Food is the New Rock

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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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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Direct download: Episode_131-Brett_Gurewitz.mp3
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Ep. 130 - Ulises Lozano and Carlos Chairez from the Mexican electro-rock band Kinky are this week's podcast guests. They tell us about the food they grew up eating in Monterrey Mexico, their favorite cities to tour in for the food, and what they think about Mexican food in L.A.  Then at the end, Uli gives us his recipe for uliquiles.  

 

Their newest album, MTV Unplugged, is out now on Nacional Records.  

Direct download: Episode_130-Kinky.mp3
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Ep. 129 -  Iconic Chef Wolfgang Puck is this week's guest on the Food is the New Rock podcast.  Zach met him at CUT in Beverly Hills to talk about the music he listened to as a child, the music he plays in his restaurants, and the musicians he's gotten to cook for over the years. (Warning: There's a a lot of name dropping in this podcast.) We also ask him whether or not inspiration is a young person's game, and he tells us about the time that he saw Louie Armstrong as a kid in Austria. 

We're dropping our episode a little early this week because... we're featured on iTunes!  So if you want to thank somebody for getting this podcast 12 hours early this week, you can thank them.  

Direct download: Episode_129-Wolfgang_Puck.mp3
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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
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