The sad news is true: Paste Magazine Suspends Print Publication http://bit.ly/cZPXdB
Late last week Paste Magazine announced that it would be pulling the plug on its print edition, which, although saddening, doesn't come as much of a surprise, especially considering the recent spate of magazine closures. Even the ones who haven't gone dark have scaled back considerably, opting instead to publish online editions with a skeleton staff. Fact is, we've seen many music magazines come and go over the years. After the jump you'll find five bygone publications whose passing we lament the most.
5. Blender Blender was always kind of the douche-bag's compendium to pop-music, but that doesn't mean it didn't have its moments. Sure, it was all about sex, drugs and rock and roll, but it was a one-of-a-kind type of deal. Where else could you find half-naked people, childish top-ten lists and reviews of Billboard chart-toppers all in one place (well, besides Backbeat, that is)? The blog is still up and running by one single person, Conrad Doucette, leading us to believe the brand is being kept alive for one reason or another.
4. Metal Edge You'd think that a magazine with a title like Metal Edge would have been capable of living forever, but as it turns out, the magazine couldn't even outlast Ozzy Osbourne. It didn't survive online either, which begs the question: "Where do metal-heads get their Yngwie Malmsteen news from these days?"
3. No Depression No Depression billed itself as the "Roots Music Authority," and it most certainly was. It gave voice to a culture of music that didn't generally have one, spotlighting all types of different Americana acts. It's still living and breathing online, but like many on this list, they've yet to find a design and layout that feels and looks like an honest to goodness magazine.
2. BPM BPM was one of the smarter dance music publications out there, and it was able to keep up with trends and artists fairly well. It didn't have the finesse of it's biggest rival, XLR8R, but it was still a welcome voice in the electronic music world. It's still alive online, but doesn't have nearly the same cogency as it once did.
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1. Punk Planet Many of us grew up with Punk Planet, and combined with Maximum Rock 'n' Roll (which is still alive and well by the way), it was the leading tastemaker for a generation. It was a massive tomb of content, each issue jam-packed with reviews for at least twenty records that you had to have and five interviews with your new favorite bands. It's probably arguable that Pitchfork helped take the magazine down once and for all, but that doesn't make us miss Punk Planet any less.