Members of Talking Heads, Pavement and More Discuss Food Habits in New Book ‘Taste in Music’

April 12, 2024
Members of Talking Heads, Pavement and More Discuss Food Habits in New Book ‘Taste in Music’

Musician Alex Bleeker (Real Estate) and travel journalist Luke Pyenson (formerly of Frankie Cosmos) have announced their intent to inspect the one-of-a-kind relationship between touring artists and food in a new book, Taste in Music: Eating on Tour with Indie Musicians, due on September 24 via Chronicle Books.

Using the authors’ unique perspectives, the pair will guide the reader through 20 years of music industry experience, using their tales of meals past to evoke a larger conversation on humankind. On the pages, readers will encounter familiar voices from the indie music world, delving into their own stories as they pertain to the intersection between food and life on the road. 

Contributing artists include Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes), Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood), Mark Ibold (Pavement), John  Gourley (Portugal. The Man), Chris Frantz (Talking Heads), Eric Slick (Dr. Dog), Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso), Kevin Morby, Brian Weitz (Animal Collective), Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü), Dawn Richard, Devendra Banhart, Andy Cabic (Vetiver), Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos), The Beths and many others. View below. 

Besides discussing tour eating habits, Bleeker and Pyenson take the reader on a five-continent tour, from private homes to street-side stalls, temples, backstage, and, yes, in vans, highlighting the good and the bad–from the perks of cultural exchanges to loneliness and exhaustion produced in the wake of a musician’s path. 

Pre-order Taste in Music: Eating on Tour with Indie Musicians. 

Scroll down to view a complete list of contributing artists. 

Featuring stories from:

Robin Pecknold (Fleet Foxes)  

Natalie Mering (Weyes Blood)  

Mark Ibold (Pavement) 

John Gourley (Portugal. The Man)  

Chris Frantz (Talking Heads)  

Eric Slick (Dr. Dog)  

Amelia Meath (Sylvan Esso)  

Kevin Morby  

Brian Weitz (Animal Collective)   

Bob Mould (Hüsker Dü)  

Dawn Richard  

Devendra Banhart

Andy Cabic (Vetiver)  

Greta Kline (Frankie Cosmos)  

The Beths

Gus Lobban (Kero Kero Bonito)  

Steve Sladkowski (PUP)  

Sasami Ashworth (SASAMI)  

Meg Duffy (Hand Habits)  

Sadie Dupuis (Speedy Ortiz)  

Kaitlyn Aurelia Smith  

Stephanie Phillips (Big Joanie)  

Sen Morimoto  

Juan Wauters  

Cadien Lake James (Twin Peaks)  

Lily Chait (private chef for Phoebe Bridgers and boygenius)  

Adam Schatz (Japanese Breakfast; Landlady)  

Michael Stern  

Cheetie Kumar (The Cherry Valence, Birds of Avalon, co-owner of Kings and chef/owner of Ajja)  

Damon Krukowski and Naomi Yang (Galaxie 500, Damon & Naomi)  

André Gomes (promoter)  

Ethan Bassford (Ava Luna)  

Cole Furlow (Dead Gaze; Dent May)  

Chuck Hughes and Danny Smiles (chefs)  

Nick Farkas  

Nick Harris (All Dogs)  

Shannon Logan (promoter)  

Chantal Masson (promoter) 

Hicham Bouhasse (Imarhan)  

Sebastian Modak (Infinity Girl)  

Hermon Mehari  

Jc Cairns (Martha) and Ruby Tandoh