Normally I find KCRW relentlessly uninteresting, but it came to my attention that this week Jonathan Gold was featured on the station’s “guest DJ project” hosted by Garth Trinidad. Gold, who writes for the LA Weekly and Gourmet, is the first food critic ever to win the Pulitzer Prize. The guy’s knowledge of the Los Angeles food scene encompasses everything from decadent Michelin-starred restaurants to divey bowling alley coffee shops, not to mention his fluency in the limitless diversity of the region’s ethnic cuisines. But before becoming the country’s most-lauded restaurant reviewer, Gold actually wrote about music, including the first major piece on NWA back in 1989. For his guest spot on KCRW, he brought records (or maybe MP3s) by Dr. Dre, the Germs, Funkadelic, Louis Armstrong, and John Dowland. Deep. The annoying thing is that they play only a portion of the songs, and they talk over them, too.
Incidentally, this Sunday in West Hollywood, Jonathan Gold will be hosting the Gold Standard, a tasting of 30 restaurants hand-picked by the Gold himself. The event is sold out, but my brother was smart enough to get a discounted ticket weeks ago; hopefully he’ll remember to take pictures.
Jonathan Gold's Counter Intelligence: Where to Eat in the Real Los Angeles (St. Martin's Press, 2000)