This year, I hit a bunch of professional goals, made a bunch of new friends, traveled to 6 countries, got hired on full-time at a giant global media company, started a zine, continued loving my sweet dude and my giant cat, started volunteering at a museum, saw Willie Nelson (and dozens of other killer bands), visited a haunted prison with my grandma, drank moonshine on two continents, read a lot of books, got a sweet Motörhead tattoo, edited a ton of great writing, started filming videos at work, wrote a hell of a lot, and managed not to die, so I’m calling it a success.
Here are a few of my favorite things I’ve written this year. Most of them appeared on Noisey, of course, but there are a few freelance jobbies for the Guardian, Jezebel, Bandcamp, and Refinery29, too. Beyond cultural criticism and general heavy metal mania, I made a concentrated effort to really up my interview game this year, and I think it shows.
As you’ll notice, not all of these are about metal (or about music at all); I finally got the chance to branch out and dip my toes in the world of non-music writing, and boy, I’ll tell ya—the water’s fine out there, and I’m looking forward to doing more of it. As always, stay tuned.