What is Paste Magazine?
Paste is a monthly, spectacularly written and conceived consumer print magazine. Paste looks for what we call â€œSigns of Life in Music, Film & Cultureâ€ and shines our spotlight on them. This means the best of a wide variety of music, from indie rock and Americana to hip-hop and jazz. We also cover movies, books, games and other media that appeals to the discriminating entertainment consumer. Each issue is packaged with a full-length music sampler (CD or download), packed with at least 20 tracks picked by our editors. We treat each Paste Sampler as a mixtape for our listeners, with all the personal care and attention that implies. Tracks are not sold, but editorially selected because someone on staff passionately likes the music. In October 2009, we added an audiobook sampler. And we even have a quarterly DVD sampler of music videos and short films.
Paste is about the artists, the craftsmanship, and the substance of the art and entertainment that feeds our minds and spirits, that make us laugh, move our feet or explore the human condition. Paste is not about artistsâ€™ bodies, hipster trends, arty artifice or celebrity gossip. (To read a manifesto of sorts from two of our founders, see the editorial for our 5th-anniversary issue, â€œCan Rock Save the World?â€) Paste has been called the best American music magazine by the Wall Street Journal and has been nominated in two consecutive years for General Excellence in the National Magazine Awards (the magazine industryâ€™s Oscars). The Chicago Tribune included us on their â€œ50 Best Magazinesâ€ list (right behind The New Yorker), and we were named â€œMagazine of the Yearâ€ for three consecutive years at the PLUG Independent Music Awards.