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The changes we anticipated coming to Spin have come big and fast, as new owner Buzzmedia cut 11 staffers and said it was dropping the November/December issue. The New York Times reports that Steve Kandell, Spin’s editor-in-chief and Catherine Davis, its managing editor, were among those let go.
The next issue of Spin will be its September/October issue; it will be available in late August.
According to a statement from Buzzmedia, it remains “committed to moving forward with print,” but this can hardly be seen as anything other than a move toward dropping the magazine altogether.
The rumors that surfaced in early June that Buzzmedia was trying to buy Spin turned out to be true. The New York Times reports that Buzzmedia has purchased the iconic music magazine, with plans to expand the digital side.
Tyler Goldman, Buzzmedia’s CEO, told the Times, “People are using multiple platforms to consume more content and context from the brands they believe in, and we see the ability for Spin to bring more storytelling to digital platforms.”
There was little mentioned about the print version of Spin, although Goldman did say it was “important.” Let’s just hope he deems it important enough to keep around.
Financial terms of the deal were not disclosed.
Ad Age is reporting that “talks are swirling” regarding BuzzMedia, an entertainment website publisher based in Los Angeles, purchasing Spin. According to Ad Age, the merger could help both brands:
BuzzMedia has been increasing its focus on music lately, hiring its first general manager of music in January and buying the electronic music site XLR8R in May. Spin, meanwhile, has been trying to pivot from a primarily print operation to a more digitally focused brand.
Of course the discussion — if it’s even happening — could dissolve and nothing could change. But if it does, you can now brag to all your friends that you heard about it way before they did. Just don’t be surprised if they stop asking you to happy hour shortly after that.
Spin is taking album reviews to a new place in 2012. The magazine has launched the Twitter account @SpinReviews, and it will be posting album reviews in 140 characters or less throughout the year. The albums — everything from hip-hop to country — will be reviewed by editors and freelancers, and the account is spearheaded by Christopher Weingarten, Senior Editor at Spin. Weingarten certainly has the chops to pull this off: He’s the man behind the @1000TimesYes handle, which offered reviews of 1,000 albums in 2009.
Weingarten hopes that the Twitter experiment will break through the online clutter. ”As music criticism gradually evolves into a ‘downloader’s handbook,’ Spin would love to be there to help you decide which records are worth breaking the law to hear… and which are worth the price of owning a vinyl or CD keepsake,” writes Weingarten. “Think of this as a passionate cheat sheet, a jumping-off point to explore your own opinion and fandom.”
Maybe you’ve never heard of Yuck, the Dum Dum Girls or Kurt Vile. It’s okay. We haven’t either. But the editors at Spin have, and those are just a few of the artists that made its Top 40 Albums of 2011 list, so they must be worth knowing. The bands also happen to have their songs featured on Spin’s iPad app, which is available for free, from now until January 5.
The best part about this offer is that once you download the app, the playlist that Spin curated from the Top 40 Albums list is yours to keep forever. That means you can stream this playlist during your New Year’s Eve party and act annoyed with your friends when they don’t know — but love — the songs that you’re blaring.
There’s also 35 videos available with the app, but remember to act unimpressed with them if you play any of them for your guests. The secret to being a Knowledgable Music Person is to be tired of everything, all the time.
Here’s a look at what FishbowlNY stories made the most buzz this week.
- Occupy Wall Street Protestors are Not Geraldo or Fox News Fans, October 10
- The Atlantic‘s November Cover is a Rarity, October 12
- Longtime WCBS-FM Midday Jock, ‘Consummate Pro’ Bill Brown Dies at 69, October 12
- Spin Adds to Team, October 11
- Meredith Acquires Every Day with Rachael Ray, October 12
- ‘New York Not Gone Forever’ as Former WPIX Talent Lolita Lopez Starts as KNBC Reporter, October 10
- The New York Times’ Editors Don’t Care About Salad Dressing, October 11
- Meteorologist Craig Allen Increases Workload at WPIX, October 11
- Taking Taxi to the Top at WEMP, October 10
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Next year is going to bring a lot of changes for Spin. The magazine is cutting its rate base and publishing frequency, while also increasing the size of the title and upping the paper stock to make what is left of Spin feel more premium. Each of the six bimonthly issues will carry a theme, much like the Nirvana issue that gained the magazine some praise, feature more long form journalism and be evenly distributed across the brand’s platforms.
Devin Pedzwater, Spin’s Creative Director, thinks the shift will make the print feel special while also allowing the magazine to increase its online presence.
“We’re extremely proud of the new Spin magazine in the way that it lends itself to permanence and collectability like never before,” said Pedzwater.
If you haven’t already noticed, we here at FishbowlNY hold everything 90s (aside from Armageddon) in high esteem. So when we found out that the next issue of Spin – available on the Spin Play iPad app July 19 and in print on July 26 - is going to take an in-depth look at Nirvana and their iconic album Nevermind, we started headbanging until we got a headache.
Yes, the headbanging lasted about 37 seconds, but that’s not the point, the point is that this issue of Spin is going to be great. Just check out the cover on the right – featuring a rare photo of Kurt Cobain.
To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the album, the issue includes plenty of items to excite fans of the band and of the grunge era in general. There’s Dave Grohl, Eddie Vedder and others looking back on the album and its impact, there’s a discussion on how Nirvana’s look changed the fashion world forever, and plenty more.
Like we said, it’s pretty exciting. But please don’t start headbanging; it’s not as fun as you think. Trust us.