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Turntable Kitchen: The Covers Dinner Mix

As you may have heard, this past weekend, Turntable Kitchen and FoxconSox hosted a series of underground supper clubs titled “Covers” :: a dinner of culinary and musical tribute :: for the Noise Pop Festival.  For Turntable Kitchen, it was our first ever physical “real world” event.  Here was the concept: the chefs we worked with would prepare 6 courses of culinary “covers” paying tribute to chefs that influenced them. Then, we would pair appropriate covers to soundtrack the meal. For instance, the first course was a cover of Chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s “New Style Sashimi.” Chef Nobu, a highly celebrated Japanese chef, has explained that his philosophy as a chef is that you should always cook from the heart (or “kokoro” as Chef Nobu would said). So, to pay tribute to Chef Nobu and his philosophy, I wanted to pair the dish with a collection of Japanese covers of popular love songs such as Nana Kinomi and Leo Beats cover of the Zombies’ “I Love You.” To accomapny Chef Achatz’s signature dish, “Hot Potato, Cold Potato”, I chose “cold” indie covers of “hot” R&B songs such as The Bird and The Bee’s cover of Rhianna’s “Don’t Stop The Music.”  The chefs paid tribute to Chef Michael Tusk with a dish titled “Homage to Winter” (ravioli, 6 ways, prepared using seasonal winter ingredients), for which I simply chose covers of songs about Winter.  For Chef Michel Bras, a rock star in the French culinary world, I chose French covers of popular rock songs.  And to accompany the “Pave of Suckling Pig” by Chef Humm, a hot up-and-coming chef from New York, I chose covers by my favorite up-and-coming artists.  Finally, for the dessert, a riff on Chef Herme’s “Tango”, I chose some blissed-out and contented covers that included Toro y Moi’s cover of “Human Nature” by Michael Jackson to reflect the blissed-out and contented feeling that can accompany a great meal.

Of course, many of our readers don’t live in San Francisco, and attendance was never an option.  Even if you were in San Francisco at the time, spaces were limited and the dinners sold-out very quickly.  Nonetheless, I put together a mix highlighting a few of the songs we featured during the dinners to share with our readers. Download it below. Finally, I want to thank Unholy Rhythms who helped me track down a number of these covers (including Kasey’s favorite: Sheila’s cover of Nancy Sinatra’s “Bang Bang”).  Enjoy!

Turntable Kitchen :: The Covers Dinner Mix (.zip file)

01. Nana Kinomi & Leo Beats – Suki Sa Suki Sa Suki Sa (Cover of The Zombies’ “I Love You”)
02. Beavers – Saten No Yoru (Cover of The Moody Blues’ “Nights In White Satin”)
03. The Bird and The Bee – Don’t Stop the Music (Rhianna Cover)
04. The xx – Hot Like Fire (Aaliyah Cover)
05. Klaxons – No Diggity (Blackstreet Cover)
06. Panda Eyes – White Winter Hymnal (Fleet Foxes Cover)
07. Beck – Winter Lady (Leonard Cohen Cover)
08. The Robot Ate Me – Angel in the Snow (Elliott Smith Cover)
09. Sacred Animals – Castles In The Snow (Twin Shadow Cover)
10. Sheila – Bang Bang (Nancy Sinatra Cover)
11. Richard Anthony – Fille Sauvage (Cover of the Rolling Stones’ “Ruby Tuesday”)
12. Francoise Hardy – Suzanne (Leonard Cohen Cover)
13. The Morning Benders – He’s a Rebel (Crystals’ Cover)
14. Memoryhouse – Foreground (Grizzly Bear Cover)
15. Grizzly Bear – Owner of a Lonely Heart (Yes Cover)
16. Toro y Moi – Human Nature (Michael Jackson Cover)
17. Blackbird Blackbird – Float On (Modest Mouse Cover)
18. Steffaloo – My Love (Justin Timberlake Cover)

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Posted by Matthew Hickey


Matthew is the music editor and co-founder of Turntable Kitchen. He’s addicted to vinyl records, pour over coffee, craft beer, small batch bourbon, and pan roasting pork chops.

  • Brian

    Can’t wait to listen to this!

    Just read Kaseys post about the event. Sounds like you guys had a great time.

  • Matthew

    Thanks Brian! It was a great time. We were pretty exhausted by the end of it – but it was a lot of fun.

  • Nicole

    Fantastic mix! Didn’t know The Bird and The Bee had done that cover – great find. Thanks again for your help with the turntable!

  • Matthew

    Thanks Nicole! I’m so glad you liked it :) Always happy to help. I’ve meant to put together a turntable review and stereo system set up guide for some time. Maybe this will help motivate me to do that.

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  • Chris

    Wow! Just heard about your site and Covers Dinner Mix on British Radio (Sean Rowley – BBC Radio Kent. You’re blasting away in my kitchen right now!

    Belfast, Northern Ireland

  • Chris Ryan

    This is seriously the best collection of covers I’ve seen. Well done!

  • Michael Horton

    discovered your site today. going back and reading the mixtapes and recipes. new favorite place on the web.

  • Matthew

    Thanks Michael!

  • oliver

    this is juicy. like the chromatic thingy on the chorus

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