July 28, 2003
For music fans
I just received my first Paste magazine. I'm not that much into the magazine itself (I've never been one to read about music). I subscribed because each issue comes with a compilation CD of non-mainstream artists (not just independents). My taste in music might be best described as "soft" alternative, with interests from folk to blues...with a preference for the lyrical. Paste (which I learned about via Utne magazine) has this and more.
For example, the latest issue includes some old and some new, like Natalie Merchant, Bruce Cockburn, and Eastmountainsouth. I see from the back issues that they had Vienna Teng (previously mentioned here) on an earlier compilation. And they get extra points; I got the CD today, and all the titles were in the CD database that iTunes uses.
Check it out...the price sure seems right to get exposed to some new music; and I'm planning to get the collection for long road trips. But beware...I noticed that in the letter to the editors, a couple complain that they are going broke buying so many new albums :).
Update, 10:23PM: Well, now I know this is a good fit for me. Here in the radio wasteland known as Washington DC, I thank g*d regularly for the Internet. My station of choice is WYEP, a public radio station I first listened to when I was living in Pittsburgh. A number of the tracks off this compilation are on WYEP's current playlist. Very cool!
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