Greg Nilsen

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Midweek Music Bread: David Guetta – Shot Me Down

While a strange combination of reflective longing singing and large-scale rave music, David Guetta’s “Shot Me Down” is a pulse-raising dichotomy of a song. When the driving beats start going, I can envision a stadium full of people jumping and pumping their arms together.  And the build-up into it gets the pulse going, with the lyrical portions reigning the song back in again. I love running to this song, except for the fact that it’s too short.  It gets me...

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Midweek Music Break: Billy Talent – Viking Death March

While I discovered them about 8 years ago, Billy Talent is one of Canada’s foremost punk bands.  While the band has been together since 1993, their first full album didn’t hit the shelves until 2003. Their 4th album, 2012’s Dead Silence, was a named departure from previous albums (Billy Talent, Billy Talent II, and Billy Talent III), but more of the same hard hitting music that I had grown accustomed to.  Still, Viking Death March was a song that initially blew...

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(Half) Marathon on the Mountain Recap

Yesterday, I ran the half marathon at the Marathon on the Mountain at Seven Springs Ski Resort about an hour and a half southeast of Pittsburgh. I ran it in 2:34:13, which is slower than my marathon pace from last year’s marathon. And, yet, I’m still very happy with my race! If you’re asking why, it’s because this was my first trail race on a difficult and hilly course in far-less-than-ideal conditions.  With race-time temperatures of 34 degrees, drizzling rain...

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Midweek Music Break: OK Go – Needing/Getting

While the latest OK Go video is making the rounds, I wanted to share what I find to be their most mind-blowing video: While the song isn’t terribly complex, how they accomplish it by driving around is simply amazing.  It tops “I Won’t Let You Down” as far as coordination goes. What’s truly great is that while the videos are a bit gimicky (in a very fun way), the band’s music is still solid.  It’s like the perfect blend of...

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Midweek Music Break: Thrice – Stare at the Sun

This week, we’re double dipping with a song that has two contrasting versions performed by the same artist, both which are excellent. I first heard the rock version of this song on the soundtrack of SSX3, which was probably the last decent installment in the SSX snowboarding series: Later on, when searching for the song, I also came across the acoustic version, which is a contrast to the original, but every bit as strong, if not more-so: This is one of...

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Midweek Music Break: Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers – One More Day, One More Night

While the heyday for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers was the 80’s and early 90’s, one of the band’s most under-appreciated albums was 1999’s Echo (likely because it was completely counter to the *Nsync and Brittany Spears pop that was ruling the charts at the time).  However, the band put together a strong, consistent and beautiful album. One of the highlights for me is “One More Day, One More Night”, a soulful and longing song with a fantastic guitar solo. The...

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Midweek Music Break: The Subways – Oh Yeah

Today’s post is brought to you by my lunchtime run! Ah, the early 2000’s were a fun time for alt./punk/rock.  The post-grunge faze was in full-effect, and no matter how many times MTV tried to christen The Strokes as the “next big band”, it never happened. Mixed in that era was a bunch of bands to seemed to fit the “one hit wonder” mold, each with their own distinct sound, but a lot of similar styles.  One of those bands...

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Midweek Music Break: Bad Lip Reading – Russian Unicorn

I’m in a mood for something this week, so I bring you what Michael Bublé referred to as “really proud to be part of it, even though I had nothing to do with it“. Here is Bad Lip Reading’s “Russian Unicorn”. If you’re not familiar with Bad Lip Reading, they take scenes from music videos, movies and political speeches and replace the sound with a very inaccurate lip reading.  And this example is about as good as it gets, even...

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Running for a Cause at the Pittsburgh Marathon in 2015

After finishing my first marathon in Charlotte last year, I’ve had it in my mind to run a marathon right in my backyard at the Pittsburgh Marathon.  Since running in 2014 wasn’t an option (no hard feelings, Marissa Moore), I’ve had my eyes set on the May 2015 race for some time now. At the same time, I had also been thinking about doing a fundraiser as part of my running.  After all, why should I be the only one...