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2013 Lincoln Half-Marathon Playlist

A lot of average runners feel like they need that jolt of up-tempo music -- punk, funk, rap, pop, honky-tonk, house and on and on -- provides. This year, we asked Hear Nebraska to help provide a Nebraska-centric playlist that can get half-marathoners through about a two-hour run. Ready, set, go:


  1. This story marks the beginning of a partnership between the Journal Star and Hear Nebraska, a nonprofit focused on documenting and cultivating the state’s music and arts community.

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  2. 1. Butler and the Gentlemen - "Sweet Annie" (4:08)
  3. 2. The Mynabirds - "Let The Record Go" (2:22)
  4. The Mynabirds - Let the Record Go

    Analysis: "'Let the Record Go' is a song about finally letting the past be the past. It might actually be written about two star-crossed lovers (one finally getting the guts to walk away), but it could stand as a great metaphor for your relationship with yourself. Throw the past image of yourself away, forge your new future -- and run like hell to get there. At two-and-a-half minutes, it's a great song for a sprint. (I'd also suggest our song 'Body of Work' for a running mixtape -- fast African rhythms and these lyrics powering you on: 'You are a body of work / Edit it / You are Electric!')" -- The Mynabirds' Laura Burhenn

  6. 3. Good Show Great Show - "Silver/Blue" (3:11) 
  7. Analysis: "I think it makes a good addition because first and foremost, it moves. You don't want anything bogging you down during those 13 miles (or 26 miles if you're into that sort of thing). When it comes down to it, 'Silver/Blue' is about pushing on when times are tough, and I think that spirit is embodied in every marathon runner." Good Show Great Show's Taylor Weichman
  8. 4. The Wagon Blasters - "Golden Lariat" (2:02)
  9. 5. Domestica - "Shine" (2:39)
  10. 6. Noah’s Ark Was A Spaceship - "Natural Wild" (3:05)
  11. Analysis: "I guess the song is about remembering that we as humans are also animals and sometimes we need to get away from all of the unnecessary things in life and just enjoy nature... and love..  and running... naked." -- Noah's Ark Was A Spaceship's Andrew Gustafson
  12. 7. Universe Contest - "Relephants" (2:46)
  13. 8. Ideal Cleaners - "Go, Go Big Business" (4:13)
  14. 9. Talking Mountain - "High Five (My Friends Who Are Alive)" (3:38)
  15. Analysis: "When I run, I like to listen to the slowest, saddest, most sparsely arranged music I can find, though I realize that this is probably not for everyone. 'High Five' is one of the more upbeat songs on the album, and the tempo probably lends itself well to the running human pace. It's also one of the more 'headphoney' songs on the album, with strange sounds bouncing around in stereo space, which will keep your brain stimulated instead of focused on how much your knees hurt." -- Talking Mountain's Jason Meyer

  16. 10. New Lungs - "Guessing And Keeping Track" (3:59)