Paste (magazine)

Last updated

EditorJosh Jackson
Categories Online, 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]
ISSN 1540-3106
OCLC 49937508

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]



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 [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]


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

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]

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