Aye Jay is the author of Indie Rock Connect The Dots, The Gangster Rap Coloring Book, and The Heavy Metal Funtime Activity Book. He’s designed countless skateboards, t shirts, and show posters.
What was the food highlight of your year?
I had a steak at Crush here in Chico, CA that ranks up there with the best things I’ve ever eaten. When a bite of food is so good it makes you close your eyes in bliss as it almost melts in your mouth you know it’s special. This last year Sierra Nevada really stepped up their hop game and released Hoptimum, Audition and Estate Ale one after the other. Some of the best beer ever, and it coming from my hometown is an added bonus.
What was the music highlight of your year?
I don’t think anyone is making better hip hop than Das Racist and affiliated side projects. It’s kinda a trojan horse in that it at first appears to be joke rap but if you’re paying attention, there’s a whole political undercurrent to it that is well worth your time
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
Sounds corny, but I bought a portable record player that now lives in the dining room, so to have family dinners at the table together while exposing the kids to the oft neglected vinyl collection while eating my wife’s amazing cooking has been the best win/win ever.