Dinner with the Band

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  • Andrew W.K.

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    S 2 : Ep 16 - 7/20/10

    Today Sam’s turning the loft into a true party house, because the party master himself, Andrew W.K., is stopping by. On the menu: Party Hard Brisket (root beer braised beef brisket), Long Live Puppies (ham hock and grits hush puppies) and I Get Mashed (parsnip mash). Andrew helps Sam get the meal started, but it doesn’t take long before he races upstairs to belt out “Party Hard,” for Sam’s friends. When he comes back to the kitchen, the meal is finished, and Sam shakes up The Wolf (a sassafras and vanilla infused gin and root beer cocktail). Andrew and Sam eat and drink and talk about Andrew’s career. Then it’s time for another unpredictable performance from Andrew W.K., “I Get Wet.”moreless
  • Lightspeed Champion

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    S 2 : Ep 15 - 7/13/10

    Lightspeed Champion’s Devonté Hynes is in town and ready to eat! Sam has planned a meal inspired by Dev’s London roots and his love for falafel. He’s making Big Gun Falafel (green pistachio falafel), Dead Head Hummus (English pea hummus) and How Do You Do Muhammara (red pepper muhammara), along with a cool curry yogurt poori. Sam and Lightspeed Champion get the falafel mixture started, then Sam continues to work on the meal, while Lightspeed plays “Marlene” for a group of Sam’s friends. After the song, Dev returns to the kitchen to help finish making dinner. Sam whips up a cocktail he calls “The Marlene,” and dinner is served. After the last bite, everyone heads upstairs for another Lightspeed Champion song, “I Don’t Want to Wake Up Alone.”moreless
  • Au Revoir Simone

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    S 2 : Ep 14 - 7/6/10

    The ethereal, synth-loving trio, “Au Revoir Simone” is paying a visit to their neighbor in Brooklyn, chef Sam Mason. He’s making them a meal, and in return, they’ll entertain him and his friends with an intimate concert. Sam knows that the members of Au Revoir Simone (Erika Forster, Annie Hart and Heather D’Angelo) love Korean food, so he’s making them a Mason House version of the traditional Bibimbop, with Golden Eggs (soy eggs) and Lucky Kimchi (a quick beet kimchi). Since the ladies love beets, he’ll also make them his famous Beet Sangria. They help him out in the kitchen, then go upstairs to play “All or Nothing” for his friends. After dinner and plenty of toasting to a great day, Au Revoir Simone performs an encore, “Anywhere You Looked”moreless
  • Theophilus London

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    S 2 : Ep 13 - 6/29/10

    Theophilus London is ready to entertain Sam Mason and his friends with some of his new urban pop melodies, as well as dig into one of Sam’s specialty meals. Sam has decided to use Theophilus’s Caribbean childhood as the inspiration for tonight’s menu. He’s making Calypso Porterhouse (porterhouse steak), Charming Callaloo (Callaloo salad) and Burning Cornbread (Cornbread with jerk seasoning and honey). After Theophilus helps Sam in the kitchen for a bit, he steps upstairs to rip out his song, “Julia.” When he returns to the kitchen, the meal gets finished, and Sam whips up the “Dark and Humdrum,” a ginger beer and rum cocktail. The dinner is devoured, the drinks are downed, and Theophilus has another song for the crowd, called “Humdrum Town.”moreless
  • My Brightest Diamond

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    S 2 : Ep 12 - 6/22/10

    The lovely and talented Shara Worden of My Brightest Diamond visits the loft with her string quartet, ready to play some of her beautiful tunes, and indulge in Sam’s cooking. Inspired by one of her songs, “Apples,” Sam is making a meal with apples in every dish. Dragonfly Tenderloin (Roast Pork Tenderloin stuffed with apples and plum paste), Gentleman Sprouts (brussel sprout salad with apples), and a side of charred cinnamon apple sauce. All this will be washed down with The Workhorse, which is Sam’s take on a Rum Old fashioned, garnished with apples. In between helping out with the meal, My Brightest Diamond graces Sam’s friends with the song, “Inside a Boy.” And after their final bite? An encore, with the song, Apples.”moreless
  • Vega

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    S 2 : Ep 11 - 6/15/10

    Tonight, the latest princes of disco, VEGA, are in town from Austin, TX and are coming to Sam’s loft. Band members Ronald Gierhart, Jason Faries and Alan Palomo love seafood so Sam has designed a menu of Vivid Snapper (pan seared red snapper) with Apricot Garden Salad (edamame puree, cumin granola and apricot emulsion). Inspired by their hometown of Austin, Sam will also make a thirst-quenching Well Known Michelada. While the dishes get going, VEGA goes upstairs to play “No Reason” to a crowd of Sam’s friends. After the meal and a couple of drinks, it’s time for one more song from VEGA, “ Well Known Pleasures.”moreless
  • Murder City Devils

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    S 2 : Ep 10 - 6/8/10

    The loft gets loud tonight when the garage punk band The Murder City Devils stop by to play and eat. Sam has created a menu inspired by the burrito joint where the band’s members used to work to support their music. Sam’s making Midnight Burritos at the Mason Kitchen (Burritos with chorizo, refried lentils green cilantro Rice and watercress salsa verde) with a side of Salsa of Fire (tomato and raspberry salsa) to dress Sam’s homemade tortilla chips. In between cooking, eating and drinking the Aqua Verde (Sam’s Tomatillo-based Bloody Mary), The Murder City Devils rock the loft with “18 Wheels” and “I Drink the Wine.”moreless
  • The Mountain Goats

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    S 2 : Ep 9 - 6/1/10

    The prolific and poetic band The Mountain Goats arrives at Sam’s loft to dine and play music. Sam has designed a vegetarian meal for the band members John Darnielle, Peter Hughes and Jon Wurster. On the menu: Death Metal Steaks (cauliflower steaks), Cotton Puree (cauliflower puree) and Sunset Fries (chickpea fries), all washed down with a Moon Over Sazerac (Sam’s take on a Sazerac cocktail). While Sam keeps working in the kitchen, The Mountain Goats play their tune, “1 Samuel 15:23” for Sam’s friends in the loft. They help Sam finish making dinner and of course dive in, before performing one more song for the crowd, “Psalm 40:2.”moreless
  • The Devil Makes Three

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    S 2 : Ep 8 -

    Sam Mason moonlights as a country music DJ and one band he always has on his playlist is The Devil Makes Three. Sam is thrilled that the band’s members Pete Bernhard, Lucia Turino, and Cooper McBean are coming to visit. To celebrate their love of family style meals, Sam has created a truly comforting menu of Graveyard Chicken (hibiscus roasted chicken), Good Again Carrots (spiced carrots) and Pickled Green Beans. As the meal starts cooking, The Devil Makes Three slip upstairs to play their tune “Black Irish,” then return to the kitchen to help Sam finish making dinner. When the chicken comes out of the oven, Sam whips up his version of a whiskey sour, a drink he calls “Gracefully Sour.” It’s the perfect complement to the meal and a great boost for the band to play one more song, “For Good Again.”moreless
  • Rufus Wainwright

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    S 2 : Ep 7 -

    Award-winning singer-song writer, musical composer and actor Rufus Wainwright joins Sam Mason in the kitchen for a German-inspired meal and two very special performances. Because Rufus visits the German Alps every year, Sam has designed a meal that’s reminiscent of that part of the world, but of course he adds a few culinary twists. Rufus claims his talent does not extend to the kitchen, but Sam still gets him to help prepare the delicious meal of Schnitzel at Last (rabbit schnitzel), Zebulon Spaetzle (mustard spaetzle) and New York Sauerkraut (parsnip sauerkraut). Once the meal is started, Rufus steps away to entertain Sam’s friends with his song “Zebulon.” When Rufus returns to the kitchen, he and Sam finish preparing the meal and Sam mixes The Judy, a sparkling Riesling cocktail. After they dine, it’s time for Rufus to play an encore with the song, “Who Are You New York?”moreless

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    S 1 : Ep 6 - 12/29/09

    When it comes to eating, YACHT believes in incorporating what they eat and cook into their life mission. As staunch vegans (meaning they consume no animal byproduct), Jona and Claire experiment non-stop in their culinary laboratory. Common dishes like chicken picado, sausage & eggs and sautéed halibut are transferred to karma free, gastronomic delicacies like seitan picado, tofu scramble and velvety, sautéed eggplant. Their flavorful and delectable dishes defy all dull stereotypes about vegan cooking. To help add another dish to their meatless repertoire, Sam will cook up Pyschic City (Mushroom) Picado and Summer (black garlic) bok choy. To wash it down, he will stir up his Lovage Sour, a Lovage infused grain alcohol with vermouth and gin. YACHT performs "Psychic City" and "Ring the Bell."moreless
  • Kid Sister & Flosstradamus

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    S 1 : Ep 5 - 12/22/09

    For Kid Sister, eating healthy is not just a choice; it is a way of life. Over the last few years she has admitted dropping down from two-hundred and fifteen pounds to a svelte one-hundred and thirty five. Every meal she eats, every piece of food she puts in her body, is thought out and planned. Her strict dietary code, however, does not restrict her from enjoying the full flavors of life. Fresh vegetables, spicy condiments and a love for international cuisine keep Kid Sister's meals exciting and new. In addition to backing her on stage, Flosstradamus backs her at the table, helping keep the menu choices healthy and fresh. In recognition of the trio's healthful habits, Sam will cook up a low fat Can I Kick It Curry (Vegetable Curry) along with Whip It (whipped) Cauliflower, seasoned with white chocolate. He will be pairing the Curry with his Rooi Moer, a Rooibos infused Gin mixed with Apricot liquor, Chenin Blanc and Lemon. During breaks Kid Sister and Flosstradamus perform some of their hits "5-4-3-2-1," "Big Bills" and "Control."moreless
  • MEN

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    S 1 : Ep 4 - 12/15/09

    Being a band on the go like MEN, doesn't always mean there is time for a sit down meal. Sometimes the only meal is a fast one, but the band never lets quickness effect culinary excellence. Many tours start with a quick stop below Canal Street to pick up some of their favorite Chinese delicacies. Whether it is pan-fried veggie dumplings, succulently sweet pork ribs or exceedingly crispy Peking duck, MEN knows how to chow on the fly. While these dishes sit at the top of their culinary preferences, no dish is more sought after then the savory, meat filled bun. These brioche styled buns are packed full of slow roasted, velvety bites of meat and sautéed onions. As a nod to MEN's preferred road food, Sam will be baking up a gaggle of Boom Boom Boom Buns and pairing them with Long Island Thai Iced Tea. MEN will break out of the kitchen and perform "Credit Card Babies" and "Boom Boom Boom."moreless
  • Les Savy Fav

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    S 1 : Ep 3 - 12/9/09

    During their days on the road, one meal continued to elude Les Savy Fav, year after year, tour after tour. Legend had it that the best Jerk Chicken in the country was served only on Sunday nights in Baltimore. Despite careful planning and much anguish, the band could never plan their Baltimore stop on the right night or bring them selves to cancel a date in a different city. Unfortunately the restaurant closed down before the band ever had a chance to tastes its wares. In honor of their loss, Sam will be cooking Les Savy Pheasant (Jerk Pheasant) with a side order of Mason Mofongo (fried green plantains or fried yuca, seasoned with garlic, olive oil and pork cracklings, then mashed). To wash it all down, Sam will be whipping up Bahamian inspired Rum punch with Akee. Les Savy Fav take the stage to perform "Yawn, Yawn, Yawn" and "Bringing Us Down."moreless
  • Final Fantasy

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    S 1 : Ep 2 - 12/1/09

    For Owen, the most important part of touring is immersing himself into the local scene by enjoying their cultures, arts and, of course, food. This was not always easy since he was a practicing vegan until one fateful dinner in the UK six years ago. As legend has it, Owen found himself in a culinary wasteland, starving and with no meat free options. Although he had been Vegan for years, he still carried a love for meat deep inside him. With no other options, Owen was presented with a delicious lamb and he tucked into one of the best meals of his life. Although he still keeps a vegan kitchen at home, Owen enjoys carnivorous delights when he dines out. Together, Sam and Owen will cook up a Lamb inspired dish in honor of his UK meal. Final Fantasy performs "Lewis takes Action" & "Midnight Directives".moreless
  • Sharon Jones and The Dap-Kings

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    S 1 : Ep 1 - 11/24/09

    When it comes to inspiration, Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings look to a good meal to fill their souls. No matter what town these road warriors pull into, their first priority is to hit up one of their favorite spots for a meat inspired feast. Whether it's duck breast in Paris, lamb shanks in Berlin or pulled pork in Bastrop, Texas, these carnivores love filling up on delectable local dishes. Restaurants, however, are not the only places the band looks forward to eating on the road. Legend has it that if the night is long enough and the mood is just right, the Dap-Kings can swing by Sharon's hotel room for a late night treat. Usually armed only with a kitchenette, she has been known to serve up succulent steaks and sides for her adoring band. In honor of their late snacks, Sam will be cooking up Sharon Steaks and the Dap Rings (Coffee Onion Rings). To compliment the Steaks, Sam will be whipping up Jones' Martinis. Sharon Jones & The Dap-Kings perform their hit songs "100 Days, 100 Nights" & "When I Come Home."moreless