Run Oregon Tunes: 2014 May Playlist

Following a disappointing April, the month of May came back with a vengeance. I had no issues filling out a top-9 and got to experience some great songs with artists I already love and those who are new to me. I put on songs by some long-time favorites of mine (The Roots, Atmosphere, Weatherbox), and a few by bands whom I have gotten into in the last year or so (tUnE-yArDs and Pains of Being Pure at Heart).  Add in a few crazy ridiculous songs (Lilly Allen and Chromeo) with some new Indie bands (Sylvan Esso and Kishi Bashi), and you get a very eclectic jumble of tunes.

On a semi-seperate note, if you haven’t checked out the live video of “Water Fountain” by tUnE-yArDs, you are missing out! They are coming to MusicFest NW later this year, so you may want to check them out.

I only ran one race in May – the Cinco de Mayo Half. Unfortunately, I decided against creating a playlist of solely Mariachi and regret that opportunity now. However, I used this month’s music to take on personal runs at Wallowa Lake, near the Union County Fairgrounds, in the hills of Hermiston, and around a great park in John Day. Music kept me going through my travels


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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.