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.

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”: