“Paste” Goes The “World”

Michaelangelo Matos | July 16, 2008 9:45 am

Just two days after pondering the idea of “world music” via The Believer‘s new music issue, I ran across an actual music mag jumping into the same pool. The August issue of Paste is dubbed “The International Issue,” with a cover a drawing of a spike-haired Chinese punk (red-yellow color scheme, Andy Beta’s feature on the state of the country’s rock) screaming into a mike. “Redefining World Music,” says the caption. Nothing else beyond the logo, price info, and UPC symbol are on the cover. I’ve barely thumbed through it, but whatever you think of Paste, that’s a pretty bold move. Give them credit for trusting their audience enough to take the chance. [Paste]