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What’s Pumping on the Speakers (and Headphones) of Patrick Hennessy

Definitive Records asks interesting Vancouverites (and, occasionally, other BC-ers) to scour their sonic-led memories to pull out the three albums anchoring their musical tastes.

Today we hear from Barbara‘s Patrick Hennessy, who is known for his talent in the kitchen, as well as for filling his tiny 17-seat Chinatown restaurant with a top-notch 90’s hiphop playlist on the regular. We recently caught up with Hennessy to quiz him about his top three albums of all time, only to find out that his choices are all tied to specific eras of his cooking career…

The Presets | Apocalypso

Awesome Australian electro duo. This album was our pump-up album pre-service at Chambar back in the day. Nothing like some hard electro to get you in the mood to cook 150lbs of mussels.


LCD Soundsystem | Sound of Silver

Listened to this album on repeat riding the subway to and from work in New York. Great music for walking around an energetic city to.


Nas | Illmatic

We listen to 90’s hip hop every night at Barbara. There is no greater 90’s rap album than this. Every time a song from this album comes on, I can’t help but smile.

From ‘Jazzy Boombap’ to Adolescent Rebellion: Shotaro Jotatsu Names His Definitive Records

In anticipation of his next event on June 17th, the Vancouver-based DJ and host of the Japanese-run music and vintage pop-up, Ishinomonosashi, gives us the rundown of his most influential albums to date.

The Musical Tastes of Yu Su, In and Out of the Kitchen

On Wednesday, December 7th, Ubuntu Canteen will be hosting Yu Su for a sonically inspired collaborative dinner, featuring the personal sounds of her trip through mainland China.

From ‘The Hip’ to Hip Hop, Mike Jacobsen Names His Three ‘Definitive Records’

We take a short trip over to Salt Spring and head immediately to Cassette Cafe and Dive Bar - a former gas station where these days locals and visitors alike fuel up on food, drinks and a stellar playlist of tunes - to hear from its owner about the albums that 'define' him...

Bricklayer Brewing’s Megan McDonald Names Her Three Most Haunting Albums

Music is a big deal at the Chilliwack brewery (all of their beers have music-inspired names) so it came as no surprise that its co-owner was eager to share her three most influential albums.