Gawker is reporting today that Paste magazine is about to close shop any minute now, further proving that combining two dying industries, music and journalism, indeed results in a double-negative and not a positive.
It's a sad day for sure, both for music journalism fans and for local music. Paste, let us not forget, has been perhaps too kind to North Texas music over the years, regularly featuring local artists like Sarah Jaffe, Doug Burr and Telegraph Canyon in its print and online coverage, and even going so far as to name Denton as the "Best Music Scene of 2008." The Decatur, Georgia-based magazine has also been quite kind to local writers as well, with both Fort Worth Weekly music editor Anthony Mariani and sometime Observer scribe Dave Sims regularly contributing to its coverage.
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There's no official word yet out of Paste camp confirming this news, although an announcement is expected shortly.