Matt Lemay is a drummer (Kleenex Girl Wonder, Mike Pace and the Child Actors), songwriter (Get Him Eat Him), recording engineer (White Hinterland, Mr. Dream, BELLS, Capstan Shafts), and writer (Pitchfork , 33 1/3 series).
What was the food highlight of your year?
Dinner with my wife at La Buvette in Brussels. It was one of those rare meals that makes you want to run into the kitchen like "HOW IS THIS SO GOOD DO YOU EVEN REALIZE HOW GOOD THIS IS HOW IS THIS RESTAURANT NOT A BIG DEAL HOW IS THIS ALL EVEN REAL." It was probably the only time I've ever walked into a restaurant that initially reads "this place serves totally decent mid-level bistro-style food" and walked out saying "that may be the best meal I've ever had." Wait, did I really just write that?
What was the music highlight of your year?
Lots of them, but one particularly wonderful experience this year has been mixing a handful of songs by my good friend Jessica, who I met in an indie rock chat room when we were both teenagers. There's something extra-magical about working on music with somebody when you spent a good portion of your teenage years talking with that person about music.
Was there a moment when food and music came together in a memorable way?
This happens more or less constantly in my life, which is awesome, but I think my fondest music-and-food-related memory from 2014 is driving with my wife from Houston to Austin for SXSW, enjoying an all-BBQ menu and an all-Steely Dan playlist. It doesn't get much better than that.