Run Oregon Tunes: 2014 January Playlist


January is always a hard month for good new music in my opinion. People are still suffering from the post-holiday lull and executives in the music industry feel album sales will be slow as a result. I, however, have been pleasantly surprised by the quality of the January releases in 2014 so far. I typically only find 1 or 2 that have any lasting power, but have stumbled across a few new artists I had not come across before (Timothy Bloom and Misterwives) and some old familiarities (Switchfoot and Number One Gun) that really set the bar high. I am not going to pretend that these are all-time great albums, but solid enough to keep my attention over the past 31 days or so.

I ran two races in January – the Hangover Run and the Cascade Half Marathon, the latter one consisting solely from the artists in the playlist. It was a solid 31 days of running, and I ended up meeting my goals for the month (100 miles and 1 half-marathon). Thanks to these albums, it made my life a little easier.

What were your top albums of January? Let’s hear it in the comments!

About Author

Matt Rasmussen lives in Keizer, Ore. with his wife and three daughters. He enjoys watching hockey, going to as many breweries (618) and wineries (152) as he can, and all things Canada (he was born there). Matt was raised as a baseball player and officially transitioned over to running in 2010.

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