Greg Nilsen

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Midweek Music Break: Everclear – Santa Baby

Ok, it’s that time of year to start hitting the Christmas music… Today I bring to you a song that completely creeped my mom out the first time she heard it: Everclear’s cover of Santa Baby from Alternative Rock X-mas. While the original Eartha Kitt version is a cheeky song, Everclear’s version is simply tongue-in-cheek and making a few minor lyric changes while maintaining the simplicity of the song. So, yes…it’s offbeat, goofy, and a little bit twisted.  And I thoroughly enjoy...

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Midweek Music Break: Alien Ant Farm – Glow

While Alien Ant Farm best known for their cover of Michael Jackson’s Smooth Criminal, Glow is one of their originals that is also one of my favorite songs.  It’s lighthearted, goofy, and downright fun. It’s not complicated, but it’s catchy as all-get-out.  Plus, the solo is solid and add a great break in the middle of the song leading to the break before the big finale.  Plus, the video is fun and creative as well.  Might as well stick with...

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Midweek Music Break: Bitter:Sweet – Dirty Laundry [Skeewiff Remix]

It’s hard to describe the sound of this song besides “addicting”, the synthetic “wah” (which sounds almost like an expert saw player in short spurts). I came across Bitter:Sweet’s “Dirty Laundry” a few years ago thanks to Pandora.  Combine the intriguing musical line along with the smooth and sensual singing of Shana Halligan and it’s a difficult tune to forget.  While the original has more of a “Big Band” or “Mad Men” feel to it, and is still very good, this remix...

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Midweek Music Break: Craig David – Rise and Fall

A bit of a throwback here to 2002, when Craig David teamed up with Sting for a great R&B hit. I love the lyrical blend of these two artists, and they make for a song that catches my attention just as much today as it did then.  It’s almost as if they’re trying to outdo one another while still blending seamlessly.  Add in the Spanish-style guitar and a catchy, if unremarkable, beat, and you can see why this was a...

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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...