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Play favorites with... Antonio Burrell


Masa 14 chef Antonio Burrell tells us what he listens to in his kitchen.

Every Wednesday Click Track finds out what the city is listening to with Play favorites -- a weekly column where we ask a Washingtonian what's been in heavy rotation on their stereo. This week we talk to Antonio Burrell, head chef at one of D.C.'s hottest new restaurants, Masa 14, a Latin-Asian fusion spot that is drawing rave reviews. After an initial visit Tom Sietsema said "[the] debut menu gives us ample reason to return." Burrell said he hasn't yet made it next door to the Black Cat, but he and his kitchen staff listen to plenty of tunes when getting dishes ready each night. A sampling...

The Killers, "All These Things That I've Done," "Mr. Brightside," "Romeo and Juliet"
Basically there are three [Killers] songs that we listen to a lot. Everybody likes them. Most people have started to learn the words. It comes on and everybody's, "Oh, I like that song." Kind of like all the Killers songs, I guess. You like them but you don't know why. Nobody really has a huge opinion about how they hate the Killers. People are just, "Oh yeah, I like the Killers."

Modest Mouse, "Bukowski"
I like the chorus of that one a lot. "Why would you want to be such an [expletive]?"
That's pretty much what all Modest Mouse songs are about.
They're either about drugs or bad times. A lot of those things we have empathy with because our kitchen's kind of a collection of misfits and guys who have had similar vices in the past.

(Femmes and Wu-Tang, after the jump.)

Violent Femmes, "Kiss Off"
This is my '80s rock anthem. The kind of music I grew up on. I've loved the Violent Femmes since I was in middle school. It's a retro thing for me.

Alice In Chains, "Angry Chair"
It gets you kind of pumped up in the kitchen. It gets you amped. We only listen to music when we're prepping. We notice that Alice in Chains and Tool, stuff like that, really gets people going. It picks up the vibe in the kitchen. That's the push music. When we tie everything up and get ready to go into service.

Wu-Tang Clan, "Bring da Ruckus"
When I'm not at work I tend to listen to a lot of hip-hop. This is the song I start the day off with, every day. When I get up and jump around and get energized and get focused on what I have to do that day.

By David Malitz  |  January 27, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  Play favorites  | Tags: Alice in Chains, Antonio Burrell, Modest Mouse, The Killers, Violent Femmes, Wu-Tang Clan  
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