gone. They even have a few labels living within their walls like Rising Pulse Records and Coextinction Records.
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Brooklyn’s Norton Records owned by Miriam Linna, ex-drummer for the Cramps and the Zantees, and her husband Billy Miller. In business 31 years, the label’s warehouse in Red Hook was flooded, damaging thousands of vinyl products, especially 45′s. The record label specializes in reissues of forgotten gems from the underbelly of rock-n-roll, along with scores of new bands that don’t have a place in the commercial record industry. Norton also publishes paperbacks under the name Kicks Books, with the same dedication and focus.