Greg Nilsen

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Midweek Music Break: Beastie Boys – Brass Monkey

This is why I keep my music on shuffle… Amazingly, this song is nearly three decades old.  “Brass Monkey” was the Beastie’s last release before blowing up the airwaves with “(You Gotta) Fight for Your Right (To Party!)“, yet it’s great in almost every way that it differs from their signature hit.  While “Fight” is predominantly driven by a catchy hook and the crew takes turns with the lyrics, “Brass Monkey” feeds off a much more irregular beat (that sounds...

Mumford and Sons 0

Midweek Music Break: Mumford & Sons – Believe

While Mumford & Sons has been blowing up the airwaves since 2009’s release of Sigh No More, I’ve enjoyed some of their songs, but was never really sold on the band.  They felt like a passing fad…a folksy response to the copy-and-paste pop that struck a chord with many listeners.  That said, “Believe”, the lead single on their third album Wilder Mind is an absolutely gorgeous and more refined song for the band. To open, the song is a simple but...

Immortals 0

Midweek Music Break: Fall Out Boy – Immortals

A fun pick this week, as I finally got around to purchasing a song that I had kept forgetting to for a while.  Not that I had any good reason, as the song is fun, and was tied to a great movie in Big Hero 6…oh, and my kids love it! Honestly, I’m hit-and-miss with Fall Out Boy, but this song is solid.  It helps that it helps evoke enough nostalgia to smile about the movie, but it does it...

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Midweek Music Break: Death Cab For Cutie – Black Sun

While the band has been together for nearly two decades, I’ve been a fan of Death Cab For Cutie for a little more than a decade, since their Transatlanticism album.  However, “Black Sun” comes off their most recent release: 2015’s Kintsugi. Like most of Death Cab For Cutie’s music, “Black Sun” is an understated, but well orchestrated song.  The verses wander with the music, while the chorus breaks in and demands your attention. In fact, that’s the basic Death Cab...

The Limousines 0

Midweek Music Break: The Limousines – The Last Dance

While I originally came across The Limousines thanks to Internet Killed The Video Star, their self-released Hush album as a terrific sophomore effort from the band. Today, I’ve picked out “The Last Dance” to share. What I enjoy about the song is the moody balance.  The song builds, but not too high, and plays very nicely with the lyrics.  But it’s the vocals that shine here, and really make the song.  They’re alternatingly soft and then bold, but full of...

yelle 0

Midweek Music Break: Yelle – Je Veux Te Voir

A day early this week, and with today being Bastille Day, we’ll throw a little French flavor into the mix: I had probably listened to Yelle’s “Je Veux Te Voir” a hundred times before I bothered to look up the translated lyrics.  Even without understanding the content, it’s a great song with a playful beat and her voice is highlighted as the main driver of the song with an understated accompaniment.  It basically has all the great pop elements. Then,...

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Midweek Music Break: J. Geils Band – Centerfold

Throwing way back today to a song I’ve always associated with summer, probably because of the playful and lighthearted feel, 1981’s “Centerfold” from J. Geils Band: While the video, like so many other early music videos, is downright awful (though not half as bad as their video for “Freeze Frame“), but still tries to catch the less-than-serious tones of the song.  It’s not a tremendous musical feat, it’s not deep, it’s just a fun song, and sometimes that’s exactly what you...

LAS VEGAS, NV - JULY 04: Better Than Ezra frontman Kevin Griffin (L) and bassist Tom Drummond perform during the Red White & Boom Independence Day festival at Desert Breeze Park July 4, 2005 in Las Vegas, Nevada.  (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images) 0

Midweek Music Break: Better Than Ezra – Good

Ah, one of the classic hits of the 90’s… This is one of those songs that I know so well that I don’t even have to think about the lyrics, and can sing along with without hesitation.  With the driving bass line and clean but distinct vocals of Kevin Griffin, this was one of the catchiest songs of the decade and the first step in a career that continues today. But, mostly, I simply enjoy the nostalgia that comes along...

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Midweek Music Break: Counting Crows – Raining in Baltimore

Going back to the throwback music this week, mostly because my wife was in Baltimore recently, and managed to get rained on, leaving me with this Counting Crows song in my head for the next week… I love this album in general.  It’s sullen, moody, stripped down and beautiful.  However, this song in particular highlights those traits, comprising primarily of Adam Druitz’s voice and a piano. There’s things I remember and things I forget I miss you I guess that...

Kohlrabi and Carrot Fritter 0

Kohlrabi and Carrot Fritters

  I had purchased some Kohlrabi at our local farmer’s market and was exploring how to prepare it.  I came across a recipe for Kohlrabi fritters, but also heard they were good with curry powder, so I made my own adaptation, which came out really well.  Even my kids gobbled them up!  Ok, they were fried, but you have to indulge sometimes! Kohlrabi and Carrot Fritters   Print Prep time 10 mins Cook time 6 mins Total time 16 mins...