Song To Cook To: A Guest Post From The Bake & Brew

Now, if there are three things I love, it's baked goods, good tunes, and beer. If there is one thing I'm terrible at, it's baking. And one thing I'm good at is suckering people into guest posting on my blog. Today we have Rebecca from The Bake & Brew, breaking down the songs she needs to get by when performing kitchen science. Once in awhile it feels good to flex the music muscle on, and I'm honored to have Rebecca come aboard and share this post with you. You can check out Rebecca and her baking and brew blog over at and pester and annoy her on Twitter (@thebakeandbrew)  -Hipster Brewfus

Being in the kitchen just wouldn't be right without music to accompany the mixing, the measuring, the boiling, the baking, and the cooking. Here's my latest playlist for cooking after a long day at work. If you have Spotify, you can listen to the whole playlist here. If not, see the links below for all the related Youtube videos.

Get home when the sunlight is starting to slant. Take off the work clothes and put on the favorite t-shirt. Take one of the last Schlafly Summers out of the fridge and use your favorite bottle opener (the one shaped like a New Belgium glass). Lift open the window by the stove, put a pot of water on to boil, grab the laptop, put on some tunes, and brush the workday off your back.

[Sittin' On] The Dock of the Bay - Otis Redding
All I can think about is the warm breeze and sitting by the Savannah river during this song. There's nothing like some whistling to welcome the evening and put a smile on your face.

Epic - Calexico
I don't think I'll ever prefer any Calexico over the Iron & Wine/Calexico album, but something about Epic has me coming back for more.

En t'attendent - Melanie Laurent
Hey guys. Remember Inglorious Basterds? Remember Shoshanna? Yeah Shoshanna does some sexy french singing. Mind. Blown.

Forrest Gump - Frank Ocean
Frank Ocean is a must for night-time cooking, night-time baking, night-time drinking. Double points if you're cooking for a special someone.

All Eyes on You - St. Lucia
And now for something completely different. This has been on repeat for weeks now (weeks upon weeks) in my car, when I'm getting ready in the morning, when I'm cooking at night. This hook just makes my shoulders move, and gets me moving right into the next song.

Slyd - !!!
Turn it up for this bass and for a little shimmy. Now this is when I really start dance cooking.

When They Fight, They Fight - Generationals
To continue the dance cooking. Again, the whistling. Oh the whistling.

Silver Lining - Rilo Kiley
Goodness I love listening to Rilo Kiley in the evenings. I'm not obsessed with everything she does, and I usually don't feel like listening to her songs over and over and over again. But her voice is so strong, so feminine, and so empowering. I guess most beer bloggers are dudes (right?), so maybe you don't want to feel like a woman, but damn if she doesn't give you some sass.

You and I - Wilco
Wilco. Always. There is nothing more satisfying than Jeff Tweedy whisper-singing to you as you pull together ingredients and create a meal.

The Breeze - Dr. Dog
Dr. Dog is a band similar to The Strokes in that I listen to them infrequently, but every time I do I think "Ahhh I need this all the time." But then I go back to weeks of not listening to them. It's my loss, really. And when I saw them in Bloomington last year, I swear it's the first show I've been to where 95% of the people watching sang along during every. single. song. Put an album on and you'll find yourself trying to do the same the first go around. Put that needle to the groove and sing.