5 Places I'd Rather Play Than Saturday Night Live

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Recently I returned to being an active musician, and that is peachy with a side of keen. Like most musicians, I'm a day dreamer who spends his bathtub time answering in-depth questions from imaginary hot, red-headed music journalists about the undeniable genius of my art. Also returning are the ever-present dream gig musings.

Since I was a kid, the dream gig was always Saturday Night Live. I can't even tell you how many great new artists I discovered on SNL, but in the last several years I've watched the show most weeks and seen only two, Adele and Beck, who really wowed me. The rest were quite forgettable.

Clearly, SNL isn't the place it once was when it comes to musical brilliance. This lead me to seek a new dream gig. Here's the top five places I'd rather get showcased than SNL.

05. The Daily Show/The Colbert Report
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Hands down some of the best out and out performances I've seen are from the Comedy Central news shows. Granted, they focus more on established artists than rising ones, but Colbert especially has an open mind and discerning taste musically. The evidence is in that video up there where he forces Vampire Weekend and Black Keys to square off over which band has been in more commercials.

04. Onion's A.V. Club

Every artist wants the accolades of the best music critics in the country. Being one, I can assure you it's not me. The Onion's A.V. Club is top-notch when it comes to album reviews.

03. Beavis and Butthead

The boys are back, and it's only now that I realize that the music video segments weren't just filler, they were pure genius. Sure, having one of my music videos featured now involves sharing screen time with reality show clips, but there's always skanks in music one way or the other.

02. Portal 3

Getting your money into video games is a path to some sweet licensing money, and a great way to build an audience. There are plenty of studios lining up to pick up bands, but if I had to pick the one game I would aim for having a song feature it would be the rumored and highly anticipated threequal to Portal.

01. Yo Gabba Gabba

Yo Gabba Gabba is the true inheritor of SNL's mantle as the place where cool bands go to be cooler. Have you seen the acts that end up on the show? Chromeo, the Ting Tings, Shiny Toy Guns! All of them and more are the bands that will be dominating the music scene for years to come. That's where I want to be.

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