What I Did in 2006 (Partial)

Sean Nelson

Sean Nelson, December 29th, 2006

I’m sure I did more than this, but these are the important things, I think, excluding some (not all) private matters and pharmaceutical dosages. If all goes according to plan, 2007 will be far more about words than music, but one really never ever knows. In the meantime, thanks to those of you that made it a point to say hello this past years. 2006 was easily the worst year of my life, but also a crucial point of transformation. I hope it sticks. Much love to all.


•Released Little By Little… twice (CD on Kill Rock Stars, vinyl on Skrocki).

•Released “Cream and Bastards Rise EP” (Kill Rock Stars)

•Released “Little Round Mirrors EP” (Barsuk)

•Toured with Harvey Danger for the first time since 2000 (SF, LA, SD, Mpls, Champaign-Urbana, Madison, Chicago, Toronto, Montreal, Boston, Philadelphia, NYC, Hoboken). Lost less money than anticipated. Some of the best HD shows of all time.

•Wrote a 33&1/3 book, Court and Spark, published 12/20/06.

•Made Nelson Sings Nilsson, a 15-track album of Harry Nilsson songs, with Mark Nichols after 5 years of thwarted attempts.

•Produced/performed the Nelson Sings Nilsson Live! show at Town Hall (never rent there!), with a 27-piece orchestra. Hardly lost any money at all.

•Sang on 6 out of 10 songs on Robyn Hitchcock LP,Olé Tarantula.

•Sang on 3 songs on The Long Winters LP, Putting the Days to Bed.

•Sang on 2 songs on The Minus 5 LP, The Minus 5 (The Gun Album).

•Sang on 2 songs of Racetrack’s final EP, Go Ahead and Say It.

•Sang on 1 song of The Decemberists LP, The Crane Wife. The song was cut from the album, and my part was cut from the song. Such is life.

•Co-produced “Awesome” EP sessions.

•Performed with Robyn Hitchcock and the Venus 3 at the Crocodile and the Triple Door, was declared official 5th Venus 3.

•Performed with Death Cab for Cutie and The Decemberists at the Gorge.

•Saw Death Cab for Cutie headline the Key Arena. Heart still swollen with pride.

•Performed (unexpectedly) with The Rentals at Neumo’s.

•Served as Music Supervisor on Lynn Shelton’s breathtaking film, We Go Way Back.

•Covered the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival for MSN Music, visited and photographed the lower 9th ward, where my mind was blown and my heart was broken, or vice versa.

•Saw Bruce Springsteen and the Seeger Sessions Band perform at Jazz Fest. Was finally convinced of Springsteen’s powers after years of people telling me and years of me not liking anything he had to say. Received sweaty partial man-hug from Springsteen backstage.

•Also saw Bob Dylan, Elvis Costello & Allen Toussaint, Dr. John, the Edge, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. They were ok, too.

•Hired Robert Christgau to write his Consumer Guide for MSN Music, edited first installment, was thrilled.

Discovered http://axezen.com

•Licensed “Flagpole Sitta” to be the theme song to a third and fourth season of Peep Show, one of the best TV sitcoms in the UK.

•Became obsessed with British television comedy, particularly any shows involving Steve Coogan.

•Met and chatted divertingly with Steve Coogan, Zadie Smith, George Saunders, and Sarah Polley at New Yorker Festival closing night party.

•Met, traded songs, and chatted divertingly with Martha Wainwright, Ed Harcourt, Beth Orton, half of the Magic Numbers, Ira Elliot, and others at a McMansion in exurban Austin, TX one very bizarre, very late night.

•Interviewed Billy Bragg, Green Gartside, Regina Spektor, Graham Coxon, Martha Wainwright, Brazilian Girls, Guillemots, Metric, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott, Bobby Bare Sr., Meat Loaf (!!!), Lady Sovereign, Mates of State, Animal Collective, Rhett Miller, Serena Manesh, Celebration, Sheryl Crow, Tim Burgess from Charlatans UK, Erasure, DMC, Godsmack, Hoobastank (!!!), Big & Rich, LIONEL RICHIE, Morningwood, Allison Goldfrapp, Toby Keith, Trace Adkins, T-Bone Burnett, Tom DeLonge, TV on the Radio, Wolfmother, and others.

•Visited Cannes for the first time.

•Separated, lived alone for the first time.

•Was diagnosed with liver disease.

•Beat liver disease.

•Invested heavily in therapy, with beneficial results.

•1200mg Lithium, daily.

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