Friday, December 9, 2011

Group Activity Poems

I've got some new Group Activity Poems in Scud Magazine.

Thursday, December 8, 2011

The Soundtrack Series

I was on The Soundtrack Series podcast a couple of weeks back. Their podcast is great. I recommend subscribing. Or, if you live in New York, you should go soon. It's hosted by Dana Rossi, who is a contributor to InDigest, and Sam Osterhout has been on the podcast as well. In my story, I talk about Liars' "Plaster Casts of Everything," which is a bad ass song.

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Bruce MacHart

We posted a new episode of the InDefinite Podcast today. This one features novelist Bruce MacHart reading a short story about poker, kind of.

We also launched a poem of the day podcast at InDigest this week. I think it's worth checking out. I think that because I picked the poets / poems, and think I have superior taste in poetry. You may not agree. That's ok. We can still be friends.

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

I'm Reading Tonight

I'll be reading tonight at Bar 82 for the Next Chapter Reading Series. I'll be doing a piece about the life and times of Godzilla. I am excited. It will be fun. I'll buy you a beer if you come. Really.

Monday, November 28, 2011

Helen Phillips

Helen Phillips read from And Yet They Were Happy at a recent InDigest reading. It was great. We even read an excerpt from this book at our wedding.

Friday, November 25, 2011

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

How Much InDigest? So Much InDigest.

InDigest Issue #22 is out now! To quote Brad, Spoiler Alert: it's really good.

Monday, November 14, 2011

More Thoughts on Abraham Lincoln

Also, I guess Bill O'Reilly's new book on Abraham Lincoln is full of lies.

Sunday, November 13, 2011

Thursday, November 10, 2011

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Geocachers: Langhorne Slim & the Law

Langhorne Slim and the Law hung out at Bait & Tackle in Red Hook with us before we went out into the neighborhood to do a little geocaching. The bar, with it's taxidermy animals lining the room, somehow matched the song they played perfectly.

And as a side note, Bait & Tackle, not only a great place to have a band give you a private concert, but the bartenders here geocache as well. Geocachers definitely welcome there.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Part 2 of Geocachers with Smoke Fairies

Here's our second part of the Geocachers episode with Smoke Fairies.

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The final episode of Radio Happy Hour

It only took us a few months, but we finally got up the podcast of the very last episode of Radio Happy Hour. We had a ton of our best friends forever like John & Molly Knefel, Arthur Phillips, Matt Pond, Franz Nicolay, Mike Doughty, Twin Sister, Max Silvestri, Gabe Liedman, Jessi Klein, Murray Hill, Dave Hill, William Ocean, and some other folk. I even made a very short appearance along with Mass, the other producer on the show. You can get the full episode here.

Friday, October 28, 2011

Geocachers: Smoke Fairies

We posted a new episode of Geocachers yesterday. This one has Sam going to Park Slope, which is full of rabid....families....and cafes, maybe a feral stroller or two....anyway, he goes there with the British duo Smoke Fairies, and they meet a tree that reminds me of Falcor. You won't agree with that, but I'm not concerned. It reminds me of Falcor.

Thursday, October 27, 2011

Abraham Lincoln

This is me reading another "Abraham Lincoln" poem at the KGB Bar (where I read with teh awesome MC Hyland, Krystal Languell, and Rob Ostrom). This was published over at I Thought I Was New Here, in a slightly different form, back in June.

Speaking of I Thought I Was New Here, Brad Liening has four poems that just went up over there, and they are all quite excellent.

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

Selective Shampoo

I've got a couple poems in the new issue of Shampoo. They have little to do with shampoo or cleaning oneself's stink. However, my cat does smell at the moment. So, there's that.

This issue has some other good stuff worth reading too. There are poems from Ron Silliman, Paul Siegell, and a ton of other poets.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New InDefinite Podcast Episode w/ William Torgerson

We've got a new episode of the InDefinite Podcast up today with novelist William Torgerson. Take a listen here.

Friday, October 14, 2011

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

Geocachers: Total Babes

We've got a new episode of Geocachers up now with Sam geocaching in Central Park with Total Babes (feat. members of Cloud Nothings).

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

Group Activity Poems

I've just recently had a bunch of my Group Activity series of poems published in a few places. "15." is up at Right Hand Pointing, interrupture just published "19." and "22.", and the Minnetonka Review (who sadly just announced their final issue) just posted the poems from the issue I was in a little while back, which includes "14.", "10.0", and "5.".

I've been calling this series of poems Group Activity Poems, but they're part of a MS-in-progress I'm calling Activity, Group. But I only mention that because I found a great quote from Nabokov about group activities.

By nature I am no dramatist; I am not even a hack scenarist; but if I had given as much of myself to the stage or the screen as I have to the kind of writing which serves a triumphant life sentence between the covers of a book, I would have advocated and applied a system of total tyranny, directing the play or picture myself, choosing settings and costumes, terrorizing the actors, pervading the entire show with the will and art of one individual--for there is nothing in the world that I loathe more than group activity, that communal bath where the hairy and slippery mix in a multiplication of mediocrity.

InDefinite Podcast

We've got a new episode of the InDefinite Podcast up today. This one features poet Nick Demske.

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Get Some Poemage

I've got a new poem up at Right Hand Pointing. It's called "#15," and it's another poem in the Group Activity series.

Monday, September 19, 2011

Ólöf Arnalds does Geocachers

Here's the next episode of Geocachers. This one is with Ólöf Arnalds in Prospect Park Brooklyn.

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Paul Dempsey on Geocachers: Part 2

Here's part two of the Paul Dempsey episode of Geocachers. Here he plays "Out of the Airlock" in Sty Co Park.

Saturday, September 17, 2011

Our new show Geocachers: Episode #1

Here's the first video from Geocachers, a new online show I'm producing with Sam Osterhout from Radio Happy Hour. It's an interview series and a travel show that takes guest stars geocaching around New York City. The first episode is with Australian rock star Paul Dempsey.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Dear Indie Rock...

Dear Indie Rock,

Please stop making pointless music videos with people running through the woods. They don't make sense, and it doesn't give me tense sensation to watch someone run from an unknown assailant.

Also, please stop making music videos full of pagan imagery. It doesn't make sense. You don't understand the origin*, and it has nothing to do with the song. Also, I don't find it creepy. (This applies to witches, owls, full moons, people with fangs^, glowing orbs, or ancient symbols of Native American, Egyptian, Greek, or Buddhist traditions.)


P.S. Enclosed are some examples of videos in the woods. I cut the pagan imagery videos, because it's getting out of hand. But you get the idea, right?

* Probably.
^ Yeah, I know it makes you look like a vampire.


Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Way Scientists Are Regarded

"I dress better than him...I'm not quite so keen on beer as he is."

"I should welcome the chance someday, saying some harsh things about scientists and the way scientists are regarded."


Thursday, September 1, 2011

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Monday, August 8, 2011


Only a few days until our final episode of Radio Happy Hour. Pretty happy that a bunch of cool places are picking up on the show and think it was a worthwhile thing we were doing. Hope you can be at the show.

Time Out New York made us a pick of the week.
The Rumpus made us a pick of the week. (The Rumpus also has this Sunday's InDigest 1207 Reading as an event of the week.)
Unveiled Arts made us a pick of the week, and had some really nice things to say about the show.

AND The New Yorker talks about the show in the Above and Beyond section of this week's issue. (see below)
Yes! Finally cool enough for the New Yorker. I'll never go to the bathroom the same again.

Friday, August 5, 2011

Person of the Day: Sean Bean

When he invited me over
I thought I was going to be
surprised by how normal
he was. You know? Like
How Steve Buscemi is super
weird, but probably not really.
but he answered the door in nothing
but a bear skin and great
sword. I said, I brought
My swimming trunks.

His hair was long, uneven,
and super greasy, and I thought,
you know, it’s fine, I’ve been there,
but he’s rich. Inside the walls
were totally bare and stone, and every
window was situated to let dual columns
of light strike the room gothically,
dramatically, with a cross in the middle,
falling on something ironic, or not ironic,
at exactly noon. You’ve arrived
at the humble, I pray, home of the artisté
Sean Bean
, he said swooshing his cloak
to the left with a slight bow. Dude, what the hell?
I threw my tote bad on throne-like chair
near the door in case I don’t stay over.
the chair has eagle claws at the end
of the arm rests. Eagle claws. You never
act like this in public. Why are you
freaking out the first time you invite
me over? Ease into a bit!
He pointed
the great sword toward me. T’is
because I only act in public.

I could see the pool and the teal
diving board through the patio
windows. It was so hot out today,
and he didn’t have A/C. The living
room, where we stood staring at each other,
radiated heat from the stone walls
to the point where you couldn’t touch them.
What say you?! I grabbed my bag.
You’ve got to be kidding me.
He sheathed his sword, Don’t
go. We haven’t even gone swimming yet.

Jim Balance's Testimonial from Dustin Nelson, DDS on Vimeo.

Wednesday, August 3, 2011

InDigest Issue #21 on Magazine Racks Nowhere

We slaved long and hard over this one. InDigest issue #21 is on the streets. Though don't look in stores. It's not there. It's literally in the streets. And on digital devices like the one you're looking at right now.

In the new issue you'll find poems from folks like Greg Lawless, Wendy Xu, Paul Siegell, Monica McClure, Charlotte Seley, and others....then there's new fiction from Amy Bergen, Michelle Cheever, and Eli Hager....a gallery from Maura Kelly Doyle, with an interview by Kate a whole new series in the music section called The Lyric Sheet which presents lyrics to unreleased songs with no music....the first contributors to The Lyric Sheet are Zach Condon of Beirut and Richard Buckner....

Thanks for reading. Hope you like the new issue.

Tuesday, August 2, 2011

Friday, July 29, 2011


There's a brief glimpse of Ashleigh dancing about in there. I like this song.

You should listen to The Lisps.

First Annual New York Poetry Festival / Stain of Poetry

I'm reading Saturday around 2pm on Governor's Island for the First Annual New York Poetry Festival. There are so many readers, and it's going to be good times. I'm reading for Stain of Poetry at the fest along with Niina Pollari and Jillian Brall. Find me. I think I'm going to scat. Maybe not. But maybe not not.

Get so much information here.

Thursday, July 28, 2011


I wrote something about music for Coldfront.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Thoughts on Abraham Lincoln

I'm not positive this makes sense.

You Don't Know Me

For instance, you probably didn't know that my dad was a Bollywood actor before we moved to Wisconsin. That's where I get my sick dance moves from.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011


Thanks Brad. This is the best thing about today.

Persons of the Day: Four Tops

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I'm going to try and write a poem, dumb or not, each day on a random person. A person of the day. These are unedited and posted right after being written.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Person of the Day: Elizabeth Clare Prophet

(1) Dedication to the tackling of the beast and the dragon - the momentum of rock-n-roll
(2) Call for Protection
(4) Preamble - Great Divine Rectors call

I'm going to try and write a poem, dumb or not, each day on a random person. A person of the day. These are unedited and posted right after being written.

Monday, July 18, 2011

Person of the Day: Juliana Barwick and Ikue Mori

A bob
and wheel for Ikue and
Juliana, though the
nouns are weird and I've lost
count and this whole thing is fucked

I'm going to try and write a poem, dumb or not, each day on a random person. A person of the day. These are unedited and posted right after being written.

Saturday, July 16, 2011

Person of the Day: Jacob Nelson

[there was a poem here once]

I'm going to try and write a poem, dumb or not, each day on a random person. A person of the day. These are unedited and posted right after being written.

Awesome Headline

Friday, July 15, 2011

Thoughts on Abraham Lincoln

Person of the Day: Jean-Luc Picard

[there used to be a poem here...]

I'm going to try and write a poem, dumb or not, each day on a random person. A person of the day. These are unedited and posted right after being written.

Thursday, July 14, 2011

It's Getting Closer

information super highway

Person of the Day: Milly Dowler

[there used to be a poem here...]

I'm going to try and write a poem, dumb or not, each day on a random person. A person of the day. These are unedited and posted right after being written.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Other Dustin Nelsons

Person of the Day: John Quincy Adams

I met him when he was 49 or 9
and he wasn’t yet a father,
but he was working on it. The way
he fought and attempted breeding
was impudent. JQA and I
sitting around in powdered
wigs, muskets, oak
tables, and mead. So yes, thank
you very much, I do get it. I was there.

I'm going to try and write a poem, dumb or not, each day on a random person. A person of the day. These are unedited and posted right after being written. Oh, and I'm going to try to not be mean to the subject in any of them, because that would make this easier.

Pete and Pete way more Lynchian than I remember.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Person of the Day: Dany Heatley

Ten years later and time still folds in on itself
Like one of those paper fortune-telling toys from elementary
School that I never learned the name of. It folds in to echo
His father, flap flap losses, flap flap strongheadedness,
flap flap you'll marry someone from math class, a sense of blame
From so many angles that I'm
Not sure what any of it means. I'm not sure there is blame
That you can pinpoint and not sure that there isn't.
It's a reminder of my bias towards moral oversights
That change my own fortunes for the better. We can be blindfolded
Willingly and still know the truth, everything folding into itself
Like warm cake batter in a pan that shows the folds, then, eventually,
Just becomes an amorphous blob that you'll consume with friends or whoever is around.

I'm going to try and write a poem, dumb or not, each day on a random person. A person of the day. These are unedited and posted right after being written. Oh, and I'm not trying to be mean to anyone either, because that would make this easier.

Saturday, July 9, 2011

The Nostalgia Machine

is listening to Beta Band all morning.

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

The End of Radio Happy Hour

From the RHH site:
Friends, it's been fun, but the final episode of Radio Happy Hour is upon us. We will have more information soon, but for now you have this short post. The final episode will be on August 12th at (Le) Poisson Rouge. Tickets are only $5. Get them now, we're pretty sure this will sell out quick. The guests include Twin Sister, Mike Doughty, Franz Nicolay, Arthur Phillips, Molly Knefel, William Ocean and many other friends of the show. Get your tickets here.

Tuesday, June 21, 2011

New Poems at I Thought I Was New Here

I've got two new poems up on Gregory Lawless' I Thought I Was New Here blog. They are called "We’ll know we’ve hit the big time when we’ve got a set of equipment for smut and then another for non-smut" and "Wednesday June 11th, 2010." The first one was started after Brad Liening actually said that to me in an e-mail. We both wrote a poem with that title.

The whole thing makes me so happy I want to do the Batdance:

Friday, June 17, 2011

Congotronics vs Rockers

Congotronics vs. Rockers is touring Europe and features Konono no. 1, Juana Molina, Deerhoof, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, Skeletons, Kasai Allstars and others. Pretty awesome.

Video Mash-Up of "Paranoid Android"

Sunday, June 12, 2011

No, Dear and a poem about William Powell

I have a poem in the new issue of No, Dear called "Reasons to Like William Powell (as Nick Charles)." You can purchase an issue here.

Friday, June 10, 2011

This is great. A friend made this. His name is Marcus Grundahl. Yes.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Some live Radio Happy Houring

On June 18th we're doing the new episode of Radio Happy Hour at City Winery. Our guests will be Sun Airway, Hank & Cupcakes, Jared Logan, and John & Molly Knefel.

If you get tickets here you can get them for $7 since you're reading this blog. That's 30% off. Best deal I've ever had on this site that never posts deals. That's not what's happening here. Except for this one time.

A bio written for me by Brad Leining

"Born in the heart of America, Dustin Luke Nelson is an American-born American who is also of several other ethnicities but not nationalities and is a writer, producer, poet, philosopher, man, astro-man, and human being. The grandson of some people who are real but who you don't know, words run through his veins like blood which is also in there, and his cranial fluid is likewise full of words put together with experience to make wisdom, just as the water of the Nile and other bodies of water flows through his veins because a significant fraction of his body is made of water."

Is it still a secret?

Wednesday, June 8, 2011


I forgot to post this last week, but Brad Liening, Jess Grover, and I all appeared on John & Molly Knefel's Radio Dispatch podcast and talked about InDigest Editions, Brad's new book - We Are Doomed: Dispatches From the City of the Future, and literariness at large. It was a good time. You can hear it here.

And if you happen to be reading this immediately and are able to run out the door right now then you might be able to head down to (Le) Poisson Rouge for the InDigest Issue 20 Launch Reading which starts at 7. Julia Bartz, Matthew Daddona, Dana Rossi, Monica Wendel, Matthew Savoca, Seth Fried, Natalie Eilbert, and Matthew Pennock will all be reading and it's going to be a good time. A real good time.

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Monday, May 30, 2011

DLN + "1." = MB8

I was interviewed about my poem "1." from the new issue of Monkeybicycle by J.A. Tyler at the Monkeybicycle Blog.

Sunday, May 29, 2011

Thursday, May 26, 2011

Monday, May 23, 2011

this show was awesome

our band could be your life tribute. awesome. read michael azerrad's favorite moments.

annie clark covering big black's "kerosene"

titus andronicus and craig finn doing the replacement's "kids don't follow"

tune-yards, wye oak, and dirty projects do nirvana's "lithium"

ted leo does minor threat's "filler" to a pre-recorded reel to reel

i grabbed this for you

This was in my basement last weekend.

Sunday, May 22, 2011