bryn listens : in tribute

Posted: December 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: doing good, music | No Comments »


1. Peter Gabriel performing Biko live in 1988.

2. Nelson Mandela by The Specials:

3. Nelson Mandela Song Iqalapha by Nomfusi & The Lucky Charms

4. Tracy Chapman at the same 1988 tribute:

rest in peace.

bryn listens : pentatonix

Posted: November 15th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

Hilarious and so impressive. The a cappella group, Pentatonix, made a master medley of Beyoncé’s top hits. Irresistible.

bryn listens : sylvan esso

Posted: November 8th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »


I learned about this song from my friend and fellow mix-club-member (thanks Noah!).

Best for bumping loud.

bryn listens : emahoy tsegué-maryam guèbrou

Posted: October 11th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

Emahoy Maryam

I’ve enjoyed this particular recording (from the album Ethiopiques, vol. 21: Emahoy) for a long time. It’s been fitting for me this week, with the fall air, some mellow moments.

Emahoy Tsegué-Maryam Guèbrou has an incredible story: born in Ethiopia in 1923 to a prominent family; studied in boarding school in Switzerland where she first learned piano and violin; returned to Addis Ababa only to have her family taken captive as prisoners of war by Italy during Mussolini’s invasion; and later at 19 she joined a monastery and became a nun. She encountered numerous obstacles in her steady pursuit of music but began recording albums by 1967 at age 44. Eventually, she left to settle permanently in Israel, to escape the Ethiopian government’s threats to her religious freedom. Whew. And through it all, her music. Enjoy and happy weekend!

(*Thanks Charlie for the always-good music tips.)

bryn listens : autumn leaves

Posted: October 1st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

Happy October!

And if you want more:

bryn listens : major lazer with amber (of dirty projectors)

Posted: September 6th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

Major Lazer – ‘Get Free’ feat. Amber (of Dirty Projectors).

Fingers crossed this is at my karaoke spot for the weekend! Happy Friday everybody.

bryn listens : jim james

Posted: August 30th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »


Been listening to a lot of this Jim James guy lately and liking it.

bryn listens : valerie june

Posted: August 16th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »


Valerie June. VALERIE JUNE!!!!!!

Get the first listen on NPR. Her new album, Pushin’ Against A Stone, out now.

bryn listens : rhye

Posted: August 9th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »


Saw Rhye perform at the Aladdin Theater this week. Great performance, good music, talented band.

I don’t like his official music videos all that much, so here’s a way to listen to one song, “Open” while watching some behind the scenes from their recent tour. Check out the full album, Woman. He’s basically a sweet-voiced indie dude crossed with Sade! Down.

bryn listens : wendel stuart

Posted: August 2nd, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

Went on a bit of a Wendel Stuart bender this week thanks to hearing a track of his on a recent Chances with Wolves episode. Super smooth stuff. Cue porch swing.