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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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:34 AM

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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:44 AM

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
Category:general -- posted at: 6:47 AM

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
Category:general -- posted at: 11:10 PM

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
Category:general -- posted at: 8:57 AM

Ep. 122 - This week's podcast guest is Jarobi White, the mysterious original member of Tribe Called Quest who left the group to become a professional chef.  Zach talks to him about what kind of food he ate growing up, what food he likes to cook, and what posessed him to leave one of the greatest hip hop groups of all time to become a chef.  Special thanks go out to Chef Roy Choi for connecting us with Jarobi back in September when he was in town doing a Korean/Soul Food pop up at Roy's restaurant POT   

Direct download: Episode_122-Jarobi_White.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 7:37 PM

Ep 121 - Punk rocker turned chef Terri Wahl joins us for year's Thanksgiving episode.  She tells us about how her band The Red Aunts got wined and dined by Epitaph, and how she left it all behind to open Auntie Em's Kitchen in the Eagle Rock neighborhood of Los Angeles.  We talk Thanksgiving too, including the perfect music to listen to while you cook (which we posted as a Spotify playlist on www.foodisthenewrock.com)  

Her cookbook "The Auntie Em's Cookbook: A Musician's Guide to Breakfast and Brunch" is out now (and would make the perfect holiday gift- hint hint.)  

Direct download: Episode_121__Thanksgiving_2014.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 4:49 PM

Ep. 120 - On November 9th we helped Castle Gourmet and Mack Sennett Studios put on the Eastside Food Festival here in Los Angeles to benefit PATH. There was great food, beer and wine from Angel City Beer and Silverlake Wine, and Zach podcasted live on stage in front of a standing room only crowd w/ Stella Mozgawa from the L.A. band Warpaint, Morgan Kibby from M83 and The White Sea, chefs Jessica Koslow from Sqirl, Ari Taymor from Alma, Craig Thornton from Wolvesmouth, and special guest host Evan Kleiman from Good Food on KCRW.  We recorded the talk and are releasing as this week's podcast.  Enjoy!  

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Direct download: Episode_120-Eastside_Food_Fest_Superpanel.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55 AM

Ep. 119 - This week we bring you the final episode recorded at Life is Beautiful is Las Vegas. You may know our guest this week from Top Chef Masters, his New York restaurant Barbuto, or his famous roasted chicken.  But what many people may not know about Jonathan Waxman (the Obi Won Kenobi of the food world) is that he had a whole life as a professional trombone player before becoming a chef.  He tells us about seeing Jimi Hendrix and Otis Redding in concert together, and the band he was in with Lenny Pickett called Lynks.  Plus at the end we talk about Music City Eats, the festival he started with the guys from Kings of Leon.  

This week's podcast is sponsored by our friends at the Cosmopolitan Las Vegas, who made it possible for us to go to Life is Beautiful this year and record all these great episodes.  

Direct download: Episode_119-Jonathan_Waxman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:55 AM