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.

bryn listens : merry clayton

Posted: July 26th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

Instant goosebump material. I have been paying close attention to Merry Clayton‘s vocals on the Stones’ “Gimme Shelter” ever since watching 20 Feet From Stardom last weekend. Great documentary telling the story of backup singers of the 50′s onward to today.

Merry was a very successful backup singer, performing with many greats such as Ray Charles and Bobby Darrin. One evening, she got a call from the Rolling Stones in the middle of the night — they were recording Gimme Shelter in the studio and decided a woman’s voice would add a lot to the song. So she arrived at the studio, with her hair still in rollers and in her nightgown and robe, to sing this part. And she killed it.

Here’s the full trailer for the film:

And the full “Gimme Shelter”:

bryn listens : dom la nena

Posted: July 19th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »


Dom La Nena is a sweet-voiced singer and cellist from Brazil. Really liking the soft, melodious touch of her debut album, Ela.

Here are a few songs I liked. The song “Batuque” got me hooked but I can’t find a video. Hope you enjoy!

ali graham : jay-z’s problems illustrated

Posted: July 17th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: illustration, music | No Comments »


Funny. Ali Graham is illustrating all of Jay-Z’s 99 Problems. Follow at





(*via High Snobiety)

bryn listens : javelin

Posted: June 28th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: brooklyn, music | No Comments »


Javelin released “The Marimba Song” earlier this spring but this hot steamy summer Friday feels like the perfect time to share it on the ‘buds. Go listen. Bump bump bump. Summer!!

Check out Javelin tomorrow at the Prospect Park Bandshell!

bryn listens : hugh masekela

Posted: June 21st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »


Going to see Hugh in concert tonight! Happy summer solstice Friday all.

bryn listens : tony! toni! toné!

Posted: May 31st, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »


The onset of summer heat has me listening to a lot of old favorites, like this: “Waiting for You” by Tony! Toni! Toné! from the Poetic Justice soundtrack.

bryn listens : willy mason

Posted: May 24th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | No Comments »

My friend Noah put me on to Willy Mason and this song in particular. I keep liking it over and over.

bryn listens : lauryn hill at amateur night

Posted: May 10th, 2013 | Author: | Filed under: music | 1 Comment »

Wow. Sweet little Lauryn Hill, age 13, singing at the Apollo’s Amateur Night. Doesn’t she look just the same! She had a lot going on for a little girl, but still a bit shakey on the vocals. So cool to see her unique sound and style at that age.

And now that I’ve spent forever in a YouTube spiral, here’s one beautiful song from her MTV Unplugged performance in 2002 to see her older, wiser self on stage.