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Troy Nelson


Troy Nelson: Variety Mix, Saturday. 3PM-6PM

Hello friends, nice to meet me.
I grew up in South Dakota, received an audio degree in Florida, went completely broke in New York City, and moved to Seattle in 2000!

Time at station:
In late 2004 I started volunteering here, reporting playlists on Monday mornings, observing shows overnights, and helping out at special events. Eventually I started recording short 10 second radio carts for Rachel and John’s show. Then 2 days before my birthday on Nov. 3rd 2005, I hit the airwaves.

Real job:
Aside from turning wood products into vintage whale blubber, I’ve also been at Easy Street Records for the past few years, doing consignments for local bands and such. I also play in a band called The Young Evils. I also make surreal comedy short films with my pal Cody under the name Black Daisy. I have also co-directed music videos with Cody for Head Like a Kite, Feral Children, Brent Amaker and The Rodeo, and Voltage Periscope (our fake bro-metal band)

Degree in audio production/engineering from Full Sail in Florida. Interned at some cool record labels in the past (Matador, Sub Pop), was a production assistant at the Hit Factory recording studio in New York. Been at it here at KEXP now since 2004.

Some Bands/Artists that have opened my eye balls:
T.rex, Undertones, Tame Impala, Happy Birthday, The Soft Pack, Chain and the Gang, Caribou, The Radio Dept., Dungen, Trentemoller, The Saints, Television, Daniel Johnston, Ariel Pink, The Clash, Moldy Peaches, The Lights, Deerhunter, Big Star, Sigur Ros, Autechre, Menomena, Os Mutantes, Patti Smith, Black Lips, Velvet Underground, Raveonettes, The Kinks, Panda Bear, Buzzcocks, Bowie, Eno, Ryoji Ikeda, The Vaselines, Magnetic Fields, The Go, Elliott Smith, Marty Robbins, The Stooges, Spiritualized, The Beatles, AC/DC, Bill Hicks, Todd Barry, Mitch Hedberg, and the list goes on and on and on................

Top10 Albums of 2011:

1. Smoke Ring for My Halo Kurt Vile Matador
2 . The Year of Hibernation Youth Lagoon Fat Possum
3. The King of Limbs Radiohead tbd
4. Arabia Mountain Black Lips Vice
5. Mazes Moon Duo Sacred Bones
6. Helplessness Blues Fleet Foxes Sub Pop
7. Shore Obsessed Soft Circle Post Present Medium
8. Tripper Fruit Bats Sub Pop
9. The World Is Just a Shape to Fill the Night Case Studies Sacred Bones
10. Cults Cults Sony

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