A few Food Issues ago, I concocted four food-driven party scenarios and put together playlists to pair with each one. All remain in my active listening rotation, so I hit the web looking to re-create something similar for this year’s edition. Instead, I happened upon a site that has been wholly dedicated to connecting food and music since its launch in 2010: Turntable Kitchen.
Cooked up in San Francisco and currently operating out of Seattle, Turntable Kitchen is managed by Kasey and Matthew Hickey, an inspired couple who’ve combined their overlapping interests, talents and skill sets into a lively online business: She’s a writer, photographer, recipe developer and marketing and content strategist, while he’s an entertainment lawyer versed in all things music, not to mention a writer and editor, too. Together, they use Turntable Kitchen to introduce food lovers to fine music and music lovers to fine food.
The site’s main ingredient is hand-selected Musical Pairings, which regularly feature a recommended artist and album review plus a recipe to make and enjoy while listening. Take Tame Impala’s Currents, dubbed “bright, warm and satisfying,” and paired with the Canal House recipe for Summer Spaghetti with Fresh Tomatoes and Basil; or Coming Home, the debut full-length by soul revivalist Leon Bridges, paired with Kasey’s recipe for Muscovado Chocolate Chip Cookie Ice Cream Sandwiches (“Pure crowd pleasers”); or Wahzu Wahzu from The Parlor, a mix of disco, New Wave pop and jangly indie rock (“savory, enigmatic, and surprising”) paired with a recipe for Salt-Baked Sweet Potatoes.
The most intriguing offering, however, is the Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box subscription service. A food and music experience delivered to your doorstep, the Pairings Box is one part recipe of the month club, one part curated vinyl subscription club. Each package comes with an exclusive 7” vinyl single, one or two unique ingredients, three seasonal recipes, tasting notes, and access to subscription-only web content that includes a monthly digital mixtape; a December 2013 pairings box had a Scandinavian theme, and included a single release from dreamy pop duo CATHEDRALS, caraway seeds as the premium ingredient plus a bonus sample of olive oil from California Olive Ranch, and recipes for Cognac-Cured Salmon with Rye Toast and Radishes, Scandinavian Potato Salad with Homemade Mayonnaise, and Red Cabbage and Caraway Salad. If food’s not your thing, there’s also a monthly Coffee + Vinyl Pairings Subscription, which comes with a 7” single and 12-ounce bag of seasonal, fresh-roasted coffee from Seattle’s single-estate Slate Coffee Roasters.
The couple is currently running a Kickstarter campaign for the next phase in the TK playbook: Sounds Delicious, a monthly vinyl-only subscription service that comprises limited-edition covers albums exclusively recorded for TK by indie artists. The debut release will feature The Pains of Being Pure at Heart taking on Tom Petty’s debut solo LP Full Moon Fever with support from Kristin Kontrol (aka Dee Dee, frontwoman of Dum Dum Girls) and members of Titus Andronicus and A Sunny Day In Glasgow. Sounds delicious, indeed.
The only way to get access to these records is via the TK subscription service, and though they’ve already surpassed the 20k goal by thousands, the campaign continues through midnight on July 1, so you still have a chance to get on board and nab the aforementioned debut release on “backer-only” colored vinyl. Other artists already confirmed to take part in future Sounds Delicious releases include Yumi Zouma, Mitski, Skylar Spence, Mutual Benefit, Quilt, GEMS, Salt Cathedral, and Foxygen’s Jonathan Rado, and more will be announced in the coming weeks.
Find out more about Turntable Kitchen and check out other TK Market offerings at turntablekitchen.com.
Play this: Summer sounds tasty
Another Turntable Kitchen highlight is curated playlists — like when the site partnered with Allrecipes Magazine to create a soundtrack that would compliment ocean breezes, fresh seafood and a beach party atmosphere for the rag’s Summer Clambake. Since Fourth of July lies dead ahead, I’ve curated my own playlist of breezy, upbeat jams (all released in 2016) to score the hot and lazy Florida summer day leading up to the night’s fireworks display — ideal sounds for poolside lounging, umbrella drink-sipping, or flipping burgers on the grill while the kids scramble and scream ‘round the yard.