One Music Magazine Celebrates its Return from Death While Another Scrambles to Avoid It

While Relix toasts relaunch, Paste tries to stay alive.

Dylan Stableford By Dylan Stableford
05/14/2009 -14:06 PM

RELATED SLIDESHOW: Relix Relaunch Party

Last night on the west side of Manhattan, a group of about 150 people, armed with an excess of sweet tea vodka and Magic Hat, gathered in a renovated basement bar to celebrate the relaunch (or, more accurately, a reprieve from the governor) of a music magazine.

Unlike some magazine parties I‚Äôve been to recently, this one felt like a celebration‚ÄĒand with good reason. Relix, which began as a Grateful Dead fanzine in the ‚Äė70s, stared down its own death and will survive, at least for now, by the guts and guile of its staffers, who found a backer (Peter Shapiro) and took across-the-board pay cuts to, as the Dead would say, keep on¬† truckin‚Äô.

Yet, despite the generally good vibes, there was something of a dark buzz in the room: Paste, one of the music industry’s well-respected, up-and-coming titles (and one of Relix’s quasi-rivals), had hit on hard times, and, according to various music blogs, was about to launch a fundraising campaign to save its own beer-soaked hide. (Paste confirmed the rumors today.)

It used to be that the fall of a competing magazine would trigger at least a bit sinister, inner-glee. Not anymore. As one music magazine executive put it: ‚ÄúThis vertical is already small enough‚ÄĒwe need each other now.‚ÄĚ ¬†


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