Paste Issue #16 is out. Billy Corgan (ex-Smashing Pumpkins) is on the cover, and there are long feature articles on Beck, The Wallflowers, Oasis, John Prine, Michelle Shocked, and The Pernice Brothers, a bunch of movie reviews, and 100+ album reviews. Plus the 21-track CD of songs from artists featured in the magazine, and a DVD containing more than 3 hours of music videos, concert footage, and short films.
Josh Jackson, the editor, has unofficially dubbed this one the "Andy Whitman Tribute Issue." And indeed I am well represented, with feature articles on Dwight Yoakam, John Prine, and Steve Goodman, my meditation on "Chasing the Blues," and reviews of albums from Amos Lee, Long-View, The Deathray Davies, and Chip Taylor and Carrie Rodriguez. The main illustration for "Chasing the Blues" is simply astounding.
This is now the sixteenth time I've experienced this reaction, but it never gets old. I am so amazed and so thankful that I can be a part of this. Paste is a wonderful magazine, and I would be a big fan if I had absolutely no involvement with the publication. The fact that they actually allow me to write for them is gravy. Very nice, God-given gravy, for which I am very, very grateful.
If you're interested, you can go to http://www.pastemusic.com/mag to subscribe, or find individual copies at Borders, Barnes and Noble, etc.