Here it is, the first installment of The Weekend Starts Now, our joint podcast with the The Heavy Table! You can follow and listen to the entire show on Soundcloud, or play the show (or its individual segments).

SEGMENT 1: INTRODUCTION
Taylor Carik and James Norton introduce the show to the live audience and to you, our podcast listeners. This week’s music music is from two great local groups, The Federales and their album Blues, Bourbon & Burritos and the original soundtrack for Maid of Gold by Pear. 夫婦 on the Always Human Tapes label.

SEGMENT 2: ERIC DAYTON AND PAUL BERGLUND
Bachelor Farmer owner and chef Eric Dayton and Paul Berglund (respectively) dive into the nitty gritty of the new North and the reinvention of food and drink in the Upper Midwest.

SEGMENT 3: THREE THINGS
James talks up Hickory Hut wings, the braised pulled pork at Cafe Racer Kitchen, and cheese wheel cakes; Taylor salutes Hiatus: A Future Soul Monthly, Trash Film Debauchery, and Mad Max-style attacks on pedal pubs.

SEGMENT 4: SARAH PETERS
Sarah Peters from Northern Spark talks up the unique all-night festival and the subsequent Bachelor Farmer / Al’s Breakfast pancake feed.

SEGMENT 5: SUMMER FESTIVAL APPROVAL MATRIX
Taylor introduces and breaks down his somewhat scientific Summer Festival Approval Matrix, in case you were wondering what festivals to throw your time and/or money at this year.

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