Greg Nilsen

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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...

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Midweek Music Break: Freezepop – Science Genius Girl

Let me take you back to 2002, my senior year in college, and I was entranced by my new favorite PS2 game: Frequency.  Among the interesting and challenging songs found in the game, one of the more memorable was “Science Genius Girl” by Freezepop, a quirky synth band from Boston. Why is this song so memorable?  Well, it’s light and fun.  Is there a point to it?  Not really.  Sure, you could stump about “yay…women and science” but the song...

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Eggplant Parmesan Casserole

So, I’ll admit that eggplant isn’t one of my favorite foods.  Even when I had Eggplant Parmesan in the past, I hadn’t enjoyed it because I found it mushy and unpleasant tasting… However, my wife is a big fan and I began playing around with strategies for making it in a manner we would both enjoy it and I think I’ve settled on the following. First, I slice the eggplant into slices that are about 1/4″ thick and then toss...

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Midweek Music Break: Hootie and the Blowfish – Let Her Cry

It was 1994 and Hootie and the Blowfish were blowin’ up all over the country.  Their contagious, laid back, loose and folksy music caught the ears of music fans across the country, and I was no exception. However, the song that stuck with me over the years is “Let Her Cry”… In what may have been a foreshadowing of Darius Rucker’s country music career, “Let Her Cry” is an emotional and powerful song of love, addiction and struggle.  Actually, for...

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Midweek Music Break: The Submarines – Birds

I came across The Submarines on Pandora last year, originally with a remix of theirs (which will be a later MMB post, someday), but that caused me to check them out further and discover the relaxed, upbeat, and seemingly simple “Birds”. Besides being a great groove, what I love about this song is it’s deceptive simplicity.  A lot of that is how it starts out with just simple guitar, bass and drums, then adds the vocals.  However, the song continues...

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Ray Rice Cut: The Good, The Bad and The Ugly

In what has been one of the uglier mishandlings of off-field events in the NFL, today more damning evidence of Ray Rice’s came to light leading to his contract with the Ravens being terminated and being banned from the NFL indefinitely.  From this, there are three points I’m taking away: 1) The Good – TMZ has finally contributed to society by bringing to light the Knockout Video.  Honestly, if this had not come to light, then Rice would be back...