Paste
EditorJosh Jackson
CategoriesOnline, American music
FrequencyDigital, monthly
PublisherPaste Media Group
First issueJuly 2002; 21 years ago (2002-07)
Final issueAugust 31, 2010 (2010-08-31) (print)
CountryUnited States
Based in2852 E College Ave.
Decatur, Georgia, U.S.[1]
LanguageEnglish
Websitepastemagazine.com
ISSN1540-3106
OCLC49937508

Paste is an American monthly music and entertainment digital magazine, headquartered in Atlanta, Georgia,[1] with studios in Atlanta and Manhattan,[2] and owned by Paste Media Group. The magazine began as a website in 1998. It ran as a print publication from 2002 to 2010 before converting to online-only.[3]

History

The magazine was founded[4] as a quarterly in July 2002 and was owned[5] by Josh Jackson,[6] Nick Purdy,[7] and Tim Regan-Porter.[8]

In October 2007, the magazine tried the "Radiohead" experiment, offering new and current subscribers the ability to pay what they wanted for a one-year subscription to Paste.[9][3] The subscriber base increased by 28,000, but Paste president Tim Regan-Porter noted the model was not sustainable; he hoped the new subscribers would renew the following year at the current rates and the increase in web traffic would attract additional subscribers and advertisers.[10]

Amidst an economic downturn, Paste began to suffer from lagging ad revenue,[11] as did other magazine publishers in 2008 and 2009.[3] On May 14, 2009, Paste editors announced a plan to save the magazine, by pleading to its readers, musicians and celebrities for contributions.[12] Cost-cutting by the magazine did not stem the losses.[13] The crux cited for the financial troubles was the lack of advertiser spending.[3]

In 2009, Paste launched an hour-long TV pilot for Halogen TV called Pop Goes the Culture.[14]

On August 31, 2010, Paste suspended the print magazine, but continues publication as the online PasteMagazine.com.[3][15]

In November 2023, Paste magazine acquired two G/O Media properties—the US-based news and culture site Jezebel, along with the left-leaning news and opinion site Splinter, after the site closed down.[16] It also purchased The A.V. Club, another former G/O Media property, in March 2024.[17]

Content

Its tagline is "Signs of Life in Music, Film and Culture".[18] Paste's initial focus was music, covering a variety of genres with an emphasis on adult album alternative, Americana and indie rock, along with independent film and books. Each issue originally included a CD music sampler but was dropped in favor of digital downloading as a Going-Green initiative. Featured artists included Paul McCartney, Ryan Adams, Blackalicious, Regina Spektor, the Whigs, Fiona Apple, the Decemberists, Mark Heard, Woven Hand, Milton and the Devils Party,[19][failed verification] Liam Finn, the Trolleyvox, and Thom Yorke. Many of these artists also contributed to the Campaign to Save Paste.[20][failed verification]

Album of the Year

Year Artist Album Source
2006 The Decemberists The Crane Wife [21]
2007 The National Boxer [22]
2008 She & Him Volume One [23]
2009 The Avett Brothers I and Love and You [24]
2010 LCD Soundsystem This Is Happening [25]
2011 Bon Iver Bon Iver [26]
2012 Frank Ocean Channel Orange [27]
2013 Phosphorescent Muchacho [28]
2014 The War on Drugs Lost in the Dream [29]
2015 Father John Misty I Love You, Honeybear [30]
2016 David Bowie Blackstar [31]
2017 Jay Som Everybody Works [32]
2018 Lucy Dacus Historian [33]
2019 Weyes Blood Titanic Rising [34]
2020 Fiona Apple Fetch the Bolt Cutters [35]
2021 Floating Points, Pharoah Sanders, and the London Symphony Orchestra Promises [36]
2022 Big Thief Dragon New Warm Mountain I Believe in You [37]
2023 Wednesday Rat Saw God [38]

References

  1. ^ a b "Masthead". Paste. October 6, 2008. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  2. ^ "About". Paste. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  3. ^ a b c d e Turner, Dorie (September 1, 2010). "Paste music magazine to stop print publication". The San Diego Union-Tribune. Associated Press. Archived from the original on March 12, 2017. Retrieved March 12, 2017.
  4. ^ Multiple sources:
  5. ^ Welton, Caysey (September 1, 2010). "Paste Succumbs to Debt, Suspends Print Magazine". Folio. Archived from the original on May 4, 2020. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  6. ^ Jackson, Josh. "Josh Jackson – Paste Magazine Journalist". Retrieved November 5, 2018 – via Muck Rack.
  7. ^ Multiple sources:
  8. ^ Multiple sources :
  9. ^ Stableford, Dylan (October 29, 2007). "Following Radiohead, Paste to Let Subscribers Name Their Own Price". Folio. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
  10. ^ Stableford, Dylan (January 4, 2008). "Paste President: Radiohead Experiment 'A Huge Success'". Folio. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
  11. ^ Nolan, Hamilton (September 9, 2010). "Paste Magazine Freelancers Are Getting Screwed". Gawker. Archived from the original on November 5, 2013. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  12. ^ Stableford, Dylan (May 14, 2009). "Paste Launches Campaign to Save its Magazine". Folio. Archived from the original on November 17, 2016. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
  13. ^ Maddux, Rachael (September 3, 2010). "Paste magazine: Inside the death of a music indie". Salon. Archived from the original on September 24, 2010. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  14. ^ Jackson, Josh (October 26, 2009). "New Paste TV Show Debuts Tonight!". Paste. Archived from the original on January 30, 2010. Retrieved November 7, 2013.
  15. ^ Nolan, Hamilton (September 1, 2010). "Paste Magazine Is Dead". Gawker. Archived from the original on August 27, 2011. Retrieved May 4, 2020.
  16. ^ Darcy, Oliver; Passantino, Jon (November 29, 2023). "Jezebel to be brought 'back to life' after being acquired by Paste Magazine". CNN Business. Retrieved November 29, 2023.
  17. ^ "Former Deadspin owner G/O Media puts The Onion up for sale: source". New York Post. March 26, 2024. Retrieved March 26, 2024.
  18. ^ "Signs of Life in Music, Film and Culture". Paste. Retrieved May 17, 2009.
  19. ^ Whitman, Andy (February 5, 2007). "Fountains of Wayne, Joe Craven, Milton and the Devils Party, Jon Rauhouse". Paste. Archived from the original on October 4, 2015. Retrieved November 5, 2018.
  20. ^ Stableford, Dylan (May 21, 2009). "'Save Paste' Campaign Raises $166,000". Folio. Archived from the original on January 13, 2018. Retrieved May 21, 2009.
  21. ^ "Paste's Top 100 Albums of 2006". Paste Magazine. January 15, 2007. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  22. ^ "The 100 Best Albums of 2007". Paste Magazine. November 26, 2007. Archived from the original on March 28, 2023. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  23. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2008". Paste Magazine. November 21, 2008. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  24. ^ "The 25 Best Albums of 2009". Paste Magazine. December 15, 2009. Archived from the original on March 28, 2023. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  25. ^ Jackson, Josh (December 1, 2010). "The 50 Best Albums of 2010". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  26. ^ Jackson, Josh (November 29, 2011). "The 50 Best Albums of 2011". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  27. ^ Jackson, Josh (November 26, 2012). "The 50 Best Albums of 2012". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  28. ^ Jackson, Josh (December 2, 2013). "The 50 Best Albums of 2013". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  29. ^ Jackson, Josh (December 1, 2014). "The 50 Best Albums of 2014". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  30. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2015". Paste Magazine. December 1, 2015. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  31. ^ Saunders, Hilary (November 30, 2016). "The 50 Best Albums of 2016". Paste Magazine. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  32. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2017". Paste Magazine. November 27, 2017. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  33. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2018". Paste Magazine. November 26, 2018. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  34. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2019". Paste Magazine. December 2, 2019. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  35. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2020". Paste Magazine. November 30, 2020. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  36. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2021". Paste Magazine. November 29, 2021. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  37. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2022". Paste Magazine. November 28, 2022. Archived from the original on March 29, 2023. Retrieved March 28, 2023.
  38. ^ "The 50 Best Albums of 2023". Paste Magazine. November 27, 2023. Retrieved November 27, 2023.

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