Food is the New Rock

Ep. 132 - On the podcast this week we talk music with acclaimed chef Jeremy Fox, who exorcised his demons this month in an article you can find in the latest issue of Lucky Peach (The Obsession Issue.) We talk to him about the article, as well as where he finds inspiration,  and the similarities between what he does and what a musician does. We also talk first album and first concert (spoiler: Michael Jackson is involved) and he lets us know what kind of music he's been listening to, from his early days at Manresa in Los Gatos, CA, through his time at the helm of Ubuntu (the Michelin starred vegetarian restaurant in Napa) up to his current post at Rustic Canyon in Santa Monica, CA. 

Direct download: Episode_132-Jeremy_Fox.mp3
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Ep. 131 - Epitaph Records Owner and Bad Religion's founding guitarist Brett Gurewitz is this week's podcast guest.  We talk about his stints on Esquire TV's Knife Fight and how it led to him becoming a part owner in Kris Morningstar's restaurant Terrine. He tells us about all the chefs who are Bad Religion fans, admits that the entire Epitaph office is on a diet, and then drops where to find the best hot dog in the world. Towards the end Brett tells us where he's eaten with Tom Waits, and how picky his kids are with food.  

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This week's podcast is sponsored by Panda Express.  Check out The G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) Combo Zach put together for them in honor of Chinese New Year on our website, www.foodisthenewrock.com.  Then go to pandaexpress.com and download a coupon for a free chicken egg roll on Chinese New Year (Feb. 19th).

Direct download: Episode_131-Brett_Gurewitz.mp3
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Ep. 130 - Ulises Lozano and Carlos Chairez from the Mexican electro-rock band Kinky are this week's podcast guests. They tell us about the food they grew up eating in Monterrey Mexico, their favorite cities to tour in for the food, and what they think about Mexican food in L.A.  Then at the end, Uli gives us his recipe for uliquiles.  

 

Their newest album, MTV Unplugged, is out now on Nacional Records.  

Direct download: Episode_130-Kinky.mp3
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Ep. 129 -  Iconic Chef Wolfgang Puck is this week's guest on the Food is the New Rock podcast.  Zach met him at CUT in Beverly Hills to talk about the music he listened to as a child, the music he plays in his restaurants, and the musicians he's gotten to cook for over the years. (Warning: There's a a lot of name dropping in this podcast.) We also ask him whether or not inspiration is a young person's game, and he tells us about the time that he saw Louie Armstrong as a kid in Austria. 

We're dropping our episode a little early this week because... we're featured on iTunes!  So if you want to thank somebody for getting this podcast 12 hours early this week, you can thank them.  

Direct download: Episode_129-Wolfgang_Puck.mp3
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Ep. 128 - Comedian and podcast impressario Doug Benson comes on the show this week to talk about food.  He tells us about the worst episode of Dining With Doug & Karen (spoiler: it was the one with Wayne Federman), his love of chain restaurants, and why he doesn't like eating food with his hands at restaurants.  Our pal Jeff Miller (from the band Black Crystal Wolf Kids) is the guest host, with beads in his beard. And you'll be excited to know that after the podcast we did do a slo-mo shakey face video of the bead beard.

Also, after the show Doug suggested that after 128 episodes we should probably get a theme song for the show... so, we're doing it!  Want to make us a theme song? Put it together and send it to foodisthenewrock@gmail.com.  We'll post the best ones and have people vote on it.  

Direct download: Episode_127_-_Doug_Benson.mp3
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Ep. 127 - Electronic music pioneer Daedelus is our guest this week.  He's a coffee fanatic, so we spend a good amount of time nerding out with him about that before moving onto other topics like the VIP plaque at Sqirl, going gluten free, and shit pig.  His latest album is called The Light Brigade.  Get more info at http://daedelusmusic.com

Direct download: Episode_126-Daedelus.mp3
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Ep. 126 - This week's guest practically invented the pop up restaurant in Los Angeles with his LudoBites dinner series, before opening Trois Mec last year with former podcast guests Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo.  Since then Trois Mec has been named Best Restaurant in Los Angeles for two years running by L.A. Weekly, and was just named one of the 38 Best Restaurants in America by Eater. He's also one of the mentors on ABC's The Taste alongisde Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samulesson and Nigella Lawson. We talk to Ludo about the music he listened to growing up in France, the great musicians he's gotten to cook for, and the guitar lessons he got from Michelle Branch.  And of course we ask him about the foie gras ban that was just lifted in California.  

A limited edition 10th Anniversary Edition of his first cookbook CRAVE was just released. Get more details at  www.ludolefebvre.com

Direct download: Episode_125-Chef_Ludo.mp3
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Ep. 125 - Normally on the podcast we talk to a chef just about music or a musician just about food... but this week we're breaking format for something we've never done before.  A crossover spectacular (!!!) with another podcast.  Dan Pashman is our guest the week, host of The Sporkful podcast on WNYC and the author of "Eat More Better" a great new book that helps you... wait for it... wait for it... Eat. More. Better.  We caught up with Dan last month here in L.A. when he was on his book tour, and had a great conversation about food and music, an excerpt of which appears on this week's episode of The Sporkful featuring The Two Man Gentlemen Band.  If you're a fan of Food is the New Rock but always wondered what Zach would sound like with some of that quality public radio editing, then you'll want to go download that episode immediately.   And if you're a Sporkful fan, here for the first time, enjoy hearing what Dan sounds like unabridged!

Direct download: Episode_124-Sporkful_rev1.mp3
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Ep. 124 - This week's podcast guest is L.A. based Indie-electronic band Wildcat! Wildcat!, who rose to fame a few years ago after opening for Passion Pit at SxSw as part of a documentary that was funded by Taco Bell's Feed the Beat program.  We talk to them about their favorite places to eat on tour, ranch dressing (they're kind of fanatics about the stuff) and the whole Taco Bell thing. Their latest album "No Moon at All" was produced in our studio Bronson Island by our good friend Morgan Kibby (M83/The White Sea) who was on our East Side Food Festival episode.  They also have toured with former guests Alt-J and Portugal the Man.  

Direct download: Episode_123-Wildcat_Wildcat.mp3
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Ep. 123 - It's time for our annual Holiday Gift Guide Episode where we welcome a special guest onto the show to recommend holiday gifts for the music and food lovers in your life.  This year we're excited to welcome DJ Them Jeans (aka Jason Stewart), host of the "Tall Tales" and "The Stew" podcasts and the man behind all the food stuff on Skrillex's site nesthq.com.  We talk to Jason about his podcasts, his forrays into food, and the cookbook he's thinking about writing before getting into the gift recommendations.  At the end of the show, Eater L.A. editor Matt Kang joins us to talk about Eater's holiday gift guide.  

And as always we'll be giving away a prize pack full of stuff from the guide, including a UE Boom bluetooth speaker, one of our brand new Flavour Gallery t-shirts and more.  In order to enter to win, just mention us on social media and the holiday gift guide prize pack and you're entered to win (@foodisnewrock on Twitter or @foodisthenewrock on Instagram or just hashtag it #foodisthenewrock).  

Direct download: Episode_122-2014_Gift_Guide.mp3
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