A Promising Print (and Vinyl) Comeback
Sometimes Christmas comes a little early, and this time, it was an email that reminded me.
On Monday, I saw an announcement that didn't immediately register as I scrolled through the messages in my inbox. "Paste is Back in Print: Introducing Paste Quarterly" is what the subject line said.
I've been really swamped all week, and you know how it is. You make a mental note to check something out, and if you're lucky, you get back to it a few minutes or hours later.
Well, that didn't happen.
Paste, I should explain, is a website that covers music, as well as books, TV, gaming, and a lot more. When it was a print magazine in the early 2000s, it was focused almost entirely on music, and I was very happy to count myself as one of its subscribers. Through its coverage, I was introduced to up-and-coming musicians like the Hold Steady, Tift Merritt, and Drive-By Truckers. I also gained a new appreciation for established artists like Johnny Cash.
Each issue included a compilation CD with a dozen or more songs, and sometimes other content. Even after I read through each magazine, and often bought the artists' music, I held on to those CDs.
Another great feature was the magazine itself. With good writing and photography on heavy-stock paper, it was actually a pleasure to hold in your hands.
It ceased print publication in 2010 to focus only on digital, including a daily email digest … until now.
Wednesday’s email reminded me of the big news: “Paste Is Back In Print!” Turns out that it’s going to be a 120-page,12”x12” quarterly. Besides stories, reviews, and interviews, each issue will also include a vinyl record with exclusive music recorded at the company’s studios.
Vinyl’s been staging its own return in recent years. It’s still only a small share of the music market, but a growing one. And last week in the U.K., record sales beat downloads for the first time ever.