36 New Year's resolutions for an awful music journalist


Will music journalism always suck? Probably. MTV will always feature at least three Justin Bieber articles on its news page, and NME will continue their 1:4 ratio of articles about members of Oasis. And of course, people like me will still write articles about botching interviews and how cool nu-metal is.

But with a new year brings new hope. As part of the constant effort to create a better site and become a better music journalist, I compiled 36 New Year's resolutions for an awful music journalist.

1. Say "yeah" more times than Rob Zombie but less times than Nelly
2. Never find Kreayshawn attractive again

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Looking back, I'm kind of mystified that I ever did.

3. Put my arms around Mark McGrath, just like he asked
4. Actually Imagine Dragons, because somehow it is less nerdy than listening to them
5. Create and manage a new music superstar named Doug Step
6. Create and manage a sexy pop superstar infant named "Baby Goo Goo" to tour with "Lady Gaga"
7. Finally pitch the show Danzig With the Stars
8. Replace the remaining members of the Misfits with three KISS Pez dispensers

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It would be a lateral move, at the very least.

9. Figure out if Geddy Lee from Rush is really Les Claypool from Primus' grandmother
10. Remind myself when I am renewing my license that at least the DMV does not stand for Dave Matthews Van
11. To incubate in Steven Tyler's chest and then burst out of it with a tinier version of me that comes out of my mouth
12. Continue not listening to ska, even though I am impressed by a band calling themselves the Ska-Skank Redemption

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13. Take better care of my body now so that I can sell it to Vince Neil for more drugs later
14. Blow the lid off the Internet with a list of "Rappers Who Look Like Cats"

Topping the list, obviously.

15. Get extremely overweight and then accidentally kill Chris Cornell during sex
16. Convince my father that it is pronounced "Bong Iver"
17. Turn Mumford and Sons into a hardware store
18. Stop shopping at co-ops if it means I don't have to watch a woman sing Blues Traveler to a baby
19. Rationalize my deteriorating good looks by remembering that the guy from Coldplay is going bald, too.
20. To never forget that the guy from Avenged Sevenfold is no longer going bald because he is rich enough
21. Actually listen to the Arctic Monkeys so I can find a reason to hate them aside from their name

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22. Find a strip club where all the dancers are Rob Zombie and all the music is made by sad, beautiful women
23. Force-feed Carlos Santana breast-milk pizza
24. Meet a member of the band Autograph and ask him for his autograph while nudging him with my elbow over and over again

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25. Remind people of the amazing Nickelback parody video seen above more often
26. Stop wishing every member of Def Leppard lost all of their arms whenever "Pour Some Sugar On Me" comes on
27. Stop thinking of people who walk into coffee shops holding acoustic guitars in the same way as a right-wing Christian thinks of an Arab man boarding an airplane
28. Convince more people that I believe The Perks of Being a Wallflower is a book about getting free socks and lunchmeat trays from being in the Wallflowers
29. Get facial tattoos to resemble Dave Navarro's facial hair

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My girlfriend would like that one too. Probably.

30. Petition companies to stop testing on animals and start testing on Dave Navarro
31. Become a bartender and mistake the term "hair of the dog" with "Temple of the Dog" over and over again
32. Petition Black Sabbath to redo an entire record with Gilbert Gottfried on vocals
33. Quit calling her Carly Rae Jetson just to piss off my friend's little sister
34. Figure out what the best Unblack Metal bands are
35. Carry a boombox that only plays Killed By Death by Motorhead
36. Write more lists, forever

See Also:
50 cool facts about the Minnesota music scene
Top 20 best Minnesota musicians: The complete list
Top 10 must-see Minnesota music videos this week

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