Food is the New Rock

Ep. 158 - Singer/Songwriter/Producer/DJ Matthew Koma is this week's podcast guest.  He's worked with Alesso, Carly Rae Jepsen, Tiesto and Zedd (who he co-wrote Clarity with) and has toured all around the world as a singer and DJ.  We talk to him about coffee, his favorite sushi spot for special friends only, and the place he took his Grandma too in NYC before seeing Lady Gaga in concert.  Plus he admits to being an oatmeal fanatic, and teaches us all about overnight oats.  

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Tickets are now onsale for the East Side Food Fest, October 18th at Mack Sennet Studios in Los Angeles.  Get more info at http://eastsidefoodfest.com

Direct download: Episode_158-Matthew_Koma.mp3
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Ep. 157 - This week's we talk to Nic Adler, who not only runs the Roxy and founded the L.A. Vegan Beer Festival but also curates the food and booze at all of Goldenvoice's major festivals- including Coachella and FYF Fest (which is this weekend.)  We talk to him about all extra focus that music festivals are paying to their food nowadays and the thought process that goes into choosing the vendors for massive festivals like Coachella and FYF.  Nic also talks a little about what it was like growing up on the Sunset Strip as the son of legendary club owner/music manager/record producer Lou Adler and how things have changed food wise over the years.

Then, after the podcast, get a sneak peak at our brand new show The Crawl featuring Zach and Jason Stewart (aka DJ Them Jeans) taking you on a dumpling crawl through the San Gabriel Valley.  The full show is available exclusively through HOWL, the brand new premium audio service launched by the people behind Earwolf & Wolfpop.  Get more info at howl.fm and use the promo code CRAWL to get one month free so you can check out the new show we made.  Do it.  Do it.  

Direct download: Episode_157-Nic_Adler.mp3
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Ep. 156 - This past weekend Zach went up to S.F. for Outside Lands, and for the third year in a row we recorded a special podcast from the festival.  This year we were excited to partner with Chefsfeed who let us hang backstage at their GastroMagic stage, eating drinking and interviewing people all weekend long. First we spoke to Chefs Evan & Sara Rich from the excellent S.F. restaurant Rich Table (right after they threw porcini donuts to the crowd while Pat Mahoney from LCD Soundsystem DJ'd).  Then Zach stumbled into former Grateful Dead and Google Chef Charlie Ayers (from Episode 151), followed by the return of Chef Chris Cosentino (Cockscomb) to the show.  Then electronic musician Dan Deacon and artist Emilie Baltz came on to talk about their musical performance involving popsicles as instruments, and the podcast closes out with hilarious Comedian Jon Gabrus (from the High & Mighty podcast). 

All the photos from the weekend can be found at www.foodisthenewrock.com and coming soon you'll be able to find recommendations from Dan Deacon on the Chefsfeed blog. 

Direct download: Episode_156-Outside_Lands.mp3
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Ep. 155 - Rocker and former Runaway Lita Ford is this week's podcast guest, in advance of her appearance on Chopped.  We learn all about her childhood, how she learned to cook Italian from her mom and learned to fish and hunt from her Dad.  She tells us about all the McDonald's she ate as a member of the Runaways, and how she always felt pressure to stay as thin as the rest of the girls in the band.  Then we talk about the Rock Stars episode of Chopped airing August 18th on the Food Network.

 

Direct download: Episode_155-Lita_Ford.mp3
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Ep. 154 - Serious Eats grand poobah Ed Levine is this week's podcast guest.  He recently sold the website to FEXY, and the story of the last 8 years is fascinating.  But even more fascinating was the music career he had before becoming a food writer.  A career which took him from L.A. to Iowa to New York City, and then into the studio with Dr. John.  And we get Ed to tell us the story from the very beginning. It's a must listen for anybody who's ever met Ed (or been obsessed with Serious Eats.) 

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Direct download: Episode_154-Ed_Levine.mp3
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Ep. 153 - Emily Saliers is not only one half of the folk rock duo the Indigo Girls but she's also a longtime restauranteur and a self proclaimed lifelone foodie.  We talk to her about her 18 year old Atlanta restaurant Watershed, its storied history, and its famous fried chicken.  Plus she admits to her love of HoJo's clam strips before Zach comes out at the end of the show as a proud Indigo Girls fan.  

Direct download: Episode_153-Indigo_Girls.mp3
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Ep. 152- Next Food Network Star Aarti Sequeira is this week's podcast guest, but just as a warning- she and Zach spend most of the first half hour of the show talking about a Twitter war Zach got into with another food writer a week and a half ago (a topic Aarti discussed on the most recent episode of the podcast she does with her husband Brendan McNamara called Pass the Salt.)  Once they get through that, Zach asks her what music she listened to growing up in Dubai, what similarities she sees between Next Food Network Star and American Idol, and how these days food personalities are probably criticized more for selling out than musicians. Plus we talked with her about Tori Amos' aura, and the awesomeness of Guy Fieri.  

Direct download: Episode_152-Aarti.mp3
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Ep. 151 - This week's guest is Chef Charlie Ayers, who was not only the original chef at Google but was also one of the Grateful Dead's personal chefs from 1990 to 1995. He sat down with Zach on the Monday after the Grateful Dead's 50th Anniversary Fare Thee Well shows in Santa Clara (which Zach went to in search of fatty egg rolls.)  They talked about the shows, the he time spent cooking for the Grateful Dead, and how that prepared him for Google.  He also told us about the time he caught Bono raiding his fridge, shared Jerry's favorite hot dog condiment, and confirmed that fatty egg rolls were a thing on tour and not a figment of Zach's imagination.  

Direct download: Episode_151-Charlie_Ayers.mp3
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Ep. 150 - For our 150th episode we decide to do a little something different... so instead of talking food with a musician or music with a chef we gathered up all of our guest hosts to shoot the shit about food and music.  Tall Tales + The Stew podcast host Jason Stewart (aka DJ Themjeans), Thrillist's Jeff Miller and Producer Chuck P all join Zach over danish.  Among the topics discussed are:

  • Zach's trip to Santa Clara this weekend to see The Grateful Dead and scour the parking lot for fatty egg rolls
  • Alma Restaurant announcing a new crowd funding campaign and what it all means for them and the restaurant business itself
  • What Jason thought of Fuku in New York (David Chang's new fried chicken spot)
  • And Thrillist's recent list of 50 Things You Have to Eat in L.A. Before you Die

And then at the end, we introduce a new feature called "Worst Food Blogger of the Week" where Zach vents about something online that really pissed him off.  

Let us know what you think of the guestless format by tweeting us @foodisnewrock.  If you like it, we'll do of more of these shows!  

Direct download: 150foodisthenewrock.mp3
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Ep. 149 - Legendary Chicago chef Paul Kahan (Blackbird, Publican, Avec) comes on the podcast this week to shoot the shit about music.  We talk first album, first concert, and a dinner he did with John Cale.  Plus he tells about how his restaurants Big Star and Nico Osteria are both named after musicians.  

Direct download: Episode_149-Paul_Kahan.mp3
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