Monday, May 23, 2005

Paste Issue #16

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 to subscribe, or find individual copies at Borders, Barnes and Noble, etc.


Anonymous said...

I love Paste... I miss my subscription. Last years diet of music consisted mostly of Paste finds...
Rawk on.

John McCollum said...

I just gave my "Andy Whitman Tribute Issue" to Jovan from Yeah, Me Too. Now you'll have to stop in and introduce yourself.

It's a great magazine. A great value.

danthress said...


Anonymous said...

is josh jackson the same guy as jeff c's brother-in-law? could this be another networking connection that our pastor and flock now are making famous in central ohio?

i like your posts because you have a childlike fascination with creative music and art that would make francis schaeffer proud


Andy Whitman said...

Matt, Jeff C's brother-in-law is Jeff Jackson. To my knowledge, Josh doesn't know Jeff, although they should get acquainted. They're not too far from one another (Atlanta and Orlando), and they both run wonderful magazines (Paste and Relevant) that are probably coming from the same place philosophically.

Ah, Francis Schaeffer. His books were the first things I read as a new Christian. There are far worse ways to go, and I appreciate him. He tends to be a little simplistic, IMO, in his approach to the arts. He constructs this four-cell table (Bad Art, Bad Message, Bad Art, Good Message, Good Art, Bad Message, Good Art, Good Message) in which he tries to pigeonhole all artistic works. Unfortunately, reality is far more complex. Exactly where does "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah" fit within that continuum? Is that a good message? A bad message? And how would we determine that?

All I know is that it's great rock 'n roll. Does God love it? Of course. God is a Beatles fan.

danthress said...

Who does God love more; Beatles or the Stones?

Answer: The Velvet Underground.