Food is the New Rock

Ep. 146 - Murph from the UK band The Wombats joins us on the show this week to talk food.  He tells us about the time the band made pate on Sunday Brunch w/ the Saturdays, how one of the tracks on their new album features a drum loop made from a burp, and the time his dog got into the fridge and ate everything.  And then at the very end, Sam joins the podcast to tell us what barnacles taste like.  

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Ep. 145 - Doug Quint and Bryan Petroff from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck return to the podcast this week.  We talk to them about last week's podcast guest Stephen Merritt (from the Magnetic Fields), jerking off bulls, and some of the various easter eggs that can be found in their new cookbook "Big Gay Ice Cream: Saucy Stories & Frozen Treats".   Plus Doug talks shit about "Zephyros Winds", the chamber quintet that replaced him without telling him shortly after the ice cream truck took off.  

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Ep. 144 - On this week's podcast Zach meets up with Stephen Merritt (and Sam Davol) from the Magnetic Fields at Doomie's, a vegan restaurant in Hollywood, CA.  Over vegan fried chicken and ham and cheese croissants they talk about Stephin's friendship with Doug Quint from the Big Gay Ice Cream Truck, why he became Vegan, and how much better it's gotten over the years for touring musicians who don't eat meat (and he makes it clear it has nothing to do with the hummus.) Plus Stephin teaches us about the vomit fruit al, which is also one of the subjects of his new Scrabble inspired book of mnemonic poems, "101 Two Letter Words".  We were warned that Stephin is a notoriously interesting interviewee and to be ready for awkward pauses. He didn't disappoint.  

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Ep. 143 - Guns N Roses might not be the topic you'd expect us to spend over an hour talking about with the owner of Canter's, the famous Jewish deli in L.A.'s Fairfax district.  But that's exactly what we did w/ Marc Canter last week, who not only grew up with Slash but has documented practically his entire career.  He was there when Guns N Roses was formed, and his book "Reckless Road" is full of stories and pictures from that time.  Recently he was the subject of an Uproxx documentary about G'nR, prompting us to sit down with the 3rd generation deli owner.  We talk Guns N Roses, the Sunset Strip, and (of course) pastrami.  

Direct download: Episode_143-Mark_Canter.mp3
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Ep. 142 - Momofuku Milk Bar chef Christina Tosi is this week's podcast guest.  Zach welcomed her to our Bronson Island studio, where they exchanged sweets and then talked about their mutual love of R. Kelly. Christina also talked about her childhood cassette collection, her Dad's hatred of the Beach Boys, and her completely shocking very first concert- which we won't ruin by telling you about here.  We then asked her what it's like working with David Chang, and hatched a plan to make Questlove the cereal milk of his dreams (don't tell him about it.)  

Christina Tosi's new cookbook "Milk Bar Life" is out now.  

Direct download: Episode_142-Tosi.mp3
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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.  

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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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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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