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Food is the New Rock

English, Cookery, Food, Drink, 1 season, 204 episodes, 6 days, 22 hours, 25 minutes
Food is the new Rock is a free, weekly podcast featuring Zach Brooks (from Midtown Lunch) and Chuck P (from KCRW) talking food with a musician or music with a food person.
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Outside Lands w/ Chef Stuart Brioza

Ep. 200 - It's only fitting that our 200th episode is at Outside Lands, one of the best music and food tests in the country. We caught up with Chef Stuart Brioza, who runs the acclaimed SF restaurant State Bird Provisions along with his wife Nicole Krasinksi, to chat about music behind the Gastro Magic stage.
8/31/201635 minutes, 48 seconds
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Dan the Automator

Ep. 199 - This week's guest is artist and Hip Hop producer extraordinaire, Dan the Automator (Deltron 3030, Gorillaz, Handsome Boy Modeling School). He's not only worked with a ton of artists over the years, but he's befriended a bunch of chefs- including David Chang, who appears on the latest Deltron 3030 album. We met up with him at a coffee shop in SF just before Outside Lands to talk all about that, plus he tells us about the time he introduced Michael Stipe to Momofuku.
8/24/201646 minutes, 16 seconds
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Jimmy Pardo

Ep. 198 - Comedian Jimmy Pardo, host of the Never Not Funny podcast, is this week's podcast guest... our very first for the Headgum Podcast Network (our new home!) Zach unlocks all of Jimmy's food issues, before they bond over their shared love of Chicago and Styx.
8/16/201649 minutes, 41 seconds
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Sara Watkins

Ep. 197 - Singer/Songwriter (and Nickel Creek fiddler!) Sara Watkins is this week's podcast guest. We talk to her about licorice, what the food is like at Prairie Home Companion, and whether or not shrimp belongs in jello- a topic brought up due to the crazy food enhanced video for "Move Me", the first single off her new album.
6/8/201645 minutes, 41 seconds
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Ali Spagnola

Ep. 196 - Comedian/musician/internet celebrity Ali Spagnola is this week's podcast guest. We talk about what it's like to eat five dozen oysters in one sitting, buffet strategies, Pittsburgh sandwiches, and how she stays incredibly ripped.
5/24/201642 minutes, 16 seconds
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Rich Redmond

Ep. 195 - Country music star Jason Aldean's drummer Rich Redmond is this week's guest. He's not just a drummer, but an actor, author and motivational speaker who does drummer seminars called Crash Courses (which you can learn about at He also likes eating, and we talk to him about what it's like finding food on tour and in Nashville- where he spends most of his time.
5/17/201643 minutes, 26 seconds
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David Gelb

Ep. 194 - Jiro Dreams of Sushi director David Gelb is this week's podcast guest. We talk to him about how music and food came together in a magical way for his breakout hit documentary about sushi (that was really about so much more than sushi.) He also tells us about growing up in NYC with a dad who was not only a big part of the classical music scene, but ended up Managing the Metropolitan Opera House. He also gives us a sneak preview of Season 2-4 of Chef's Table, the new series he's working on for Netflix and a special documentary involved Steve Aoki that he just finished. Season 2 of Chef's Table premieres May 27th with episodes about Grant Achatz (Alinea), Alex Atala (Dom), Dominique Crenn (Aterlier Crenn) and more.
5/3/201644 minutes, 38 seconds
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Jensen Karp AKA Hot Karl

Ep. 193 - Comedian Jensen Karp is this week's podcast guest to promote his forthcoming book "Kanye West Owes me $300: And Other True Stories About a White Rapper Who Almost Made it Big". He's known as a comedian, an art gallery owner (Gallery 1988) and author, and in the late 90s he was an up and coming rap star named Hot Karl, with a $1 million dollar record deal w/ Interscope Records. We talk Passover, Hot Karl's rider, eating at Mel's Diner w/ Kanye West and Jensen's favorite spots in L.A. This episode is brought to you by Casper Mattresses. Go to for $50 towards any mattress.
4/26/201655 minutes, 28 seconds
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Coachella 2016 Food + Music Recap

Ep. 192 - We spent this past weekend eating our way through Coachella and figured we'd bring you along for the ride. To recap the weekend food food and music as it happened, Zach was joined by Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA and Josh Scherer, the Associate Food Editor of Los Angeles Magazine who before this weekend HAD NEVER BEEN TO A CONCERT. (Yes, you read that right.) So naturally we ask him about that.
4/19/20161 hour, 23 minutes, 59 seconds
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Sam Mason

Ep. 191 - Sam Mason
4/12/201639 minutes, 37 seconds
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Live @ SxSw w/ Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio

Ep. 190 - Vampire Weekend's Chris Baio is this week's podcast guest, the last of our conversation recorded live at SxSw. We talk about London food, and his obsession with gummy candies, plus ask him whether or not he's gotten to eat Rostam's mom's cooking (she's a world famous cookbook author.)Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at
4/5/201642 minutes, 20 seconds
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Live @ SxSw w/ The Infatuation founders Chris Stang + Andrew Steinthal

Ep. 189 - The Infatuation has become an influential food voice over the past few years, thanks in large part to their widely used #EEEEEATS hashtag on Instagram. But what few of their fans realize is, just like Zach, their founders got their start in the music industry. Andrew Steinthal and Chris Stang created The Infatuation while working at major record labels in New York. In fact they're responsible for getting us our very first podcast guest- Mike D from the Beastie Boys. We talk to them about that, plus have them recount the story of the creation of Infatuation and find out what lessons they learned from the music business that they translated to the food business. And then, of course, at the end we ask them for Instagram tips. This episode was recorded live @ SxSw in front of small audience as part of Southbites.
3/29/201656 minutes, 56 seconds
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Live @ SxSw w/ Jon Gabrus

Ep. 188 - Comedian Jon Gabrus (High & Mighty, Comedy Bang Bang) returns to the show this week for his very own episode recorded LIVE at SxSw. We eat Salt & Straw chocolate tacos and talk about how years ago he lost out on the Man vs. Food hosting gig to Adam Richman. Plus he treats us to an amazing imitation of Guy Fieri.
3/22/201650 minutes, 17 seconds
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Live @ SxSw w/ Chef Aaron Sanchez

Ep. 187 - We're giving you two episodes this week!!! How lucky are you? This past weekend we recorded 4 episodes live at SxSw, which we'll be releasing over the next few weeks. But we didn't want you to have to wait an entire week to hear the first one... so here it is, our conversation with Chef Aaron Sanchez (of Chopped fame) live at SxSw. He tells us about how he got to grow up surrounded by musicians eating at his house (his mom is famous chef in her own right) before having a serious conversation about how difficult it is to run a restaurant these days. And we recreate the cannibalism conversation we had the first time we podcasted (an interview we did with Aaron a few years back that famously didn't record).
3/17/201647 minutes, 3 seconds
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Sean Brock

Ep. 186 - This week's guest is not just famous for hosting season 2 of PBS' Mind of a Chef, or winning a James Beard Award, or even his Charleston restaurant Husk- which is famous for its effort to preserve heritage southern ingredients and dishes (and now has a second location in Nashville.) He's famous for all of those things! Plus an incredible knowledge of bourbon. We talk about all of that plus his love of folk art, outlaw country music, and late 80s hip hop. Plus he admits to something involving Vanilla Ice that will shock even the most knowledgeable Sean Brock fans. Big thanks to the All Star Chef Classic for bringing him to L.A. last week so we could get a chance to sit down with him and chat music.Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at is the meal kit delivery service that makes cooking fun, easy, and convenient! For $35 off your first week of deliveries, visit and enter FOOD when you subscribe!
3/15/201629 minutes, 41 seconds
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Kiernan Shipka

Ep. 185 - Actress Kiernan Shipka is this week's guest, who you likely know as Don Draper's daughter Sally from Mad Men. But what you may not know (unless you're a creepy Instagram stalker like Zach) she's also a LEGIT food fan. We talk donuts, dim sum, Paris, and L.A. restaurants, plus she shares with us her most recent bang bang (which involved donuts and dim sum.) She also starred in the ABC Family movie "Fan Girl" where she played the part of a teenage girl obsessed with the band "All Time Low", so we asked her about that too... you know... because music. Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at
3/8/201641 minutes, 44 seconds
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Allen Salkin

Ep. 184 -Writer Allen Salkin is this week's podcast guest, and we change things up a bit. Normally we talk to a chef about music or a music about food, but this week Zach goes off script a bit to chat mostly about the food business. Salkin's New York Times article about New York food blogging in 2007 put Midtown Lunch on the map, so the conversation starts there, before veering into the Food Network (he wrote the definitive book on the subject), the Jonathan Gold documentary City of Gold (which both he and Zach are in) and then at the very end they talk a little about music.
3/1/20161 hour, 9 minutes, 57 seconds
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Craig Thornton

Ep. 183 - Chef Craig Thornton returns to the podcast to tell us all about his brand new project at MOCA. Titled Wolvesmouth: TAXA, it's a combination restaurant/art gallery featuring works of art created by Craig himself. It runs from March to July and is pretty much the longest regularly scheduled food thing he's done in a really really long time. Get more info and tickets at
2/23/201648 minutes, 54 seconds
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Ep. 182 - This week we welcome hip hop sketch comedians Jeff and Eric Rosenthal aka itsthereal to the podcast. They've got their own podcast "A Waste of Time w/ itsthereal" where they have rappers over to their apartment and cook for them- so naturally we talked a lot about that. Plus a lot of other stuff. If you like hip hop, And Jews you'll love this episode.Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at
2/16/201655 minutes, 19 seconds
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Amanda Freitag

Ep. 181 - New York Chef and Food Network personality Amanda Freitag is this week's podcast guest. We talked about how she hopped from extra curricular activity to extra curricular activity in high school before finally settling in on home-ec as her calling. We also talked about Bowie (seems to be a theme these days), Springsteen, her parents 8 track collection, and her love of Portugal the Man. Then, at the end of the episode, she plays the piano for us. Let Selfie Station be the Picture taker, Ice breaker AND your money maker. As a special introductory offer, get $500 off the professional package. Go to and enter promo code FOOD.Create a fantastic-looking website using WEEBLY. Join the over thirty million people who are already dreaming big - get started today for FREE at
2/9/201644 minutes, 58 seconds
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Charles Smith

Ep. 180 - Wine Enthusiast's 2014 Winemaker of the Year, Charles Smith is this week's podcast guest. We talk about his early days as a tour manager for musicians as well as the music he grew up listening to, all while drinking some of his delicious wine. We also found out how he got Jerry Lee Lewis to play the opening of his brand new urban winery Jet City in Seattle. Get more info about his wines at **********************Special thanks to our - Get a free 30 day trial and free audiobook today by signing up at Station - Get $500 off the professional package at using the promo code FOOD.
2/2/201653 minutes, 53 seconds
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Matty Matheson

Ep. 179 - VICE host, Toronto Chef, and walking tattoo gallery Matty Matheson is this week's podcast guest. We talk about all the metal shows he went to growing up, all the partying he did with his friends' bands on tour, and how he's tried to recreate that atmosphere at his restaurant in Toronto (Parts and Labour.) Plus he tells us all about the time he was punched in the stomach for an album cover. Thanks to this week's sponsor, Selfie Station. Go to and use the promo code FOOD to get $500 off the professional package.
1/26/201644 minutes, 4 seconds
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Yacht Returns

Ep. 178 - Jona and Claire from Yacht, or as Zach likes to call them "my favorite vegans of all time", return to the podcast to talk about the future of food. They talk fake mayo, Baroo (this incredible new restaurant in Los Angeles), and their app 5 Everyday- which is a must download for anybody who lives or is visiting Los Angeles. Thanks to this week's sponsor, Selfie Station. Go to and use the promo code FOOD to get $500 off the professional package.
1/20/20161 hour, 9 minutes, 14 seconds
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Phil Rosenthal

Ep. 177 - You might know this week's guest Phil Rosenthal as the creator of the long running sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond, or the star of the hilarious documentary Exporting Raymond. But his real passion is food, and nowhere is that more apparent than on his brand new PBS TV show "I'll Have What Phil's Having". We talk to him about his Mom's love of opera, his obsession with Springsteen, and the time he met Paul McCartney.
1/12/201649 minutes, 31 seconds
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Offspring's Dexter Holland

Ep. 176 - If you know Dexter Holland, it is likely as the spiky haired lead singer of the seminal pop punk band The Offspring. But did you also know that he has his own line of hot sauces called Gringo Bandito? Zach sits down with him to talk all things hot sauce, including how he got into the business and what his thoughts are about other hot sauces. Then, half way through the interview our friend Jeff Miller (Editor of Thrilist in L.A. and lead singer of the Black Crystal Wolf Kids) shows up with a dozen donuts from Blue Star, and the podcast turns into anarchy as the three of us just start stuffing our faces with hot sauce topped everything.
1/5/201644 minutes, 58 seconds
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Russell Moore

Ep. 175 - Chef Russell Moore might not be a household name around the country, but in Northern California he is well known for her 20 years spent cooking at Chez Panisse, and his new restaurant Camino in Oakland. His cookbook "This is Camino" was named one of the best of 2015 by Bon Appetit and others. But what you may not have known about Chef Russell Moore is that he grew up going to punk shows in and around Redondo Beach, including the legendary Black Flag show at The Fleetwood. He tells us all about that, plus the times he appeared on TV shows as a "punk rock kid". Win a copy of THIS IS CAMINO, as part of our Holiday Gift Guide Prize Pack, along with The Food Lab by J. Kenji Lopez Alt, the Big Gay Ice Cream cookbook, bags of Marley Coffee, and copies of Momofuku Milk Bar + Milk Bar Life signed by Christina Tosi. For details go to
12/22/201549 minutes, 36 seconds
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End of the Year Special and Holiday Gift Guide

Ep. 174 - It's that time of year again... with 2016 just weeks away, we recap the year that was in food (and music). Zach is joined by The Stew podcast host Jason Stewart (aka DJ Them Jeans), Thrillist LA editor Jeff Miller, and Eater LA editor Matt Kang to talk about their favorite meals, cookbooks and albums of the year. Then, at the end of the show, we give our gift recommendations for the food and music lovers in your life. PLUS, we've got a cookbook prize pack to give away. To enter to win, go to
12/15/20151 hour, 7 minutes, 41 seconds
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Randy Liedtke

Ep. 173 - Comedian Randy Liedtke comes on the podcast this week to talk food (and a little music?) We ask him about his iPhone cookie prank, his ideal burger blend, and his time as a barista. Plus he tells us all about the sandwich that graces the cover of his new album "I'm on a Roll", and his plans to enter a chili cook off and wreak havoc. Jeff Miller, from the band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, joins us as co-host.
12/8/201556 minutes, 21 seconds
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Foie Grock feat. Duff Goldman

Ep. 172 - Chefs Duff Goldman (from Ace of Cakes) and Bruce Kalman (from Union in Pasadena, CA) make their return to the podcast, this time together as part of the newly formed alt-rock cover band FOIE GROCK. Along with drummer Francis Castagnetti (also from Union), Guitarist Ben Offenberg (from Resy), and pro musician Jeff Liffman, the band talks about how they came together, and what their plans for the future are. Plus, at the end, they do an acoustic version of a Foo Fighters song. Their 2nd concert is Thursday, December 3rd at the Hotel Cafe in Los Angeles, CA. Get your tickets at
12/1/201551 minutes, 12 seconds
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Moby Returns!

Ep. 171 - The one and only MOBY returns to the podcast to talk about his brand new vegan restaurant Little Pine, which opened last week in the Silverlake neighborhood of Los Angeles. He's not doing the cooking, but he's been involved in every aspect of the restaurant, including the design, and curation of a small store in the front. We also talk to him about how difficult L.A. makes it for people opening new restaurants. Then, at the very end we talk about his relationship with Thanksgiving, which can be a pretty traumatizing holiday for Vegans.
11/24/201544 minutes, 26 seconds
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Hugh Acheson

Ep. 170 - This week's guest is James Beard Award winning Chef (and Top Chef judge) Hugh Acheson, known for his restaurants in Atlanta and Athens, GA. We talk to him about In N Out Burger, the great music scene in Athens, and the Coolio cookbook (which he has cooked out of.)
11/17/201538 minutes, 8 seconds
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JR JR Returns

Ep. 169 - The band formerly known as Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. returns to the podcast, with a new name and a new self titled album called "JR JR" We pick up where we left off 2 1/2 years ago, jumping in w/ Daniel & Josh to talk sushi, Detroit restaurants, and delivery pizza. Plus more all you can eat buffet rules. We're joined by guest co-host Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA and the band the Black Crystal Wolf Kids.
11/10/201551 minutes, 11 seconds
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J. Kenji Lopez Alt

Ep. 168 - This week's podcast guest is J. Kenji Lopez Alt, the Managing Culinary Director of Serious Eats and author of the recently released cookbook THE FOOD LAB (an instant classic, and a must have book for any home cook.) We talk to Kenji about his obsession with the Beatles, how he almost became a professional musician, and his love of karaoke.Directly after the episode, stick around for a preview of EGG ROLL HUNT, Zach's audio quest to find the Grateful Dead fatty egg rolls he's been talking about on the podcast for the past 3 years. The entire thing is now available at http://HOWL.FM. Use the promo code EGGROLL for a free month.
11/3/201542 minutes, 50 seconds
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Steve Aoki

Ep. 167 - EDM fans need no introduction to this week's guest, the legendary DJ/Producer and founder of Dim Mak records, Steve Aoki. While food fans have likely heard of his equally legendary father and founder of Benihana, the late Rocky Aoki. We met up with Steve at Ledlow in Downtown L.A. where he shared with us some of the lessons he learned from his dad, and told us about the Vegan co-op he lived in during college, the restaurants he now owns, and what a day in his life is like. And obviously we talked to him about how he became so good at throwing sheet cakes.
10/27/201536 minutes, 7 seconds
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LIVE from the East Side Food Fest

Ep. 166 - Hear us podcast live at the East Side Food Fest this past weekend with special guests Noelle Scaggs from Fitz & the Tantrums, DJ Them Jeans (aka Jason Stewart), Chef Zach Pollack from Alimento in Los Angeles, and Nguyen Tran from Starry Kitchen. We talk about Starry Kitchen's journey from an illegal take out spot in a North Hollywood apartment to their latest iteration inside an Echo Park "Bar-cade". Zach Pollack goes off on Yelpers (especially the ones that bitch about his restaurant's water charge), and Noelle tells us some her favorite places to eat near where she grew up. And Jason tries to pry the secret to making a perfect chicken liver mousse out of Chef Pollack (with a very tiny degree of success.)
10/20/201544 minutes, 49 seconds
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Paul Stanley

Ep. 165 - Legendary Kiss guitarist Paul Stanley is this week's podcast guest. Not only is he part owner in the chain Rock & Brews, but he is also a great cook. We talk to him about the food his mom made for him growing up, the wood fire brick oven he has in his house for making pizza, plus his tips on how to make meatballs. And he tells us all about it while taking down a pair of fish tacos at one of the newly opened Rock N Brews in CA.
10/13/201539 minutes, 3 seconds
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THE WALKING DEAD Food Special w/ Emily Kinney

Ep. 164 - If you are a Walking Dead fan you know this week's guest Emily Kinney as "Beth" but did you also know that she's a super talented singer/songwriter? Her new album "This is War" is out now, and for the first half of the podcast we treat her like any other musician guest, asking her about her love of coffee, the food she eats on tour, what she cooks, and who has better catering: Walking Dead or Masters of Sex (ok maybe that last one isn't something we ask every other musician.) Then, on the second half of the episode, Emily joins us as we count down the Top 10 Greatest Food Moments of the Walking Dead to gear up for the Season 6 premiere this Sunday, October 11th. We start with a burger and fries in a cop car and end with... well... you probably know what we end with. Warning: if you're not caught up with Walking Dead, there are a ton of spoilers.
10/6/20151 hour, 4 minutes, 45 seconds
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Ep 163 - Excited to finally have singer Kelis on the podcast, who you probably know as the singer of the Milkshake Song, but did you also know she's a trained Cordon Bleu chef? She has a cookbook coming out this week called "My life on a plate: recipes from around the world" as well as a line of sauces called Bounty & Full and we talk about all of it. Plus, what's better Auntie Anne's or Wetzel's Pretzels.
9/28/201557 minutes, 17 seconds
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Rohan Marley

Ep. 162 - Bob Marley's son Rohan stops by the podcast to tell us his entire life story, from Jamaica to Miami (where he went to the same high school as Zach) to playing football, then back to Jamaica- where he now owns a huge plot of land where coffee is grown.  He has since started Marley Coffee, which he also tells us all about.  
9/22/20151 hour, 25 minutes, 30 seconds
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Michael Cimarusti

Ep. 161 - This week's podcast guest is Michael Cimarusti, the chef of Connie & Ted's and Providence (which is widely considered the best restaurant in Los Angeles.) We talk to him about reggae (he did a reggae college radio show) and the Grateful Dead, plus argue about whether or not Miley Cyrus has ruined the Flaming Lips.  He tells us about the time John Paul Jones ate at Providence and about Dock to Dish, the new sustainable seafood CSA for restaurants he helped bring to the west coast.  WARNING: This podcast has some serious man on man bonding between Michael and our guest co-host Jeff Miller (L.A. editor of Thrillist).  
9/15/201559 minutes, 25 seconds
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Jarobi White Returns

Ep. 160 - From A Tribe Called Quest to Chef, Jarobi White returns to the podcast for a second time.  Since we talked to him last year he's started a new company (Eats, Rhymes, Life), was part of the Black Chef Series at BluJeen in Harlem, started a Tribe Taco Tuesday in Bed-Stuy Brooklyn, and was back in L.A. for Labor Day Weekend hosting a BBQ w/ Roy Choi at the Line Hotel in Koreatown.  We talk about all that and Star Wars.
9/9/201530 minutes, 27 seconds
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Atlas Genius

Ep. 159 - On this week's podcast we talk to brothers Keith and Mike Jeffrey from the band Atlas Genius.  Both are avid vegans, so we talk a lot about that, plus Australian fair food, the greatest garlic dip in the entire universe, and the awesomeness of vegemite.  Plus the guys tell us how they got their very own limited edition Atlas Genius donut at DoRite Donuts in Chicago, IL (available until September 11th.)Their new album Inatimate Objects, featuring the song "Molecules", is out now.  
9/1/201542 minutes, 35 seconds
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Matthew Koma

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.  +++++Tickets are now onsale for the East Side Food Fest, October 18th at Mack Sennet Studios in Los Angeles.  Get more info at
8/25/201547 minutes, 38 seconds
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Goldenvoice's Nic Adler + BONUS Dumpling Crawl Preview

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 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.  
8/18/201554 minutes, 34 seconds
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Outside Lands 2015 w/ Dan Deacon, Jon Gabrus, Chris Cosentino & More

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 and coming soon you'll be able to find recommendations from Dan Deacon on the Chefsfeed blog. 
8/11/201557 minutes, 22 seconds
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Lita Ford

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. 
8/4/201539 minutes, 44 seconds
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Ed Levine

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.) **** We'll be taking a few weeks off for vacation.  Please subscribe to the podcast on iTunes so you'll know when we're back...
7/21/201557 minutes, 31 seconds
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Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers

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.  
7/14/201535 minutes, 14 seconds
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Aarti Sequeira

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.  
7/7/20151 hour, 9 minutes, 42 seconds
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Charlie Ayers

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.  
6/30/201550 minutes, 27 seconds
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150th Episode Guestless Spectacular

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 rollsAlma Restaurant announcing a new crowd funding campaign and what it all means for them and the restaurant business itselfWhat 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 DieAnd 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!  
6/23/20151 hour, 2 minutes, 45 seconds
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Paul Kahan

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.  
6/16/201541 minutes, 27 seconds
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Saint Motel

Ep. 148 - AJ and Dak from L.A. indie pop band Saint Motel are this week's guests.  We talk to Dak about his days as a sushi chef, and AJ give us his picks for best restauants in L.A. and on the road.  
6/9/201555 minutes, 55 seconds
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Marc Vetri

Ep. 147 - Our podcast guest this week is Philadelphia Chef Marc Vetri, owner of the Vetri Family of restaurants and the guy who Tom Colicchio called the best chef guitarist he knows.  We talk about the bands he was in before becoming a chef, the music and food series he does with musician Phil Roy, and his new cookbook "Mastering Pasta".   
6/2/201545 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Wombats

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.  
5/26/201538 minutes, 49 seconds
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Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Returns

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.  
5/19/20151 hour, 3 minutes, 34 seconds
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The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt

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.  
5/12/201558 minutes, 25 seconds
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Marc Canter

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.  
5/5/20151 hour, 17 minutes, 44 seconds
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Christina Tosi

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.  
4/28/201559 minutes, 28 seconds
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Jenn Louis

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.  
4/21/201536 minutes, 24 seconds
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Ex Cops (+ BONUS: "How to Program a Restaurant Playlist" SxSw Panel)

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!
4/14/20151 hour, 1 minute, 53 seconds
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David Chang Returns

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.   ******************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 
4/7/20151 hour, 16 minutes, 13 seconds
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Jonathan Gold Returns

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. 
3/31/201557 minutes, 13 seconds
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Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio

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.  **************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 
3/24/201541 minutes, 10 seconds
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Brooks Headley

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.  
3/17/201553 minutes, 11 seconds
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Midlake (w/ Jason Lee)

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.  
3/10/201542 minutes, 52 seconds
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Toy Selectah + Mexican Institute of Sound

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
3/3/20151 hour, 3 minutes, 9 seconds
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Jeremy Fox

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. 
2/24/201554 minutes, 2 seconds
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Brett Gurewitz

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.  ******This week's podcast is sponsored by Panda Express.  Check out The G.O.A.T. (Greatest of All Time) Combo Zach put together for them in honor of Chinese New Year on our website,  Then go to and download a coupon for a free chicken egg roll on Chinese New Year (Feb. 19th).
2/17/201548 minutes, 27 seconds
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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.  
2/10/201552 minutes, 36 seconds
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Wolfgang Puck

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.  
2/2/201532 minutes, 17 seconds
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Doug Benson

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 [email protected].  We'll post the best ones and have people vote on it.  
1/27/20151 hour, 17 minutes, 28 seconds
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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
1/20/201559 minutes, 21 seconds
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Ludo Lefebvre

Ep. 126 - This week's guest practically invented the pop up restaurant in Los Angeles with his LudoBites dinner series, before opening Trois Mec last year with former podcast guests Jon Shook and Vinny Dotolo.  Since then Trois Mec has been named Best Restaurant in Los Angeles for two years running by L.A. Weekly, and was just named one of the 38 Best Restaurants in America by Eater. He's also one of the mentors on ABC's The Taste alongisde Anthony Bourdain, Marcus Samulesson and Nigella Lawson. We talk to Ludo about the music he listened to growing up in France, the great musicians he's gotten to cook for, and the guitar lessons he got from Michelle Branch.  And of course we ask him about the foie gras ban that was just lifted in California.  A limited edition 10th Anniversary Edition of his first cookbook CRAVE was just released. Get more details at
1/13/201539 minutes, 8 seconds
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The Sporkful (Podcast Crossover Spectacular!)

Ep. 125 - Normally on the podcast we talk to a chef just about music or a musician just about food... but this week we're breaking format for something we've never done before.  A crossover spectacular (!!!) with another podcast.  Dan Pashman is our guest the week, host of The Sporkful podcast on WNYC and the author of "Eat More Better" a great new book that helps you... wait for it... wait for it... Eat. More. Better.  We caught up with Dan last month here in L.A. when he was on his book tour, and had a great conversation about food and music, an excerpt of which appears on this week's episode of The Sporkful featuring The Two Man Gentlemen Band.  If you're a fan of Food is the New Rock but always wondered what Zach would sound like with some of that quality public radio editing, then you'll want to go download that episode immediately.   And if you're a Sporkful fan, here for the first time, enjoy hearing what Dan sounds like unabridged!
1/6/201537 minutes, 40 seconds
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Wildcat! Wildcat!

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.  
12/16/201439 minutes, 2 seconds
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Holiday Gift Guide Episode feat. DJ Them Jeans

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  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).  
12/9/20141 hour, 2 minutes, 32 seconds
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Jarobi White

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   
12/2/201435 minutes, 51 seconds
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Thanksgiving Episode w/ Terri Wahl

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  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.)  
11/25/201432 minutes, 29 seconds
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Eastside Food Fest Superpanel

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!  ********************This week's episode is brought to you by DOT ME, the personal domain name extension. You need a webiste for your restaurant, food truck, or blog?  Visit and make it personal with a DOT ME domain. And CURB (formerly Taxi Magic).  Go to and use the code ESFEST14 for $15 off your first ride.  
11/18/201447 minutes, 11 seconds
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Jonathan Waxman

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.  
11/11/201444 minutes, 9 seconds
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Questlove / Alt J

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 (, 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
11/4/201447 minutes, 25 seconds
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Eric & Bruce Bromberg

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.  ________________________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.
10/28/201443 minutes, 34 seconds
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Mark Bittman

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. 
10/21/201439 minutes, 35 seconds
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Carnie Wilson

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...  
10/14/201453 minutes, 53 seconds
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Ep. 114 - Curious to hear how a globe trotting, food loving, expensive sake drinking DJ lives?  Ali Shirazinia aka Dubfire (aka half of the house duo Deep Dish) is this week's podcast guest.  We talk to him about the Persian food he ate growing up, the restaurant he plans on opening with a chef from Tsujiki Fish Market in Japan, and his recent trip to Copenhagen to go to the MAD Symposium.  Plus he tells us the sad story of how he lost his extensive list of recommended restaurants after a phone sync gone bad.  Our friend Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA and the Black Crystal Wolf Kids joins as guest co-host.  
10/7/20141 hour, 7 seconds
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The Avett Brothers' Joe Kwon

Ep. 113 - Joe Kwon is not just the cellist for the Avett Brothers, but he's also their resident cook and food blogger.  We talk to him about his Korean food filled weekly "family reunions" growing up in North Carolina, Dave Matthews' catering, and his favorite places to eat in Nashville, Raleigh, Portland and more.  Plus he weighs in on what BBQ is the best.  Spoiler: His favorite is from eastern North Carolina (which apparently is completely different than western North Carolina BBQ.) 
9/30/201450 minutes, 58 seconds
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Food Network in Concert

Ep. 112 - It's our very first podcast recorded live in front of audience!  This past weekend Zach went to Chicago for Food Network in Concert at Ravinia, and podcasted live on one of the side stages w/ Chef Wylie Dufresne (WD-50), Food Network personality Jeff Mauro, Chris Carrabba (from Dashboard Confessional & Twin Forks), Josh Kaufman (Winner of Season 6 of the Voice), and Lori Majewski (author of Mad World: An Oral History of the New Wave Artists and Songs That Defined the 1980s.) We talk more Grateful Dead and Lou Reed w/ Wylie, hear about Jeff's first concert, find out what Josh feeds his kids, and hear about the kind of food Chris grew up eating. And then, towards the end, the discussion devolved into vegetarians vs. the meat eaters as we discussed the politics of food.  Can you guys who was on which side?
9/23/201444 minutes, 16 seconds
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Alex Guarnaschelli

Ep. 111 - You likely know Alex Guarnaschelli from her triumph on Next Iron Chef, or as a judge on Chopped, or as the Executive Chef of Butter in New York City. But did you also know she is a huge fan of Judas Priest and Iron Maiden? And her mom, the famous cookbook editor, had a kick ass record collection? She also tells us about cooking for Prince (eat your heart out Marcus Samuelsson!), the time Nile Rodgers played at her restaurant The Darby, and the time she saw the Jerry Garcia Band at the Garden and left early to get a burger at Big Nick's on the Upper West Side. And then, her 7 year old daughter plays drums at the end of the episode to close things out. Alex will actually be one of the many chefs appearing with us at Food Network in Concert at Ravinia this weekend in Chicago, along with Anne Burrell, Jose Garces, Geoffrey Zakarian, and Jeff Mauro.  Plus musicians John Mayer, Phillip Phillips, Twin Forks, Josh Kaufman and more. We'll be podcasting live in the Bennet Gordon Hall from 3:45 to 4:30pm w/ Chef Jeff Mauro, Chris Carrabba (from Twin Forks and Dashboard Confessional), Josh Kaufman and more- so come say hi if you're in the Chicago area!  Get more info at
9/16/20141 hour, 2 minutes, 13 seconds
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Adam Duritz

Ep. 110 - Counting Crows lead singer Adam Duritz comes to Bronson Island this week to talk food with Zach and guest co-host Jeff Miller.  We talk about New Orleans, San Francisco burritos, and the beauty of lengua and tripe.  Plus we talk to him about his good friend Giada De Laurentiis and he tells about the greatest New Year's Eve dinner date of his life.
9/9/201459 minutes, 4 seconds
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Live at L.A. Times' The Taste

Ep. 109 - Matt Mira, Michelle Branch and Andy Milonakis are just a few of the friends that stopped by to podcast with us this week, our very first episode recorded live at an event.  It all went down this past friday night at the opening night party of L.A. Times' The Taste.  In addition to Matt, Michelle and Andy, we also talked to L.A. Chefs Bruce Kalman (Union) and David Lefevre (MB Post), Cofax owner Jason Bernstein, our pal Ray Suen (from Childish Gambino's band), and L.A. Times editor Russ Parsons, who rivaled Jonathan Gold with his stories about Muddy Waters and Buddy Holly's mom.  At the very end our guest co-host Jeff Miller stopped by in between sets, with his band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, to close out the show. 
9/2/20141 hour, 12 minutes, 12 seconds
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Portugal the Man

Ep. 108 - Zach Carothers & Jason Sechrist from Portugal the Man are this week's podcast guests.  We started the show talking about food at Summer festivals, and they confirmed what Warpaint and Grouplove told us on previous podcasts, and that is that Osheaga in Montreal is the absolute best.  Jason tells us about his stint as an oyster shucker in Portland, and Zach gives us recommendations for eating in El Paso and Alaska.  They're on the Honda Civic Tour w/ our pals Grouplove through September.  ******************Come hang out with us at L.A. Times' The Taste opening night part, this Friday night August 29th at Paramount Studios. Our good friend Jeff Miller (who is a frequent guest co-host on this podcast) will be playing live with his Indie Rock cover band Black Crystal Wolf Kids, and there will be tons of great food and great booze.  Plus we'll have a booth onsite where we'll be recording a podcast during the party!  Get more info and tickets at 
8/26/201441 minutes, 5 seconds
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Ep. 107 - Rob Pope and Eric Harvey from Spoon are this week's podcast guests.  They sit down with Zach and guest co-host Jeff Miller (from Thrillist LA) at our Bronson Island studio to talk food.  We hear all about the two bars that Rob owns: The Bourgeois Pig in Lawrence Kansas and Lake Street in Brooklyn, NY. And Eric teaches us the late night joys of garbage plates.  They both tout their favorite places to eat in New York, Austin and elsewhere, and Zach brings the guys the best breakfast burritos L.A. has to offer, from a place called Cofax (mostly to make Britt jealous.)  Spoon's new album "They Want My Soul" is out now.  Get more info at 
8/19/201441 minutes, 42 seconds
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Outside Lands w/ Grouplove, Warpaint & Chefs Naomi Pomeroy & Kris Morningstar

Ep. 106 - Zach spent this past weekend at Outside Lands in San Francisco, stuffing his face, feeding bands, and podcasting... and here is the fruit of all that labor. Him and our good friend Jeff Miller (from Thrillist LA) talked to Ryan and Andrew from Grouplove, Stella from Warpaint, and Chefs Naomi Pomeroy (from BEAST in Portland) and Kris Morningstar (from The Gorbals in Los Angeles) who they ran into during Haim's performance.  The three conversations, which took place backstage at the festival, have been combined into one podcast spectacular for your listening pleasure!  ***********************This week's podcast was sponsored by UE Boom and #makemusicsocial who made our entire trip to Outside Lands possible.  And you can actually see all the bands we ate grilled cheese sandwiches with this past weekend plus the 10 loudest foods we ate at the festival at 
8/12/20141 hour, 8 minutes, 48 seconds
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Ep. 105 - Daniel Kessler from the NYC band Interpol comes to Bronson Island to talk food and music with Zach & Chuck on this week's podcast.  They ask him about his strategy for finding the best food when he's on the road, his favorite places to eat around the world, and how much Brooklyn has changed over the years. Daniel also tells us about the restaurant he co-owns in Brooklyn (Bergen Hill) and L.A.'s Cafe Gratitude somehow makes it into the podcast conversation... AGAIN.  Interpol's new record "El Pintor" comes out September 9th on Matador Records.  Get more info about the album and their upcoming tour at **************This week's podcast was sponsored by UE Boom, who is also taking us to Outside Lands in S.F. this weekend to help #makemusicsocial.  Our thanks goes out to them, and so should yours.  If you're on Tumblr (or even if you're not) go to and follow them now. 
8/5/201444 minutes, 57 seconds
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Jeni Britton Bauer

Ep. 104 - Jeni's Splended Ice Cream founder Jeni Britton Bauer is this week's podcast guest.  We talk to her about what kind of music she listened to growing up in Ohio, and what kind of music goes into making her famous ice cream.  We talk first concert and first album, plus she tells about ice cream album covers and this special vinyl they created for this year's record store day.  Want a copy?  We have two to giveaway, and all you have to do to enter is sign up for our newsletter at  Already signed up?  Then you're already entered to win. Jeni's new cookbook "Jeni's Spledid Ice Cream Desserts" is in stores now. 
7/29/201441 minutes, 34 seconds
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Ep. 103 - Kenny Vasoli from Philadelphia's Vacationer (and formerly from the Starting Line) comes to Bronson Island to talk food with us this week.  He tells Zach his favorite places to eat on tour, why he doesn't like to eat meat with bones, and how easy it is for him to stay gluten free on tour (spoiler: he does his best to stay away from stroopwafels).  PLUS Kenny gives us a great tip on what munchies to pair with your weed. Vacationer's new album "Relief" is out now.  Get more info at 
7/22/201442 minutes, 17 seconds
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Ken Friedman

Ep. 102 - The Spotted Pig celebrates its 10 year anniversary this year, and to mark the occasion we finally got owner Ken Friedman to come on the podcast to talk food and music! Before teaming up with Chef April Bloomfield to build a restaurant empire- which also includes John Dory Oyster Bar (NYC), The Breslin (NYC), and Tosca Cafe (SF)-  Ken started off his career in the music industry, booking shows in San Francisco before switching to the label side of things where he worked for Clive Davis and later Trent Reznor. It also explains why he has so many musicians as business partners and investors (like U2, Jay-Z, Fatboy Slim, and Michael Stipe.)  We talk about all that, plus Mario Batali ("[he'd] suck up to anybody famous, then and now", Rachel Ray ("she's barely in the food business... [but] she's not so bad"), and the only way to go to music festivals. 
7/15/20141 hour, 16 minutes, 49 seconds
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Epic Meal Time

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
7/8/201442 minutes, 12 seconds
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100th Episode w/ Eddie Huang

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.  
7/1/201450 minutes, 44 seconds
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Mark Trombino

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 
6/24/201457 minutes, 53 seconds
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Shep "Supermensch" Gordon

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.  
6/17/201430 minutes, 28 seconds
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Ben Ford

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
6/10/201450 minutes, 53 seconds
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Sylvan Esso

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.  
6/3/201451 minutes, 50 seconds
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Jon Favreau

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. 
5/26/201438 minutes
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Wylie Dufresne

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.  
5/20/201447 minutes, 44 seconds
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Stephen Malkmus & the Jicks

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. 
5/13/201434 minutes, 58 seconds
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Albhy & Noah Galuten

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. 
5/6/20141 hour, 27 minutes, 52 seconds
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G Love

Ep. 91 - Considering the whole "Special Sauce" thing, it should be no surprise that singer G Love is into food.  But did you know he actually has his own line of real deal hot sauces available in stores? It's called G Love's Special Sauce (naturally) and comes in three flavors- Original, Carribean and Thai sweet chili.  We talked to him about how that came about, but he tells us what it was like growing up in Philly with a mom who taught kids cooking classes out of their house.  He also tells us about how knowing what jicama was got him a job at a fancy Boston restaurant, and how he used cooking and sushi to woo his 8th grade girlfriend. At the end, we tell him about the 90s video we uncovered of him cooking shirtless.  G Love's new album is called "Sugar" and is in stores now.  Get more details about that at and get info about his hot sauce at
4/29/201448 minutes, 7 seconds
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Wolvesmouth's Craig Thornton

Ep. 90 - Craig Thornton is this week's podcast guest, the chef behind the critically acclaimed "underground" Los Angeles dinner loft known as Wolvesmouth. Craig is not only an outstanding chef, but his plates of food are regarded by many to be works of art- a notion we spend a lot of time talking about on the show.  He also tells us about the time he got 86'd from the now closed Cane's in San Diego for beating the crap out of a guy... and then we tell him about how we pissed off Trent Reznor, and ask if he can help us apologize for what we did.  Craig's latest project is a second installment of Cut Your Teeth, a collaboration between him and artist Matthew Bone that goes from May 7th to June 14th. Get more info and buy your tickets at
4/22/20141 hour, 15 minutes, 7 seconds
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Albert Hammond Jr.

Ep. 89 - Strokes guitarist Albert Hammond Jr. is this week's guest. He talks to Zach & guest host Jeff Miller (from Thrillist) about dulce de leche, juicing, and Japanese food- which he knows a ton about.  Plus there's a pretty sweet George Michael tangent.  Albert will be doing a two week tour of the UK in May. Get all the details at
4/15/20141 hour, 4 seconds
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Lisa Loeb

Ep. 88 - Lisa Loeb is remembered by most people because of her song "Stay" from the Reality Bites soundtrack.  But those of us who are into food just as much as we're into music remember her as one of the OG food/music pioneers, thanks to her show on the Food Network with her then boyfriend Dweezil Zappa.  Since then she's made more music, started her own eyeglasses line (of course), and released a series of children's books and CDs.  And, naturally, she still obsesses about food.  We talk to her about her favorite restaurants in New York, L.A., Providence and Boston, plus she brought us doughnut cupcakes, and we brought her homemade almond butter and Chez Pim jam. And at the end of the podcast Lisa tells us about the benefit that happened in Vegas for Chef Kerry Simon last month, who was recently diagnosed with MSA. You can get more details about how you can help fight the disease at
4/8/201458 minutes, 21 seconds
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Brooke Williamson

Ep. 87 - Top Chef fans will undoubtedly remember Brooke from Season 10 of the show, when she was runner up to Kristin Kish. And she returns to TV this week as a judge on the brand new MTV show House of Food, where a group of young aspiring chefs will compete for an apprenticeship while living together Real Wold style.  Zach sat down with Brooke in her Redondo Beach restaurant Hudson House to talk about what music she listened to growing up, MTV, and fellow Top Chef contestant CJ's appearance on the podcast.  (If you haven't heard it, it's worth going back and listening to at least the first few mins!)  
4/1/201437 minutes, 23 seconds
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Brendan Benson

Ep. 86 - We talk Detroit pizza, Nashville restaurants, and S.F. food w/ Ranconteur, record label head and all around amazing singer/songwriter Brendan Benson on this week's podcast- which was recorded at SxSw in Austin. He also declares his love for Alice Waters, tells us about tour catering, and admits that he uses his kids as his taste testers.   Jeff Miller from Thrillist joins Zach as guest host.
3/25/201433 minutes, 32 seconds
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Paul Qui

Ep. 85 - Top Chef winner Paul Qui has made a name for himself down in Austin, first at Uchiko, and then at his eponymous restaurant Qui in East Austin. Last week Zach went down to SxSw and got to sit down with Paul just before service to talk music, Austin, and food.  They talked about how many of Paul's employees play in bands, plus how similar being a chef and being a musician is.  And at the end, we're treated to one of the best Wu-Tang stories ever told.  Find out more about Chef Paul Qui at a big thank you to Chevy for bringing us down to SxSw with them for the week!  We couldn't have done this episode of the podcast without their generous support.  
3/18/201430 minutes, 12 seconds
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Ep. 84 - DJ/Producer/Artist Jennifer Lee (aka Tokimonsta) is this week's podcast guest. We talk a ton about Korean food and she tells us about her mom's chain of fast food teriyaki restaurants. Jennifer also tells us about her recent trip through South American and recounts her earliest cooking disaster (spoiler: she was 9 and it was a cheesecake.) Plus we talk about her cameo on Fried Food Paradise 3 and she admits that she is probably gluten intolerant but chooses to ignore her diagnosis.  Tokimonsta starts a US tour in April, get more details at
3/11/201452 minutes, 58 seconds
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Bitchin Kitchen's Nadia G

Ep. 83 - Nadia G is this week's podcast guest, the host of Bitchin Kitchen on the Cooking Channel. She tells us about the food she ate and music she listened to growing up, like Bon Jovi and DJ Jazzy Jeff & the Fresh Prince. Plus we talk about how beards are great for storing snacks for later, and at the very end she plays a Guns N Roses song live for us. Bitchin Ktichen airs on the Cooking Channel Fridays at 9:30am, and her new show 'Sick Kitchens with Nadia G.' is now available on
3/4/201437 minutes, 52 seconds
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Joe Bastianich

Ep. 82 - Restauranteur, Masterchef Co-Host, Italian wine expert, and marathon runner are all things this week's guest are known for.  But did you know that Joe Bastianich also has his own band, The Ramps.  We talk to him about that (spoiler: they're huge in Italy) as well as his music experiences growing up in Queens- whether it be listening to his family play polka music in the living room, or sneaking off to the pier by the west side highway in NYC to see The Smiths, The Clash, and Miles Davis.  We also talk about how revolutionary the music was at the beginning of Babbo w/ Mario Batali, Tom Colicchio's guitar playing, Gordon Ramsay's obsession with Abba, and at the very end Graham Eliott returns to the podcast- for the sole purpose of being ridiculed by Joe.
2/25/201433 minutes, 45 seconds
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Linkin Park's Joe Hahn

Ep. 81 - Linkin Park's turntablist Mr Hahn is this week's podcast guest.  We talk to him about the Korean food he ate growing up in L.A. and his favorite places to eat around the world along with guest host Matt Rodbard from Food Republic (his coookbook "Koreatown USA" is being put out by Clarkson Potter in 2015.) Joe also answers the age old question of whether or not square watermelon makes your poop come out square, and tells us about how Oliver Stone may or may not stalk him.  Plus as a special bonus we're giving away a signed copy of the Korean Restaurant Guidebook he contributed to. Sign up for our "newsletter" at and you're entered to win.   
2/18/201442 minutes, 35 seconds
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Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo

Ep. 80 - Animal and Son of a Gun chefs Jon Shook & Vinny Dotolo join Zach and guest host Jeff Miller (from ThrillistLA) on the podcast this week to talk music. We trace their careers cross country, from culinary school together in Florida to Los Angeles, where they've become known as two of the country's best chefs. Jon & Vinny also tell us about some of their childhood concert going experiences, and we find out who programs the great music in their restaurants. Most importantly, we think we might have gotten Def Leppard's "Animal" added to the playlist at Animal. 
2/11/201456 minutes, 46 seconds
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Fall Out Boy

Ep. 79 - Fall Out Boy returned from hiatus last year, complete with a slimmed down Patrick Stump. But don't let their lead singer's new look fool you- the dude loves to eat.  Patrick is this week's podcast guest, and he tells Zach all about what it was like to grow up getting to eat all the great ethnic food in Chicago. He also admits to being an on again off again vegetarian (a reluctant carnivore, if you will) and tells us about how good Taylor Swift's catering is.  Fall Out Boy's Monument Tour w/ Paramore kicks off in June. Go to for more details.   
2/4/201445 minutes, 37 seconds
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Curtis Stone

Ep. 78 - Top Chef Masters judge Curtis Stone is this week's podcast guest. We sat down with him at his new restaurant Maude in Beverly Hills to talk punk rock, Australian pop, restaurant music and surfing. Plus we ask him what it was like to meet Brett Michaels and Cyndi Lauper on Celebrity Apprentice and Yo Gabba Gabba on Top Chef Masters. And Curtis admits to us that he doesn't love cooking for Paul McCartney. 
1/28/201436 minutes, 11 seconds
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Andy Milonakis

Ep. 77 - Comedian, singer, rapper, and lover of ladies Andy Milonakis is this week's podcast guest. You may know Andy from "Superbowl is Gay" (google it), The Jimmy Kimmel Show, his eponymous MTV show, or his new rap group Three Loco, but did you know he's also a sushi boss. In fact he makes the outrageous claim that New York City's sushi right now is better than the sushi in Los Angeles. Dude also knows more about Greek food than anybody we've ever talked to on the show (he brought us Greek gum!) and tells us that being a rapper on stage gets you more girls than being on MTV, YouTube or cooking for a girl combined.  
1/21/201458 minutes, 49 seconds
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Brett Dennen

Ep. 76 - Folk pop singer/songwriter Brett Dennen comes to our Bronson Island studio to talk superfoods with Chuck & Zach.  He tells us about how he gargles with coconut oil, and makes his own vegan chocolate.  Plus Brett gives us his recommendations for sushi (he does eat fish) and him and Zach bond over their love of all you can eat buffets.  Brett's latest album is called "Smoke and Mirros" and features the song "Wild Child". Get more info, and see Brett's awesome video about "Wild Foods", at
1/14/201448 minutes, 23 seconds
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Ep. 75 - We kick off 2014 w/ singer, songwriter, DJ, photographer and vegan author Moby. Zach went to his house, where they talked about sustainable farming, the Museum of Jurassic Technology, oysters, and how advances in Vegan cooking over the years have made touring much easier for him over the years. He also tells us the story of how he bought stock in Whole Foods immediately after discovering the first branch in Austin in 1992, and floats his theory that heaven is vegan. Moby's latest album "innocents" is out now on Mute Records. 
1/7/201450 minutes, 13 seconds
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Thanks for a Great Year! See you in 2014...

Zach & Chuck say farewell to 2013 and reminisce about their favorite episodes of the year. And, just a reminder... you still have a few more days to sign up to win our Holiday Gift Guide prize pack, which includes a Sonos Play3, a Cool Culinaria vintage print, a Turntable Kitchen pairings box featuing a ltd edition 7" by Local Natives, Roy Choi's new book "L.A. Son" and a brand new Food is the New Rock t-shirt by Flavour Gallery.  To register to win just like us on Facebook and sign up for our newsletter. Have a Happy New Year and see you in 2014!  
12/25/20138 minutes, 22 seconds
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René Redzepi

Ep. 74 - Noma chef Rene Redzepi was in the states promoting his new book "A Work in Progress", and was kind enough to come to Bronson Island to talk music and creativity with us. He tells us how he added music to the kitchen to pump up his staff before and during service, and why he asked Lars Ulrich from Metallica to write the intro to his new book. Rene also talks about growing up poor in Denmark and how big a deal it was to buy his first albums- which were Andrew Lloyd Webber's Phantom of the Opera and David Bowie's soundtrack to Laybryinth. Rene also tries to turn Zach onto Einstürzende Neubauten, and admits that meeting Alice Waters was more exciting to him than any musician he's ever met or cooked for.
12/17/201344 minutes, 15 seconds
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Matt Mira & Our Holiday Gift Guide

Ep. 73 - On this week's podcast we welcome Nerdist's MATT MIRA to Bronson Island for our annual HOLIDAY GIFT GUIDE EPISODE.  We talk guitars, doughnuts, and Gordon Ramsay and at the end of the episode Chuck, Zach, Matt and Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA recommend the best gifts to buy the music and food lover in your life.  Plus one lucky listener will win a prize pack which includes:A Sonos Play 3 w/ bridge courtesy of Sonos Wireless Hi-Fi A pairings box from Turntable Kitchen featuring recipes, a few ingredients, a limited edition exclusive 7" and an 18-20 "mix tape" of MP3's curated by Matt & Kasey from Turntable Kitchen.An 11" x 14" vintage restaurant menu print from Cool CulinariaOur newly designed Food is the New Rock T-Shirt available now from Flavour GalleryAnd more!!!To enter to win just like our Food is the New Rock Facebook page, and sign up for our weekly newsletter.  Already on both?  Then you're already entered to win! 
12/10/20131 hour, 3 minutes, 58 seconds
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Donald Link

Ep. 72 - New Orleans chef Donald Link is this week's podcast guest, the last in our series of episodes from the Life is Beautiful music and food festival in Las Vegas.  We talk about the two most important things to anybody who lives in New Orleans: music and food. He tells us about his dad's record collection and hi-fi set up, the band he played with in college, and how much he loves the Allman Brothers and Kiss.  Donald Link is the executive chef and owner of Herbsaint, Cochon, Butcher and Peche in New Orleans, and the author of the cookbook Real Cajun.This week's episode was sponsored by the Palms Casino and Resort, who graciously put us up in Las Vegas the weekend of the festival so that we could record these episodes.  
12/3/201341 minutes, 51 seconds
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Kings of Leon Thanksgiving Spectacular

Ep. 71 - Nathan Followill from Kings of Leon and his wife Singer Songwriter Jessie Baylin join us for this year's Thanksgiving Spectacular, thanks to last year's Thanksgiving guest Michelle Branch.  We hear about how the Followills will be spending Thanksgiving this year at the KOL country ranch (spoiler: caviar will be involved.)  They also tell us their favorite places to eat while on tour, from Portland to Charleston, Los Angeles, Austin, and of course Nashville- where they live.  Plus Nathan admits to doing something unbelievable in the middle of a meal at El Bulli in Spain, which might be the best restaurant story we've ever heard on the podcast.  
11/19/201351 minutes, 22 seconds
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Hubert Keller

Ep. 70 - French Chef Hubert Keller is known mostly as the Chef/Owner of Fleur de Lys in San Francisco and Las Vegas, plus his stint on Top Chef Masters.  But did you also know he is a house DJ?  We sat down with him at the Life is Beautiful festival in Vegas to talk about how he got into DJing, what instruments he played growing up (spoiler: accordion is mentioned), and how he grew up listening to American music whose lyrice he couldn't understand. Plus he shared a great early story about legendary Chef Charlie Trotter, who passed away suddenly last week at the age of 54.  
11/12/201336 minutes, 34 seconds
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Tom Colicchio

Ep. 69 - We kick off Life is Beautiful month here on the Food is the New Rock podcast w/ Top Chef's Tom Colicchio, who sat down with us last weekend at his Las Vegas restaurant Heritage Steak in the Mirage to talk music before Day 1 of the Life is Beautiful music and food festival.  He tells us about his guitar collection, what it was like to fish with Perry Farrell from Jane's Addiction, and admits to doing his best work when he was in his 20s (just like most musicians.)  Also, we don't want to spoil it, but Tom's first concert was probably the best we've ever heard on this podcast. 
11/5/201349 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 68 - Hannah and Christian from Grouplove invite us into their home to talk Halloween candy, pizza and their Chipotle VIP cards. Hannah tells us about growing up on a farm, and Christian recounts his time working as a bartender for Danny Meyer in New York. Plus they admit (for the first time publicly, we believe) that they recently turned vegan!  Their album Spreading Rumors, featuring the hit song "Ways to Go", is out now.  
10/29/20131 hour, 2 minutes, 19 seconds
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Grill 'Em All (w/ Scott from Weezer)

Ep. 67 - We continue with part two of last week's episode, bringing in Ryan and Matt from Grill 'em All (winners of the Great Food Truck Race in 2010) to join Scott from Weezer.  We talk about Dee Snider (both the burger and the man), Winger, and Metallica (naturally).  Plus they tell us about their collaborations with Zak Wylde. Get more info about their brick and mortar at
10/22/201334 minutes, 55 seconds
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Scott from Weezer

Ep. 66 - Weezer's bassist Scott Shriner is a burger aficionado, so we met him at his favorite burger place in L.A. (Grill 'em All) to talk burgers, pizza and milkshakes.  We also talk cronuts, his mongolian BBQ strategy, and he admits that his favorite burger in Japan is McDonald's. This is actually just part 1 of 2.  At the end of this episode we invite the two guys from Grill 'em All to join the party and talk METAL.  So you have that to look forward to next week... 
10/15/201348 minutes, 6 seconds
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Tenacious D

Ep. 65 - Jack Black and Kyle Gass are our latest podcast guests, and this may shock you... but both of the members of The D are into food. All the major chicken groups are discussed... including roasted, fried and waffle topped.  We also find out Jack & Kyle's favorite BBQ spots while they're on tour, and Jack unlocks the mystery behind Zach's lifelong obsession with General Tso's chicken.  Tenacious D are presenting The Festival Supreme Saturday October 9th at the Santa Monica Pier.  But your tickets now and get more info at
10/8/201331 minutes, 53 seconds
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Sang Yoon

Ep. 64 - Chef Sang Yoon is well known in L.A. as the chef of Father's Office and Lukshon, and around the country for his stint on Top Chef Masters (both as a guest and a judge). But did you know he was also a roadie as a teenager?  He tells us all about it on this weeks podcast.  We also talk about his mom's amazing vinyl collection, the instrument she forced him to play, and how much she loved Def Leppard. Plus Zach manages to bring up Sang's refusal to serve ketchup or make any substitutions to the Father's Office burger, and compares it to punk rock.  
10/2/201352 minutes, 32 seconds
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Mark Mothersbaugh

Ep. 63 - Devo is what Mark Mothersbaugh is most known for, unless you're under the age of 10 in which case you're probably more familiar with his work as the composer for Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs!  We sat down with him at the Mutato HQ on Sunset Blvd to talk to him about Mexican food, hot dogs, and meatballs (naturally).  Plus he tells us about eating on tour, and the time David Bowie introduced him to sushi (spoiler: David Bowie introduced him to sushi!!!!!)Cloudy With a Chance of Meatballs 2 is in theaters this Friday, September 27th
9/25/20131 hour, 5 minutes, 47 seconds
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Mayer Hawthorne

Ep. 62 - In addition to being incredibly soulful and incredibly handsome, Mayer Hawthorne also loves food (and even has a burger named after him at Umami!)   He sat down with Zach at our Bronson Island studio to talk about doughnuts, hashbrowns and fragels.  Plus he tells us his favorite places to eat in his hometown of Ann Arbor, MI and gives away his mom's secret ingredient for brisket.  Curious where to get the best banana cream pie?  He tell us that too.  His new album "Where Does This Door Go" is out now on Republic Records. 
9/17/201344 minutes, 51 seconds
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Yo La Tengo

Ep. 61 - This week's episode was produced in conjunction w/ Food & Wine Magazine and features the band Yo La Tengo.  Ira, Georgia & James sit down with Zach to talk about their favorite cities to eat in while on tour, something they've been doing for over 30 years.  They talk about Nashville, their home state of New Jersey, and where to find the best BBQ. Plus they tell us the secret to making a good lobster roll, and admit to marking up multiples editions of Jane & Michael Stern's Road Food while on tour.  
9/11/201350 minutes, 4 seconds
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Dogfish Head's Sam Calagione

Ep. 60 - No beer has tapped (pun intended) into the music scene more than Dogfish Head, and this week we we're super excited to welcome its legendary founder Sam Calagione to the podcast.  We talk to him about all of the collaborations Dogfish Head has done with musicians, including Dan the Automator, Robert Johnson, Miles Davis, and the forthcoming "American Beauty" w/ the Grateful Dead.  We also ask him about his rap group "The Painkillaz", and he tell us about the time The Strokes destroyed the speakers at the brewery (before becoming super famous.)  He's so awesome, they're turning his life into a sitcom- which he also tells us about... 
9/3/201342 minutes, 37 seconds
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Grant Achatz

Ep. 59 - Chicago Chef Grant Achatz (Alinea,NEXT) was in town this past weekend for the L.A. Food & Wine Fest, and we were lucky enough to get to sit down with him to talk about whether or not food is art (spoiler: when Grant Achatz cooks it, it is.) He also tells us about the void in his music taste that coincides with the years he was slaving away at the French Laundry. Grant also tells us about the time Justin Timberlake invaded his dining room at Alinea, and admits that one day he hopes to cook for Axl Rose.
8/27/201356 minutes, 11 seconds
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Dave Hill

Ep. 58 - Comedian (and musician!) Dave Hill is this week's podcast guest. We caught up with him at Outside Lands the weekend before last to talk cronuts, the buffet at Sizzler, and how Cleveland has better Mexican food than NYC.  Plus he tell us what it's like to eat Vegan Chinese food with Moby, and play with medieval weapons at Phil from Pantera's house. You can follow him on Twitter @mrdavehill and his podcast "The Dave Hill Podcasting Incident" is avaialble for free on iTunes. 
8/20/201354 minutes, 29 seconds
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Ivan Neville/The Head and the Heart

Ep. 57 - Outside Lands was this past weekend in San Francisco and Zach was there stuffing his face and recording podcasts... but mostly just stuffing his face.  He did manage to snag Ivan Neville for a 15 minute whirlwind conversation about New Orleans food, and then immediately afterward snagged Jon and Josiah from Seattle's The Head and the Heart while they were eating lunch backstage. They talked about Paseo's, frozen truck stop burritos, and what kind of catering Dave Matthews has with Zach and guest host Jeff Miller from Thrillist.The Head and the Heart's new album "Let's Be Still" comes out October 15th on Sub Pop Records, and Ivan Neville's band Dumpstapunk is currently on tour.  You can get more info on both at and to see the photos of all the food Zach stuffed in his face at Outside Lands, go to our website or follow us on Instagram @foodisthenewrock 
8/14/201334 minutes, 41 seconds
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Jared Blake Scharff

Ep. 56 - SNL Guitarist Jared Blake Scharff is this week's guest on the podcast.  He and Zach talk about finding lunch near 30 Rock, ordering ramen and soba in Japan, and peeing next to Lorne Michaels. They also talk about how Jared sent his good friend Noelle from Fitz & the Tantrums to eat with a short fat food blogger in Los Angeles that he himself had never even met before.
8/6/201356 minutes, 52 seconds
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Rachael Ray

Ep. 55 - You obviously know this week's guest as an author, Food Network personality, and daytime talk show host, but did you also know that Rachael Ray loves music and her husband is in a band? She's also obsessed with Austin, and every year throws a huge party at SxSw with her favorite bands.  We also found out that she's a crazy Foo Fighters fan, her first concert was Peter Gabriel, and her first crush was Tom Jones (and those feelings may or may not still exist.)
7/31/201333 minutes, 51 seconds
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Adam Perry Lang

Ep. 54 - BBQ and grilling expert Adam Perry Lang, founder of Daisy May's BBQ in NYC, sits down with Zach to talk smoke and music. He talks about raiding his parents' record collection, The Boss, and whether or not barbecue is an art. Also, Huey Lewis and the News comes up (again.)  He just re-released his book Serious Barbecue, and is doing a lunchtime barbecue pop up Tuesday through Thursday in the parking lot behind Jimmy Kimmel Live in Los Angeles. Get more info at 
7/24/201335 minutes, 56 seconds
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Steven Page

Ep. 53 - This week's guest is mostly known as the original lead singer of the Barenaked Ladies, but his latest gig is host of The Illegal Eater, a new food-travel series focusing on underground restaurants, secret supper clubs, and illegal eateries. We met him at Los Angeles' original illegal eatery, Starry Kitchen, to talk about food. He tells us what kind of stuff he grew up eating in Toronto, his favorite place to tour w/ BL, and his favorite delis in New York. He also showed us his Bar Mitzvah ring but admitted that he used to eat bacon on Christmas.  Illegal Eater premieres this fall on Travel and Escape in Canada, and in the U.S. TBD.  You can see a preview on our website 
7/16/201355 minutes, 45 seconds
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Roddy Bottum

Ep. 52 - Faith No More keyboardist and Imperial Teen lead singer Roddy Bottum stops by Bronson Island to talk food with Chuck and Zach. He gives us his strategy for attacking the Original Farmer's Market in Los Angeles, clues Zach in to the all you can eat pavillion at Dodgers' stadium, and tells us why sushi chefs don't like him. He also says Mike Patton will eat anything and his Imperial Teen bandmate Lynn will believe anything. 
7/9/201354 minutes, 14 seconds
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Nate Appleman

Ep. 51 - Chipotle's Culinary Manager (and former Next Iron Chef Contestant) Nate Appleman stops by the studio to talk music w/ Zach and fill in host Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA and the Black Crystal Wolf Kids.  They talk 80s music, Robin Thicke, and metal, plus Zach takes him to task over Chipotle's quesarito.
7/2/201352 minutes, 7 seconds
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Win a Signed Cookbook Prize Pack

We're taking a break this week (after a year, we deserve it!) but don't forget... we're giving away a prize pack of signed cookbooks from past guests.  All you have to do is go to our website and sign up for our email newsletter and you'll be entered to win signed cookbooks from Michael Voltaggio, David Chang, Marcus Samuelsson, Rick Bayless and more.  PLUS if you're in the L.A. area come to the L.A. Street Food Festival at the Rose Bowl this Saturday (June 29th).  Zach and Chuck will be there selling shirts and kissing babies.  
6/25/20135 minutes, 47 seconds
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50th Episode w/ Chef Roy Choi

Ep. 50 - We celebrate our 50th episode and 1 year anniversary by inviting back the guest from one of our very first shows... Kogi Chef Roy Choi.  Roy appeared in Episode 0 w/ Mike D from the Beastie Boys, so we didn't get to talk to him as much as we would have liked.  So for our big 50th episode we brought him back to talk about the similarties between what he does and what musicians and DJs do.  We also talk hip hop, Kiss, Grateful Dead parking lot egg rolls, and Alice Cooper.  
6/18/201348 minutes, 46 seconds
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Shout Out Louds

Ep. 49 -  Bebban & Ted from the band Shout Out Louds stop by our Bronson Island studio to teach Chuck and Zach all about Swedish food.  They discuss pölsa, reindeer cheese, and saltakrits as well as what moose meat tastes like.  They also talk about the Ikea horse meat scandal (naturally), and Swedish Chinese food.  Plus Bebban tells us how she got the nickname Bebban Hamburger (spoiler: she loves hamburgers.)Their new album Optica is out now on Merge Records.
6/11/201348 minutes, 7 seconds
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Scott Conant

Ep. 48 - You probably know Chef Scott Conant from his restaurant Scarpetta (in NYC, Miami Beach, Vegas and L.A.) or as the champion of Chopped All Stars Season 3.  But did you know he was also a huge Dylan fan?  We also talk about Run DMC, Huey Lewis and the News, and Dean Martin, plus the time Clive Davis almost bit him on the ear over a plate of white truffle risotto.  
6/4/201348 minutes, 59 seconds
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Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr.

Ep. 47 - Detroit's own Dale Earnhardt Jr. Jr. stops by Bronson Island to talk food and music w/ Zach & Chuck.  We discuss fake celiac, Sushi Nozawa, and the rules for eating at an all you can eat Chinese buffet. Plus Josh & Daniel tell us the story of the time they went to Ninja with music industry legend Seymour Stein (Spoiler: he loves buffalo fish sticks. Double spoiler: buffalo fish sticks are a thing that exists.) 
5/28/201357 minutes, 59 seconds
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Fitz and The Tantrums

Ep. 46 - Noelle from Fitz & The Tantrums is a huge fan of eating at nice restaurants, and tells us all about it on this week's podcast.  Mark Hamilton from KROQ is the guest host again, and we talk to her about the amazing meal we shared at the hands of last week's podcast guest, Jamie Bissonnette.  We also talk hummus, where to get the best shrimp and grits, the craziest burger she's ever eaten, and what is like to cook with Daryl Hall. Plus Noelle tells us her secret fried chicken ingredient.Fitz and the Tantrums new album "More Than Just a Dream" is out now. Get more details at
5/21/201354 minutes, 33 seconds
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Jamie Bissonnette

Ep. 45 - Boston chef and Chopped Champion Jamie Bissonnette (Coppa,Toro) talks punk, ska, and hardcore with Zach and fill in co-host/former Bostonian Mark Hamilton from KROQ. He tells us his first concert, first record, what band you have to listen to get a job working for him, what famous hardcore chick briefly turned him vegan, and what music he likes to have on when he makes sexy time with himself. Jamie also admits to hating Aerosmith but loving Fitz and the Tantrums, which is a perfect lead in to next week's episode featuring Noelle from Fitz & the Tantrums!Jamie will be at The Great Googa Mooga in Brooklyn May 17-19th where he'll be sampling food from Toro, which is opening a 2nd location in New York City in the Fall of 2013. 
5/14/201349 minutes, 55 seconds
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Capital Cities

Ep. 44 - Ryan and Sebu from the band behind the mega hit song "Safe & Sound" stop by Bronson Island to talk food and music with Zach and Jeff Miller from Thrillist LA (who's filling in for Chuck this week.)  We talk about the McCrap, deli grade cold cuts, blood sausage, and the food in Peru.  Plus, since the guys used to write music for commercials, they write a jingle for Food is the New Rock on the fly.  Capital Cities new album "In a Tidal Wave of Mystery" comes out June 7th. Get more info plus tour dates at 
5/7/201346 minutes, 51 seconds
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Graham Elliot

Ep. 43 - You may know Chef Graham Elliot from one of his amazing Chicago restaurants (Graham Elliot, Grahamwich, G.E.B.).  Or as a judge from Masterchef on FOX. Or maybe as the food curator of Lollapalooza. But, did you know that music saved his life?  Or that he got to cook for Morrissey after writing him a poem describing why he wanted to cook for him?  He also tells Zach & Chuck about Gordon Ramsay's obsession with ABBA, and what it was like meeting Richard Marx (Spoiler: It was awesome.)  Masterchef Season 4 starts May 22nd on FOX.  
4/30/20131 hour, 28 seconds
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Amrit Singh from Stereogum

Ep. 42 - This week's guest is Steregum's executive editor Amrit Singh.  He joins Chuck and Zach to talk about Dosa Hunt, the short film he made last year starring a group of indie rock musicians looking for dosa in Manhattan and Queens. The next screening of the film, which features members of Das Racist, Vampire Weekend, Yeasayer and Neon Indian, will take place on May 4th at Tribeca Cinemas as part of the NY Indian Film Festival.  Get more info at 
4/23/201355 minutes, 59 seconds
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Alex James from Blur

Ep. 41 - Blur's bassist Alex James sat down with us before the band's mainstage set at Coachella to talk about his life as a farmer, his love of cheese, and the music and food festival he puts on every year with Jamie Oliver.  He also is a big fan of Sting's olive oil.  To read more about it after finishing the podcast, go to
4/16/201344 minutes, 34 seconds
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Andy Ricker

Ep. 40 - You may know Chef Andy Ricker from Pok Pok, his Thai food empire that started in Portland and expanded into New York City last year. He's a James Beard Award winner, and his wings are legendary. But did you know that he also spent a lot of time as a DJ and a musician before becoming a chef?  He also geeks out about New Zealand music with Chuck, and tells us about his first concert (Spoiler: It was Bob Marley). His cookbook Pok Pok, which comes out in the fall, is available for pre-order now. 
4/9/201352 minutes, 14 seconds
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Jurassic 5's Cut Chemist

Ep. 39 - Coachella is just two weeks away, and this week our guest is Cut Chemist (aka Lucas MacFadden) the brilliant turntablist from one of the headliners we're most excited to see, Jurassic 5.  Lucas tells us what it was like growing up in what's now Thai Town w/ musicians like Biz Markie, Wil Dog from Ozomatli, and Zach de la Rocha. Plus he shares his recipe for amazing chicken wings, shows us how to eat horse dick, and most amazingly gets Zach to consider juicing. Follow him on Twitter @cut_chemist and for god's sake, like his food photos on Instagram so he'll post more of them! 
4/2/20131 hour, 57 seconds
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David Myers

Ep. 38 - L.A. Chef David Myers invites Zach into his new restaurant Hinoki in the Bird to talk food and music. He tells us what he would do if he ever got to cook for Jimmy Hendrix, where he thinks Thom Yorke should eat when he comes to L.A. and what kind of music he likes to unwind to after a long day of cooking.  Plus he tells us about the time he took his kitchen staff to see Sigur Ros, and admits that his first concert ever was the Beach Boys. First concert without the parents?  The Ramones. 
3/26/201336 minutes, 54 seconds
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Tim from Ok Go

Ep. 37 - Timothy Nordwind from Ok Go is this week's guest, talking food and music with Chuck & Zach. They talk about the "rib platoon", the paleo diet, and the time he saw Mr. T at Langer's Deli in Los Angeles. Tim also gives his favorite food recs for Chicago, L.A., and Austin, and tells us how the band made the toast video for the Ok Go song "Last Leaf". Tim's side project Pyyramids, with singer Drea Smith, is on tour now.  Get details at
3/19/201349 minutes, 5 seconds
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Nataly Dawn

Ep. 36 - Pomplamoose's Nataly Dawn stops by Bronson Island to talk corn dogs, cheap Chinese food, and chocolate chip bagels with Chuck & Zach.  She also tell them about her and Jack's house in Sonoma, the worst food item a venue has ever put in her dressing room, and how eating foie gras for the first time at French Laundry completely changed her life.  Nataly's first solo record "How I Knew Her" is out now, and she's about to go on tour.  Get details at 
3/12/201341 minutes, 6 seconds
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Francis Lam

Ep. 35 - Top Chef Masters judge and food writer Francis Lam stops by Bronson Island to talk food and music with Zach & Chuck. Food as art, the problem with Korean BBQ restaurants, and how Biggie inspired him in his food writing is discussed.  Plus they also ask him about his infamous discussion with Chef Eddie Huang about whether or not Chefs should cook the food of cultures that aren't their own, and how it relates to the music world.  Follow him on twitter @francis_lam 
3/5/20131 hour, 22 seconds
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IFE Sanchez Mora

Ep. 34 - On this week's podcast we talk to NYC based singer/songwriter IFE Sanchez Mora about food, music, and her super famous chef husband, the Food Network's Aaron Sanchez.  She tells us where to get the best al pastor tacos in Cuernvaca (where her family is from), the combination plates spot she ate with her family in Detroit (where she grew up) and how she got her first piano lesson from Sun Ra.  IFE also tells us how Chef Chris Cosentino tried to steal Aaron away from her, and Zach does his best to do the same (this was clearly recorded before we had Chris on the podcast).  IFE's new album "Fire Inside of Me" can now be heard on her website
2/26/201337 minutes, 28 seconds
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Cheech Marin & Chef John Sedlar

Ep. 33 - You know Cheech Marin from his important work as half of the comedy duo Cheech & Chong, but did you also know that he is an avid cook? He competed on Rachel's & Guy's Celebrity Cook Off on the Food Network, and last month hosted a dinner at the Los Angeles restaurant Playa.  Just before dinner we got to sit down at the restaurant with him and Playa Chef John Sedlar to talk food and music.  Cheech tells us about the origin of his name, where he buys his beans, and how pizza delivery is going to be worked into his Cheech & Chong app "The Fatty", which you can download on iTunes for free.  
2/19/201337 minutes, 42 seconds
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Chris Cosentino

Ep. 32 - San Francisco Chef (Incanto, Boccalone), Food Network personality, and Top Chef Masters Season 4 winner Chris Cosentino comes to Bronson island to talk music and cooking with Zach & Chuck.  He talks about Bones Brigade (which sadly has nothing to do with cooking bones), cooking for Ben Harper, seeing Nirvana for $5, and taking his 8 year old son to Outside Lands.  We also talked about how chefs and musicians both grapple with the idea of making people happy versus staying true to their vision.  At the end he may or may not imply that the podcast is a big cauldron of shit, with Zach holding the spoon.  Only one way to find out...  Enjoy!
2/12/201345 minutes, 55 seconds
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Local Natives

Ep. 31 - Fans of the Local Natives have been waiting almost 3 years for the release of their 2nd album, which finally came out last week!  And before they went out on tour we sat down with Kelcey and Matt in our Bronson Island studio to talk about food.  They told us about their favorite Cuban sandwich place in Seattle, the worst meal they've ever eaten on tour (spoiler: it was in Montreal!), and what happened to Taylor after he followed up a 10 day juice cleanse by eating steak topped nachos. They also tell us about their obsession with beer, and the fun surprises they get by including "Local Craft Beer" as one of the things on their rider.  Their new album Hummingbird is available now, and you can see their tour dates on
2/5/20131 hour, 2 minutes, 23 seconds
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CJ from Top Chef

Ep. 30 - Top Chef Season 3 and Season 10 contestant Chris Jacobson (aka "CJ") stops by Bronson Island to talk music, and talk shit, with Zach & Chuck.  Pavement, LCD Soundsystem, and Bad Religion are discussed, as is the guilt CJ feels for being the tallest guy at every concert he goes to.  He also calls Wylie Dufresne the Sonic Youth of food, talks a lot of smack about Stefan, and says that the best thing he ever got out of being on Top Chef was getting to be on the radio show Jonesy's Jukebox w/ Steve Jones (from the Sex Pistols) and Chef Marco Pierre White.If you're in L.A. you can try CJ's food at The Mercantile (where he is a consultant) or at Square One from Feb. 14th to the 17th (details at Top Chef Season 10 airs Weds nights at 10pm on Bravo- and If you want to see CJ back on the show use the hashtag #savechefCJ on twitter.  
1/29/201344 minutes, 26 seconds
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Ep. 29 - Claire and Jona from the L.A. (by way of Portland) band Yacht stop by Bronson Island and end up becoming our favorite vegans of all time. They talk fake meat food science, the Vegan Passport, coconut bacon, daiya cheese and what it's like to have Hot Chip as their personal mixologists. They also tell us what it's like touring with LCD Soundsystem, and how nerve wracking it was to soundcheck in front of the band while they ate dinner.  The story ends with Claire and Jona doing an imitation of Nickelback (no joke.)  Thanks to my old radio buddy Mark Hamilton for filling in for a very sick Chuck P. again this week.
1/22/201352 minutes, 6 seconds
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Greg Bresnitz

Ep. 28 - We're not exactly sure who originally coined the phrase Food is the New Rock, but if our little thesis had forefathers this week's guest would definitely be one of them.  Greg, along with his twin brother Darin, created and produced the show Dinner with the Band, which aired on IFC from 2007 to 2010. Now they host the food/music show Snacky Tunes which airs every Monday at 2pm on Heritage Radio.  We talk to Greg about both projects and get into whether or not food really is the new rock (spoiler: we say yes.) We also may or may not argue over whose show name is worse (spoiler: we say ours.) 
1/15/201354 minutes
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DJ Dieselboy

Ep. 27 - Drum & Bass legend Damian Higgins (aka DJ Dieselboy) stops by Bronson Island for the first episode of 2013! He tells Zach & Chuck what it's like being food guru to all his musician friends (like DJ Z-Trip), and confirms the existence of his infamous "Golden List".  There is also talk of Dieselboy giving up music for a career in food, because he's heard that food might be the new rock (see what we did there?)  And at the end of the episode Damian admits to spending a significant portion of last year annoying the guys from Torrisi in NYC for their lasagna recipe... which he finally ended up getting.
1/8/20131 hour, 4 minutes, 42 seconds
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Thanks For a Great Year! See you in 2013...

If you're already on the ledge this holiday season you'll probably want to stop reading now, because the Food is the New Rock podcast is taking the rest of 2012 off. You'll still have our website (, Twitter account (@foodisnewrock), Facebook and old episodes to keep you warm and cozy through the end of the year, but there won't be any new podcasts until January.  As a send off to 2013 Zach and Chuck reminisce over their favorite episodes  of 2012 and thank everybody for supporting the show through our first 26 episodes.  Thanks to everybody for listening, and we'll see you in 2013!
12/19/20125 minutes, 31 seconds
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Holiday Gift Guide w/ Alie & Georgia

Ep. 26 - Alie & Georgia, from Slumber Party w/ Alie & Georgia and The Cooking Channel, and Jeff Miller from Thrillist join Zach & Chuck to talk holiday gift ideas.  If you're looking for that perfect gift for the food and music lover in your life, or you're Zach's Mom, this podcast is for you!    
12/11/201245 minutes, 30 seconds
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The Little Ones w/ David Newton

Ep. 25 - Ed and Brian Reyes from the L.A. band The Little Ones stop by Bronson Island to talk food w/ Zach & Chuck, and bring along their longtime producer David Newton from the Mighty Lemon Drops.  The two brothers are Filipino so a significant portion of the podcast is spent talking about crispy pig and Filipino breakfast, but we also talk balti, mushy peas, chip butties and English football to make Dave feel at home.  The Little Ones new album "The Dawn Sang Along", featuring the single "Argonauts" comes out Feb. 12th. 
12/4/201250 minutes, 38 seconds
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Big Gay Ice Cream Truck

Ep. 24 - Doug and Bryan from New York's Big Gay Ice Cream Truck stop by Bronson Island to talk music and more with Zach & Chuck.  They talk hate mail, the Mister Softee mafia, Doug's time and Julliard, and how Elite Yelpers tried to shake them down for "something special". Plus, there's mention of Marky Ramone's ear hair, and a the story of how calling Jane Wiedlin from the Go Go's a bitch lead to her writing their theme song.  
11/27/201254 minutes, 44 seconds
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Michelle Branch Thanksgiving Special

Ep. 23 - Singer/Songwriter Michelle Branch stops by Bronson Island to talk to Zach and Chuck P about  "Cook, Taste, Eat" her new online cooking show w/ SF Chef Michael Mina. In honor of Thanksgiving we talk turkey carving, pies, and how competitive she is with her Mom and sister (sounds like things get ugly around this time of year.) We also talk Indonesian food, shit on a shingle, and about the time her 7 year old daughter ate pig heart.  Plus she does two songs live at the end of the episode, including a cover of "Sweet & Sour" by Band of Skulls because we bonded over Chinese food buffets.  
11/20/20121 hour, 46 seconds
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Rick Bayless

Ep. 22 - Mexican food ambassador, and James Beard award winning Chef Rick Bayless takes time from running his Chicago restaurant empire to talk food and music with Chuck & Zach. We get him to talk about making mix tapes, food as art, and the similarities between chefs and musicians. Plus he talks about his brother Skip (the sports reporter), President Obama's victory, and about the time Jimmy Buffet came into one of his restaurants and didn't order a margarita. Recently he was awarded the Order of the Aztec Eagle by the Mexican Government, and his new cookbook "Frontera: Margaritas, Guacamole & Snacks" is in stores now. 
11/13/201244 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ulises Bella and Wil-Dog Abers from legendary L.A. band Ozomatli join Zach and Chuck at Bronson Island studios to talk food and travel.  They tell us about growing up in L.A. and how it prepared them to tour around the world eating: from Thailand to China to Vietnam to India and more.  Thai Elvis and tiger cock are also mentioned, and we hear about the time Chef Jose Andres sliced and passed out jamon iberico from the stage during one of their shows.  
11/6/201257 minutes, 4 seconds
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Jose Garces

Ep. 20 - Iron Chef Jose Garces invites Chuck and Zach into his hotel room to talk about music and his new cookbook "The Latin Road Home", plus how he feels about calling food a form of art.  There's also talk of El Vez (The Mexican Elvis!), and Jose attempts to explain away the Justin Beiber and Taylor Swift on his iPod by blaming it on his kids.  
10/30/201239 minutes, 54 seconds
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Das Racist

Ep. 19 - Dapwell and Kool A.D. from the hip hop group Das Racist join Zach on the show this week to talk about dosa, Chinese buffets, and DMT. Plus we ask them about their breakout song "Combination Pizza Hut and Taco Bell" and about their appearance in Dosa Hunt, a film by Amrit Singh (from Stereogum). And there's even a rant about Primanti Bros. They also brought along their friends SAFE and Lakutis (aka Lex) to join in on the fun. Thanks to last week's podcast guest Kris Yenbamroong for letting us record the show at Night + Market, his West Hollywood Thai restaurant that's just a few blocks away from the Roxy. 
10/23/201241 minutes, 27 seconds
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Kris Yenbamroong

Ep. 18 - L.A. Chef Kris Yenbamroong wasn't an obvious choice to be on the podcast, but we're big fans. Not only is he chef at one of the baddest Thai Restaurants in the country (Night + Market), but he's cooked for LCD Soundsytem, used to work for Photographer Richard Kern (where he got to work on a Thurston Moore project), and has been in Disneyland jail. How could we not? 
10/16/201242 minutes, 3 seconds
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Ep. 17 - Experimental noise rock band Deerhoof talks Japanese food and more w/ Chuck and Zach backstage at the Echoplex in L.A. before one of their gigs.  Greg tells us about the time he picketed a McDonald's in Oakland, what it's like being a vegetarian on tour, and his picks for the best sunflower seeds and which rest stops to get them at.  Satomi gives us her picks for Japan, says that Flaming Lips has better catering than Radiohead, and recounts her very first visit to Chuck E Cheese.  
10/9/201251 minutes, 29 seconds
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Michael Voltaggio

Ep. 16 - Top Chef winner Michael Voltaggio invites Chuck and Zach to his restaurant Ink in West Hollywood to chat about The Grammys, Tom Collicchio, food bloggers, and the time he saw New Kids on the Block in concert.  Plus the guys get Michael to admit that being awarded a Food Club plaque by Aziz Ansari, Jason Woliner, and Eric Wareheim may have been better than winning Top Chop.  
10/2/201243 minutes, 33 seconds
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My Morning Jacket

Ep. 15 - Patrick Hallahan from My Morning Jacket (aka Zach's favorite band of all time) sits down with Zach & Chuck to talk about eating on tour, Jim James' obsession with creme brulee and Little Debbie snack cakes, and how a lobster roll was responsible for the only MMJ gig he's ever missed.  Patrick also tells us who his favorite bands to eat with are (VHS or Beta and Band of Horses make the cut), takes Anthony Bourdain to task for having Black Keys on his show instead of My Morning Jacket, and after months of research declares that the best sandwich in the country can be found in Seattle.
9/25/201255 minutes, 6 seconds
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Ep. 14 - Keith Morris (ex Black Flag/Circle Jerks) and Dimitri Coats (ex Burning Brides) stop by Bronson Island to talk about their favorite things to eat while touring with their current band OFF!  We discuss the best place to eat near Jumbo's Clown Room in L.A., how to eat a pastrami sandwich at Langer's, the best BBQ in Atlanta, and how Keith copes with having diabetes on the road.  Plus Dimitri tells us about their infamous arrest for stealing cooking oil from a Hawaiian BBQ place, and we get Keith to give us his thoughts about the Greg Ginn Band.  
9/18/201250 minutes, 12 seconds
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The Amateur Gourmet

Ep. 13 - Adam Roberts (aka The Amateur Gourmet) stops by Bronson Island to play piano and talk to Zach & Chuck about show tunes. He tells us how his Mom built him into the gay man he is today, armed with nothing more than a copy of Barbara Streisand's "Duets", although the 5th grade production of Cats he was in probably helped as well.  Adam also admits that he owes his entire food career to Janet Jackson's boob.  His cookbook "Secrets of the Best Chefs" (Artisan) comes out on October 9th. 
9/11/201246 minutes, 24 seconds
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Meiko Live at Bronson Island

Ep. 12 Bonus - We're taking Labor Day week off, but wanted to give you something new... so here's the acoustic live session Meiko did for us at Bronson Island after talking to us about food for 45 minutes.  Enjoy! 1. You and Onions Make Me Cry2. Stuck On You3. You Gotta Fucking Tip
9/4/20126 minutes, 58 seconds
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Ep. 12 - Singer/Songwriter Meiko stops by Bronson Island to talk to Zach and Chuck about fried chicken, Japanese food, and the origin of her name.  Plus she clues us in to her favorite burger in NYC, her favorite pizza in Chicago, and her favorite poke in Hawaii, right before challenging Chuck to a turkey ball cook-off.  We also get her to admit that she helped the Hanson brothers name their beer while on tour together (spoiler: it's called MMMM Hop) even though one of them has terrible taste in cheese (Zac).  Oh, and if you're wondering why the episode is labeled "explicit", it's because Meiko had to go and mention chocolate covered penises.  So there's that also. 
8/28/201250 minutes, 3 seconds
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Minus the Bear

Ep. 11 - Alex & Cory from Minus the Bear talk food w/ Zach & Chuck.  They give their pics for Seattle, Los Angeles, and the best things to eat at New Mexico truck stops. We also pay tribute to their YouTube sensation "Chicken Wrapped in Bacon", and talk about eating chicken buttholes in Japan. Their new album Infinity Overhead, which was had the working title "Dinner", comes out on Dangerbird Records August 28th.  
8/21/201233 minutes, 55 seconds
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Susan Feniger

Ep. 10 - Chef Susan Feniger (from Top Chef Masters) welcomed Zach & Chuck to her restaurant Street in Los Angeles, where they talked about her friendships w/ Ozomatli & Shaggy, her creative process, and how awesome it was to cook for Lady Gaga, Sting, Jethro Tull, Joni Mitchell, Stevie Wonder and Paul McCartney.  She also admits to singing and dancing in the kitchen, and tells the story of how her and Mary Sue Milliken spent 9 hours firing a 26 naan tandoori oven, while burning incense and listening to Indian music (naturally). Her new cookbook Street Food is in stores now, and if you live in Los Angeles they're having a cookbook party on August 26th at Street from 5-10pm.  Get more details at 
8/14/201245 minutes, 17 seconds
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Action Bronson

Ep. 9 - Former chef turned rapper Action Bronson talks food w/ Zach & Chuck at The Alchemist's studio in Santa Monica. Action & Zach geek out about NYC street meat for a bit (his favorite is a cart on 74th Street in Queens) before turning to Albanian Grandmas, Michael White, Meatopia, Chicago, and a potential weed cookbook that's in the works (!?!) Action also tells the guys about the time he was fired from a cheffing gig at Citifield, possibly for being a Yankees fan.  Follow us on twitter @foodisnewrock, or on tumblr at 
8/7/201242 minutes, 42 seconds
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Duff Goldman

Ep. 8 - Ace of Cakes star Duff Goldman stops by Bronson Island to serenade us with Tuvan throat singing, plus acapella versions of his favorite Rusted Root and Spin Doctors songs.  Zach and Chuck take Duff through a full range of emotions, from the time he got bit on the head moshing at a Helmet concert, to the time that Jewel made him cry.  He also comes to the realization that he will never be famous for his bass playing (live on the show!) and urges all his douchebag former bandmates to realize the same about themselves. On a realted note, there is an execessive amount of cursing.  
7/31/201248 minutes, 20 seconds
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Henry Rollins

Ep. 7 - The former lead singer of Black Flag and the Rollins Band talks to Zach and Chuck about his favorite countries to eat in while touring the world and his newfound love of Fatburger (which may or may not be at odds with his general opinion about the eating habits of Americans.) He also talks about the time he ate rat in Irula and the years he spent living off the dented can aisle in the grocery store up the street from SST Records. Henry also opens up about his clean water works and the passion he has for Drop in the Bucket, a non profit organization dedicated to bringing clean water sources to schools in Africa.  
7/24/20121 hour, 8 minutes, 48 seconds
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Marcus Samuelsson

Ep. 6 - World renowned Chef Marcus Samuelsson, winner of Top Chef Masters and Executive Chef of Red Rooster in Harlem, talk to Zach and Chuck P. about what he listened to growing up in Sweden in the 80s, his first kiss (spoiler: it was Olivia Newton John), the first record his mom ever gave him (spoiler: it was Bob Marley) and how his high school girlfriend ditched him for a Prince after party.  Abba, Ace of Bass, and Roxette are also mentioned (naturally.)  His new memoir "Yes, Chef" is in stores now.
7/17/201237 minutes, 18 seconds
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Father John Misty & Har Mar Superstar

Ep. 5 - Ex-Fleet Foxes Drummer Josh Tillman (aka Father John Misty) and Har Mar Superstar stop by the Bronson Island studios to talk to Zach & Chuck P about Macaroni Grill, Cracker Barrel, BBQ'd lasagna, and Josh's forthcoming pizza podcast which may or may not be on Earwolf.  Hear what it's like to tour the country in a bus with two talented lunatics, all from the privacy of your own home.  Plus, as a bonus, they each play live at the end of the show.
7/10/201247 minutes, 25 seconds
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Maps & Atlases

Ep. 4 - Chicago band Maps & Atlases (Barsuk Records) talk to Zach & Chuck about their love of coffee, what it's like to be a vegetarian band on tour, and the Jello Biafra Breakfast.  Plus, at the end of the episode hear the band play "Remote and Dark Years" live in our Bronson Island Studios.
6/25/201237 minutes, 22 seconds
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Mac McCaughan

Ep. 3 - Superchunk guitarist and Merge Records co-founder Mac McCaughan talks to Zach & Chuck about what it's like to be married to a James Beard Award winning chef, eat with Fugazi and Arcade Fire, and have Yo La Tengo as your own personal Zagat Guide. 
6/19/201241 minutes, 5 seconds
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David Chang & Peter Meehan

Ep. 2 - Momofuku Chef David Chang and Lucky Peach Editor Peter Meehan tell Zach & Chuck about their love of Pavement, Levon Helm, Van Halen, the Allman Bros, George Harrison, and the Indigo Girls.  Plus, Peter talks about his band Spectre Folk and David admits that the music at Momofuku is too damn loud.  
6/12/20121 hour, 1 minute, 56 seconds
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Jonathan Gold

Ep. 1 - Pulitzer Prize winning L.A. Times food writer Jonathan Gold tells Zach & Chuck about how he began his career writing about the birth of West Coast Hip Hop for Rolling Stone and Spin Magazine. Apparently he quit music to write about food after Suge Knight gave him the stink eye, and tells us all about it.
6/5/20121 hour, 51 seconds
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Mike D & Roy Choi

Ep. 0 - The Beastie Boyss Mike D and L.A. Chef Roy Choi (Kogi,A-Frame) talk food and music in a sneak peak episode of what's to come on the Food is the New Rock Podcast, officially launching in May of 2012. 
4/24/201234 minutes, 32 seconds