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Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson : Variety Mix

About Me:
Sean Nelson is a writer/musician/actor who has been active in Seattle arts for the past 20 years. Best known as the lead singer of Harvey Danger, he has also recorded and performed with Death Cab for Cutie, The Decemberists, Robyn Hitchcock, Nada Surf, The Minus 5, The Long Winters, and many others. His debut solo album, Make Good Choices, was released in 2013 to glowing reviews, to be followed in 2014 by Nelson Sings Nilsson, a collection of songs by the late, great American songwriter Harry Nilsson, on which he is backed by a 27-piece orchestra. His work has sold over a million records and singles, and he has performed live all over North America and Europe.

Nelson’s film career began with the lead role in Lynn Shelton’s second feature, My Effortless Brilliance, which he co-wrote. Other acting roles include Katie Aselton’s The Freebie (alongside Dax Shepard and Bellamy Young), David Russo’s The Immaculate Conception of Little Dizzle, Stephen Gyllenhaal’s Grassroots, Megan Griffiths’s The Off-Hours, and several others. In 2011, he wrote and co-directed Treatment, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival; his performance in the film earned him the Character Actor award at the Sidewalk Film Festival that same year. Nelson appears in the forthcoming films Laggies (starring Keira Knightley and Sam Rockwell) and Lucky Them (starring Toni Collette).

His book about Joni Mitchell’s Court and Spark was published by Continuum Books’ 33&1/3 series. His essays were chosen for Da Capo Press’s Best Music Writing anthologies in 2008 and 2010. He was a host of KEXP’s Audioasis from 2001-2006, and has been an active supporter and friend of the station before and since. He’s very happy to be returning to active duty on the air at the best radio station in the known world.

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