New Yorker Music Critic Jumps to Genius.com

The critic plans to build a small team

GeniusLogoSasha Frere-Jones joined The New Yorker when he was in his mid-30s. After 11 years of service, he hints that age (and associated responsibilities) had a fair bit to do with his decision to move over to start-up Genius as executive editor, starting this week:

From Ravi Somaiya and Ben Sisario‘s New York Times report:

“I’ll be honest,” Frere-Jones said. “I don’t want to stay up until 4 a.m. anymore at shows, and you can annotate lyrics during the day.”

For that job of annotating lyrics, Frere-Jones says he plans to hire a team of three to four individuals with solid journalism skills. New Yorker editor David Remnick meanwhile must now turn to filling one of the best remaining U.S. print jobs in the music journalism field. He told the NYT reporters that Frere-Jones will likely continue to occasionally contribute.

The site Frere-Jones is joining started in 2009 as Rap Genius, changing its name last summer to just Genius to reflect a more ambitious scope and impressive subsequent round of funding.