More Extreme Makeover For Spin

Reader Devin writes in:

—–Original Message—–
From: Devin
Sent: Tuesday, April 25, 2006
To: Stereogum
Subject: The Downfall of Spin

So, I don’t know if you guys have seen the new issue of Spin Magazine, but they are definitely trying to pander to the crowd that reads shit like InTouch and Us Weekly by revamping their front cover to look like celeb gossip mags. Take a look:

Yep, Devin we noticed. And, as I’m sure the graphic designers in the audience can attest, the mag’s already undergone a between-the-conversecovers makeover, as well as a much ballyhooed staff overhaul. Fortunately, we can relive the good old days courtesy of Product Shop NYC, who has a bunch of former staffers performing at The Reading Fest later this week:

Chuck Klosterman, Andy Greenwald, Caryn Ganz, Ultragrrrl, and Marc Spitz @ Rothko on 4/27. The event is $5 and starts at 7pm.

Does anyone still read Spin. I still subscribe. I mean, it’s like $9 a year (and I sorta liked Jonathon Ames’ goth convention article). But then again, time will tell if their changes are for the better; in the meantime it’s my job to read it and make fun of it for you. Last issue I got, the #1 item on Spin’s cheeky hotlist was “Eminem Remarries Kim Mathers” … days after AP announced the couple’s divorce. Magazine publishing is hard! Fuckin’ Internet.