The Turntable Kitchen

Another very cool record of the month concept – music and food pairings from The Turntable Kitchen.

The food and coffee pairings are definitely a very cool idea, but I was more captivated by the Sounds Delicious option.  With this option you get a complete album re imagined by another artist.  The eighth release was Gems doing John Lennon’s Imagine.  If you love the original, you’ll either love the re-imagined version (I like it – not in love with it), or you’ll be repulsed by the idea.  There seems to be little middle ground with the idea of cover songs/albums.

From their site – 

“Turntable Kitchen is a site connecting food and music, born in a foggy Inner Sunset, San Francisco apartment and now based in Seattle. Run by an inspired couple: Kasey (also known as Ksenya) and Matthew, we feature recipes with a focus on local, fresh ingredients, hand-selected ‘Musical Pairings,’ album reviews and musings on our city livin’ and country hoppin’ adventures. Most importantly, we aim to introduce food lovers to music and vice versa. In addition to our online features, we offer three record of the month clubs: the Turntable Kitchen Pairings Box, a food and music experience, Coffee & Vinyl Pairings, and SOUNDS DELICIOUS, a vinyl record club for full-length cover albums.

Turntable Kitchen is a place to come home to, travel with and turn up the volume on.”

The Kitchen Pairings Box delivers to you –  an exclusive 7″ vinyl record, digital mixtape, 1-2 premium ingredients to help you make the included recipes, 3 seasonal recipes and tasting notes.

Coffee and Vinyl Pairings Box includes –  an exclusive colored 7″ vinyl single paired with a 12 oz bag of seasonal, fresh-roasted coffee from Seattle’s Slate Coffee Roasters.

Sounds Delicious – limited edition full length cover album on vinyl,  custom album cover art, and  digital download

What Does It Cost?

Kitchen Pairings Box – $25/month

Coffee and Vinyl Pairings – $25/month

Sounds Delicious – $25/month

There are also lots of options for multi-album packages and gift subscriptions.

As far as I can tell, shipping is included for US subscribers, but is extra for those outside the US.  Because of the higher international shipping costs, they offer quarterly subscription deliveries.  You’ll have to wait a bit longer, but then you’ll have three albums to enjoy before the next three arrive.  Hey, if you’re really disciplined, you could open one per month and it would be just like getting a monthly delivery.  I couldn’t do it, but it’s a suggestion for everyone else.

The site also features articles on food, music and entertaining.  While the words are their own (that’s what they say), Turntable Kitchen is clear that part of the funding for the site comes from affiliate arrangements, so the article about their partnership with Lowes comes with some affiliate links.  I’m absolutely fine with this concept.  They are providing information and good articles and that takes time. I have no problem helping them get paid for their time.