Daily Archives: May 15, 2009

UPDATE: Paste magazine campaign takes off

The reward to donors to the Save Paste magazine campaign now totals 91 rare and unreleased tracks by many of the artists that the cash-strapped indie music-and-culture magazine covers — in just the second day of the official fund-raising campaign.

Min Online (free registration required), a publishing industry newsletter, reports:

“It’s been going great all day,” says publisher Nick Purdy. “We have had nearly 1,000 people donating. We have been amazed.” Word got out about the magazine’s plight in advance of the planned donation drive and donations started coming in before Paste could send its plea to the subscriber list. Purdy says that months ago readers had already assured him they would be willing to come to the book’s aid if things ever got bleak. “They are aware of the realities of the business we are in. They emailed us and said if things every got bad at Paste, come to us first. We took them seriously. A lot of magazines couldn’t do this. It was time to see if the brand we built has that kind of value to people.”

Donors are also eligible for random drawings for prizes that so far include signed R.E.M. and Band of Horses posters, an ocean-view cabin on next year’s Cayamo cruise, and even a pair passes to October’s sold-out Austin City Limits Music Festival.

Donate here to help keep this important editorial voice afloat in these tough economic times.

Underground movies with skyline views


Advance tickets for tonight’s opening screening in the Rooftop Films series are sold out. But you still have a chance to have a great night out — with a band, a movie and an open-bar afterparty  — for just $9. They’re selling tickets at the door, giving the poor planners among us a second chance. A better deal for a great night out is hard to find.

This is What We Mean by Short Films is the title of the season’s kickoff presentation being held on the roof of New Design High, 350 Grand Street @ Essex, on the Lower East Side. Remaining tickets go onsale at 7 p.m. Doors open at 8 p.m., with a set by the band Cymbals Eat Guitars at 8:30, the bill of short dramas, comedies, animations and documentaries from 9-11, and an afterparty at Fontana’s, 105 Eldridge Street, until 1 a.m.

The party moves to back and forth between the Open Road Rooftop (as tonight’s venue has been dubbed) and the roof of Brooklyn Technical High School, 29 Fort Greene Place, Fort Greene, Brooklyn, every weekend through Sept. 20. Check out the schedule so far, including descriptions of the offerings, here. And buy tickets to upcoming shows here.