What do indie rockers rock out to while running? Probably something along the lines of the Merge 25K Playlist on Spotify, which features 25 bands from the venerable North Carolina-based record label, including Grammy-winners Arcade Fire, the recently re-united Neutral Milk Hotel, Spoon, Imperial Teen, M. Ward and many more.
You won’t find major radio hits here. But if spirited, melodic power pop gets your endorphins going, give it a try. The playlist clocks in around 90 minutes, perfect for a long run.
Merge general manager Keith Artin, an avid runner and MapMyRun user, curated the playlist to promote the label’s silver anniversary, taking place later this year. The year-long celebration culminates on March 22 with a 25K road race from Durham to Chapel Hill.
Proceeds from the race will benefit the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina and Habitat for Humanity of Durham and Orange County. For more information visit www.mergerecords.com/25k.