Food is the New Rock
Every week we talk music with a chef or food with a musician. Hosted by Zach Brooks from Midtown Lunch and produced by Chuck P. More at http://www.foodisthenewrock.com
info_outline Rohan Marley 09/22/2015
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.
info_outline Michael Cimarusti 09/15/2015
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).
info_outline Jarobi White Returns 09/09/2015
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.
info_outline Atlas Genius 09/01/2015
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.)
info_outline Matthew Koma 08/25/2015
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.
info_outline Goldenvoice's Nic Adler + BONUS Dumpling Crawl Preview 08/18/2015
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.
info_outline Outside Lands 2015 w/ Dan Deacon, Jon Gabrus, Chris Cosentino & More 08/11/2015
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).
info_outline Lita Ford 08/04/2015
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.
info_outline Ed Levine 07/21/2015
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.)
info_outline Indigo Girls' Emily Saliers 07/14/2015
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.
info_outline Aarti Sequeira 07/07/2015
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.
info_outline Charlie Ayers 06/30/2015
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.
info_outline 150th Episode Guestless Spectacular 06/23/2015
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:
info_outline Paul Kahan 06/16/2015
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.
info_outline Marc Vetri 06/02/2015
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".
info_outline The Wombats 05/26/2015
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.
info_outline Big Gay Ice Cream Truck Returns 05/19/2015
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.
info_outline The Magnetic Fields' Stephin Merritt 05/12/2015
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.
info_outline Marc Canter 05/05/2015
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.
info_outline Christina Tosi 04/28/2015
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.)
info_outline Jenn Louis 04/21/2015
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.
info_outline Ex Cops (+ BONUS: "How to Program a Restaurant Playlist" SxSw Panel) 04/14/2015
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".
info_outline David Chang Returns 04/07/2015
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.
info_outline Jonathan Gold Returns 03/31/2015
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.
info_outline Dave Sitek from TV on the Radio 03/24/2015
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.
info_outline Brooks Headley 03/17/2015
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.
info_outline Midlake (w/ Jason Lee) 03/10/2015
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.
info_outline Toy Selectah + Mexican Institute of Sound 03/03/2015
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.
info_outline Jeremy Fox 02/24/2015
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.