Jake wrote:I would guess Paste charges more or has better salespeople than Magnet. Because Magnet's cds are as bad as randomly hitting myspace.
Now that I buy. I just did a quick perusal of the Paste songs I've kept, and a lot of it is familiar...Elliott Smith, Decemberists, Camper vB, Nick Cave, Trash Can Sinatras, Kathleen Edwards...plus the bands listed above. Some good stuff.
But the flip side of all this, going back to what you originally said, is that Paste's relationship with distributors seems to skew their reviews over to the friendly side. In a supposed 5-star system, you can go through 35 or 40 Paste reviews and only find a few lower than 3 stars. I suspect that's true of pretty much any music magazine I buy, but Paste seems 'friendlier' than most, and that might be because they're more dependent on good relationships with the distributors who put songs on their CDs.