Food is the New Rock (general)

Ep. 101 - Harley Morenstein, from Epic Meal Time, is our guest on this week's podcast.  Zach went to their studio on the day the US lost to Belgium in the World Cup (because Canadiens don't give a shit about American soccer) and talked to Harley about their brand new show Epic Meal Empire, which debuts on the FYI Network on July 26th.  Warning: there are spoilers. He also tells us what kind of music he listened to growing up, and about one of the terrible music videos he directed before starting EMT (which he compares to Wu Tang). And towards the end, Harley may or may not admit to coming face to face with a pig and feeling a tad bit guilty.  

Epic Meal Empire debuts on FYI TV Saturday, July 26th at 10ET/11PT. Get more info at

Direct download: Episode_101-Epic_Meal_Time.mp3
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Ep. 100 - We did it!!!  100 episodes... and what better way to celebrate than by finally getting chef/writer/food show host/TV sitcom creator Eddie Huang to come on and shoot the shit about music with us (among other things.)  Back on episode #35 w/ Francis Lam, we promised you Eddie and it only took us 65 episodes to deliver on that promise! In addition to asking EH about his first albums and first concert, we also ask him what it was like to eat ribs with 2 Live Crew's Luther Campbell and he cops to being completely awestruck by Cam'ron. There was also a lot of hip hop talk, 19% of which Zach understood. Our friend Jeff Miller from Thrillist steps in as guest host.  

Eddie has his own podcast called Monosodium Glutamate, his MTV show "Snack off" debuts July 10th, and he has a sit-com coming soon to ABC called "Fresh off the Boat"- which is based on his memoir of the same name.  

Direct download: Episode_100-Eddie_Huang.mp3
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Ep. 99 - This week's podcast guest Mark Trombino is not only the producer behind such huge albums as Blink 182's "Dude Ranch" and Jimmy Eat World's "Bleed American" but he is also owns a new doughnut shop in Los Angeles called Donut Friend!  Zach talks to him at the very beginning about San Diego burritos, but most of the podcast is about doughnuts (naturally.)

Get more info about his shop at 

Direct download: Episode_99-Mark_Trombino.mp3
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Ep. 98 - This week's podcast guest is the legendary Shep Gordon, famed music manager of Alice Cooper, Pink Floyd, and Luther Vandross (among others) and the man credited with inventing the celebrite chef.  Shep talks to Zach about chinese food, the time he cooked latkes for Mike Myers, and how the music business and the business of food are practically identical (all in a car on the way to the airport.) 

Shep is the subject of the new documentary "Supermensch: The Legend of Shep Gordon" which was directed by Mike Myers and is in theaters now.  

Direct download: Episode_98-Shep_Gordon.mp3
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Ep. 97 - Chef Ben Ford stops by Bronson Island this week to talk music with Chuck & Zach.  He tells us how growing up in L.A. exposed him to all sorts of musicians as a kid, and how his dad Harrison Ford may have influenced how he views being a chef. He also tells us about a brief stint in SF working for Bill Graham when he got to see Jerry Garcia, John Lee Hooker, Carlos Santa, and more.  His new cookbook "Taming the Feast" is out now, and each of the feasts in the book have a companion playlist that can be found on his website

Direct download: Episode_97-Ben_Ford.mp3
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Ep. 96 - Amelia Meath (Mountain Man) and Nick Sanborn (Megafaun) are the duo that make up the band Sylvan Esso, who released their first album a few weeks ago.  The band stopped by our Bronson Island studio to talk food, sandwiches, and coffee (their awesome new song, and the beverage.) Plus Zach made Amelia cry with potato chips.  

Direct download: Episode_96-Sylvan_Esso.mp3
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Ep. 95 - Iron Man director Jon Favreau comes on the podcast to talk about his new movie "Chef", and what a big role music and food play in the film- which takes place in L.A., Miami, New Orleans, and Austin. Zach also brings up how similar the movie is to Swingers (which he also wrote and starred in), including the awesomeness of the soundtrack- which features music from Gary Clark Jr., Rebrith Brass Band, and Perico Hernandez. 

The film "Chef" is in theaters now, and stars Jon Favreau, Sofia Vergara, Jon Leguizamo, Scarlett Johansson, Dustin Hoffman and Robert Downey Jr. 

Direct download: Episode_95-Jon_Favreau.mp3
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Ep. 94 - WD-50 Chef Wylie Dufresne comes on the podcast this week to talk to Zach and guest host Jeff Miller about mostly the Grateful Dead.  A huge Deadhead, Wylie tells us about the old days when he used to follow the band around, cooking food in the parking lots of shows.  We also talk first concerts, cooking for Lou Reed, and Treme (the HBO New Orleans show that was pretty much all food and music.)  Plus Wylie talks about the reverence he has for musicians, and how he doesn't think chefs even come close to doing what they do.  

Direct download: Episode_94-Wylie_Dufresne.mp3
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Ep. 93 - Stephen Malkmus and his band the Jicks are this week's podcast guest.  Zach and guest co-host Jeff Miller (from Thrilllist) caught up with the band in the green room of The El Rey last time they were in Los Angeles to talk food and a little bit of sports (apparently Chef David Chang is in Stephen's fantasy basketball and baseballs leagues.) It also turns out Keyboardist Mike Clark used to own a restaurant in Portland, and Joanna tells us what it's like to be the token Vegetarian in the band.  Mark Ibold from Pavement also comes up in coversation, and Stephen tells us one of the best tidbits we've ever heard about Pok Pok chef (and former podcast guest) Andy Ricker before completely proving our thesis in the last 30 seconds of the podcast.

Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks new album "Wig Out at Jagbags" is out now on Matador Records. 

Direct download: Episode_93-Malkmus.mp3
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Ep. 92 - Grammy Award winning music producer Albhy Galuten is this week's podcast guest, along with his son Noah- who is the pitmaster of Bludso's Bar & Cue in Los Angeles and host of the Food Feeder on You Tube's Tasted Channel.  We break format a bit, letting Noah coax some amazing stories from his Dad, who produced an astouding 18 #1 hits.  Within the first 10 minutes Albhy admits to turning the Bee Gees vegetarian, turning Clapton on to Bob Marley, and turning Peter Tosh on to synth (in addition to being credited with inventing the drum loop.) He also goes on to tell stories about Michael Jackson, Aretha Franklin, David Crosby, the Allman Bros, and producers Tom Dowd, Arif Mardin, and Jerry Wexler (who he workd with at Criteria Studios in Miami.) The show is a long one, but it's a must listen for any fan of music and music production. 

Direct download: Episode_92-Noah_Galuten.mp3
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