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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
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

Ep. 118 - This week's episode is a two for one special! Recorded at the Life is Beautiful Festival in Las Vegas, we crossed a major guest off the bucket list in the first half of the podcast when we got to sit down with Questlove, the legendary drummer of The Roots.  We talked about the food he ate growing up, cereal (a lot about cereal, actually) and how he's turned his New York City apartment into a food salon.  In the second half of the episode our guest is Gus from the UK band Alt-J.  We talked to him about American junk food, his secret restaurant notebook, and the magic of a chip butty (naturally.)  

This week's podcast is brought to you by The Cosmopolitan in Las Vegas ( http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com), who made it possible for us to go to Life is Beautiful and record these podcasts.  And UE Boom, who just comissioned us to create a series of posts featuring 5 music inspired family meal recipes from 5 amazing Los Angeles chefs. The first, featuring Chef Jeremy Fox from Rustic Canyon, is up now at http://www.makemusicsocial.com

Direct download: Episode_118-Questlove__Alt-J.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:52 AM

Ep. 117 - This past weekend we ate and podcasted our way through the Life is Beautiful festival in Las Vegas. Here is the first of the three episodes we recorded, featuring Eric & Bruce Bromberg- owners of the Blue Ribbon empire and Brooklyn Bowl, plus the curators of all the food at the festival. We talk about their fried chicken (which was hands down the best thing to eat at the fest), plus how the original Blue Ribbon in NYC was originally meant to be a late night spot for musicians to eat after playing in the clubs.  We also talked about their college bands, their extensive guitar collection, and how Bruce played on a Melvins record.  

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Special thanks this week goes out to The Cosmpolitan Las Vegas, who made it possible for us to be at Life is Beautiful.  Stay there next time to you go to Vegas... you won't regret it.  http://www.cosmopolitanlasvegas.com

Direct download: Episode_117-Eric__Bruce_Bromberg.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 12:10 PM

Ep. 116 - New York Times columnist Mark Bittman took 30 minutes out of his book tour to talk music with us last week by the pool of his hotel in West Hollywood. He takes us through his childhood, from the Beatles (and knowing a bunch of the screaming girls in those classic New York photos), to Hendrix (who he saw five times.) And then talks about some of the music he listens to now, like tUnE-yArDs (yes, Mark Bittman dropped  a Tune Yards reference on us.)  Naturally we also talked about how much more political food has become, while at the same time music has seemlingly become less political.  

Mark's new book "How to Cook Everything Fast" is out now. 

Direct download: Episode_116-Mark_Bittman.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 6:50 AM

Ep. 115 - This week we welcome Carnie Wilson to the podcast, who might be known best as 1/3 of the band Wilson Phillips and as host of one of the greatest daytime talk shows of all time (well, to Zach anyway.) But did you know she's also an accomplished cook, having won Chopped and come in 2nd on Rachael vs. Guy's Celebrity Cook Off.  Her latest project is making desserts at Vitello's in Los Angeles, where she was recently named the Executive Pastry Chef.  She tells us about the role food played in her life growing up (including one memorable bowl of cereal she had with her dad) and tells Zach what it was like to both win and lose on Chopped- and that's when the podcast gets dirty...  

Direct download: Episode_115-Carnie_Wilson.mp3
Category:general -- posted at: 5:04 AM