Sometimes, the music playing while you dine can totally make your meal. In this new feature, we’ll share playlists curated by the most tasteful people in the Brooklyn food scene. Think of it as a mixtape from a favorite restaurant, perfect for playing while you’re cooking, hosting a dinner party or just scarfing some take-out on your couch.
We’re kicking things off with a playlist from the good people at Carroll Gardens locavore’s paradise Battersby. Wine supervisor Erika DaSilva describes it as a mix of “60s garage, punk rock, and upbeat jazz and blues,” adding that Devon Nevola, girlfriend of co-chef/co-owner Walker Stern, helped with the musical selections. You can enjoy the playlist on Spotify if you’re a member, or you can listen to most of it below.
Check back in next week for a full review of Battersby.
1. Sam Cooke, “Ain’t That Good News” — A poppy, bluesy cover of an original gospel song with deep political leanings. We’re suckers for Sam Cooke.
2. Lee Perry, “Jungle Lion” — This Lee “Scratch” Perry track is instrumental, a necessary choice and perfect nod to the reggae tradition as we know it.
3. Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings, “Make It Good to Me” — There are too many favorite tracks to choose from, but if forced, we’d say “Make It Good to Me”. Also, would someone please ask her to come back to Prospect Park this summer? (We’re choosing a different one, because “Make It Good to Me,” sadly, is not on YouTube. – Ed.)
4. Muddy Waters, “Trouble No More” — Our sous chef, Mike Sowa, is from Chicago, and a jazz musician as well as a chef, so who better to listen to during service than the father of the Chicago blues scene.
5. The Misfits, “Hybrid Moments” — One of our chefs is a huge punk rock fan and The Misfits blend of melodic punk with the entertaining vocals of Glen Danzig seemed an appropriate inclusion. This track is a great example of deceivingly upbeat horror rock!
6. Henchmen, “Jack of All Trades” — This mid-60s garage band never hit the limelight, but we love their youthfully scratchy voices, and you can always find someone in the restaurant immediately drumming their fingers once it comes on.
7. James Hunter, “No Smoke Without Fire” — Being a huge fan of original 50s and 60s bands, I’m dubious of so-called “retro” acts. James Hunter is an excellent nod to earlier sensibilities, and this song is an amazing tongue-in-cheek nod to the kitchen.
8. Mission of Burma, “That’s When I reach for My Revolver” — American post punk is a necessity. This track has such a killer hook, and we are constantly humming it after service.
9. The Barons, “Now You’re Mine” — With strong literary ties to Bakerfield in the 60s, The Barons are a personal favorite.
10. The Reigning Sound, “You’re Not As Pretty” — A fantastic garage rock band who blend various musical stylings with the sardonic songwriting of Greg Cartwright.
Photo by Cody Swanson