While there’s no hard and fast theme for playlist #1, it should serve as an introduction to the restaurant’s eclectic side. Some songs mention food; others just seem make things taste better. The idea here is to mirror the mood on Hoyt Street; appreciative of the past and looking towards the future, like a Montreal-style Jewish deli that serves duck chop suey.
Grizzly Bear – “Sleeping Ute”
The borough’s own has struck the perfect balance of lilting summer and itchy cacophony. If this is any indication, Shields will be a great record with songs for any season.
RJD2 – “Bus Stop Bitties”
I get more excited about food if there’s rhythm supporting it, and RJ’s sonic sculptures are a meal’s best counterpart. We may not candy yams, but the deli food packs a whole lotta soul.
MF DOOM – “One Beer”
No full bar? No problem – just one Old Rasputin stout will do the trick. Need more songs about food? MF DOOM is your guy.
Kimbra – “Posse”
There’s a lot to be said for doing things your own way, especially it turns out great. Where else can you grab Montreal-style bagels handcrafted (with love and lots of sesame seeds) in this very borough? When was the last time you heard songwriting like Kimbra’s?
Aesop Rock – “Grace”
Musically, it’s tough to pick a favorite from Aes’s new record Skelethon, but gastronomically it’s no contest. No one else makes a kid shunning veggies sound so fresh.
Chris Cornell – “When I’m Down”
There’s only one thing to ease heartache like this: smoked meat poutine. Try it.
Jay-Z – “Roc Boys”
From Marcy Houses to the half completed Barclays Center, Mr. S. Carter has always bled for Brooklyn. Maybe he’ll take a break from Lucali and come visit…
Labi Siffre – “I Got The…”
I’d cook or eat or dance to this song any time, possibly and probably all at once. Smoother than roasted mushroom poutine gravy.
Flying Lotus – “MmmHmm”
It’s all we want customers to say.
Com Truise – “Brokendate”
Jersey-based Com Truise brings the synthy heat, a perfect summer soundtrack for muggy days and torrential downpours.
Fiona Apple – “Hot Knife”
It’s no secret that butter makes things taste awesome. The only way this song could be more apt is if she sang “schmaltz” instead.
Steely Dan – “Dirty Work”
There’s a ton of it at any restaurant. Luckily, there’s Fagen and Becker to make it go oh so smoothly.
This playlist is courtesy of Ari Sadowitz.
When he’s not on the floor waxing poetic about the smoked chicken and duck chop suey, you can find Ari playing and teaching guitar and bass all over Brooklyn and beyond. Visit arisadowitz.com for music and more.