Food is the New Rock

Ep. 141 - Chef Jenn Louis from Lincoln in Portland, OR is this week's podcast guest. She has a brand new cookbook out called "Pasta By Hand", so we sat down with her when she was in town for the L.A. Chef Classic last month.  Jenn told us about how she became a drummer, her friendship with M. Ward, and what it was like to sing along with the Von Trapp family at a cookie party for Food & Wine Magazine.  

Direct download: Episode_141-Jenn_Louis.mp3
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Ep. 140 - This week's podcast is the final episode we recorded live at SxSw's Southbites, and features Brian Harding, one half of the indie rock duo Ex-Cops.  They're the band who created the huge uproar just before SxSw by posting a letter on their Facebook page condemning McDonald's for offering to pay any of the bands who were asked to play their showcase.  We talk to Brian about that as well as what him and Amelie like to eat on tour, his brief stint working at Fatty Crab in NYC, and the fantastic L.A. restaurant "Night of Song and Joy".  

Then as a bonus we tacked on the Southbites panel we did about how to build a restaurant playlist with Adam Kinane from Supper., Andrew Wintner from Music Styling, and Chad Gluckson from Easy Tiger in Austin.  Enjoy this rare two for one special!

Direct download: Episode_140-Ex_Cops.Restaurant_Panel.mp3
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Ep. 139 - Momofuku Chef and Lucky Peach Editor David Chang returns to the podcast this week to talk food, music, and a little bit of basketball.  Recorded at SxSw, we talk to David about his love of Phish and the death of Rock N Roll, plus we go deep about the big Jeremy Fox article in Lucky Peach.  Zach also brings up how Dave may or may not have promised him free Momofuku Ssam Bar for life from a SxSw stage two days earlier.   

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This week's podcast is sponsored by Musicstyling, the premier provider of customized music content for the luxury hospitality and retail industries. Let Musicstyling help develop your company’s sonic identity. Find out more at www.musicstyling.com

Direct download: Episode_139-David_Chang.mp3
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Ep. 138 - Pulitzer Prize winning food writer (and our very first official podcast guest) Jonathan Gold returns to the show as part of our slate of live SxSw programming. He's the subject of a great new documentary called "City of Gold" which premiered at Sundance this year, so we talked to him about that (naturally).  Plus we asked him about the new NWA movie, his first concert experiences as an 11 year old kid in L.A., and the whole Marvin Gaye/Robin Thicke thing- since he wrote about the landmark Gilbert O'Sullivan vs Biz Markie sampling case back in the 90s. Jonathan also admits that he is trying to train himself to appreciate Taylor Swift. 

Direct download: Episode_137-Jonathan_Gold.mp3
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Ep. 137 - Famed producer and TV on the Radio guitarist Dave Sitek joined us at The Driskill Hotel in Austin TX last week for SxSw Southbites, where we recorded podcasts all day long on Monday. Dave told us about all the cooking he does at his home studio, the places he likes to eat when he's out on tour w/ TVOTR, and his secret to making a delicious blueberry pie.  He also talks to us about producing the album FOOD w/ Kelis, an album he is widely credited with naming.  

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This week's podcast is sponsored by Musicstyling, the premier provider of customized music content for the luxury hospitality and retail industries. Let Musicstyling help develop your company’s sonic identity. Find out more at www.musicstyling.com

Direct download: Episode_136-Dave_Sitek.mp3
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Ep. 136 - Del Posto pastry chef and former Born Against drummer Brooks Headley is our podcast guest this week. His cookbook "Fancy Desserts" just won Food 52's Piglet Tournament so we flip through it and cover the important topics, like "there's no such thing as selling", "how Ian McKaye is like sbrisolona" and "why music and cooking do not mix".  Plus Brooks tells us the best vegetarian touring band story we've ever heard, and opens up about the tour food diary he kept secret from his band.  

Direct download: Episode_135-Brooks_Headley.mp3
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Ep. 135 - This week we go to hang out with the band Midlake just before they screened their brand new 90 minute documentary concert video "Midlake: Live in Denton, TX" at the Sonos Studio in L.A.  The film was produced and directed by Eric Noren and actor Jason Lee who joined us for a little bit at the beginning of the podcast.  We talked about the bar the band owns in Denton, plus the restaurants that singer Eric Pulido and drummer McKenzie Smith plan on opening this year.  They tell us about Denton's best sushi restaurant (yes, there is good sushi in Denton!) and at the end they give us their food picks for SxSw... where we'll be podcasting live on Monday as part of Southbites.  

Direct download: Episode_134-Midlake.mp3
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Ep. 134 - Mad Decent beat maker/producer/dj Toy Selectah and dj/producer Camilo Lara (aka Mexican Institute of Sound) are this week's podcast guests, talking food to us in advance of the release of their massive new collaborative project "Compass".  They take us on a food journey through most of the countries they recorded in, including Jamaica, the U.S., Brazil, and their home country- Mexico.  And for the 2nd time in 3 podcasts Zach gets told the Mexican food in Los Angeles sucks by two guys who know way more about than he does.  

Recorded in 9 countries with the help of Red Bull Sounds Studios and over 90 musical collaborators, like Boy George, Sly & Robbie, Toots & the Maytals, Gogol Bordello and more, Compass will be released in June.  Get more details at www.compassalbum.com

Direct download: Episode_133-Compass.mp3
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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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